Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for 23th August 2017

An emotional roller coaster of a week hit my reading hard. Won’t go into reasons on a public website but my comic reading was kept to only my pulled issues last Wednesday. To which I have to say Time & Vine (IDW Publishing) and Spy Seal (Image Comics) brought much-needed smiles to my face. Therefore my 2 trade paperback challenge I mentioned last week has not come to fruition.

Last Week’s Picks

Spy Seal was exceptionally quirky. A comic that was engrossing from the off. If you are a fan of Cold War era espionage stories in the style of Herge’s TinTin then I urge you to pick this one up. Dark Nights: Metal, except for the meaningless first six pages, which felt like a Family Guy filler piece, this may be the first DC event comic I endure. Luckily for us, it’s going to be a relatively short event.

This Week’s Picks

The Hard Place

Story: Doug Wagner, Art: Charlie Kirchoff, Nic Rummel

Image Comics is no slouch when it comes to exploring a full range of comic genres, especially brutal crime dramas. Adding to this list will be Plastic writer Doug Wagner’s The Hard Way.

From the early art previews, Rummel has unquestionably brought the graphic violence and bright colour scheme that was seen in Plastic. Something that may be too strong for some readers, but for me, I lap it up. Wagner’s writing in Plastic is exceptional, he turns retired violent serial killer Edwyn, from a deranged monster, into a character you actually love and root for.

Wagner seems to be tapping into a movie genre that has seen an upturn in the past few years, the heist movie. With movies like 2011’s Drive and 2017’s Baby Driver getting large amounts of praise, we may now be getting a stylish and exciting heist comic. And with Wagner at the helm, I am fully on board.

After five years in prison, AJ Gurney, a legendary wheelman in Detroit, has decided it’s time to go straight. He returns home to work in his father’s garage and disappear into anonymity. But during a visit to the bank, AJ is recognized by two violent bank robbers, and they demand AJ be their getaway driver. To ensure his compliance, they take a young female hostage; unfortunately, she happens to be the daughter of a Russian crime lord. AJ now finds himself pursued by a bitter police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob. Without a doubt, he’s in a very hard place. 

The Hard Way on Image Comics is my top pick of the #1 comics out this week.



Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor

Story: Jason Aaron, Art: Masmud Asrar

Yes, you are reading this right, Neil has picked a Marvel title in his pick of #1 comics. This is only the third and hopefully one I don’t regret picking.

My relationship with Marvel Comics has been a huge love/hate relationship for the past few years. After 2013’s Infinity crossover storyline, Marvel just seemed to slump to an all time low. Pumping out WAY too many titles, as well as publishing enough event comics and tie-ins to make even the deepest of pockets bear. Enough was enough for me and I finally took the decision to drop everything  My pull list currently includes only one Marvel title, that being Chip Zdarsky’s, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man.

In all honesty, the only thing that keeps my love for Marvel Comics going is their Marvel Unlimited subscription service. Giving me unlimited access to over 20,000 comics and the chance to revisit some of the best runs they ever created.

So why am I picking this so called “anthology” series? Well, that would be writer Jason Aaron. Aaron has written some of the best modern Thor stories I have read, The God Butcher and God Bomb to name but a few. Since 2012 when Aaron first started writing Thor, to now in 2017, his writing continues to blow my mind. Never has a Marvel character since Spider-Man (my favourite Marvel character) made me hold my breath while reading. Aaron has to be one of, if not the best comic writer of the past decade. Scalped, Southern Bastards, The Goddamned, Star Wars the list just goes on.

I really couldn’t care less about this whole Generations anthology event, reboot, whatever you want to call it but when Jason Aaron is attached to something I have to read it. And so should you.

HER HAMMER, HIS AX: A WORTHY APOCALYPSE. When a battle goes south, Thor finds herself in ancient Egypt – facing a young Odinson! A misguided party of Vikings has bitten off way more than they can spear. But when the prince of Asgard answers their cries for help, he ends up in a fight no axe alone can win! And Apocalypse is not one for mercy. Can a not-yet-worthy god and a time-lost hero take on one of the world’s most powerful mutants at the height of his empire? And what does their encounter mean for the future of two Thors?

That’s it for another week of #1 comics. What are you picking up? Let me know in the comments below.

Oh and two final things…