Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for 4th October 2017

Let me start by saying thanks to everyone that watched the inaugural episode of Geeks n’ Booze last week. It went smoother than expected and we look forward to the next show on 11th October. If you missed it, head over to http://twitch.tv/comicblackbook and check the listings.

Back to comics. Prepare for a huge shock from this week’s picks, I’ve even shocked myself.

The previous week’s picks

It would seem that Gravetrancers did not get released last week and from what am seeing, it’s not getting a release till November 1st. Make sure to make a note of that date as it looks to be one hell of a comic. Fu Jitsu, well what can I say. It ticked all the boxes for me and instead of me going on about it here, why not give my review/insight a read, available here. Let’s just say it was a lot of fun to read.

This week’s picks

Batman: White Knight (DC Comics)

Story & Art: Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy… when I hear that name I just instantly picture Tokyo Ghost. One of my all-time favourite comics. Murphy’s art in that book is incredible. Stunning visuals on every page that make your eyes gaze in awe. First time I saw Murphy’s art was in The Wake. From that comic alone I have become a huge fan of his work. So when hearing he was writing his own seven-issue miniseries of Gotham’s legendary Batman I was instantly going to pick it up.

I have tried my utmost to keep away from any plot story, so as to not spoil anything, but I have sneaked the synopsis and some preview art. And my oh my the art looks superb. Matt Hollingsworth is on board for colour work, bringing back together the art team from my much-loved comics Tokyo Ghost, The Wake and Wytches.

This is for me people, this is a mini-series, this is what I want from DC and Marvel. Not an oversaturation of events and tie-ins. Just a short mini-series of some of my beloved characters. That’s not a lot to ask now, is it?

In a world where Batman has gone too far, The Joker must save Gotham City.

He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now…

Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First, he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham City’s greatest villain: Batman!

 

Punisher: The Platoon (Marvel Comics)

Story: Garth Ennis

Art: Goran Parlov

When it comes to Punisher stories Garth Ennis’s name is bandied around a great deal and so it should. His take on The Punisher would last for just over 8 years. In those 8 years, some of the best Punisher stories were written. The Cell, The Slavers, In The Beginning, and Born. Ennis’s portrayal of The Punisher has always been extremely violent but with that came Punisher stories with actual depth and intricate plots.

Thankfully the stupid gimmicks of the 90s were quickly forgotten and a new age of back-to-basics Frank Castle was born.

Nine years on from Garth Ennis’s last Punisher comic he’s back! Reunited with artist Goran Parlov. Punisher: The Platoon is a prequel to 2003’s Born, detailing Frank’s first tour of duty in Vietnam, his first military command and his first kill.

By the time the Punisher was born in Vietnam, Frank Castle had already become a dark legend of the battlefield. Stories about him were told in whispers, if at all. Now the legendary Punisher team of Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov (PUNISHER MAX, FURY MAX) brings the first of those stories to light.

Oh and another thing, this Punisher comic is back to the “Explicit Content” rating from the good old MAX days. 18+ years old only for this one.

Final thoughts

What’s that? I missed which comic I am picking as my pick of the new #1 comics this week. Well that my friends is because am picking both!! Yes, you heard it here first, Neil is officially picking a Marvel and DC comic as his choice of the week.

For me, this is what I want from Marvel and DC. Mini-series, not events or tie-ins. Just some good old-fashioned mini-series, featuring some of the characters I have loved throughout the years. With the added bonus that the likes of Ennis and Murphy are doing these books, I couldn’t decide which I wanted to read more. So am picking both.

Enjoy NCBD and remember, READ MORE COMICS!!!