Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for June 21st 2017

Six months into this year and we’ve already seen some fantastic new #1’s. Only one problem I have is the effect on my bank balance. Luckily I’ve been able to cull my pull list down to only 30 titles but each month that goes up one or two titles. Some of you may think that’s a tiny pull list, but when you have two kids and a mortgage to cover, priorities change.

Missed last week’s new #1’s again so huge apologies for that. My June 7th picks added two more titles to my pull list, BabyTeeth and The Unsound. Both those titles I highly recommend you read, especially for those that love their horror titles.

So onto this week’s new #1’s.


Marvel Comics
W: Chip Zdarsky, A: Adam Kubert

There may well be favouritism at play here, but Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man is my number one choice for the new #1’s this week. Why? Well Spider-Man has been my favourite comic book character/superhero since I was a child (am now 42). I have gone through so many roller coaster rides with Spider-Man that I have lost count of how many times I have fallen in and out of love with the character. Yes there has been some absolutely amazing story lines in the past 30 years that I have followed this character, but over the past 4-5 years I have completely lost interest. Sorry Dan Slott but the Spider-Verse just wasn’t for me. Since the latter I have not been picking up any Spider-Man issues at all but now something has changed and that something is Chip Zdarsky.

I was first introduced to Chip Zdarksy by fellow Comic Black Book contributors, Kirk, Ian and Savanna, when they reviewed Sex Criminals. Chip did the art work on that comic and personally I loved it. Those three contributors then pushed me in the direction of Kaptara, a series written by Chip Zdarsky. The writing in Kaptara was incredibly witty, while also trying to keep a grand adventure rolling and my god did it work. That alone is why am super excited to see Chip Zdarsky writing Spider-Man. I want my fun Peter back, I want the quips, I want the adventure, I don’t want clones!.

Please don’t fail me Chip and Adam I want this so bad!

SPIDER-MAN RETURNS TO THE FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD! The webslinging, wallcrawling wonder returns to New York City in the all-new PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. A companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker is going back-to-basics for big heroics in the Big Apple. Featuring adversaries old and new, be there as Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood for his never ending battle against crime and the dreaed “Parker Luck”


Image Comics
W: Gail Simone, A: Cat Staggs

Crosswind sees an all female creative team of Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Deadpool) and Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman ’77, Orphan Black) and no I did not pick this to be a social justice warrior. I picked this because it’s great to see an increase of women in the comics industry, Natasha Alterici, Marguerite Bennett and Kelly Sue DeConnick to name a few. Comics have always been a male dominated industry and I for one want to see more women in comics. Because the stories that these women are writing or the art they are putting to paper is absolutely stunning and also an inspiration for the generations of younger female writers and artists to come after them.

We all know Image Comics rarely put a foot wrong when it comes to publishing some of the best comics out there. And with some of the previews am seeing of Crosswind, it looks like we are getting a very stylish, violent, action story line but with a fresh take on a slightly worn out trope.

A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched to potentially deadly effect. It’s Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas!


Image Comics
W: Jody Leheup, Sebastian Girner, A: Mike Spicer, Nil Vendrell

You certainly didn’t misread that title, I also thought that when I saw it mentioned on the Comic Black Book community this week. Then again I also thought Grizzly Shark was a joke until I saw it on the shelves. So leave your superhero interest or dark thriller obsession at the door because this is going to be absurd as hell. Image need to push more comics of the comedy genre because from what I am hearing the ones they have already released are fantastic. Kaptara that I mentioned further above is almost like a camp comedic version of He-Man and Grizzly Shark even becomes Grizzly Shark versus Sea Bear.

Writers Sebastien Girner and Jody Leheup are no newcomers to comics either. Girner has been editor on the highly rated Deadly Class and Leheup on numerous Marvel titles. Mike Spicer is the current colourist on the fantastic Extremity. I believe Nil Vendrell who is heading up the art on this title is a newcomer (if I am wrong I apologise).

Am just hoping this 5 issue run can keep the humour flowing and add a really fun story line, because at the end of the day we all need to laugh a little more.

After being betrayed by the bears that raised him, the legendary Shirtless Bear-Fighter wanders the forest he’s sworn to protect, fistfighting bears, eating flapjacks, and being the angriest man the world has ever known!

When wild-eyed, super-strong bears attack the citizens of Major City, Shirtless ventures into the human world to do what he does best…PUNCH THOSE BEARS IN THE FACE! But all is not as it seems. Someone is manipulating Shirtless…and only by confronting the demons of his past can Shirtless hope to save his future!

That’s my picks for this week. What about yours? Let me know in the comments below.

From now on I am going to keep my choices for new #1 comics of the week down to no more than 3 titles. This is solely down to cost implications for me and also you guys.


  • Noah ‘Ox’ Baas

    Absolutely loved Grizzlyshark so of course I’ll be picking Bear Fighter up! I’m not a big 2 reader and didn’t much care for Sex Criminals, but I gotta say that you’re excitement for Spidey MAY just have me picking it up this week too!