Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for 16th August 2017

A week that included decorating, a family get-together and generally being a Dad, hit my comic reading hard last week. Having only read two single issues I feel I’ve disowned my love of sequential art. Therefore I have set myself a challenge to complete two trades prior to next weeks picks. Will I complete this challenge? Stay tuned.

Last Week’s Picks

Redlands was one of those two issues that I read last week. Art wise it was frenetic which fit the story well. Story wise I hope it grows. Not as gripping as I had hoped but then again it’s the first issue. We need to give comics more time to grow. Still, I stand by my comments to the Comic Black Book community of “Sexy demonic witches lay waste to a police station. I want more stat!”
Mister Miracle I didn’t read. Yes I know am a heathen but I don’t think I need to add anything that hasn’t already been said within the comic book community. For those that don’t know it’s getting more or less “must read” status from all reviews.

This Week’s Picks

Spy Seal

Writer/Artist: Rich Tommaso

Anthropomorphic animals is a style I love when it comes to comics. Something that seems completely out of place but at the same time strangely alluring.

Weekly readers will know that I have a huge passion for writer/artist comics, Starlin, Simonson, Lemire and Mignola to name but a few. Spy Seal brings us a writer/artist, anthropomorphic animal comic, thanks Rich Tommaso, this is just for me.

From the wonderful synopsis and clean vibrant art, it gives the impression of a 60s style James Bond, with a dash of Tintin. This will be Tommaso’s third release on Image Comics, one that he created back in 1984 when he was 13 years old. If this isn’t a passion piece I don’t know what is.

“THE CORTEN-STEEL PHOENIX,” Part One Journey into the thrilling world of international espionage as one of Britain’s most covert MI-6 divisions, The Nest, recruits a brand-new secret agent to their team: SPY SEAL! An exciting new comic series

I implore you to pick this one up and read something a little unfamiliar.

Spy Seal is my top pick of the week.


Dark Nights: Metal

Writer: Scott Snyder, Artist: Greg Capullo, Colourist: Jonathan Glapion

While trawling through this weeks list of #1 comics I was listening to Metallica’s …And Justice For All album while slowly nodding my head. This cover caught my eye instantly. The Justice League mashed into a signature devil horns hand gesture. Shame they didn’t decide to do variants with classic Metal album covers… I’d be down with that \m/ \m/.

DC’s latest big event sees Scott Synder and Greg Capullo team up to push the Justice League to their limits. Not being one for event comics, hence my lack of Marvel picks, this isn’t one I will be picking up. But seeing as Snyder has served as the Batman writer over at DC since New 52 started in 2011, I thought that deserved the pick.

Dark Night: Metal has been garnering some hype over at Comic Black Books Discord server. With both the prequel comics The Forge and The Casting creating some considerable discussion. I hope for all those fans it is exactly what they’re hankering for. Hey you never know, maybe DC could end up showing Marvel a thing or two about handling large events.

DARK NIGHTS: METAL is a DC event unlike any other—one that will push Batman, Superman and heroes of the Justice League beyond their limits to take on threats unlike any our world has ever seen! It will take the combined might of the World’s Greatest Heroes as you’ve never seen them before to face what’s coming their way!

Noticing over the past few weeks that the amount of #1 comics seem to be decreasing. Is this a trend as the year progresses that I haven’t seen before? Or is this something that’s occurring due to a slump in sales? Even tried to change it up a by adding a trade paperback but nothing caught my eye. Let me know what you think in the comments below, as well as letting me know what you’re picking up.

PLEASE NOTE If you click either of the comic image previews above it will direct you to the digital copy over at Comixology. But please continue to support your local comic book shop as much as humanly possible.



  • Ian Alekzander

    Definitely going to check out Dark Night: Metal! It’s going to rock! =D

    • neilthatsmyname

      I just this minute read Forge and Casting. Am completely onboard for Metal. Those two prequel issues were a great way to start an event and I hate events!!