Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for June 7th, 2017

HAPPY NEW COMIC BOOK DAY…. well nearly!!

Wednesday has come round quick. Aren’t we a lucky community who only have to wait seven days for new comics.

Before we get into the noteworthy picks this week, I must apologise for missing last week’s selection. Busy days at work, meant quiet nights at home on the couch.

There seems to be quite a glut of new #1’s out this week. It’s taken some considerable time to decide what my choices are.


AfterShock Comics
W: Donny Cates, A: Garry Brown

Donny Cates is on a roll, quite possibly one of the hottest writers this year. He currently has 3 amazing titles in 2017, God Country, Redneck and now BabyTeeth. I will go out on a limb here and say that this is going to be one “HELL” of a comic. Cates gets horror. Redneck is moody, stylish, dark and most importantly refreshing. God Country, though I haven’t read it, is also getting huge praise from all over the comic industry (I await the trade!). Creative teams on these releases are inspired choices. All should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved, as they’re some of the most talked about comics around.

Therefore, am making BabyTeeth my number one choice for this week

Sadie Ritter is sixteen years old, nine months pregnant, and scared out of sweet nerdy mind. Having a baby that young is tough. But with the support of her loving family behind her, everything should be okay. OH YEAH, and also her baby is the antichrist and it’s going to break open the barriers between the earthly and demonic planes and unleash eternal suffering to all of humankind. Other than that, though…should be fine.


BOOM! Studios
W: Cullen Bunn, A: Jack T. Cole

Another horror comic I hear you cry, but it’s where some of the best writing currently is (see above). Personally for me Cullen Bunn’s best work is within horror comics, Harrow County being a prime example. No disrespect to anyone who is enjoying Bunn’s current run on X-Men: Blue. Personally I feel Marvel is killing those characters even more by overstocking shop shelves with mediocre titles.

Anyway enough of that. What we have here is a supernatural thriller set in the depths of a psychiatric hospital. Hoping for some serious scares from this.

Art is by up and coming artist Jack T. Cole, who I highly recommend you check out. Just click HERE and check “THE SKELETON”. If that’s anything to go by, the art in The Unsound is going to be phenomenal.

Ashli’s first day as a nurse at Wiermont Psychiatric Hospital turns into a nightmare as a bloody riot sends her fleeing into the bowels of the hospital. Her descent takes her to a hellish world populated by lunatics and monsters, cloaked in a secret history of black magic and heinous scientific experiments.


The Divided States of Hysteria
Image Comics
W: Howard Chaykin, A: Howard Chaykin

Comic book writer and artist, I love those five words.

To me some of the best comics are the ones when the writer is also the artist. Not all agree, and that’s fine but I latch onto these comics. Jeff Lemire, Walter Simonson, Frank Miller and Mike Mignola are a few but when it comes to controversial comic book writer/artists Howard Chaykin has to be up there as one of the best. Chaykin’s first major work was for DC Comics back in the early 70’s and then went on to work for the likes of Marvel, First and Image. Controversy all started with Black Kiss in the late 80’s, a story about sex-obsessed vampires in Hollywood. Nowadays I’m guessing it would look pretty tame but it still got banned in the UK.

The Divided States of Hysteria I believe is Chaykin’s second or third release on Image Comics and from what Image and Chaykin are saying this could very well get him arrested. Will this be the most timely comic we have in this day and age? With Howard Chaykin at the helm I truly hope so.

An America sundered. An America enraged. An America terrified. An America shattered by greed and racism, violence and fear, nihilism and tragedy… …and that’s when everything really goes to hell.

Other notable mentions

Star Wars: Darth Vader 
Marvel Comics
W: Charles Soule, A: Cam Smith

Marvel Comics
W: Sina Grace, A: Alessandro Vitti

Image Comics
W: Kyle Higgins, A: Chuck Wendig

Do not forget these are my personal picks for this weeks new #1’s. You may pick up something different. If that’s the case please mention what you picked up in the comments below.