Since this is the first full week of DC Comics’ New 52, gotta give them the lead-off spot once again. Thirteen new #1 issues form the publisher this week, as it will be for the next three weeks, and the biggest ones are surely Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #1, Justice League International #1, Swamp Thing #1, Green Arrow #1 and Batgirl #1!
Over at Marvel, the big release is New Avengers Annual #1. Plus, Moon Knight #5, Punisher #3, Wolverine #15, X-Men #17, a couple Spider-Island books and more!
We’re also set to get a couple other of our favorites right now, both from IDW, with Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths #4 and Cobra Ongoing #4!
DC Comics dominated the news for this month (as I suspect they will next month with all those #1 issues). But the Top Twenty bends to no hype! No springs, honest weight, as they say. So what follows are our picks for the best books of the month… regardless of any hubbub! And since there were five weeks in the month we expanded it to a Top 25.
In case this is your first time, the Top Twenty is an ongoing monthly look at two ordered lists comprising A) The top twenty single issues of the month and B) the top twenty current series in comics. How did we come up with the lists? Well, the Cosmic Comix Top Twenty Committee took several things into consideration: Best Book nominees, poll winners and poll votes, sales numbers and general buzz levels surrounding each book. Yes, your input is not only appreciated but also counts toward the rankings. So let us hear it!
Top Twenty-Five Comics of August 2011 The Best Single Issues
DETECTIVE COMICS #881 – Scott Snyder’s run on Detective comes to a fantastic conclusion. Can’t wait to see what he does with Batman in the New DCU!
MIGHTY THOR #5 – The battles of Odin v. Galactus and Thor v. Silver Surfer continue to rock the cosmos. Awesome issue. Now Galactus must face… the people of Broxton, Oklahoma.
CRIMINAL LAST OF INNOCENT #3 (OF 4) – Too many twists and turns to sum up neatly in a couple sentences. This book is SO well-written, though. Safe to say it’s headed for a nasty ending.
CHEW #20 – Totally weird, totally whacky. 100% Chew. Another great issue.
FLASHPOINT #4 & 5 (OF 5) – The end of the DCU! The Flash runs like a maniac and fixes everything. Some disagreement from readers about whether or not it worked, but it definitely put an exclamation point on a fine event.
SCALPED #51 – This issue marked a sea change for Scalped villain Red Crow. He may actually be something of a good guy now… though the people who work for him would beg to differ.
SECRET SIX #36 – If not for Detective, this one would have had a lock on best ending for series in the old DCU. The Secret Six go out with guns blazing. Loved it!
HELLBOY THE FURY #3 (OF 3) – This one was my (Andy) pick for Best Book and it tied for the poll victory. In case you didn’t already know, Hellboy’s heart gets ripped out in VERY dramatic fashion. It was awesome.
RACHEL RISING #1 – An excellent beginning for Terry Moore’s newest series. If you like strong female characters and haven’t read his Strangers in Paradise or his most recent Echo, do yourself a favor!
FEAR ITSELF #5 (OF 7) FEAR – A big fight we were promised and a big fight we got. You have to appreciate it when you open a comic and it says CHAPTER 5: BRAWL. Sadly, this particular brawl didn’t go exactly as the heroes planned.
UNCANNY X-MEN #542 – The X-Men are trying to figure out how to beat a hammered up Juggernaut. Destruction ensues!
After one week DC Comics has to be happy with the sales of Justice League #1. The first printing sold out and orders for a second printing are already full, thus DC will be doing a third printing, using the Jim Lee San Diego Comic Con cover that was on the Brochure.
In addition before the first issues even hit the stands Hawk & Dove #1, Justice League International #1, Batman & Robin #1, Action Comics #1, and Batgirl #1 have all sold out. That means reorders will take awhile for all of you waiting to see whether you want to pick it up or not. Both Action Comics and Batgirl have been approved for second printings though so hopefully the rest will if they sell out too. (UPDATE: Don’t Fret though, Cosmic Comix will still get our orders, so don’t forget to come in and get your copies!!)
For all of you long-standing fans DC has thrown in the appearance of a mysterious hooded woman into all of their #1 issues it seems. She first appeared in Flashpoint #5 offering a warning to Barry Allen as he traveled through time and merged three different worlds. She then appeared in Justice League #1. At this point she has been verified in both Animal Man #1 and Hawk & Dove #1.
Marvel has more CrossGen on the way. A new mini-series for a revived Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang will be coming in December from writer Peter Milligan and artist Ramon Rosanas. I never read the original book, but I know many readers that liked it at the time. Milligan’s name alone means I’ll at least be checking it out.