This Week’s Staff Picks

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ #1
by Eric M Esquivel and Ander Sarabia
Moonstones Modern Myths

Taylor says: This comes out of nowhere and as a result may be hard to get hold of, but please make it your mission to obtain this comic. This is Asgardian lore as it’s meant to be, savage, foul-mouthed, and yet unavoidably noble.
Thor is an inter-dimensional barbarian party-boy who tests Odin’s patience one time too many, and is left mortal on Midgard in the company of a black Punisher facsimile with a sidekick he has no time for. The art’s funny, the dialogue is sharp, and the comic is both fun and clever.
I say thee YAY!

Deathstroke #12
by Rob Liefeld
DC Comics

Chris says: This week’s choice is a little left-field, I must admit. Rob Liefeld and Deathstroke may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but that’s okay. Comics rarely are. Since jumping back into the DC Universe with the New 52, Liefeld’s been equally loved and loathed. I guess that’s nothing new, but it’s all about how you interpret it. For me, Rob’s current output is a lot like Neal Adams’ work on Batman: Odyssey … Fun, nostalgic comics touched with madness. They combine the action and craziness of the Bronze Age with Rob’s trademark 90s sensibility to create something entirely new yet familiar. As I said, it won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but if you look past the easy target of Rob Liefeld and have a read then you might just enjoy yourself. And if you don’t then that’s okay too – just don’t hate me for liking it.

Mighty Thor #18
by Matt Fraction and Alan Davis
Marvel Comics

Liz says: As a taster for what’s to come, this issue left me basically salivating for the next portion of the Mighty Thor/Journey Into Mystery crossover ‘Everything Burns’. This is the setup issue, introducing the conundrum: signs of doom and apocalypse seem to be on the horizon, and the question on Loki’s tongue is: Did I do it?
Why did Loki do it? No one knows… This has been the question all along. From the beginning of Journey Into Mystery we knew the question but not the answer, and I’m just about dying to find out.
The future of Kid Loki, with JIM coming to an end and Mighty Thor about to get a reboot, is a major point for speculation. Loki’s never been ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but for all that he’s been on a path that could be construed as redemptive, he’s also done some very bad things in the past. Looking out over the destruction (a burning church, birds dropping out of the sky in flames) Loki wonders, ‘It does feel like something I’d do… and yet it seems not, and yet…I have done nothing’.
So that’s going to drive me crazy for a minimum of two weeks. Also in this issue is a good balance between apocalyptic foreboding and small-scale character development, including nice moments between Loki and Thor and some well-handled back-story for Freyja. This issue may have only hinted at the action to come, but it still managed to pour petrol over my already burning desire for answers.

Gambit #1
by James Asmus, Clay Mann and Seth Mann
Marvel

Devi says: The idea of having Gambit star in his own comic didn’t exactly appeal to me at first, but I was pretty much sold by page two. It’s a really good comic. Mann’s art is really quite lovely, tells the story well and fits nicely with Gambit’s character and Asmus’s story is a great take on Gambit, so both the writing and art are wonderful and work with the character. It’s a fun comic as well, which is why I enjoyed it so much. And this first issue has definitely got me excited for the rest of the series!