The Longbox Short-List - Week of February 11, 2015

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Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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Amazing Spider-Man #14 - The end of Spiderverse!  I've really enjoyed this crossover, and I can't wait to see how this changes the status quo for the Spider-Man titles.  I especially wonder what's going to happen to Spider-Ock, since he seems to have a sense that he is working on borrowed time.

Darth Vader #1 - Does Darth Vader need his own series...probably not, but I really enjoyed the first two issues of Marvel's Star Wars series, so I will likely be picking up the rest of the line.  I am actually much more excited about Kanan (from Star Wars Rebels) getting his own special in a few months.

Divinity #1 - I already got to read this book, and it was damn good.  I did think things got a little strange in the end, but I have a lot of faith that it all will make sense down the road.  

Secret Six #2 - What happened to this series?  It was a book I was really looking forward to, and then the first issue was kind of blah, and then we got a huge delay between the first and second issue.  I really want to love this book, but DC is not making that easy for me.  

Batman Eternal #45 - I really think this series should have been like 10 issues shorter.  I've enjoyed it a lot, but it kind of feels like it's just killing time until Convergence at this point.  There have been a little too many false reveals in the last few issues where I have really gotten to the point where I'm yelling "Get on with it."

Star Trek #41 - The last arc about Deep Space 9 and Q was excellent.  This series is consistently great, and I can't wait to see them finally getting on with the "five year mission" that they promised us a while ago.  

Spider-Woman #4 - I will admit I only picked up this series because it was a Spider-Verse crossover.  I never had any real connection to Jessica Drew.  Julia Carpenter has always been "my Spider-Woman."  but it's been a very good comic and I will definitely be sticking around even after Spider-Verse ends.

Nightcrawler #11 - Chris Claremont has been a little hit or miss in recent years, but Nightcrawler has been a very good series.  I will be sad to see this book go (I think it's ending with issue 12, that is what the solicits made it seem).  

Astro City #20 - This current arc with Crackerjack and Quarrel has been tough to read at times.  It is brutally honest, making these characters look awful at times.  But it has been a hell of a unique superhero story, and very much in the reasons why I love Astro City so much.

Thor #5 - Last month's confrontation with the new Thor and the Odinson was great.  It really helped define what this book is all about, and this continues to be one of my favorite books from Marvel each and every month.  

Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor #8 - I really enjoyed this book when it started, but it has been a little bit of a mess in recent issues.  They have added too many companions, and just made the story a little muddled.  I still enjoy this series, but when it started, it was my favorite Doctor Who comic, and I can't say that anymore.