The Longbox Short-List - Week of July 12, 2017

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Wonder Woman Rebirth

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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  • DARK DAYS: THE CASTING #1 – I read FORGE and have been following the solicits for METAL, and I’ll be honest, I am still not sure where things are heading. BUT, I am really enjoying DC’s bigger picture. Funny enough, I am sort of reminded of the second DC SUPERHERO GIRLS movie where Dark Opal and Eclipso were stealing all kinds of alien metals for their plan.
  • SPIDER-MEN II #1 – It kind of feels strange to have a sequel to SPIDER-MEN since Miles Morales exists in the mainstream Marvel universe, and as far as we knew, in the post-Secret Wars Marvel universe, he always has. Marvel hasn’t really filled in that backstory. In SPIDER-MEN II, we are supposed to meet Miles Morales of Marvel Earth. Looks like Bendis is just ignoring Secret Wars. Yay for Marvel editorial policies. Maybe they should have released this five years ago when SPIDER-MEN was still relevant.
  • BUG THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #3 – While I lost interest in the rest of Young Animal, BUG has been awesome. I have always had such a love for Mike Allred’s art, and BUG reminds me so much of MADMAN. Shame this is only a mini-series, I definitely need more BUG!
  • WONDER WOMAN #26Greg Rucka’s run was the first time I really read WONDER WOMAN for any extended period of time. That said, I am looking forward to seeing what Shea Fontana can do with the character. It’s definitely a good time to be a WONDER WOMAN fan.
  • SUICIDE SQUAD #21 – Last issue, Harley Quinn was made leader of the SUICIDE SQUAD. This is a huge stretch for believability. But Suicide Squad has been pretty solid since REBIRTH started, so I am willing to see where this series goes from here. But if it’s just to market Harley Quinn more, a character I am very bored of, I don’t know how long I will stick around.
  • UNCLE SCROOGE #28 – IDW has been doing a massive restructure of it’s Disney titles with Mickey, Donald, and Disney Comics and Stories all coming to abrupt ends to be replaced by quarterly titles. UNCLE SCROOGE is the last title continuing as it was all along. Hopefully they can get some interest on these books. I am a huge fan of these series, and it’s been great to see some stories that were never released in America before.
  • HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – Valiant has been hyping this issue up for a while now. A major character is supposed to die, and it’s supposed to set up some major changes in the Valiant universe. Plus HARD CORPS is back. I think it’s safe to assume Faith will be surviving this issue, but everyone else is fair game.