The Longbox Short-List - Week of October 4, 2017

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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!

Comics shipping this week

I am actually weeks behind on my comic reading, sadly. But, there are still some interesting books coming out this week that I want to talk about.

  • ARCHIES #1 – I have really enjoyed the Archie relaunch line, so I will definitely check this one out. Though I have to say, it doesn’t quite make up for the loss of JUGHEAD and JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS, two of my favorite titles.
  • BATMAN #32 – This issue has already been spoiled all over the place. What the hell, DC? You guys are acting like Marvel lately… I am still really curious to know how it plays out, but my excitement is a bit diminished since I seem to already know the big twists for the issue. Hoping there are still some surprises here.
  • HARLEY AND IVY MEETS BETTY AND VERONICA #1 – Are all my comics this week Batman or Archie related? This sounds like one crazy crossover, and I can’t wait!
  • PUNISHER PLATOON #1 – Garth Ennis on a Punisher “Max” book again? Definitely count me in!! This book is set during Vietnam, so it can’t quite be in continuity, but I still want to see what Ennis has in store for readers.
  • TICK #1 – A new TICK series!! I was telling my wife that I am amazed that we’ve gotten for different versions of THE TICK (comic, cartoon, 2 tv series) all of which are so different, but I love them all. I think this is probably the first time I am buying TICK as it comes out…assuming it comes out digitally on Wednesday.
  • SHADOWMAN RAE SREMMURD #1 – Good news is MORE SHADOWMAN! The odd news is that he comes back featured in a team up with some band I have never heard of. Back in the say, SHADOWMAN teamed up with Aerosmith, so this isn’t that unusual, but I can’t imagine Rae Sremmurd is going to move the needle on sales…
  • SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1 – I actually am not sure if I am buying this one, but I used to love Marvel’s supernatural line back in the say, so I am definitely considering it. It is a relatively light week this week, but I still am playing catch up, so adding more books is probably a bad idea.
  • VENOMVERSE #5 – This is one of the few books I have been keeping up with! I never expected to enjoy this series as much as I have, but it is definitely one of the most fun comics out there.
  • Eleanor And The Egret #4
  • Bane Conquest #6 (Of 12)
  • Batman #32
  • Batman The Dawnbreaker #1
  • Batman White Knight #1 (Of 7)
  • Dastardly And Muttley #2 (Of 6)
  • Green Arrow #32
  • Green Lanterns #32
  • Justice League #30
  • Nightwing #30
  • Superman #32
  • Paper Girls #16
  • Postal #23
  • Astonishing X-Men #4
  • Avengers #672
  • Hawkeye #11
  • Jessica Jones #13
  • Journey To Star Wars The Last Jedi Captain Phasma #3 (Of 4)
  • Old Man Logan #29
  • Spider-Man #21
  • Star Wars #37
  • Star Wars Darth Vader #6
  • X-Men Gold #13