The Longbox Short-List - Week of October 11, 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


  • FALCON #1 - I know it wasn't for everyone, but I really liked Nick Spencer's run on CAPTAIN AMERICA, especially the ending in GENERATIONS. I thought it was a terrific way to show Sam Wilson's growth as a character over the years. I am a little disappointed to see him go back to being Falcon, but I am willing to give this one a chance to win me over.
  • RUNAWAYS #2 - The 1st issues did violate my two big rules about first issues (accessible to new readers and the whole needs to be introduced and preferably together by end of first issue), but I still enjoyed this quite a bit. Not sure why they didn't just run with the Legacy numbering on this...it was a far better 71st issue than a 1st issue.
  • STAR WARS BOLDLY GO #12 - Last issue, Captain Kirk was replaced by a shapeshifter. I am kind of hoping they keep him that way. SWERVE!
  • WONDER WOMAN #32 - Darkseid and Grail are killing gods to try and bring back Darkseid's full powers. Meanwhile, we are supposed to be getting an appearance by Wonder Woman's long lost twin brother soon. James Robinson produced some great work the last few years at Marvel, and the first issue of his WONDER WOMAN arc definitely caught my eye.
  • ROCKET #6 - Al Ewing is the perfect fit for this insane book. Each issue is full of twists and turns. This is OCEAN'S ELEVEN as a comic book...but with aliens! I never know where this book is going next, but it's one hell of a ride.
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #966 - LONELY PLACE OF LIVING features the return of Tim Drake and some answers on the "what's been going on behind the scenes of the DC Universe." A big rumor is that Superboy will be returning in this arc...hopefully, it will be a Pre-Flashpoint Superboy. I would be very happy to get a return of the dynamic from Peter David's YOUNG JUSTICE. We just need Impulse back too. DC needs a lot more fun.
  • ALTERS #7 - Glad this book is finally back. I like that Aftershock spreads their books out, only releasing series when the creators have stories to tell, but it can get frustrating when it's a series you really enjoy like I do ALTERS.
  • Babyteeth #5
  • Jimmy's Bastards #4
  • Your Pal Archie #3
  • Groo Play Of The Gods #4 (Of 4)
  • Action Comics #989
  • Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #15
  • Dark Nights Metal #3 (Of 6)
  • Flash #32
  • Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30
  • Justice League Of America #16
  • Mister Miracle #3 (Of 12)
  • New Super-Man #16
  • Ragman #1 (Of 6)
  • Red Hood And The Outlaws #15
  • Scooby Apocalypse #18
  • Suicide Squad #27
  • Star Trek The Next Generation Mirror Broken #4 (Of 6)
  • Walt Disney Comics And Stories #740
  • Youngblood #6
  • All-New Wolverine #25
  • Amazing Spider-Man #789
  • Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #12
  • Daredevil #27
  • Defenders #6
  • Gwenpool The Unbelievable #21
  • Hulk #11
  • Ms. Marvel #23
  • Star Wars Doctor Aphra #13
  • Uncanny Avengers #28
  • Weapon X #9
  • X-Men Blue #13
  • Harbinger Renegade #8