The Longbox Short-List - Week of October 18, 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


  • BATMAN: THE DROWNED #1 – My favorite thing about METAL has been the Evil Batman one-shots. They feel well thought out, and I love a good alternate reality story. This time, we get AquaBatman (woman).
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #709 – Return to Planet Hulk! I did think that the last issue of TOTALLY AWESOME HULK which got us here was a bit of a stretch, but I have mostly enjoyed TOTALLY AWESOME HULK and I am looking forward to seeing what they can do with Amadeus Cho on Planet Hulk.
  • WONDER WOMAN/CONAN #2 – The first issue of this series wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It was a strange period piece about gladiators. I actually enjoyed it even if it wasn’t what I expected, and I’m real curious to see where this series goes from here.
  • INVINCIBLE #141 – Counting down the last few issues of INVINCIBLE. Last issue, Mark ended up near death to stop General Thragg in a battle at the heart of a star. There are only a handful of issues left. Robert Kirkman tends not to pull a lot of punches here, but I’m still hopeful for a mostly happy ending.
  • ANIMOSITY #10 and ANIMOSITY EVOLUTION #1 – While I enjoy ANIMOSITY, I think Aftershock would be better served keeping it to one series. It just feels oversaturated. Hopefully there is enough story and content here to make it worthwhile.
  • Go Go Power Rangers #4
  • Astro City #48
  • Batman #33
  • Future Quest Presents #3
  • Green Arrow #33
  • Green Lanterns #33
  • Justice League #31
  • Nightwing #31
  • Super Sons #9
  • Superman #33
  • Titans #16
  • Mighty Mouse #5 (Of 5)
  • Star Wars Adventures #3
  • Uncle Scrooge #31
  • Curse Words #9
  • Mage The Hero Denied #3 (Of 15)
  • Savage Dragon #227
  • Cable #150
  • Champions #13
  • Doctor Strange #26
  • Generation X #7
  • Invincible Iron Man #593
  • Journey Star Wars The Last Jedi Captain Phasma #4 (Of 4)
  • Luke Cage #166
  • Mighty Thor #700
  • Monsters Unleashed #7
  • Secret Warriors #7
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #20
  • X-Men Gold #14
  • Faith And The Future Force #4 (Of 4)
  • War Mother #3 (Of 4)