The Longbox Short-List - Week of November 22, 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


  • DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 – Odd to see DC starting this event while DARK DAYS METAL is still going strong. Supposedly this should finally start giving us some answers to the many questions that came up in DC REBIRTH #1 especially in regards to how it is all connected to the Watchmen. I am real curious about all this, but at the same time, I wish DC would focus on one event at a time.
  • CABLE #151 – I did enjoy James Robinson far too short run on CABLE, but the current arc with the Externals got off to a really strong start. Definitely a nice call back to early issues of X-FORCE which I loved when I started reading comics.
  • SILVER SABLE AND THE WILD PACK #36 – Marvel’s Legacy One-Shots have all been a lot of fun. Really hoping some of them get brought back on a more regular basis. I especially enjoyed MASTER OF KUNG FU and POWER PACK. I haven’t read much SILVER SABLE, but I do enjoy her appearances in various SPIDER-MAN stories. Kind of crazy that she did have her own series at some point.
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #594 – I really enjoyed the last issue of this series which tried to put Tony Stark into some perspective. I know a lot of people have been down on it, but I have really enjoyed Bendis’s work on Iron Man. Riri Williams is a great character. I hope that Marvel doesn’t just make her go away now that Bendis is leaving Marvel.
  • LUKE CAGE #167 – Luke Cage back in jail. It sometimes seems like that is the only storyline they can think of for Luke. Just about every appearance he makes, I see someone say something like “You can’t do that Luke, you will end up back in jail.” Poor guy needs to get a more diverse set of storylines.
  • SUICIDE SQUAD #30 – For a column that never happened, I had gone back and read a lot of old school Task Force X and Suicide Squad stories. So this “Secret History of Task Force X” has been a lot of fun for me. As usual, it’s hard to tell which parts of DC history they keep and which they have discarded, but I’ve really enjoyed this one.
  • FLASH #35 – Pop Mhan draws a pretty awesome Flash story. This issue seems to be a big culmination of many of the story threads that have been going for a while in this FLASH run. FLASH has consistently been one of my favorite DC titles since NEW 52 started. I was never a huge Barry Allen fan growing up, but I do like what DC has done with him the last few years.
  • DUCKTALES #3 – The comic hasn’t been nearly as good as the relaunched DUCKTALES cartoon, but I did like that in the last issue we got two stories about Della Duck’s Adventures with Scrooge and Donald Duck. It was great seeing more of Donald’s sister.  The cover of issue 3 promises more Della adventures. Hopefully we will get some of this in the cartoon as well.
  • Animosity Evolution #2
  • Eleanor And The Egret #5
  • Jimmy's Bastards #5
  • Your Pal Archie #4
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #21
  • Action Comics #992
  • Astro City #49
  • Batgirl #17
  • Batman Beyond #14
  • Detective Comics #969
  • Justice League Of America #19
  • Kamandi Challenge #11 (Of 12)
  • Nightwing The New Order #4 (Of 6),
  • Ruff And Reddy Show #2 (Of 6)
  • Teen Titans #14
  • Wonder Woman #35
  • Librarians #2 (Of 4)
  • Savage Dragon #228
  • All-New Wolverine #27
  • Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #13
  • Captain Marvel #126,
  • Generation X #9
  • Monsters Unleashed #8
  • Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #25
  • Punisher Platoon #3 (Of 6)
  • Star Wars #39
  • X-Men Gold #16
  • X-O Manowar #9