The Longbox Short-List - Week of January 3, 2018

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Batman and The Signal #1

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running 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 AND THE SIGNAL #1 - I actually think Duke has a lot of potential as a character, but DC doesn't quite seem sure what to do with him. Hopefully this mini-series will give him something to do.

  • EXIT STAGE LEFT - THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICES #1 - DC has managed to put fresh spin on their Hanna-Barbera books. We did get a tease of SNAGGLEPUSS during the DC/Hanna-Barbera crossovers, and it was actually pretty dark. JETSONS #3 and DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY #5 also come out this week.

  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #150 - Last issue of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY before INFINITY COUNTDOWN. I was actually enjoying this series with the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY trying to find corruption in the Nova Corps. There was supposed to be an issue 151 of this series, but it was replaced by an INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK one-shot...drawn by Mike Allred!! Now that is a must buy for me!

  • X-MEN GRAND DESIGN #2 - While $6 is a bit much for this series, I did enjoy the first issue. It's an attempt to bring all of X-Men continuity into one coherent history. I love the comic strip art here, and it's just a fun walk through X-Men backstory.

  • Animosity Evolution #3
  • Babyteeth #7
  • Batman #38
  • Batman White Knight #4 (Of 8)
  • Black Lightning Cold Dead Hands #3 (Of 6)
  • Green Arrow #36
  • Green Lanterns #38
  • Harley And Ivy Meet Betty And Veronica #4 (Of 6)
  • Justice League #36
  • Nightwing #36
  • Superman #38
  • Paper Girls #19
  • Spawn #281
  • Astonishing X-Men #7
  • Captain America #697
  • Hawkeye #14
  • Phoenix Resurrection The Return Of Jean Grey #2 (Of 5)
  • Rogue And Gambit #1 (Of 5)
  • Star Wars #41
  • X-Men Gold #19
  • Secret Weapons #0