The Longbox Short-List - Week of February 21, 2018

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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

  • ICE CREAM MAN #2 - This was a nice surprise last month. I hadn't been paying much attention to ICE CREAM MAN, but a few Image books had a sneak peek, and I was immediately sold on it. The first issue was basically a horror story, but it seems like the series is supposed to tackle a bunch of different themes and genres.
  • HIT-GIRL #1 - I actually still have not read any of the earlier KICK-ASS books, even though I like Mark Millar quite a bit. Unlike the new KICK-ASS series, this seems to be a return of the original HIT-GIRL. I am picking this book up, though I probably won't read it until I am all caught up on the older series. I am like that.
  • POSTAL - MARK #1 - POSTAL was one of my favorite Image series. It's the story about a town of criminals hiding out in plain sight. POSTAL ended last month on a bit of a cliffhanger. We are getting a few one-shots, but I don't know if they are stories set earlier in the series or intended as epilogues. I kind of hope for the former, as I kind of like that the ending was ambiguous.
  • WONDER WOMAN CONAN #6 - I always love a good crossover, and that is exactly what we got here. I am kind of bummed out that it's coming to an end. I hope we get more crossovers between WONDER WOMAN and CONAN in the future, though with CONAN returning to the Marvel umbrella next year, that just might not happen.
  • BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #1 - I am not quite sure what this is. I always liked BRAVE AND THE BOLD as an anthology team-up series. But Batman and Wonder Woman just teamed up in BATMAN and they are together with Superman every month in TRINITY (a book which I ended up dropping a few months back) and JUSTICE LEAGUE. If you are going to do a mini-series, use it to give exposure to characters that need it, not just more Batman and more Wonder Woman.
  • DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1, INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1, and VENOM #162 - Marvel has three crossover events going on at the same time here with DAMNATION, INFINITY COUNTDOWN, and VENOM (not to mention AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER which continues weekly with AVENGERS #681). I actually enjoy a lot of what Marvel puts out, but it often feels really hard to keep up with everything they are putting out as "must-read events." Why can't they spread these series out better?
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #17 - I am sort of posting this early since the issue I am most excited about is issue 18 where Hera from STAR WARS: REBELS shows up. DOCTOR APHRA is set after A NEW HOPE, so now we know Hera survives at least that long. After last night's REBELS, it's nice to know at least someone survives past the end of the series...
  • Alters #10
  • Brilliant Trash #4
  • Archies #5
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #24
  • WWE #14
  • Batman #41
  • Batman And The Signal #2 (Of 3)
  • Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4 (Of 6)
  • Damage #2
  • Future Quest Presents #7
  • Green Lanterns #41
  • Justice League #39
  • Nightwing #39
  • Super Sons #13
  • Superman #41
  • Amazing Spider-Man #796
  • Astonishing X-Men #8
  • Daredevil #599
  • Defenders #10
  • Generation X #87
  • Incredible Hulk #713
  • Luke Cage #170
  • Mighty Thor #704
  • Monsters Unleashed #11
  • Punisher The Platoon #6 (Of 6)
  • Tales Of Suspense #102 (Of 5)
  • X-Men Gold #22
  • Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #2 (Of 4)
  • Quantum And Woody #3