The Longbox Short-List - Week of May 16, 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


Lots of Marvel books I want to talk about this week…

  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN DAREDEVIL #1 – To me, this is just a very unlikely and unnecessary crossover. Typically Daredevil keeps out of Marvel’s big sweeping events, but he seems to have a major role in INFINITY COUNTDOWN and HUNT FOR WOLVERINE. The concept for this story (the mind gem is being held by a crime boss) is pretty cool, but it just doesn’t feel like a DAREDEVIL story to me…
  • QUICKSILVER NO SURRENDER #1 – It’s always weird when a comic series features a cliffhanger like “DID QUICKSILVER DIE?” when you have already solicited a miniseries starring that character. I’ve been a fan of Quicksilver since his X-FACTOR days.
  • STAR WARS POE DAMERON #27 – While I have been enjoying this series, the last issue was a huge surprise. The first 25 issues were set before THE FORCE AWAKENS. Issue 26 starts just moments after THE LAST JEDI ends and fills in some of the blanks from THE FORCE AWAKENS and THE LAST JEDI. I thought it was a really cool way to keep this series relevant and finally bring all the heroes together.
  • AVENGERS #2 – Loved the interaction with Thor, Cap, and Iron Man in the first issue of this series. This is an AVENGERS series on an epic scale, and Jason Aaron is a great fit for this type of book.
  • SUPERMAN SPECIAL #1 – Not really sure what the point of ACTION COMICS SPECIAL and SUPERMAN SPECIAL were, but I did enjoy ACTION COMICS SPECIAL, so I am sure I will be picking this one up too.
  • X-MEN WEDDING SPECIAL #1 – Comic book weddings never go well. This actually is not the Kitty Pryde/Colossus Wedding (they are getting married in X-MEN GOLD #30 next month), it is the story of their bachelor/bachelorette parties.
  • Jimmy's Bastards #8
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27
  • Batman #47
  • Future Quest Presents #10
  • Green Lanterns #47
  • Justice League No Justice #2 (Of 4)
  • Star Trek The Next Generation Through The Mirror #3
  • Curse Words #14
  • Gideon Falls #3
  • Kick-Ass #4
  • All-New Wolverine #35
  • Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #18
  • Daredevil #602
  • Hunt For Wolverine Claws Of A Killer #1 (Of 4)
  • Mighty Thor At The Gates Of Valhalla #1
  • Punisher #224
  • Weapon H #3
  • X-Men Red #4
  • Bloodshot Salvation #9
  • Ninja-K #7