The Longbox Short-List - Week of June 20, 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


  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 and AVENGERS #3 - I really didn’t intend to lump these two books in together, but I have similar feelings about both. Both books got off to real hot starts in the first few pages of the first issue, but kind of got a little boring. I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of stories of worldwide threats where everyone is going to die unless the heroes do something epic. It’s fun for events every now and then, but not really the core of the main team books. That is actually why I prefer when the JUSTICE LEAGUE and AVENGERS have a lot more street level characters. I am still mostly enjoying these series, but it’s just not quite what I want from either of them.
  • ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #2 – I was very happy to hear that they are bringing back Wasp in her own series later this year. She is definitely one of my favorite of Marvel’s newer characters, and my daughter adores her as a science-minded girl herself. The first issue of this series was great. Scott Lang and Nadia Pym have a real unique dynamic.
  • TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 – Dan Slott takes over IRON MAN. I typically like Slott’s work quite a bit, so I am real curious what new direction he can take Tony Stark. Should be a very fun book if nothing else. We also get the last issue of his ten year run on Spider-Man with this week’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801. He will definitely be missed, but it is definitely time for him to try something new.
  • Lost City Explorers #1
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #28
  • Batman #49
  • Batman Prelude To The Wedding Red Hood Vs Anarky #1
  • Future Quest Presents #11
  • Green Lanterns #49
  • Man Of Steel #4 (Of 6),
  • Curse Words #15
  • Hit-Girl #5
  • Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #20
  • Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #20
  • Champions #21
  • Daredevil #604
  • Doctor Strange #2
  • Hunt For Wolverine Claws Of A Killer #2 (Of 4)
  • Infinity Countdown Black Widow #1
  • Infinity Countdown Champions #1 (Of 2)
  • Runaways #10
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #28
  • Weapon H #4
  • Ninja-K #8
  • Shadowman #4