The Longbox Short-List - Week of July 22, 2015

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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

I have a lot coming out this week, but not a lot jumping out at me in terms of exciting books to talk about.

CYBORG #1 – I really enjoyed the preview for this one. I don’t know David Walker’s work all that much. He writes SHAFT for Dynamite, which is supposed to be real good. I like that Cyborg is getting a lot more exposure lately, and I hope DC puts some muscle behind getting the word out on this one.

PREZ #2 – First issue really exceeded all my high expectations. I ended up going back and reading the original PREZ from the 70’s…it doesn’t quite hold up, but it was entertaining enough. The new series is far better though it could stand to move a little faster.

BOOK OF DEATH – FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1BOOK OF DEATH #1 was so good. I am a little worried about this issue derailing the storyline going on in BLOODSHOT REBORN, but I am confident Valiant will manage to make it all work.

BLACKLIST #1 – I already talked about this book and my love of James Spader last week. Hopefully it will actually come out this time!

UNCANNY X-MEN #35 – Okay, you really can’t allow one of your flagship title to fall this far behind. I assume that the last two issues of UNCANNY explain how Cyclops ended up with the Phoenix Force…but at this point, he’s already proved himself to be rather pathetic with it and easily killed by Doom. You might have the new status quo before this run is finished. I have enjoyed Bendis’s work on X-Men, but there is no excuse for this.

SECRET WARS – Even the SECRET WARS books coming out this week aren’t all that inspiring. Looking forward to WEIRDWORLD #2, E IS FOR EXTINCTION #2, and FUTURE IMPERFECT #3. Not much else.