Ten or Less: May 23, 2018
Got ten bucks? Got twelve? Every week, I pick out a few books that our more budget-conscious readers can confidently spend their scratch on, and every week, it’s pretty simple—there are lots of great books, but not every issue stands on its own.
This week, it’s hard—very hard, in fact—because Marvel is popping out three particularly excellent books, all of which are incredibly entertaining whether or not you read before or after. So I’ve got two books that made the cut, but if you have a few extra dollars left over from previous weeks, you should pick up the honorable mention. And if your interest dictates that you grab the honorable mention instead of one of my two, then so be it—you’re certainly not making a mistake.
Moon Knight #195 ($3.99)
Max Bemis gets me. His creator-owned Lucy Dreaming (Boom!) is one of my favorite titles of the year, not least because of Bemis’s snappy, hilarious dialogue. This is my first taste of Moon Knight, and it’s the best kind of head trip. Expect to be surprised, disgusted, and delighted.
Doctor Strange #390 ($3.99)
Here we are at the end of Donny Cates’s run with the Sorcerer Supreme, and while I’ve only been on-board here near the end, I can still feel the loss of something special. A hilarious guest appearance from Spider-Man is the highlight, but there’s lots of goodness all-around. And if Cates’s successor Mark Waid keeps nothing else from this run, I hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of Bats the Undead Basset Hound.
Both of these books are outstanding, and you don’t need much of anything external to feel their worth when you read them. But our honorable mention is very compelling all by itself, too, and the only reason I slotted it at the bottom is because it is the start of something much, much bigger. You should probably buy it anyway, but beware: you will probably want to keep buying it in the future if you do.
Black Panther #1 ($3.99)
Black Panther—IN SPACE. This is the start of Ta-Nehisi Coates's newest run with T’Challa, and boy, are we in for something special. I don’t want to spoil anything, so let me just say that if you’ve been waiting for the intersection of Disney’s two great acquisitions of the past decade, then you will be very happy with this book. It feels like Star Wars, and it feels like Wakanda, and the two ideas blend together immaculately. Acuña’s artwork is exquisite, too, so there’s nothing but money holding you back—so maybe try to figure out a way over that hurdle.