Ten or Less: June 6, 2018
You’ve got to read comics. But you’ve also got to eat. These two truths often seem at war, but it need not be so. So put down that bologna-on-hand sandwich, grab a crisp ten-dollar bill, and head to your local comic shop. Follow our advice, and you’ll walk out with some quality books that stand well enough on their own—even if you decide not to add these titles to your pull list.
Justice League #1 ($3.99)
Anticipation for Scott Snyder’s run on Justice League has always been high, but Dark Nights: Metal made me question whether or not he was up to the task. He followed up with No Justice, a much better mini, but with two co-writers, it was hard to say whether or not the driving force was Snyder himself. I still wondered what we would get with Justice League. Well, the time for wondering is over, and Justice League #1 is an outstanding debut to what I hope will be a great run. The cast is huge, the villains are frightening, and the storytelling—both from Snyder and artist Jim Cheung—is strong. It’s a great issue unto itself, but be warned: you’re probably going to want to see where this goes.
Doctor Strange #1 ($3.99)
What’s a Sorcerer Supreme to do when the magic is gone? The solicits for Mark Waid’s new run on Doctor Strange made it clear that Strange will be heading into the vast cosmos in search of a way to rekindle his connection to the mystic arts, but when you read the reason why, it takes an interesting premise and turns it into a very solid one. Lighter on action than Justice League, Doctor Strange #1 benefits most from Waid’s ability to craft moving narration and convincing dialogue. Jesús Saiz provides the whole artistic package, and it’s an outstanding package. The colors are highly-rendered, which isn’t my favorite choice in most cases, but it seems to fit here, with Strange heading off into worlds filled with exotic races and technology.
The only downside to this week’s picks is that you might like them so much that you’ll keep buying subsequent issues and tie up your budget—but I’m not too sorry about that. Go get ‘em, and then let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. We might even share your comments on the podcast.