Ah, the dreaded fifth week of comics, where nothing comes out yet surprisingly everything seems to be coming out this week. This week's The Read Pile is a bit late, but World of Warcraft Legion was released, so sue me. Here are our most hyped books of the week!
All-New Wolverine Annual #1 is at the top of my pile of comics to read despite my least favorite Marvel character, Spider-Gwen, making an experience. I’ve been an X-23 fan since her debut in X-Men: Evolution and watching her grow through the years and take over the mantle of Wolverine has been amazing. Spider-Man and Wolverine team-ups are always big on laughs and even bigger on heart so I just can’t wait to read it. Maybe it’ll finally get me to like Spider-Gwen.]
Jem and the Holograms #18 is a book you should be reading for three reasons. One being that Kelly Thompson continues to develop this world and its characters so well that I weep a little every time I read it. The second reason is that this arc is illustrated by Jen Bartel, who is by far my favorite new artist in the comic book industry. Take a minute, look her up! The final reason you should read this issue is that there is a bear attack going on during a couple’s retreat and that is just outrageous.
TMNT Universe #1 is probably not a book many people would believe I’d be excited for considering I’m 40+ issues behind on the main series. This is the first ongoing TMNT spin-off since the Turtles made their debut at IDW in 2010. Luckily for readers, the book is a jumping on point for anyone interested in the franchise without the time to get caught up. Turtles’ co-creator Kevin Eastman and the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz are collaborating on a back-up for the issue and if that doesn’t sell you on the book, I’m not sure we can be friends because you have bad taste and I hate you.
Saga #37 - Saga's back, alright! (Sing that in your head to the tune of the Backstreet Boys. Sorry.) Coming off of one of it's yearly hiatuses, Saga by the all-star team of writer Brian K Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, looks to throw us straight into the action with the "WAR FOR PHANG" arc. If this means I get to see Staples draw some action scenes, sign me up. Also, BKV is writing. Expect your favorite characters to die.
Tokyo Ghost #10 is the final issue of Rick Remender and Sean Murphy's dong-filled, hate-letter to technology. Anything Remender writes has my money, but the added genius of Sean Murphy drawing some of the most graphic violence I've seen in comics in recent memory is always a plus. This series has been one of my favorites that Remender has done, so seeing how he sticks the landing will be interesting. Spoiler: he probably will.
The Astonishing Ant-Man #11 by writer Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas has been one of the gems of the Marvel Now! launch. Spencer has managed to bring the humor that he was so well known for from his Superior Foes run, and seamlessly blend it in with some real touching familial drama which makes for great comics. This issue sees Scott Lang in jail. Again. Let's see how this works out for him this time.