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4 Comics to Check Out This Summer

The world of monthly comic books can be pretty overwhelming. But don’t worry, I’m here to help thin the herd. Here’s a couple of new series to look out for this summer.


When can I read it?

Begins in Justice League #22 this July. (DC Comics)

What the hell is it?

An almighty smackdown between all three iterations of the Justice League, DC’s first big summer event since the inception of the New 52 also picks up story threads involving the Trinity of Sin that have been dangling for almost two years now.

Why should I pick it up?

DC have been busy seeding this event since the start of the New 52 (perhaps even since before Flashpoint, if Geoff Johns is to be believed), and it’s shaping up to be pretty exciting stuff.  The story centres around the Trinity of Sin – Pandora, Phantom Stranger and the Question – and promises to have universe-altering repercussions.  DC managed to scramble to the top of the comic book pile when they reset their entire universe with the New 52, but the position was quickly usurped by Marvel once again.  While DC is still putting out some outstanding titles, the line is starting to feel a little stale and rigid – like week-old bread.  Trinity War and whatever comes out of it could be the shot in the arm that the DC universe needs.




When can I read it?

Begins in X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 in September. (Marvel Comics)

What the hell is it?

The next big crossover event within Marvel’s X-Universe.  Battle lines are quickly drawn when the X-Men of the future travel back to the present to make sure that the X-Men of the past return to their own time.  Yeah.

Why should I pick it up?

Marvel’s X-Men titles have been firing on all cylinders since the Marvel Now initiative began some time ago, and this crossover is the culmination of everything that has been building since Scott Summers got hopped up on Phoenix juice and tried to remake the world in his image.  Hank McCoy has brought the original teenage team of X-Men to the present to shame his former friend into giving up his revolution, but the original team aren’t happy with the way things have turned out for them:  Cyclops is the most wanted man on the planet.  Wolverine is headmaster of the Jean Grey school.  Angel has had his mind wiped due to some unfortunate Apocalypse-related events.  Beast is blue and furry.  The present is pretty crazy for the X-Men, and it’s wonderful.

This’ll be worth checking out just to see the future team of X-Men which includes characters from Jason Aaron’s beloved Wolverine & the X-Men, now all grown up.



When can I read it?

June in Superman Unchained #1. (DC Comics)

What the hell is it?

Superman.  Scott Snyder.  Jim Lee.  If you’re not excited by that combination, you just plain don’t like superhero comics.

 Why should I pick it up?

Superman has been treated pretty poorly in the New 52.  Action Comics has been Grant Morrison’s sloppiest work in recent memory, and Superman has been… well, shit.  Thank the Lords of Krypton, then, that this new title is coming.  And just in time for the new movie, too.  Lucky, that.  Scott Snyder is one of the best writers working in comics at the moment.  He’s killing it on every book he touches – Batman, American Vampire, The Wake.  The guy’s body of work speaks to a fairly twisted mind, and he’s adept at crafting horror stories, but Snyder’s stories always have tons of heart and that’s just what Superman has been missing in the New 52.  Here’s hoping that Snyder can capture the character of the Last Son of Krypton as well as he did the Dark Knight.  Oh, and Jim Lee?  His art speaks for itself:



When can I read it?

August in Trillium #1. (Vertigo/DC)

What the hell is it?

The last love story ever told.  That’s how this book is being described in the solicits.  It’s an epic sci-fi adventure story by the guy who broke your heart with Sweet Tooth.

Why should I pick it up?

Jeff Lemire is the best thing to come out of Canada since Celine Dion Bryan Adams maple syrup.  The talented bastard knows how to make me feel feelings. He recently wrapped up his stellar post-apocalyptic series Sweet Tooth, and Trillium is his next offering at Vertigo.  Very little information has been released about the story, but the short synopsis is enough to get my juices flowing.  Lemire absolutely nails the intricacies of character and emotion in all settings, even against a backdrop of the weird and fantastical – see the aforementioned Sweet Tooth, graphic novel The Underwater Welder or his current run on Animal Man.  This is set to be one of the most intense stories this summer, and the artwork is looking beautiful.




Special mention should also go to the single issue that I’m most excited for this summer: Indestructible Hulk #9

Since Mark Waid (or, The God of Awesome as I like to call him) started writing the new Hulk series, me and most of the comic book world have been waiting for the Jade Giant to have a crossover with his other mind-blowing series Daredevil.  This June, that moment will come.  Kinda. While it’s not a crossover as such, Waid will be exploring the ‘secret history’ of Matt Murdock and Bruce Banner, beginning in issue 9 of Indestructible.  My mind can’t even comprehend how awesome that secret history will be.  And the cover?  Instant nerdjaculation.


About Ashley Walker

Pop Verse writer and artist. Special interests include comics, games, science fiction, fantasy, as well as horror and monster films.

One comment

  1. Good list. I was hoping that you’d mention Superman Unchained and Battle of the Atom. I’m excited for both, and I can’t even imagine how much crazier All New X-Men is about to get.

    Other things to consider…

    Marvel has a big Infinity event starting this summer, probably August. That means Thanos! The fun has already started with the new Thanos Rising series. If you made it out to Free Comic Book Day you might have picked up a free prequel to this story.

    Scott Snyder’s Batman title, simply called “Batman” is starting a new 11 part origin story this June, called Zero Year. This will be the most that Batman’s origin has been explored since DC’s New 52 reboot in 2011. It will also be a great starting point for new readers, since it will be a contained story, not something tangled up in the rest of the DC Universe.

    Guardians of the Galaxy just relaunched recently with a new #1 and it’s been fantastic. Marvel has announced that this summer, Neil Gaiman will be coming on board as a guest writer! In addition, he will be bringing Angela, formerly a Spawn character, into the Marvel Universe. This starts in Guardians of the Galaxy #5.

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