Tuesday, July 31, 2012

WATCHMEN: The Comic Picks For August 2012

August, it's three quarters through the year and my to do list is no where near complete! Still proving they also have much to be to done, these are the best hits coming our way comic wise in August, as we head into the home stretch of 2012.

DR MANHATTAN (The Neon Blue Guy In The Room): GAMBIT #1 Me, I suck at poker. I don't have a poker face at the best of times, especially when I'm holding a shitter of a hand. Gambit though always has the decks stacked with aces and this time round, the ragin' Cajun is set to have a series that proves the House (of Ideas) always wins.

SILK SPECTRE (Stops traffic with looks alone): HAWKEYE #1 Hawkeye and Gambit have allot in common, so it makes sense their series' launch together. They both have attitude, are a hit with the lady folk and shoot projectile weaponry. Come to think of it, have they ever been seen in the same room? There's something to think over as you drool about David Aja's always indestructible pencils here!

RORSCHACH (The Indie Voice): ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG #1 Writer Fred Van Lente has been propping up so many hit books over the last few years, it's good to see him land one that plays to both his sense of humour and action stylings like Archer and Armstrong does! Conspiracy revealed as young trained assassin meets hard-drinking immortal fighter. Get yours while it's hot!

NITE OWL (The Dependable Goodie): AQUAMAN #12 If this conclusion to The Others story-arc goes out with as big of a bang as it's preceding issues, we are in for one hell of a treat. A traitor, Manta's boss and Black Manta vs Aquaman and his pre-Justice League team-mates? 'Nuff said!

THE COMEDIAN (My Rank Outsider): STORMWATCH #12 We've already seen that Martian Manhunter and the Justice League came to blows, now one of DC's best walks out on Stormwatch - trading punches on his way! What clues will this spell for John's future, past or present? Only the Stormwatch infirmary knows for sure.

 What about you?  What comics are you looking forward to this August?


  1. I like the cover to Archer and Armstrong even though I've never really been that interested in Valiant characters outside of a brief stint in the early 90's with an issue or two of Rai and Magnus.

    But hey, I'm all for diversity, and giving comic readers more options out there to choose from than the big two and Image/Top Cow.

    A Gambit series again? Sorry, but I remember the failure of his series last time, so I don't have high expectations for this one.

    Other than that, yeah, I hear Aquaman is kicking ass story-wise, which is weird because JLA is the drisling shits right now:(

  2. Hey Dale - how DC editorial explains the phenomenal version of Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Superman (Action Comics), and Aquaman in their own titles, then their pale imitations hogging space in the pages of Justice League in the new 'more cohesive' DC52 must be a joke even Plastic Man can't crack.

    Definitely dip your toes into an issue of Aquaman soon if you haven't already. I'm not sure what you like to read just yet, but it's a pretty safe bet.

    Gambit I still have my fingers crossed for a winning hand. The character is so rich he deserves it, though like Psylocke I see him as stronger outside the X-world then I do in it (with the odd cameo by Storm and Rouge that is). More like Marvel's Hellblazer.

    With Valiant I loved Turok and Bart Sears X-O Manowar best. But like you say, it's just great having even more options on the table.

  3. See for Gambit, you'd think that was the case, but I'd say based off his solo stories, not really. Trust me, he belongs exactly with the X-Men, and when the real X-Men return, and not the horrible AvX versions, then yeah I'm all for Gambit and the X-Men going back to doing what they do well, kicking evil mutant ass.

    Yeah I don't get it either; like you said the solo titles and their stories are a much better representative of those characters than the JL book. I pity anyone who follows that title or has become introduced/1st exposed to the JLA through that horrible title because that's not the real League either. Those are like, IDK robots or something. Maybe some evil thought-hologram leaguers leftover from Morrison's run or something. The whole thing just boggles my mind that the higher-ups think that book is a quality hit. But then if you see who makes up the ranks of those higher-ups, then it's not such a mystery anymore:(