The Longbox Short-List - Week of June 13, 2018

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Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

Comics shipping this week


  • PLASTIC MAN #1 – Gail Simone has written a lot of comics that I really enjoy, including DOMINO which is one of the best new series in comics. Seeing her write a PLASTIC MAN comic fulfills a dream I never even knew I had. DC needs more fun books like this! Now if only we can get her on a LEGION OF SUPERHEROES comic…DOMINO #3 also comes out this week, and that is highly recommended too!
  • BLOODSTRIKE #0 – I still have a huge love for BRIGADE and BLOODSTRIKE. I know there are a lot of comic fans who roll their eyes (many of whom probably loved Liefeld back in the day), but I have been looking forward to new BLOODSTRIKE adventures for a while. Definitely a book I am very excited about for this week.
  • MAGIC ORDER #1 – To be honest, I still don’t quite get the Netflix connection here. I keep hearing this is Netflix’s first ever comic…but it’s still written by Mark Millar and coming out from Image…so I don’t quite get what that means. Either way, Millar has put out some really great new series in recent years, so I will definitely check this out. Also KICK-ASS #5 comes out this week by Millar!
  • THOR #1 – Odinson is back, and Jason Aaron is still at the helm! I absolutely love Aaron’s take on the Asgardians, and as much as I enjoyed Jane Foster Thor, it is great to see the original back in action!
  • SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #26 – Last issue was brutal! Didn’t expect to read an issue of Scooby-Doo where a beloved classic character is brutally slaughtered. This series always manages to surprise me, and it is always one of DC’s best books.
  • NEW SUPER-MAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF CHINA #24 – I am sad that this series is coming to an end, but to be honest, I never expected it to last even this long. I really enjoy this book and these characters. Hopefully they will still be around in some capacity.
  • INFINITY COUNTYDOWN: DARKHAWK #2 – I really liked Darkhawk when I started reading comics back in the day. He’s sort of been a little directionless the last few years, but DARKHAWK #51 and IC: DARKHAWK #1 seemed like a great way to bring the character back to basics. Really hoping we get a new DARKHAWK series out of this.
  • PUNISHER #226 – The last few issues have been so damn intense! The Marvel universe is pretty pissed at Punisher for taking his war on crime to a whole new level, using the War Machine armor to take down dictators. I know we have a new PUNISHER #1 coming in a few months, but I have no idea how Frank Castle can get back to the status quo at this point…
  • FIX #12 – I wish this series came out on a better release schedule. One of my favorite series, but it is sometimes so long between issues I barely remember what happened last time. Still a very funny series, and I can’t wait to read the newest issue!
  • Babyteeth #11
  • Betrothed #4
  • Walk Through Hell #2
  • Batman Prelude To The Wedding Batgirl Vs The Riddler #1
  • Detective Comics #982
  • Flash #48
  • Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #46
  • Man Of Steel #3 (Of 6)
  • Mister Miracle #9 (Of 12)
  • Red Hood And The Outlaws #23
  • Sideways #5
  • Suicide Squad #43
  • Titans Special #1
  • Wonder Woman #48
  • DuckTales #9
  • I Hate Fairyland #19
  • Mage The Hero Denied #9 (Of 15)
  • Exiles #4
  • Hunt For Wolverine Adamantium Agenda #2 (Of 4)
  • Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1
  • New Mutants Dead Souls #4 (Of 6)
  • Old Man Logan #41
  • Quicksilver No Surrender #2 (Of 5)
  • Star Wars Darth Vader #17
  • Bloodshot Salvation #10