Brian’s Comic Book Picks for January 9th



Punisher War Zone #3

I’ve really enjoyed this book. I like the art and the storyline involving Punisher on the run being hunted for a murder he didn’t commit. After an initial throwdown with Spider-man that the Punisher managed to escape from, he became Avengers business and each issue has seen various Avengers seek him out. Both Wolverine and Black Widow let him go. They know the man and believe him when he says he didn’t do it. They are kindred spirits and believe he deserves more of a fighting chance. In this new issue though a different kind of warrior is sent after Frank Castle. This time around the Avengers big gun, Thor is sent to put an end to this. I’m very interested in seeing how The Punisher deals with the ridiculously powerful God of Thunder in this in continuity tale. Maybe, Thor will have mutual respect for Castle’s new beard and they will share a mead or something. It will probably be something a bit more violent then that though.

Infinite Vacation #5

This has been a long time coming. Issue One came out in 2011. Fast forward to the beginning of 2013 and that fifth and final issue makes its appearance. Mark lives in a world where alternate realities are up for sale, and buying and trading your way through unlimited variations of yourself is as commonplace as checking your email or updating your status.  But when other ‘hims’ start dying suddenly and he meets a mysterious girl who wants nothing to do with ‘life-changing,’ he’ll learn the truth about the universe he stumbles through, and what happens when your vacation turns on you. Pick up this final issue from Nick Spencer and Christian Ward. A Long time coming. It is here now.

Sweet Tooth #40

Jeff Lemire’s critically acclaimed Vertigo series comes to a close with this final issue. Gus’s journey comes to an end and the fate of the hybrids is revealed. It has been a very interesting tale full of Lemire’s trademark emotional weight and the realness of it all in an especially fantastic setting. I love the writing and the world that has been created here. The characters all have such sadness to them and it grips to their every decision. It’s a world I feel I know and so I am drawn to. As with anything you care about that comes to an end you have to look back at where it all started and the path travelled. Gus has come a long way. It’s been dark and especially cruel and still he has managed to make the lives he has touched all the better for it. There is good in even the worst of places and people. Glimmers of hope if you allow yourself to see.

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