If you're here in the Panel Discussion programming block, you might be a lapsed comics reader, trying to find a way back to the JLA Satellite. Or you might someone killing time until you pick up your weekly Wednesday pull list. Or maybe you've said goodbye to dozens of longboxes to embrace the promise of digital comics. Whichever it is, you're still interested in the good stuff.
Welcome, then, to the Panel Discussion
Dozen Quartet, where I pick out just-released or out-soon comics that I think are worth paying attention to. Ready? Then, let's meet the sequential art that'll be draining your wallet this week. Be sure to chime in with the books you'll be picking up or that you think everybody should be ready in the comments.
S Action Comics #11
Look, we all know that Superman's not going to stop being Clark Kent, despite faking Kent's death last issue. The high points of this issue will be in looking at how Morrison explore the emotional core hidden inside The Man of Steel's personal lives. No one wants to be Superman all the time, even Kal-El. Should be interesting too see how Morrison addresses Superman's need for normalcy in this story arc.
S Danger Club #3
The first two issues of this Image comics series have impressed me with its vision of how teen superheroes go wrong when their mentors disappear in battle. Personality cults and hormone-driven ultraviolence get mixed in with a mournful coming-of-age subtext where a whole society of kids desperately tries to do what their parents couldn't. Great archetype subversion in these pages.
S Avengers Vs. X-Men #7
For a while there, I thought I was going to drop Avengers vs. X-Men from my monthly reads. But the character work in this crossover event has been strong and today's Marvel Now! news indicates that Marvel's next big status quo shift will be spinning out of this book. So, some folks won't be ultra-powered for long—sorry, Magik—but things will likely be more interesting as a result
S God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls HC
One of the best thing about Jaime Hernandez's work—-whether together with brother Gilbert andr separate—is how they can meld strongly realized character relationships with all manner of weird sci-fi and superhero motifs. It's as if they never shook their adolescent fascination with rayguns and capes, choosing instead to deepen the metaphoric and escapist elements of such genre tropes. In short: God and Science is a loopy, heartfelt and sometimes biting usage of the adventure fiction template that feels lived-in and mature. A must read.