This Week’s Comics – November 11th, 2015

This Week’s Comics is the pull list of Comic Books recommended by Hush Comics, with notes and suggestions by co-owner, Sherif Elkhatib.


Superman: American Alien #1: Operation “Let’s show people that Superman is still cool” continues with this seven-part mini-series. Each issue will be a separate story detailing a different part in Clark’s life. It will likely be terrible, but DC is trying SO hard, you guys.

All-New [Fill in the Blank] #1: There are three new Marvel books with the All-New imprint on them this week, with the launch title Avengers being the biggest. Me, though, I’m stoked about seeing X-23 embrace her inner Wolverine.

Limbo #1: A six-parter from Image title that crosses 50’s pulp noir with 80’s vibes. The art looks fantastic and I get a very Ugly Americans vibe from the setting. Really, anything new and different from Image stays in my to-read list.

Graphic Novels:

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies (Marvel)
Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven
Cyanide and Happiness: Stab Factory
Batman R.I.P. Unwrapped (DC)
Django/Zorro (Dynamite)
Drones (IDW)
Infinite Loop (IDW)
Wolf Volume 1 (Image)

Comic Books:

Archie Comics
Sonic The Hedgedog #278

BOOM! Studios
Adventure Time #46
Americatown #4
Lantern City #7
Last Sons of America #1
Sleepy Hallow Providence #4 (final issue)

Dark Horse Comics
Abe Sapien #28
Harrow County #7
King Tiger #4 (final issue)
Mirror’s Edge: Exordium #3
Rebels #8

DC Comics
Batman #46
Batman and Robin Eternal #6
Batman Beyond #6
Batman/Superman #26
Catwoman #46
Constantine: The Hellblazer #6
DC Comics Bombshells #4
Fables: The Wolf Among Us #11
Justice League: The Darkseid Wars – Green Lantern #1
Justice League: The Darkseid Wars – Shazam #1
Justice League United #15
Red Hood/Arsenal #6
Slash and Burn #1
Starfire #6
Superman: American Alien #1
Teen Titans #13
Twilight Children #2

Dynamite Entertainment:
Alice Cooper vs. Chaos #3
Grumpy Cat #2
Pathfinder: Hallow Mountain #1
Red Sonja/Conan #4 (final issue)

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #219
Last Fall #5 (final issue)
Maxx Maxximized #25
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures #4
X-Files: Season 11 #4

Image Comics:
68 Last Rights #3
8House #5
Airboy #4 (final issue)
Astronauts in Trouble #6
Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #7
Birthright #11
Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #2
Descender #7
Drifter #9
Faster Than Light #3
Goddamned #1
Limbo #1
Mythic #5
Postal: FBI Dossier #1
Southern Bastards #12
The Walking Dead #148
Wicked + The Divine #16

All-New All-Different Avengers #1
All-New Hawkeye #1
All-New Wolverine #1
Captain America: White #3
Carnage #1
Chewbacca #3
Darth Vader #12
Figment 2 #3
Illuminati #1
Infinity Gauntlet #5
Secret Wars #7
Spider-Gwen #2
Spider-Man 2099 #3
Squadron Sinister #4
Thors #4
Ultimates #1
Web Warriors #1

Dropping Science: Marvel’s November Hip-Hop Variants

After immense success with putting Hip-Hop duo Run the Jewels on the cover of a few of their books, Marvel has expanded the idea to give each and every single book in their All-New All-Different line-up its own Hip-Hop variant. We’ve tracked down each cover, provided information about the album inspiring the variant cover, and given our two cents on whether it fits the subject. We’ll be doing this each month for as long as the All-New All-Different brand keeps putting out variants!

October 2015 Hip-Hop Variants

November 4th

Extraordinary X-Men #1 - 3 Feet High and Rising

Extraordinary X-Men #1
Marvel Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (Writer), Humberto Ramos (Artist)
Cover Artist: Sanford Greene
Hip-Hop Album: De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Me, Myself and I,” “Buddy,” “Say No Go,” “Eye Know
How well does it fit?: De La Soul were on the front lines of the wacky, relatable, and socially responsible rhymes. With Lemire writing this new X-Men series, it’s about damn time the X-series got back to its roots.


Deadpool #1 - Attention Deficit Deadpool #1
Marvel Creative Team: Gerry Duggan (Writer), Mike Hawthorne (Artist)
Cover Artist: Kaare Andrews
Hip-Hop Album: Wale’s Attention Deficit (2009)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Pretty Girls,” “Chillin‘,” “Beautiful Bliss
How well does it fit?: The album name definitely fits here, as Wade Wilson is one of the most absent-minded characters in pop culture. Wale isn’t nearly as popular as Deadpooly over here, but he gets to have brunch with Jerry Seinfeld, which is kind of zany for a Hip-Hop artist.


Drax #1 - Man on the Moon II Drax #1
Marvel Creative Team: CM Punk/Cullen Bunn (Writers), Scott Hepburn (Artist)
Cover Artist: Mike Choi
Hip-Hop Album: KiD CuDi’s Man on the Moon II (2010)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Erase Me,” “Revofev,” “Wild’n Cuz I’m Young
How well does it fit?: Drax has been gaining tons of popularity for his sardonic sense of humor, but really hasn’t done anything to make me want to invest time in his solo career. Same with Cudi. His early success that was launched almost solely from Kanye’s sound floundered around until he began his “acting” career. Here’s hoping Drax won’t flop on his own.

Hercules #1 - Black Flame
Hercules #1
Marvel Creative Team: Dan Abnett (Writer), Luke Ross (Artist)
Cover Artist: Theotis Jones
Hip-Hop Album: Lil B’s Black Flame (2011)

Howard the Duck #1 - Return to the 36 Chambers Howard the Duck #1
Marvel Creative Team: Chip Zdarsky (Writer), Joe Quinones (Artist)
Cover Artist: Juan Doe
Hip-Hop Album: Ol Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers (1993)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” “Brooklyn Zoo,” “Raw Hide
How well does it fit?: Before his untimely death in 2004,  ODB was one of the grimiest dudes in rap. He was one of the few to transform his Wu-Tang membership into a solid career. His shining characteristic was being able to grab his nuts and throw up his middle finger to the authorities – any authority – just like our fowl friend, Howard. Howard, though, might not have the same FBI file as Dirt McGirt, which includes a shootout with NYPD. Rebel.


Nova #1 - Born Sinner Nova #1
Marvel Creative Team: Sean Ryan (Writer), Cory Smith (Artist)
Cover Artist: Eric Canete
Hip-Hop Album: J. Cole’s Born Sinner (2013)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Crooked Smile,” “Power Trip,” “Rich Niggaz,” “Born Sinner
How well does it fit?: Cole is one of Hip-Hop’s brightest stars right now. His ability to relate to listeners with common themes and wrap it up with great music is one of his charming qualities. What makes him an ironic choice for a Nova cover is that this is very much a father-son book; J. Cole often raps about his crappy deadbeat father who abandoned him. Dick move, Marvel.


Vision #1 - Rolling Papers Vision #1
Marvel Creative Team: Tom King (Writer), Gabriel H Walta (Artist)
Cover Artist: Vanessa Del Ray
Hip-Hop Album: Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers (2011)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Black and Yellow,” “On My Level,” “No Sleep
How well does it fit?: I don’t know what kind of hallucinations that weed is giving Wiz, but they’re not the same one that the Marvel robot gets. Wiz Khalifa looks like the type of kid who got beat up a lot in high school, but he’s been the face of the Hip-Hop skater stoner movement for the past 5 years. Don’t judge him by his appearance, he actually makes some pretty legit feel-good music. A sequel (because album sequels are a thing now) to Rolling Papers is due out next year.

November 11th

All-New All-Different Avengers #1 - Illadelph Halflife All-New All-Different Avengers #1
Marvel Creative Team: Mark Waid (Writer), Adam Kubert/Mahmud Asrar (Artist)
Cover Artist: Jim Cheung
Hip-Hop Album: The Roots’ Illadelph Halflife (1996)
Best Tracks off the Album: “What They Do,” “Ital (The Universal Side),” “The Hypnotic
How well does it fit?: I’m sorry, I have to say it. The Roots are dope as f*ck, and this group of Avengers is dope as f*ck. They might not draw headlines individually (save for Iron Man – he can be the ?uestlove of The Avengers), but as a group, both groups make some wonderful music. This will be a solid book, especially with Mark Waid at the helm.

All-New Hawkeye - Mecca and the Soul Brother
All-New Hawkeye #1
Marvel Creative Team: Jeff Lemire (Writer), Ramón Pérez (Artist)
Cover Artist: Sanford Greene
Hip-Hop Album: Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s Mecca and the Soul Brother (1992)
Best Tracks off the Album: “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),” “Straighten It Out,” “Can’t Front on Me
How well does it fit?: Hawkeye and Hawkguy are one in the same. Kate Bishop has come under the tutelage of the Avenger Clint Barton, but has pulled his butt from the fire plenty of times. Similarly, Pete Rock and CL Smooth are a rapper/DJ combination so solid that even saying their names separately sounds weird unless spoken together. Near the end of Fraction/Aja’s Hawkeye series, these two split up and the book suffered. Hopefully these two can stick together and whoop some ass.

All-New Wolverine #1 - Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
All-New Wolverine #1
Marvel Creative Team: Tom Taylor (Writer), David Lopez (Artist)
Cover Artist: Keron Grant
Hip-Hop Album: DMX’s Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Slippin‘,” “Blackout,” “Coming From
How well does it fit?: Unlike DMX, the sun has not set on the possibility for a good Wolverine book. However, X-23 has a lot of unbridled rage that she can channel into a successful stint as the new Wolverine, just like DMX did in songs like “Slippin.” In all seriousness, this album was one of DMX’s weakest, but of all the DMX album covers, this one was too good to pass up.

Carnage #1 - Dare iz a Darkside
Carnage #1
Marvel Creative Team: Gerry Conway (Writer), Mike Perkins (Artist)
Cover Artist: Ariel Olivetti
Hip-Hop Album: Redman’s Dare Iz A Darkside (1994)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Bobyahed2dis,” “Cosmic Slop,” “Rockafella,” “Can’t Wait
How well does it fit?: This is one of the best fits out of all the variants – matching the spastic, chaotic Carnage with one of the biggest weirdos in all of Hip-Hop. Redman is off the charts in terms of his individuality, but still garners enough respect to rock with the mainstream artists. Plus, this cover is CLASSIC 90’s Hip-Hop.

Illuminati - Power

Illuminati #1
Marvel Creative Team: Josh Williamson (Writer), Shawn Crystal (Artist)
Cover Artist: Brittany Holloway-Brown
Hip-Hop Album: Ice T’s Power (1988)

The Ultimates #1 - The Fugees
The Ultimates #1
Marvel Creative Team: Al Ewing (Writer), Kenneth Rocafort (Artist)
Cover Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
Hip-Hop Album: The Fugees’ The Score (1996)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Fu-Gee-La,” “Ready or Not,” “Killing Me Softly,” “No Woman No Cry
How well does it fit?: The Fugees exploded onto the scene in the mid-1990’s when Pras, Lauryn Hill, and Wyclef Jean created the Fugees. All solid artists by themselves (except Pras, he sucks), but together make one of the greatest groups in Hip-Hop history. Sadly, emotions got in the way and they split permanently, but we still have The Score to appreciate. When it comes to the book, I’m ready to see a story with Black Panther and Captain Marvel (oh, and Spectrum, I guess).


Web Warriors #1 - Lord WillinWeb Warriors #1
Marvel Creative Team: Mike Costa (Writer), David Bildeon (Artist)
Cover Artist: Damion Scott
Hip-Hop Album: The Clipse’s Lord Willin’ (2002)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Grindin‘,” “When The Last Time,” “Ma, I Don’t Love Her,” “Cot Damn
How well does it fit?: If you’ve had your ear to the group in Hip-Hop over the last decade, you may have heard of The Clipse, but chances are that this group is unknown to you. Two ex-dopeboys (Pusha T and No Malice) from Virginia lay colorful metaphor after another in this album produced by Pharrell’s Neptunes label. The lyrics are hard and grimy, but there’s a certain grace and intellect in their rhymes that eludes most rappers cut from similar cloths. The Web Warriors I assume are picking up where Spider-Verse just left off, and have a crazy ensemble you would expect to be gimmicky put together a decent story.

November 18th

Black Knight #1 - Food and Liquor

Black Knight #1
Marvel Creative Team: Frank Tieri (Writer), Luca Pizzari (Artists)
Cover Artist: Gyimah Gariba
Hip-Hop Album: Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor (2006)
Best Tracks off the Album: “The Cool,” “He Say She Say,” “Daydreamin‘,” “Kick, Push
How well does it fit?: Black Knight has actually gone through over a half-dozen iterations since the mid-fifties, the mantle being passed from generation to generation (similar to Azrael in DC). Somehow he’s managed to fly under the radar, even with the most recent iteration in Black Panther (2005). Lupe is innovative and intelligent, but somehow manages to get overlooked by Hip-Hop heads and mainstream fans alike.

Ms. Marvel #1 - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Ms. Marvel #1
Marvel Creative Team: G. Willow Wilson (Writer), Takeshi Miyazawa/Adrian Alphona (Artists)
Cover Artist: Jenny Frison
Hip-Hop Album: Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Ex Factor,” “Lost One,” “Everything is Everything,” “Nothing Even Matters
How well does it fit?: Oh hell yeah, this is a combination I can dig. One of the most socially-conscious R&B artists of all time is paired with one of the most socially-conscious superheroes in the Marvel roster. It’s just… perfect. If you don’t know Lauryn Hill, go Miseducate yourself. Right now.


Silk - The New Danger

Silk #1
Marvel Creative Team: Robbie Thompson (Writer), Stacey Lee (Artist)
Cover Artist: Woo Chul Lee
Hip-Hop Album: Yasin Bey’s (Mos Def’s) A New Danger (2004)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Ghetto Rock,” “Modern Marvel,” “Sex, Love, and Money,” “Zimzallabim,” “Sunshine
How well does it fit?: Cindy Moon has had enough of your bullsh*t, and now she’s robbing banks with Black Cat. We’re not sure how she got there from the end of the world in issue #7, but whatever. Yasin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) has the weight of the people behind his voice, and has numerous songs about telling the establishment to eat it (“Dollar Day” and “Rape Over” to name a couple). At the very least, A New Danger is a perfect album cover for knocking over banks.

Spider-Woman #1 - Capital Punishment
Spider-Woman #1
Marvel Creative Team: Dennis Hopeless (Writer), Javier Rodriguez (Artist)
Cover Artist: Natcha Bustos
Hip-Hop Album: Big Pun’s Capital Punishment (1993)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Still Not A Player,” “Super Lyrical,” Twins (Deep Cover 98),” “Tres Leches
How well does it fit?: I don’t get it; is this a pregnancy joke? Before Pun’s death at 28 years old, the guy weighed over 700 pounds. I mean that he was so fat, his Wikipedia page should list years active ending way before his death in 2000. Fun fact about Pun: besides being one of the most respected MCs of the mid-90s, was also a notorious wife beater. Smooth move, Marvel.

Star Lord #1 - Ivry
Star Lord #1
Marvel Creative Team: Sam Humphries (Writer), Dave Johnson (Artist)
Cover Artist: Tradd Moore
Hip-Hop Album: The 100s’ Ivry (2014)

November 25th

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 - Summertime '06
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1
Marvel Creative Team: Amy Reeder (Writer), Natacha Bustos (Artist)
Cover Artist: Jeffrey Veregge
Hip-Hop Album: Vince Staples’ Summertime ’06 (2015)

Venom-Space Knight - Lost in Space Black Elvis

Venom: Space Knight #1
Marvel Creative Team: Robbie Thompson (Writer), Ariel Olivetti (Artist)
Cover Artist: Mike Choi
Hip-Hop Album: Kool Keith’s Black Elvis/ Lost in Space (1999)
Best Tracks off the Album: “Livin’ Astro,” “Lost in Space
How well does it fit?: Oh, isn’t it obvious?? Venom is a Black Symbiote…in space! Kool Keith has changed personas more than a couple times, but each personality he exudes is funky and relatable. 

That about does it for Marvel’s new books and the Hip-Hop variants that come with them. Check back next month for a whole new set of entries.


This Week’s Comics – October 21st, 2015

This Week’s Comics is the pull list of Comic Books recommended by Hush Comics, with notes and suggestions by co-owner, Sherif Elkhatib.


Fistful of Blood #1: Kevin Eastman kicks off his IDW-exclusive deal with the rerelease of this book from 2003. This will be more akin to his early Heavy Metal days – not very turtle-like at all. Zombies, vampires, and a girl with big books – it’s time for 80s comic book fans to crawl back out of the gutters again!

Back to the Future #1: After a quiet few weeks, IDW is really outdoing themselves this week, with Back to the Future leading the way. What better way to celebrate a milestone date in the franchise than by pimping it out? I’m hopeful that IDW will be able to capture the magic since BTTF is a concept that translates well to comic book form.

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja Omnibus: All 22 issues of one of Marvel’s best series of the last five years can be yours, including the holiday pet superhero issue! Really though, this is one of the funnest books I’ve read in a while, one that didn’t seem to get caught up in all the reboot/relaunch frenzy. They actually rebooted the book without Fraction and Aja before their Hawkeye series was complete. Classy move, Marvel.

Graphic Novels:

Adventure Time: Volume 7 (BOOM!)
Convergence: Flashpoint Volume 1 & 2 (DC)
Get Jiro and Sushi (DC)
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja Omnibus (Marvel)
Memetic (BOOM!)
Teen Titans Earth One (DC)
Wolf Moon (DC)

Comic Books:

Archie Comics
Betty and Veronica #278
Shield #1
Sonic the Hedgehog #277

BOOM! Studios
Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake: Card Wars #4
Big Trouble in Little China #17
Cognetic #1
Escape from New York #11
Lumberjanes #19

Dark Horse Comics
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #136
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #20
Dark Horse Presents #15
Groo Friends and Foes #10
Midnight Society: The Black Lake #4 (final issue)
Paybacks #2
Power Cubed #2
Rook #1
Steam Man #1
Usagi Yojimbo #149

DC Comics
Astro City #28
Batman and Robin Eternal #3
Batman: Arkham Knight Genesis #3
Bizarro #5
Black Canary #5
Clean Room #1
Doomed #5
Dr. Fate #5
Gotham Academy #11
Green Lantern: The Lost Army #5
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four #12
Justice League #45
Martian Manhunter #5
Secret Six #7
Superman/Wonder Woman #22
Teen Titans #12
Titans Hunt #1
Wonder Woman #45

Dynamite Entertainment:
Looking For Group #7
Voltron: From the Ashes #2
Will Eisner’s The Spirit #4

Fantagraphics Books:
Hip-Hop Family Tree #3

Back to the Future #1
Dangel Girl: Renegade #2
Donald Duck #6
Fistful of Blood #1
Godzilla in Hell #4
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #35
Star Trek #50
TMNT: Amazing Adventures #3
Transformers #46

Image Comics:
Beauty #3
Empty Zone #5
Fade Out #10
Invincible #124
Reyn #9
Shutter #16
Tales of Honor: Bred to Kill #3
Tithe #6
Tokyo Ghost #2
Wolf #4

1872 #4
Age of Apocalypse
Amazing Spider-Man #2
Astonishing Ant-Man
Darth Vader #11
Invincible Iron Man #2
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #4 (final issue)
Karnak #1
Marvel Ultimate Universe Spider-Man: Web Warriors #12
S.H.I.E.L.D. #11
Secret Wars: Agents of Atlas #1
Uncanny Inhumans #1
Weirdworld #5

ONI Press:
Invader Zim #5

This Week’s Comics – October 7th, 2015

This Week’s Comics is the pull list of Comic Books recommended by Hush Comics, with notes and suggestions by co-owner, Sherif Elkhatib.


All-New All-Different Marvel: The new relaunch from Marvel is finally being realized. Many of the titles out this week are new #1’s, and they all look pretty interesting. The “biggest” title (if we’re going by marketing) is Invincible Iron Man, but the Point One issue should give fans a broad understanding of what is going on in the Marvel U.

TMNT #50: Holy crapballs! I can’t believe we’re at issue #50 of this reboot. It’s made me very nostalgic, and I will likely lock myself in a dark room as I read this by candlelight. Good news, bad news… Good news: This will be a distinguished starting point for new fans to start reading #51. Bad news: I have no idea what that means for the current saga. Are they setting off a complete relaunch in story? A do over? Whatever it is, I’m in for the long haul!

Image finally gets back on track: After a few weeks of quiet horizons, Image is melting people’s faces back again with several awesome new titles. Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death (what if the sexy Russian Bond girl was the hero), Paper Girls (written by Brian K Freaking Vaughan), and Saints (a Dexter-style murder mystery book) all debut. Also, Hush favorites NailbiterSouthern Bastards, and Copperhead return.

Graphic Novels:

Bob Powell’s Complete Jet Powers (Dark Horse)
Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine (Image)
Convergence Zero Hour Volume 1 (DC)
Convergence Zero Hour Volume 2 (DC)
Deadly Class volume 3: The Snake Pit (Image)
Deadpool by Posehn and Duggan Volume 3
Doctor Strange: Don’t Pay the Ferryman (Marvel)
Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again (IDW)
EI8HT Volume 1
(Dark Horse)
Fly Outbreak (IDW)
George R.R. Martin: A Knight of the Seven Kingdom
(an actual book!)
Ghost Fleet Volume 2: Over the Top (Dark Horse)
He-Man: The Eternity War Volume 1 (DC)
Injection Volume 1 (Image)
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Creation Myths: Volume 3
Jupiter’s Circle Volume 1 (Image)
Lumberjanes: Volumes 2 (BOOM!)
Mickey Mouse: The Mysterious Crystal Ball (IDW)
Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta Volume 2 (Image)
S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus (Marvel)Secret Six Volume 3: Cat’s Cradle
Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon (Dark Horse)
Star Wars Vader Volume 1: Vader (Marvel)
Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes (Marvel)
Story of My Tits (IDW)
Robotech Voltron (Dynamite)
X-Files: 30 Days of Night (IDW)
Warhammer 40K Overfiend (Black Library)

Comic Books:

Archie Comics
Jughead #1

BOOM! Studios
Cluster #8
Regular Show #28
Rowans Ruin #1

Dark Horse Comics
Adam.3 #3
Angel and Faith Season 10 #19
Barb Wire #4
Dead Vengeance #1
Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #4 (final issue)
Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen #1
This Damned Band #3
Tomorrows #3

DC Comics
Action Comics #45
Batman and Robin Eternal #1
Batman: Arkham Knight #9
Batman Beyond #5
Cyborg #3
Detective Comics #45
Green Arrow #45
Green Arrow Annual #1
Green Lantern #45
Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Four #11
Lobo #11
Midnighter #5
Mortal Kombat #11
Omega Men #5
Sensations Comics featuring Wonder Woman #15
Survivors Club #1
Telos #1

Dynamite Entertainment:
Aliens Vampirella #2
Bob’s Burgers #4
Grumpy Cat #1
Justice Inc The Avenger #5
Masks 2 #7
Train Called Love #1

Fantagraphics Books:
Hip-Hop Family Tree #2

Angry Birds: Super Angry Birds #2
BOY-1 #3
D4VE2 #2
Drive #2
Haunted Horror #19
October Faction #9
String Divers #3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50
TET #2
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #3
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #9
X-Files: Season 11 #3

Image Comics:
8House: Arclight #4
CBLDF Liberty Annual 2015
Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1
Copperhead #10
Dark Corridor #3
Humans #8
Minimum Wage: So Man Bad Decisions #6 (final issue)
Nailbiter #16
Paper Girls #1
Plutona #2
Saints #1
Southern Bastards #11
Starve #5
Surface #4
We Stand On Guard #4

1602: Witch Hunter Angela #4
All-New All-Different Marvel Point One
Amazing Spider-Man #1
Avengers #0
Contest of Champions #1
Darth Vader #10
Doctor Strange #1
Future Imperfect #1
Groot #5
Invincible Iron Man #1
Journey to Star Wars Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #2
Miracleman by Gaiman and Buckingham #3
Old Man Logan #5
Powers #5
Secret Wars #6
Siege #4
Spider-Island #5 (final issue)
Star Wars #10
Star Wars: Lando #5 (final issue)
What If: Infinity Inhumans (one-shot)
What If: Infinity Thanos (one-shot)

This Week’s Comics – September 30th, 2015

This Week’s Comics is the pull list of Comic Books recommended by Hush Comics, with notes and suggestions by co-owner, Sherif Elkhatib.


From Under Mountains #1: Fantasy, folk-lore and monsters? Count me in! This could be the industry’s answer to the end of Fables. Written by the creator of 8House: Arclight and newcomer Claire Gibson, this should be a refreshing reentry to fantasy for me.

Captain America: White #2: Dang, we get treated to TWO issues of the mythical Captain America: White in one month. Christmas has come early. If you didn’t already know, the premiere of this book garnered an A-freakin’ plus from me, so of course you should read the second installment.

DC’s Annuals: Just kidding. Stay away from these. They probably all suck. Read Justice League or Sandman:Overture instead. In general, DC kinda sucks right now.

Graphic Novels:

Arrow: Seaon 2.5 (DC)
Batman Vol 6: Graveyard Shift (DC)
Empty Vol 1 (Image)
Empty Man: Vol 1
Material Vol 1 (Image)
Moon Knight Vol 3: In the Night (Marvel)
Robocop: Dead or Alive (BOOM!)
TMNT Adventures Volume 10 (IDW)
The Walking Dead Vol 12 HC (Image)
X-Files Season 10: Volume 5 (IDW)

Comic Books:

Archie Comics
Archie #3

BOOM! Studios
Amazing World Of Gumball 2015 Grab Bag #1
Bee and Puppycat #9
Munchkin #9

Dark Horse Comics
Colder Toss the Bones #1
Conan the Avenger #18
Zodiac Starforce #2

DC Comics
Aquaman #44
Batman Annual #4
Batman: Arkham Knight Annual #1
Grayson Annual #2
Green Lantern Annual #4
Justice League #44
New Suicide Squad Annual #1
Sandman: Overture #6 (final issue)
Superman #44
Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2

Dynamite Entertainment:
King Prince Valiant #4 (final issue)
Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja/Jungle Girl #3 (final issue)
Vampirella 2015 Annual

Fantagraphics Books:
Hip-Hop Family Tree #2

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #4
Ghostbusters Get Real #4 (final issue)
Godzilla in Hell #3
Infinite Loop #6 (final issue)
Jem and the Holograms Annual #1
Transformers:More Than Meets the Eye #45
Uncle Scrooge #6
Zombies vs. Robots #9

Image Comics:
Drifter #8
From Under Mountains #1
Mantle #5
Morning Glories #48
Postal #7
Rasputin #9
Revival #33
Savage Dragon #207
Sex #24
Sons of the Devil #5
Spawn #256
Spread #10
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #8
They’re Not Like Us #8

Captain America: White #2
E is for Extinction #4
Ghost Racers #4
Hail Hydra #3
Inferno #5
M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #5 (final issue)
S.H.I.E.L.D. #10
X-Men ’92 #4

ONI Press:
Kaijumax #6
Rick and Morty #6
Stringers #2

This Week’s Comics – September 23rd, 2015

This Week’s Comics is the pull list of Comic Books recommended by Hush Comics, with notes and suggestions by co-owner, Sherif Elkhatib.


There’s really nothing that special coming out this week… 😦

Graphic Novels:

Astro City Volume 2: Confession (DC)
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Volume 11: Flesh and
Stone (Dark Horse)
Hellbound (Dark Horse)
Hellboy: Project 100
(Dark Horse)
Joker: Endgame (DC)
Orphan Black Volume 1 (IDW)
Peanuts: Where the Beagle Dare (BOOM!)

Comic Books:

Archie Comics
Sonic Universe #80

BOOM! Studios
Adventure Time #44
Arcadia #5
Burning Fields #8 (final issue)
Over the Garden Wall #2
Sons of Anarchy #25
Wild’s End: The Enemy Within #1

Dark Horse Comics
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #19
ElfQuest: The Final Quest #11
Fight Club 2 #5
Halo: Escalation #22
Hellboy in Hell #8
Negative Space #2
Power Cubed #1

DC Comics
Astro City #27
Batgirl #44
Deathstroke #10
Flash #44
Gotham by Midnight #9
Grayson #12
Harley Quinn and Power Girl #4
He-Man: The Eternity War #10
Justice League 3001 #4
Sinestro #15
We Are Robin #4

Dynamite Entertainment:
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #11
Red Sonja #18

Donald Duck #5
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #218
Shrinking Man #3
TMNT: Casey and April #4 (final issue)
Transformers: Windblade #7

Image Comics:
Elephantmen #66
Empty Zone #4
Invisible Republic #6
Manhattan Projects: The Sun Beyond the Stars #3
Mythic #4
Nameless #5
Oddly Normal #10
Reyn #8
Rumble #7
Tech Jacket #11
Thief of Thieves #31
Tithe #5
Witchblade #184
Wolf #3

1872 #3
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #4
Deadpool vs. Thanos #2
Inhumans: Attilan Rising #5
Kanan #6
Runaways #4
Weirdworld #4
X-Tinction Agenda #4
Years of Future Past #5

Why Have Only 8 DC Comics Been Cancelled?

It was announced a couple days ago that five DC Comics titles: Justice League United, Lobo, Doomed, The Omega Men, and Gotham by Midnight have all been cancelled. And just yesterday, three more books followed: Batman ’66, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern: The Lost Army. Cue sad violin music. Did anybody read those books? Is anybody sad that they are over? Only two of those books interested me enough to read issue #1, and then I was done.

With so much troubling DC Comics these days, it seems only natural that a handful of the metaphorical fecal matter they threw at the drawing board would continue to slide off and plop sadly on the floor. From the time of its half-assed “re-relaunch” following Convergence (see: “DC’s Convergence, What the Hell Was that About?“) – another failed direction, DC has unashamedly spewed out over a dozen titles that nobody really asked for. For an audience that doesn’t care anymore. From a pool of creators that have all but abandoned the company for either a fresher idea or more pay – sometimes a combination of both. It was recently revealed through Bleeding Cool just how much more Wytches creator Scott Snyder takes home on his own book versus Batman, even though the latter is a constant Top-10 seller. Sometimes, as in Rick Remender’s case, it’s for the freedom of schedule and peace of mind that the smaller, independent companies give them. Whatever the reason, we (well, DC really) need to face the fact that they are losing the comic book game. Badly.

I hope at least someone stays up at night thinking, "Oh god, why?"
Yeah, not so much…

As much fun as it is to kick DC while they’re down, it does sadden me. I’m a DC fan. Like, a FAN. Just in the New52, I remember how bugged out I was that the Joker cut his face off. I read on as Wonder Woman killed (and then became) a God. I remember being legitimately upset that Geoff Johns was ending his run on Green Lantern. I even remember how they almost made Aquaman cool after decades of ridicule. Almost. Point being, the New52 had some great moments, but DC in general seems to really be left behind when it comes to the metamorphosis happening in the industry right now.

teen titans 1 cover
Thats a hot 16 yr old ya got there…

Whether it’s intention, or even deserved, DC has become the New England Patriots of the industry when it comes to offending people. From Batgirl to Teen Titans, DC has become that womanizing friend from high school you don’t want to bring around your wife. Whatever cultural revolution the industry is experiencing, whether it be LGBT, ethnic diversity, more women characters and creators, more stories from more walks of life… DC is largely missing out on it. Of all the current books on its roster, only a few really stick out to me as amazing, special, or even enjoyable:

         Batman: Snyder/Capullo are one of the best creative teams in the biz.
         Batgirl: Cameron Stewart/Babs Tarr know how to bring the cute, but still keep it engaging.
         Deathstroke: Tony Daniel’s baby is a gore-fest. A splendiferous one.
         Justice League: Geoff Johns knows how to write a comic book.
         Prez: The only non-superhero book in DC’s lineup. Mark Russell’s commentary is spot-on.
         Superman: John Romita Jr. has almost single-handedly made Superman cool again
         We Are Robin: Brian Azzarello is reading the teenage tech revolution.
         Wonder Woman: David and Meredith Finch write a good story; the art is reason enough to read.

Aside from Batgirl and Prez, my readership of every book on this list can be accredited to an established creative team behind it. It’s not like there aren’t plenty of skilled creators in DC’s stable, but a majority of the books that follow long-time characters fall flat with cliché villains, zero fallout from shock value-driven story arcs, and constant reboot syndrome.

It’s not like DC doesn’t want to keep up with the times; they’ve made several attempts to be “cool” again, most notably DCYOU. They rolled out the carpet for a line of new books recently that include more diverse characters, but even the promising ones (Dr. Fate, Justice League 3001, Bizarro, DC Bombshells, Cyborg) are being drowned out in the white noise of all the other uninspiring crap they release each week.

DC Bombshells #2
Two girls worth fighting for.

Marvel is constantly kicking DC’s ass in sales, and it’s embarrassing. Many long-time “old-school” fans have been vocal against a PC movement in the industry, but clearly they are not buying these books either, so the head cheeses at DC are going to have to rethink what is important to the brand. And that’s where I have the most faith. DC has Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Dan DiDio, and the entire power of Warner Bros. at their disposal, so there’s no reason that the actual comic book aspect of the company should be doing so poorly.

The upcoming months have enough new and different content to get readers excited, and the collectible lines that DC keeps putting out prove that fans absolutely love the franchise. Even with Vertigo’s Fables closing the book at issue #150, it might not be time to hit the panic button. In the next few months, the market will be flooded with new, unique content that doesn’t have to do with superheroes at all, as well as some that are. In a time before any of us were born (apologies to the 80 year-old readers we have out there!), Detective Comics survived before the concept of a superhero existed. After all, Batman can’t carry the entire company by himself… can he?

Captain America: White #1 Review

Captain America: White #1 – A+
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale

Captain America White #1 Cover

This book was eight years in the making. We waited for this book almost as long as we waited for Dr. Dre’s third solo album. Unlike that album, this is not a complete shit waste of time, abomination. This book, like the others in the “color” series, is timeless. It’s sort of like the Disney movie version of comic books. It’s when a story that’s as old as time (assuming time was invented in the 40s), but it can bridge gaps between old school fans and new readers.

What new readers might not know is that Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale are one of the greatest tag teams in comic book history. The Long Halloween, Haunted Knight, Dark Victory, Spider-Man: Blue, Hulk: Gray, Daredevil: Yellow, Catwoman: When in Rome… the list goes on. Captain America: White carries on tradition with its jumbo-sized premiere issue. Whether it be the lack of talent in today’s pool of artists or the years of polishing, this issue is gosh-darn gorgeous. The shading, the crispness of Sale’s lines – it’s just a reminder of what we have been missing as fans for years.

Captain America White #1

One of the biggest parallels in their work I noticed was how familiar the concept of a hero’s ward is. The dynamic between Cap and Bucky is very similar to the one Bruce has with Dick in the Batman books. Cap is struggling with bringing a child into his dangerous world, and Bucky is just a happy-go-lucky, fearless, good-natured kid, blazing into danger’s path. However, it never felt like the same story being told; it just had a familiar feeling.

Also familiar was the “color” theme of love and loss. It might be a little weird since all the other characters’ books were about a romantic love, but that doesn’t mean it was made with any less emotion. Loeb’s own son, who passed away when he was 17 from bone cancer, is just about the same age as Bucky here in these comics. It’s apparent in the book that this was for his son, and brings me as a reader closer to it. Cap’s recounting of the war days came across as a heartfelt story about his best friend and less like the eye-rolling account of an old geezer.

Captain America White #1

In short, Captain America: White is going to remind the world how comic books should be made. Not the waiting half a decade thing, but the amount of care, talent, and love put into it. With the money factory that comic books have become again, there are only a handful of creative teams left that I feel combine talent and passion the way these two can (Remender/Craig on Deadly Class, Snyder/Capullo on Batman, Vaughan/Staples on Saga, Lemire/Nguyen on Descender), and I hope this sets a new bar creators and publishers try to reach on their new material.

See all of this week’s reviews here.

Comic Book Power Rankings – August 2015

Nobody here at Hush Comics loves sports metrics more than I do. A die-hard NBA fan, I frequently rank players, teams and track stats every night to see who I should be picking up on the waiver wire (a term I know, but still do not understand at all) in our fantasy basketball league. It’s not really to be the best, but largely because I love the processes behind it; I love spreadsheets and systemic processes in how I arrive at these decisions. I even made a House of Quality together in order to break down which qualities I value in comic book series. This was all inspired by the creation of our Best of 2014 Comic Books collection of articles (which you should check out! A lot of hard work from our team went into those articles), when I realized that we had not been keeping track of which books were the best throughout the year.

Below is a list of what I consider the Top 20 comic books of the previous month. The opinions of these rankings is solely mine (unless noted), although they are influenced by the weekly review grades that our team doles out. I’m no expert on the ins and outs of the comic book industry, and I admittedly can’t read every book out there, but as long as I have this awesome platform to force my opinion on readers, why not use it? As always, we LOVE sparking conversations about the things we love, or even the things we don’t, so commentary is encouraged!

Rank Book Title Publisher Issues In Previous Movement
1 Hank Johnson: Agent of Hydra Marvel 1
  He’s just a normal family guy, trying to cut it in the blue collar goon industry. Trying to place the normal within the insanity that is Battle World creates comedy gold.
2 Prez DC 3
  As far as political satires go, Prez is hands down the funniest, and is so hyperbolic that the fact that it’s relatable at all is appalling. Root for the little guy in one of DC’s rare non-cape books.
3 Rasputin Image 8
  Rasputin is my favorite comic at the moment. So far it’s the only book that’s compelled me to send fan mail. It’s a well written narrative, beautifully drawn, and spectacularly colored. I get something out if every issue I read and feel satisfied. Totally in love with this series. – Jené
4 Ms. Marvel Marvel 17
  Although Kamala briefly got caught in the web that is Secret Wars, her last issue, a heart-warming team up with Captain Marvel herself gave this book a special place on my shelf.
5 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Marvel 8
  Three of the top five books are led by young women. Coincidence? Hell no! Squirrel Girl is hilarious and relatable – which says a lot since… ya know, she’s a squirrel.
  Not even shell-shock could stop Donnie! Things are getting heavy as a battle royale contest between the turtles and Foot knock down the door of the upcoming #50 spectacular.
7 Justice League DC 43 5 -2
  This is the best JL story since Forever Evil, and the most desparate time we’ve seen the team in of all New52. Geoff Johns continues to write an amazing book.
8 Batman DC 43 2 -6
  This is not the same book we read with Endgame. Bruce is in identity crisis mode and Gordon has taken over as Batman. Wacky story aside, Snyder/Capullo produce.
9 We Stand On Guard Image 3
  With the right creative team, even Canadians can be interesting. Brian K Vaughan’s new title makes you hate America more effectively than Donald Trump’s presidential run.
10 Bizarro DC 3
  Bizarro no am good book. Bizarro am very bad book. Book no am funny. Art is very ugly. Bizarro very normal, and Jimmy Olson (Bizarro’s worstest enemy) never wear disguises. Bizarro no am have hijinks. – Montgomery
11 Superman DC 43 8 -3
  We finally learned how Lois spilled the beans about Superman’s identity, and it’s refreshing to see Superman fight an enemy he can’t defeat by punching.
12 Old Man Logan Marvel 4
  While I love seeing an out-of-place Wolverine wander around Battle World in a confused rage, it’s Andrea Sorrentino’s panel layout that really keeps me engaged.
13 Groot Marvel 3
  As much as I loved the recently-retired Skottie Young Rocket Raccoon book, Groot is just as adorable. It’s good for all ages, with feel-good lessons in friendship and kindness. Aww.
14 Deadly Class Image 15 5 -9
  While the Remender/Craig tag-team reigns champion, I can’t get over just how scathingly manic-depressive this book got this month. It’s a downer for sure.
15 Nailbiter Image 15 16 +1
  The deeper we keep falling into the mystery, the further the bottom seems to be. It’s a phenomenal book, but I feel just as lost now as I did at square one.
16 The Walking Dead Image 145 4 -12
  I still look forward to this book every month, but the more I read it, the more I realize that Robert Kirkman is becoming George Lucas 2.0. There’s just too much TWD in the world for me right now. That being said, this new threat is gonna bring back the funk.
17 E is for Extinction Marvel 3
  Thank you, Chris Burnham, for making unsexy comic books cool. His raw art is perfect for this post-Morrison, Morrison-style book, which is as awesome as it is awkward.
18 Giant Sized Little Marvel AvX Marvel 3
  This book makes me feel like vomitting rainbows with each issue. It can be formulaic, but it’s just so darn cute – how could anybody not love this??
19 Postal Image 19 11 -8
  Mark, the autistic one-man Scooby gang, is tearing this conspiracy wide open. Although, just because it’s getting bigger doesn’t mean it’s getting better…
20 Batgirl DC 43
  It can be silly at times, but that’s part of the charm. Babs Tarr’s art has definitely grown on me. I’m fully on-board after some post-Gail Simone withdrawals.


Notably absent:

Most of the Secret Wars: I’m burnt out on Secret Wars. Marvel must be murdering DC in sales as of late, but their long game is tiring fans out.

Shutter and Birthright: For books that started as two of my favorite Image titles, the convoluted stories in both books have derailed their momentum significantly. I don’t expect that too last, though, as both books have the creative teams to handle it.

Wonder Woman: David and Meredith Finch have been a refreshing addition to the book, but the last couple issues have been noticeably lacking in substance or style. Plus, Donna Troy is completely one-dimensional and incapable of independent thought.

Retired books/ Hiatuses (Hawkeye, Saga, Bitch Planet, Sex Criminals): Some of the best books in the biz took the month off, making way for some newcomers to really shine this month!

Do We Really Need to Reboot ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?’

The answer, in short, is NO. Now, this response might make me evil, or anti-American, or at the very least bitter – and that’s something I’ve come to terms with. Like it or not, Will Smith will be rebooting/remaking the iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on NBC.

I’ll start by saying that nobody is a bigger Fresh Prince fan than I am. The show revolutionized “after-school” specials by bridging the gap between mainstream America and black America, which at that time might as well have been on separate continents. Here were a family of black people, as educated as the Huxtables, but as cool as Martin’s crew. All walks of life were represented, and Will was constantly trying to find his identity as a man, and having his eyes opened to how the world really works. Plus, the show was laugh-out-loud hilarious, and still holds up today as one of the funniest sitcoms of all time (I’d put maybe Community and Arrested Development above it).

Now that Will Smith is a household name (and not just the House of Scientology) and Big Willy Weekends are a thing of the past, Hollywood is all about remakes, relaunches, and adaptations.

This won’t be any better because Will Smith is helming the project. Even if the Fresh Prince himself gets to head it, what makes you think that the dweebs at NBC will let him have creative control of the show? And even if they do (they won’t), this is a day and age when the market is over-stuffed with regurgitated bullshit. This is a time when Training Day and Red get their own television adaptations – the latter being a TV show based off a couple of movies based off a couple of comic book – and the most original show on television right now is Jane the Virgin. Unfortunately, nobody gives a damn about a new Fresh Prince, and all it will do is show just how dated we are as middle-aged consumers are.

The most hurtful part of it for me is that the original Fresh Prince is incredibly relatable to this new generation. What will trying to relive the magic do to help? It’s like trying to sleep with your high school sweetheart at the ten-year reunion and rekindle the magic. That being said, Girl Meets World has found relative success by capitalizing off the same fan base it had 20 years ago. However, I don’t know anybody outside of the original Boy Meets World club who has yet to see an episode of GMW. Plus, GMW is on the Disney Channel, a network known for its affinity to legacy programs.

Part of me would love to see a Fresh Prince reboot. It’s the same part of me that wants to see a Public Enemy reunion concert. It’s not something that could ever be what it used to be, but it’s a pretty great consolation prize. And to be fair, part of it is bitterness at NBC for canceling Community, where I fear Will Smith’s new pet project will be cast aside after two episodes of bad ratings – if it even makes it to the pilot phase.

There’s no official statement from NBC about whether or not this show will be greenlit, but with Will Smith and company (Overbrook Entertainment) leading the charge on this and considering the state of shambles that sitcoms is in right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it become a reality soon enough.


Source: TV Line