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Jan 14

The Jackson 5 (Comics, That Is)

Use your old buddy Andrew Jackson to buy these five comics.

Use your old buddy Andrew Jackson to buy these five comics.

The Jackson 5 is back to light up your day and lift you from your doldrums! But more importantly than that, there’s a new Star Wars comic beginning today. Repeat – THERE IS A NEW STAR WARS COMIC. Click through to see what else will pale in comparison.

Wild's End #5 cover by I.N.J. Culbard

Wild’s End #5 cover by I.N.J. Culbard

Wild’s End #5 of 6 for #3.99

Written by Dan Abnett with art by I.N.J. Culbard

Wild’s End was one of the breakout hits of 2014 for us here at Comixbrew, with a style and voice all its own while it put a new twist on an old tale. With every issue Abnett and Culbard have kept up the charm and amped up the action, and I’ll be sad to see this series end – but with that end so close, I can only say one thing: get every issue of this series, you won’t regret it.

Jupiter's Legacy #5 cover by Frank Quitely

Jupiter’s Legacy #5 cover by Frank Quitely

Jupiter’s Legacy #5 for $4.99

Written by Mark Millar with art by Frank Quitely

It’s been a good long while since we’ve seen an issue of Jupiter’s Legacy on the shelves, and unfortunately that’s not entirely unexpected. Both creators have a history of taking their sweet time, but it’s always worth it. Jupiter’s Legacy is a strange beast – beginning as the story of the two decadent, hedonistic children of the world’s greatest heroes and quickly becoming the story of the son (Brandon) and his uncle (Walter) taking control of the world. It now follows the sister (Chloe), 9 years later, as she tries to lay low and avoid the hero-hunting forces of the US government and raise her son with her ex-Supervillain husband. This issue promises to focus on those hero-hunting forces, and will hopefully fill in a few gaps. No matter the case, Jupiter’s Legacy is an incredible series and well worth the $4.99

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 for $3.99

Written by Mark Waid with art by Humberto Ramos

For listeners of the podcast, you know I made no secret about how I was legitimately surprised by the quality of this comic’s first issue. I expected it to be a terrible TV-show tie-in, and instead got an entertaining, well-written comic that rocketed from start to finish and gave us a promising start to the series. The sophomore issue of the series has a premise I’m already interested in – Agent Simmons must go undercover at the Coles Academic High School in Jersey City, which just so happens to be the same school Kamala Khan (AKA Ms Marvel) attends! I’m expecting the same charm as issue #1, with the wonderful new Ms Marvel taking center stage as well. If you’re a fan of either Agents of SHIELD or Ms Marvel, you could do worse than giving this series a chance.

Silver Surfer #8 cover by Michael and Laura Allred

Silver Surfer #8 cover by Michael and Laura Allred

Silver Surfer #8 for $3.99

Written by Dan Slott with art by Michael and Laura Allred

On my list of guilty pleasures is Doctor Who – super corny and ridiculous, but undeniably fun and whimsical. This Silver Surfer series is the closest thing we’ll ever get to a Doctor Who Marvel comic. The proof is in the wonderful description of the issue: “The Surfer finds himself drawn to the most ‘unlikely planet’ he’s ever sensed in all his cosmic travels. A population of 666 billion sentient beings…made up of 666.667 billion races. What is the secret of the world where practically no two lifeforms are the same?” And that’s about par for the course as far as this series has gone. Backed up by the always impressive Allreds, channeling their best Kirby-esque charm, Silver Surfer is definitely worth the buy.

Star Wars #1 cover by John Cassaday

Star Wars #1 cover by John Cassaday

Star Wars #1 for $4.99

Written by Jason Aaron with art by John Cassaday

Here it begins – the revival of Star Wars at Marvel comics. After re-acquiring the license (or, more accurately, after Disney acquired it), Marvel is kicking off a new era of Star Wars comics with an all-star creative team for a new #1. Set just after their victory against the first Death Star, Aaron and Cassady are taking Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2-D2 and C-3PO on a wild ride as they fight for freedom against the Empire. But really, let’s be honest here. If you’re a fan of Star Wars…you will probably pick this up somehow. There’s a new movie coming out this year, all canon has been rendered fanon, and this is the start of the new EU. A new Star Wars ongoing is as good a place to start as any, and Aaron and Cassady are a team to be excited about.

 

This week’s (pre-tax) Jackson 5 total: $21.95

Uh oh. This is the first week we’ve ever gone over that $20 limit. But in the interest of “everything coming out this week is awesome,” I’m keeping it. I guess it’s a good thing we were under last week, so we’re dipping into that tiny savings to bring us to $1.10 under for the month of January. Be sure to check out this week’s podcast – I’m sure we’ll be excited to blabber at you about the new Star Wars.

-Tyler

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