As always, “Five & Three” brings you my favorite things in comics this week. Every week I pick my five favorite covers and three favorite panels to create “Five & Three”. I like to talk about why I picked the covers and panels and welcome hecklers and trend setters alike.
Another crazy big week and we’re straight into the weekend. Before we get there I’m going to start off the covers this week by gushing about BOOM! Studios again. They’re hitting it out of the park in everything they touch and the cover to “Hexed #4” by Dan Mora is just another homerun.
Since the Marvel NOW! renumbering, “Deadpool” has been amazing. Matt Fraction and David Aja’s “Hawkeye” has won both critical and fan acclaim. While “Deadpool” continues to bring the funny, “Hawekeye” has been running behind schedule. So, because it’s hard to get a Hawguy fix right now I suggest you pick up and love the “Hawkeye vs. Deadpool” series written by Gerry Duggan with cover art below by James Harren.
I’ve talked up “Ghosted” from Image comics’ Skybound line so I don’t know that I need to say more. How about I let the amazing art to the cover for issue #15 speak for itself?
This cover is the final one in the series for the comic book adaptation of “The City on the Edge of Forever”. Any Star Trek fan - even the ones who’ve already experienced the story in some other format - need to read this series, if only for the covers.
I’ve tried my best to look out for some great variants in the past few weeks but I’m going to go with some art many people have already seen. The variant cover to the new “Superior Iron Man #1” by Yildiray Cinar is so great I have to wonder why it wasn’t the main cover. If you haven’t read the stuff going on in “Axis” you’re not missing out on anything you’ll need for “Superior Iron Man”. If you like a dirty underhanded and not completely sober Tony Stark, this book is a can’t miss for you.
First in panels is the new Thor with the same old hammer but a new gender. She’s no wench and don’t you make the mistake of the now dead Frost Giant who called her one in “Thor #2”.
Did Scott Snyder just have a meta reference to the age old comic book geek question in “Batman #36”? If he did, what do you think the answer should be? Batman answers the question and once you’ve read the comic you’ll agree that Batman’s answer will stand as one the best.
Captain America is always going to be around, no matter who wields the shield. It’s nice to see Nomad back though, and is punchlines in the book should make for a wonderful run as the Cap for Falcon’s foreseeable future as the “All-New Captain America”.
That’s all for this week. If you disagree with a pick, let me know in the comments or on Twitter @MarkAvo or on Instagram @TheMarkAvo. If you think I should’ve picked something else or if you have a pick in mind for next week, give me a shout out and let me know. If you’d like to check out more “Five and Three” comic book moments start with “Five and Three” from last week. Until next week, you'll always have today?!