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.
Fans of amazing comic book covers and panels on a weekly basis rejoice, “Five and Three” isn’t going anywhere. In fact, we’re moved it to Monday! See what you should have been reading last week before new books drop this Wednesday. With the information out of the way, let’s move onto the books!
The variant by Middleton for “Justice League #36” was one of the highlights of the week. Is it just me, or does Shazam look like he’s a button masher?
How many of you are fans of “Bob’s Burgers”? How many of you knew there was a comic book to satiate you during the wait for Sunday night?
The cover to “Deadpool #37” is apparently influenced by the goings on in Axis. Deadpool is now a sort-of pacifist but if you’re like me and haven’t read it, all you need to know is Deadpool Yin Yang and you’re good to go.
Here is yet another creator owned book Image is publishing and the indie realm continues to deliver on fantastic covers. This week’s honors from Image go out to “Intersect #1”. The moody watercolor images that splash against one another mesmerized me into picking this over all others.
Of course, the indie world isn’t just Image books. “Run by the Gun #3” by RBG Entertainment has to be one of the coolest covers I’ve seen all year. When we take a look back at the books and moments from 2014, this cover is in the top running to take one of the top 10 places.
I saved the best thing for last but many of you will think I’m nuts so here is some spectacular “The Amazing Spider-Man” from issue 10.
I talked about Albert Monteys “Universe! #1” from Panel Syndicate being released last week over here. It joins the rarified ranks of excellence coming from Panel Syndicate. I can’t stress enough how you need to read this book so just check out The Big Bang by Monteys below and then go download it from PanelSyndicate.com.
Grant Morrison is a cool guy. His trippy lectures on upper dimensional beings and psychotropic trips to the mind where he communes with a higher intelligence are fascinating. I’ve been on a bit of kick with these kinds of tales lately. In fact, Neil Degrasse Tyson explained the ending to “Interstellar” on Youtube where in he describes being able to view time from a higher dimension as a cardinal direction. In it Tyson says we would be able to see our life and death and everything in between all at once because it’s “always” happening when viewing time as such. Morrison rocked my mind with this Captain Atom bit from “Multiversity Pax Americana #1” this week as he puts Tyson’s theory into a 2D realm of comic books. Mr. Morrison, I’ll owe you a beer if you keep making these DMT derived mind F#cks.
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. And remember, from now on we'll see you on Mondays!