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.
Back from the holiday break we get right back into the thick of things with a nearly all red themed week without anything by Mike Allred! I know, I’m a bit disappointed as well.
The “Ant-Man” trailer launched to, what seemed to be a small applause but then all of a sudden became huge! Accompanying the premiere of the trailer during Marvel’s “Agent Carter” were two new books from Marvel Comics. They’re both appearing this week but the cover to “Ant-Man #1” by Mark Brooks is appearing first.
I just love picking the art of Sam Kieth. It’s usually been for “The Maxx: Maxximized" series because the covers have been phenomenal and issue 15 is an example of just how great they’ve been.
Remember the Red theme from earlier, how about the cover to “Trees #8” by “Jason Howard” and the follow-up cover to “Detective Comics #38” by Francis Manapul? I think they round the theme out nicely and I love the covers either way.
The last red cover is for the variant to “Army of Darkness #2” by Jay Shaw. It reminds me of some of Francesco Francavilla’s great work. Considering Jay’s cover work in the last year I believe he is certainly an artist to keep an eye on for 2015 so make sure your peepers remain wide open.
As promised, here is the “Agent Carter” inspired comic title with a story branching out of last summer’s “Operation Sin” event is “Operation S.I.N. #1” by Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis. The story is a great start to what I’m hoping will be a refreshing series. I believe that’s just the same way “Agent Carter” started but you’ll have to watch to find out… Please watch will you? Apparently the premiere didn’t see the numbers everyone had expected and I blame you! Yes YOU (as long as you didn’t watch it).
So, I bet many people think I would have or should have picked something from “The Amazing Spider-Man” this week but I didn’t’. Instead, here is a gross-out moment right before the climax in Rick Remender, Wesley Craig, and Lee Loughridge’s “Deadly Class #10”.
I’d like to point out that creators in the industry are often fans too and the “Birthright” creators tip their hats to “Southern Bastards” in the latest issue of their fantasy/reality/child abduction/family drama comic book. If you haven’t given either “Birthright” or “Southern Bastards” a read be sure to put both of those on the 2015 “to read list”.
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 year. Happy 2015!