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.
Great googly moogly, is there a Salt Lake Comic Con Fan-X event this weekend?! I thought there was only a super game of bowls and feet but I’ve been told that’s Sunday. Until then, if you’re in town feel free to visit me at booth White 23 or find me in panels, taking photos, reporting on the going on’s, or reading comics. Speaking of comics, let’s kick off this week’s with a freebie cover from DC Comics “Green Lantern New Guardians #38” by Andrew Hennessy, Will Quintana and Brad Walker.
First up this week is a pick from Valiant Comics. I’ve loved many of their books since the reboot and this article will end with a moment by Paulo Rivera in “The Valiant #2” but for this pick please check out the amazingly cool cover to “Ivar Timewalker #1” by Clayton Henry.
Monkey Brain continues to put out some amazing indie books through ComiXology and this cover to “Amazing Forest #7” jumped out at me. I’ve often looked at the stars in a pitch black sky and felt touched by the cosmos. That’s mostly thanks to Neil Degrasse Tyson though but this cover’s still cool.
I’m very glad that The Winter Soldier has a comic again. Under the helm of Ales Kot this book has been wonderful. The covers and the art by Marco Rudy were terrific but this cover to “Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #4” by Mike Del Mundo is stunning.
I'm one of the lucky ones with a blank to "Zombies vs. Robots #1" from IDW and I plan on getting a gross and shiny cover done at this weekends Fan-X convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The last pick is an obvious one to long time readers who know my love of all things Samurai. If not, you’ll have a great guess if you saw books on stands this last week because my pick is “Deadpool’s Art of War #4”.
That stunner of a final page from last issue’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” where we see the totem of another world is Uncle Ben left the world wondering. Well, wonder no longer as issue 13 explains it all in weird detail. I know it’s just a book but Uncle Ben being alive makes me feel a little icky. Wasn’t this something that was never supposed to happen? Dan Slott hasn’t upset me yet so I’ll continue to trust his wild mind but this moment was heady.
Sadly, “A Town Called Dragon” is done. It all came down in a fiery fashion with an extra-large issue just as it had begun. It was a wonderful story from Legendary press and I suggest you pick up the trade as soon as it’s available.
The final moment, as promised, is some lovely Ninjak being a bad-ass in "The Valiant #2" via a wonderfully put together page by Paulo Rivera. Fellow Bot Jeremiah AKA Androidika AKA @MrMiah was surprised he wasn’t reading this book when he found out it was Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paulo Rivera & his pop on art duties. If you’re shocked too then GO GET THIS BOOK! It’s wonderful.
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. May the Force be with you!