Weekly Round-Up 3 With Lauren And Joe!

For new releases 11/10/21!

Hi there everyone, Your Friendly Neighborhood Bi, Lauren, and your friend JoeLovesComics are BACK with our Weekly Round Up of this week’s BEST comics, for your reading pleasure!! Here are our top 4 picks of the week! Let's get into it!

Lauren’s Picks

#4: My Date With Monsters #1

Aftershock Comics

Writer: Paul Tobin

Artist: Andy MacDonald

Colorist: DJ Chavis

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

I absolutely adored this first issue! Perfect balance of humor, wit, fun, and some dark undertones. Can you imagine if you had a kid and the world’s fate depended on you finding love, just so your child didn’t accidentally bring monsters into the world? Well, imagine really hard because that’s what you’re signing up for with this read! The art is fantastic; I love how real and goofy the monsters look. Don’t miss out on this great indie read!

#3: Batman: The Imposter #2

Writer: Mattson Tomlin

Artist: Andrea Sorrentino

Colorist: Jordan Bellaire

I’ve tried to cut out as many Batman books as possible, I really have- but this is just one that you can’t cut out! It’s hard because we need less Batman books, but we don’t need less quality. This run is one of the best Batman stories I’ve read in a long time and it’s only on issue 2! Pick. this. Up! Especially if you are a huge fan of psychological thrillers and Batman being more brutal. Wow!

#2: Justice League: Last Ride #7

Writer: Chip Zdarsky

Artist: Miguel Mendonca

Colorist: Enrica Angiolini

Letterist: Andworld Design

I started reading this line originally because of my good friend Mason, the creator of the ComicsandCrosses Youtube channel! If you need other good recs, check him out, because wow did he get it right with this series! This is the last issue in it and it’s all I needed to start petitioning for Zdarsky to be on the main JL book. This is the best JL story I’ve read in a long time (possibly ever, I haven’t read alot of JL). Either way, if you want to see this team at their best (even tho, plot-wise, they could arguably be at their worst), you MUST check this out!

#1: Harley Quinn The Animated Series: Eat Bang Kill Tour #3

Writer: Tee Franklin

Artist: Max Sarin

Colorist: Marissa Louise

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

This series has been my top pick EVERY SINGLE WEEK IT COMES OUT, and this week is no exception! This series is set between seasons 2 and the upcoming season 3 of the Harley Quinn animated show. If you’re a fan of that show, you HAVE to read this line. Like, I’m requiring it for your homework. It’s just like the show if not better in its own right. The art perfectly matches the animation, the colors are bright and glorious, and Tee Franklin’s writing of our favorite characters is magnificent. I hope Franklin’s work with these characters and show does not stop with this series. PICK IT UP PICK IT UP ALSO GAY CONTENT HELLO

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Joe’s Picks

#4: Venom #1

Marvel Comics

Writer: Al Ewing & Ram V

Artist: Bryan Hitch

Inker: Andrew Currie

Colorist: Alex Sinclair

It genuinely feels like every week it's getting more and more difficult to rank the latest picks, the advance reads give me an early idea but once NCBD comes around again it's all up in the air. Right up to literally a couple days before release, I wasn't sure if I was going to get this. That's a stellar pair of writers, but I'm not generally a fan of Hitch's style so I was wary. Once King in Black had wrapped up, that felt like a fitting ending, then the new team was announced but I wasn't sure if I wanted to jump into a new Venom epic anyway. But the new status quo in #200 intrigued me. It kept this new series launch in mind the last several months since that 200th issue.

All of that to say I really liked this. It feels interesting to talk about, because you want to try and appreciate the new run on its own, not comparing it to before, but then it's so strongly exploring the aftermath of that run, it feels very much both like #201 with the new status quo but also a new #1 with the mysteries it sets up. It just worked for me, I loved seeing the further exploration of this new status quo but also was very intrigued by the mysteries it set up, definitely excited for more, glad in the end I decided to get this. I could too easily go on for longer, but I'll keep that to my eventual leagueofcomicgeeks.com review if you're interested, for now I have other comic books to get to!

#3: Mamo #5

Boom! Box

Writer & Artist: Sas Milledge

Colorist: Belle Murdoch

Is friendship more powerful than fate? I've mentioned this a few times before, but for me nothing beats a good solid character based story. No matter how much I'm into the premise or the world or anything, if your characters feel real and are compelling, that's how I'm going to fall in love with the story. This has been such a charming mini series, with so much heart, whimsy, and is something everyone should absolutely check out. I know that gets thrown around a lot, but seriously this time I truly mean it. The art has this textured, pastel feel to it that to me at least always made it incredibly soothing to look at and appreciate.

I also talk often about the individual issues of a mini series needing to feel like satisfying reads in their own right as well as telling the cohesive story as a whole, and this series delivered on that. Each issue has been such a fun enchanting read, I've loved seeing the two main characters on their journey across the 5 months of issues, so when I got to this conclusion it really felt earnt, it genuinely made me so happy it was a perfect ending. As soon as I finished the issue I looked up when the trade was releasing, because I immediately thought "this is the sort of book where I have to buy this for someone so they can experience it for themselves" because everyone deserves to have the charming fantasy tinged joy that this series brought me.

#2: Strange Academy #13

Marvel Comics