In a tight economy, it's not always clear what you should spend your hard-earned money on, and with comic books getting more and more expensive, your dollar doesn’t go as far at the comic shop as it did in the past. We here at Complex feel your pain, so we're providing you with a rundown of the best comics coming out on May 4, 2011.
DC Comics Presents: Son Of Superman
What it’s about: With Superman long gone, a 15-year-old named Jon Kent realizes that not only is he the Man of Steel's son, but he also inherited daddy's powers. Set in an alternate, dystopian future, Son Of Superman focuses on the heir as he tries to free the world from the tyrannical government that has taken hold of it. The man in charge of this new America: none other than Lex Luthor.
In a world that includes skewed versions of DC fan favorites such as Batman, the Martian Manhunter, and Wonder Woman, the son of Superman must battle every obstacle in his way in order to preserve his father’s ideals of a peaceful world. This book is actually a reprint of a long forgotten DC Elseworlds story, written by Howard Chaykin and with art by the incredible J.H. Williams III.
While not an essential Superman story, this is a great pickup in an otherwise thin week for important comics.
Sweet Tooth #21
What it’s about: Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a new generation of humans are being born as mutant hybrids, a young deer/boy combo named Gus must navigate his way through life's rough terrain and find peace in a world filled with people trying to hunt him down.
As both writer and artist of the series, Jeff Lemire has crafted a dark fairytale that shuns away from conventional comic book storytelling. Emotionally complex, dark, and sometimes even uplifting, Sweet Tooth proves that the comic world doesn't need capes and tights to succeed.
What to expect this month: While Gus still doesn’t trust his guide, Jepperd, after his betrayal earlier in the series, they both have to find a way to co-exist as they hunt for the missing members of their party. Meanwhile, new survivors are met along the way and violent gangs are never far behind.
This issue marks the start of a new story arc and is a great place for readers to pick up this title before it's bastardized into a half-hearted film or TV show. Which you know will happen sooner or later.
Captain America: First Vengeance #1
What it’s about: Movie tie-ins are often bland and vapid affairs designed to lure in fringe fans with the promise of a tale interconnected to the film. The stories are rarely worth the paper they’re printed on and often feature B-list comic talent producing tales with a ton of restrictions on them. However, Captain America: First Vengeance seems to be the complete opposite.
Featuring critically acclaimed writer Fred Van Lente and superstar artists such as Luke Ross and Neil Edwards, Captain America: First Vengeance looks to appeal to the movie crowd while still being a relevant read for longtime fans of the character.
What to expect this month: Captain America: First Vengeance isn't a word-for-word adaptation of the Captain America: The First Avenger script. Instead, it fills in the gaps that take place before and during the events of the film.
The book won’t solely focus on Steve Rogers, either. The supporting cast will also be fleshed out considerably, as characters like Bucky and Cap's other WWII allies will receive some much-needed character development. It really looks like Marvel put some time and effort into making this book stand out from the generic movie tie-ins sure to flood the market this year.
Fear Itself #2
What it’s about: It wouldn’t be summer without a company wide crossover event that pitted every hero in the Marvel Universe against a world-altering villain. And Fear Itself plans on delivering just that as writer Matt Fraction unleashes the God of Fear on the Marvel heroes.
Forced to fight off this worldwide threat while trying to deal with their own fears, the heroes in this book are promised the superpowered brawls and universe-shattering revelations for which the comic industry is famous.
What to expect this month: In this second installment of Fear Itself, more light is shed on the threat of the God of Fear and just how it plans on using his avatars of hate to bring the Marvel universe to its knees.
And after Thor’s epic confrontation with Odin, the God of Thunder is imprisoned by his own father as the Asgardians flee Earth and leave the heroes on their own. This is where everything starts to go to hell, and it couldn't be more fun to witness.
Moon Knight #1
What it’s about: This is Marvel's sixth attempt at a solo Moon Knight book, but this time there's one big difference: A-list talent. Reuniting writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev on their first superhero book since 2009’s Spider-Woman, Moon Knight is finally primed to become a top tier Marvel book once again.
The creative team should inject Moon Knight with the same intricate plots and believable characterizations that made them famous during their seminal run on Daredevil, but with a much more complicated psychological edge thanks to Moon Knight’s many eccentricities.
Moon Knight may not be a household name, but any book with this creative team is going to be of high quality.
What to expect this month: Moon Knight moves his base of operations to L.A., and he's brought his crippling schizophrenia with him! With the new change of scenery, he's tasked with finding out who the runs the city's criminal empire.
This new series will introduce Moon Knight to new readers as well as present a worthwhile story for older fans. The creative team of Bendis and Maleev should be reason enough for even the most jaded fan to give this book a try.
Thor: For Asgard
What it’s about: There was a time a few years ago that it took divine intervention just for Marvel to release one Thor book. The character had seemingly run its course and was relegated to guest-star-duty in more popular books. But ever since Joe Michael Straczynski’s relaunch of the character in 2007, and now its triumphant big screen debut later this week, Thor has gained new life. To cash in on the newfound awareness, Marvel is releasing new Thor titles at a record pace, so much so that it has actually become exhausting to keep track of them all.
Thor: For Asgard stands out not only because of writer Rob Rodi’s sterling track record on the God of Thunder, but also because of the testosterone-fueled art by Simone Bianchi. Centering on Thor’s struggle to assume control of a splintered and downtrodden Asgard, Thor: For Asgard presents the character in a less confident light than ever before. For the first time, Thor’s ability to lead his people is questioned and even he’s not sure he can do it. This all manifests itself when it becomes impossible for him to lift his mighty hammer, Mjolnir.
This book is less about the physical battles that Thor faces and more about the internal struggles of a shaken leader. Its shaky ending aside, Thor: For Asgard features some great character moments and fantastic art. It should be a great read for anyone looking forward to the movie.