Marvel-ous and DC-liscious.

It’s a new year, Anthasians. Times are a-changing.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I apologize to our fans for that. What a crazy end to 2013. All that aside, we’re on to bigger and better things.

Like me, I’m sure you’ve all got some fantastic and ambitious goals for this coming year. One of mine was that I would not buy a pack of cigarettes for an entire year. I quit smoking a few months ago, and yes, I’ve slipped up a few times, but setting this goal for myself has made me feel healthier and vigorous. However, as is the norm when someone gives up a long time addiction, they need to replace it with something else.

I chose comic books.

When I was much younger, I collected comic books like my life depended on it. I knew everything that was happening in both the DC and the Marvel Universes (Marvel was always my favorite of the two,) and would explain those goings-on to anyone who would listen.

So one week, I went with Jon, our colorist, to House of Secrets in Burbank, and picked up my first group of titles in about a decade. And I was not disappointed.

It’s been a while since I got back into collecting and reading monthly books, but it would be a shame if I didn’t let you know what titles I am enjoying immensely.

  • Green Arrow – By far my favorite title right now. “But Logan,” I hear you ask, “Aren’t you a self-proclaimed Marvel Boy?” Yes. I am. But Green Arrow is just so damn good! Written by the legendary Jeff Lemire, who is also writing another one of my favorite titles, Trillium (where he writes and illustrates, and is published by Vertigo,) and the brilliant Essex County, he is the latest of writers to take over the title. I’ve gone back to get the back issues, and let me tell you, this book needed Lemire. With him at the helm of writing, and the groundbreaking Andrea Sorrentino doing the art and the covers, it’s like eating a chocolate covered strawberry while getting a foot massage. This is a book you need to be reading
  • Superior Spiderman – Spiderman has been my favorite hero ever since I was able to define the word. In this particular arc, Otto Octavius has put his mind inside of Peter Parker’s body and has taken over the helm of Spiderman. Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage (Gage, by the way, wrote the latest issue of Flash, which was sooo much fun,) this book takes the idea of responsibility and looks at it through as lens of what it means when responsibility is forced, and when hubris and an ego-maniacal understanding of the world jades real world relationships.
  • Nova – Yet another fantastic Marvel book. This title is pure, one hundred percent, unadulterated fun. Following a young teen named Sam who has to balance high school, taking care of his sister and single mother, and being part of an intergalactic police force, the titular character learns slowly what it means to be a hero to both the universe and his family. Written by the great Gerry Duggan and penciled by Paco Medina, this title is exactly what would happen if all of your childhood fantasies of being a superhero came true, terrible mistakes, naivete, and all.

Those are the three I’m recommending this week. Next week, I’ll write about a few more. Look forward to me talking about how perfect and untouchable Brian Michael Bendis is.

See you soon, Anthasians.