Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Three Series to Try Out This Wednesday: Osborn #4, Captain America & Batroc, and

Each Wednesday I'm going highlight three series that just aren't being given enough attention by my fellow readers in the hope that some of you will expand your horizons, pick up an issue (or book) and find a new favorite!

This week, we're recommending Osborn #4, Captain America & Batroc, and Astonishing Spider-man & Wolverine #5!

Osborn #4 (of 5)
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Emma Rios
Price: $3.99

DeConnick and Rios' Osborn has been a refreshing change of pace from the Marvel norm, bringing along a very creepy atmosphere and a great prison break plot.  DeConnick has a great handle on Osborn's massive ego and it's a treat to see how she handles a man in denial about his predicament who has the utmost confidence that he'll be needed to right the ship up above once it all goes haywire without him in command.  On the art side, Rios is putting in some of her best work.  She has set a fabulously creepy atmosphere and conveyed the claustrophobia of an underwater prison beautifully.  That's in addition to the great character designs she's come up with for Osborn's "allies."  Pick this one up and thank me later.  Read a preview here.

Captain America and Batroc
Writer: Kieorn Gillen
Artist: Renato Arlem
Price: $3.99

Another villain spotlight issue, Batroc looks to be a very promising one-shot from Messrs. Gillen and Arlem.  Gillen has been talking up just how much he enjoyed writing the Frenchman and I'm inclined to believe him.  Gillen has been on fire lately with his Generation Hope, Thor and Dark Avengers: Ares runs and I'm hoping this one-shot continues the trend.  Arlem is a bit of an unknown quantity to me, but it should be fun to try out a new artist and his pages in the preview look quite good.  Also, did I mention it features Batroc?  The crazy, leaping, snarky Frenchman with the best moustache in whole Marvel Universe?  That alone should be reason enough to check it out.  Do yourself a favor and read the preview here.

Astonishing Spider-man & Wolverine #5 (of 6)
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Adam Kubert and Mark Roslan
Price: $3.99

This miniseries is an explosion of creativity.  Aaron has taken on an Astonishing book and truly lived up to the name.  There are enough crazy ideas in here to fill 20 issues, but Aaron has managed to cram it all into (so far) four issues of near perfection.  I'm looking forward to seeing how he can top his previous outings, which were replete with Phoenix Force guns, Doom the Living Planet, and Spider-man trying to escape from Weapon X.  Kubert lives up to his reputation on the pencil end as well, giving the series some of the prettiest art out there.  Most of Marvel's bimonthly series are home runs and this one is easily no exception.  Check out a Mojo-tastic preview of the issue here.

So that's what we want you guys to try out this week.  Anything you guys are looking forward to that needs moee attention?  Let us know in the comments!

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