I think I’m summarizing my week with a blink 182 song. The video is at the bottom of the article. Also the comic books you should for this week is followed by the next sentence.

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The Terrifics by Ivan Reis

The Terrifics #1 by Jeff Lemire Art by Ivan Reis

I’ve been on a Jeff Lemire kick lately. I just hosted a comic book club on Underwater Welder. Probably one of my favorite graphic novels that has came out in the last couple years. I’ve also been reading some of his other stuff over on Dark Horse. After leaving the incredible Moon Knight, Lemire is on a new book for DC. The books is coming out of the events of Dark Nights Metal. It may not be my favorite event but it certainly has spilled a lot of new books. There’s been other books out but this may be the most interesting for me to recommend to you.

As for Ivan Reis, I haven’t seen a lot of his work as I stay on the Marvel side of artists. One of the things I’ve enjoyed on the issues has been his art. The art reminds me of the late 2000’s comics. He also draws a great Plastic Man.

The Terrifics feels like DC’s answer to the Fantastic Four, which is pretty cool as we haven’t had a FF book in a long time. Sure we can blame Fox but really I think Marvel has something up their sleeves for having the first family being absent for such a long time. I digress I’m here to talk about The Terrifics which is a great book. Also if you’re a Alan Moore fan you might want to stick around for the end.

Thanos by Geoff Shaw

Thanos #16 by Donny Cates art by Geoff Shaw

I was a bit late on the hype train for Donny Cates’ Thanos maybe because I was a contrarian and I didn’t want to read anything that would be related to the Avenger films. Jeff Lemire wrote the first arc while Mike Deodato did the art and I just completely fell from the book.

My local comic store owner recommended to read his Doctor Strange. And I did. I wanted to read everything he has written. I read them. Some are great some are questionable. I started to hear about a new character on Thanos. That character is Cosmic Ghost Rider.

So in the previous issue we found out that Frank Castle was the Cosmic Ghost Rider. Issue 16 is the origin story for Frank Castle became the Cosmic Ghost Rider. The orgin story is very comic book 101 but it works. It works so well. The Marvel heroes lose against Thanos in one last dying wish, Castle wishes to kill Thanos. Selling his soul to Mephisto thus him becoming the Ghost Rider. Castle goes travels the barren planet. Castle starts to lose his mind. Cates does an excellent job in explaining how Castle falls into madness.

The art by Shaw helps the story progress so fast that by the end of the story I really wanted more. Shaw helps us flow along the giant size panels for Galactus. Just some gorgeous pages on all of this book. It’s insane how pretty it is. I wanna take it behind the bleachers and make love to it.

Also that’s how (almost) perfect this story is. This series is probably what should be reading if you’re into the cosmic Marvel Universe stuff or you just want a good fun read. Pick it up you will not be disappointed.

Imaginary Friends by Richard Pace

Imaginary Friends #4 (of 6) by Tim Seely Art Stephan Molnar

Not many comic books make me feel like I should be enjoying this as a TV show. In the case Imaginary Friends does just that. It’s a high concept idea where in this world imaginary friends are real and they could be dangerous. Melba Li was used by her imaginary friend to stab Li’s friend. She is committed to a juvenile pychward and several years later is still haunted by her actions. Nobody believes her. On her 18th birthday, in a true fantasy trope, FBI Agent Virgil Crockett pays her a visit and comes with the truth about IMPs (Interdimensional Mental Parasites) or you know imaginary friends. As I mention this comic is very high concept with some cool ideas. Also truth be told I only just heard about it while researching what I was going to talk about with you guys.

I honestly enjoyed this book alot. It’s kinda weird to recommend a book that is almost finishing but to be honest with you. It's a good book to recommend even though its almost finishing. Look for it.

The Wilds by Emily Pearson

The Wilds #1 by Vita Ayala Art by Emily Pearson

I’m not big on indie companies, I mostly collect from the big two and occasionally stray into an Image book or Dark Horse book. Last year I read Black Mask’s 4 Kids Walk into A Bank and it caught my interest. This year Black Mask caught my interest again with The Wilds. Here’s a summary of the book:

“After a cataclysmic plague sweeps across America, survivors come together to form citystate-like communities for safety. Daisy Walker is a Runner for The Compound, a mix of post-apocalyptic postal service and black market salvaging operation. It is a Runner's job to ferry items and people between settlements, and on occasion scavenge through the ruins of the old world. Daisy is the best there is at what she does. Out beyond the settlement walls are innumerable dangers: feral animals, crumbling structures, and Abominations -- those that were touched by the plague and became something other. After a decade of surviving, Daisy isn't phased by any of it -- until her lover, another Runner named Heather, goes missing on a job. Desperate to find her, Daisy begins to see that there may be little difference between the world inside the walls and the horrors beyond. From writer Vita Ayala (Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, Wonder Woman Annual) and Emily Pearson (Cult Classic) with colors by Marissa Louise (Spell On Wheels) and covers by Natasha Alterici (Heathen), comes this bold tale of surviving in bleak times.”

The premise of the book is really neat. It reminded me of the video game the Last of Us. I wish it read better and it had more exciting art.

I’m really trying to be positive on this book. I wish the story was maybe a little bit exciting.

Okay.

Okay.

This is the reason why you should read it: There’s nudity.

Sorry I was a day late. Here's a music video to enjoy.