Light Week? Try CBGB #2, The Boys: Highland Laddie #1, and Wolverine: Weapon X #16

Let's face it. It's rare that we have a light week, but what if.. just what if that turns out to be the case?  What if the quantity is rich but the quality, the content, the meat, the stuff of love is light and unsatisfying?  That, my friends, is what we are here for.  Our recommendations will fulfill you, if only for the 10 minutes you're reading.  But you… you'll remember. Oh yes, you will.

Ron says try:


By Kieron Gillen, Marc Ellerby, Rob G.

The first issue of CBGB, the anthology telling stories inspired by the legendary club in New York City was so good, that I have been anxiously awaiting the second issue and the rest of the series.  The combination of music and comics is one that's been present for almost as long as CBGB's was a fixture in the music world, so it's a fitting tribute to see it heralded in comics form here.  And done so well with amazing art and great writing.  This entire series is a must read for any music fans.

Josh says try:

The Boys: Highland Laddie #1

By Garth Ennis & John McCrea

I dropped off The Boys a while ago.  I liked parts of it, but in general, it just wasn't clicking for me.  Still, Hughie was my favorite character. As with a lot of stories, I tend to like the "everyman" character, and Ennis has a remarkable talent for characterization, so I'm going to check out this mini series.  It also puts Ennis back with John McCrea, and Hitman is a wonderful comic they worked on in the past.  So, I'm giving it a chance again, because I really want to like it.  Maybe you're due for a revisit as well?

Conor says try:

Wolverine: Weapon X #16

By Jason Aaron & Davide Gianfelice

It's the last issue so you might as well jump on here because odds are you weren't reading this before. And that's too bad because for the last year and a half, Jason Aaron's Wolverine: Weapon X has been one of Marvel's best books. So why pick this one up? It's a one and done story featuring Wolverine carrying out his buddy Nightcrawler's last request. Whenever Wolverine and Nightcrawler went off and had their own adventures it almost always lead to good comics, and I am willing to bet that now that Nightcrawler is "no longer with us" this one's gonna be packed full of emotion.


  1. Josh, I had the same problem as you. after about issue 12 of the Boys, it felt like it lost its worth to me, so I stopped reading. But I might have to take you up on that Highland Laddie…

  2. Ron has convinced me.

  3. @Conor The book is going to be relaunched with a new "Wolverine #1" in Sept. with a Jason Wolverine Goes to Hell storyline.

  4. WOOO I haven’t heard you guys talk about The Boys in ages. I hope it’s in the podcast!

  5. I’m already reading Weapon X, but I’d have to second the recommendation.  It may be the final issue but Aaron is great at these little one and dones.

  6. The Boys has gotten really good since, and including, the We Gotta Go Now storyline (Herogasm mini aside). I’ll be reading the Hughie book.

  7. @Thursday: Yes, I know. This is still the end of WOLVERINE: WEAPON X.

  8. CBGB – this looks so freakin’ cool – a book combining two of my favourite ever things – COMICS and PUNK!

     anyone got other recommendations for punk comics/graphic novels?


  9. @conor Yeah, right after I posted I did kind of a facepalm, because of course the best way to try and drum up sales on a lagging book that they believe in creatively is with a new #1.

  10. This is the second week I’m getting all the "Light Week" picks. So my question is what good are you ifanboy. I mean besides the podcast, articles, other writers and everything else.

     As far as punk comics former "Book of the Week" Punk Rock and Trailer Parks by Derf was a really great fictional look as the Ohio punk scene.

  11. @bird

    punk rock and trailer parks you say? ooh great i’ll check that out, ta.

  12. I passed on CBGB #1, but as of now… the combination of Ron’s don’t miss suggestion, the cover to #2, a good buzz, and a steady resurgence of listening to old school punk rock during the last week or two has convinced me to pick this up.

  13. Josh – It’s nice to see some recognition of Hitman. I thought that was a great series with good characters, action, and lots of humor. I rarely find people who are familiar with it, and I think that’s a shame.