Light Week? Try Northlanders Vol. 4, Image Firsts: Dead at 17, and … Conor cheats

You're in the shop, and you want more.  But what? You need guidance! Let us be that light.

Josh says try:

Northlanders Vol. 4: The Plague Wife

by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez

I was out of Northlanders. It was fine and all, but it wasn't speaking to me.  Then I ended up reading the first issue of this arc, and I've been hooked ever since.  It's a wonderful story about the perils of being a woman in a completely male, and quite violent society, when the harshest of winters, and Plague come into it.  On top of that, Fernandez is a wonderful artist, and I really love his pages.  It's another world in Northlanders, but there's a lot of our world in it too.


Ron says try:

Image Firsts: Dead@17 #1

By Josh Howard

It's Halloween time and that means you're looking for scary, horror filled comic books.  Have you tried Dead@17? I'm guessing not, as it was previously self published by creator Josh Howard, but now lives at Image Comics.  Dead@17 is just what you would think, a high school aged horror comic that's got girls in short skirts and axes.  Oh, and it's really good.  And it's a dollar.  What more do you want? Get into the spirit and give it a shot!

Conor says try:

Superman: Earth One, Avengers vs. Pet Avengers #1, Justice Society of America #44, Ultimate Spider-man #15, & Teen Titans #44

By J. Michael Straczynski, Shane Davis, Sandra Hope, Chris Eliopoulos, Ig Guara, Christopher Sotomayor, Marc Guggenheim, Scott Kolins, Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli, J.T. Krul, Nicola Scott, & Doug Hazelwood

Okay, so I couldn't make up my mind. But it's one of those weeks. I've got almost 30 books and a few trades on my pull list and that's because there are all kinds of fun things to check out. Like:

  • The debut of DC's continuity-free direct-to-trade Earth One initiative, Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis.
  • The fantastically awesome Ig Guara getting to draw the Avengers in Avengers vs. Pet Avengers #1.
  • A new creative team on Justice Society of America! Marc Guggenheim and Scott Kolins try to return the once top book to its former glory.
  • Sara Pichelli, who is all kinds of wonderful, takes over for the sublime David LaFuente on Ultimate Spider-Man. (I have mixed feelings about this.)
  • Once more into the breach we go as DC Comics tries to rejuvenate Teen Titans, a book that was once its top seller, with J.T. Krul and Nicola Scott.

There really is something for just about everyone this week!



  1. Superman Earth One is probably my most anticipated book this week. I love the idea of this little experiment and would buy it no matter who was writing or drawing it probably. I liked Rising Stars and his run on Spidey so even though his other works weren’t as strong for me this still sounds like it could be something awesome. I’m always up for supporting experimentation in the medium.

  2. @Roi: Same here I can’t wait to get the Superman book. Preview pages in the back of ALL THE DC BOOKS looks really good.

  3. I’m gonna read Superman: Earth One. I’m gonna read it good.

  4. Not sure if I will be able to read Earth One this week but it will definitely be sooner, rather than later, when I will read it.

  5. yeah, it’s a real light week, only 20 books for me this week. I really gotta add some more to the bill.

  6. I’m going to wait for some reviews of Earth One before I jump on that pony.

  7. I really enjoyed the first Northlanders trade and look forward to the rest of the series

  8. And, as if on command, the Earth One reviews appear.

  9. Earth One is certainly on my radar, but probably won’t be picking it up this week.

    And I have to agree with Conor – this week is insane.

  10. Conor has tempted me to pickup JSA, and Teen Titans. If they are both $2.99, I’m pulling the trigger. So now I’m at 17 books, and two trades! Yikes!

  11. this is the most egregious cheating i’ve seen on ifanboy since josh picked 4 trades of captain america for his top 10 list and called it one omnibus lol

  12. Conor’s list is my list, haha.

  13. Northlanders seems to work so much better in trade for me, but I read Plague Widow in single issues and loved it. I think that storyline is where the tone, setting and Wood’s narrative drive all kind of coalesced to make a really fantastic piece. And yeah, Fernandez just perfectly captured that cold, isolated, threatening environment perfectly. I’ve loved his art ever since his work on the Azzarello Hellblazer run. Gorgeous covers, too.