Pick Of The Week: Our Top Three Title Picks From The Past Week In Comics

by Olly MacNamee

Another week of all-new comics and as ever on this Friday afternoon, we give you three top picks as chosen by our regular reviewers. Starting off with one of the more popular books around comicon HQ, An Unkindness of Ravens #1:

Unkindness of Ravens #1
Written by Dan Panosian
Illustrated by Marianna Ignazzi
Colored by Fabiana Mascolo
Lettered by Mike Fiorentino
Remember when David Lynch had Sheryl Lee return to Twin Peaks as Laura Palmer’s cousin, Maddy (Lee also played Laura Palmer)? That’s what Panosian and Ignazzi’s new series, Unkindness of Ravens, makes me think of, except instead of having an uncanny resemblance to a relative, Wilma Farrington looks like the girl who recently went missing at her new school. So much for blending in.
Unkindness of Ravens has all the makings of a CW show. There are supernatural elements, shady adults, witchcraft. Wilma is a very likable protagonist (with Fiorentino’s narration boxes providing us access to her thoughts) and Mascolo’s colors might be the best part of the issue. From the yellow-ish tones of the hallways to the light blue walls of the cafeteria, no good can come from being surrounded by that much blue. The first page just hooks you with the first two panels: the missing poster for Waverly Good, and Wilma’s reaction to it. – Rachel Bellwoar

Undiscovered Country #8
Written by Charles Soule and Scott Snyder
Illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Colored by Matt Wilson
Lettered by Crank!
A new zone opens up to our intrepid explorers in this surreal sci-fi series. One part Wizard of Oz and another part pure sci-fi, this latest issue may be high on exposition, but with enough intrigue and revelations to keep readers gripped until the very last page and the return of… Well, you’ll have to grab the issue, won’t you? – Olly MacNamee 

X of Swords: Creation #1
Written by Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard
Illustrated by Pepe Larraz
Colored by Marte Gracia
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
This is an absolutely huge issue, clocking in at nearly 70 story pages, and for anyone who has been following the X-Men since HOX/POX last year, it’s worth every moment. Though it’s largely an Excalibur and X-Menstory, there’s the promise that this will not only affect every single mutant, but it will also change the line forever. And it all hinges on •┤Ȧ├•.
Without a doubt this is the story of Apocalypse, and his hubris. The former villain has been scheming for a year’s worth of Howard’s stories, while Hickman has given him a massive boost in profile. The duo combine that here to show this monstrous mutant in a new light. Apocalypse was always about survival of the fittest, and what happens when he’s accomplished that goal?
But what about the art? Simply put, Larraz and Gracia are probably the best art team working in superhero comics today (I can only think of one other duo who may give them a run at that title). There was never any doubt that this team would create something stunning, and even then they exceeded expectations.– Tony Thornley

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