I know it is, because I had a devastatingly
difficult time choosing my "pick of the week" to put on display today. (If you've never noticed, each Wednesday when the new books come in, all your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Monkeys
select one new comic to put in the "Staff Picks" brackets, highlighting our favorites to help point you in the direction of a good story!) This week I was more torn than I usually am over what to choose.
Should I pick the "origin issue" of Lumberjanes
that jumped back to the beginning we hadn't seen before, showing the girls' arrival at camp at the beginning of the summer before all the wonderful magical weirdness started? That was exceptionally tempting, and if you haven't read Lumberjanes
yet, this issue is the absolutely perfect place to jump into this fantastic adventure! It was wonderful finding out so much about all the characters' backstories and families, and seeing them meet each other for the first time; as much as I've loved each and every issue of Lumberjanes
, I think this one was my favorite yet!
Of course, there are plenty of other
series continuing this week that I've been regularly delighted by: Ms. Marvel
, Legendary Star-Lord
(as the Black Vortex
event draws to a close!), Secret Identities
, the second issue of Sabrina
(at long last!), Shutter
, Superior Iron-Man
(oh Pepper, you're the best!), The Fade Out,
and so many more that could have easily rated themselves "Pick of the Week" status, but I like to pick new
books whenever I can, to help draw attention to titles that are just starting out. One of those new number ones this week in particular caught my eye: Tithe
I can't remember the last time I was so wrong
about a book that I'd been looking forward to, and yet still so happy with it! I do, however, owe several of you an apology, because when I was telling you about Tithe
two months ago, I know I made it sound like something very
different from what it turned out to be. In my defense, I wasn't lying on purpose; I was just totally wrong! (And this is where, were we in a cartoon, someone would say something pat about the dangers of making assumptions, and we would have This Episode's Moral!) Turns out this is a case of "truth is stranger than fiction"--not because Tithe
is based on a true story, because it's entirely fictional, but because instead of being set in some far-flung future fantasy world (as I had thought it was, based on my own mis-reading of the summary--oops!) it's set in our
world. My mistake! For that reason alone I thought maybe I should select it as my "Pick" to own-up to my getting everything so wrong, and yet still loving it! However...
This is the issue of Uncanny X-Men
that I've been waiting for since Kitty Pryde
left the Jean Grey School and joined Cyclops's team instead--and by extension, her Best Friend Forever, Illyana Rasputin
. Ever since I was a little girl scavenging back-issue bins for old X-Men
books, Shadowcat and Magik have been two of my favorite characters, and when the two of team-up it makes even boring things like dance class with Stevie seem fun, let alone when they actually get to go into battle together! So after so long apart--after so many deaths, different ages, disappearances, and damnations--to finally get the two of them not just both alive and on this planet and dimensional plane together but actually on the same team
made me positively giddy. I kept waiting for the two of them to have an issue to themselves...and finally, so many issues later, it's happened! And it was a great
issue. They take a road trip (well, a stepping-disc trip) to Monster Island and fight...well, I'll let you take a guess! Suffice it to say that this is everything I was waiting for, and so much more!
In the end, after being an X-Girl myself for so long, how could I pick anything else for my favorite book this week than a one-shot story featuring my two favorite X-Girls kicking monster butt, bonding, and saving the day? Of course, whatever you decide to make your
"Pick of the Week," make sure you come in this
week to see all the great things on the shelf right now, because in addition to the ever-present newest comic issues, we've got loads of great collections of both old (and doesn't Mad Love
look shiny in its new packaging?) and new books (speaking of Lumberjanes!
) and toys and assorted knick-knacks (stands for action figures? I thought those things were a myth!) to delight and intrigue you all week long!
And speaking of delightful things, have you had a chance to stop in to the brand-shiny-new location for the York Store
yet? No? Well, if I could make a location my "Pick of the Week," Kitty and Yana might have lost-out, because it looks great
. It's enough to make me jealous!
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