I figured, instead of breaking it up by media type, as I usually do in this column, I’ll do a Kasey Kasem reverse countdown. ‘Cause, I mean, everybody loves a list, right?
Hit the break for news about Thor 2,
But first, as per our new effort to boost trade sales and improve your reading skills, our end-of-the-month feature returns:
TOP 5 TRADES OF THE MONTH
(Month of May 2011):
5. The Stuff of Legend Vol. 2: The Jungle. Simply fantastic. If you think it’s a kiddie book, or if you’re on the fence, jump in. It’s nothing you’d expect, brilliantly written, beautifully illustrated, and simply one of the best indie books around.
4. 5 Ronin. Marvel’s attempt to bring the “1602” concept into feudal Japan. I confess, I haven’t read it yet—just borrowed the 5 loosie books from a buddy, but I can’t wait. It sounds awesome, and the covers are terrific. This was a pretty fast release to hardcover. Don’t know if that means anything, though.
3. Mystique by Brian K. Vaughan: Ultimate Collection. Bound in paperback, all of Vaughan’s spy story about everyone’s favorite bad blue lady. This is another one I haven’t read (yet), but it’s already on my Amazon list.
2. Secret Six: The Reptile Brain. I love this book. Won’t miss a single volume. One of the best—if not the number one—DC books out there.
1. The Sensational She-Hulk Vol. 1 by John Byrne. Green pin ups! Seriously, though, this was a ground-breakingly different series for its time. Very influential, and, of course, beautifully drawn. Oh, and there’s a guest shot by Santa Claus.
Honorable mentions: PunisherMAX vol. 2: Bullseye (hardcover) (I’ll wait for the paperback, but I’ll definitely get it); The Trial of Captain America by Ed Brubaker and Daniel Acuña (on the fence: I kind of want to wait for the next “omnibus” volume); Taskmaster: Unthinkable (hilarious!).
Hmmm. Lots of Marvel this week, eh?