Lots picked up this week. I have to give Brian Bendis some credit. He is finishing off his monumental run on Avengers and New Avengers with some excellent stories. I would hesitate to say they're the best Avengers stories he's done, but they are heavy with what Bendis does best: amazing characterization. Every character in those books has a distinct, and stable, personality. He writes dialogue like no one else (I think I may have said that somewhere already.)
His Avengers #34 came out recently and finished things off. Haven't got New Avengers yet, but it's on the list.
Issue #7 of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra's "Manhattan Projects" also came out recently. I cannot recommend this series highly enough. Bizarre science fiction tale starring all of the greatest scientific minds of the mid-20th century. If you aren't reading Hickman, you should be by now. His run on "Fantastic Four" and "F.F." that has just concluded was genius. He's taking on the Avengers now that Bendis has moved on, and I, for one, could not be more excited.
Grant Morrison's Batman epic continued this week with "Batman Inc. v.2" #5. Weaving all the way back to his early story of Damian as the cursed Batman of future Gotham, and all sorts of story threads start to weave back together. I get the suspicion that we're seeing the endgame of Morrison's Batman, and I'm looking forward to re-reading the whole epic thing. I'm glad to see that he, for all intents and purposes, ignored the New 52 (which I quite like, don't get me wrong), and just got on with the story he's been telling for the past few years. If I have learned one thing about Morrison, it's that he's not for everyone. But these comics are amazing.
Finally, I picked up the first issue of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." My son's a fan of the show (a Brony), and recently got my wife and I watching it. It's quite clever and funny. And the time travel episode in season 2 is really excellent. Anyway, I went to get this comic, and the young lady behind the counter looked at me and said "Is this for your daughter?" I said "No, that copy's for me, and the other one's for my son." She looked at me again and said, "Lot's of people have been using the daughter excuse today." I laughed, but I think it's a bit sad that you would have to hide liking something. I don't care what a comic is about, where it's set, who it's ostensible target audience is, as long as it's a good comic. (That said, I haven't been able to read it yet, because it contains, according to my son, spoilers about season 2, which we haven't finished yet. I'll let you know.)
That's all for this week. Oh, except for "Batman" #13, the first part of Death of the Family, which my friend Braydon picked up and gave to me, and which I finally read. It's quite good, and Snyder's Joker is chilling.
Because I need another comic to add to the list...