Hypergeek’s Hot Picks – Top Comic Book Recommendations for the Week of Wednesday October 21st 2009


Hypergeek’s Hot Picks is a weekly column on the site, where I take a look through the list of comics released that week, and decide which ones I think are worth picking up.

With most of the comics that I recommend, I have usually read a pre-release copy, and enjoyed it, or I have read a preview of the comic, and can predict that it is going to be a good read. At the end of the day though, it’s just my opinion, so don’t take it *too* seriously

This is the first week back for the column since my mum died at the end of last month, so please forgive me for the sustained absence! Also, I should note that with my grief, my trip back to England, my job search and my freelance writing efforts, I am about A MONTH behind in my comics reading right now, and am desperately trying to catch up. Subsequently I haven’t read any of the review copies or previews sent to me for this weeks comics, so I can’t really go very in-depth on any of this week’s releases. Mostly, I will be talking about why I am looking forward to reading them!

This Week’s Hottest Comic Picks

My top comic recommendations for this week! Make sure you buy them if you buy nothing else from the Hot Pick stack!

Reading Stuff of Legend is a truly magical experience, and is a fantastic example of how all-ages comics means just that, ALL-ages, and not just kids stuff!

Mike Raicht & Brian Smith have woven a absolutely charming and enchanting story of anthropomorphic children’s toys rescuing a young boy from a shadowy realm, while WWII wages on relentlessly in the real word. This fantastic story is expertly illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III with some of the most beautiful artwork that I have ever witnessed. The whole package is presented in a incredibly impressive format, designed by Michal DeVito and Jon Conkling.

Every aspect of this book is impressive, and I think it will be the making of Th3rd World Studios. Though something like this is going to be very hard to follow-up!


Elephantmen is the best comic series that you are not reading! Seriously! The sales on this series are not a patch on what they should be, and that is criminal!

Last month’s Elephantmen #21 was billed as the perfect jumping on point for new readers, and was an absolutely amazing issue, featuring the return of Ebony as a Mappo sleeper cell reawakened his killing impulses. It was one of th best issue of the series thus far, and it didn’t even rank in Diamond’s Top 300 comics for September!

Sorry, it just makes me worry about the industry when great comics like this get left by the wayside. Get out and buy Elephantmen #21 and #22 now! Also make sure to pick up some trades while you are at the store!


Do I really have to tell you why I’m looking forward to this comic? It’s called Cowboy Ninja Viking for god’s sake! I’m already in love with this series just from the solicitation. It seems I am not alone either, as the massive pre-release buzz on this title has made Image Comics extend it from a mini-series to an ongoing, before the first issue was even released! That is pretty impressive!

Make sure to grab a copy soon, as this is the next Chew, mark my words!


Chew is such a wildly original comic, and I absolutely love it!

This issue is the conclusion to the first arc of the story, ‘Taster’s Choice’, so probably not a good jumping on point for the series.  Still, if you’ve been reading Chew from the beginning, you are going to want to read this one, as Tony faces of against a deadly enemy all on his own…


Have you been reading Citizen Rex? What? Why not? This is a great comic, and contains all of that off-kilter weirdness you expect from a Hernadez bros series.

Set in the far future, and tackling the moral issues of  making a machine in the guise of man, his is a lot less Love & Rockets, and a lot more Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

With a nutty plot from Mario, and amazing artwork from Beto, this is one coming you cannot afford to miss!


The second part of Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber’s environmentally themed thriller. Last issue closed with Seth lying unconsious deep in Stillwater caves, now Harden and his men are coming to finish off the job. Will the rangers survive?

I actually read this issue months ago, but haven’t had a chance to review it, with everything going on recently. It’s a great continuation of the storyline, and really thrilling stuff. You’ll love it. Make sure to grab a copy!


Top TPB/GN Pick

Man, I wish I could afford to buy this book! But after nearly Three months of unemployment TPBs and GNs are off the menu right now. I recently got hooked up with review copies from Dark Horse, but they had already run out of copies of Noir. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to wait until I have a job again.

This is such an amazing looking book, and has contributions from many of my favourite writers & artists, I’m salivating just at the thought of it. Let me know what you think of it!


My Complete Hot Picks

Included below is the full list of comics that I am picking up this week. They are all great, and any one would be a great pick!


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