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I was glancing through this month’s sales charts and I noticed that not only have the titles I recommended previously suffered a drop in sales, but that I have nothing to recommend outside the Top 100.  However, I will not be deterred.

This month, I’m asking you to support Marvel’s Nova (Issue #11’s cover from March pictured above).

Nova is a title starring the character of the same name.  Nova, aka Richard Ryder, is the last member of a recently-destroyed group called the Nova Corps.  Due to that group’s demise, he now carries the brains behind the Corps, a supercomputer named the Worldmind, in his head.  With the help and guidance of the Worldmind, he acts as a universal protector, assisting those in need across space.

There are several reasons this is a good title.  With the narration and back-and-forth banter between Richard and the Worldmind, readers really get to understand the main character.  In this way, one also gets constantly reminded of the burden Nova now bears.  The art is the next biggest contributor.  Each issue, no matter who the artist, looks superb, beautifully rendering character moments and action sequences alike.

The first few issues has Nova deal with some fallout from Annihilation, out of which it was spun, and Civil War.  Almost immediately, the title gets thrust into the midst of Annihilation: Conquest, and it will escape being such a tie-in now that that story has finished.  The neat thing about Nova is that, although it has ties–sometimes very important ties–to major events, you do not need to read such events to understand the story (with perhaps the exception of the most recent arc in the title).

So, it is a beautifully drawn and well-written title that can mostly be read on its own, stars a relatable, burdened super hero with a large amount of power, and cameos of great new characters (like Cosmo, a psychic Russian cosmonaut dog) and liked old ones (like Gamora of the Infinity Watch).

Support this title.  You know you want to.

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Every month, I check out icv2’s Top 300 Comics sales list. I look for the lowest-selling ongoing I read and recommend it to you. This helps me because the title could get more sales (and let it keep going) and it helps you since you could potentially end up buying a title you knew nothing or next to nothing about.

This month, I want you to support The Amazing Spider-Girl.

Above is the cover to issue #17, released in February.

Due to “One More Day” and “Brand New Day” in the Spider-Man titles, Marvel has been pitching this as the alternative, largely on the premise that people might buy Spider-Girl solely because Mary Jane and Peter are happily married in it.

I don’t think that’s enough of a selling point. That only hits a portion of the readers, some of which may still be reading Amazing Spider-Man. You can read both, of course, (I have in the past) but they are different animals.

Spider-Girl belongs to a group of comics called MC2 or Marvel Comics 2. Essentially, the comics take place in an alternate continuity where there is a new crop of heroes. Spider-Girl to replace Spider-Man. Avengers Next to replaced the Avengers. The Fantastic Five as opposed to the Fantastic Four. And so on. Some old ones remain, but the point is that these are titles focusing on characters you cannot read about in standard Marvel Comics.

Currently, The Amazing Spider-Girl is the only ongoing series in that line. For that reason, the title typically hits various corners of its universe. More importantly, though, the title references Spider-Man continuity. Not only may Spider-Girl appeal to fans of the marriage, but also fans of “The Clone Saga”, Hobgoblin, and Black Tarantula, as their past stories play important roles in the current events. The best thing about Spider-Girl is that you do not need to know those past stories to enjoy the ones within. Each issue is fairly self-contained and provides a recap (like are Marvel titles) to give you the essential elements of what came before the issue you’re reading.

This title is a lot of fun. Classic and new villains alike. A fairly sizable, diverse supporting cast. Engaging plots. And just being generally entertaining.

Support this title. You know you want to.

Every month, I comb over the Top 300 Comics sales list of the previous month. Then, I come here and make a plea for you to buy something I enjoy that’s not selling well. You’ll serve me by helping make sure the title keeps going and I’ll serve you by recommending something I think it good. Sound equal? Let’s go.

This month, I’m recommending Marvel Illustrated: the Iliad. Admittedly, it is a mini series, so that “make sure the title keeps going” part is not really apt. However, it is part of a larger line of books, which do need support to keep going. This title was placed under Dynamo 5, even, and it’s the highest selling one!

The title is obviously based on The Iliad. It is a classic Greek epic poem supposedly provided by a poet named Homer. This title appeals to comic book fans, perhaps more so than any other Marvel Illustrated comic, because it is myth. It is an epic tale of heroes, of godly interference, and of war. A fan of Wonder Woman or Thor? You would probably like this. A fan of World War II comics? Are you a veteran of war? This might work for you.

The basic premise is that the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, has left Greece, taken from her home by Paris, prince of Troy. Due to an oath, all the important men of Greece must help Helen’s husband Menelaus retrieve her. Thus, we have a Trojan War, which at the start of the story has been going on for nine years. Most of that is pretty well described in the first few pages of the first issue.

This part of that overall story focuses on the rage of Achilles, a great Greek warrior, and his affect on the war. The first word of the poem is “rage”. How cool is that?

In any case, the first issue establishes the story and some important elements. The second issue is a large battle. I have yet to read the third issue, released this week, but I hear it is good.

So, support this title and the Marvel Illustrated line. You’ll be glad you did.

Every month, I will comb over the Top 300 Comics sales list of the previous month. Then, I will come here and make a plea for you to buy something I enjoy that’s not selling well. You’ll serve me by helping make sure the title keeps going and I’ll serve you by recommending something I think it good. Sound equal? Let’s go.

The lowest selling thing I read this month happens to be Dynamo 5.

Above is issue #9, the December issue.

Dynamo 5 is a title about five people of various ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds brought together by the widow of one Captain Dynamo. They learn from her that they are his illegitimate children and, after exposure from the same radiation that gave Dynamo his powers, they each learn that they can access one of Captain Dynamo’s abilities.

Take a look here for detailed information, including names, powers, and appearances. Heck, peruse the whole site if you need more convincing.

After gaining their powers, the group teams up as the Dynamo 5 and protects the city in order to fill the void left by Captain Dynamo’s death. The government doesn’t trust them. They only have a loose association with other heroes. And currently, villains are teaming up to take them down. With the recap every issue (on the back cover) and the done-in-one nature of the book, it should be pretty easy to just pick up and follow.

For convenience, however, issues #1-7 were released in $10 trade paperback. If you are interested, that would be a good place to begin. Now, issue #10 came out a few weeks ago. Just throwing that in there to show you that there are a few issues you’d need to track down or back-order.

As for the overall style, I’d say it’s pretty close to all-ages friendly, but by the very nature of the setup there are some intercourse references and somewhat related panels. Nothing raunchy, mind you, but certainly something to look out for. Maybe I’m just a little old-fashioned, though, and kids these days would have no trouble. It’s amazing how fast the world has changed.

Anyway, it’s a fun read with consistently good writing and art. Yes, it’s an Image title, so I don’t expect great sales, but The Darkness #1 almost made the Top 100 and Spawn #173 came shortly thereafter.  Dynamo 5 isn’t even in the Top 200!

Support this title!  It’s at least worth a look.