So I’ve started to realize that Vin’s Picks is a bit boring because if you read it for a few months it will just be me saying I liked the same books over and over again. So with this in mind I have changed the column to Issue 1, which will each week take a look at the first issues that came out that week. If there are no issue 1s that week I will do a Vin’s Picks. Thanks for keeping up with the site. This will also include the first chapters of manga that pop up in Shonen Jump Alpha.
Harvest – I don’t know if I’m jaded or what but this book doesn’t seem that original or interesting to me, if anything it seems like its treading ground that is pretty well traveled. This book features a doctor who on the side harvests organs for the yakuza. I art for this book is really strong, with that noir style that I enjoy but this fits in the crime books that are so prevalent at this point. I like crime books but I can only take so many a month.
The First X-men – This one requires a little bit of background knowledge of X-men character but that’s it. This seems to be setting up a new world where stuff will happen. This book is going to be covering a story where police with sci-fi levels of weapons (but taking place in what seems to be the 1960s). This book is hard to recommend and like so many superhero issue 1s is really for the fans of the series is not a good jumping in point. I might be a good read when all is said and done but that will be another report.
Hawkeye – This book surprised me actually. The first thing that I notice is the art of the book is not traditional comic book art but its not bad but it took some getting used to, which might make this book hard for people who want to read about Hawkeye get into it. However, I doubt this book was meant for people who want to get into Hawkeye but for people who are already fans. This is really a Clint Barton story when it comes down to it. He lives in the Bed-Stuy in New York and this book has a nice urban feel to it, its not clean, they people are pretty rotten and Clint lives in it all. I’m surprised that this was just a one shot story that doesn’t tie to anything else making this really about the character and what he does when he’s not being an Avenger. This might be worth checking out.
Think Tank – We have a “badass scientist” book on our hands. I think this one comes out of the success of Manhattan Projects (check that one out). We have a scientist develop a mind reading cell phone while he works at a military facility. Not much of this book focuses on the development of the device but more about the characters and the world. It seems interesting enough but I have no care for the characters.
Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch – So tell me if you’ve heard the premise of this one shot. The cats and dogs are actually a team of crime-fighters who take down the supernatural. It sounds like a lot of stories in the past but this one shot is a cute book with three funny stories of the world.