10 Best First Comic Book Issues From This Week (Dec 5, 2018)

Immortal Hulk is brilliant.

Marvel Comics

Not counting reprints, omnibuses, and trades, every week, dozens of first issues are released. From the Big Two (Marvel and DC), the Fab Four (Image, Boom!, IDW and Dark Horse) to the solely independent studios, like Black Mask Studios and Albatross, it is often a hard task to find what is actually worth reading.

This week there were almost 25 brand new #1s released, so we thought it would be a good idea to narrow down that list and find what the 10 Best First Issues that came out on the 5th of December 2018, actually were.

10. Immortal Hulk: The Best Defense #1 AND Namor: The Best Defense #1

Marvel Comics

Al Ewing has been knocking it out of the park on the main Immortal Hulk series, and this is ultimately an extension of that series. It acts as a means to bring readers who haven't been keeping tabs on his run up to speed on the character, and primarily how the now-forefront split personalities of the Hulk and Bruce Banner have developed. It's dark, sophisticated and grittier than you'd anticipate from a Marvel title as of late, and it's why it's developed so much buzz.

Chip Zdarsky dives headfirst into Part 2 of The Best Defense with Namor. While he is still an arrogant, bitter, pointy-eared jackass, there's an intricacy to the Sub-Mariner's portrayal that develops a well-rounded picture of the character. Yes, the Atlanteans are going to war with the surface world AGAIN, but there's actually a discussion surrounding why and Namor doesn't emerged unscathed.

Both of these books are tied by one massive thing: they show the characters in a mostly solo environment building to an explosive "they don't belong on a team!" feeling that hopefully comes to a head in a couple of weeks with The Defenders: The Best Defense.


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