By Molly Jane Kremer and Jarrod Jones. Happy New Comic Book Day! This is Casual Wednesdays With DoomRocket, where each week we discuss our feelings concerning the comics that mean the most to us, and the industry news that affects us all. This week, MJ & Jarrod once again reach deep into the DoomRocket archives to find their absolute favorite comic books of all time. Then they share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues of the Week, and assess ‘America’ #7, and ‘Bloodshot Salvation’ #1.

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CASUAL WEDNESDAYS Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues

MJ’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:

Doctor Strange #25 — Marvel Comics/$4.99

Savage Town OGN — Image Comics/$16.99

BUG! The Adventures of Forager #4 — DC Comics/Young Animal/$3.99

Mirror #8 — Image Comics/$3.99

Star Wars Annual #3 — Marvel Comics/$4.99

CASUAL WEDNESDAYS Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues

Jarrod’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:

Black Hammer #13 — Dark Horse Comics/$3.99

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #4 — Marvel Comics/$3.99

Bloodshot Salvation #1 — Valiant/$3.99

Dark Ark #1 — AfterShock Comics/$3.99

Star Wars Adventures #2 — IDW Publishing/$3.99


Bloodshot Salvation #1


Written by Jeff Lemire.

Art by Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan.

Colors by Brian Reber.

Letters by Simon Bowland.

JJ: Lemire’s Bloodshot series is one for the books. It’s gripping, it’s thrilling, it can be really, really violent, but it can also be really, really sweet. All these disparate bits come together in Bloodshot Salvation #1, largely thanks to this new series’ premise. Valiant’s been publishing some of the best superhero comics for years and years and years, and their new Icons line — which also features Ninja-K and Quantum and Woody — provides the perfect place to jump in.

9 out of 10

America #7, by Joe Quinones. (Marvel Comics)America #7

Marvel Comics/$3.99

Written by Gabby Rivera.

Art by Jen Bartel, Annie Wu, Ming Doyle, Aud Koch, and Joe Quinones with Joe Rivera.

Colors by Bartel, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Jordan Gibson.

Letters and production by Travis Lanham.

MJ: Jen Bartel’s magic jewel-toned colors are breathtaking in her four-page segment, Annie Wu’s sequence is near-perfection, and Ming Doyle’s gets to the heart of what America went through as an orphaned child. Aud Koch’s sequence has the most emotionally resonant imagery, depicting a page that beautifully parallels Bartel’s earlier galactic creation of Planeta Fuertona. A beautiful, deep-dive of an issue.

8 out of 10

Check back in two weeks for more Casual Wednesdays!

Before: “The State of Things,” here.


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Casual Wednesdays written and edited by J. Jones, produced by M.J. Kremer and J. Jones.

Opening/closing theme: “Feels Good 2 B” by Audionautix — YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution)

Intro music: “Good Vibes” by JBlanked — Free Music Archive (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)

Intro interview music: “Talk to Me” by Jahzzar — YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)

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