Narrowing down my recommendations for the Top Comics to Buy for February 14 was tough. Very tough. I was finalizing my five favorites right up until it came time to write this intro (and I still might further). There are just so many good books this week, truly. Anyway, you can find the five I settled on (agonizingly!) below, along with all the other regular lists … enjoy!

Top Comics to Buy for February 14, 2024

Blue Book 1947 #1
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Back-Up: (w) Zac Thompson, (a) Gavin Fullerton, (l) Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics – Tiny Onion
This ambitious, non-fiction comic book experience depicts true stories of UFO abductions with an eye to capturing the strange essence of those encounters. In 1947, Kenneth Arnold flew his Call-Air A-2 over the skies of the Pacific Northwest when all of a sudden he saw a blinding flashof silver light. What followed was a bizarre and difficult to explain encounter with several flying objects that would change the course of his life forever.
Why It’s Cool:
We are lucky to have Michael Avon Oeming still drawing comics at such a high level, and the artwork in this book will remind you why throughout. Also, this non-fiction look at historic UFO encounters is just non-stop fascinating, one of the most polished and engaging reads in comics.

If You Find This I’m Already Dead #1
Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Robin is a big city reporter, embedded with US Marines heading to the hostile pocket universe called Terminus. Ten minutes in, the entire marine squad is wiped out and she has to survive (and report) on her own. Terminus is full of cosmic wonders-and sci-fi “gods” that are in the middle of a political power struggle. The language is alien, and the politics are deadly. Can she survive long enough to figure out what’s going on and get home to tell the story?
Why It’s Cool:
Do you like sci-fi survival horror? Do you like sharply-written narration and fantastic art courtesy of Dan McDaid and Bill Crabtree? Well friend, you are going to absolutely love this book, one of the most tense and best-looking I’ve seen in some time.

The Infernals #1
Writers: Noah Gardner & Ryan Parrott
Artist: John J. Pearson with Lola Bonato
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Publisher: Image Comics
Abraham “Abe” Morgenstern, the son of Satan, has one month to live. Before he dies, he must decide which of his three wayward children-volatile narcissist Nero, conflicted field operative Jackal, or troubled schoolgirl Bee-will inherit his shadowy empire. But will Abe ever be able to truly cede control of the Apocalypse? Or does the Antichrist have something else up his sleeve…
Why It’s Cool:
It’s like Succession with devils and related dark horror business. Those two things are such a natural fit, you’ll be astounded. Also, this book features one of my favorite artists in original monthly comics right now, John J. Pearson. Great stuff.

Masterpiece #3
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Alex Maleev
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: Joshua Reed
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics – Jinxworld
Emma is a brilliant young woman whose life was turned upside down by a billionaire who says that her long lost parents were in fact very famous thieves. They took the world’s most famous billionaire for a cool billion… before they disappeared never to be seen or heard from again. And now he wants revenge, from her. So, Emma is taking back control of her life and creating her own crew to pull her own plans against all the bastards who have torn her world apart.
Why It’s Cool:
This is basically a teen dramedy heist book from a pair of comics storytelling masters. It’s polished, interesting, and playful, currently in the suspension-building trajectory that these sort of stories tend to follow before things really pop off.

Transformers #5
Writer/Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Publisher: Image Comics – Skybound
Starscream revives one of the most powerful Decepticons to eliminate the Autobots once and for all.
Why It’s Cool:
First, I’ll point your attention to the teaser above, because that’s exactly how it goes down. I won’t say more past that for fear of spoiling it. But I will note that this book has been an action-packed romp (like the rest of the burgeoning Energon Universe), and it’s showing absolutely no sign of slowing down, building something grander as it goes.

Others Receiving Votes

  • Abbott 1979 #4
  • Action Comics #1062
  • Batman: City of Madness #3
  • Deer Editor #2
  • The Deviant #4
  • Faceless and the Family #4
  • Hunger and the Dusk #6
  • The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #7
  • Petrol Head #4
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Ice & Snow #5

New #1s and One-Shots

  • comics to buy for february 14The Cabinet #1
  • Creepshow – Joe Hill’s Wolverton Station #1 (one-shot)
  • The Displaced #1
  • Dutch #1
  • Night Thrasher #1
  • Red Hood: The Hill #1
  • Sinister Sons #1
  • Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver #1
  • Sweetie Candy Vigilante #1

Trade Collections and Graphic Novels

  • Comics to Buy for February 14Amulet Vol. 9 – Waverider HC
  • Barking HC
  • Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 2 – Gotham Nocturne Act I HC
  • Best of 2000 AD Vol. 5 TP
  • Black’s Myth Vol. 2 – The Key to His Heart TP
  • Captain Marvel – Dark Tempest TP
  • Conan The Barbarian, Vol. 1 – Bound In Black Stone TP
  • Fall of the House of Usher HC
  • Fall Through HC
  • First There Was Chaos: Hesiods Story of Creation HC
  • For As Long As It Rans GN
  • Happy Shop GN
  • Marvel Unleashed TP
  • Mary Tyler Moorehawk HC
  • Quentin by Tarantino SC
  • Rat Queens Omnibus HC
  • Something Is Killing the Children Vol. 7 TP
  • Weird Work TP

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