I’ve always been of the opinion that there’s a great comic book out there for everyone. I love making recommendations to folks – especially new readers – and helping them grow a love for one of America’s unique forms of literature.
So, let me tell you what to read this week.
Broken World #2
Writer: Barbiere, Frank J.
Artist: Peterson, Christopher
Cover Artist: Peterson, Christopher
With the world falling apart around her, Elena finds one of the government-issued suicide kits and is torn between ending her life and fighting for one last chance to reconnect with her family.
The first issue was amazing. Second issue is just as good. The pacing and dialogue is fantastic, and Peterson is able to carry quite a bit of weight with the silent panels. Don’t miss out on this series!
Writer: Spurrier, Simon
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: Stokely, Jeff
The Spire is a mountain of metal and stone that rises out of the middle of the desert, containing a vast city of twisting tunnels, grinding elevators, and ancient machinery, and home to over a million human and non-human residents.
Not sure how I feel about this comic yet. The first issue didn’t grip me, but I like to give new series three issues before making a decision. If you read this one, let me know your thoughts!
Barb Wire #1
Writer: Warner, Chris
Artist: Olliffe, Pat
Cover Artist: Hughes, Adam
Nail-hard tough and drop-dead gorgeous, Barb Wire is the baddest bounty hunter on the mean streets of Steel Harbor, where gangsters can lift bulldozers and leap rusting factories in a single bound. The hunting is stupid good and the bounties are hella big-if Barb lives long enough to collect!
I didn’t particularly care for this issue, but, again, I’m going to give it 3 issues before making a final decision. It’s a bit cheesecakey, but the story is novel.
8house Arclight #1
Writer: Graham, Brandon
Artist: Churchland, Marian
Cover Artist: Churchland, Marian
A lady of the blood house has had her mind trapped in a strange alien root-body. She’s hiding on the outskirts of her kingdom until she learns that the alien monster pretending to be her has returned. The first issue of a shared fantasy universe. Sharp genderqueer knights, blood magic, music, dancing, and a goose.
Odd book, but really intriguing. I’m interested in learning more about the world of Arclight and that goose.
We Stand on Guard #1
Writer: Vaughan, Brian K.
Artist: Skroce, Steve
Cover Artist: Skroce, Steve
SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN teams with artistic legend and MATRIX storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE for an action-packed military thriller that will have everyone talking. 100 years from now, a heroic band of Canadian civilians must defend their homeland from invasion…by the United States of America! The hyper-detailed combat between badass freedom fighters and giant f***ing robots begins with a spectacular 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE for the regular price of just $2.99!
It’s not everyday we get a brand new Brian K. Vaughan series. This one is heartbreaking and hilarious, featuring an interesting discussion on the Man of Steel. I am ridiculously excited about this series, and you should be, too.
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 2 Fandemonium
Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: McKelvie, Jamie
Cover Artist: Wilson, Matthew
The critically-lauded best-selling hyphen-abusing series of stardom, divinity, and death returns with a second volume that’s even grander than the first, because it contains six issues instead of five. THE FAUST ACT is over. Welcome to FANDEMONIUM. Includes cover gallery and anything else we’ll cram in the back, because we just can’t help ourselves. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #6-11
Could this series get any better? I’m almost afraid to ask. Oh, the last issue of this trade killed me.
Darth Vader #7
Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Larroca, Salvador
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi
* The Emperor’s machinations revealed!
* Everything changes for Vader!
* The tale of Vader’s transformation from A New Hope to The Empire Strikes Back continues!
New arc! Guys, Star Wars is amazing, and so are all the tie in series. The last issue was wonderful and totally shifted my perception of Anakin.
That’s it for this week’s pull list! If you have any recommendations for comic fans (and non-fans) out there, share them in the comments section!