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.
Cyanide and Happiness Punching Zoo Trade Paperback
Writer: Wilson, Kris
Artist: Wilson, Kris
Cover Artist: Wilson, Kris
WHY WE LOVE IT: One of the most popular and successful webcomics, like, ever, CYANIDE & HAPPINESS has consistently offered up a humorous look at life-in stick figure form-and we are big fans. The experimental, hilarious voice of CYANIDE & HAPPINESS embodies the spirit of BOOM! Box and we jumped at the chance to collect it. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you are on the Internet, you’ve read CYANIDE & HAPPINESS. Generating over a million hits a week, the webcomic is one of the longest-lasting strips out there, and everyone can relate to its hilarious slice-of-life depictions. Since the dawn of man, stick figures have been used as an important device for storytelling. CYANIDE & HAPPINESS has taken this language and mashed it up with Internet culture, bringing us some of the best satire and dark comedy out there. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: PUNCHING ZOO includes a buttload of our favorite comics from the site, 30 brand-new, too-hot-for-the-Internet comics, ‘The Hot Date’ (a choose-your-own-adventure where you decide the story), and a nice forward by Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders of reddit.
*ahem* This is a mature webcomic designed for horrible people with a terrible, terrible sense of humor. On a more serious note, there are triggering jokes sprinkled throughout, so be aware. They aren’t kidding when they say dark comedy.
Writer: Faerber, Jay
Artist: Godlewski, Scott
Cover Artist: Godlewski, Scott
Welcome to Copperhead, a grimy mining town on the edge of a backwater planet. Single mom Clara Bronson is the new sheriff, and on her first day she’ll have to contend with a resentful deputy, a shady mining tycoon, and a family of alien hillbillies. And did we mention the massacre? Writer JAY FAERBER and the art team of SCOTT GODLEWSKI & RON RILEY bring you this gritty 24th Century Western with an extra-long first issue for the regular price of $3.50!
Western-style fantasy with a female lead? Call me interested.
Writer: Van Lente, Fred
Artist: Fowler, Tom
Cover Artist: Fowler, Tom
Tuck and Celine search the post-energy wasteland for their missing parent-but when they discover they aren’t alone in civilization’s ruins, they’ll need new HowToons projects to protect themselves!
Guys, it’s a comic book series with science projects sprinkled throughout. Perfect for your little brother/sister/cousin/random neighborhood kid.
Writer: Rucka, Greg
Artist: Lark, Michael
Cover Artist: Lark, Michael
‘CONCLAVE,’ Part One For the first time in the 65 years since they divided the world, the 16 Families are gathering again. For Malcolm Carlyle, it is an opportunity to identify and eliminate his enemies. For Jakob Hock, it is an opportunity to exact for revenge. And for Forever Carlyle, it’s the first step in discovering the truth about who she is, and what she is destined to become.
New Lazarus! *dances around excitedly* First two volumes are available in print and digitally. This is an ongoing series about a woman who was raised as a weapon for a powerful family in a future where corporations are run by families. This series is best enjoyed when reading it from the beginning. Trust me – it’s worth it.
Ms. Marvel #8
Writer: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Alphona, Adrian
Cover Artist: McKelvie, Jamie
* Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity for the first time — by meeting the royal pup, Lockjaw!
* Every girl wants a puppy, but this one may be too much of a handful, even for a super hero with embiggening powers.
* He may be the Queen’s pooch, but this dog’s one royal pain in the neck.
* And the return of Adrian Alphona!
This series is killing me. Everything about it is on point, including strange team-ups like Kamala and Lockjaw of the Inhumans.
Winter Solider by Brubaker Complete Collection Trade Paperback
Writer: Brubaker, Ed
Artist: Guice, Butch
Cover Artist: Acu
He’s been Bucky and Captain America – now, James Barnes returns to the role of the Winter Soldier! When ex-Russian sleeper agents awaken, the trail leads to Latveria, and Winter Soldier and the Black Widow come face-to-face with Dr. Doom! Can Marvel’s super-spies prevent war with Latveria? Can Bucky stop the sleepers he himself trained? Old enemies resurface with new identities, and Winter Soldier and Black Widow’s hunt gets personal in the aftermath of a savage murder. Now, Winter Soldier must save the Widow from her own past! But even with help from Avengers teammates Wolverine, Captain America and Hawkeye, Bucky must decide whether he is willing to sacrifice everything to save his love. Master CAPTAIN AMERICA writer Ed Brubaker wraps up his critically acclaimed run here – and no one escapes unscathed! Collecting FEAR ITSELF #7.1: CAPTAIN AMERICA and WINTER SOLDIER #1-14.
If you’ve been paying attention to dates, you know that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is FINALLY on Blu Ray and DVD in the United States. What better way to celebrate than reading up on the titular character? This is also a great opportunity to read up on Bucky and Natasha again, since he recently showed up in the current Black Widow series. FYI: Brubaker, who shaped Bucky into the Winter Soldier, has a cameo in the movie.
Y: The Last Man Book 1 Trade Paperback
Writer: Vaughan, Brian K.
Artist: Guerra, Pia
Cover Artist: Carnevale, Massimo
The first ten issues of the award-winning series written by Brian K. Vaughan (EX MACHINA, Lost) are collected in this new trade paperback! It’s the saga of Yorick Brown – the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome who searches the world for his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.
Y: The Last Man is everything I love about comics. Thousands of people would agree with me. From the compelling storytelling to the detailed artwork to the mind-boggling concept of a world suddenly devoid of men, Y: The Last Man is a series that will stick with you for years. With the series in print again in large trade paperbacks, there’s no better time to jump into this incredible comic.
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!