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.
Writer: Perez, George
Artist: Perez, George
Cover Artist: Perez, George
WHY WE LOVE IT: The name George Pérez should say it all, but we are beyond excited to work with one of comics’ living masters on his own original title. He’s worked on great female characters like Wonder Woman and Scarlet Witch, but this, a team of female heroes of his own creation, had us swooning. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s a scifi adventure story that spans time and space, featuring a team of female heroes that kick butt across the universe. If you like strong female scifi characters like Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck, Star Wars’ Princess Leia, and Alien’s Ripley, you’ll find a lot to love about GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS! WHAT IT’S ABOUT: As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy-but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don’t even remember who they are? And the rest of the universe only remembers them as…villains? A six issue miniseries featuring your new favorite comic book team, written and drawn by the master himself, George Pérez (Wonder Woman, JLA Vs. Avengers) begins his greatest story yet.
Hopefully the name George Perez means something to you. If not, just know that he had a hand in creating some great books that portrayed women in a positive light. With his own book, I have very high expectations.
Leaving Megalopolis Hardcover
Writer: Simone, Gail
Artist: Calafiore, Jim
Cover Artist: Calafiore, Jim
When the caped heroes of the world’s safest city inexplicably turn into homicidal maniacs, no one is safe. The only rational thing to do is to get the hell out of town. If only it were that easy. A small group of terrified survivors make a desperate run for the city limits, chased by unspeakable evil! The Kickstarter phenomenon is finally available through Dark Horse Comics! The team behind the critically acclaimed comic Secret Six, Jim Calafiore and Gail Simone, reteam in this relentless book.
If you missed the Kickstarter (like me), you’ll want to jump on this now that it’s available. Secret Six is a well-known comic book series that established Gail as a creepy, twisted, wonderful writer. I’m almost a little scared to see what she comes up with in this creator-owned story.
Deadly Class #7
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Craig, Wesley
Cover Artist: Craig, Wesley
CLASS IS BACK IN SESSION AS RICK REMENDER & WES CRAIG’S HIT SERIES ROLLS INTO ITS SECOND ARC! Narrowly escaping death in Las Vegas, Marcus and his remaining gang return to Kings Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts. But they’re about to learn a hard lesson: blood begets blood, and no bad deed goes unpunished.
High school for assassins? Totally works in this story. Craig’s artwork is INCREDIBLE. The first volume is already out and ready for you to devour.
Oddly Normal #1
Writer: Frampton, Otis
Artist: Frampton, Otis
Cover Artist: Frampton, Otis
Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair-a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn’t make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake’s candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents’ disappearance.
This new series looks to be all-ages. I personally love to sprinkle fun comic series in my pull list, and this one is definitely on my radar.
Edge of Spider-Verse #2
Writer: Latour, Jason
Artist: Rodriguez, Robbi
Cover Artist: Rodriguez, Robbi
GWEN STACY: SPIDER-WOMAN! * In one universe, it wasn’t Peter Parker bitten by the radioactive Spider, but Gwen Stacy! * She’s smart, charming and can lift a car– Just don’t tell her Police Chief father! * How is she involved in Spider-Verse? Seeds of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 are planted here!
This may be the worst issue to recommend to new readers, but I can’t help it. Gwen Stacy with spider powers!? That hoodie suit?! I must know more.
Writer: Blackman, Haden
Artist: Del Mundo, Michael
Cover Artist: Del Mundo, Michael
* The second arc of the critically-acclaimed ongoing Elektra series pits Elektra against an enraged Assassin’s Guild. * After her life-and-death battles with Cape Crow, Bloody Lips, Lady Bullseye and Scalphunter, Elektra vows to take the fight to the Guild itself. * It’s Elektra vs. the World as she begins hunting down the Guild’s agents before they can find her and her allies.
The first arc of Elektra was great, from the storytelling to the beautiful artwork. Want to know more about this assassin? Jump in on this issue. Also, by far the best comic book cover I’ve seen this year.
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!