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.
Black Canary #1
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan
Artist: Wu, Annie
Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the LAST place Dinah saw herself is on stage.
Black Canary has spunk, heart, and all the right moves. Canary fits right in with DC titles like Batgirl and Gotham Academy, making it part of my favorite female-centric trinity of awesome comics. Dinah is a joy in this first issue, and Wu’s artwork is so great and gritty. Don’t miss out on this new series from DC.
Gotham Academy vol. 1
Writer: Cloonan, Becky; Fletcher, Brenden
Artist: Kerschl, Karl
Cover Artist: Kerschl, Karl
Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very strange place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students! Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?! It’s all here in these tales from issues #1-6 of the new series!
Speaking of the trinity of awesome comics…Gotham Academy! The first arc was a strong start to the series, and well worth your time. It is appropriate for all-ages and features a roster of brand new teenaged characters. Also, the creators have mentioned that one of the characters is queer, which is important when it comes to representation in comics.
Writer: Rucka, Greg
Artist: Lark, Michael
Cover Artist: Freeman, Owen
NEW STORY ARC: ‘POISON,’ Part One The Families are at war, Malcolm hovers at death’s door in the wake of Hock’s assassination attempt, and Forever must hold the line against enemies from without as well as within…including her siblings.
Lazarus is one of my personal favorite comics out there, and I am over the moon about this new arc. One of the best things to come out of the previous arc is the relationship between Forever and Sonja. This is a relationship I’m invested in reading, and Rucka and Lark do a fantastic job making it come to life. Mature readers.
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Tocchini, Greg
Cover Artist: Tocchini, Greg
NEW STORY ARC! The hit aquatic sci-fi series returns, to cast a pale light on the icy spires of the Second City, a frozen dystopia at the bottom of the ocean, where hoping for a better tomorrow is a crime punishable by death.
Low is one of the most beautiful comic books out there. Very interesting commentary on how important art is to our lives and the horrors of *actual* censorship. If you’re interested, worth picking up. A good recap of events is included in the front matter. Mature readers.
Writer: Stevenson, Noelle
Artist: Greene, Sanford
Cover Artist: Greene, Sanford
* The best and brightest teens from all corners of Battleworld are chosen to attend a prestigious school on the planet’s capital!
* But what does the new class do when they discover the school’s beloved headmaster is actually a diabolical super villain? RUN AWAY!
* A SECRET WARS story like none other from the remarkable minds of Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES) and Sanford Greene (UNCANNY AVENGERS)!
If you’ve never read Runaways in the past, all you need to know is that it is a diverse team of teenagers with superpowers. I am thrilled that Noelle Stevenson (who is also the creator of the amazing webcomic Nimona.
Princeless Be Yourself #1
Writer: Whitley, Jeremy
Artist: Martin, Emily
Cover Artist: Martin, Emily
Adrienne and Bedelia are off to the swamp to rescue Adrienne’s sister Angoisse, but when a crash landing leaves them separated and stranded in a swamp full of dangerous creatures, Adrienne, Bedelia, and Sparky must face their fears just to find each other.
If you haven’t already, go check out Talking Comics’ Princeless month to get a feel for what this series is and how important it is to young comic readers. Done? Ok, now pick up this issue and share with your favorite kid!
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!