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.
The Butterfly #1
Writer: Amel, Arash
Artist: Fuso, Antonio
Cover Artist: Noto, Phil
WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve all spent hours glued to episodes of shows like True Detective and House of Cards that explore deeply flawed and morally complex characters. In BUTTERFLY, screenwriter Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco, Erased) brings that aesthetic to comics and the espionage genre, exploring the true nature of people who devote their lives to covert ops and the deceit, solitude, and violence that comes with it. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Marguerite Bennett has been making a name for herself with her work on Lois Lane, Batgirl, and Earth 2: World’s End and we can’t wait for fans to see how she explores the dark world of spycraft. There’s no one better in the espionage genre than Antonio Fuso, the artist behind the critically acclaimed run of GI Joe: Cobra. It’s the perfect creative team for a morally complex story of violence and family set in the web of a global conspiracy. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Butterfly is one of Project Delta’s deep cover agents, no birth certificate, no social security number, a complete ghost. When her cover is blown and she is set up for a murder she did not commit, she is unknowingly led to her father’s doorstep, a man she thought died 20 years ago. Codenamed Nightingale, her father was once a member of the very same Project Delta, a spy in the violent aftermath of the Cold War, and believes they are behind her setup. Trained to trust nothing and no one, Butterfly must decide whether to seek answers with the Project, or believe the man who betrayed her years ago.
I love spy/assassin stories featuring women. Though I haven’t heard much about this series yet, I’m pumped to check it out.
Fatale Vol. 5: Curse the Demon Trade Paperback
Writer: Brubaker, Ed
Artist: Phillips, Sean
Cover Artist: Phillips, Sean
The final book in ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS’s best-selling horror-noir epic. The secrets of the immortal Femme Fatale and her adversary come to light before their final explosive confrontation. Collects FATALE #20-24
Speaking of awesome ladies comics, the last volume of Fatale is finally out. This whole series is awesome, so be sure to check out the first four volumes as well.
Roche Limit #1
Writer: Moreci, Michael
Artist: Malhotra, Vic
Cover Artist: Malhotra, Vic
‘OUR DESTINY IS THE STARS, AND I WILL LEAD US THERE.’ Twenty years after this promise, billionaire Langford Skaargard’s dream of cosmic exploration is no more. Roche Limit, a colony situated on the cusp of a mysterious energy anomaly, is a melting pot of crime and terrible secrets. When Bekkah Hudson goes missing, the search to find her will plunge her sister and a cadre of the colony’s underworld figures into an odyssey that reveals a grim future for mankind. Blending 2001: A Space Odyssey with Blade Runner, ROCHE LIMIT is the first part of a bold sci-fi/noir trilogy.
So excited for this new series! I love the idea of a sci-fi/noir story, especially one that features a female lead.
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!