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.
Strange Fruit #1
Writer: Jones, J. G., Waid, Mark
Artist: Jones, J. G.
What’s to Love: Two of the industry’s most respected and prolific creators come together for the first time in a deeply personal passion project. J.G. Jones (52, Wanted, Y: The Last Man) and Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Superman: Birthright, Kingdom Come) take on a powerful, beautifully painted story set during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Strange Fruit is a challenging, provocative examination of the heroic myth confronting the themes of racism, cultural legacy, and human nature through a literary lens, John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men. What It Is: It’s 1927 in the town of Chatterlee, Mississippi, drowned by heavy rains. The Mississippi River is rising, threatening to break open not only the levees, but also the racial and social divisions of this former plantation town. A fiery messenger from the skies heralds the appearance of a being, one that will rip open the tensions in Chatterlee. Savior, or threat? It depends on where you stand. All the while, the waters are still rapidly rising.
Not sure what I think of this book quite yet. There are some really heavy themes in the book, and the klan and confederate flag play important roles in telling a story of oppression and fear. This may be a great series for those of you who like to dive headfirst into serious material. Jones’ artwork is very realistic and gorgeous, adding depth to the overall story. Definitely a three-issue decision series for me.
Writer: Pires, Curt
Artist: Copland, Jason
Cover Artist: Copland, Jason
They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality. A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, with each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist! The future: Art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal-unless the Tomorrows can stop it.
A LOT happens in this first issue, but it remains engaging. It’ll warrant a second read, but it is a neat dystopian-type comic with unique style.
Gotham Academy #8
Writer: Cloonan, Becky; Fletcher, Brenden
Artist: Kerschel, Karl
Cover Artist: Kerschl, Karl
Classes are suspended for a funeral. So, is it really true that grieving students get all A’s?
Ugh, can Maps get any better? She is the spazzy, weird girl I always wanted to hang out with in middle school. But Maps isn’t the only shining moment of this issue. Gotham Academy is the supernatural drama/romance I’ve always wanted to read in comics. Olive’s life gets more convoluted as Kyle and Maps discover Tristan’s secret and Olive pieces together her mother’s life.
Writer: Keatinge, Joe
Artist: Del Duca, Leila
Cover Artist: Del Duca, Leila
SHUTTER YEAR TWO BEGINS HERE! The next major stage begins here by introducing SHUTTER’s most important character since Kate herself.
Great issue, but maybe not THE place to jump in. If you are curious about this series (and you should be), you might be in luck because…
Shutter vol 2: Way of the World
Writer: Keatinge, Joe
Artist: Del Duca, Leila
Cover Artist: Gieni, Owen
RELEASED SAME DAY AS THE NEW STORY ARC!
…volume two is out! Yes!
Star Wars: Lando #1
Writer: Soule, Charles
Artist: Maleev, Alex
Cover Artist: Maleev, Alex
You know him…you love him…now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book! Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger, and a smile. Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship…but has he bitten off more than he can chew? Writer Charles Soule (DEATH OF WOLVERINE, INHUMAN, SHE-HULK) and artist Alex Maleev (DAREDEVIL, SPIDER-WOMAN, MOON KNIGHT) bring us the tale of a scoundrel in his natural element-trouble! Rated T Star Wars.
Lord have mercy, y’all, Marvel gave Lando his own book. I am over the moon about this smooth son of a gun, and the Soule/Maleev team sounds like a match made in heaven.
Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess #1
Writer: Whitley, Jeremy
Artist: Higgins, Rosy
Cover Artist: Higgins, Rosy
Spinning right out of the pages of Princeless, it’s the ongoing adventures of Raven Xingtao, The Pirate Princess. Raven if ready to set off on a quest for revenge against her brothers who have stolen her inheritance. The monthly ongoing series picks up right where Princeless Volume 3 left off and has the same creative team with Variant covers by Katie Cook, Mike Hawthorne, and Richard Case, limited to 2,000 copies each!
Yeah, you’re going to want to pick this one up. All-ages, diverse cast, and loveable women. If you love the Princeless series, this is kind of like the cool older sister version.
Demon Prince of Momochi House vol. 1
Writer: Julietta Suzuki
Artist: Julietta Suzuki
Cover Artist: Julietta Suzuki
On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!
Suzuki is the author of Kamisama Kiss, a popular shojo manga. I am really excited about checking out Momochi this month and getting my shojo fix (also, Nisekoi vol 10 comes out and provides even more lady goodness).
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 comment section!