Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Top Pick: Descender #1 (Image Comics) – Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s new series kicks off with a hell of a first issue. One young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. It’s good…. really good.
Black Science #12 (Image Comics) – The alternate dimension spanning adventure brings excitement every single issue. The series is beyond fun, and anything can happen.
Imperium #2 (Valiant Entertainment) – Toyo Harrada has a vision for the world. But is it the right vision? Is he the right person to bring it? Valiant further explores a world where people with extraordinary power exists.
Lady Killer #3 (Dark Horse Comics) – The series about a housewife assassin has been damn near perfect with each issue. Just lots of fun and where it goes from here, should be interesting.
Transformers #38 and Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 (IDW Publishing) – We’re heading towards Combiner Wars… yes please! IDW’s series has been absolutely amazing and deserves WAY more respect than it gets.
Top Pick: Princess Leia #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s newest wave of in-continuity Star Wars tales sees its third ongoing series launched with the new Princess Leia. It should be an interesting series as it examines one of the more complex characters from the original trilogy.
Altered States: Vampirella (Dynamite) – Dynamite keeps expanding its non-shared universe with alternate reality stories. It might seem to be a strange move, but the potential for some cool genre mixing seems likely.
Lady Killer #3 (Dark Horse Comics) – This series has been added to the list of “guilty pleasures” of almost everyone that has read it. It mixes unconventional genres into an engaging story.
Spider-Woman #5 (Marvel) – A redesign after only 4 issues? Maybe a bit severe, but many fans were confused with the launch of the new series into the middle of the Spider-Verse. We will see if Jessica Drew is too old to be “Batgirl-ed”
The White Queen #2 (Zenescope) – Zenescope once again proves that anything that Calie Liddle touches turns to gold. Incorporating Wonderland into the confusing Age of Darkness has not slowed down this story, made better by the presence of the Trickster.
Top Pick: Spider-Woman #5 (Marvel) – Can’t wait for this relaunch. Great artist. Jessica Drew is one of my favorite characters yet no one has really done her justice in her solo book yet. I think this will be it.
Adventure Time Vol. 6 TPB (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – Get it and share it with everyone.
All-New Hawkeye #1 (Marvel) – The preview looks strong and the art in particular. Bold, graphic, not trashy. And everyone loves the Hawkeyes! Looks like a great jumping off point.
Angela Asgard’s Assassin #4 (Marvel) – Oooo pretty. Love her new warrior armor ad badass trans paramour and bard. Plus a guardians team up? Get it!
Saga #26 (Image Comics) – Every issue is a little masterwork. And every issue is leaving me hanging, obsessively thinking and worrying about what’s coming next. As you’ve probably noticed, this is the comic book to give to your friends who don’t read comics.
Top Pick: Bright Lights, Lonely Nights: The Memories of Serena, Porn Star Pioneer of the 1970’s (BearManor Adult) – This book would be interesting as a behind-the-scenes look at the 1970’s pornographic film industry, but the fact that it’s a first-hand account told by a liberated woman and one of its biggest stars make it a must-read.
Comics and Narration (University Press of Mississippi) – I’m feeling quite bookish this week so I’ll round out my list with this continuing study about comics and how and why they work the way they do. This looks like it could go to the wonky academic side of things but I like that stuff occasionally as long as it doesn’t get too abstract. Since this features examples of work by the likes of R. Crumb and company I expect I’ll be able to learn something new and be entertained at the same time. Good deal!
Drawing From Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art (University Press of Mississippi) – As I embark on my own comic series that contains semi-autobiographical content, Fretville, I look forward to reading this book to further my understanding of subjectivity in comic art.
Supernatural 200th Episode Buttons (ATA Boy) – I’ve watched Sam (Jared Padelecki) since Gilmore Girls and Dean (Jenson Ackles) since the earliest days of Smallville (wow, since the WB became the CW in fact!). A fan of Supernatural from the very beginning, I’d love to have some of these to put on my denim jacket or to pin on one of my handmade throw pillows.
Wolf Moon #4 (Vertigo) – I’m interested in wolves, werewolves, and wolf lore so I’m particularly drawn to this mysterious story about a seemingly indestructible wolf on the prowl.