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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JUSTL_Cv42_R1_552c48ea8ad336.43158695Wednesdays 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.

Brett

The Divine (First Second) – This graphic novel written by Boaz Lavie and art by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka is based on real guerrilla freedom fighters, who just so happen to be kids. They were believed to have magical powers and able to summon spirits. The graphic novel is magical look at this odd history, but with an emphasis on the magical aspect in the second half of the graphic novel.

Black Canary #2 (DC Comics) – Lets rock and roll! The first issue knocked it out of the park with not only a punk rock vibe in the writing, but also with the art. There’s an interesting mix of genres so far, and I fully expect the second issue to be top notch.

Book of Death #1 (Valiant) – This is the future of the Valiant universe as their summer event kicks off!

Letter 44 #18 (Oni Press) – President Blades commits his coalition forces to a take-no-prisoners drive across Europe. It’s science fiction at its best. Consistently one of my favorite comics.

Skullkickers #33 (Image Comics) – One of the most entertaining and funniest comics on the market. Jim Zub’s off the rails fantasy adventure never disappoints.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Moon Knight #17 (Marvel) – I’ve been loving the new Moon Knight series right from the get go; the combination of standalone single issue stories (for the most part), and the striking way the colourists simply don’t colour the white on Moon Knight’s costume.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Justice League #42 (DC Comics) – This epic story has been nothing short of fantastic thus far, but then again it is the Justice League versus Darkseid vs. the Anti-Monitor, so what would you expect?  More big developments are sure to follow in this next chapter.

Doomed #2 (DC Comics) – Probably the biggest surprise of the DC You relaunch, featuring an approachable main characters and a strong group of supporting characters.

Dr. Fate #2 (DC Comics) – Another impressive DC You title, with a character focused story to try to put this character back into the mainstream.

Grimm Fairy Tales 10th Anniversary Special Alice (Zenescope) – The two Grimm Fairy Tales 10th anniversary specials thus far have been really fun.  Mix that with its best property, Wonderland, and this should promise to be pretty amazing.

Guardians of Knowhere #1 (Marvel) – Secret Wars gets its chance at taking on the Guardians of the Galaxy tie-in which looks to be pretty fun.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Island Magazine #1 (Image Comics) – 116 pages a month of genre defying, artist driven comics and writing. This is Brandon Graham’s (“Multiple Warheads” King City” “8House”) creator-owned comics magazine and every month will be something new. Imagine if Heavy Metal Magazine (the sci-fi and comics magazine full of Crepax and Moebius, not a magazine about Megadeath) was debuting in 2015. This would be that. It’s not like anything else you have. This month’s has a comic about skateboarding by Ludroe. Kelly Sue Deconnick writing about writing. Lovely Emma Rios art.  There’s just a whole lot here and it’s not like anything else.

The 6 Voyages Of Lone Sloane GN (Titan Comics) – This is the 1970s psychedelic scifi fantasy artgasm of my dreams. Dreams with Hawkwind space rock soundtracks.  The writer/artist is Philippe Druillet known for his work in Heavy Metal Magazine. He created Elric of Melniboné fan art so good that the character’s creator, Michael Moorcock himself actually wrote it into his world. No surprise that the world  Duillet creates here looks a lot like something out of Moorcock’s brain. Good choice as that’s one of the trippiest brains of all time!

Black Canary #2 (DC Comics) – Black Canary’s in a rock band touring the U.S. And fighting space ninjas before they kidnap her band’s adorable kid guitarist. Do you like rock? Do you like comics? You need this.

Lumberjanes #16 (BOOM! Studios) – “For the love of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, please” by this comic! It won an Eisner. It is warm and funny and creative and educational (it turns the names of important Women In History into exclamations). It has queer kids experiencing their first crushes. It’s the comic you wish you had when you were a kid. So make a kid’s day and buy this comic to share.

Secret Six #4 (DC Comics) – Last issue featured a now rightfully legendary “who had weird sex on the couch last night?!?” cover. It was a simple joke but it was damn funny and do you know what? I think this book is finally getting in the swing of things. In fact, it’s quite literally going to a strange and alien local. It’s going to The Suburbs where few anti-heroes/villains have gone before.

 

Johnny “Big Daddy Cool” Dellarocca

Top Pick: Ant-Man Annual #1 (Marvel) – I am a die hard fan of hank Pym. Without apology. So, to see him return as a feature star yet again in an Ant man book has given me hope about the future of the character, and suggests that his final fate in Rage of Ultron is not in continuity and is at best an alternate future “What if?” Hank Pym fans unite!

Hail Hydra #1 (Marvel) – Everyone knows the bad guys are the coolest characters, right? This, and the Red Skull Secret Wars spin off should give everyone their does of Marvel’s evil goodness for a while! Plus, it is a Remender book. How can you go wrong, really?

Mistry PI #1 (Graphic India PTE. Ltd) – I have a feeling based on the publisher that this one is going to be hard to find on shelves, but it has all the stuff that intrigues me so I’m going to hunt it down or at least find it on digital. “There are things that exist in the shadows that ordinary people know nothing of. Another world that lies underneath our very own; a world of demons, monsters, djinns, mummies, werewolves, vampires and demi-gods. It’s in this world that Darius Mistry and his friend, Amos Golem, operate as Paranormal Investigators for hire.” What else can you ask for? I mean, really?

Where Monsters Dwell #3 (Marvel) – I’ve got to admit that the I wanted to love this book. The Dieselpunk in me, was so excited about a serial style adventure pitting the Phantom Eagle against dinosaurs in the sky. BUT, when the first issue went in a completely different direction, I was less than trilled. HOWEVER, Issue #2 came along and the series started to grow on me. The final panel of issue #2 had me hooked and now I can’t wait to see what issue #3 hold in store for our heroes!
Mr. H

Top Pick: Justice League #42 (DC Comics) – Darkseid! The Antimonitor! The all powerful newcomer Grail! Sounds like the ultimate cosmic battle royale. So get your tickets. As good ol J.R. would say “It’s gonna be a sloberknocker!!” Oh yeah and those Justice League guys? They’ll be there too.

Green Lantern: The Lost Army #2 (DC Comics) – Here’s to new rings and ramifications! The mythos expands let’s see where it goes!

Red Sonja #1973 (Dynamite Entertainment) – A anniversary anthology of the sexiest woman to ever brandish a blade, blood and guts, leather and chain mail bikinis, how can it miss! Looking forward to a sterling celebration where hopefully it makes the Red Wedding look like a spilled glass.

Siege #1 (Marvel Comics) – Zombie hordes, death machines and Annihilation waves. Count me in. In Doom we trust

Superman/Wonder Woman #19 (DC Comics) – The former man of steel and amazing Amazon battle the Suicide Squad deep in the fields of Smallville! This title has been a sleeper as of late. Here’s to it fully waking me up.

 

Matt

Top Pick: Justice League #42 (DC Comics) – The start of Darkseid War in the last issue was a wonderful and epic culmination of the entire Johns run on Justice League, and I can’t wait for it to continue.

Ant-Man Annual #1 (Marvel) – The Ant-Man movie coming up has me and I’m sure others craving some Ant-Man action in comics; surely this annual will hit the spot.

Hawkeye #22 (Marvel) – Matt Fraction’s critically-acclaimed, soon-to-be-classic run on Hawkeye will finally come to an end this Wednesday.

Planet Hulk #3 (Marvel) – I’ll admit that I’m an issue behind on this book, but I can’t help but be excited for another issue of this ridiculous spirital successor to Planet Hulk, a comic I truly love.

Silver Surfer #13 (Marvel) – This issue’s solicited promise of offering a story important to the state of the cosmic Marvel Universe as well as another story focused on just the two leads of this great series means that there is something special to look forward to here.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Siege #1 (Marvel) – This title promises to show us The SHIELD, which protects most of Battleworld for the more violent, monstrous elements of this new world.  Anyone who breaks the law from any region in Battleworld is sent to The SHIELD to defend it, so I’m very curious to see which band of characters we’ll be following.  Plus, it has Abigail Brand, so I am looking forward to this one.

Captain Britain and The Mighty Defenders #1 (Marvel) – I was a fan of the Mighty Avengers title, and this book spins off from that, so I’m interested to see how that concept plays out in Battleworld.  This is a shorter series, only looks like it will be 2 issues, so I hope the story gets across in that time, and doesn’t feel rushed.

Secret Wars: Battleworld #3 (Marvel) – I’ve enjoyed this title, as well as Secret Wars Journal, giving us shorter stories from areas of Battleworld not focused on in the main books.  This shows us other versions of some of our favourite characters…and this one gives us a story of a Wolverine who has found peace and a non violent life, who is confronted with other, more ferocious versions of himself.  Could be a fun read.

Years of Future Past #3 (Marvel) – This Secret Wars tie in consistently keeps me engaged and enjoying the story of this area of Battleworld and the mutants fighting for their survival.  Also, Lockheed is a big ass dragon breathing fire at sentinels..so yeah, I’m in.

We Talk About the Grimm Fairy Tales 10th Anniversary Special with Leonardo Paciarotti

With over 60 issues already credited to his name, Leonardo Paciarotti could be considered to already be a comic book veteran.  Although he works for a variety of companies his focus has primarily been for Zenescope, and he joined us to talk a bit about Britney Waters and how to get the colors right inside a comic book.

red006Graphic Policy: We don’t often get to talk to colorists so this is pretty fun.  When we think about the great writers and illustrators several names come up, but are there legends of the coloring world that the random comic fan wouldn’t even know about?

Leonardo Paciarotti: For me it is a pleasure to accept this interview. Here we go!

Of course, yes. There are many legends of color in the comic which I follow in particular. Great colorists, from which I learned a lot would be; Dave Stewart (Conan), Laura Martin (Before Watchmen Dr. Manhattan), Giulia Brusco (Scalped) or the incredible Brad Anderson (Batman: Earth One). Other favorites that I follow closely are Tomeu Morey (very realistic, for me, the best), Marte Gracia (very spectacular, very showy) and Justin Ponsor.

I guess there are a lot more, but these are my favorite, and my recommendation.

GP:  Of course you also illustrate as well as to color, so are there any artists who stand out as having influenced either your style or your desire to be an artist?

LP:  Sure, besides being a colorist, I also draw. I am currently inking a collection in another publisher. Besides, I’m always drawing (since I was a child). Artists who influenced me could be; Gil Elvgren, Jack Vettriano, Alphonse Mucha, Drew Struzan, Joaquin Sorolla and of course, Norman Rockwell.

They are all fully pictorial in his style, and that’s what I try to represent in my coloring.

GP:  It strikes me as interesting that so many artists probably got into the medium through a love of superhero or related genres, but then end up for instance in burgeoning areas like with Zenescope and fairy tales.  Did you ever think that you would be so tied to one specific genre?  And how do you like working in stories focused around fairy tales?

red007LP:  I started on Zenescope but I also really like superheroes.  I worked on Batman two years ago at DC Comics and it was also a great experience. Currently in Wonderland or Grimm Fairy Tales, I feel great.

Actually, I’m always experimenting some variation on the technique of applying color to improve. I’m still in search a technique that identifies me 100%.

GP:  Are there challenges to coloring fairy tale stories in particular? And you have have a favorite fairy tale from your childhood that you have worked on or that you would like to work on?

LP:  Each issue is a challenge for me (sorry), EACH PAGE is a challenge for me!. I always try to improve my technique, always.

If I had to choose, I would like to work on Peter Pan and Cinderella (my favorite Fairy Tales from my childhood).

GP:  You have also worked on Wonderland, Grimm Fairy Tale’s realm of madness.  Are there extra challenges for coloring such an environment?

LP:  I think this question is answered with the answer above :)

If I had to add something more, would be that I love explosions, hahaha! Every time I have to color a explosion is a challenge to make it more “BOOOM” than the previous (dirt, fire, flying particles, dust, wind, etc.). Quite a challenge. XD

GP:  What is the process that you go through when you color an issue?

LP:  Usually I read the script first. After, I will look for all of the necessary references (or ask my editors).

Always, I work by scenes. For example, if there is a fighting, and if that fighting lasts 4 pages then I will work on those 4 pages at the same time, to keep the color narrative. The first step if the backgrounds. The environment, on top of the background, is what will give light and shade to the characters. It’s not the same for instance to paint a sunrise on the beach or to paint a dark cave. The light will influence differences in any character.

After, I will color the characters, the clothing, armor, etc, first, and last the hair, skin and faces.

Usually I do not limit myself in color palettes, but I have some colors assigned to hair, clothing, or items that should always have the same colors. Now I change the colors with the colors “bg/ambiance”. For example, if a person who is blonde, will not have the same hair color value and saturation at 1 a.m., that at 1 p.m. All this varies with walking.

red003GP:  It sometimes seems that certain panels are more alive with colors than others.  Is this a conscious decision to highlight certain scenes, or does it just evolve with the story telling?

LP:  Everything I do is always done consciously. Surely, if any action that needs to be highlighted, on the same page, I will highlight it by saturating the colors, creating an edge around the characters, or using complementary colors if it’s necessary.

Always, of course, keeping the story telling flowing.

GP:  In the case of Red Riding Hood/Britney Waters it would seem that by default that you are stuck using a lot of reds in the issue.  In a case like that does it become hard to sort out all of the different hues?  And is a character or group of character that is dependent on one color therefore harder to handle?

LP:  It could be a difficult task if you do not take control of all colors. I refer to a color file that I created, for the issue. Therefore, it is not a problem, it is about have a good organization.

For example, if they had 10 people in the same scene, and those 10 people were dressed in red, and were in a group, I’d take care of assigning a different red tone to each character.

If the characters were dressed in red and wearing the same clothes, there are other ways to separate them, like saturation and values, as I said earlier. (Even painting the ink line).

In the end, everything is a challenge, and I really enjoy it.

Best greetings, and thank you very much for the interview.  :)

We Talk About the Grimm Fairy Tales 10th Anniversary Special with Jeff Massey

Although relatively new to the medium of comics as a writer, Jeff Massey already has an impressive list of writing credits to his name.  He has been responsible for most of the Oz offshoot of Grimm Fairy Tales at Zenescope, and recently had the chance to writer the 10th Anniversary special featuring Britney Waters.  We got a chance to talk to him about the special and what to look forward to at Zenescope.

red004Graphic Policy:  Britney Waters is technically the oldest of the Grimm Fairy Tales characters but she has never made it higher than the secondary role except for the occasional miniseries or story arc.  Do you think that she is ready to break through as a character and maybe some day get her own ongoing series?

Jeff Massey:  Absolutely!  I’d love to see her in the spotlight more often. Brit has lots of fun narrative potential in her internal conflict (psychoanalytic intellect/feral rage) and external hybridity (beauty/beast), and werewolves are just fucking awesome in general, so it’s about time she got more attention. Pat (Shand) and I have talked about a possible team-up with Brit and Robyn, and I have ideas for building Red’s rogues gallery / support team that I think would give her storyline legs.  My pitch: “It’s like Kolchak the Night Stalker meets Karen Sisko meets Moonlighting”: who wouldn’t like a dose of that werewolfy goodness every month?

GP:  This special is a strange opportunity to both look forward and to look back to the beginning of the company’s amazing run on Grimm Fairy Tales.  How did you manage to find the balance between the two?

JM:  In the one-shot, Brit is in transition—between her old life in (evil) Hibocorp and the start of her new life as a “solo” hero—so I think her current narrative reflects the general awareness of the past and future that Zenescope is celebrating.  But “balance” is a good term to keep in mind with Brit and her own transitions!

GP:  I think it is fair enough to say that wolves are often associated with masculine features and also therefore also masculine heroes.  How do you approach the character as what is pretty much the most feminine wolf character in comics?

JM:  Werewolves have been traditionally male, certainly—there are maybe three pre-modern female werewolves in literature—but I loved Wolfsbane back in the old New Mutants series, and when Ginger Snaps hit theaters I realized how much fun werewolves running against gendered expectations could be.  And Terry Pratchett’s Angua is amazing.  So I think Brit should deal with the typically “male” difficulties of lycanthropy—uncontrolled rage, unruly hair, unexpected public nekkidness—but her reactions to these difficulties will likely be unconventional.

GP:  Is it harder to approach a female character as a male writer?

red001JM:  I don’t know: I’ve never been female, so I don’t know how women feel about writing women.  But I do run some ideas past my wife, just in case. But really, I’ve mostly written women and wolves so far at Zenescope (my first assignment was a Toto back-up story, then Dorothy, and now Brit), so it’s hard to make the comparison, I suppose.

GP:  Werewolves are also a pretty common topic these days in popular culture.  How do you approach the story to give a fresh take on it?

JM:  I spent a few years researching werewolves in popular culture as part of my doctoral studies—my dissertation was on medieval lycanthropy—and I’ve been the vice-president of MEARCSTAPA (a society for the study of literary monstrosity), so I know my monster history.  As you say, there are lots of werewolves out nowadays, but I still think there are different werewolf traditions (mechanics of change, psyches, demeanors) that haven’t been tapped yet.  And there’s always a fresh take to reflect our changing culture.  Have you seen Wolfcop?  Awesomesauce!

GP:  The setting for the 10th anniversary special is in Los Angeles.  Is there any particular reason that this setting was chosen?  And are there any difficulties in writing a story based there?

JM:  Joe and Ralph chose the location; I’m not sure what their reasoning may have been, but I like the idea of spatially distancing Brit from Robyn.  The two are besties, sort of, but also very different people, and their geographies reflect that.  Like me and Pat: he lives in CA and writes about Robyn in NYC; I live in NY and write about Red in LA.  It’s all pretty Freaky Friday.  And LA is so…sunny.  It should yield some nice gothic juxtaposition: dark monster themes in Sunnydale.  Oh, wait.  Now I get it!

GP:  The Master of the Hunt is making his debut in this issue.  Is he possibly going to become Britney’s main nemesis?

JM:  I loved creating Rikk.  He’s terribly self-righteous, and I think that makes him a great villain-who-thinks-he’s-a-hero.  If I have my way, he’ll be back.  But I also think previous writers, like Pat Shand, have given Brit a great foil in Ivory.  Ideally, I’d like to see Brit get a rogues gallery of her own, maybe have some two-on-one villain action.  Who says you only get one arch-nemesis?  Plenty of time to make enemies!

GP:  What can we look forward to seeing in the remainder of the 10th anniversary specials?  And will you be involved with any more?

JM:  Honestly, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens as much as the next guy—this was my one anniversary project for Zenescope.  But (my wife and co-writer) Kristin and I are currently wrapping up scripts for Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen, so if you haven’t checked out the high fantasy shenanigans in the Realm of Hope yet, take a look!

We Talk about the Grimm Fairy Tales’ 10th Anniversary Special with Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is an accomplished comic book artist, but also one that has been below most people’s radar despite a career spanning almost a decade.  He joined us to talk about working on the most recent Grimm Fairy Tales 10th anniversary special, and how he took on the challenge of drawing a female werewolf.
Graphic Policy:  How did you get involved with the 10th anniversary special?
red001Chris Johnson:  I’d been doing fill ins and one shots for a handful of companies for a while when I met Pat Shand and we’d had a few conversations about doing something with Zenescope. It took a little while for schedules to work out before Pat offered me Red Riding Hood. So I guess it’s all Pat’s fault and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. Drawing Brit has been a blast.
GP:  The 10th anniversary special is based in Los Angeles, one of the biggest cities in the world, but also features wolves who are obviously associated with nature.  Is it hard to mix together urban and wild themes artistically?
CJ:  I grew up in Los Angeles so having the book based in LA was another positive aspect for me. It’s a cool city with it’s fair share of ghost stories so I don’t think I had to dig too deep for the fantasy aspect of it all. I love California and Los Angeles in particular.
GP:  On the same note, how do mix fairy tales together with the modern setting, as fairy tales are mostly set in earlier times?
CJ:  Hollywood alone is built of fairy tales and broken dreams so I think the setting is a very natural fit for Red and the strange mythology that follows her. The more wild themes didn’t feel like too much of a stretch. It’s a big city but it’s still got a lot of wilderness. Bears, coyotes and mountain lions are all over so werewolves made sense to me.
red002GP:  Wolves are often more associated with masculine features, so how do you approach a character that is essentially a female wolf to make her more feminine?
CJ:  Having Brit transform into a werewolf was tricky. They’re usually big, hairy and slobbery brutes so I had to downplay some of those aspects but still make her look fierce. I knew how I wanted her to look in my head but getting that out on the page isn’t always easy. It took a few tries before I felt confidant enough to send of the designs for approval.
GP:  Britney Waters is one of the most iconic of the Grimm Fairy Tales characters, having appeared on the cover of Grimm Fairy Tales #1.  She has obviously undergone some changes since then, but what do you with such a character to put your own spin on her?
CJ:  She’s also a character with a solid amount of published history at this point and a fan favorite so you have to respect what’s come before while still giving her a personal touch. I knew early on that she’d be downplaying the werewolf aspects and I wanted her to look like a bounty hunter so I gave her the bulletproof vest. At the time I didn’t know if they’s go for it but other than that I didn’t really mess with the costume. I did try to change up her hairstyles throughout the book. Sometimes it’s up, sometimes it’s down, sometimes it’s braided.
GP:  A lot of people don’t really consider the characters in Grimm Fairy Tales to be superheroes despite the fact that they obviously are.  Why do you think that is the case?  And when you draw them do you approach them like superheroes?
red003CJ:  My background is very heavily influenced by superheroes. So if someone has powers in the book, I’m probably going to come at it with that mind set. I know super heroes dominate the comic book scene but I think I’ve done more spy stuff than tights so this was great to go for it with muscles and claws. Everybody has an idea of what a super hero is but I think Red Riding Hood and Robyn Hood easily fit in that category. Much more easily than some of the books coming out from the big two. If they haven’t been seen that way I’d just assume it’s due to people not giving those books a shot.
GP:  It seems like supervillains are often being introduced for characters, and the supervillains just come and go.  You got a chance to draw the Master of the Hunt for the first time.  Did you approach the character as though they might have a more lasting impact on Red’s character?
CJ:  The Master of the Hunt was fun. He has a big enough personality that I could do a lot with his face and how he acts. He’s dangerous but also has a cheesiness to him. I kinda lucked out and nailed his design on the first pass. I knew he had to look a certain way yet still interact with modern day society. No matter what type of character you’re designing, you’ve gotta make them stand out. Hopefully, I did that. Nobody wants to read a book with a bunch of stiff figures who all look interchangeable. That was another good thing about Jeff’s script, Everyone looked different. I loved that.
GP:  Are you getting involved with any other Grimm Fairy Tales 10th anniversary projects or other Grimm Fairy Tales projects in the near future?
CJ:  For now I’m working on a couple of small, creator owned stuff. Nothing I can really get into yet until there’s something worth showing. But I’d like to get a chance to draw Britney and her world again. It was a lot of fun. I hope everyone likes it and if people want to see me draw more of her they should let it be heard.

Anyone curious to see my process shots on the book and what I’m drawing on any given day should check out my instagram or my tumblr!
Thanks a lot for checking out the book!
Check out username chrisjohnsoninfiction on tumblr and instagram for more artwork from Chris 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

black-canary-1-promo-121636Wednesdays 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.

Brett

Top Pick: Prez #1 (DC Comics) – A teenager is elected President by Twitter in this future send-up of the state of politics. Working in politics I found myself laughing, and cringing at how accurate the series was, especially in its more satirical moments. It hit close to home, which is a good thing. A fantastic send-up perfectly timed for the 2016 Presidential race.

The Kitchen #8 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – I’ve loved this series since the start. It’s a take on the mob genre, except set in the 70s, and it’s the women in charge. The last few issues have had twists and turns of double crosses and all sorts of deals. This final issue of the miniseries is going to be explosive and entertaining.

Letter 44 #17 (Oni Press) – It’s WWIII people!!! Writer Charles Soule has gone all out in this series focused on a President dealing with first contact with aliens, and the crew that’s doing so. The story has been amazing and when I think I have things down, the series throws a curve.

Princeless: Be Yourself #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – It’s a new volume of the fantastic series that has a young princess saving herself, as well as her sisters. Destroying tropes, pointing out the idiocy of some accepted things in entertainment, and doing it while entertaining too!

Southern Bastards #9 (Image Comics) – One of the best (if not the best) comic on the market right now. The writing, the art, all of it is beyond amazing. It’s the homecoming game, but there’s also been a murder. It’s never too late to hop on and check out this Southern noir series.

 

Chris

Top Pick: Ei8ht # 5 (Dark Horse Comics) – Travelers lost in time, check. Selfless heroism, check. A merciless opposing force, check. This time travel thriller has its bases covered. The art style consisting essentially of black and white shading with contrasting color to provide surface texture may drive away those interested in other titles with bright colors and intense detail. However they would be missing out  on an intriguing tale of time travel where the character connection across time and place are more than meets the eye.

Archie vs. Predator #3 of 4 (Dark Horse Comics) – Even without reading the previous two issues this comic immediately called out to me as a must read. I have to admit that my love for Predator and comic mash-ups is to blame for that. Right away I could see this is not the Archie I was expecting. This issue has it all classic Archie humor,  blood and gore, and a captivating storyline complete with satirical introspective of those stuck in a horrific movie like situations.

Ghostbusters: Get Real #1 (IDW Publishing) – The beginning of a 4 part series where our heroes are unknowingly transported to an alternate dimension when the will of a God is thwarted. To return home they must work with their counterparts from this dimension who luckily just so happen to have experience with this sort of adventure. Reference Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters. This issue lays the ground work for what I expect to be yet another great series from the Burnham, Schoeing and Delgado team over at IDW.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April #1 (IDW Publishing) – Love TMNT but tired of the Turtles then this comic is for you. Take all the turtle powered action and replace it with a teenage love story between Casey and April. While this reviewer is not regretting the time spent reading this issue, it did not rouse much more than a fleeting interest in the series. This issue is a definite pass in my book.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Prez #1 (DC Comics) –  DC is committed to trying something new, and while that hasn’t necessarily worked so far, this new #1 looks like an intriguing updates on the short-lived series from 1973, as a teenage twitter sensation becomes the next President of the United States.  Hopefully it is equal parts social commentary and Bartgirling.

Alex + Ada #15 (Image Comics) –  The finale to this engaging series is here and we get to find out the final fate of the unlikely lovers.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #4 (Marvel/Disney) –  Did you ever watch a Disney movie and think to yourself that it is pretty entertaining despite the G rating?  That same feeling permeates this series.

Doomed #1 (DC Comics) – Another DC #1, this series looks at a person that can change into Doomsday.  Part of the problem of the appeal of Superman stories is that they lack the street level outlook that some readers like (with the present Truth storyline only sort of helping that.)  Maybe this series is DC’s way of finally shaking up its Superman mythos.

Grimm Fairy Tales 10th Anniversary Special #2 Red Riding Hood (Zenescope) –  Zenescope’s least celebrated superhero, Britney Waters, gets another chance to shine here.  Just when will they give her an ongoing series?

 

Elana

Top Pick: Black Canary #1 (DC Comics) – Spinning off of the hip, young Batgirl series is a new series featuring one of the all time best characters in comics. It’s about time she gets a solo series. The book’s premise is that our super powered vocalist becomes the singer of a rock band, goes on tour and fights bad guys on the road. The awesome rock and roll outfits get my approval.

Wu’s art is hip as hell– the line at her booth at Special Edition was enormous.  Fletcher star is rising fast (see hits like Gotham Academy & Batgirl for starters). This is a creative, modern duo writing for an inclusive audience. The future of super hero comics. So I was pleasantly surprised to read in an interview with Fletcher that some of the legacy of the great Silver Age social issues comics series Green Lantern/Green Arrow is continued in this book. Here’s to a new generation’s “hard traveling heroes“.

Ms. Marvel #16 (Marvel) – The multiverse at stake so who will take care of Jersey City? Kamala is breaking my heart with this cover. Who needs a hug!?

Runaways #1 (Marvel) – Noelle Stevenson’s series Nimona is a runaway hit on the Internet that appeals to a younger and often female Fanbase. This is her big two debut. Her work on Lumber Janes is going to win an Eisner. Having her write a Runaways story about kids with super powers sounds like a match made in heaven. And boy do I miss these kids.

Secret Six #3 (DC Comics) – I need to know what the hell is happening! Gail’s original Secret Six series is kind of the best thing ever. The new series had a good premise but it’s been a rough go. I will keep giving this a series chance. I still have faith!

Thors #1 (Marvel) – Because unlike the Highlander there CAN’T be only one. Most excited for of course our female Thor and Storm. Cute detective story premise seals the deal.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Thors #1 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron has been on fire lately and if he’s that good with one God of Thunder, I’m dying to see what he does with a whole roster! In brightest day, in blackest.. oh wait. Nope just pumped for this book! Go Thors!

Justice League of America #1 (DC Comics) – It’s by Bryan Hitch, the man who brought us the cinematic epic which was The Ultimates, I’d like him to take the true Ultimate team in comic books, let him cut loose and see what he can do.

Old Man Logan #2 (Marvel) – Wolverine is dead. Long live a more cranky, aged and badass version of Wolverine. Dystopian futures always bring me a semblance of hope. All I can say is, yes.. and SNIKT!!

Robin: Son of Batman #1 (DC Comics) – First off it’s got Damien Wayne, A Giant Pet Man-Bat, it’s written and drawn by Patrick Gleason. Umm did I mention a Giant Pet Man-Bat??

Wonder Woman #41 (DC Comics) – So far the Finch’s take on the Iconic Amazon have intrigued me. While I don’t think they are at the top of what they could do, I’d like to see what they have further in store. This book has been a guilty pleasure of mine and my gf Ms. B too. Plus, I hope to get some reasoning behind Diana’s new costume.

 

Pharoah

To Pick: Ms. Marvel #16 (Marvel) -This is my top pick of the week just because this character has been nothing but fun since she entered the universe, and it looks like Secret Wars, has come to Jersey City, definitely curious to see how Kamala Khan will be tested!!!

Astronauts In Trouble #1 (Image Comics) – As a company, Image is basically the Jerry Bruckheimer of the comics world, producing blockbuster after blockbuster, and with Charlie (Walking Dead) on this, it definitely has high hopes.

Black Canary #1 (DC Comics) – Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and Annie Wu (HAWKEYE) bring this character to the forefront, after her much needed exposure on the show, Arrow, she finally gets her own shot in this DC reboot.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Furiosa #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – After watching the newest Mad Max movie, it definitely has one curious about that whole universe and this comic aims to explore the origin of The Furiosa and it definitely has cred, as it is written by mad Max creator, George Miller himself.

Ghostbusters: Get Real #1 (IDW Publishing) – this sounds so cool, as the film versions and cartoon versions become part of the same world in what can only be interesting chaos