We love comics. We eat, drink, breathe, and to the absolute utmost, we live comics. So what did the Comics Crux Crew pick up today and why? Lets find out!
Jess (@MadamComicBook)- Without any shame what so ever, I am looking forward to Marceline and The Scream Queens #2 more then any other title this week. The overall series has been a big bucket o’ win so far (it’s a rock-themed adventure starring Bubbline), but this issue is written and illustrated by Meredith Gran (of Octopus Pie) with a back-up story from Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys) and a cover inspired by Sleater-Kinney’s first album. I feel like someone is monitoring my browser history and using it to produce comics and it is amazing and horrifying. Batgirl #12 has Batgirl AND Batwoman, so it had my money when the cover was first solicited. Just in case DC is also monitoring me, I will buy anything with Batwoman in/on it. I’ll also be grabbing Creator Owned Heroes #3, I have really been enjoying “Triggergirl 6”. It’s a solid sci-fi story written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Phil Noto featuring a woman in a fully zipped jumpsuit. That’s something worth noting, boys and girls.
Jessica (@LadyGeeksUnite)- I’m committed to trying each new Valiant comic, and this weekArcher & Armstrong #1 debuts. Initially I knew little about it except what I gleaned from the cover image. The new series looks like it’s about a young ninja/pro archer and a bearded Irishman who fights with beer bottles. After reading the synopsis I’m only a little bit off the mark, which is pretty cool. Aside from the titular crime-fighting duo, Archer & Armstrong includes conspiracy theories, ancient history, immortal beings, and hard drinking. My kind of comic. I’m also trying my first series from Aspen Comics, Idolized #1. A young girl-next-door type named Joule auditions for a hot new reality TV show, “SuperHero Idol”. I’m starting to like comics that utilize our culture’s obsession with reality TV; there’s America’s Got Powers and Punk Rock Jesus, both of which are brilliant. We’ll see if Idolized makes the cut as well.
Nick (@nnniicckk)- Putting the extremely exciting release of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1 (IN COLOUR) aside, this week has some books that have me pretty excited. For starters, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #2 drops today and let you me tell you something, chief, this book gives you exactly what you came for. I’ll have to admit that I think Deadpool is sort of a one note character, but damn it all if that note isn’t extremely satisfying. For those who don’t know, this miniseries revolves around the idea that all but one of the voices in Deadpool’s head have stopped talking and the voice that remains is demanding blood! It’s a little juvenile of me to want a book like this, but for funsies, seeing Deadpool tear up Marvel’s biggest stars without canonical consequences sounds like a hell of a lot of fun to me. The next book that I’m going to be sure to check out is Spider-Men #4, where I am finally warming up to the idea of crossovers. Full disclosure, my least favourite thing in comic books is the shoe horning of different properties and and forcing something out of them. It’s a little bit crazy on my part to get angsty about a crossover of two different spider-men, but nonetheless, I’ve rather enjoyed this short series and if I had to read any story containing two characters I like from their own separate books, this is a great place for me to learn acceptance. I love Brian Michael Bendis’ encapsulation of these characters and I am extremely excited to get my hands on this book more than anything else in a while. Even if you haven’t read any of Spider-Men yet, but have enjoyed the Ultimate universe version of Spider-Man, then this is an absolute can’t miss!
Tali (@TaliAdina)- This Wednesday I’m excited to read indie creator Kara Barrett’s The End Is Totally Night #2! It’s about a girl named Jane who goes from being a normal girl to being a girl who has the unusual ability to exorcise demons and is the only person standing against a demon apocalypse. This awesome series takes readers on an amazing supernatural adventure. I’m also excited to read Gail Simone’s Batgirl #12. Batwoman guest stars, but they’re fighting? And Knightfall strikes? Oh yes must read!
Tatiana (@parisianfeline)- After missing almost two weeks of Comic Book Wednesdays, I finally got around to choosing all the latest and greatest that I’d been waiting for, while checking out some of the newer titles. Firstly, I hungrily devoured Morning Glories Volume 3, a magical realist story about a group of teens who attend a type of boarding school called Morning Glories and the secrets that the administration and the school itself seem to possess. I really and truly love this comic and it’s definitely my top favorite series out right now. And since we’re months away from the next trade, I gladly purchases Morning Glories issue #20, happy to continue the perfectly interwoven story as we discover more about Miss Daramount and her sister. Next up is Harvest #1, an intriguing story about a doctor who has his medical license taken from him and is forced to work for a mysterious man named Mr. Matsuda. I found the art gritty, which is fitting for the type of story it is and was immediately pulled in (aside from the awesome premise of harvesting people’s organs illegally). My TBR (to be read) list is small, but growing, as I have Debris #1, Black Kiss 2 #1, Chew Volume 5 and Catwoman Volume 1 sitting beside me. I’ve started Chew, and naturally it’s spectacular and as a long time fan of Catwoman, I’m hoping this new story does her justice. Debris enticed me as a sci-fi comic with a female lead, and Black Kiss 2 is something new I’m interested in trying. So many comics, so little time!
Wesley (@geekwholanded)- It’s Atomic Robo week for me! That’s right Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures #5 and Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific #2 are released this week. Oh you all have no idea how happy this makes me. Atomic Robo is one of my favorite comic series out there. Having not one but two Atomic Robo books in one week makes my heart sing. Included makes everything groovy. Yes I am immensely excited about this, and if you’re not buying Atomic Robo, change that. Buy Atomic Robo, it makes life awesome. Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2 is still a surprise for me. I found myself liking it and the general views of everyone on this title has been mixed. For me I liked the story, gave me details on the character and the Jae Lee art was really jaw dropping. It might not be for everyone but give this a chance if you’re curious because I like it. Because this one took me by surprise since initially it was one of those I had the least expectations for.Hoax Hunters #2 is one I am really looking forward to as well. I love the series so far. A clever concept and addicting one at that. I’ll be happy to see the book on my pile this week. If you haven’t picked this one up yet, correct that. It’s really good and just a fun comic. Give it a go if you’re on the hunt for something different.It Girl and the Atomics #1 has had me definitely interested. I’ve only read sporadic amounts of The Atomics and the Madman universe, I want to give this a shot. I like Jamie S. Rich’s work and Mike Norton is quickly becoming a favorite artist of mine lately. Not much more to say on this outside of I cannot wait to sit back and give this a good look.