Adventureman #2 – Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. This book is amping up exactly the way I want it to and is very quickly becoming one of my favorites. Claire’s adventures with the mysterious book left in her shop by a ghost lady continue! On the way to take him to school, her son discovers an address to the headquarters of Adventureman not previously divulged in other books. Claire goes there and discovers a towering art deco building which no one else can see. One problem though: there are no doors. Luckily, it turns out the ghost lady was waiting for her and pulls her in. Giving only mysterious hints, ghost lady departs once more and the security system activates which features clanking robots. It’s always robots. This is shaping up to be one hell of an adventure so jump in now on the ground floor!
Strange Academy #2 – God, this book is fun. The first day of school has started and it is filled with wondrous magics and cool cameos galore. No longer mindless, Mindful Ones serve breakfast to students and offer encouragement. The Ancient One teaches classes on mystical objects, Brother Voodoo gives insight on zombification and Magick gives a crash course on Hell, sending some delinquents there herself as punishment. An interesting inquiry is brought up as well: the protag Emily asks Zelma why there doesn’t seem to be any cost associated with the magic the students cast. There’s a foreboding air to her answer so I would recommend picking this up to be there for the grand reveal.
Something Is Killing The Children #8 – I am never usually a horror fan so I hope my continued spotlight on this book lets y’all know how truly good it really is. The Sheriff of Archer’s Peak visits James in the hospital in order to get the rundown on what’s killing the children. It’s a hilarious exchange mostly due to the sheriff’s thought that it may be aliens and his disbelief that it’s monsters. Erica goes with his dark, brooding partner from her organization to pick up the kid the monsters want as bait. It’s a dark thought but luckily she has a change of heart when Tommy shows up to stop her. Meanwhile at the high school where bodies are being identified things manage to get even darker. We have the means to catch you up with the first volume now out so please: Get. Caught. Up!!
X-Men God Loves, Man Kills: Extended Cut #1 – If you’ve ever asked for a classic X-recommendation from me, you’ll know this is the first story I point to. It’s hard-hitting, poignant, and easily the most socially aware story ever to be told involving the Children of the Atom. The main villain in this one happens to be systemic prejudice along with William Stryker, a televangelist along the lines of Billy Graham (may he rest in eternal infamy) leading a crusade against mutants. So far, the added material seems to be a prologue done by the original creators which doesn’t add much but is appreciated all the same. If there was ever a time for this story to return to the spotlight it is definitely now so take the time to put society in a bottle and examine this thought-provoking tale.
Willow #1 – Willow is still pretty shaken up after the Hellmouth events. So when the opportunity arises for a study abroad program in England, she jumps. Unfortunately, being in a cool new place doesn’t fix her overwhelming sense of loneliness. When she returns to the states, Willow isn’t ready just go back home and pretend everything is okay. So she empties her bank account and decides to take the first bus out of town. The bus makes a rest stop and a strange woman at a diner shows Willow the first bit of kindness she’s seen in awhile. Willow decides to take the woman up on an offer to join a bonfire that evening. She even gets a room at the local inn and thinks she’ll stay in town awhile. Things might not be as they appear in this town, and I hope Willow can see the trouble through her rose colored glasses.
Strange Academy #2 – Today is the first day of classes at Strange Academy. Their classes range from History of Magical Objects to Introduction To The Undead. One would think a Foreign Language course isn’t that odd, but it is when you’re studying Ghost Whispering and Vampiric Romanian! Illyana “Magik” Rasputina teaches Inferno 101 and won’t take any nonsense in her class (turns out there really is a special place in hell for students that don’t listen to their teacher). The first thing the students are taught is that magic always comes with a price and they must be prepared to pay it. As the students practice magic throughout the day, they can’t help but wonder who is paying the price for their attendance at Strange Academy.
Something Is Killing Children #8 – Good news, they were able to find and destroy the monster doing all the children killing. Bad news, it was a mama monster and now there are baby monsters that need to be dealt with. Once Erica’s ‘monster hunting guild’ finds out this detail they send, Aaron, another hunter to help. He doesn’t have the same bedside manor as Erica and is rubbing some locals the wrong way. Unfortunately, he is all Erica has since her kid partner, James, is still nursing a gunshot wound. Erica and Aaron keep bumping heads, but the monster babies have been sighted! They need to work together if they don’t want the death toll to get any higher.
Batman the Adventures Continue #2 –Reading this was like watching a new episode of Batman the Animated Series. The mysterious man from the end of the last issue has begun stalking the bat family while they defend the city. As the new guy in town, he tries to prove himself face to face. After throwing around some simple compliments, trust is formed between two individuals and they end up getting into a hot situation. While that’s happening, Batman tries to get a lead on who the strange man is that’s stalking him. A really great issue and worth the read if you area fan of the show or not.
Stealth #3 – With Tony taking his father’s suit, his dad’s only option is to retrieve it from wherever Tony has stashed it. He needs to get it back quickly as prominent doctors throughout the city are being eliminated by an Albanian gang known as The Hand. They seem to be doing this under the orders of some dude who looks like Two-Face but without the whole “chance” shtick. The Hero of the city, an old man with Alzheimer’s versus the villain, a dude who looks like Gus after that explosion in the nursing home in Breaking Bad. Yes, that’s a spoiler for a show from 8 years ago that you should have already seen.
Ghost Rider #7 – Its finally here. The long-awaited continuation to the new, and incredible Ghost Rider story. With Mephisto by his side Johnny Blaze is slowly falling victim to corruption that is gnawing away at him and making him the ill-tempered Ghost Rider he’s been lately. He’s prepared to kill Doctor Strange if not for the intervention of Danny, aided by both Wolverine and Punisher. Now Danny must use his new powers given to him by the spirit of corruption to stop Johnny from continuing his reckless behavior. Its brother versus brother for the fate of Hell.
The Goddamned: The Virgin Brides #1 – I am so glad to see this series finally back in print and in such an interestingly horrifying direction. Where the first series centered on the horrors associated with the absence of God before the flood, this series deals with the horrors associated with the presence of God and his followers. Well, at least what can be surmised. In a mountain the mothers raise virgin brides to be taken to the top and married off to what seems to be angels. Their unions don’t seem to be all that blessed though as the two main characters discover the unearthly results birthed from such marriages. The darkness on display already is going to make for incredible stakes and the narrative posed by Aaron is fantastic to read. Not one you should miss at all.
All-America Comix #1 – A hell of an awesome surprise to see an alternative take on the Marvel universe presented by two of my favorite comic scribes: Joe Kelly and Dustin Nguyen. Best of all, it’s a Gen Z take on breaking in to do crime-fighting in a world shaped by the other generations. America’s voice in the book shines through so well as she bashes familiar, un-trademarked copies of Marvel villains. After defeating Imperator Doud in Eastern Europe, she tries to travel back home to CA by traveling through an inter-dimensional portal. The portal tears though and she accidentally sees all of reality at once. Things are gonna pick up quick in this one and I can’t wait to see more.
King of Nowhere #3 – Denis and Jed are S.O.L. after being left for dead in a burning forest. The sheriff’s deputy daughter finds them at the scene of the crime and puts all the blame for the murders on Denis’s shoulders. To be fair, she’s not altogether wrong and catches on pretty quick that Denis isn’t the culprit but the target. After they go to a hideout hotel on the edge of town that subsequently blows up after they open a rigged room, her suspicions are confirmed. They do however find some origami animals that implicate a character very heavily (weird how so many stories use origami as mystery breadcrumbs). The ending of this one is going to lead to some crazy twists so catch up now!
Fire Power #1 – Woah, free comic with art by Chris Samnee? Pick this up with purchase to gaze at sequences done by one of the best in the biz. Owen is a used furniture salesman with the exact same backstory as Iron Fist if he had decided to live a quiet suburban life. One boring enough to where he names their family dog Peanut Butter. What a dumb name. Trained by monks in the ways of shooting fire out of his hands, Owen has a blast from the past when one of his fellow students shows up while Owen is out buying hot dog buns for his family cookout. A rival clan is attacking their old dojo but Owen wants nothing to do with his old life. A tad predictable but with a back-up graphic novel featuring his origin story, this is one most people can dive into with ease.
All-America Comix #1 – America Vasquez is a young, hot headed hero, who dorms her grandfather’s colors because “there are still wars to fight”. She isn’t some kid vigilante. The Avengers even offered Vasquez a place on their team, but she is more of a lone wolf. Besides she knows with dimension manipulating powers like hers, a team would just get in her way. She still keeps her best friend, Isabella, in the loop, and after recent events shake Vasquez to the core she calls her bff to vent. That’s when Maximum Annihilator pops up, he knows a thing or two about the cosmos, and thinks this event could mean something much bigger. Looks like Vasquez is going to have to learn to work with a team if there is any hope to save the world!
Nailbiter Returns #2 – The past refuses to stay buried in Buckaroo. That’s made clear when police find the bodies of the “WTF Killer” and the “Crossbone Killer”, those guys died years before and no one can explain how they got here. That’s three Buckaroo Butchers back from the dead, and with this town’s strange past, resurrection isn’t off the table. Alice, daughter of the Nailbiter, has been tagging around with Agent Gray in hopes to find her missing mother. She’s tired of wasting time at this crime scene and decides to find her mother alone, but it appears Buckaroo has plans for Alice, too.
Negan Lives #1 – That’s right, the psycho we all love to hate has returned. No longer welcome in his old crew, he has decided it’s best he lives alone. His solitude is broken when he finds a young blonde woman named, you guessed it, Lucille in his home. They begin chatting and having a good time, but Negan knows this is too good to be true. By the time he figures it out, the girl’s partners have the jump on him. It looks like it’s the end for Negan, but we all know he doesn’t go down without a fight. Maybe it’s time for Negan to ride again, this time with Lucille II (no relation to Lucille Austero)!
Fire Power #1 – A series that was set to premiere on Free Comic Book Day. Fire Power is the story of a man with great power who lives a simple life. He is a loving husband and caring father who is proud of the life he has built, but his quiet life is put into jeopardy when his past comes calling. He must decide between two worlds as he chooses either to remain a loving family man or get swept up in the flames of Revenge and his tragic past. From Robert Kirkman and Chris Samnee.
All America Comix – America Vasquez is the one of the newest heroes on the block. She can fly, seems to have super strength, and an overall sense to do good. She’s a Gen Z ass-kicker who’s ahead of the times and has her sights set looking for a world of possibilities. While tearing through reality via an inter-dimensional portal, she learns a hard truth – the reality she lives in is a dream or something close to it. With the help of her friend Izzy and a hotshot hero named Maximum Annihilator, America searches for answers and intends to fight for the survival of reality.
The Goddamned: The Virgin Brides #1 – An unflinching look at the realities of religious extremes in a beautifully drawn world. Atop a mountain high in the sky, young women are married off to an unseen God. Those waiting for their time to climb the mountain know only what their elders tell them await them at the summit, but some begin to question what they’re being told. Two young girls seek to find out the status of their friend after her time on the mountain only to be horrified when made aware of the reality of the situation they are in. Could they be next?