Here at Kaboooooom we love our comic books, but if you’re new to the game or just don’t frequent the local comic shop, it can be hard to know where to start. For that, we’re here to help. Every week we’ll share with you our recommendations for what you should be checking out and what you need to know before you crack that cover – it’s Kabooooom’s Pull List!
Pull List: Jonesy #2, Turncoat #1, Black Canary #9, Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #3 (of 6), Rat Queens #15, Captain Marvel #3
This Week’s Must Read: Monstress #4
From the beginning, Monstress has been a very intriguing series that has set up a world which is simply asking to be explored – no doubt thanks in large part to Takeda’s stunning illustrations. But the concept, too, is engrossing; a world where humans and supernatural beings lived peacefully once upon a time, but through greed and corruption those non-humans are now enslaved and harvested for their abilities. It’s a dark and moody fantasy that’s a little surreal, definitely mature, but also very upfront about what it has to say about power – how its wielded, who wields it, and most importantly, how it affects the wielder. At the center of all this is Maika, a young woman hiding something within her – either a great power or a great monster (or both).
Pull List: Clean Room #6, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #5, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #13 (Digital), Lucifer #4, Red Sonja #3
This Week’s Must Read: Lords Of The Jungle #1 [Review]
My only complaint about the recent Swords of Sorrow mini-series – in which Dynamite Entertainment made use of their entire stable of pulp heroines – was that they were unable to include the mother of all pulp heroines and the first heroine to get her own solo comic book and TV show (yes, even before Wonder Woman!), Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. Now Dynamite has apparently won the Sheena license and is teaming her with Tarzan for the first time ever in any medium.
This series is notable for that reason alone. And I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read about writer Corinna Bechko’s plans for the series and her love of the characters. Unfortunately, I can’t help but dread this comic at the same time because the art is being handled by Roberto Castro – the artist whose atrocious work on Red Sonja/Conan was the worst I had seen on any professionally published comic last year. So I’ll be reading this one if only to see if my desire for a well-written jungle comic can overcome my antipathy for Castro’s work.
Pull List: Black Canary #9, Clean Room #6, Devolution #3, Monstress #4, Silk #4, Superman #50, Uncanny Inhumans #6
This Week’s Must Read: Extraordinary X-Men #8
This issue starts the Apocalypse War story, and with X-Men: Apocalypse coming out, Marvel gets its marketing engine going and starts getting us to crave all things Apocalypse. The villain has been a favorite of mine since the Age of Apocalypse mega-crossover in the 90’s, so I’ve been waiting for this issue to come out for a while. I have high hopes that it’ll be great with Jeff Lemire and Ken Lashley on the creative duties.