Welcome to March Madness at the Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER! We have filled out our brackets, advanced some upset picks, and we have finally settled on our final four comics we want for the new comic book day on March 18.
Amazing Spider-Man #16.1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): [From Jerry] As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of the “Point One” numbering of a set of issues. Trust me, it makes the obsessive compulsive collector in me freak out as to how I should properly file this away in my collection. Rather than number issues 16.1, 16.2, and so on, why not just number the issues 1, 2, 3, and call it a mini-series. All right, enough of this numerology talk, let’s discuss something much more important, like the return of writer Gerry Conway to the adventures of Peter Parker. It’s been roughly 25 years since Conway last scripted a Spider-Man story. Heck, it’s been nearly 40 years since Conway wrapped up his run as writer on Amazing Spider-Man, who over three years scripted the death of Gwen Stacy, the first appearance of the Punisher, the introduction to the term “clone” in a Spider-Man story, and gave us the first team-up between Spidey and Superman. It has been far too long since Conway’s name has graced a comic book credit box, and I intend to savor every panel of this comic. I don’t even care what he does with this comic. It’s Gerry Conway writing Spider-Man. ‘Nuff said! (On the off chance that you need ANOTHER reason to buy this comic — the cover is by Arthur Adams. What more do I need to say here? Buy it! Still not sure? Check the preview.)
Chrononauts #1 ($3.50, Image Comics): [From Jerry again] This book has a formula for success written all over it! Start with writer Mark Millar – everything he writes is a solid read. Add in artist Sean Murphy, whose book Punk Rock Jesus is easily one of the best books that you have never read. Factor in a story involving time-travel. Think about this for a minute – if you could travel to any point of time, would you do so for scientific gain or financial game. And like every other time-travel story, once you change one little item, everything that we know unravels. Are you excited yet? I know I am! I cannot wait to give this a read. Check the preview.
Divinity #2 ($3.99, Valiant Entertainment): [John’s pick] If you know my comic tastes at all, you know I love Matt Kindt’s series Mind MGMT. His mind is a playground of the esoteric and his stories always surprise me. Now comes Divinity from Valiant Entertainment and a whole new scifi/superhero experience. A Russian cosmonaut returns to the Earth with god-like powers and lands in Australia. No one knows his intentions or his powers but one thing is clear, the rest of the powered community aim to find out. I think I can guarantee that with Kindt at the helm, the powers here will be wild. The art is from Trevor Hairsine, and while I wasn’t familiar with him before, this preview makes me want to see a lot more! Go out and get issue 2, and see if you can pick up issue 1 as well. If you can’t find it, ask at your local comic shop as the book is going to a third printing! The Valiant Universe may never be the same.
LumberJanes #12 ($3.99, Boom! Studios): [Cullen bats clean-up] For a lot of parents, finding something to commonly geek out about with your kids can be stressful and difficult. As a father myself with kids at home ranging in ages from 11, 10, and 4, the type of programming and reading material we engage with in a week is pretty diverse. One book I can still pass around the room though is LumberJanes. It’s smartly written, funny, and is a really great all-ages book. Friendship and teamwork are the hallmarks of LumberJanes, and in this issue Molly and Mal need both to survive while searching for a portal to take them back to camp and the rest of the girls. Take a first peek and try to resist.
This week, we are so happy to be publishing #FCIW with the support of Elite Comics in Overland Park, KS. William and the Elite Crew run a friendly, clean, and safe comic shop which is welcoming to all and supportive of many local and national non-profits including The Hero Initiative. Stop in, pick up these four books, and let the gang at Elite Comics know that the Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER! sent you over.