OK, I am back with my four comics I want for the new comic book day on April 22. Now, I could have just phoned it in this week and selected four Avengers titles from Marvel. Seriously, with all of the Avengers product they are releasing each week, you would think there is a new movie coming out in a week or so. Instead, I said to myself, “Give the readers some other choices! There will be more Avengers books next week.” So here you go, I’ve got four comics that really interest me. If you disagree, post your choices in the comments below!
Convergence New Teen Titans #1 ($3.99, DC Comics): This is week 3 of the Convergence event at DC, and we have yet to promote any of the side books. Let’s fix that now with the New Teen Titans book. Why should you buy this issue? First, it’s written by Marv Wolfman. MARV FRAKKIN’ WOLFMAN! We all grew up reading Wolfman’s take on the New Teen Titans, with George Perez, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and many others. Much like Chris Claremont is forever linked to the X-Men, Wolfman will be always remembered for his 10+ year run on the New Teen Titans. For this story, we get the New Teen Titans circa the Baxter Paper years. That means we get the raised collar, open chest look for Nightwing. These Convergence books are just two issues long, so no long term commitment.
Empire Uprising #1 ($3.99, IDW): Rather than tell you what this comic is about, I would rather talk about what came before this comic. Empire was launched 15 years ago by the creative team of Mark Waid and Barry Kitson. The basic plot is that the evil bad guy, in this case Golgoth, succeeds in eliminating the super-heroes and takes over the world. But once you take over the world, then you still have to run it. The first Empire series was published in 2000 by Gorilla Comics, an imprint of Image Comics. Unfortunately, Gorilla didn’t quite make it, and only two issues of Empire were published. Jump ahead to 2003, and Waid & Kitson took Empire to DC Comics. The Gorilla issues were reprinted, and the rest of story was published as a mini-series. It was even collected in a trade paperback in 2004. Rumors circulated for awhile that a spinoff series would follow, but it just never happened. UNTIL NOW! Thanks to the fine folks at IDW, Waid & Kitson have reunited to return to the world of Empire, with Empire Uprising. IDW will also be issuing a new trade paperback collection reprinting the original series from 2000/2003.
Star Wars #4 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): “Chewie, we’re home.” With those three words last Friday, the world released a collective sigh of relief, knowing that our favorite band of rebels is in good hands. Now, if you’ve been reading the Star Wars comic this year, you know that writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday have been faithfully chronicling the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie. With this issue, we see Luke return to Tatooine, where he finds that Ben Kenobi was holding onto a package for our hero. What’s in the box, you ask? Buy the comic and find out.
Uncle Scrooge #1 ($3.99, IDW): OK, don’t get hung up on the fact that IDW is publishing a new line of Disney Comics, which is ironic considering that Disney spent $4B to acquire Marvel Entertainment. Maybe they want to keep the universes separate, or maybe IDW made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Rather than worry about the how and why, lets just focus on the fact that beginning this month, we are getting all-new stories for Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and friends. While the price may seem high for a Disney book, you can expect 40+ pages of new material each and every issue. Pick this up, and remember that comics are for kids as much as they are for adults, and that comics can be fun.
As always, WCPE is 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.