We are in the heyday of geek culture! I’m still talking about Avengers 2 with anyone and everyone, Free Comic Book Day was Saturday, and before we’ve even finished with those two events and caught our breath it’s new comic book day again! This week you’ll see a couple of familiar faces from earlier FCIW columns, an awesome updating of a nutty character, and the one book from Marvel I’ve been looking forward to more than Star Wars. This is the time, and we are your people! Grab a comic and let’s get reading!
Spider-Woman #7 (3.99, Marvel) I picked this book last month and highlighted the strong writing of Dennis Hopeless and the ridiculously awesome covers and interior art from Javier Rodriguez, and I’m going to do it again this month. Seriously. The writing is so entertaining and the visuals are simply cool. Pick it up and read it with your daughters. You won’t be sorry! This month Jessica continues to hunt down whoever is responsible for kidnapping the families of so many C list villains. 12+
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5 (3.99, Marvel) I really love this book! This is another title I picked up to read with my four-year-old daughter and have ended up looking forward to it’s release every month. It’s funny, it’s irreverent towards the Marvel universe canon, and it makes me smile every time I read it. The team of Ryan North and Erica Henderson have infused new life into this character, made her real, and something I look forward to reading with or without my four year old. This issue is filled with short stories and the same insane level of fun and friendship as the previous four issue Galactus story. Give Doreen and Tippy a try! You’ll go nuts for them! 12+
Descender #3 (2.99, Image) Image comics have been publishing unbelievably cool science fiction for some time now, but when I saw Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen announced for this book I knew the bar would be raised for the genre. Lemire has written such quirky titles, (Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth, and Trillium), as well as a significant run on Animal Man for DC but these titles are so different I don’t know what to expect from him with Descender. On top of the writing we get Ngyuen and his fully painted artwork every month. If you haven’t seen what Dustin can do with a brush you are denying yourself the pleasure of seeing a real artist with a true understanding of his craft at work. This issue gives us more clues as to why TIM-21 is on the deserted mining planet while he continues trying to survive being hunted by the Scrappers. 17+
Secret Wars #1 (4.99, Marvel) I love the original ’80s series for nostalgic reasons as well as the impact it had on the Marvel Universe in the titles I was reading religiously every month. The black Spider-Man suit and the Thing staying behind and leaving the Fantastic Four blew my mind! I loved the covers from Zeck as well as the beautiful interior art. It was all the feelz. So I’m both totally stoked and super nervous about the new series. I know this is a different story with different creators, and while they have earned the chance to tell their tale, I’m so burned out on mega-crossovers and events which don’t have any ramifications or compelling reason to have even happened I’m afraid I won’t appreciate this one. But this is Secret Wars, and with just those two words I feel like I’m a kid again. (And if it stinks I always have A-Force to look forward to soon!) 12+
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.