So Free Comic Book Day has come and gone. I’ve read a bunch of new books lately. and I am so jazzed to get to my local comic shop this week to get even more new books. Have you looked at the list of new books this week (May 13)? It’s incredible! Picking just four of these was really hard. I should get some kind of award or certificate for coming up with this fine list. I want my picks to represent a little bit of everything. I went through the NCBD list a couple of times before I narrowed my selections down to a superhero book, a kids book, a horror book, and a cheap book! Curious to find out my picks? Read on….
Harrow County #1 ($3.99, Dark Horse Comics): First, this is a great time to go back and listen to the WCPE interview with Cullen Bunn (and Brian Hurtt) from Planet Comicon back in March. During the interview, Bunn made mention of this new title coming out this week from Dark Horse. Harrow County tells us about Emmy, a teenage girl who finds out that she is connected to the ghosts, goblins, and zombies that roam the dark woods near her home. Consider this a southern gothic fairy tale of the haunting kind. With art by Tyler Crook, expect this to be yet another hit from Bunn.
Mythic #1 ($1.99, Image Comics): Did you notice the price tag for this book? Look again, I’ll wait patiently. Why yes, you did read that right. It’s a brand new comic for just $1.99! When was the last time you paid $2 for a new #1 issue? My best guess is that it was more than a decade ago. So, for the price alone, it’s worth a look. But my guess is the story will hook you even more. Written by Phil Hester with art by John McCrea, Mythic introduces the readers to a world where magic is real and science is a lie. On the rare occurrence when magic breaks, MYTHIC is called in to fix it. The MYTHIC field team features a shaman, a Greek immortal, and a cell phone salesman. Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up if I tried. Between the cheap price tag and the crazy premise, you have no excuses not to get it.
SIP KIds #3 ($4.99, Abstract Studios): If you have been listening to our podcast on a regular basis, you should know by now that I am the “Strangers in Paradise” guy. (We all have our categories to cover all of the possible demographics!) Anywho, Terry Moore is back with another look at the SIP crew (Francine, Katchoo, David, and friends) re-imagined as seven-year-old kids. For this issue, it’s spring break, and the kids are determined to have as much fun as possible. If you are a fan of Terry Moore’s work, or even a fan of “Peanuts”, you should check this out. It’s a book that you can read with your kids and still laugh out loud.
Thor #8 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): This is the issue, people! This is the issues when we find out just who is the new Thor. Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman have kept readers guessing for seven months now. Sure we have some possible choices for the female identity that has been wielding Mjolnir – there’s been a lot of hints that it might be a certain S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Or maybe it’s another Asgardian. We just won’t know until the comic hits the shelves on Wednesday. As a fair warning, you may want to stay off of the Internet Wednesday until you can get to your LCS and pick this book up. Trust me, I am positive there will be a lot of spoilers floating around on Twitter and Facebook all day long.
As great as my picks are, there are a lot of other good books that might be worth picking up. In no particular order, look for:
- Secret Wars #2
- Convergence #6
- Saga #28
- Astro City #23
- C.O.W.L. #10
- Star Trek New Visions: Resistance
- Gronk TPB Vol. 2
- Walt Simonson’s Star Slammers Complete Collection HC
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.