It is time once again to celebrate New Comic Book Day by heading down to your friendly neighborhood LCBS (local comic book shop) and picking up your favorite funny books. Not sure what to purchase? Let me make a couple of suggestions and be sure to let the folks behind the counter that the Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER! sent you! You won’t get a discount but we appreciate it nonetheless.
Harrow County #2 ($3.99, Dark Horse Comics): There are strange things afoot in Harrow County and on the eve of her 18th birthday, Emmy learns that she has a connection to it all including the complete human skin that she keeps folded up in a drawer (I am not kidding). Cullen Bunn writes and Tyler Crook does the art for this southern Gothic fairy tale that should be a great one for fans of dark mystical fiction. This is not the first time that Cullen and Tyler have teamed up as we have been fortunate to see them work together in the universe of the Sixth Gun (which you know I love). This seems like a good time to mention the Sixth Gun RPG Kickstarter that should be a blast for fans of role-playing games. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention our most recent interview with Cullen that you can find here as a part of our O Comic Con coverage.
Detective Comics #41 ($3.99, DC Comics): This is one of three books out this week with the new Batman of Gotham City (including Batman #41 and Batman/Superman #21) so you should have no trouble getting plenty of new Batgoodness! Why is there a new Batman? You mean you didn’t read the final issue of Endgame in which Batman and Joker killed each other (don’t worry, I’m sure that they will get better)? In this issue we get the new Bat Task Force run by Harvey Bullock and his new partner Renee Montoya! I have loved every incarnation of Renee so far and I’m very excited to see her return to Gotham’s Finest. What is the relationship between the new Batman and the police and what sort of criminals will they be hunting? I really want to find out especially given that Francis Manapul is drawing this book and co-writing it with Brian Buccellato. The dynamic storytelling of this duo made the New 52 Flash one of my top books and I expect no less here. I also like that this will be a book with actual police detectives doing actual police work and not just Batman punching people. Can’t wait!
Starfire #1 ($2.99, DC Comics): Starfire has had her ups and downs since her premiere in New Teen Titans over 30 years ago, but the alien princess Koriand’r also known as Starfire keeps bouncing back. Kory has the ability to absorb ultraviolet light and like all of her race, convert it into the power of flight. As a result of experiments performed on her by an alien race, she also has the ability to fire destructive blasts she calls starbolts. The creative team of writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with artist Emanuela Lupacchino are taking Starfire to a place where her golden skin and unusual clothing are less likely to draw unusual attention – Key West, Florida! Generally we have seen Kory as a part of a superhero team, but this creative group is looking to put her interacting with regular humans as a way to help her find her place in her adopted world. Expect a book that is upbeat, fun, crazy and smart. Should be a blast!
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #1 ($3.99, Marvel): Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has taken Carol Danvers to new heights as Captain Marvel securing her position as a true power player in the Marvel Universe. Many of the fans of Kelly Sue’s work with the character refer to themselves as the Carol Corps in Danvers’ honor. Writer Kelly Thompson teams up with Kelly Sue to pen this story that honors those fans and continues to enrich the character. This story is a part of the larger Battleworld storyline but (and this is a good thing) it sounds as if you don’t have to be engaged with the larger event to get what is happening here. Carol (with powers) leads a squadron of female pilots (the Carol Corps) that are the front line of defense in a matriarchal society. Based upon what we have seen in the past from these writers, I think that readers will love the pilots as much as they love Carol and the David Lopez artwork will ensure that the story looks as good as it reads. I will also be disappointed if I don’t see someone cosplaying that Carol uniform from the cover at SDCC this July!
I thought as an added bonus this week, I would list the top ten books in terms of pulls for June 10th per Comixology (as of June 8th). This does not necessarily represent the best selling books, just the information from their website.
- Batman #41 – DC Comics
- Saga #29 – Image
- The Walking Dead #142 – Image
- Detective Comics #41 – DC Comics
- Batman/Superman #21 – DC Comics
- Spider-Gwen #5 – Marvel
- Harley Quinn #17 – DC Comics
- Catwoman #41 – DC Comics
- Black Science #15 – Image
- Silver Surfer #12 – Marvel
As always, WCPE is 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.