Four Comics I Want for NCBD: 2015/07/08

It’s that time of year again…when all of us geeks are either going to SDCC or sitting at home wishing we were. If, like me, you are one of the unlucky ones stuck at home anxiously waiting for updates, I suggest picking up these four books to help you pass the time. Let me know what you think of my picks!

Archie #1 ($3.99, Archie Comics): For the first time in… well ever, I will be picking up an Archie comic this Wednesday! After a long 666 issue run, the antiquated series is finally getting a much needed reboot. I wouldn’t expect any drastic changes for this franchise, since their formula has allowed them one of the longest and most successful runs in comic history. However, I do think they will modernize the title by making the story and characters more relevant to today’s comic readers. With the new powerhouse creative team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, I honestly have a hard time imagining this series NOT being amazing. To top it all off, there will be 22 covers for you to choose from for this first issue!

Justice League United #11 ($3.99, DC Comics): Justice League United returns with an all new post-Convergence storyline and creative team. In this issue, Stargirl and Alanna Strange have to assemble a new team that, according to the solicit, may include Mera, Poison Ivy, Swamp Thing, and Etrigan! I have to admit, I haven’t been reading JLU up to this point but after hearing about the new additions to the, I have been convinced to add it to my pull list. I love the idea of a completely diverse and unconventional team of heroes AND villains having to come together in order to save their world. I am also excited to finally see some of my favorite, but often neglected, DCU characters get more storytime. Both Jeff Parker (Aquaman) and Travel Foreman (Animal Man) have impressed me with their work in the past, and I’m sure their run on JLU will be  no exception!

Starve #2 ($3.50, Image Comics): After a unique and fascinating first issue, I am looking forward to picking up Starve #2. Even though the post-apocalyptic genre is quickly becoming over done, Starve manages to stay fresh and entertaining.  The story focuses on Gavin, a professional chef, who is brought back to the states to complete eight more episodes of a reality TV show he created several years earlier. However his show has evolved into a sport that pits the chefs against each other for the entertainment of their super rich patrons. Writer Brian Wood does a great job of introducing the characters and setting up the strange dystopian world. I am very interested to see where Wood takes this series, and I highly recommend adding it to your pull list!

Savior #4 (2.99, Image Comics)  Comic legend Todd McFarlane (Spawn) has an all new mini-series called Savior. Savior is about a man with superhuman powers who appears in the middle of Kansas with no background or memory. It may sound similar to Superman, but Savior is not a superhero story. Some people think the mysterious man is a hero or god and others see him as an enemy — even the “Savior” himself isn’t sure. This story deals with questions of faith and belief, and I highly recommend it if you like comics that are darker and more serious. The story is incredibly well written, but I think the best thing about Savior may be the art. Clayton Crain’s photo-realistic style is amazing and fits perfectly with the tone of the story.

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.

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