I’ve been super busy getting ready to move to Portland, so my read pile keeps getting more ridiculous every week. Is a little thing like moving my family halfway across the country going to keep me from getting my fix, though? NOPE. So this week I’m going to bring you four new selections from this weeks #NCBD options. I’m going to sing the praises of DC, find out how all the pieces fit together inside of SHIELD while celebrating THE KING and STERANKO, and sit back and enjoy that Alex Maleev cover for a while. Be good to one another! (And save your boxes for me!)
Lando #3 ($3.99, Marvel): Lando, Lobot, and the team are on the run from a skilled tracker after stealing the Emperor’s sweetest ride. Unbeknownst to them there is a entire security force on board made up of the Emperor’s Royal Guard and they are there to take the ship back! Charles Soule and Alex Maleev are an interesting creative pair for this book and their collaboration works! Great visuals, quick paced dialogue, and the type of tight continuity we’ve come to expect with all of the Star Wars Universe books by Marvel is present in this comic. It works every time.
Agents of SHIELD #9 ($5.99, Marvel): You didn’t think I’d forget about the KING this week, did you?!? Marvel is doing something really neat this month by presenting a story with Agent Coulson and Nick Fury Sr. tying back to the origins of SHIELD. In this issue you’ll also get to read the very first SHIELD story, be re-introduced to Dum Dum Dugan, and meet the newest version of the Howling Commandos. The biggest thrill will be to see a newly discovered, never published sequence from Jack Kirby with inks by Jim Steranko. <swoon> Mark Waid writes it, Kirby, Ferguson, and Steranko are the visual artists.
We Are Robin #3 ($3.99, DC): This book is really fun and takes the concepts of vigilantes and sidekicks in a different direction. Last issue we learned whomever is supplying the kids with tech and leads have the group of Robins uncovering a bomb threat to the city, and we learn of two shadowy figures behind the impending violence. One of them reminds me a lot of Deacon Blackfire from the the ’80s mini-series The Cult. If this is the case, it’s a great deep cut from the history of Batman. This issue the kids get a chance to meet the Bat himself and they hope he likes what he sees. Lee Mermejo is doing the writing and the cover art while Jorge Corona and Rob Haynes are doing the drawing. Trish Mulvihill is the colorist.
Prez #3 ($2.99, DC): Prez is a really interesting book and one I enjoy reading because it’s full of societal satire and dry humor. The main story about Teenager Beth Ross being elected President on a technicality and the ensuing hi-jinx is really just a structure by which writer Mark Russell can speak openly about our crazy society, culture, and government. It harkens back to the original series from the ’70s but feels more like Marvel’s Steve Gerber book from the same general time, Howard the Duck. It’s a fun read and reassuring as it lets you know the craziness you see everyday isn’t just making you shake your head. Ben Caldwell and Mark Morales bring the pictures and the noize.
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.