Four Comics I Want for NCBD: 2015/11/25

archie 4  dk3_1

ringside1  saga31

Breaking news here at the Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER! You will not get this info anywhere else on the Google machines. Industry insiders have informed WCPE that this Thursday is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. SHOCKER!! Seriously, you need to get to the store right away to stock up on food supplies, and if you have crazy relatives like I do, a trip to the liquor store is in order. But you also need to stop by your Local Comic Shop on Wednesday to get a big pile of brand new books. Remember, your LCS will probably be closed Thursday, so you won’t have the chance to sneak out midday Thursday to get some more comics. Here are four books I think you should be picking up this week, in addition to everything else you are planning on getting.

Archie #4 ($3.99, Archie Comics): This has been on my shortlist of best new titles of 2015 all year. Archie has been such a fresh take on characters old enough to be cashing Social Security checks. While the initial arc was drawn by Fiona Staples (more on her later in this column), Annie Wu (Black Canary, Hawkeye) teams up with writer Mark Waid to continue the adventures of the Riverdale teenagers. Will we find out what exactly happened between Archie and Betty that became known as “the lipstick incident”? Probably not. But Waid has promised us a look at more members of the cast with Dilton and Moose.

Dark Knight III – The Master Race #1 ($5.99, DC Comics): Sometimes, you just have to put the no-brainers on your list. I don’t know how many people are really excited about this book to come out, but I do know a lot of people are curious about the book. Will this be a return to greatness for Frank Miller? Or will you flip through it at your LCS and proclaim it rubbish, saying that earlier work was much better. I’m very intrigued by this for numerous reasons. First up would be the additional talent working on the book with him. In addition to Klaus Janson, the book is co-written by Brian Azzarello with art by Andy Kubert. Next, we’ve already been told that there will be a break midway through the series, but a fill-in issue will be released in that off month by John Romita, Jr. Finally, before this first issue can come out, DC has already announced Dark Knight IV. Everyone else will be talking about this book, so you might as well pick it up.

Ringside #1 ($3,99, Image Comics): Do you remember learning about Venn Diagrams in school? In case you need a refresher, a Venn Diagram is an “illustration of the relationships between and among sets, groups of objects that share something in common.” Generally, circles are used to depict the items, and the area where they circles overlap represent the similar elements between the two objects. In this case, picture one circle representing comic books, and the other circle representing wrestling. In the overlap area, which I’m finding is growing larger each year, you will find Ringside by Image Comics. Writer Joe Keatinge and artist Nick Barber tell an oversize tale in issue #1, showing the violence that occurs inside and outside the ring. For some of the wrestling fans we have met over the years, such as James Taylor and Jason Hurley, this should be a must read!

Saga #31 ($2.99, Image Comics): Fresh off an extended break, one of the best comics returns to the shelves with the start of a new story arc. Fresh off her all-too-brief run on Archie, artist Fiona Staples reunites with writer Brian K. Vaughan to bring back our favorite Romeo & Juliet sci-fi story that’s fun and sexy and violent all at the same time. Now this book is going to jump ahead a few years from where it left off. Marko and Alana’s young daughter Hazel is due to face the most traumatic moment of her childhood — kindergarten.

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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