Four Comics I Want for NCBD: 2016/02/03

FCIW 20160203It’s going to be a super week! Obviously, there is the Super Bowl this Sunday. Whether you are pulling for the Panthers or the Broncos, let’s all collectively root for a good game and even better commercials. But today is going to be super, too, because we are just 24 hours away from New Comic Book Day for February 3, 2016, and all of the super good books coming out this week. I had a super fun time coming up with my list this week. No, there is no appearance of Superman or Supergirl on this list, but it’s still….. well, you know… super nonetheless.

Deadpool & The Merc$ For Money #1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): So apparently there is a Deadpool movie coming out next week. Expect the violent, ruthless, dirty joke telling Deadpool that we know well from the comics*. Seriously, do not take the kids to this movie. Go let them see Kung Fu Panda 3 with a babysitter while you go see this movie. Now, as if there was not enough Deadpool in comics already, and I have to ask “Can there ever be enough Deadpool in comics?“, Marvel is starting up a new mini-series this week, Deadpool & The Merc$ For Money. Leading this mighty endeavor is fan-favorite writer Cullen Bunn, who knows a thing or two about Wade Wilson. Add in art by Salva Espin and we are looking ahead to a great comic. While Deadpool may have finally earned his Avengers ID card, and I have to ask “Why?!?!?“, he is still a mercenary at heart. There are still jobs to be done. Jobs that pay money. Expect a lot of violence, ruthlessness, and dirty jokes.

* Personally, I’m going to the movie to see Colossus. Dang, he looks good in the trailers.

Paper Girls #5 ($2.99, Image Comics): I want to say this was one of the surprise hits of 2015, but I can’t. Because if Image is putting out a book, it’s bound to be good. Because if Brian K. Vaughan is writing it, it’s going to be good. Because if Cliff Chiang is doing the art, it’s going to be great. The first story arc of Paper Girls comes to a conclusion with this issue. Will our questions be answered? Some, but I bet more questions get raised. Will I have to wait long for issue #6? You betcha, as BKV takes a planned hiatus to plot out the next arc of the title. What if I missed the early issues? First, that’s bad on your part. Second, expect Image to release a trade paperback collecting the first arc very shortly.

The Sheriff of Babylon #3 ($2,99, Vertigo/DC Comics): Mark my words, someday in the future, you are going to wonder why it took you so long to pick up this title. And I’m going to be sitting right here reminding you that I told you to get it now! This crime noir story set in the middle of the Iraq War is so captivating. Perhaps drawing on some real-life experiences from his days in the CIA, writer Tom King is crafting an elaborate story involving the U.S. military, the local government, and an underground crime lord. As good as the story is, the art from Mitch Gerads leaps off the page. Seriously, I start sweating just taking in the heat of the Baghdad backdrop. King just recently announced that The Sheriff of Baghdad has been extended from an 8-issue mini-series to a 12-issue mini-series, so we get this book all-year long. Start reading it now!

Spider-Man #1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): OK, this is the book we have been waiting to see since we learned that the Marvel 616 Universe would be merging with the Ultimate Universe. The Miles Morales Spider-Man finally joins the new ongoing universe with his own adjective-less title. (Yes, we have seen him as part of the All-New All-Different Avengers, but he gets just one seventh of the panel time in that book!) No stranger to the character, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli have a teenage Spider-Man swinging through New York City, looking to make his way in this strange new world that is all too familiar. Except for maybe also having an adult Peter Parker alive and swinging through the city too. I am excited to see how this book develops, and I hope it can bring some of the charm of the early years of the Ultimate Universe books into the main universe of titles.

For a complete list of all of the new books coming out tomorrow, check PreviewsWorld for the weekly shipping list.

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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