My five year old daughter, Lillian, is currently INTO cats. She has gold headphones with cat ears on the crosspiece, she runs around the house on all fours meowing, and her favorite Christmas gift last year was her Zoomer kitty. (I could go on but you get the point.) So this is a big week for us as it’s like we’re getting a fresh batch of catnip from the local comic shop. We’re getting new beginnings with Grumpy Cat and Pokey, story arc endings in Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City and the Petal To The Metal storyline in Plants vs. Zombies. I get a pick as well since it’s my column and I can’t wait to tell you about Doctor Fate #9. Grab your ball of yarn and curl up for a furr-bulous time with these four comics!
Grumpy Cat (And Pokey) #1 of 6 ($3.99, Dynamite Comics): The foul feline gets another mini-series with this issue! Lillian and I enjoy reading Grumpy cat together. She loves it because of the funny faces and the ridiculous scenarios and I love it because the stories are well written with plenty of words to read to her. Each issue is typically broken up into smaller stories, but they have tackled longer story arcs. Grumpy Cat delivers witty dialogue, a light and approachable art style for young readers, and a chance to read something together with your child.
Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City #3 of 3 ($3.99, Action Lab Comics): This mini-series is a spinoff from the main Herocats book and has been as entertaining and amusing as the main book. With Belle and Robot supporting Midnight he takes the battle with Crow King to his realm in hopes of finishing the ages old battle between them once and for all!
Doctor Fate #9 ($2.99, DC Comics): If you’ve kept up on the news in the comic industry you’ve heard about DC’s next big event. This has generated all kinds of speculation and rumor as to what books will survive and which ones won’t. Doctor Fate is a book I could see getting axed because it’s a fringe character, (Even though I don’t think he’s a fringe character and the helmet is to die for.), and I could see it surviving because I think the book is really that good. Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew are crafting a visual story accessible by different tastes. The art is a mix of DC House Style with an indie vibe thanks in no small part to Lee Loughridge’s colors. In this issue Khalid makes his way to Egypt where he uncovers the reason for many of the problems on our planet. (This book also has an Egyptian cat god in it!) Stick with this book! You won’t be disappointed!
Plants vs. Zombies #9 of 9 ($3.99, Dark Horse Comics): PvZ has been another pleasant surprise and a book I read with Lillian. The stories are well written, the art is consistently bright and easy to follow, and the product tie-ins with the console video games are seamless. (Fair disclosure: Everyone in our family plays the online PvZ first planter game on the Xbox 360.) This issue is the final in the Petal To The Metal storyline. Dr. Zomboss creates a relentless army of speedy zombies and Neighborville is their destination! Who will win the race to determine the fate of the city? (I don’t believe there will be a cat in this book.)
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.