With so many comic books being released every Wednesday (New Comic Book Day), the Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER! hopes this feature will be a guide, alerting you to books that you may not have realized are due to hit the spinner rack this week!
Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #1 (of 6) ($3.99, DC Comics): With everyone’s favorite female psychopath getting ready to hit the silver screen for the first time in Suicide Squad, you can bet that you won’t be able to swing a dead cat and not hit Harley Quinn for the next year. This new limited series by writers Frank Tieri and Jimmy Palmiotti focuses on a group of assistants that Harley is grooming to take some of the heavy-lifting off of her shoulders, so she can take some much-needed downtime. The group consists of Bolly Quinn (the daughter of immigrants who own a restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side), Carli Quinn (from the Bronx), Hanuquinn (Grandniece of Sy Borgman), Harlem Harley (wonder where SHE’S from?), Harley Queens (from Flushing, Queens) and the only male member of the group, Harvey Quinn (from Manhattan’s West Side). With Harley Quinn turning everything she touches to gold, might this team of oddballs become an important and iconic addition to the DC canon? We know one thing for sure… this mini-series with art by Alain Mauricet and cover by Amanda Conner opens up a whole new world of Harley Quinn cosplay!
Spawn #262 ($2.99, Image Comics): This choice is a clear case of internet inception. To be clear, I loved Spawn when it first debuted, and read at least the first year of the title due to my love for Todd McFarlane’s art and character design. We parted ways and I’ve never really had the interest to peek back into Spawn’s hellish world. However, I follow Todd McFarlane on Facebook, and he’s been posting little one to two-minute videos lately of him working on Spawn covers on his huge digital art tablet. The videos have obviously worked because I find that I have an all-new interest in seeing some of Todd’s Spawn work. The current arc sounds appealing to a fan of the original first run of stories, with Al (Spawn) trying to save his wife Wanda from Lucifer. Story by Todd, art by Todd and Erik Larsen, and a cover by Erik Larson, and here’s my $2.99. Damn you, Internet! It looks like you’ve won again!!
Moon Knight #1 ($4.99, Marvel Comics): Marc Spector (a.k.a. Moon Knight/Jake Lockley/Steven Grant) wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers and medical records that call his crime-fighting career into question. Have all of his adventures been the delusions of a fractured mind? Advance buzz on this book points to one that you WILL NOT want to miss! Artist Greg Smallwood has pulled out the stops, allowing very creative panel layout to indicate the madness of Moon Knight! Writer Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) makes you wonder if all of those previous Moon Knight issues and identities were nothing more than illusions and shadows! Get in on the ground floor on this one, people!
Gwenpool #1 ($4.99, Marvel Comics): The breakout character of 2015 debuts in her own Marvel Comic! Gwen Poole was a regular reader of comic books like all of us, until one day when she found herself in a world where those characters were real people! Is this a dream? Is this an alternate universe? Does anybody really care?? This is another case of the internet bringing attention to a book or character. I’ve watched cosplayers and fans keep Gwenpool in the media stream over the last year and have now realized that although I’ve seen the character a million times this year, I know absolutely nothing about her. Looks like it’s time to trust writer Christopher Hastings and the GuriHiru art team and see what all of the hubbubs is about! Curse you, Internet!!
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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