Four Comics I Want for NCBD: 2016/05/04

Could the fates smile any bigger upon nerd-kind? Wednesday is both New Comic Book Day AND Star Wars day! May the Fourth be with you!

A long time ago, in a comic book shop just down the road…

scoobydootu16  STNV11

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #16 ($2.99, DC Comics) The madcap misadventures of the Mystery Machine family share a book this month with the legendary Shazam Family in the latest issue of the Scooby-Doo Team-Up series! This pairing really makes a lot of sense to my brain. The feckless charm and tongue-in-cheek cheekiness of the Shazam Family merge nicely in my mind with the tone normally associated with the Scooby gang.  I mean, come on – who wouldn’t want to see those two lovable talking animals, Scooby-Doo and Talky Tawny, share a scene? Who knows, perhaps Scooby and Shaggy will get to take the long walk through the Rock of Eternity to meet the power-granting, magic-word-gifting wizard? Find out in this tale penned by Sholly Fisch with visuals and cover by Dario Brizuela!

Star Trek: New Visions #11 ($7.99, IDW Publishing): John Byrne takes us boldly where no man has gone before… well, except for the fan-produced Star Trek Continues web series, but who’s counting? I have been dearly loving Byrne’s new take on the handy-dandy old Star Trek photonovels that allowed fans to revisit certain episodes of the classic Trek series before VHS tapes appeared on the horizon. Only this time, we’re getting a fair mix of brand new stories and callbacks to prior adventures. This month, in Of Women Born, we find out that Lt. Palamas is pregnant with the child of the “God” Apollo following the 1967 episode Who Mourns for Adonais? Every issue of this series feels like a newly discovered “lost” episode of classic Trek, and Byrne doesn’t seem to grow tired of digitally montaging photos from old TV stories into brand new adventures for the U.S.S. Enterprise… just as I don’t seem to grow tired of reading them! This book is a one-man show by the amazing John Byrne.

punisher1  poedameron2

The Punisher #1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): There are three very exciting reasons to pick up this new Punisher series – Frank Castle’s adventures being told for the first time by writer Becky Cloonan; Steve Dillon returns to The Punisher as artist; and it’s the first post Netflix Daredevil Season 2 ongoing Punisher comic series. It will be interesting to note which direction this version of The Punisher is nudged into following the success of actor Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) who was cast as Frank Castle in the Netflix exclusive series. Issue one finds Frank Castle on the lamb from the DEA, who have assigned an agent to get into his head. Cover by Declan Shalvey.

Poe Dameron #2 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): It just wouldn’t be Star Wars day without new Star Wars tales, based on The Force Awakens! This week we get to follow X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron as he goes off in search of the “Flash Drive” that contains the info on where Luke Skywalker has been in seclusion since the heady days of Return of the Jedi. Set just before Episode VII, I hope this series will end right at the beginning of The Force Awakens! General Leia has sent Poe Dameron off on a super-secret spy mission for the Resistance, one that just might hold the key to finding the last of the Jedi! Written by Charles Soule with art and cover by Phil Noto!

Here’s hoping that all of our extended WCPE family have a safe and happy Star Wars day! May the 4th Be With You!

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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