New Comic Book Day highlights some of the best books released that week.
That time is upon us. The single best moment any work week can offer. Wednesday, New Comic Book Day, has arrived once more, and with it come stories both printed and digital, ready and awaiting our consumption. Sure my wallet can barely take the weekly abuse. In fact, this might actually be a cry for help because I’m pretty sure I have an addiction problem at this point, but I don’t care. I love comics. This week Marvel launches Power Man and Iron Fist, Scottie Young’s I Hate Fariyland completes it’s first arc, Huck meets family for the first time, and Dru hurts herself as she attempts to become a super hero.
Written By: Mark Millar
Art By: Rafael Albuquerque
Cover By: Rafael Albuquerque
So, if you’re not reading Huck, and have no plans to do so, I can only assume you have very particular tastes, which I totally respect, or you’ve chosen not to read great comics. We’re only four issues deep into Millar’s story thus far, but every issue has developed Huck in a way that I genuinely want to hang out with this guy (I’m talking about Huck not Millar, but if Millar wants to do coffee, I’m available that day. Call me).
Huck is such a kindhearted person, but since this is a comic book, and since Millar is such a good storyteller, you know Huck’s simple, easygoing life is about to bottom out. Without spoiling exactly what happens in this issue, let’s just say, it looks like that bottom is quickly approaching.
Written By: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Rafael de Latorre
Cover Art By: Amanda Conner
As a kid, the idea of being a superhero fascinated me. I would often find myself daydreaming about stopping bad guys, in my neighborhood, with random gadgets that can’t actually exist because of physics, or science, or some craziness about the laws of the universe. Other times, I’d imagine that I developed superpowers such as laser vision and super strength, becoming the embodiment of fear for criminals everywhere. Of course, I never did invent impossible gadgets or develop superpowers, unless you consider sarcasm a superpower.
Yet, it is that fundamental principal, those childhood dreams of being “super,” that has connected me to this comic’s main character Dru, so deeply. She genuinely wants to be a superhero, and thus far, her pursuit remains undeterred, even through unconsciousness and more bug bites than anyone should ever have to endure (the bites actually happened in issue #2). Of course, there’s a subplot developing within this lighthearted story, something deeper than a teenage girls desire for unlimited power. Yet, for now, Super Zero is so entertaining that I genuinely look forward to buying and reading every issue for the foreseeable future.
Written By: David Walker
Art By: Sanford Greene
Cover Art By: Sanford Greene
Let’s take a trip down the long, possibly unpaved, road of comic history. Luke Cage and Danny Rand, also known as Power Man and Iron Fist, have been around for over four decades. Power Man debuted in “Luke Cage: Hero for Hire” back in 1972, running for sometime before introducing Iron Fist to the series in issue forty-eight. The series officially changed its title, in issue fifty, to “Power Man and Iron Fist.” The reason I mention any of that is the fact that I am literally looking at Power Man and Iron Fist #1, which relaunched today and is currently sitting on my desk. Might I also add, what a wonderful feeling it is to realize both of these characters are only slightly older than I am. Yes, what a great, senile, decrepit feeling indeed.
This might’ve been the one comic being published this week that I was most excited over. I love Luke and Danny. I actually remember, as a kid, buying Cage #1, which was published back in 1992. I read it so much that the cover ended up falling off. As for Power Man and Iron Fist, I’ve already poured over the pages. It was a fantastic read. Walker completely acknowledges the past these two characters have, and weaves it into this relaunch beautifully. As a fan of these two characters specifically, and a reader coming into this book with high expectations, all I can say is: this book delivered in every possible way for me.
Story By: Skottie Young
Art By: Skottie Young
Cover By: Skottie Young
Well, here we are, five issues deep into one of the funnest comics I’ve ever read: Skottie Young’s, I HATE FAIRYLAND. This issue marks the end of this arc, pitting Gert and Happy against one another in one final showdown. Beyond the end of the arc, this issue was also meant to be the end of I HATE FAIRYLAND altogether. Fortunately for fans, that is no longer the case. According to Skottie’s Twitter, the support I HATE FAIRYLAND received pushes it onward.
I can’t say I’m surprised that IHF will be pushing beyond five issues. This comic brought its A game every single issue without fail. This means, Gert and her overwhelming desire for mass mayhem and ultra-violence, which she rains down on the peaceful inhabitants of Fairyland, will continue to delight, we the fans, for hopefully what will be years to come. I don’t presume to speak for everyone, but I’d dare say it’s safe to say that fans everywhere couldn’t be Muffin Fluffin happier.