New Comic Book Day highlights some of the best books released that week.
Ho…ly…smokes, what a day to be a comic fan. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I picked up so many new books. By my count there are at least ten books out today that I’m flipping out over. I’ll cut it down to my top five this week, mostly because ten is a bunch of books to write about for one day, and a little because I may want to spend more time with certain books. Also, in case you didn’t notice, every book featured today is a #1 issue. I didn’t plan it that way, but it worked out because that’s how awesome of a day it is. With that, let’s get into it…
Written By: Adam Glass
Art By: Patrick Olliffe
Published: April 6, 2016 by Aftershock Comics
Starting us off this week is a book I’ve been anticipating for months. When I first caught a glimpse at a preview cover and saw Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Jack Johnson, Annie Oakley, Thomas Edison, and Monk Eastman (okay, I had to look up who Monk Eastman was), I was seriously losing my mind. I love American history, it’s one of my favorite subjects, only second to Astronomy, and then I get to have all these iconic figures in a comic? Seriously? Well, yes…and guess what…it was awesome. There’s obviously a touch of sci-fi in here, which you can decipher with your own eyeballs, as they are carrying some MIB (Men in Black) type weapons. However, for a first issue this one delivered what I wanted, didn’t rush too fat along, and is setting up to be an awesome team-book from Aftershock.
Written By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Rahsan Ekedal
Published: April 6, 2016 by Top Cow Productions
I’m not one to buy into global catastrophe prepping, although I have watched a show on TV where people have bug-out bags, and machines that turn pee into drinkable water again, or something like that. However, with that said, over the years I’ve read articles from sources that I trust talking about the possibilities of certain events that would cripple America. Of every single theory, situation, event, and catastrophe that I’ve learned about, one has always stood out to me: a countrywide power outage. After reading this issue, it appears I’m in good company because that same possibility has intrigued Matt Hawkins as well.
Think Tank is a comic about a guy who’s smarter than…well, everyone. This is the first issue, and Hawkins did a heck of a job building suspense without revealing too much. As best I can determine, we’re seeing a comic about a guy who intends to send the American populace back to the stone age by, possibly, bringing down the power grid. Why? I haven’t a flipping clue, and I’m actually happy I don’t know yet because not knowing gave a great sense of tension. Plus, based on the last page, it looks like we’ll learn exactly why, what the plan is, in the next issue. Therefore, giving us that little breadcrumb trail, that leads us into the next book is perfect, and good writing which I deeply appreciate. If any of what I just wrote sounds intriguing, this book will not disappoint you.
Written By: Ryan Ottley
Art By: Ivan Plascencia
Published: April 6, 2016 by Image Comics
What the heck did I just read? Was that a shark? In the forest? Wha…what the heck did I just read? (I have no clue what just happened…but it was awesome and you should read it)
Written By: Mark Millar
Art By: Stuart Immonen
Published: April 6, 2016 by Marvel Icon
I’m not sure Mark Millar knows how to write a bad comic. Seriously, this book is like a tribute to everything I want in a comic. In fact, if I could physically eat this book for nutrition, I would, and don’t think I didn’t try. I knew very little going into this particular book, other than I was buying it because I have a serious love for some Millar stories. I did flip a couple pages after I picked it up, just to check out the art, even though there was no way I wasn’t buying it. However, in an act of pure magic, once my eyes beheld the majestic work of Immonen, horns and stringed instruments began to play, money flew from my pocket, and I beheld the mystical dance of dollars as they fluttered their way to the cash register like a scene from Harry Potter.
MEDIUM/LARGE SPOILERS AHEAD (This isn’t normal, but spoilers are happening because I have a powerful need to geek out over this book) Empress is about a woman, wife to King Morax who’s a psychopath tyrant. She’s also a mother, and desperately wants to protect her children from the insanity of their father. What’s a girl supposed to do? How about convince your royal bodyguard to strategize an elaborate plan wherein you steal one spaceship in order to trick everyone into bringing you aboard the actual spaceship you want to steal. Then you “convince” the crew, who are loyal to King Psycho-nut-job, to hit the hyperspace-highway-drive. Once they’ve completed that task, you then blow open a hole in said ship, sending the now suffocating crew into the cold depths of space, mostly because they chose poorly when selecting loyalty. The Queen, her kids, and bodyguard guy all escape…oh what’s that…turns out Queen McEscapist has an entire other life that good ole hubby didn’t know about.
Written By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art By: Brian Stelfreeze
Colors By: Laura Martin
Published: April 6, 2016 by Marvel Comics
Well folks, I purposely chose this book to close us out this week because I have wanted this since forever and a day. So what better way to end this week’s chapter than with this gem from Marvel. Black Panther is amazing…and I’m not just talking about this comic, which is also amazing, but the character, world, story, lore, everything about this dude is amaze-balls. As it should be, a book bringing T’Challa (that’s Black Panther’s real name) back into his own series, has a high bar to leap, and this book does so, while also doing a back flip, during which it waves to the camera, poses, reverses the flip, does a loopty-loop around the bar and sticks the landing for a 10 out of 10.
I’m not even going to get into the story that deep because I want everyone to experience this on their own, pure and undefiled. Instead, what I will say is that this is unlike any Wakanda (the home and nation which T’Challa rules) and Black Panther story I’ve ever read, and it was superb.
The nation of Wakanda was once a pinnacle of culture, more advanced than any other culture on earth. A nation never once conquered. That was their history, both noble and proud. More recently however, Dr. Doom and Thanos have caused much mayhem for the Wakandans, and that giant flood didn’t help things much either. The people, the land, and their society have been through trials and tribulations that would stretch any people beyond strain. It is in this time of despair, when those who desire control and power typically rise to cause dissension…malefactors love to malefact. The people need their king, and their king needs to find his way, and I’m losing my mind at how good this first book was.
GO. READ. THIS. BOOK. Heck, go read all these books, they’re all so good, ahhh. Oh…also, about GrizzlyShark….seriously, what the heck did I just read?