Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wanted Dispatch April 26 2017 aka my Comics Pull List

Welcome to my weekly look at the comics that I'll be picking up. I put these together to share some of my thoughts as to why I choose these to support out of all the great books coming out. I do try to keep this list to a manageable twenty dollars but I don't often manage to as there are books I'd love to support or try to signal boost for that take my list beyond that.


Jem the Misfits 4 3.99

Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge's Jem the Misfts has been such an really unexpected joy to read. Kelly I knew would deliver stories that I would enjoy and would likely be heartfelt but I didn't expect to get the stories we have gotten so far and am exited to get the remainder of this look at the Misfits we know the least Roxy and Jetta. This book should honestly rock and somehow between Kelly Jenn and M Victoria Robado it full on does just that.

Quantum Teens Are Go 3 $3.99

QTAG is the spiritual soul sister to Magg's other title Kim&Kim; its just and tightly plotted and charmingly written. Nat and Sumesh have made a working time machine out of the parts they liberated from defunct tech companies. In the wake of that strange non-corporeal entities have been popping up and issue two ended with them capturing one. This book is as much about being friends as it is about weird science punk maker societies. QTAG is a reminder of how good a writer Magdalene Visaggio is too and it's making me want the second Kim and Kim series sooner then July when it's slated to arrive.

Doom Patrol 6 $3.99

Oh my god the last issue, damn the last issue, I didn't think I'd be quite so moved by a Doom Patrol comic. Yes it took a full five issues for this weird fiction comics ride to hook me but count me as hooked for sure now. DC's Who's Who series and the connection to Changeling in the original New Teen Titans were my entry into the Doom Patrol story. I've been consistently interested in these hard luck heroes across numerous incarnations; I can say this weirdness certainly compares well with my memories of Grant Morrisons era and well Grant never managed to make me tear up so...

Steven Universe 3 $3.99

Steven Universe will be on my list for many reasons; I love the show and the characters, a few episodes have honestly made my jump for joy and other cry, and this book is by Melanie Gillman and Katy Farina. Really both of these creators should be on your collective radar if you love comics that push boundaries. They do such justice to this series and its players.

MoonGirl and DevilDinosaur $3.99

If I were to spotlight any Marvel book this week Moon Girl is the one I have to choose. Amy Reeder's Rocket Girl is sadly probably never to return but this is a solidly good replacement for that fun crazy science fiction book. I can't see why Marvel thinks it needs to Bering back it's A game when they have books like this illustrated by Natasha Bustos and Tamara Bonvillain and Unbeatable squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson


Bitch Planet 10 $3.99

This week would not be complete without Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro's biting satire of our sick modern world in Bitch Planet. Where other books I get I am honestly using to escape the BS being committed daily by the patriachal authoritarian ass leading the US no pew this is the book that I get to remind me to fight it. Everything about this book makes it a must have especially the back matter and I'm never angey when it's late, it's just that well crafted.



In addition this week There's Nothing There 1, The Old Guard 3, Wonder Woman 21, and Batman The Shadow 1


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wanted Dispatch April 19 2017 aka my Comics Pull List

Welcome to my weekly roundup of what will be in my comics pile come Wednesday though I often do not see it now till Friday. Like other sites I try to keep my usual pull list post to somewhere around twenty dollars give or take but some weeks that just is not possible given all the books I think are worth people's notice. It's come to my attention that my writing can be a bit bad so I apologize for my horrid spelling and rambling run on sentences.

Mirror 2 $3.99

Hwei Lim turned out some glorious pages in issue one that made a brilliant use of both color and empty space that I could spend many read throughs just digesting all the art has to say. This is a great follow up to the first volume in that it's fully approachable for a new audience. It's set in the history of the first story so if you did not get that this is a place to start reguardless and it's sure to enhance the first story eventually. Emma Rios and Hwei Lim are telling a cosmic mystery tale set inside a exploration of commitment to ones art and the drive to create. Oh and did I mention it's full on gorgeous.


Monstress 11 $3.99

Where Mirror is a book that revels in soft tones and uses of empty space Sana Takada in Monstress I think revels in filling every cranny of her panels with levels of rich detail and color. I'm so far behind in my reading of this that I pretty much have a trades worth to catch up on here, and this issue promises to reveal some of the secrets left behind by Maika's mother and her having to deal with its revelation. I love Marjorie's writing and feel for her character and perhaps I need to drop some of the other books to revel in this kind of comics glory.

Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye 7 $3.99

Would it be weird to say that I've been getting this book more for the back up stories the the main one? It might be weird but I have to say that I really love the story being told by Way and Rivera so stylishly illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming who has long been a favorite story telling artist of mine. Cave Carson hits on a lot of real world themes for a book about lost worlds and underground civilizations and it's kind of surprising in how personal it can feel. Oh and this issue we get some Superman which should be a kick.

Batwoman 2 $3.99

Batwoman is probably the closest I'll get to to seeing Margueritte Bennett write Angela again. Ok yes it's not the same thing but they are both kick ass queer women being written by a kick ass woman. I've largely missed out on the Batwoman story so I'm happy to have a place to join the bandwagon. I enjoyed the Detective lead in and have yet to crack issue one but I'm very much looking forward to it, on and it's all the sweeter having issue two there to follow it up. Steve Epting has long been a favorite artist of mine so it's nice to finally have him on a book in picking up.

The Wildstorm 3 $3.99

Issue one got me enough to take a chance on issue two and damn if that story didn't hook me for sure. Warren Ellis can do that to me, he can tantalize you with just enough to keep you coming back but unlike someone who I will not name for me he delivers of his promises and more. Jon Davis Hunt is also doing a great job of owning these characters which have has some pretty definite art style define them, I for one can not wait to see more of his Void and the hinted Jenny Quantum on the cover.


Deathstroke 17 $2.99

Though I like Christopher Priest and likely should have checked this out sooner it too Bill Seinkevich and Cowan to do the interior art to hook me. I'm now on board this bad guy possibly does good title and am really likeing Slade Wilson again since someone clever is writing it. Introducing PowerGirl in this story arc was cool and the fact she has no clue who he is makes all kinds of sense so he has a chance to be someone else with her. All now ruined by Beast Boy. Ok we know thee will be a mini crossover called the Lazarus Contract next to be followed by the crazy of Slade taking the leadership role with some young heroes come issue 20. Priest is staying so I'm very intrigued and well I'm hooked like I said.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wanted Dispatch April 12 2017 aka my Comic Pull List

Welcome to this weeks comics pull list. I try to keep myself to a twenty dollar budget with this and often kind of go over but that is a good representation of what happens when I get to my friendly local comics shop. I hope you enjoy reading my kind of rambling self indulgent thoughts I throw up here about the things immexoted about.

Heathen 3 $3.99

Natasha Alterici gave a great interview on the Graphic Policy Podcast...Aydis had the tables throw in the end of the rescue attempt and becomes a prisoner herself in need of rescueing, It is actually quite seldom to see a story that is crafted by one person from writing through art and colors in the US and that alone makes this a must check out in my book. (Rachael Deering actually does the lettering on this printing for honesty sake). Heathen started as a cosplay that Natasha did for a trip to a Renaissance Fair that involved a horned helmet at one point. She decided to give that character a story and given the horns it bacame a play on Norse mythology. I'd gush too much if I wrote more, just go take a look at it if your store was lucky enough to order some.

Motor Crush 5 $3.99

Motor Crush I have said it before sates the need inside me for something like Speed Racer that only manga like Riding Bean and Gunsmith Cats have managed in the past. It also gives me chance to see more of Babs Tarr's style of action storytelling with those Forge outs bright neon colors that really need to be more present in comics. Like Kim&Kim this book looks bright and colorful and cherry and it's full of violence, bad deals and a darker side of things then you would expect given it's appearance. This is the last issue in the first arc and maybe a bad place to start but hey every books could be someone's first issue of it.

Wonder Woman 20 $2.99

Ok I'm sure everyone is tires of my constant squee reactions to Bilquis Evenly doing the art on this arc of the book so I'll spare you all this month. I'll leave it at this with Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman series, the even issues remind me ever so much of reading the George Perez issues from back in the post-crisis era.

Seven to Eternity 5 $3.99

Lies, lies, lies, lies and whispered temptations don't listen don't pick this books up otherwise your likely to add it to your Pull list like I have. This fantasy by way of western created by Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña caught me with its art design and though I was not sold on the story initially there was something the called me back to the second issue and the third and by the fourth I was fully sold even though it seems my favorite character got...well that would be telling. I think I may have listened to the offer and am now hooked. I love so many of the weird weird character designs Jerome dreamt up and long to know them better before they fall too.

Rose 1 $3.99

Meredith Finch aparent has always loved fantasy and that is why she initially agreed to work on Wonder Woman for DC as she's in the magical direction of their universe. Rose is all her own thing created and now illustrated by Ig Guara who sadly I've never heard of before this as his art is really up my stylistic ally. Meredith gave a great interview here that will wet your appetite for this book of fantasy is your thing too.

the Wicked + the Divine 28 $3.99

Ok, I'm so far behind on the imperial arc I can only say I'm still trusting this book is still rocking and hope to be able to read it before the Imperial arc comes to a close.

PowerMan & IronFist 15 $3.99

Another David F Walker Marel joint comes to a close this week. Walker truly delivered throughout this year plus run of the rebirth of Heroes for Hire honoring the street level roots of these two street fighters. Luke Cage showed all the maturity that he has gained over his history and Danny well he was for sure Danny Rand. Sanford Greene did a marvelous job illustrating this book giving it all beautiful and dynamic depictions of fisticuffs and Kung-fu I definitely expected. I'll miss this book sure we're getting Luke Cage from David Walker and Nelson Blake soon but well I have a soft spot in my heart for these two together somehow.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wanted Dispatch April 5 2017 aka Comics Pull List

So my post is late this week and I'm sorry for that as I try to get this up before Wednesday morning. Hi and welcome to my blog where I mainly post up my comics pull list spotlighting the books I'm thinking are worth picking up. I try to keep these things to my twenty dollar budget. Last week was honestly a budgetary train wreck so I'm hoping to do better this month overall but it's not starting out very promising,


Sun Bakery 2 $4.99

With the closest Japanese bookshop five hours away from me getting an authentic manga fix is just not possible and with Island being over I'm happy to have Cory Lewis' kitsch anthology book to look forward to. After publishing for issues in his own Image gives Cory a wider audience and is reprinting the impossible to find early issues of this black and white on colored paper collection of wired, wild kinetic stories. His crazy creations owe more to a love of manga and video games that western comics and remind me at times of the side stories that often accompanied the main manga stories,Given his small page count per story these stories are supercompresssed comics jam packed with ideas that come fast and furious. Honestly it taps into the manga readin experience I recall from when I didn't understand any Japanese.

Shade the Changing Girl 7 $3.99

Cecil Castelucci is joined by Marguerite Savage for this one issue so I'll miss Marley Zarcone on this one but Ms. Savages art something of a joy to find out I have on the horizon. In this stand alone issue we'll be treated to Loma Shade's reminiscences of her times at formals dances brough t on by the approaching winter formal at school. Thinking back she begins to wonder why she's going to put herself through all that uncomfortable BS again. It's sure to be a trip down memory lane for some. The backup in this issue is a story from the Kevin Keller artist Dan Parent. Really if your not getting Shade your missing out on one of the best DC Young Animal offers.

Black Cloud 1 $3.99

Black Cloud is the outcome of a collaboration between Jason Latour, writer of Spider-Gwen and co-creator of Southern Bastards and Ivan Brandon writer of Drifter and is about a woman,Zelda, born in realm of dreams and existing in the real world bearing dorways into odd other places, realms of broken dreams. It's the series premiere of something that sounds like it could be something special and given that God Country and Extremity has both been up my alley I'm willing to give this title a shot to take the spot of a Marvel book I'll no longer be buying.

Extremity 2 $3.99

The first issue of Daniel Warren Johnson's brutal revenge take lived up to its bloody hype and actually weirded me out with its willingness to go for the jugular. This second issue promises to set up what the hell the emnity between the two tribes now at each other's throats really was in the beginning. The statement about the feeling of issue one being somehow the basterd offspring of Studio Ghibli and Mad Max is pretty apt except the violence gets bother personal and visceral in ways even I didn't really expect. With the exception that Mike Spicer is coloring his work Daniel Warren Spencer would be the sole creator behind this book. Mikes colors on the other hand are downright gorgeous and the book would not be the same without them.

Jem and the Holograms 25 $3.99

This is the second to last issue of this run of Jem and the Holograms and looks to be a story set to change up the band a little. Kelly Thompson has written these ladies for just over two years solid and I can't imagine he not making these last issues sing and part of my kind of wishes I could actually hear the band. Gisele Lagace is a pretty apt choice to fill out the art chores on the last arc and though her art style doesn't look like any of the others who've graced these pages the colors by M Victoria Robado tie all the various lovely work done throughout the series somehow together. Sad to see this volume come to a close but knowing there is another coming in its heels with almost no creative changes is a good compensation.

Deathstroke 16 $2.99

Yes I'll add my voice now to all the people singing the praises of Christopher Priest's Deathstroke book. I'll do so knowing that in the aftermath of the upcoming story that will involved his interacting with the Titans in an attempt to get back his lost son Priest will still be guideline the storyline. What this series has going for it is a writer who know how to write action that has a grounded purpose. Priest is no afraid to be in your face political and have a point to to story he tells; a morally grey character like Slade needs to have a writer that is not afraid to offend some readers more conservative sensibilities. I reall back in the nineties that Deathstroke has a pretty good title and it's nice, really nice to see it happen again.

Everafter 8 $3.99

So honesty here Lilah Sturges co writing on this is the reason I was initially interested in this Fables spinoff. I largely missed out on the Fables book with a few exceptions and recall the stories Sturges worked on when I saw this book initially. An interview she gave recently clued me back into her work and when she said it would appeal to people reading all the Young Animals books I had to give it a go. Everafter is totally approachable even if your much like me and missed out of Fables. It's an action adventure thriller that has magic instead of technobabble gadgets and why not as their functions are not too dissimilar,


I'm so screwed this week as America 2 also comes out...going to be for sure over budget .

Oops and looking through my images I collected from this week I missed the Margueritte Bennett book DC Bombshells which I'm pretty sure will be joining most of the above.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wanted Dispatch March 29 2017 aka Comics Pull List

Hello and welcome to my roll call of the books that top my pull list for the week. I try to keep this list to twenty dollars which is so hard now with so many amazing independent creators and companies making worthwhile books to divert my attention from a certain big company with massive film franchises. If I seem to be missing something excellent send me a comment and let me know what is getting your support.


Quantum Teens Are Go 2 $3.99

Maker society meets gonzo science and mutually supportive relationships with time travel on the side in this new book by the amazing Magdalene Visaggio. She knows she's got to boil her story down to its essence and hook us right out of the gate, make us care and crave more and like with Kim & Kim shows a deft hand at it. It's an in late out early make em want more kind of story that somehow manages to hook you right out of the gate. Compared to Kim&Kim which Magdalene was working on at about the same time are inevitable and this books is most definitely its own thing despite similarities. The art is much more hard edged and less soft and cute.




Karma Police 1 $3.99

Heathen is the book that got me looking at Vault Comics and what got me to meeting this book starts with a blerb by Shutter's artist Leila Del Duca and my trust of her taste in stories. Karma Police is a mystery police procedural involving Demons, Martial Arts and reincarnation with the possibility of so exploration of self and what self means in a world where you will be male or female by chance. The writing about the books I've seen makes me think a bit of Hellboy but I suspect that this will be its own wonderful things and I have hopes I've found a new cool book?


The Old Guard 2 $3.99

Greg Rucka could have won me with a lesser morally interesting story about functually immortal warriors but the depth of his thought on the reality of it and psychology of it touched me. Andy's and her crews voices were so well developed out of the gate should not shock me but well I'm not used to so well crafted character so right out of the gate. Andy seemed so disaffected and world weary I felt for her and the banter between the heroes of this story was reminiscent of good Ellis, Morrison and Ennis books. Leonardo Frenandez who has worked with Rucka in the past is such a great choice for this book as his stylized character concepts and solid storytelling vision make this a really very pretty version of a exceedingly violent story.

Jem and The Holograms 24 $3.99

This is the last story arc of this volume taking the band on a vacation to Hawaii to be unknowing joined by the Stingers into their so called break. Kelly Thomoson So we know from ECCC Jem will soon be renumbered to 1 along with Jem The Misfits and run a continuous story between the two titles. This is the final arc before that change and as ever I'm confident Kelly Thompson will deliver on the fun and the feels. Kelly is being joined in this go round with the Canadian artist of "Ménage e 3", Gisele Lagace who's art to is a slick manga like take on an Archie comics house style and she has in fact worked on a couple Archie books. It will be a nice looking book that I have hopes will cap off this on the two year plus long spectacular comic series.


Space Raders : Galaxy or Brutality 1

Apparently the first volume ended with the crew going their separate ways as the solicit implies this starts with a getting the band back together H idea as there is a threat that only they can stop. Fabian Ragel Jr. is among the group of people on Twitter I enjoy following and who's Kickstarter books I've supported and been happy to have done so. Ok yeah I have the collected first volume bought it for Christmas and need to read it and look here is the impetus to do just that.


This week we're also getting InSexts 10, Postal 19, and a new Animosity issue that will help push me over the edge as well as the new Image Plus which I happen to really enjoy oh and a trade I must mention called Afar that I hope to have a review up for by the weekend and the book below.




Henchgirl Vol 1

Also out this week and preparing to tear a hole in my budget is the collection of -- originally from Scout Comics not published by Dark Horse. We all know the villains can often be the more interesting part of a story if told well so why not the story of a twentysomething woman working as a henchmen for one of them. I love the look of Kristen Gudsnuk's art and think the story will very much be my kind of thing. Mary Posa works with jerks for a boss that doesn't appreciate her, she is a henchman with a conscious and hates her job...I'm sure we can all relate somewhere.


Afar OGN

Leila Del Duca joins a group of artists who are also doing a bit of writing and I have hopes that this Science Fantasy astral projection story proves her to be an apt writer too. Kit Seaton has a very appealing art style and I'm willing to give this book a go as I'm confident it's to be worth it.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wanted Dispatch March 22 2017 aka my Comics Pull List

Welcome to my weekly look at the books that I will be picking up from my friendly local comics shop while I try to stick to my twenty dollar budget. Last week I totally failed but there were a lot of books that I thought deserved support and this week I will also be kinda breaking my own rules too but thankfully not by quite so damn much.


Jem the Misfits 3 $3.99

Kelly Thompson's Jem has been a favorite of mine since the first issue and I blame it all on Sophie Campbell who's art I love. Sophie had a lot of input including the creation of the Blaze character who's is the focus of this single issue much like number 2 was all about Stormer. Over time not only have I come to really love the Misfits as she envisions them buy Blaze too has really grown on me. Jenn St-Onge's art on this series has to be some of the most charming I've seen in a while; I'm not sure if it's her concepts of expression or the crispness of her linework of her overall asthetics for character design but this is one of the books that is just visually appealing. Ok, I gush about this book but it's seldom that a single issue of a book manages to bring me to tears like number 2 did unless you count the writing of Kelly Sue Deconnick.



Heathen 2 $3.99

Natasha Alterici's singular vision on this Viking warrior's quest to free a Valkyrie from a curse of Odin is something rare, it's so uncommon to have a book written and illustrated by a singular creator. This issue our hero Aydis fights her way to save the shield maiden and finds that was the easy part. The easy part for me is saying if you can most definitely pick this book up in addition to the heros tale she's telling your getting a unique vision of Norse mythology and a glorious cover by Tess Fowler to boot. Support Indy book here as Vault is publishing some lovely comics.

The Magdalena 1 $3 99

Tini Howard and Ryan Cady who have both done a bit of writing for Top Cow are getting to take a shot at their longtime legacy character that references Christian mythology and conspiracy, they are joined by horror enthusiast artist Christian DiBarri who's DeviantArt page is well worth looking at. According to the previews and this interview on Comicosity what were getting is a mentor pupil story unlike most as it's a thirty something woman teaching her teen girl protégée and the dynamics of that has seldom been written about. What we'll apparently be getting here is a kickass nun fighting the worst that Hell can throw at her and her new trainee. I was sold with Tini writing it but the interview moved it higher on my list and the fact that one of the covers is a Planned Parenthood charity cover makes it triply worth getting.



Steven Universe 2 $3.99

Melanie Gillman and Katy Farina being the creative team behind this makes this a must have in addition to it being a Steven Universe book. I was going to go on about how this is a Stevonnie story and then it hit me how would I see this as a book to someone who has no history with the show so I'll give it a go; Steven Universe is a book that pulls its inspiration for many manga and anime stories including Sailor Moon and Dragonball and sets it in a sleepy seaside town where a group of alien Guardian warriors take care of a human alien hybrid child named Steven like his three plus weird mothers. Ok it doesn't do the depth and theme of the story justice.its quite honestly the most accepting and inclusive story I've seen and it's not afraid to ask its fans to think through things on their own. Oh and this version has a talented team or creators on it.

Doom Patrol 5 $3.99

Feels like it's been a while since issue 4 and I really can't recall if iit has or not but I'm happy issue five is out. I'm thinking that this must be the issue where Gerald Way and Nick Derington get the new Doom Patrol together from their various diversion through the use of Casey, Sam and the weird ambulance but who knows. What I do know is that this book has been a fun and unexpected wild ride and that is what I always want from the Doom Patrol; I can get super-people fights anywhere but the super weird is rare. Oh and this book is also colored by Tamara Bonvillain so that's twice I can show her some support this week....look at the next post as I wrote this in the wrong order.

MoonGirl and Devil Dinosaur 17 $3.99

Looking at the preview pages around the internet this week Natasha Bustos,Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclair made me like the X-men in ways I haven't since I was a teenager. Lunella interacting with theses regular normally gritty and grim characters brightened them up and seeing Tamara Bonvillain coloring them makes me so happy. Looking just at the cover really establishes how well they understand the characters they are working with...panel to panel in the pages I've seen these are the characters I remembered. There is enough gloom and doom in my pull list so this bright and happy book needs to me among them; oh it's as serious as the rest of the continuity it's just the attitude that Lunella has lightens the story of whomever she's with.


Empowered Soldier of Love 2 $3.99

And yes this satire has to be here too. I love the Magical Girl trope in manga and animation and taking that concept of the bright happy to be a hero young girl and extrapolating it out into adulthood makes for an interesting outcome. I also love the fact that the Soldier of Love's dialogue is in Spanish with no subtitles as well we should really have to know another language then the one we barely do actually. I like Adam Warren's characters but I adore how Karla Diaz reinterprets them.


Mother Panic 5 $3.99

It's Jody Houser's dark twisted grin mirror in her bright and happy superhero title Faith. Violet Page is fighting her one angry woman war on the street and in the air over Gotham not caring she attracts the Bat-Family's attention as she's callable to deal with that. She may have found an ally but you can never be too sure. Shawn Crystal is joining Jody in the art on this issue.



This week also gives us Shutter 28 ( it's great but as the series is ending it's hard to say go out there and this this crazy weird meta book New and be full on confused) and Black Hammer 7 which so many other lists mention, and the next issue of Wonder Woman's The Truth.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wanted Dispatch March 15 2017 aka my Comics Pull List

Well, welcome back to my weekly ruminations on what comics I'm looking forward to this week and the books I think may need a bit of a signal boost. I usually try to at least make a nod to my stated budget of twenty dollars so I'll mainly be doing that but this week, this damn week is going to totally break that budget for several reasons including the final issue of Island, the anthology comic from Brandon Graham and Emma Rios. So warning going over budget here.


Batwoman 1 $2.99

Margueritte Bennett's Batwoman book with Steve Epting (Velvet) is are likely to be on a lot of the lists but as I've adored her writing on nearly everything I have read of hers and fully support her taking on this legacy character it would be remiss for me not to celebrate the first issue of the ongoing series launch. Kate Kane is distinct in her mission as part of the Bat-family of titles as has been brought out in The run on Detective where she is honestly more of a presence then her cowled cousin and from her modern introduction under Greg Rucka she's always taken a differing tack and tone from Batman's books. I'm exited to see where Margueritte will take her and her supporting cast. In addition to this DC Bombshells comes out this week so there are two opportunities to support her writing and send a message to DC about what we want to see more of.

Mirror vol 2 1 $3.99

Emma Rios, who does stunning the art on Pretty Deadly, also is a pretty apt writer as she proved in I.D. for Island and with the first volume of Mirror with the equally apt artist and storyteller Hwei Lim. The first Mirror volume introduced the space fantasy series with its animal human hybryids, complex politics and magical mystical mysteries around a mixed cast and their conflicting stakes. It implied a deep and rich history that will be the subject of this second outing. The soft watercolor look of Hwei Lim's art

Horizon 9 $2.99

This is the book we need right now, a book about resistance against totoliatarian forces, particularly is those forces happen to be us. Horizon was a book that was on my list when I read about it but jumped up to me promote this book when I head Brandon Thomas on the BlackComicsChat podcast just before the first issue arrived. Be honest if humanity particularly the US could rape and pillage another inhabited planet for resources, technology and power we all know what the outcome would be, right?

East of West 32 $3.99

This week this is the book which has the Planned Parenthood donation cover and it's by the amazing artist Meridith McClaren who's work on Hinges and on the recent run of Jem. This isn't the only time that East of West has been on my list as I happen to like a lot of what Jonathan Nickman and Nick Dragota have been doing with this alternate history science fiction western apocalyptic tale involving the four horsemen and a love affair and the child that came from a love affair of the horseman of Death. The US in this story is clearly fractured along the lines of race and belief into five distinct nations and at this point clearly at war with each other. Thinking about it now I'm sad I didn't keep getting the issues regularly and hindsight I really love a lot of what they did with the story and respect that they are taking a financial hit to support Planned Parenthood.

Island 15 $9.99

I follow both Brandon Graham and Emma Rios across several social media platforms and suggest their feeds for comics fans and both are pretty interesting; Emma also last week clued me into the fact that this will be the final issue of Island. Dilraj Mann and Grim Wilkins are the featured creators in this last go round of unique visions in storytelling chosen by the editiors of this anthology. I'll personally miss being exposed to artists I might only otherwise have stumbled across on Twitter or tumbler sometime by chance. I'm including it again in this weeks pull list as I still think it was a comic value given its page count and the opportunity it represented to get creative voices out there. This is the $9.99 book that I'll be tending my support to this week.


Head Lopper 5 $5.99

Andrew MacLean is one of the growing group of artists that are the sole creators on the books they are making and Image happily is giving him the leeway to do this quarterly unashamedl sword and sorcery barbarian tale. The first four issue story arc gave us a pretty intriguing intro to the world without tons of info dump and from the looks of this cove we're heading somewhere new with our Viking-ish sword wielding hero and his still talking and spellcasting witches severed head in tow.


The WildStorm 2 $3.99

Warren Ellis re-imagineing of the Jim Lee creations delivered a solidly enjoyable and interesting first outing spotlighting mainly the women of the setting as Zelot, the Mechanic and to some small extant Void made the most impression on me in the issue. The new take on Deathblow, , also left a lingering impression as the corporate/government intrigue starts out right out of the gate. With all the characters Warren has to play with in the world I have great hopes for what we'll discover along the way as his takes on The rest of the wildstorm usual suspects arrive in the scene.

Injection 11 $2.99

It feels an age since Injection 10 and the odd revelations that came with it so I may have to go back and do a bit of re-read but I have been looking forward to the inherently weird fiction of Warren Ellis Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire and finally here it is. Brigid Roth, the team member I've been wanting to see more of is taking the lead roll in this story.

In addition though I missed Super Sons 1 I'm likely picking up issue 2 this week and I just saw the Coady and the Creepies 1 which sounds like something I should for sure get so there is my budget fully broken but I do love comics so there you go.