The Weekly Stack – #NCBD Picks for April 13th 2016
#NewComicBookDay is right around the corner, so welcome to The Weekly Stack where I’ll be highlighting some of the best new comics coming out each week!
PLUS: New This Week! (I know right, this is only like my fourth week doing this and it’s already ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT) To add an extra layer of excitement (or not, I dunno) I’ll be choosing one comic to be my PICK OF THE WEEK, and one book to be my WILD CARD!
(I’ll be pulling my information from the indispensable Comiclist.com)
April 13th 2016
A lot of new number 1’s out this week (You know I loves me some new number 1’s!) and loads of other great stuff out there too. Let’s have a look!
House Of Penance #1
Dark Horse: April 13, 2016 Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Ian Bertram
Just look at that cover. There’s a couple of great covers out this week. Beyond the cover though is what looks to be a haunting, macabre tale along the lines of Harrow County or Wytches. I really enjoy books like this, usually in trade though so I can properly get into it. I also love supporting books like this though so I’ll be checking it out.
Batman Superman #31
DC Comics: April 13, 2016 Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Doug Mahnke
Speaking of awesome covers – people will be getting tattoos of this, I guarantee it. I’ve not been reading this book, but the first part of Super League over in last week’s (?) Superman was great so I’m following across to this. Plus: that cover though.
Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harleys #1
DC Comics: April 13, 2016 Writer: Frank Tieri Art: Mauricet Cover: Amanda Conner
So I don’t really know much about this one, but I do enjoy Harley Quinn. I’ve not actually been reading the main series but I’m always drawn in by a team book, and the cast looks like it could be fun so I’m giving it a go!
Xena Warrior Princess #1
Dynamite Entertainment: April 13, 2016 Writer: Genevieve Valentine Art: Ariel Medel Cover: Jenny Frison
I’m going to be honest here; I have like zero interest in this book. I enjoyed the TV show back when it was on, but I’m not really sure we need a Xena comic, when there are a bunch of comics out there (Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, even Vampirella) that kind of scratch that itch? I don’t know, in comics lately it seems like if it was a TV show then it’s fair game. I’ll check it out and I hope I’m proved wrong!
Hot Damn #1
IDW: April 13, 2016 Writer: Ryan Ferrier Art: Valentin Ramon Cover: Valentin Ramon
This book already sounds like a lot of fun –
Hard living catches up to Teddy, and eternal damnation awaits-but it’s nothing like the good book tells you. Hell is a therapy session you can never leave?
See? Then you throw in the fact that this is by the same creative team that produced the spectacular D4VE and D4VE 2: Cruise Control (I may have stolen the tagline from a movie? Maybe?) and I’m all in. D4VE is brilliant, if you’ve not checked it out I highly recommend it, and I’ve no doubt this will be just as good.
Black Road #1
Image: April 13, 2016 Writer: Brian Wood Art: Garry Brown Cover: Garry Brown
This one looks interesting.
Meet Magnus the Black, neither clean nor sober, neither Christian nor Pagan, but a man true to his word. When a ranking official under his care is brutally murdered, he’s prepared to hunt the killers to the frozen tip of Norway, religious war be damned.
To me this sounds like it’d read better in trade so I’ll definitely check out the first issue but if I love it I may wait until it’s collected.
Image: April 13, 2016 Writer: Dan Watters Art: Caspar Wijngaard Cover: Caspar Wijngaard
So what’s now being called in the solicits as a ‘miniseries’ comes to an end. I spoke to the creators over on Outhousers back when issue one came out. I loved Limbo when it started and I love it now it’s coming to an end. I seem to be talking about trades a lot this week but this will be great when it’s collected, and let’s face it if you’ve not read it so far then you’re not going to pick up the last issue. I do however recommend you pick this series up in trade as it’s a great, neon-drenched noir tale.
All New All Different Avengers #8
Marvel: April 13, 2016 Writer: Mark Waid Art: Adam Kubert Cover: Alex Ross
I’m really conflicted by this one. On the one hand, it’s a Mark Waid Avengers book, one that I’ve really been digging so far, with the themes of legacy and new blood, and the interactions between Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel and Nova – all great.
However. This is a STANDOFF! tie-in, and I have zero interest (I really don’t seem that interested this week do I? That’s honestly not the case!) in that crossover. I’ll have to read it all because it leads into Civil War II and…wait, do I really care that much about Civil War II?? Hmm see, you can see my dilemma!
Ah who am I kidding, I’ll probably pick up Civil War II, much like I’ll pick up this issue. I know, I know, I’m a terrible person.
Marvel: April 13, 2016 Writer: Christopher Hastings Art: Gurihiru Cover: Gurihiru
I know what you’re thinking and yes: this is a new series all about a character created purely for a variant cover, and yes it seems like it’s purpose built for Tumblr and yes that is a great cover I’LL ADMIT. Still. Gwenpool?!
Before you switch off completely, let me tell you something: It’s written by Christopher Hastings. Yes, that Christopher Hastings, off of DR MCNINJA. Yeah, see, now you’re interested! I knew it!
I’m criminally behind on Dr Mcninja (yeah, that’s my catchphrase) but Dr Mcninja is amazing and I’d be genuinely surprised if you’ve not read at least a little bit of that awesome webcomic. So you can see my conflict on Gwenpool.
Ok, here’s where I am: who cares where the character originated, who cares how Tumblr reacts, this looks like ridiculous fun and I’m all for more fun on our comic book shelves. Hell, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is weirdly comparable to Gwenpool and that’s brilliant, so I’m hoping to be surprised.
Marvel: April 13, 2016 Writer: Chelsea Cain Art: Kate Niemczyk Cover: Joelle Jones
Question: How awesome was Mockingbird #1?
Answer: Hella very much yes.
Seriously loved Mockingbird #1, you guys, and I really wasn’t expecting to. Who’d have thought Mockingbird would have been that good? I mean, she’s the best thing about Agents of Shield (you remember that show that neither of us watch anymore? Don’t lie.) but I wasn’t prepared to add a Mockingbird book to my regular pull list. However, here we are! Suffice to say I’m looking forward to this one.
Moon Knight #1
Marvel: April 13, 2016 Writer: Jeff Lemire Art: Greg Smallwood Cover: Greg Smallwood
This one took me by surprise too, but for a completely different reason: I had no idea it was coming out this week. Or, like, at all. Yeah I kinda gave up on MK after Ellis, Shalvey and Bellaire left (like you did too. Don’t lie.) but this is a new number one, by Jeff Lemire no less, and that cover is great so I’ll be checking this out. I firmly believe that this character can be great, but he seems really hard to get right? I almost think they need to take him back to his 80’s OTT roots but I feel like Warren Ellis has dictated the direction of this character for the foreseeable future. That’s the gift and curse of a seminal, character defining run.
X-men 92 #2
Marvel: April 13, 2016 Writer: Chris Sims Art: Alti Firmansyah Cover: David Nakayama
I really enjoyed X-Men ’92 #1, so I’ve high hopes for this second issue. It doesn’t hurt that I really like the creative team, but this feels like classic X-Men as you knew them from the 90’s. It’s supposed to be like the cartoon, but to me it feels more like Claremont’s 90’s books with Jim Lee (obviously the art is different (better in my opinion)). The rhythm of Sims’ writing took me a few beats to get my head around, because that too feels very old school, but that’s a good thing in this case as it’s one more thing that takes me back to the X-Men books I read growing up.
I listen to War Rocket Ajax every week, the podcast co-hosted by Chris Sims, and on that he explained that he and co-creator Chad Bowers are creating this series in a bubble, as if there are no other X-Men book is being released right now. To be honest that might as well be true, because this is the only book that ‘feels’ like the X-Men. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying Extraordinary X-Men but apart from that it’s slim pickings in the X-universe. If you want an authentic X-Book then pick this up.
Oni Press: April 13, 2016 Writer: Christopher Sebela Art: Robert Wilson Iv Cover: Robert Wilson Iv
Heartthrob has been on my radar for a while. The writer of Welcome Back (a book I LOVE) – Chris Sebela – and one of the artists of Bitch Planet (another superb series) – Robert Wilson IV – join forces to bring what looks to be a really unique series, about bank heists and heart surgery. I also love ONI and their recent output so I’ve high hopes for this series.
Valiant Entertainment: April 13, 2016 Writer: Rafer Roberts Art: David LaFuente Cover: David LaFuente
I love this book! I’m slowly getting back into Valiant (I dropped off around Armor Hunters) and the first issue of A+A (Archer and Armstrong if you didn’t know) made it so much easier to dive back in. The quality of both the writing and the art is top notch and on top of that it’s great fun! Which, as you should know by now, is one of my highest criteria when it comes to comic books. So join me and dive into Valiant with A+A!
First Second Books: By Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire
I saw a preview of this a while ago and boy, does this look good. It’s an original graphic novel (OGN) from First Second books, so already there’s a sign of quality. Plus it sounds like the start of a fantastic story (this is the first of a planned trilogy):
He’s a Dao born and bred–a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. At first, she hates Kai for everything he stands for, but his love of his new home may be the one thing that can bring these two unlikely friends together. Let’s hope so, because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.
I’m always pleased to add another First Second book to my collection, and this time is no exception.
Ok, so every week I’ll be picking what I call a Wild Card, which is that one book every New Comics Day that could go either way: Will it be good? Will it be bad? Do I fully understand what the term Wild Card means? WHO KNOWS. Anyway, this week I’ve chosen:
Star Wars Special C-3po #1
Marvel: April 13, 2016 Writer: James Robinson Art: Tony Harris Cover: Tony Harris
“Finally! We’re going to find out how C-3po got his red arm!” said no-one ever.
Ok, so I’m being a little harsh. I’m sure some people care. Doesn’t it sort of reduce the impact of the joke in the movie though? I mean, the whole punchline is that Han and Leia haven’t seen each other in so long, they’re both so different from how we last saw them and then Threepio pops up and looks exactly the same, yet he explains how different he is because of his red arm! It’s actually a genuinely funny moment in the movie, so to then write a whole issue about what happened and how he got his new arm? I’m not sure I’m that bothered. I hope there’s more to the issue though, and I’ve really enjoyed the recent Star Wars comics from Marvel so who knows?
PICK OF THE WEEK!
Goldie Vance #1
Boom! Studios: April 13, 2016 Writer: Hope Larson Art: Brittney Williams Cover: Brittney Williams
I was this close (imagine my fingers reallly close together) to making Heartthrob my Pick of the Week, but I took one look at this book and couldn’t resist.
We’ve literally just been talking about fun being a top priority for me (well, I’ve been doing most of the talking to be honest) and Boom! Studios only goes and brings out a book that looks like the most fun EVER.
A young wannabe detective takes on a case that may be too much even for the resident detective to crack! Just look at that art! Brittney Williams is killing it over on Marvel’s Patsy Walker so I can’t wait to see what Williams and writer Hope Larson produce.
That’s it! That’s my week! As always, please get in touch with me on Twitter (I’m @MattLune) and let me know what’s on your pull list!