The Weekly Stack – #NCBD Picks for April 6th 2016

#NewComicBookDay or 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!

(I’ll be pulling my information from the indispensable Comiclist.com)

April 6th 2016

It’s the first NCBD of April, and man it’s a big one. Let’s dive right in!

Archie #7
Archie Comic Publications: April 6, 2016 Writer: Mark Waid Art: Veronica Fish

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The Archie reboot continues this week, and it’s a genuinely enjoyable read every month. With Archie experiencing the wrath of Veronica’s father, I think the cover image (above) preeeeety much says it all. The first trade is out now too so it’s easy to catch up.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2
Boom! Studios: April 6, 2016 Writer: Kyle Higgins Art: Hendry Prasetya

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So issue 2 has come along of what was arguably the most anticipated comic book (definitely for me at least) of 2016. Ok, honestly? I think I wanted to enjoy the first issue more than I actually did. I loved that it immediately broke free of the restricted format of the show, and I’m glad that they definitely seem to be exploring the limitless possibilities that comics bring. For me though the first issue didn’t quite capture the magic of the TV show. Maybe it’s because I’m not as young as I used to be? Either way I’m looking forward to seeing if issue 2 brings the fun.

Midnighter #11
DC Comics: April 6, 2016 Writer: Steve Orlando Art: Aco

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Another week, another great Steve Orlando book (with more to come!). At this point I’m saving up Midnighter so I can re-read them all in one glorious go, however the best that DC YOU had to offer is heading out the door shortly, so jump on board while you can and find out why it’s going to be one of the most missed things when DC #Rebirths.

Wonder Woman Earth One HC Vol. 01
By: Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette

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If I haven’t mentioned it before (and I definitely have, multiple times), I love Grant Morrison, so I’m very excited for this. It’s coming at a perfect time for DC, what with many people loving Wonder Woman right now (thanks to her very successful big screen appearance in the very much less successful Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) so I’m really hoping this ticks all the boxes for fans old and new.
The nature of Earth 1 books is that it’s instantly a jumping on point for new readers, but with that comes the pressure of being, you know, good. If not you could turn away many potential new readers from the character and maybe the whole market. If anyone can pull it off though it’s Morrison.

Batgirl #50
DC Comics: April 6, 2016 Writer: Cameron Stewart Art: Babs Tarr

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How awesome is that cover?! A throwback to the first issue of this run (#35 weirdly) except now she’s surrounded by all her friends, this concluding issue of Fletcher and Tarr’s excellent run is a must buy. People will look back on this as one of the best Batgirl runs I’m sure, and the new creative team following the #Rebirth have some big shoes to fill.

The Fix #1
Image: April 6, 2016 Writer: Nick Spencer Art: Steve Lieber

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A new number 1 from Image Comics is always worth a look, but when the creative team behind Superior Foes of Spider-Man get the gang back together for a book that sounds like a non-superhero version of that exact same thing, I sit up and take notice.
Nick Spencer is a great writer of real, grounded characters that feel like they’re ripped right out of the world around you. Well, the world around you if you live among the scum (surprisingly relatable scum, mind you) of society. And Steve Lieber is a masterclass in comedic art. Managing to perfect both the visual gag and – more importantly – pitch perfect pacing and timing (such a rare thing in comics), any book is instantly enriched by having him work on it.
Really excited to read this.

Grizzly Shark #1
Image: April 6, 2016 Writer: Ryan Ottley Art: Ryan Ottley

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I have no idea what this but look at it. IT’S A GRIZZLY SHARK! It looks like a blast, so I’ll give this a go.

Walking Dead #153
Image: April 6, 2016 Writer: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard

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Now I’m a few issues behind on this (I tend to ‘trade wait’, except with the single issues) but Goddammit if that season finale of Walking Dead hasn’t – predictably- got me begging for more. I’m always a bit discombobulated when I pick up the book, because I get so invested in the series which, even including the narrative diversions is about 50-odd issues behind.
While the comic is always a bit more outlandish than the show (unless the show is actually going to introduce a live tiger at which point I’ll stand corrected) what they do have in common is the uneven quality of their output. The book seems to be on a surprising high these last few trades so I’m looking forward to catching up.

Black Panther #1
Marvel: April 6, 2016 Writer: TA-NEHISI COATES Art:BRIAN STELFREEZE

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Undoubtedly the biggest book this month (unless you’re a Star Wars fan, see below), Black Panther is back with a brand new ongoing series. A lot of people, including myself, are eager to see how award-winning writer Coates will handle the King of Wakanda, but I for one have high hopes.
With his first cinematic appearance in Captain America:Civil War right around the corner and the universal draw of Coates, all eyes will be on this series moving forward.

Black Widow #2
Marvel: April 6, 2016 Writer: Chris Samnee Art: Chris Samnee

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Er. How amazing was issue 1?!? Answer – VERY MUCH YES YES.
What was basically one long, superbly paced, expertly rendered, thrilling chase sequence, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee stormed onto shelves with Black Widow, and all of those missing their Daredevil series breathed a sigh of relief.
Hopefully this issue will reveal (or at least give more clues to) what it was that Black Widow was being chased for, but even if it’s just an issue of Natasha sleeping off the events of last issue, I’d follow Waid and Samnee anywhere.

Empress #1
Marvel: April 6, 2016 Writer: Mark Millar Art: Stuart Immonen

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Oh Mark Millar. Literally all of his comics can be summed up with a fanboy What-If style question. ‘What if Batman was evil?’ ‘What if a normal kid decided to be a superhero?’ ‘What if Aunt May was a teenage minx but also maybe Spider-Man’s real mom?!’
In the case of Empress, it’s ‘What if you were married to the Big Bad?’. All of this sounds like I’m knocking Millar, but truth is I actually enjoy a lot of his stuff. I mean it’s always fairly straight-forward but his latest output – namely Starlight and Huck – have been great, so I’m looking forward to seeing what Empress has to offer.
Seriously though, never read Trouble.

Spider-woman Alpha #1
Marvel: April 6, 2016 Writer: Various Art: Vanessa R. Del Rey

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I’m enjoying the female Spider books way more than their male counter-parts right now, so when I heard they were all going to be crossing over I was immediately on board. Silk is great book and while I’m still not 100% sold on Spider-Gwen, Spider-Woman is really fun too, so if you like any of the individual books, you should probably give this a look.

Star Wars Poe Dameron #1
Marvel: April 6, 2016 Writer: Charles Soule Art: Phil Noto

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Like most fans, after watching The Force Awakens, I came away slightly disappointed that Oscar Isaac wasn’t in it more. His character was the personification of everything missing from the prequels – funny, down to earth, swagger for days. To have that particular itch scratched with a new comic, and it’s an ongoing?! Perfect.

Mighty Zodiac #1
Oni Press: April 6, 2016 Writer: J. Torres Art: Corin Howell

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Finally this week we have yet another number 1 (a lot of them this time around), and one of the more unusual books – in a week with a Grizzly Shark that’s saying something. Check the solicit:

When the Blue Dragon dies, six stars fall out of the night sky! Ailing Master Long, leader of the Mighty Zodiac, orders his warriors to gather the stars, lest they fall into the hands of the malevolent Moon Rabbit Army. With the stars, the Mighty Zodiac may yet revive their master, rescue their world, and restore the light. Without the stars, the darkness threatens to divide the tribes and destroy Gaya…

What sounds like a mix between Usagi Yojimbo and Kung Fu Panda, Mighty Zodiac could be good, could be bad, but I’m willing to give it a chance.

 

And that is it for another New Comic Book Day! Don’t forget to get in touch via Twitter (I’m @MattLune) and let me know what’s on your pull-list this week!

Matt

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