Wednesday! Glorious comic book day! Check out our post to see what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.
Our pick of the week:
Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series! In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before? Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!
- Archie vs Predator #2: Is it time for another issue? JOY, GLORY, ETC.
- Kitchen #7: I’m still a couple issues behind on this (as with everything else), which is a shame because I’ve really liked it so far. Throwing the NY Blackout of 1977 into the mix when things are already crazy for the boss ladies? Heeelll yes. My only wish is that this was a full ongoing series and not a mini.
- Jem & The Holograms #3: Though I was never a huge Jem fan as a kid, I needed something to wash the taste of that terrible movie trailer out of my mouth, so I picked up the first two issues of this series. It’s incredibly cute, bright, positive, and just plain FUN.
- Wytches #6: Still creepy. Still love it.
- A-Force #1: LIKE YOU COULD KEEP ME AWAY.
- Ultimate End #1: Why? Why?? WHY???
- Letter 44 #16: This is definitely still one of my favorite sci-fi series out right now, and I’m glad it’s one of many sci-fi books I’ve had the pleasure of checking out. (I mean really, have y’all noticed how many sci-fi series just launched? Thank you, Saga.)
- Mad Max Fury Road Nux & Immortal Joe #1: I had no idea this was happening until I checked to see what comics were coming out this week, and considering I’m still hyped up from the movie, there’s no way I don’t read this one.
- Archie vs. Predator #2: YES. I adore everything about what Archie Comics is doing right now.
- A-Force #1: All female Avengers? I’m there. I’m especially in for this because of the ridiculous New Yorker editorial about it, and G. Willow Wilson’s amazing response.
- Ultimate End #1: Admittedly, I’m a little emotional about this one. Funny story, the very first comic book I ever bought (not counting manga, which were my comic book gateway) was Ultimate X-Men #2. I bought it at my very first Heroescon over a decade ago, mostly because I’d been a fan of the 90’s X-Men cartoon. So for as long as I’ve read comics, the Ultimate Universe has been kind of special to me. Admittedly, I still haven’t read all of Ultimate Spider-Man (I’ve dropped in and out over the years, popping in for Spider-Man, coming back and reading the entire Ultimate X-Men run and then back when Miles debuted), but I always loved it as this little pocket universe without the massive continuity of the main universe. Bendis has done some really great stuff with 1610 over the years (and some not so great stuff), and maybe this isn’t the end, like it wasn’t last time, when we thought Galactus was gonna eat the universe, but if it is, I’m really sad to see it go.
This week’s and last week’s comics are about to become “trapped in an airport/on an airplane for way too long” reading fodder. There’s a large chance I’m going to pick up something random, but for now here’s the “plan”.
- Lumberjanes #14: Always worth going into the kid’s corner of my LCS for. It doesn’t hurt that some parts of the US are still seeing random snow despite it being May. Topical!
- Jem and the Holograms #3: Just like Chantaal said above, something was needed to scrub away the trailer’s bad aftertaste. Vividly colored and fun, this is the perfect antidote to the mid-week blues that sometimes creep in before/after a holiday weekend.
- Wytches #6: Something to scare me in the middle of the night while out in the middle of nowhere. Yay!
- A-Force #1: You’re all I ever waaaanted, you’re all I ever neeeeded, ye-ah. Sorry, not sorry for getting that song stuck in your head. THIS HAS MADE ME SO HAPPY. LET IT NOT DISAPPOINT.
- Loki: Agent of Asgard #14: I love how the solicit makes it sound like they’re going to kill Loki. LOL As if. Marvel knows which side of fandom butters their bread.
- Powers #3: Powers was a weird read the first time it came out. I’m still not certain if I’m into the new direction or if I should cut it loose. We’ll see!
- A-Force #1: Secret Wars titles start to arrive! After this one getting that terrible hatchet piece done to it by the New Yorker, I am doubly here for G. Willow Wilson and an all-ladies Avengers line-up in Battleworld. Because I am also mad stoked about Battleworld, because Battleworld rules.
- Jem and the Holograms #3: In the wake of a dull, decidedly un-outrageous movie trailer, another issue of the superior comic series appears in stores! This one has holograms, sentient computers, and the Misfits and is basically candy-coated fun. I am kind of obsessed with it.
- Loki: Agent of Asgard #14: New new (new? I’ve lost track) Loki deals with the end of days. What does that look like? I don’t know. But it’s probably clever and interesting as that’s been the order of this book.
- Ultimate End #1: The parts of the Ultimate U that weren’t Spider-Man were, really, kind of run into the ground, demolishing everything in a ‘verse that had a rule about dead staying dead. Meaning that… things stayed demolished, which made it hard to sustain. But I am genuinely attached, if not to the fictional reality itself, to a lot of the characters within, to these specific versions, especially the extended supporting cast of the various USMs. I have been and am and will be extremely concerned about their fates in the post-Secret Wars status quo. It’s the one aspect of Secret Wars I am trepidatious about. I think the rest of it won’t be near as end-of-the-world as naysayers are sky-is-falling about, and have a theory about it as the anti-Crisis, launching a new multiverse instead of ending it, but we’ll see. But the confirmed part is that the Ultimate Universe is over, and the only confirmed member making it out so far is Miles. So begins my five issues of fretting over whether, as the sales pitch goes, everyone dies. And whether, more critically, dead does, in the end, mean dead.