Some weeks, it starts taking me by surprise how many issues a “new” series has already pumped out. It’s probably just because I’ve been reading through so many back issues with Marvel Unlimited. Anyway, there’s plenty of good new stuff to read this week, so let’s get down to business.
Little Nemo Returns to Slumberland #1
Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez team up to return to the land behind Winsor McKay’s brilliant strips. Landing in Slumberland, King Morpheu’s daughter selects Nemo as her next playmate. But, go figure, the little boy doesn’t really want to play with the little girl. It promises to be a fun all-age adventure, that will ideally hit the right balance of nostalgia and new material.
The Fade Out #1
Sad that Brubaker and Phillip’s Fatale has come to a close? Welp, Fade Out should be the cure for that. They’ve teamed up again to tell an epic crime story set in late 1940’s Hollywood. As if the book weren’t noir enough, Brubaker makes it meta with the noir comic focuses on a failing noir movie. If you’ve read a Brubaker/Phillips endeavor in the past and enjoyed it, you’ll probably want to pick this title up.
Supreme Blue Rose #2
The Solicit: “Diana Dane is being transported by Darius Dax in the hunt for the mysterious Ethan Crane. It’s a car ride that takes her a lot further than she expects: out into the nature of the universe itself.” When Warren Ellis starts looking at the nature of the universe, good things happen. Plus, Tula Lotay’s art is just stellar.
Guess what? It’s finally Storm’s turn to save the world; getting her first ongoing series since the character was created in the 1970’s. With issue two Pak and Ibanez begin exploring some of Storm’s past by taking her down memory lane to her misspent time as a thief. Of course, there’s a bad guy waiting for her there, but I sincerely believe that Storm’s mohawk gives her extra powers and that she can handle anything that comes her way. I’m not pleased with this cover image however, which really seems to focus on Storm’s boobs. It could have been worse though, at least they didn’t go for the boob + butt pose.
The Wicked and The Divine #3
This title, which follows the human carnations of twelve gods as they live for two years and then die, is yet another phenomenal success from Gillen and McKelvie. I don’t really want to get into explaining the series more than that (when multiple pantheons are involved things can get confusing fast) but it’s full of McKelvie’s stunning art and Gillen’s witty writing. If it helps, imagine Gillen and McKelvie’s previous two series, Phonogram and Young Avengers had a baby. This is that weird, yet amazing baby.
This first arc on Elektra has been a tale of redemption. Unfortunately it’s kinda tough to be redeemed if you’re dead – a condition that Elektra might soon face if she doesn’t pull an ace out of her sleeve during an assassin’s showdown. This issue promises lots of fighting, which for once I’m okay with…only as long as Michael Del Mundo is drawing it.
Ms. Marvel #7
You shouldn’t need me to tell you to buy Ms. Marvel. The fact that Ms. Marvel #1 is on its sixth printing should be evidence of the title’s greatness. Plus, I don’t care who you are, but any comic that manages to get Wolvy to take a selfie (although it’s clearly against his will) is a win. This issue also tells a story of Kamala protecting her hometown from new foe, The Inventor. As much fun as meeting a brand new superhero is, it’s just as much fun to meet their villains. We’ll see what writer G. Willow Wilson has cooked up for us!
Honorable Mentions: Genius #3, Trees #4, Translucid #5