#NewComicsDay and it’s a great day to be a comic book enthusiast everyone! It’s an Image kind of week as the flood gates open with an impressive lineup from them. DC a little light and Marvel offering some sold reads. It’s a lot to take in and we know it so Smurf is here with his take on the top 5 comics that deserve your attention. Sponsored by the free to attend All C’s Fan Expo Presented by Aurora Rise Spring 2023 April 7- April 9 hope to see you there, but for now we’ve got five stacked high ready to fly:
Little Monsters #11> The group continues to find conflict in their next actions after last issue’s shattering revelations…but their time may be limited, as the human encampment has managed to regroup for an offensive survivalist maneuver. (S) Jeff Lemire (A) Dustin Nguyen
Smurfs Take> Vampires in a way you have never seen, and it keeps getting better as we dive further into the characters and the world they’re in. There’re so many different ways this story could go, and I love how it keeps you guessing and questioning just who you should be pulling for. Jeff Lemire’s greatest story to date is happening here!
No/One #1> MINISERIES PREMIERETen months ago, the Richard Roe murders shocked the city of Pittsburgh. In the months since, the killings have sparked a dangerous political movement, copycat killers, and a masked vigilante who’s still determined to hold the powerful accountable. Not a symbol. Not a hero. They could be anyone. They’re NO/ONE.Superstar writers KYLE HIGGINS (RADIANT BLACK, Nightwing) and BRIAN BUCCELLATO (Chicken Devil, Detective Comics) and rising-star artist GERALDO BORGES (Nightwing) bring you the extra-length first chapter of a true crime superhero drama in its own corner of the MASSIVE-VERSE!PLUS! The story continues in “Who is No/One,” a monthly companion podcast starring RACHAEL LEIGH COOK (She’s All That) and PATTON OSWALT (Netflix’s The Sandman, Minor Threats, Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.)!NO/ONE is a Massive-Verse series. (S) Brian Buccellato, Kyle Higgins (A) Geraldo Borges
Smurfs Take> A huge endeavor and I’m excited to see how it all goes and fits together. When I first heard about this, I questioned the success and if they would even be able to get it off the ground. Crossing all of the different platforms like this could lose readers and deter people to keep up with the story. I honestly think it could be the opposite based on what I have seen with things like Critical Role as we witness a whole new way to engage with the fans.
Image! #11> It’s the penultimate issue of our year-long celebration of Image’s 30th anniversary, and this time around we’ve got an all-new PRETTY DEADLY story by KELLY SUE DeCONNICK & EMMA RÍOS, the first NYC MECH tale in nearly 20 years by IVAN BRANDON & ANDY MacDONALD, the debut of GHOST MAKERS by EMI LENOX, “The Slacktacular Now” by JOHN ARCUDI & DOUG MAHNKE, and another look at IN HELL WE FIGHT! by JOHN LAYMAN & JOK. And as if that’s not enough, GEOFF JOHNS & ANDREA MUTTI bring us closer to the conclusion of “The Blizzard,” BRENDEN FLETCHER & ERICA HENDERSON prepare to wrap up “Red Stitches,” and the clock runs out for PATRICK KINLDON & MAURIZIO ROSENZWEIG’s “Gehenna.” Plus! SKOTTIE YOUNG’s “Stupid Fresh Mess” and DEAN HASPIEL’s “Billy Dogma!” (S) Various (A) Various
Smurfs Take> Looks like they are going to close out the series with a bang with this impressive lineup. I know there’s still one more issue to go but this is going o be a tough one to beat. I plead with you Image, please keep this as a quarterly offering because this has been one of the most enjoyable and fun titles of the year.
Batgirls #16> The Batgirls fall down a rabbit hole of mischief and wonder in their journey to find out who sent Cluemaster to kidnap his own daughter, Steph. But first, there’s a bottle that says “Drink me,” and it should be perfectly safe to drink, right? Even if it looks like it’s been laced with Langstrom serum? (S) Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad (A) Neil Googe
Smurfs Take> With all of the Batfamily books out there this is the only one I really look forward to. Something different and actually involves some detective work and mystery. The characters are fun and banter is exactly what I would expect from all of their different backgrounds. There’s a lot of similarities to them and the Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne dynamic that I enjoyed so much.
Hellcat #1> Leaping from the pages of CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL’S IRON MAN run, Hellcat is back! Patsy is back on the west coast, living in a demon house haunted by the ghost of her mother! When someone close to Patsy’s inner circle is murdered, Hellcat becomes the prime suspect! Now Patsy must prove her innocence and evade both the police and the supernatural Sleepwalkers. To add to the perils she faces, her demonic ex Daimon Hellstrom shows up and that’s never a good thing. A supernatural, superhero murder mystery! (S) Christopher Cantwell (A) Alex Lins
Smurfs Take> One of the best Iron Man runs in years and coming back for more to see what Cantwell has instore for us with this all but forgotten character. She was so well written in the pages of Iron Man and I want to see how her story progresses. I’m always talking about something new and expanding on characters and it looks like Marvel has been listening.
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