It’s easy to forget that there was new comics out this week with comic con happening and all. But yes, there were amazing books out and we have great spoiler filled picks for you to check out. Let’s get to it!
NEGATIVE SPACE #1 – Tommy Zimmer
Negative Space number 1. Gorgeous art provided by Owen Gieni. Written by Ryan K Lindsay. This is an absolutely beautiful and tender piece of work. Staggering
About Me: I’m Tommy. I love comics. Enjoy every sandwich. Follow me @VictorVonZoom
ARCHIE #1 – Ken Godberson III
I… do not like reboots. My core anger at them is that I believe that they throw out more babies than bathwater (see: DC’s reboot & the cowardly “it’s not a reboot even though that’s what we’d love to do” nonsense that is All-New X-Menover at Marvel). Archie though. Let’s face it: for all the waves the company has made the last few years, it still felt stuck in the past. But, the work that Mark Waid and especially Fiona Staples have done shows that they understand that a reboot still has to get the spirit of the original. It’s still the idealistic town of Riverdale, but it no longer feels saccharine or condescending and can portray these characters as faulted. Both Archie and Betty are shown as good people, but insecure, as most teenagers are. It shows that Jughead is way more than a punchline with his hunger for burgers (hell, they essentially made him, what one review called, the Tyrion Lannister of Riverdale). It’s more than just an updated cosmetic side (although they have become pretty) or now they use WiiUs and Twitter. This is a book that talks with young adults now.
I can’t believe I’m actually looking forward to the next issue of Archie.
About Me: When he is not working at a library or on his Master’s Degree, Ken Godberson III is usually writing comics, prose and screenplays. He tends to be an expert on absolutely nothing except on why Impulse is the greatest superhero ever. He can be found on Twitter @kengodbersoniii or on Tumblr at http://kengodbersoniii.tumblr.com/.
BLACK SCIENCE #16 – Tom Barnett
I love the energy that Matteo Scalera and colorist Moreno Dinisio put into this panel. Plus all the damn details that Scalera puts in makes this beautiful.
About Me: I’m Tom. Slightly addicted to comics, Doctor Who, Star Wars and Star Trek. I also try to spend some time behind the lens of my camera. Love Bronze Age comics and the Black Hole movie from Disney. Follow me @tphoto10
CIVIL WAR #1 – Kulbir Mann
As soon as I realized Charles Soule was writing this I became really excited. Though he seems to be writing every book ever, he has a niche which is very much the legal/political (unsurprising considering he is a lawyer). If Civil War continued without the death of Cap, then Soule would be the man to write about the changing political landscapes. I was not let down and Yu does a particularly good job of showing the in depth guttural reactions of Tony and Steve. Wonderful work.
SHUTTER #13 – James Kaplan
I love this comic for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that every issue feels like it’s full of new interesting twists and surprises. Even when Kate Christopher is down, she is never out as a hero. Even without her memory, she’s smart and resourceful. A great character. And I can’t say enough good things about the art and design in this book. The art style itself is fun and engaging and full of life, and Leila Del Duca’s art is complemented perfectly by stunningly good, vibrant, thoughtful colors from Owen Gieni. I also love little touches like below, where the word balloon goes outside of the panel. The art team really uses every inch of the comic to great effect. It’s wonderful work.
About Me: James is a lawyer by day, and an avid reader of comics whenever he can. He loves his family, friends, and getting all of them into comics. He writes longer comics reviews at panelpatter.com and is on Twitter @sinisterjhk.
CHEER UP #1 – Pete Buser
Any day that Noah Van Sciver puts out a new comic book is the best day. Sometimes people don’t realize that underground comics are still published and then Van Sciver wallops you in the face with his dark humor and indie aesthetic.
About Me: Pete Buser is an enigma wrapped in a variant cover. Follow his mystery @petebuser
INVADER ZIM #1 – Aaron Meyers
I loved this cartoon. LOVED IT. So having the comic back is a real joy.
About Me: Aaron Meyers loves reading comics, collecting comics and talking about comics. He’s grateful to share his love of comics with all of his friends on the Internet. From Twitter at @aaronmeyers, to his new podcast, Comics Therapy with Andrea Shockling, it’s all about the love of comics. He also loves his family, especially his wife, Chrissy Meyers. And while you were taking the time to read this, Aaron went and bought all the best issues from your store’s dollar bin. You lose, Aaron wins. #AllTheComics
Thanks as always for reading and sharing the most honored comics of the week with us. Same time next week, stay tuned!