It’s a busy week post-Thanksgiving for new comics. And there’s plenty of good stuff on the stands, so let’s dig into the top 25!
1) The Sheriff of Babylon #1
Tom King, a former intelligence operative, brings his experience in the Iraq War to bear in a look at the larger factors driving everyone, from the Americans who don’t want to be there to the jihadists who want them out. Mitch Gerads’ clean, carefully detailed art creates a genuinely tense atmosphere, especially early in the book where our hero tries to save not just himself but a young woman in a suicide vest. Insightful, complex, and thoughtful, this is definitely a book worth reading.
2) Star Wars #13
Han and Chewie go to rescue Luke and R2 from a vicious bounty hunter and her serial killer protocol droid… and both sides promptly run into Murphy’s Law. Repeatedly. This is a bit more lighthearted than usual for the Vader Down crossover, but Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato clearly enjoy stretching their comedic muscles, and it does the book good.
3) Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons #1
Daniel Bayless and Fabian Rangel retell a Native American legend about a father and his son, and the horned serpent who comes between them. It’s a well-done take on a classic bit of folklore, and ideal for all-ages reading; Bayless’ careful interpretation of Northwestern tribal art in particular takes what could feel stale and fills it with life.
4) Howard the Duck #2
Chip Zdarsky and Veronica Fish take a break from producing the funniest book Marvel has on the stands to punch you hard in the feels with the origin story of Linda the Duck and Shocket. Yes, the female versions of Howard and Rocket Raccoon. Fish in particular deserves credit for making the weeping of a cartoon duck so sad. It’s a great issue and a reminder that this book has some real pain behind its hijinks.
5) Unfollow #2
Rob Williams and Michael Dowling continue their very strange thriller by introducing a stand-in for, of all people, Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima. It’s still cohering as a story to some degree; it’s not entirely clear why, exactly, 140 Twitter followers are coming to a desolate island, although it’s clear they’re not going to be happy when they get there. Nonetheless, it’s intriguing and the many threads Williams works into the plot are engaging, especially with Dowling and Quinton Winter doing just gorgeous work.