It’s Wednesday, and that means that it’s everybody’s favorite weekly holiday, New Comic Book Day. As always, these rankings are based on accessibility and quality, so a good book that’s only for fans will rank lower than a great book anybody can read. So, who took No. 1?
1) Arcadia #4
Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfiffer have delivered one hell of a series so far, and this issue in particular takes off the brakes. Tensions between the real world ravaged by a virus, and Arcadia, the virtual world where billions of humans live, have come to a boiling point. And there are some more twists that I won’t reveal here. Suffice to say, it’s action-packed, it uses its concept in clever ways, and it’s an absolute must-read.
2) Harrow County #4
Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook’s folktale-esque story of Emmy, a reincarnated witch who everyone, even her own father, is out to kill, comes to an incredibly satisfying finale in its first arc. It’s hard to think of a better writer/artist team on the stands right now: Crook’s art has a perfect watercolor-and-charcoal feel that enhances the dark fairy story mood of Bunn’s script. Easily one of the best books on the stands right now, and a must read.
3) Velvet #11
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s lush, brilliant espionage story kicks off its third act in style. Velvet, our heroine, is untangling just what got her framed and put a bunch of angry spies on her tail, and she’s using every spy trick in the book to do it. It’s a complicated, but easy to follow, story of espionage and betrayal, and if you love Bond, you’ll love this.
4) Star Wars: Lando #2
This issue is all about demonstrating just how good a pilot Lando really is, and just how scary the Emperor is… and it’s a blast. Last issue, Lando stole Emperor Palpatine’s pleasure yacht, and this issue… well, that’d be telling. If you’re looking for a great Star Wars story, Charles Soule and Alex Maleev are delivering.