It’s the day before Turkey Day, but fortunately, there are few turkeys on the stands for this New Comic Book Day. Who’s got the number one spot?
1) Archie #4
Archie and Betty have broken up… but why? This issue gets into the details, and what stands out the most is how Mark Waid and Fiona Staples explore the confusion and insecurities around dating and growing up, and how they manifest themselves in massive screw-ups that hurt other people. It’s a thoughtful book in many ways, and not to be missed.
2) Omega Men #6
Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda continue their surprisingly nuanced and more than a little grim look at international space terrorists, this time through the lens of what drives each of them. It’s a clever bit of characterization for each member and makes this team, which has done some horrendous things these last six issues, more relatable. It’s a morally complicated read, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
3) Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1
This new Marvel series starts off on the right foot, introducing a new heroine, Lunella Lafayette, who is just looking to a little solace from the pressures of school, being smarter than everyone else, and parents that just don’t understand how hard life can be for a preteen, especially when you’re a super genius. When her newfound “Kree-o-meter” accidentally opens up a portal to the distant past, the ape-like “small folk” come looking for her alien device, with Devil Dinosaur hot on their trail, seeking vengeance for the recently murdered Moon Boy. Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder are setting the stage for a fun all ages read that doesn’t talk down to its intended audience. Natacha Bustos’ art does a fine job of combining the violence of Devil Dinosaur’s past with the futuristic promise of the future, bringing Jack Kirby’s original vision to new life. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is sure to be a great read for anyone who has felt a little different or who like their dinosaurs with flaming eyes. — Alyssa Fikse
4) Rumble #9
Any comic book that opens with a parody of Gilgamesh is a comic book worth reading. Leaving that aside, John Arcudi and James Harren’s endlessly inventive mix of urban fantasy and Bronze Age mythology is simultaneously action-packed and hilarious, and really one of the best reads Image puts out. Give it a look, you won’t be disappointed.
5) Empowered: Pew Pew Pew
Adam Warren’s hilariously skewed take on superheroes, and the insecure-but-slowly-improving superheroine at its center, takes on Emp’s struggles with self-respect… in the form of a giant supergun that plays on your anger issues. It’s hilarious, and Warren’s comedic style is in full force, but once again you can’t help but simultaneously want to cheer for and give Emp a big ol’ hug. Highly recommended.