Spinning out of Ta-Nehisi Coates' groundbreaking Black Panther comes The Crew, a new series co-written by Coates and his World of Wakanda collaborator, Yona Harvey, with art by the legendary Butch Guice. The team consists of Black Panther, Luke Cage, Storm, Misty Knight, and Manifold, who are investigating the death of a Harlem activist.
Clueless, the classic 1995 comedy directed by Amy Heckerling, is the latest beloved property to make the move to comics. The new series from Boom Box is co-written by Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn, with art by Siobhan Keenan, and sees Cher, Dionne, and Tai --- the characters originally played by Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, and Brittany Murphy, respectively ---- navigating their senior year of high school and contemplating what comes next.
The ResurrXion is less than a month away, and we've got a look inside the first issue of X-Men Blue, the new book about the time-displaced founding X-Men, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jorge Molina. All the press around ResurrXion has been about taking the X-Men back to their roots as supheroes, and that's definitely going on here, with the team leaping out of a Blackbird jet to stop a robbery on board a luxury yacht. And the thief turns out to be a classic X-Men villain, to boot.
Jim Mahfood is returning to comics, and specifically to his creator-owned Grrl Scouts, for a new series at Image called Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks. Mahfood made a splash in comics back in the late '90s, with a very graffiti-inspired style of cartooning that was entirely unlike anything we were used to seeing in comics at the time. He hit it big drawing Clerks comics for Kevin Smith, and then went on to draw some fun Spider-Man stuff for Marvel, as well as publishing previous volumes of Grrl Scouts at Oni Press.
Today sees the launch of the new Batwoman solo ongoing series, scripted by Marguerite Bennett, co-plotted by Bennett and James Tynion IV, with art by Steve Epting and colors by Jeremy Cox. At least I'm counting this as the launch, even though Batwoman Rebirth came out last month. That book was a great prologue to this series, but it's immediately clear that the new book is where the story really gets moving.
Some monsters are surprisingly small, no bigger than a person or smaller still. They intimidate psychologically or with supernatural powers, not with size and strength. But then there are monsters that are big. Giant monsters are easy to understand. They are to humans what we are to ants, and we all know all too well how many ants we've stepped on.
With Monsters Unleashed going on at Marvel, and Kong: Skull Island currently in theaters, this feels like a great time to pay tribute to the various giant beasts and kaiju that have graced the covers of comic books for about as long as comics have existed.
March is Women’s History Month, and we're looking at the history of Wonder Woman. As we all know, her first theatrical film is due out later this year. But what if it wasn’t her first? What if there had been as many onscreen Wonder Women as Batmen? Last week's Cast Party offered suggestions for a Golden Age Wonder Woman movie; this week we move into comics' Silver Age, with another movie cast with stars from the period.
Insexts, the AfterShock comic by Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina, mixes gothic and body horror to tell a feminist story about women monsters in love. Lady Lalita Bertram (she just goes by Lady) is a rich widow, and Mariah is her maid. Except that they're actually lovers and devoted partners, and even have a child together. They're also insectoid monsters, especially Lady, who has a tendency to sprout deadly bug-parts when she's stressed out. And thanks to the expectations Victorian society places on women, she gets stressed out a lot. And yes, some men die along the way.
These songs were chosen because they reflect some combination of the monstrous feminine, the gothic violence, and the unapologetically queer themes of the comic.
Maybe I'm biased as a comics fan of a certain age, but I often feel like everyone is nostalgic for corner box art on comics covers, even those who weren't necessarily buying comics when those little boxes were a staple. For the uninitiated, I'm talking about the little rectangle in the upper left corner of a comics cover, which would feature some manner of portrait of the book's main characters. While many comics companies had corner boxes, they're most associated with Marvel (probably because DC never really got into them).
So whose your favorite Star Wars droid? I don't mean C-3PO or R2-D2, or BB-8 or K-2SO. I'd even be a little disappointed if you said Chopper. Those are all fine droids, but there are so many interesting robots lurking around the edges of the Star Wars Galaxy, just waiting to be discovered and appreciated. Two of the very best are BT-1 and Triple Zero, who first appeared in Marvel's Darth Vader comic, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca.