The weekend numbers are in, and Marvel Studio's latest, Doctor Strange, is a hit! It takes the now classic Marvel origin formula and gives it a fresh coat of mystical paint while expanding what we know about the shared universe and offering innovative solutions to world-ending problems. Comic books outside of the Big Two superhero universes are full of stories about magic, demons and alternate dimensions and we've put together a list of five of the best independent titles for you to try next.
Journalist and editor Jennifer de Guzman convened some up-and-coming Asian-American writers for a roundtable discussion about the state of Asian representation in comics. Amy Chu is the current writer on Poison Ivy, a former writer on Sensation Comics, and the co-creator of her own self-publishing imprint Alpha Girl Comics. Sarah Kuhn’s novel trilogy about Asian-American superheroes, Heroine Complex will be released by DAW Books in July. She’s also written for Rosy Press’s Fresh Romance and is currently writing a series of Barbie comics. Jonathan Tsuei is the co-creator with Eric Canete of RunLoveKill, published by Image Comics.
In a striking blend of female empowerment and corporate synergy, ESPN has teamed with Marvel to commission a variety of comics artists to draw superheroic portraits of the 2015 Impact 25, a list of women who have had an "impact" on sports in the past year.
The images are uniformly striking, but they vary in both the familiarity of the subjects and the level of "super heroification" of the art. So on one end of the spectrum you have a Tron take on tennis giant Serena Williams by Aspen Comics artist Elizabeth Torque, and a literally world-spanning Women's National Soccer Team by the Ghosted art team of Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva. And on the other end you have camera-wielding filmmaker Lauren Greenfield by Joelle Jones and Rachelle Rosenberg, who handled the art for the recent Mockingbird one-shot, and a moody take on prima ballerina Misty Copeland by Black Canary artist Annie Wu.
Over the past few months, Image has had a string of amazing launches for new titles, from Black Magick to Citizen Jack to Codename Baboushka, and on down the line. It's a deck that's stacked with great comics, and specifically with great debuts, but for all the good stuff that's coming up in this crop of new launches, I don't know if anyone brought their A-game harder than Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda did in Monstress #1.
On one level, that's a function of pure mathematics. The first issue of Monstress weighs in at a massive 66 pages of story, and with that much space to work with, the authors can cover a whole lot of ground, setting up the complex, terrifying world that they're creating in a way that raises a dozen question for each harrowing answer. Really, though, it's not the quantity that makes a great comic, it's the quality, and on that front, Monstress is easily one of the best first issues of the year.
On sale this week from Marvel Comics is X-23 #17, which as you can see from the cover detail above is an homage to the fan-favorite 1980s film, Adventures in Babysitting. Written by Marjorie Liu and featuring artwork by Sana Takeda, this issue finds X-23 killing some time by taking a babysitting gig for none other than Future Foundation leaders Reed Richards and Sue Storm, who're off to enjoy a rare night on the town...
ComicsAlliance writers Laura Hudson, Chris Sims, Caleb Goellner, Jason Michelitch, and David Uzumeri sit down for a roundtable discussion about the newly released "X-Men Forever" Annual #1 by Chris Claremont and Sana Takeda...