So I know I generally tell you what I’m looking forward to in the indie world of comics, but this week there are a couple of big two books that I’m just too excited about not to mention. Therefore, this article is a little mix of everything I’m definitely going to read.

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1
Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
(W) Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare (A) Natacha Bustos (CA) Amy Reeder

First things first: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for this. An awesome pre-teen girl teaming up with a massive T-Rex sounds like just about the best thing ever. I’m so excited that Marvel is presenting us with another book appropriate for younger readers that features a young, intelligent, strong girl. Marvel is on the right path with books like this and Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel. I’ve seen so many readers lately, both young and old, filled with excitement that this different kind of superhero is making it and making it big. I have high hopes that Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will follow in the footsteps of the amazing books that have been blazing a path in the past year. I have a feeling this is one you won’t want to miss.

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Ringside #1
Publisher: IMAGE COMICS
(W) Joe Keatinge (A/CA) Nick Barber

I haven’t ever watched professional wrestling, but I still found Ringside to be an intriguing first issue. Whenever you get a behind the scenes look at an industry, all sorts of questions, concerns, and fascinations arise. So what really does go into a wrestling match? How much of it is just good TV? How much of it is real? What do you do when that line starts to blur in your real life? Ringside is surprisingly intense and emotional. There is much less wrestling than I expected and a lot more concentration on relationships developed throughout a lengthy career.

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Archie #4
Publisher: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Annie Wu

I am such a fan of the new Archie. He’s still our good old, bumbling, lovestruck redhead, but now he’s modernized and it’s awesome. I’m especially excited for this issue because we get to see how Annie Wu imagines Riverdale! Fiona Staples is a wonderful artist and I’m sad to see her go, but it’s always great to see how a new interest envisions an old classic. I grew up reading Archie’s Double Digests so this one is close to my heart. And Previews is promising that we’ll get to learn the secret of the mysterious lipstick incident in this issue. Let’s hope this is true!

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DKIII
Publisher: DC COMICS
(W) Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson

I have so many feelings about DKIII. Dark Knight Returns and I have a tumultuous relationship that goes all the way back to little middle school Julia joining her first book club. Reading DKR as an incredibly naive eighth grader was admittedly a little scarring, yet even then something about Carrie Kelley resonated with me though I wanted nothing to do with the rest of the book. Upon rereading DKR in college (very reluctantly, as part of a class project), I realized that I actually loved the book. Like a lot a lot. More than I liked to admit, seeing as it was a Frank Miller creation and by this point I had a good understanding of his reputation. Still, the most amazing part of the book was (and is) Carrie Kelley. You can imagine my dismay when I read DKII. I pretty much decided on the spot to pretend that book didn’t exist and just wipe it away from my memory, forever and ever, amen. So now, years and many Carrie Kelley cosplays later, DKIII is on the horizon. From all of the promo stuff I’ve seen, it looks like it’s going to be very focused on the female characters, especially Carrie. This makes me so nervous and so excited and we shall see how this goes.

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Rumble #9
Publisher: IMAGE COMICS
(W) John Arcudi (A/CA) James Harren

Rumble is so surprisingly awesome. Every time I hear or see anything about I get excited all over again. It’s one of those books that I really really liked and want to finish, but for some reason I’ve fallen behind with it. But that makes it even more exciting because that means I can binge read it sometime soon. Rumble is like horror meets fantasy meets The Wizard of Oz and Batman (and yes, I might just be saying that because both of those things have scarecrows and so does Rumble, but it really does seem to fit.) I think my initial issue with Rumble and the reason I say it’s ‘surprisingly’ awesome, is that I heard the name and immediately pictured the outsiders rushing to an empty parking lot, combing grease into their hair along the way. But that is not what this comic is about, I promise.

Also! Saga comes back this week, which is exciting. A thing that is not exciting is Fistful of Blood. Why does that exist, for realsies.

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