This upcoming Wednesday sees a plethora of quality titles from a wide range of publishers. From tech-noir to mythical resurrections, there’s something for everyone.
Black Badge #12 (BOOM! Studios)
(w) Matt Kindt (a) Tyler Jenkins
This series, following a team of badass boyscouts, has reached its apex. The previous eleven issues have been building to this moment, tasking the Badges to take on the Honour Society – the nefarious organization that has been pulling the strings of misery throughout the series. As was the case with their previous series, Grass Kings, Black Badge has the team of Kindt and Jenkins firing on all cylinders, making it a worthy inclusion to anyone’s pull list.
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 (DC Comics)
(w) Matt Fraction (a) Steve Lieber (c) Nathan Fairbairn
This is one series I’ve actively avoided hearing information about for fear of being spoiled, other than knowing that some privileged outlets have received preview copies from DC and that the reviews are glowing. The creative team is exciting, with Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber [hopefully] looking to embrace the weird and bizarre of Jimmy Olsen’s Silver Age adventures with the advancements of modern storytelling.
Vampirella #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
(w) Christopher Priest (a) Ergun Gunduz
Christopher Priest is writing something new? It’s probably a good idea to check it out.
Die!Die!Die! Volume 1 (Image Comics)
(w) Robert Kirkman & Scott M. Gimple (a) Chris Burnham (c) Nathan Fairbairn
The series that Robert Kirkman covertly released to comic shops is collected in one volume. Honestly, as interesting as it may be to read about yet another secret government organization, the real draw here is the art by Chris Burnham (Batman: Incorporated) and Nathan Fairbairn (in his second appearance in this post). Expect a wide range of red hues in this blood-soaked, ultra-violent story.
Loki #1 (Marvel Comics)
(w) Daniel Kibblesmith (a) Oscar Bazaldua
Reports of Loki’s demise have been exaggerated. Ditto for Mjolnir. Regardless of your thoughts on yet another return from Loki, writer Daniel Kibblesmith (Valiant High) has likely cooked up something that entertains from start to finish, while artist Oscar Bazaldua injects life into the mischief god.
Blade Runner 2019 #1 (Titan Comics)
(w) Mike Johnson, Michael Green (a) Andres Guinaldo (c) Marco Lesco
Taking place slightly before the events of the 1982 classic, Blade Runner 2019 brings readers back to the grimy, tech-noir world of Los Angeles, complete with flying cars, deadly robots, and a steely-eyed protagonist. Though now having a female lead instead of Harrison Ford or Ryan Gosling is sure to piss off a certain group of internet commentators, the preview artwork and pedigree of the writing team makes this title look promising.