Another week, and I still have to remind myself to write “2020” instead of “2019.” Thankfully, I don’t have to remind myself to check out new comics this Wednesday. As is often the case, there’s an eclectic group of books to check out on a Fifth Week edition of What Looks Good.
Sex Criminals #26 (Image)
I’m so excited that this series is back! And yet, I’m saddened knowing that this will be the final arc of Suzie and Jon’s hilarious and erotic misadventures. After such a long hiatus, I’m hopeful that Fraction and Zdarsky will retain the same magic that they had over the first 25 issues.
NEW STORY ARC!
* THE SERIES? It’s back.
* JON AND SUZE? Also back.
* THE BANK? MUST BE TAKEN DOWN.
* THIS ARC? THE LAST. Gasp!
* BULLET LISTS? How do you turn them off in Microsoft Word
The highly anticipated return of the #1 New York Times bestselling humor/romance series SEX CRIMINALS kicks off its final story arc. Praised for its emotionally compelling characters, taut storytelling, and comedic genius, Time Magazine called it “the best comic of the year” upon launch. Since its debut, SEX CRIMINALS has garnered coverage from such mainstream media outlets as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, NPR, and The Washington Post and won multiple awards.
SEX CRIMINALS follows the adventures of Suzie and Jon-a couple who discover they can stop time when they have sex. This final chapter sees the reunion of writer MATT FRACTION (NOVEMBER, Hawkeye) and CHIP ZDARSKY (THE WHITE TREES, Daredevil).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #102 (IDW Publishing)
Over 100 issues in, and not a single bad one. That’s quite an accomplishment.
The Turtles are separated, each trying to find their own way forward. With their absence, Old Hob fills the power vacuum with the help of some very unusual new mutants!
Invisible Kingdom #9 (Dark Horse | Berger Books)
It’s hard to figure out which of Dark Horse’s imprint is the best, because there are so many strong contenders. The worldbuilding that G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward have done up to this point is simply remarkable.
With the lives of three ships’ crews on the line, Grix reveals the sum of what she knows to Captain Turo-and does not get the response she expected.
Ravencroft #1 (Marvel Comics)
The timing of this is a tad suspicious, with the New Mutants movie (finally) nearing its theatrical release. However, I’ll admit that Absolute Carnage was more fun than it had any right to be, and seeing more horror elements incorporated into a superhero universe is always a welcome sight.
After the hellish horrors of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Ravencroft Institute has received a much-needed facelift and is open for business with a new staff, including JOHN JAMESON, looking to atone for the part he played in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE. But will Ravencroft return the mentally unstable villains of the Marvel Universe to upstanding citizens and give John the redemption he’s looking for, or will they fall prey to the hospital’s seemingly sinister nature?
Protector #1 (Image Comics)
Given that our own Mike Nickells has already given this first issue a glowing review, there’s even more reason to check out another new series from Image.
From SIMON ROY (Prophet), Sideways Award-winning author DANIEL M. BENSEN (Junction), ARTYOM TRAKHANOV, JASON WORDIE (GOD COUNTRY), and HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU (Red Sonja) comes a sci-fi adventure equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Mad Max, and The Expanse. Of all the tribes that dwell in the hot ruins of far-future North America, the Hudsoni reign supreme, but even they fear and obey the godlike Devas. When the Devas warn of an old-world demon in the conquered city of Shikka-Go, Hudsoni war chief First Knife decides to deal with the threat personally.
Quantum & Woody #1 (Valiant)
Though most new Valiant titles have yet to fully live up to the standard set by 2012’s “Summer of Valiant” launch, I’m hopeful that the world’s worst superhero team is able to rise to the occasion. Their chances increase if their goat-dad is in tow.
Quantum & Woody — the worst superhero duo in the world — are Earth’s LAST hope against stopping a coalition of mad scientists from destroying the planet!
Frankenstein Undone #1 (Dark Horse)
Any book that gives readers an entry into Dark Horse’s Mignolaverse is worth a mention. ‘Verse staples Mike Mignola and Scott Allie attempt to bridge the gap between the iconic Mary Shelley novel and the acclaimed comics. Given the track record of Hellboy, BPRD, and all the others, expect good things.
Frankenstein’s creator lies dead in the icy grip of the Arctic, and the monster searches for a new purpose. Just as he thinks he’s found one with a group of unlikely companions, disaster strikes-and the monster is catapulted out of Mary Shelley’s novel and into the world of Hellboy.
Bridging Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein novella and Mike Mignola’s Frankenstein Underground, this series brings together Mignola, Scott Allie, Ben Stenbeck, Brennan Wagner, and Clem Robins for an all-new horror adventure in the far north.