Rarely are there so many good books in a fifth week, but that’s what’s in store for readers this time. With more Hickman shenanigans, post-apocalyptic Batman, and steampunk Ghostbusters, it’s enough to make you forget that one of the industry’s best titles is ending.
Powers of X #1 – Marvel Comics
(w) Jonathan Hickman (a) R.B. Silva (c) Marte Garcia
After last week’s HoX, get ready for PoX. Jonathan Hickman’s new direction for the X-Men continues in this series, which will examine the past of Marvel’s mutants, and set the stage for their future. Not going to lie, not everything in HoX made sense, but it’s not supposed to. If this holds true to Hickman’s form, expect more questions while getting a few answers.
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 – DC Comics
(w) Scott Snyder (a) Greg Capullo (i) Jonathan Glapion (c) FCO Plascencia
Are you ready for more awesome-but-confusing storytelling? The first issue of Batman: Last Knight on Earth was one of the most satisfying books in recent memory, due almost entirely to the art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascencia. Since the New 52, this trio (along with inker Danny Miki) has made a case for being one of the definitive Batman art teams.
Paper Girls #30 – Image Comics
(w) Brian K. Vaughan (a) Cliff Chiang
The conclusion to BKV’s saga is here. No, not that saga, but the one featuring the time-traveling adventures of some 1980s paper girls. Expect nothing other than a weird and emotional finale.
Black Manor #1 – Dark Horse
(w) Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt (a) Tyler Crook
Another horror book from Cullen Bunn? Given his track record in the genre, this is probably worth checking out. Bunn has crafted a reputation as the medium’s master of horror, tackling subjects from body horror to supernatural suspense. Joined by co-writer Brian Hurtt and artist Tyler Crook, this latest effort tackles classic, gothic horror tropes with a family of sorcerers as its focus.
Red Sonja: Lord of Fools #1 – Dynamite Entertainment
(w) Mark Russell (a) Bob Q
The most impressive thing to date about Mark Russell’s run on Red Sonja has been his development as a more serious writer. While glimpsed during his Lone Ranger miniseries, Russell’s Sonja is much less farcical than his other works. While not devoid of humor, he has given this world real stakes and consequences which Sonja must grapple with. Lord of Fools may sound like a goofy book, but expect more of the grounded storytelling that has made Red Sonja one of the best books on the market.
Boston Metaphysical Society #1 – Source Point Press
(w) Madeleine Holly-Rosing (a) Emily Hu
You might want to pick this up if for no other reason than it’s eye-catching title. Set in an alternate 1895, Boston Metaphysical Society imagines a world that blends steampunk with everyday run-ins with ghosts and demons. How does the world deal with these metaphysical challenges? Well, that’s where the titular Society comes in. I know, it sounds like steampunk Ghostbusters… because it is steampunk Ghostbusters.