There might be some new books this week (more on that later), but what looks good for most people is continuing to make a dent in their “to read” piles. If not, it might just be a good time to revisit a beloved title from the past.
(w) Chuck Dixon (a) Scott McDaniel
I’ve already espoused my affinity for Dixon and McDaniel’s Nightwing run, but now’s a great time to revisit it. Running through the series’ first 40 issues from 1996 to 2000, their run would define Dick Grayson. Scott McDaniel’s dynamic visuals are a far cry from their 1990s contemporaries, as minor tweaks would make it suitable for today’s tastes. Chuck Dixon gives Dick Grayson the unique voice of a young man looking to find his own path in the world. The duo combine for an examination of a character that is as cool as he is fallible, and ultimately resilient.
- Dan Gehen
(w) Paul Tobin (a) Colleen Coover
Originally by digital publisher Monkeybrain, Bandette sees the charming exploits of its eponymous lead. Harking back to swashbuckling adventurers such as Adventures of Robin Hood or Captain Blood, but set in modern France, Bandette is a light and breezy read that has been collected in gorgeous, digest-sized hardbacks from Dark Horse. The creators are masters at their craft, with Tobin’s cheeky dialogue and Coover’s whimsical visuals are simply captivating. Best yet, the series seems to have no end in sight, as new chapters have been released sporadically over the past few years – the latest of which in early 2020. Presto!
- Andrea Tessie
Fantastic Four (2002-2005)
(w) Mark Waid (a) Mike Wieringo
There have been some great Fantastic Four runs over the years. From the original Lee/Kirby saga, to Jonathan Hickman’s cerebral epic. But it’s the work of Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo that managed to strike a balance between the two while also injecting the book with a heavy dose of personality, allowing readers to fall in love with Marvel’s First Family all over again.
- Daniel Gehen
Oh yeah, so there are some actual new books coming out from DC this week. While the publisher’s attempt to shake up the industry’s current distribution model is commendable, the timing of it – especially in a period when people are looking for stability – is poor. However, they are marching forward, which means there are some new books to look forward to this week. Whether you’re a digital reader, your shop does curbside pickup, or their state is inexplicably open, here are a couple worth checking out.
- Daphne Byrne #4
- The Dreaming #20
Stay safe, stay at home, and stay reading!