I realized last night while I was trying to fall asleep that being a comic book fan is like having a major holiday every single week. Wednesdays = presents, so who needs birthdays or anniversaries or any of that jibber jabber anymore. (We’ll just ignore the fact that you have to pay for your own Wednesday presents because treat yo self, amiright?) And let me tell you, this week is no exception! There are some fantastic comics coming out this Wednesday. Be excited. Be very excited.
Casanova: Acedia #1
Writers: Matt Fraction and Michael Chabon
Artists: Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
Cover Artists: Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
Jay Gatsby, James Bond, and Sam Winchester walk into a bar, play darts with Matt Fraction and Fabio Moon, and give Fraction and Fabio the inspiration they need to create Casanova: Acedia #1 (and not just because Sam Winchester’s hair looks like Casanova’s, I promise). First of all, the art in this comic is amazing. The line drawing and limited color palate remind of a Dr. Suess book, but with more blood and less learning. Secondly, the story is intriguing as Quentin Casanova has no memory of who he is or why he knows the things he knows. This also means that if you’ve never read any Casanova comics before, there’s no need to worry because the title character has just as little clue to what’s going on as you do. My favorite part of this comic is the narration style as it switches seamlessly between an objective narrator and Casanova’s thoughts throughout the issue. Full of mystery, luxury, and hints of the occult, Casanova: Acedia #1 is definitely worth picking up this Wednesday.
Colder: The Bad Seed #4
Publisher: Dark Horse
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Okay, so. This comic is TERRIFYING. It’s very good and phenomenally well done, but also terrifying. Like waking nightmare, hiding under blankets, wanting to take a shower, but being too scared level of terrifying. Now I know what you’re thinking, “But Julia! You should know this by now!” “It’s a horror comic, what do you expect?” I know!! But that doesn’t stop it from giving me the heebitie jeebities, which are twelve times more intense than your run of the mill heebie jeebies. Seeing as the point of Colder: The Bad Seed is to continue Colder’s legacy of being mind-bendingly eerie and crossing between the worlds of sanity and insanity, than I’d say this comic is definitely doing its job. Just don’t be surprised if you end up being incredibly aware of the existence of your fingers after you read it.
Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit #1
Writer: Rob Anderson
Penciler: Fernando Melek, Inker: Novo Malgapo, Colorist: Juan Romera, Letterer: E.T. Dollman
Cover Artist: Leandro Panganiban, Cover Colorist: Kevin Volo
Creature Cops takes place in a world that would be heaven for Napoleon Dynamite. Forget ligers, there are animal splices that he couldn’t even have imagined: gator-snakes, panda dogs, horned mastiffs, and many more. Animal control has become federalized and the employees of the Special Varmint Unit must work around the clock to keep up with the creatures invading the city. This classic police drama style story is suspenseful and mysterious and left me eagerly awaiting the next two parts of this three part mini-series so I can find out why on earth someone has decided to breed giant rats and griffins.
Bitch Planet #2
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Valentine De Landro
Cover Artist: Valentine De Landro
Bitch Planet is everything I want from a comic. With so many dystopian future stories flooding all forms of media right now, it’s incredibly refreshing to read one that does not involve a forced love triangle between three characters who are essentially walking literary allegories. The characters in Bitch Planet are representations of . . . wait for it. . . people. Astounding, right? We’re only two issues in and I can already say with 100% certainty that a conversation with Penny Rolle or Kamau Kogo would be infinitely more interesting than talking to Katniss Everdeen or Tris Prior. Not only that, but Bitch Planet does not hesitate to make a clear statement about its intentions. This is a feminist comic and it is proud of it. Bitch Planet tackles heavy subject matter without watering it down and expands on the issues it presents in essays at the back of each comic, which are informative without shaming or guilt tripping anyone for having a different perspective. It is hard to find media that is both well written and well spoken, but Bitch Planet’s kick-ass futuristic story and captivating characters provide exactly that. If you are a woman, have known a woman, and/or if you are able to read, pick up Bitch Planet #2 this Wednesday!
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writers: Tom Siddell, Jim Zub, and John Kovalic
Artists: Mike Holmes, Rian Sygh, and John Kovalic
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists: Ian McGinty, Tyler Jenkins, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb
Munchkin #1 takes all of the charm and sass of the Munchkin card game and puts it into three delightful short stories centered around the Munchkin universe. While all of them are great, I especially loved the second story in this issue, ‘Humans Got No Class’. It played off the idea that this card game, and role playing games in general, can be subjective and ridiculous, but are ultimately awesome and worthwhile uses of the imagination. I really enjoy when a product is tactfully able to make fun of itself, which is basically what this entire comic is in the best way possible. Munchkin #1 is tons of fun and a very enjoyable read, so read it!
Julia sings a lot and gets yelled at by her roommates. She hides comics in her college textbooks, but is amazingly still going to graduate this spring because she has superheroic multitasking skills. When she’s not reading, doing homework, working, or playing magic, she can be found sitting on the floor eating frozen peas and musing about the wonders of potatoes. They’re just so versatile!