Since Comics We Crave doesn’t seem to be a thing anymore, I’ll think I’ll start doing “Comics for the Masses” posts where we can write down the comics coming out this week and all the recommendations and reviews for the ones we enjoy. And now for the week of 1/27/19.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4, written by Ryan North, with art by Erica Henderson and colors by Rico Renzi.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl continues her awesome trip back to the 1960s, only this time her friend Nancy Whitehead has come back...along with the one and only Doctor Doom. And Future Wikipedia shows that Doom conquers the world in the 1960s, too!
So what’s a girl with partially squirrel blood to do? Well, we find out and it’s pretty frickin’ hilarious. For a story where Doom conquers the world (and coming so soon after a story where Doom was god for all reality), Doom actually comes off pretty good and may be the one villain that Squirrel Girl can’t befriend or talk her way into stopping — but then again, she’s beaten him before, so perhaps she can do it again.
Angela: Queen of Hel #4, written by Marguerite Bennett, with art by Kim Jacinto and Stephanie Hans and colors by Israel Silva. Queen of Hel continues to be amazing, with Angela, Sera, and Leah fomenting a rebellion in Hel. And it also contains one of the funniest panels ever:
All-New, All-Different Avengers #4, written by Mark Waid, with art by Mahmud Asrar and Dave McCraig, is a nice change of pace from the previous issues. This one includes more bonding between Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, and Nova, while the Vision acts, well, creepy but awesome.
Extraordinary X-Men #6, written by Jeff Lemire, with art by Victor Ibanez and colors by Jay David Ramos, is probably the best issue yet from a series that has been kind of “meh.” This issue benefits a lot from a new artist with a new realistic style and also has a lot more good characterization. But seriously: what the hell did Cyclops do anyway?
Daredevil #3, written by Charles Soule, with art by Ron Garney and colors by Matt Milla, gives us several awesome fight scenes, but also brings up more questions about Matt’s new status quo. What did he do to make everyone forget he was Daredevil and why?
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3, written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, with art by Natacha Bustos, is a goddamn delight. Lunella continues to be both sad and smart, but now she has the benefit of having a pet dinosaur.
Faith #1, written by Jody Houser, with art by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage and colors by Andrew Dalhouse.
You know the word “delightful”? And how sometimes, something is just so light and fun that it can only be accurately described as “delightful”? Well, okay, that’s Faith.
The main character, Faith Herbert, was actually a character in Harbringer, about a group of kids with psionic powers who run away from the evil Harada Corporation. Harbringer ended, but now Faith has her own series, which is wonderful because she is simply an awesome character: she was raised on a steady diet of science fiction, fantasy, and superheroes, so all she wanted to be when she grew up was a superhero. And now that she’s gone solo, she’s doing that exact thing and it’s turning out to be pretty great (at one point, she stops a puppy-napping).
It’s also amazingly funny, especially when Faith wants to get a job at a newspaper (again: she’s a big fan of the classics), but, well, newspapers are going out of business. So she gets a job at a Buzzfeed-type website writing listicles.
Cry Havoc #1, written by Simon Spurrier, with art by Ryan Kelly and colors by Nick Filardi, Lee Loughridge, and Matt Wilson.
Over the past few years, Spurrier has made a name for himself writing incredibly good, but incredibly weird books, including X-Men: Legacy (all about Legion, Professor X’s son) and Six-Gun Gorilla. This is another one by him, which means it is both weird and awesome.
Louise “Lou” Canton is a musician from London with a girlfriend who works at the zoo. Except now she’s a soldier in Afghanistan, hunting down a special forces operative who has gone rogue. How did she get from one place to the other? And what does it have to do with being attacked and bitten by a werewolf? As the solicit said: “This is not the tale of a lesbian werewolf who goes to war. Except it kind of is.”
(Seriously, it’s really good.)
Black Magick #4, written by Greg Rucka, with art by Nicola Scott. This is basically a police procedural where the main character (Rowan Black) is a witch, but it is really good. It has magic and murder and also Nicola Scott on art, which means it’s gorgeous.
So there we are. Any other recommendations for this week?