Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday Morning Superhero

This month marks the return to Diamond solicited books making their way into your local comic book store and I hope that people can stay safe and venture out to support their shops.  As of the most recent update, it looks like the return to the traditional distribution of comics will return on May 20, but what books are making their way to your LCS have been changing frequently.

I attempted a few times to highlight comics I am looking forward to picking up, but the publishers have understandably had to change what books will be in that first shipment so I decided to steer clear of that for now. Connect with your LCS to best determine what books might finally find their way back to shelves.  In the meantime there are some other options to satisfy your comics needs.

One direction I can point you is to is that you can pick up the new Doctor Aphra book weeks in advance via the Marvel Comics App.  The new ongoing series has some big shoes to fill, but I look forward to what Alyssa Wong and Marika Cresta will bring to the table and am looking forward to enjoying another run featuring this galactic archaeologist.

In addition to picking up books from your LCS, you can support creators in other ways as well.  I recently backed the Cosmic Detective Kickstarter from Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire and David Rubin and started supporting James Kochalka on Patreon to gain early access to his Moon Book Prototype comic.  Make sure you take the time to see what your favorite creators are up to on their social accounts and support them if you are able.

While we all look forward to being able to manage our pull-lists with ease, it is crucial to stay safe and ensure that we can support our LCS and creators in a way that works for everyone.

Mikey's Reading List for May:
Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt:
This spy series is like no other book you have ever read. Mind MGMT is a covert organization that leverages a team of specialized psychics who all have a unique set of abilities.  Meru gets involved with Mind MGMT after she investigates a mysterious plane crash.  The attention of detail that Kindt puts in throughout this series is one of the elements that makes this series truly shine.  He hides clues throughout the panels and utilized a watercolor technique on the art and it is absolutely stunning. With a Mind MGMT board game hitting tables soon, this is the perfect time to revisit this series.

Invincible by Robert Kirkman:
This Eisner nominated series starts off like most traditional super-hero books as it focuses on a young hero who comes into his own after learning of his super-hero lineage. Kirkman quickly flips the script on this one and it is not one for the feint of heart.  The first time I read this series it took me a few issues before I was really hooked, but the payoff is well worth it.

Bone by Jeff Smith:
I originally read this series as I was trying to find some good comics to share with my kids.  It is a delightful book that I enjoyed as much as my kids. The Bone cousins find themselves kicked out of their town and quickly have to adapt to a world that is much bigger than they could have ever imagined. My son reads this series at least twice a year and I try to revisit it on an annual basis. There are always rumblings of a movie or Netflix show in the mix and I hope it comes to fruition at some point to introduce this world to a larger audience.

POSTED BY MIKE N. aka Victor Domashev -- comic guy, proudly raising nerdy kids, and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2012.