I hope you are enjoying a short work week as most of the American working world got the day off for my birthday (you’re welcome). Thanks to everyone for the kind birthday wishes but now it is time to get back to business and if your business is trying to pick out Four Comics I Want for this Wednesday, then business is good! Here are just four of the comics I want to pick up this week. Feel free to let me know what is on you list as well!
Darth Vader #9 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): With Force Friday having just passed I thought we would keep up the momentum (Treat Yo Self will also have a Star Wars theme this week). Darth Vader has been my favorite book of the new Star Wars comic verse although they have all been awesome. When SW came out in ’77, Vader was one of the most intimidating villains I had seen in my young life. The most satisfying aspect of this book is that he still inspires terror in those around him but we now have a chance to see a character that is more complex than just the Emperor’s lap dog with a lightsaber. The Dark Lord has plans within plans and if you are brave enough to stand in his way, you won’t be there for long. In this issue, Vader has been given a mission by the Empire however this mission threatens to uncover Vader’s own personal mission. The situation presented here is interesting because I don’t traditionally think of Darth Vader as one to sneak about. He is more of a just force choke you or strike you down with his lightsaber sorta cyborg. The conflict here is apparent despite Vader’s few words. Nevertheless, Vader will be successful and those that stand in his way best beware. The book is created by the team of writer Kieron Gillen, artist Salvador Larroca, and colorist Edgar Delgado and each month they make me root for the dark side a little more! Check out this preview at Comixology.
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire #1 (of 4) ($3.99, Marvel Comics): Even though the title itself probably kept three publicists busy for a week I’m still excited for this book. Firstly, take a look at that gorgeous cover by Phil Noto. Why would you even make a variant?In this limited series, writer Greg Rucka (so much yes) and artist Marco Checchetto take us into the Star Wars universe just after the destruction of the 2nd Death Star. This is the first story in the new canon to do so and I can’t wait to see it set the stage for the The Force Awakens. I will admit that I wasn’t very familiar with Checchetto’s work but take a look at this preview and tell me his work isn’t gorgeous. I’m not a big fan of movie adaptations but since this one is more connected to the original trilogy and not the new movies, I’ll give it a shot. I’m also avoiding anything that looks like it might spoil Episode VII. I want to go into these with as little knowledge of what is going to happen as possible.
Bitch Planet #5 ($3.50, Image): I love this book. I love the idea of it. I love the execution of it. I got a chance to briefly meet writer Kelly Sue DeConnick at the Eisner Awards this year and I told her my only complaint was that I kept loaning it out and people wouldn’t give it back! In this sci-fi send up of woman’s prison stories, those women deemed Noncompliant are sentenced to a prison planet. Noncompliance pretty much goes along with every stupid complaint about women that you can find in internet comments if you can bear to read them. Art by Valentine De Landro and colors by Cris Peter guarantee that you will be spellbound by the images even though you want to rip ahead to read the rest of the script. It has been too long for me since issue 4 but greatness takes time!
Faster Than Light #1 ($2.99, Image Comics): You know that a title like Faster Than Light is going to catch my eye and when the tease includes a reference to the optimism of Star Trek that I’m very curious. The Image website gives story credit to Brian Haberlin and art credit to both Haberlin and Geirrod Vandyke. Part of this has to do with the fact that every issue will feature Anomaly’s free cutting edge Augmented Reality app. With the app, it appears taht interactive holograms are coming out of the book. What does that look like? Check out this YouTube video to see what I mean!
As always, WCPE is happy to be publishing #FCIW with the support of Elite Comics in Overland Park, KS. William and the Elite Crew run a friendly, clean, and safe comic shop which is welcoming to all and supportive of many local and national non-profits including The Hero Initiative. Stop in, pick up these four books, and let the gang at Elite Comics know that the Worst. Comic. Podcast. EVER! sent you over.