Four Comics I Want for NCBD: 2016/03/23

It’s another great week of books and graphic novels with something for everyone in your family. Professor and world renowned illustrator Kyle Baker, (Nat Turner, Why I Hate Saturn), has a new book out and we bid adieu to David Walker, (Power Man And Iron Fist, Shaft), as his run on Cyborg comes to an end. Lee Bermejo continues to expand the DC universe with We Are Robin and Action Lab collects the fun and exciting all-ages story of Midnight the cat in their Midnight Over Stellar City graphic novel.

It’s officially spring so take those allergy pills and get outside with some of your favorite books!

Until next time, I hope every day feels like new comic book day!

Circuit-Breaker #1 ($2.99, Image Comics): I really love Kyle Baker as an artist. From his raw and honest storytelling in Nat Turner, or his deep characterization work in Why I Hate Saturn Professor Baker is constantly challenging my sensibilities and perspectives. His visual appeal to me is somewhere between Bill Sienkiewicz, Geof Darrow, and Jack Kirby. I think he creates big motion from hyper-realistic detail, nuanced tweaks to perspective, and burst of color and energy. If you want to see some of his work in the sandboxes of the big two check out his Captain America take in Truth: Red, White & Black or his whimsical story about Superman as a baby in Letitia Lerner, Superman’s Babysitter. Now on to the new stuff and an overview of Circuit-Breaker! “When the heroic robots that saved Japan during World War IV are outlawed, they turn against mankind, waging a campaign of terror across the last city on Earth. Their creator builds one more soldier-disguised as his teenaged granddaughter-and tasks her with dismantling the marauding mechanical militia. But as she begins to question her programming, will she be the last hope for humanity, or the final nail in our coffin?”

Cyborg #9 ($2.99, DC): I originally picked up Cyborg as a part of the DCYou lineup to give both DC and my love/hate relationship with them as a comics publisher a solid chance to get it right. In the nine months since the launch of the book DC has announced another massive cross-company event, issue re-numbering plans, and exclusive contracts with writers and artists. You might be asking yourself, “What does any of this have to do with Cyborg?”. Well, the Rebirth event will bring an end to the current Cyborg series, but in the meantime the current writer will be leaving the book after this issue and before the end of the story arc because he chose not to sign an exclusive with DC. A new Cyborg book will be launched next fall, but the creative team has not been announced. In addition to these changes the pencilling duties have been split up among so many artists the book has lost a lot of it’s visual continuity. Trying to figure out where the character sits in the scheme of DC will only drive you crazy, if you love Cyborg my advice would be to buy this book because you love the character and leave all of the other things at the door. “Federal forces are sent to capture Cyborg and his technology-but things take a bizarre twist when tensions rise among members of the Justice League, who are split over what Cyborg should do. Shazam doesn’t understand why Cyborg won’t go along with the federal agents. Could this be the moment that ends their friendship?”

We Are Robin #10 ($3.99, DC): I’ve been playing the game Gotham City Imposters on the Xbox360 for years. I love the concept of Batman and the Joker being gone and everyday dingdongs copying their looks to commit or stop crime based on the persona they’ve chosen. (It’s SUCH a fun game!!!) So when DC finally decided they were going to need to diversify their character portfolios more, even if that meant initially just creating weak derivations off of the original narratives, the blowback and fallout was inevitable from the fan base but I loved it! For whatever reason I was ready to see a new Robin when Jason Todd showed up and I was ready to see a new Batman when Azrael appeared. I like change and I think it’s a natural and beautiful part of our existence. We Are Robin is a story about a group of everyday teenagers deciding to fight for their city using the imagery of Robin as their totem. I’ve been embracing the changing landscape of comic book heroes and We Are Robin does a great job of delivering meaningful moments to the Batman Family with great writing, terrific covers and sublime interior art. “The Jokers have taken over Middleton High! Duke and Riko are trapped inside as average students-can Dax and Izzy get to them in time? And could Dre really have joined the side of the Jokers? In a final showdown between the Robins and the Jokers, Duke and his team will be put to the ultimate test of loyalty.”

Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City TPB ($11.99, Action Lab Entertainment): I’ve been a huge fan of the core Hero Cats book since last year. My five year old daughter, Lillian Frances, has talked about the series and her love of the characters. Two more reasons why we love this series of comics so much is they are smartly written with plenty of dialogue and an actual story you can follow. Many all-ages books, especially licensed property books, take a lot of liberties when it comes to actually creating compelling reading for either the parent or the child. Pixar created another level of entertainment when they introduced stories both parents and children could experience and grow from, and Kyle Puttkammer and Alex Ogle put together the same type of experience with Hero Cats and the associated spin offs. I’ve already got all three issues which make up this trade paperback, but I would highly recommend the collection for anyone interested in an exciting story with great art you can share with your children.   “The world of Midnight is revealed. Hero Cat fans hold on tight! This is Stellar City as you’ve never seen it before. Our mysterious guardian is on the prowl and a confrontation with the tyrannical Crow King is inevitable. Collects all three issues of the original series.”

For more comic synopses and a complete list of all of the new books coming out tomorrow, check PreviewsWorld for the weekly shipping list.

As always, WCPE is so 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.



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