Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of January 16, 2019

Books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of January 16, 2019.

Black Widow cover; Step Aside, Pops; and Banana Fish volumes 1–10

Black Widow

Publisher: Marvel
Words/Story: Jen and Sylvia Soska
Art/Colors: Flaviano Armentaro

“. . . and hell followed with her. Natasha Romanoff was trained to kill. For years now she’s tried to overcome that programming, to side with the angels . . . to be a hero. And where’d that get her? Killed. By one of the few true friends she allowed herself to have. Now she’s back from the dead, angry as hell and finding those better angels harder and harder to hear.”

Category: Like They Need My Help

Why I’m Excited: Comics have a long history of bringing characters back from the dead. If you missed Black Widow’s death in Secret Empire, don’t worry; but if you missed her return in Tales of Suspense (2017), you need to catch up. I have read every series with Natasha’s name on it and all have been stellar. Flaviano Armentaro joins the ranks of Chris Samnee, Phil Noto, and Daniel Acuña. I’m intrigued to see what horror elements the Soskas will bring to the super-spy saga.

Black Widow cover

Marvel Comics

Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection

Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Words/Story: Kate Beaton
Art/Colors: Kate Beaton

“Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, and Benito Juárez burst off the pages of Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection. Kate Beaton’s second D+Q book brings her hysterically funny gaze to bear on these and even more historical, literary, and contemporary figures. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton’s incisive wit in these satirical strips. Beaton returns with a refined pen, ready to make jokes at the expense of hunks, army generals, scientists, and Canadians in equal measure.”

Category: Tried and True Creator

Why I’m Excited: In the new media landscape where everything is available for almost no cost (if you’re willing to set aside some ethical issues), how do you let your favorite creators know that you love their art? These comics are mostly available on Beatons’s website, as are those in her prior collection, and it’s difficult enough to make a living as an artist; so I’m a proponent of putting your money where your passions are. Of course, if you don’t have the budget for this particular book, remember that you can request books at your local library.

Step Aside, Pops cover

Drawn & Quarterly

Banana Fish Volumes 1–10

Publisher: Viz Media
Words/Story: Akimi Yoshida
Art/Colors: Akimi Yoshida

“Vice City: New York in the 80s . . . Ash has only one hand of cards—a loyal posse of street thugs, an investigative reporter, and a sympathetic cop, as he plays his one draw with tricks, trumps, and the hand jive from a .357 Magnum . . .” (From Vol. 7)

Category: Try Something New in the New Year

Why I’m Excited: Last year I picked up my first manga; what had I been avoiding? No idea. Considering all the anime I’ve watched, how had I never investigated this genre? I dipped into the adorable My Brother’s Husband last year and had this recommended to me by a friend who knows I love the world of Criminal.

Banana Fish volumes 1–10

Viz Media

Also out this week: a new incarnation of World War II team The Invaders and the director’s cut edition of Black Hammer #1.

What are your New Year’s comics/reading resolutions?

See you at the racks!

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