Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of March 13, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of March 13, 2019.

Little Bird

Publisher: Image Comics
Words/Story: Darcy Van Poelgeest
Art/Colors: Ian Bertram

Little Bird follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: Ever since finding his art in House of Penance I’ve been wondering what Ian Bertram’s next project would be. I would be picking this up even just for his ability to render facial expressions at once surreal and so amazingly emotive. How much of this is “alternate history” though?; the art implies an eighteenth century colonial frontier, the costuming a mix of First Nations and French voyagers.

Little Bird cover

Image Comics

Assassin Nation

Publisher: Image Comics
Words/Story: Kyle Starks
Art/Colors: Erica Henderson

“The world’s former greatest hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: I once had a conversation at a party about who helps put together a kind of creator speed-dating event at conventions. I bring this up because I’m wondering how it was that these two came to work on a project together. An artist/writer blind date? Ryan North as matchmaker? It’s probably not complete madness, but Erica Henderson is the last person I would have thought to bring into something with this pitch.

Assassin Nation cover

Image Comics

Calamity Kate

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Words/Story: Magdalene Visaggio
Art/Colors: Corin Howell

“Kate Strand reboots her destructive life and moves to L.A. to be the superhero she always wanted to be: Calamity Kate, gun-toting monster killer. With her latest career change, she faces new challenges, relationships, and competition; desperate to show she’s worth a damn in a world overrun by zombies, vampires, demons, goblins, and the ultimate monster bounty: the Seven Fabled Beasts of Yore.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: So how many books is Magdalene Visaggio writing these days? Is this weekly exercise in scouring the comics solicits for exciting (to me) ideas for books turning into the Visaggio show? Am I kind of jelly of the Tweets? Like seven. Maybe. Yes.

Calamity Kate cover

Dark Horse Comics


Star Trek: Discovery Captain Saru

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Words/Story: Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson
Art/Colors: Angel Hernandez

“An all-new Discovery adventure that ties directly into season one of the hit CBS All Access show! Soon after the events on Q’onoS, the Discovery receives a distress call from someone from Tilly’s past. It’s up to Commander Saru to lead the crew against this sinister alien threat in his first mission as acting captain!”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: Just me getting excited to be writing about the great things that Discovery is doing. As with any new show, there is a learning period, and from what has been leaked about the behind-the-scenes drama, I can expect that there was an unevenness to the episodes. (There may also be a formal challenge of trying to balance the episodic -versus-serial hybrid that’s being attempted by CBS.) The show is now taking its best asset—the growing camaraderie of its characters—to new levels in season two. The connections to ToS are more explicit—this week’s episode (three of seven) starts with a “previously on Star Trek” segment that revisits the 1965 pilot but they are making a story for a new audience. Previously, Star Trek seemed to use characters mostly as foils for allegorical situations, but with Discovery we see characters evolving (quite literally). Here, the only Kelpien in Starfleet (played by the incomparable Doug Jones) has to step up. Stamets would still be in the process of grieving his partner Dr Culber; Burnham is trying to understand what her future holds after realizing that the only reason she isn’t in a prison was that her captain was in love with an evil version of her; and Tilly may still be awaiting news of her acceptance into the Command Training Program. I am excited to read this new adventure.

Star Trek: Discovery Captain Saru cover

IDW Publishing

Also out this week: from Marvel, the Magnificent Ms. Marvel from new creative team Saladin Ahmed and Minkyu Jung; and a fourth Iceman volume written by Sina Grace.

How about that Captain Marvel movie? Was all the hype worth it?

See you at the racks!

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