Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of March 6, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of March 6, 2019. After a slow February, spring is getting off to an explosive start, and costing me lots of money.

Comics for the week of March, 6 2019

The Six Million Dollar Man

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Words/Story: Christopher Hastings
Art/Colors: David Hahn

“It’s the 1970s. Things are going great. Steve Austin (used to be an astronaut, now has robo-parts and a laser eye) heads to Japan to help Secret Agent Niko Abe stop a madman with missiles. Steve figures, no sweat. But then . . . sweat. How’s Steve going to complete his mission, when his fancy $6 million body starts (DRASTICALLY) depreciating in value!?”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: So yeah, I had a crush on Steve Austin. Before I understood what it was, I thought that having a bionic eye was the coolest (maybe even cooler than Cyclops). This reboot takes the idea in a fun direction—today $6 million barely buys a New York City apartment, and that equipment takes a beating into what happens when things don’t work like they used to. Dynamite has done a wonderful job with the James Bond license, so I have confidence that the adventures for this and future adventures are in good hands.

The Six Million Dollar Man cover

Dynamite Entertainment

Morning in America

Publisher: Oni Press
Words/Story: Magdalene Visaggio
Art/Colors: Claudia Aguirre

“The year is 1983. A series of disappearances afflicts Tucker, Ohio, following the opening of a mysterious new factory, but when the town finds itself under siege from strange monsters, it’s up to an intrepid girl gang of no-account teen delinquents to try and figure out what’s happening—and save everyone’s lives before it’s too late.”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: My guess is that the “elevator pitch” for this was something like Paper Girls (Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang) meets They Live. If so, I can totally understand what Oni saw in the possibilities. With Girls coming to an end and Mall (from Scout Comics) not as regular as I’d like, I’m looking for a hit of nostalgia every few weeks and this looks like a great possibility—Magdalene Visaggio’s track record also helps.

Morning in America cover

Oni Press

Ronin Island

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words/Story: Greg Pak
Art/Colors: Giannis Milonogiannis

“After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society. Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean peasants, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: there is a new Shogun and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new enemy . . . a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity.”

Category: Tried and True Creator

Why I’m Excited: Sheltered as I was about Asian culture as a kid, I had little understanding about the cultural, political, and historical differences the three nations mentioned in the solicit had with each other. National rivalries may be on display here (people seem to cling even closer to their heritage after trauma), but balancing that against a common goal typically makes for a compelling story. I’m intrigued by how much each character will retain from their home culture and how much will be a blending of the three after living together on the titular island for some time.

Ronin Island cover

BOOM! Studios

Meet the Skrulls

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Words/Story: Robbie Thompson
Art/Colors: Niko Henrichon

“Who do you trust? The Warners are your typical family. Dad works at Stark. Mom works in a senator’s office. Jennifer and Alice are students at Stamford High School. The only thing that makes them different is that they’re shape-shifting Skrulls and have infiltrated our society to pave the way for a Skrull invasion.”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: Remember Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Hernández Walta? Of course you do, it’s one of the most well-reviewed comics of the last few years. Remember Occupy Avengers #6–7? Don’t worry, I’m likely the only one who read that. Coincidentally, Walta also drew those issues. I’ll catch you up: A number of Skrulls are hiding out in a small Iowa town (the stench from the fertilizer factory keeps outsiders moving along quickly) but are exposed as the Empire’s deserters just wanting live in peace. This may be a “dark heart of suburbia” story, or it could be a Witness story, or it could be an homage of the Americans. It could also be an introduction to the villains of Captain Marvel. If it’s any of those, I’m into it.

Meet the Skrulls cover

Marvel Comics

Astro Hustle

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Words/Story: Jai Nitz
Art/Colors: Tom Reilly

“Chen Andalou, the black sheep of a prominent activist family, returns after being accidentally put in cryostasis for sixty years. Chen, a cosmic criminal, wakes up to find his younger brother is now the president of the galaxy. Chen does what he knows best: he steals stuff and causes a problem.”

Category: Support Emerging Talent

Why I’m Excited: Comic Book DD provides all the credits for Tom Reilly as occurring in the ’80s, so I’m counting him as (re)emerging. What grabbed me about this one is the puglike character on the lower right of the cover montage (promotional art made to look like ’70s grindhouse). The character designs are super campy, the interior art makes me wonder if this could be the long-lost story boards for a Jackie Chan meets Barbarella comedy, and a spaceship homage to Master and Commander—what’s not to (free) love?

Astro Hustle

Dark Horse Comics

 

Astro Hustle alternate cover

Dark Horse Comics

Also out this week is a new series in the Black Hammer universe drawn by Matt Kindt; the relaunch of Gail Simone’s Domino-centered Hotshots; and a Star Wars title covering Padmé Amidala’s adventures between Episode II and Episode II.

Oh yeah, and in case you’ve been under a rock, there’s a new Marvel Studios release this Friday.

See you at the racks!

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