By Molly Jane Kremer and Jarrod Jones. Happy New Comic Book Day! This is Casual Wednesdays With DoomRocket, a podcast series where each week we discuss our feelings concerning the comics that mean the most to us, and the industry news that affects us all. This week, MJ & Jarrod speak with Oliver Sava, columnist over at the A.V. Club, about the upcoming year in comics. They chat with DoomRocket contributing writers, Stefania Rudd and Courtney Ryan, about their most anticipated events of 2017, and then assess ‘The Unstoppable Wasp’ #1 and ‘Justice League vs. Suicide Squad’ #3.
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MJ’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
Batman #14 — DC Comics/$2.99
Unworthy Thor #3 — Marvel Comics/$3.99
The Wicked + The Divine #25 — Image Comics/$3.50
Shade the Changing Girl #4 — DC’s Young Animal/$3.99
The Unstoppable Wasp #1 — Marvel Comics/$3.99
Jarrod’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
Justice League of America: The Atom Rebirth #1 — DC Comics/$2.99
The Flintstones #7 — DC Comics/$3.99
Superman #14 — DC Comics/$2.99
Box Office Poison Color Comics #1 — IDW Publishing/$3.99
Saga #41 — Image Comics/$2.99
REVIEWS FOR JANUARY 4, 2017
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3
Written by Joshua Williamson.
Art by Jesus Merino; inks by Andy Owens.
Colors by Alex Sinclair with Jeremiah Skipper.
Letters by Rob Leigh.
JJ: DC banked on their cinematic superhero and supervillain jamborees to be far more well-received by everyone than they actually were, and since making comic books takes a really long time, we’re stuck with Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3 anyway. Among the clunky dialogue and lackluster artwork, with not one, not two, but three superteams to keep track of, the whole thing is an utter mess to behold.
2 out of 10
The Unstoppable Wasp #1
Written by Jeremy Whitley.
Art by Elsa Charretier.
Colors by Megan Wilson.
Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna.
MJ: Elsa Charretier’s art, with Megan Wilson’s colors, is beautiful and is just the right amount of cute for this title. There’s a hint of Darwyn Cooke in Charretier’s linework and faces, and her layouts are fluid and perfectly paced. It’s utterly joyous, extremely new reader friendly — of course I was gonna read it. And holy heck, am I glad I did.
9.5 out of 10
Check back next week for more from Casual Wednesdays!
Before: “The Year That Was,” here.
Header image: ‘Motor Crush’ #2, Image Comics (January 11, 2017). Art by Babs Tarr.
Top 5 Most Anticipated Background music: “Runner Runner” Produced by Marc Dtwo — SoundCloud, YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)