By Molly Jane Kremer and Jarrod Jones. Happy New Comic Book Day! This is Casual Wednesdays With DoomRocket, 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 stare down their respective reading piles and face a few hard truths. Then somehow they share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues of the week, and assess ‘Batwoman: Rebirth’ #1 and ‘The Wild Storm’ #1.
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MJ’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters — Fantagraphics Press/$39.99
Doctor Strange, .MU and #17 — Marvel Comics/$4.99/$3.99
Spell on Wheels #5 — Dark Horse Comics/$3.99
Superman #17 — DC Comics/$2.99
Night’s Dominion #6 — Oni Press/$3.99
Jarrod’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
Batwoman: Rebirth #1 — DC Comics/$2.99
Second Sight TPB — AfterShock Comics/$17.99
Super Sons #1 — DC Comics/$2.99
Sex Criminals #16 — Image Comics/$3.99
Mother Panic #3 — DC’s Young Animal/$3.99
REVIEWS FOR FEBRUARY 15, 2017
The Wild Storm #1
Written by Warren Ellis.
Art by Jon Davis-Hunt.
Colors by Ivan Plascencia.
Letters by Simon Bowland.
JJ: This is the ground floor opportunity for new readers to check out the potential of the Wildstorm universe. There’s a big world tucked away in here, and while The Wild Storm is more conspiracy theorist spank material from Ellis than a bonafide puzzler, I’ll probably give the first arc a fair shake. Recommended for fans of Ellis’ work on The Authority and Stormwatch, as well as folks who are really into the Illuminati and believe we never made it to the Moon.
5.5 out of 10
Batwoman: Rebirth #1
Written by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV.
Art by Steve Epting.
Colors by Jeromy Cox.
Letters by Deron Bennett.
MJ: A new Batwoman ongoing? Of course I’d read this book. While the issue glosses over much of Batwoman’s origin (giving what is ostensibly a Cliff’s Notes version of her backstory), and towards the end it all gets a bit choppy, I would recommend it to any Gotham devotee, to those looking for more authentic queer representation in superhero comics, or to anyone looking for a heroic, flawed, and inspiring superheroine — something that is far more rare than you might think.
8 out of 10
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Header image: ‘Black Orchid’ #1, DC Comics. (December 1988) Art by Dave McKean.
Casual Wednesdays written and edited by J. Jones, produced by M.J. Kremer and J. Jones.
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