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 face their anxieties and embrace the advent of convention season. Then they share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues of the week and assess ‘Superman’ #18 and ‘America’ #1.

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MJ’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:

Midnighter and Apollo #6 — DC Comics/$3.99

Extremity #1 — Image Comics/$3.99

Royal City #1 — Image Comics/$4.99

Kingsway West #4 — Dark Horse Comics/$3.99

Unstoppable Wasp #3 — Marvel Comics/$3.99

Jarrod’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:

Nightwing #16 — DC Comics/$2.99

Royal City #1 — Image Comics/$4.99

The Dregs #2 — Black Mask Studios/$3.99

All Time Comics: Crime Destroyer #1 — All Time Comics/$4.99

Superman #18 — DC Comics/$2.99


Superman #18

DC Comics/$2.99

Story by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason.

Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray.

Colors by John Kalisz.

Letters by Rob Leigh.

JJ: The first crossover between Superman and Action Comics since the advent of Rebirth looks to answer lingering questions about the initiative that will either create a feeling of excitement in readers or a feeling of ominous dread. I’d suggest to anybody about to read Superman #18 that they keep their inhalers within arm’s reach. With “Superman Reborn, Part One” the future is uncertain. But it is also thrilling.

8.5 out of 10

America #1

Marvel Comics/$3.99

Written by Gabby Rivera.

Art by Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera and Paolo Rivera.

Colors by Jose Villarrubia.

Letters and production by Travis Lanham.

MJ: Finally — finally — America Chavez has her own series. I was very impressed by Gabby Rivera’s grasp of character, and to be honest, of writing comics — this happily feels nothing like a novelist’s first effort at scripting funny books. Oh, and the fact that so many members of her creative team are queer and/or people of color is just icing on this all-too-delicious cake. Recommended to anyone looking for a superhero book that spends as much time developing its leading lady as it does punching baddies, because looks like we’ll be seeing lots of both.

9.5 out of 10

Check back in two weeks for more from Casual Wednesdays!

Before: “A Reckoning With the Reading Pile,” here.


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Casual Wednesdays written and edited by J. Jones, produced by M.J. Kremer and J. Jones.

Opening/closing theme: “Feels Good 2 B” by Audionautix — YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution)

Intro interview music: “Talk to Me” by Jahzzar — YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)

Top 5 Most Anticipated Background music: “Runner Runner” Produced by Marc Dtwo — SoundCloud, YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)

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