Monday, March 12, 2018

This Week In Comics: 3/14

Another New Comic Book Day is just around the corner! Click the jump to check out some of the new comics hitting the shelves at your local comic book shop this week.

Disclaimer: I received advance copies of all comics featured this week courtesy of their individual publishers.
Opinions are my own.

Port of Earth Volume 1 (Image Comics)
Aliens have come to Earth. Not in war, and not particularly in peace, but with a business deal: open up a spaceport here on Earth in exchange for advanced technology. Port of Earth tells the story of the security task force established to protect citizens of Earth and alien visitors from each other. Agent Rice sticks to the code: do not engage until provoked, aliens are innocent until proven guilty. But brash Agent MacIntyre doesn’t need much convincing that all aliens are scum. In between action scenes that look like an XBox game is series of great social commentary that really hits home in today’s political climate. Discussions mirroring that of the real-world issues of gun control, immigration, and unemployment really help bring this story to the next level. Port of Earth Volume 1 will be in your local comic shop this Wednesday and everywhere else on March 20th. Pre-order here.

Dry County #1 (Image Comics)
Critically acclaimed cartoonist Rich Tommaso is taking a hiatus from Spy Seal to bring us a new crime series that follows Lou Rossi, a lovesick cartoonist living in Miami in the early 1990s (still suffering a hangover from the 1980s) who falls for Janet, a girl he met while doing laundry. But Janet’s dirty laundry extends beyond her socks and underwear. Lou gets caught up in having to deal with kidnappers, teenage gangsters, threatening letters, and Janet's dangerous ex-boyfriends. None of that is in this issue, instead, Tommaso spends this premiere establishing the visual and narrative style of Dry County. The color palette and imagery beautifully inject wonder and intrigue into a story set in our own world.

VS #2 (Image Comics)
In a future where war has become a spectator sport, Satta Flynn is ready for his big comeback fight with fresh augments and new sponsors. But while war never changes, fame is a fickle mistress. Can Satta reclaim the spotlight? VS continues to masterfully show the harsh brutality of warfare in the framing of a Sunday night event. The alien planet battlegrounds continue to show off the series stunning visuals. Flynn’s new teammates and opponents also give us some cool new alien soldiers. There’s this bunny-guy for like 1 panel. I love that guy, hope he comes back.

What comics are you picking up this week? Let me know in the comments below!