Monday, April 16, 2018

This Week In Comics: 4/18

Another New Comic Book Day is upon us! Hit 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.

Death of Love #3 (Image Comics)
This week marks the return of the “guy takes pills that let him see cupid so he viciously murders them” book. With an army of cute little cupidae are after, Philo has no idea what to do. He turns to his friends, but they justifiably think he’s crazy. As they start plotting his trip to the psyche ward, Philo makes a drastic attempt to prove that he hasn’t totally lost it. There is a hilarious scene from his friends’ point of view where he fights a cupid and they have no idea what is going on. This is such a weirdly hilarious story and I have no idea what is going to happen next.

Skyward #1 (Image Comics)
This new science fiction series is written by Joe Henderson (showrunner for Lucifer on Fox) and Lee Garbett (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and tells the story of Willa, a young woman raised in a world of low-gravity. Willa works as a messenger delivering packages around the city by propelling herself through the air and grabbing hold of anything that keeps her floating toward certain doom. The creators did some wonderful world-building here to show how society would change if gravity suddenly got so weak that everyone had to tether themselves to the ground just to stay alive. Willa is a carefree girl who wants to travel and explore the dangerous world around her. She’s the perfect tour guide through a fun and exciting adventure in a world where death is always looming above.

Battlecats #3 (Mad Cave Studios)
After two issues that were basically, “the Battlecats fighting people” we got a lot of different stuff thrown at us this time around. First, we check in with our villains sitting in a cave decorated with skulls - that’s how you know they’re evil. Then we get a nice moment between Kelthen, the leader of the Battlecats, and Vaela, the team’s mage. Apparently, something went down between her and the villain, Valadar, that caused the king to get hurt. Speaking of the king, we finally meet the quest giver and it appears this simple “slay the monster” mission is not what it seems. The publishers have compared this series to Game of Thrones and I didn’t see it until now. It’s more than just bloody, fantasy action. Battlecats is a story with complex characters, beautiful environments, and an unfolding mystery that has me ready for the next issue.

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