Tuesday, May 1, 2018

This Week In Comics: 5/2

Tomorrow is Wednesday and that means 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.

Go Go Power Rangers #9 (BOOM! Studios)
Shattered Grid has arrived in the sister series to the main Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which serves as a prequel set in the early days of the team’s time as Rangers. With this epic crossover anniversary event, we’ve been told that no Ranger is safe. Enter: The Ranger Slayer, the Kimberly Hart of Lord Drakkon’s world still loyal to the Tommy she knows. Hot off the revelation that their friend Matt had been replaced by a shapeshifter, the Rangers face off against the Ranger Slayer. As she mocks their ameteur moves and lack of teamwork, it becomes clear that she screwed up her time travelling and went back to far, originally intending to visit the main MMPR book timeline to rescue Lord Drakkon (who, by the way, already freed himself and is doing just fine.) Go Go has always had more personal, character driven stories. That’s shown here as the arrival of the Ranger Slayer is almost a B-plot. The main focus is Kimberly’s troubles at home as, after months of fighting and arguing, her parents finally break up and her dad moves out. Throw in her fighting an older, badass, and evil version of herself - Kim isn’t having a good day here.

Also out this week is Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 5 - click here to order your copy!

Scales and Scoundrels #9 (Image Comics)
The first story arc of this dungeon-crawling fantasy comic wrapped up at the end of issue #7. Since then we seem to be getting a few one-off adventures before the next big story starts. This month is an experimental story that is told mostly in silence. Luvander, a treasure hungry dragon in the form of a young woman, comes across a young sailor cursed by a seademon. Without his voice, the two communicate through sign language and drawings in the sand. There is only one page of dialogue at the very end. This works beautifully when telling a visual story and brings more attention to the fantastic artwork.

Coda #1 (BOOM Studios!)
This is the premiere issue in a new limited 12-part series by Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Godshaper) and Matรญas Bergara (Cannibal, Supergirl). Coda takes place in the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world. This giant-sized issue introduces us to Hum, a one-legged former bard and a man of few words nicknamed because his standard reply is “hm.” Hum is on a quest to save the soul of his wife accompanied by a mutant unicorn in a world where magical resources are scarce and everyone has to stick together just to survive. The artwork is beautiful - it reminds me of that 80s movie Wizards, which has a similar premise - and we get some great characterization of our protagonist who doesn’t talk much. Storywise, it feels very Samurai Jack. I can see Hum bouncing from place to place, getting caught up in other people’s post-apocalyptic business. It’s a fantasy story about the end of the world, yet feels all the more real.

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