With a new look (leather jacket! snap-off cape! COMBAT BOOTS!) and a new creative team, The Batgirl of Burnside marks a great new style for everybody’s favorite Barbara Gordon. The first arc of Fletcher & Stewart’s revamp definitely has a fresh, modern, and diverse feel–pop idol concerts, social media villains, and more than one Batgirl impersonator all grace the pages of Burnside, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Barbara next. Be sure to appreciate the amazing interior art by Babs Tarr–she’s sure to be a sequential art powerhouse.
Henry & Glenn Forever by Igloo Tornado
This love ballad in miniature to hardcore punk rock’s two most visible frontmen recasts these sonic pioneers as tender, sensitive human beings who live and work together. The affection that the masculine icons hold for one another is visible in subtle glances, nuanced turns of phrase, and warm embraces. Also, they live next door to Hall and Oates, who are Satanists.
Gotham Academy v01 Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, & Karl Kerschel
I love this book! Imagine a gothic Harry Potter directed by Beetlejuice-era Tim Burton, scored by Danny Elfman, and starring the Scoobies from Buffy the Vampire Slayer series and you’ve got an inkling of what Gotham Academy is about. For the first time in 10 years I’m enjoying a series published by DC Comics and the character Maps is in the running as my favorite character of the decade. It’s a shame we can’t get her and Ms. Marvel’s Kamala Khan together because that would blow my mind. To paraphrase Alton Brown, Gotham Academy is GOOD READS!
The Fade Out v01 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips
An atmospheric Hollywood mystery from Ed Brubaker, one of the masterminds behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Gotham Central. With his long-time collaborator Sean Philips, they have delivered a well-paced book with wonderful frail characters that is great for fans of Megan Abbott and James Ellroy!