#2016ComicBookRenaissance: Joe T.’s April Pull List (4.11.16)

20160411_152754-1Here‘s selection of titles that are coming out this month that I’m really excited about! Of course there are more than just these being released so keep your eyes and ears open for other books that might tickle your fancy. All text is from publisher copy except where notated. Enjoy!

April 5th

100 Bullets Book 5 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Rizzo

The conclusion to Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s critically acclaimed 100 Bullets.
How far would you go for revenge? If you were given a chance at deadly retribution with a guarantee that the law could not touch you, would you take it?
That’s the opportunity that a man called Agent Graves provides, in the form of a special briefcase containing an untraceable gun and 100 rounds of ammunition. To the damaged and downtrodden living on the fringes of society, the offer is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to even their scores. But beyond the dilemma of whether or not to pull the trigger lies a deeper and even more troubling concern: just who is making these actions possible and why?

(Here it is, the final volume of the deluxe editions of 100 Bullets. Originally 100 issues collected into 13 volumes, this labyrinthine crime story is packaged in a more manageable 5 books. Winner of multiple Eisner Awards, 100 Bullets was, along side Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Criminal, part of the resurgence of high quality crime comics during the first decade of the 21st century. Dark, dirty, seedy, and filled with more unlikable characters than you can count, this book tells the “true” story of the United States of America: a world of predator and prey where no one is to be trusted and the strong will always win.  – Joe T.)

Lumberjanes vol. 3 A Terrible Plan by Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, Carolyn Nowak, & more

This New York Times Bestselling series continues with Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley as they take on everything that goes bump in the night. From scary stories to magical portals that lead to a land untouched by time, it’s definitely not your average summer.

(The newest volume of Lumberjanes finds our favorite hardcore lady types bewitched by ghost stories, lost in a perilous alternate dimension forest, and attempting to earn some of the badges they came to camp for in the first place! There are were-bears and ghouls, a disastrous cake experiment, and more! But the five Lumberjanes maintain the heart of the series: their friendship is, as ever, to the max. Winner of the 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Beast Comic, this series is a pure joy to read so keep an eye out for the crossover with DC’s Gotham Academy later in 2016! -Demi & Joe T.)



Paper Girls vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

From Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of Saga, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of Wonder Woman, comes the first volume of an all-new ongoing adventure.
In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

(Do you really need an excuse to pick this book up? Brian K. Vaughan has written enough amazing books over the last 15 years to qualify as one of the greatest comic book writers of the 21st century and he’s got a shelf of awards to prove it. So let’s just go ahead and assume that Paper Girls will join Y the Last Man, RunawaysPride of BaghdadSaga, and some of the best episodes of Lost as defining works of art for our time.  -Joe T.)



April 12th

Giant Days vol. 2 by John Allison, Whitney Cogar, and Lissa Trelman

Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, personal experimentation, holiday balls, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of academia, they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

(I love this Giant Days! I first encountered it when the first issue was included in the back of the first trade for Lumberjanes and I’ve been digging on it ever since.Three women are starting university and hijinks ensue. The comic book version of the criminally underrated and under-viewed television program Undeclared except set in the British Commonwealth, Giant Days is a must read!  -Joe T.)




Wonder Woman Earth One vol. 1 by Grant Morrison and Yannick Paquette

For millennia, the Amazons of Paradise Island have created a thriving society away from the blight of man. One resident, however, is not satisfied with this secluded life. Diana, Princess of the Amazons, knows there is more in this world and wants to explore, only to be frustrated by her protective mother, Hippolyta. Diana finds her escape when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the first man she has ever seen, crashes onto their shores.
Thought-provoking yet reverent, thoroughly modern but still timeless, the power and courage of Paradise Island’s greatest champion Wonder Woman is introduced in this new addition to DC Comics New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel series.

(Grant Morrison is my all-time favorite comic book writer and I am excited to see what he does with William Moulton Marston’s feminist icon, Wonder Woman. I’ve read a number of interviews with him on the subject and am expecting good things. If this interests you, I can’t recommend enough that you pick up Jill Lepore’s masterful study of Marston and his milieu, The Secret History of Wonder Woman.  -Joe T.)

April 19th

Rat Queens vol. 3 Demons by Kurtis Wiebe and Tess Fowler

Having survived the end of the world, the Queens follow Hannah back to where it all began: Mage University. A long perilous journey awaits the Rat Queens as they attempt to find out what happened to Hannah’s father while battling their own demons.

(One of the best books on the market right now, Rat Queens is a fantasy nerd’s dream come true. The book tells the story of a band of adventurers whose antics more resemble the decisions of an overcaffeinated group of role-players than that of the heroic ideal of Tolkien. But beneath the bluster, magic mushrooms, violence, sex, estranged parents, satanic cults, drunken brawls,and Four Daves, there is a beating heart that makes Rat Queens a pure joy to read even when things go their worst (and things ALWAYS go their worst!) -Joe T.)



So that’s the main books I’m picking up this month! If you’ve got any recommendations for our readers, feel free to leave them in the comments!



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