This ain’t no April fools! The hiatus is over and MTS is back. April is bringing some great funny comics (tee hee) and others where the stakes are high and any screw up will cause very bad things to happen. New comics are also starting up with hopes of long runs to come and great stories to be written, so check out what’s just a taste of April’s offerings.
HARLEY QUINN AND HER GANG OF HARLEYS #1
Written by FRANK TIERI and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by MAURICET
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
Straight from the pages of HARLEY QUINN comes the story of her strange new army of assistants, the Gang of Harleys! In this new miniseries, they’ve been on the job for just a few months, and the Gang is ready to stand up and show what they can do without Harley…and they just might have to, because Harley’s been kidnapped! The Gang’s homes, their loved ones—they’re all in danger from a strange new villain with a very personal grudge against Harley!
My Thoughts: Harley Quinn’s popularity has risen to the levels from when she was first created, and then some, over the last few years. No surprise she has her own gang now. This sounds like a fun, destruction here, there and everywhere kind of series. I do miss Harley’s classic outfit, though. The current look’s not bad, but classics are such for a reason, you know?
THE FLASH #51
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art by JESUS MERINO
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
The Flash’s world is in utter chaos: he’s wanted by the police, headed by his adoptive father. His enemies, The Rogues, have been deputized to take him in. And it couldn’t be a worse time for The Riddler to stake his claim as the most dangerous man in Central City!
My Thoughts: I always love when villains ‘guest-star’ in other heroes books. It’s a different change of pace and makes the hero have to handle the situation differently than he or she (or even they) are used to. The Riddler vs The Flash sounds like a great matchup! One who’s a genius and one who’s also smart, but can think very fast. Can’t wait to see how that might blow up in Barry’s face.
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Batman has battled everything from the Court of Owls to Mr. Bloom to the Joker, but how does he handle a quiet night in Gotham City…?
My Thoughts: It’s the first full issue since Bruce has returned to the cowl. What a great way to “test” the character than seeing how he handles an outing in Gotham when everything is calm (or will it be? It’s Gotham after all). Sounds more intriguing than bringing on a baddy. Also, that is just an amazing, beautifully drawn cover by Capullo. Poster worthy. Also also: this is Capullo’s last Batman issue.
CRIMINAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION
STORY: ED BRUBAKER
ART: SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
COVER: SEAN PHILLIPS
BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS return ten years later to the world of CRIMINAL for one of their darkest and strangest tales yet. Teeg and Tracy Lawless co-star in this one-shot, a twisted 70s noir about a father and son on the run. Also includes articles, illustrations, and behind-the-scenes extras.
My Thoughts: Criminal is one of the most acclaimed comics of the last decade and bringing it back for the one-shot will make a lot of fans ecstatic. Brubaker really shines the best when he works in this kind of genre. But really- any time we get him and Phillips together on anything, you know it’s going to be fantastic. Definitely check out the HC/trades collecting the previous work if you haven’t already.
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #18
STORY: KIERON GILLEN
ART / COVERS A & B: JAMIE McKELVIE & MATT WILSON
NEW STORY ARC
An ideal jumping-on point. Persephone, live. The question is, will it be for more than one night? Don’t call it a comeback, as JAMIE McKELVIE and MATT WILSON return to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE for the most rock-and-roll everything-explodes arc of the hit series.
My Thoughts: The Wicked + The Divine is one of those comics that’s a bit of a thinker, where it might require a re-read or two. However, it’s still an amazing comic with Gillen taking on Gods and putting them in a modern setting with a twist. Now we get to see what happens with Persephone in this issue and if you know Gillen and McKelvie, you know there’s some crazy plans in store you don’t want to miss.
BLACK PANTHER #1
TA-NEHISI COATES (W) • BRIAN STELFREEZE (A/C)
A new era for the Black Panther starts here!
Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler. The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change?
My Thoughts: What I’ve been loving about the newly relaunched books from Marvel is the new ideas- the new takes writers are taking with characters. We’ve seen Wakanda attacked and even toppled before, but never what’s basically mutiny on Black Panther. An uprising obviously will bring serious changes to the nation and to Black Panther and those are changes I’m looking forward to seeing.
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #1
CHARLES SOULE (W) • PHIL NOTO (A/C)
AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES SPINNING OUT OF STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS!
Poe Dameron, former Republic flyer turned Resistance fighter, is the best pilot in the galaxy. Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission…Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force. Revealing backstory leading directly into the holidays’ greatest adventure, follow Poe and his X-Wing squadron on covert missions against the First Order brought to you by writer Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando, Daredevil) and artist Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca, Black Widow)!
My Thoughts: The third ongoing series for the Star Wars line, which is a big honor. What better character to get that treatment than the newly Poe Dameron from Force Awakens? Even better is that Phil Noto is on art duties! This is a great way to get to know Poe and what his adventures were like before the movie.
MOON KNIGHT #1
JEFF LEMIRE (W) • GREG SMALLWOOD (A/C)
THE BOOK YOU’D BE INSANE TO MISS!
Marc Spector (a.k.a. Moon Knight/Jake Lockley/Steven Grant) has been fighting criminals and keeping New York City safe for years… or has he? When he wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers and a lifetime’s worth of medical records, his whole identity (indentities) are called into question. Something is wrong, but is that something Marc Spector himself? Jeff Lemire (EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN) and rising star Greg Smallwood are calling everything you know about Moon Knight into question.
My Thoughts: The last volume of Moon Knight was probably one of the best runs ever for the character. It doesn’t seem like that’s the way Lemire will be handling things this time around, which is a bit saddening, I’ll admit. Still, what he has planned sounds intriguing enough. I’ll just be glad to have Moon Knight comics to read again. Unless it’s not good then I’ll pretend it’s still not back. I’m sure it’ll be the former.
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • SARA PICHELLI (A/C)
• Miles finds himself face-to-face with his toughest villain yet- HIS GRANDMOTHER!!!
• And an Avengers-study session (date?) with Ms. Marvel goes horribly wrong!
My Thoughts: First of all- grandmothers can be scary. And scary mean (yes, two totally different things). This isn’t a “villain” Miles can beat up and put away so it’s going to be fun to see how he deals with grandma! Let’s hope she doesn’t start waving a sandal! Second: Kamala and Miles actually sort-of make a cute couple. I doubt that’ll be an actual thing, but it’s not a bad idea to explore. If Kamala won’t be with Bruce (at least for now) and Miles doesn’t have (ultimate) Kate Bishop, I say let the kids have fun.
THE MIGHTY THOR #6
JASON AARON (W) • RAFA GARRES (A)
COVER BY RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
THROWBACK THOR’S DAY!
• A special tale of young Thor adventuring in the age of Vikings!
• Meanwhile, LOKI conjures up a dark and powerful new enemy: VIKING HULK
• Guest artist RAFA GARRAS brings SAVAGE NORSE ACTION because YOU DEMANDED IT!
My Thoughts: This is one of the best books Marvel is currently publishing. Each issue is spectacular. Ever since Jason Aaron starting writing Thor comics a few years ago, he has seriously been bringing the thunder (lulz). I don’t know what a Viking Hulk is (specially since the issue isn’t out yet), but that doesn’t sound good. It sounds very bad and like it punches very, very hard. I can feel the future ouchies…