Insexts #1

Marguerite Bennett has been gaining attention for prominent female characters in books like A-Force, Angela, and DC Bombshells, but Insexts is a chance for her to tell an original story blending feminism and sexual diversity with gory horror in Victorian London, and it’s a fantastic trip. Lady Bertram is a beautiful young woman trapped in…

Ringside #1

Ringside #1 Writer Joe Keatinge Artist Nick Barber Image Comics, Inc Alan smiled when he handed me this week’s assignment and chirped, “It’s about wrasslin’!” I was actually pretty excited based on that. I’m pretty sports-naive, and my knowledge of wrestling consists of adolescent hours watching the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, a devotion to action…

Huck #1

Huck is an impossibly charming little tale spinning out of the minds of a pair of artists linked forever with chaos and fear. Mark Millar has written some amazing work using exaggerated violence to entertain and to comment on social ills – see Wanted, Kick-Ass, Nemesis, and Kingsman. Rafael Albuquerque has used his gorgeous and…

Klaus #1

Klaus 1 (of 6) Written by Grant Morrison Illustrated by Dan Mora Boom Studios My love for Grant Morrison is conditional: reading his collected works is a generally wonderful, mind-blowing experience. He understands and manipulates the medium of comic books in ways no one else has done. He resurrected the X-Men with a plethora of…

Art Ops

In this new Vertigo series, a drug-addicted loser named Reggie Riot is disfigured when some graffiti comes to life, killing his girlfriend and ripping off his arm. This horrific action pulls him into the Art Ops, a group of agents run by his mother in the defense of art. The cool concept is that in…

Black Magick #1

There are several creative teams that I can recommend to new readers without knowing anything about the content of their books. Brian K. Vaughan, Ed Brubaker, and Gail Simone are up there. So is Greg Rucka. His run on Gotham Central (co-writing with Brubaker) about the police officers negotiating Batman’s city changed the way we…

Clean Room

Clean Room Writer Gail Simone Artist/Colorist Jon Davis-Hunt DC Comics (Vertigo imprint) Gail Simone is a familiar creator to North Carolina Comicon fans. Two years ago, she sat on panels to discuss women in comics and the representation of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender characters. Huge crowds showed up to see her, and her unmistakeable warmth and wit infused…

Paper Girls

Paper Girls #1 Writer Brian K. Vaughan Artist Cliff Chiang Image Comics, Inc Pop quiz: without Googling, name a single bad story Brian K. Vaughan has written. It’s going to be impossible. From Runaways to Y: The Last Man to Ex Machina to Saga, this man has a grasp on character, setting, and tone that…