X-Men Gold #1

Writer: Marc Guggenheim Artist: Ardian Syaf Publisher: Marvel As writer Marc Guggenheim explains in the afterward of this book, X-Men: Gold is all about getting the mutants back to basics. After years of having our heroes cross alternate timelines, deal with interdimensional and intergalactic conflicts, and most recently engage in a war with the Inhumans,…

Riverdale #1

Written by Will Ewing and Michael Grassi Art by Joe Eisma Colors by Andre Szymanowicz Published by Archie Comics At last month’s NC Comicon Oak City, everyone was talking about Riverdale. The CW’s new show takes the Americana mythology of Archie, Betty, and the gang, but updates it to a scandalous modern teen soap. Juicy…

X-Men Prime #1 Review

Writers: Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak, Cullen Bunn Artists: Ken Lashley, Ibraim Roberson, Leonard Kirk, Guillermo Ortego Publisher: Marvel It’s a period of resurgence and reimagining for the X-Men universe. Whether you want to call the new lineup of books a reboot, crossover event or something else, it’s clear that X-Men Prime #1 signifies the start…

Jughead: The Hunger

Script by Frank Tieri Art by Michael Walsh Published by Archie Comics Archie’s Horror line has been putting out some of the best comics on the stands, be that the zombie epic Afterlife With Archie or the 70s-style occult Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina. This week, Frank Tieri gets a turn at making good kids go…

Helena Crash #1

Written by Fabian Rangel, Jr. Art by Warwick Johnson Cadwell Published by IDW I don’t know about you, but I could really use a cup of coffee. After the intensity of last weekend’s NC Comicon Oak City, with all that IDW and the other indie folks brought in, I have been exhausted. So today’s new…

Grass Kings #1

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Tyler Jenkins Publisher: BOOM! Studios With its beautifully rendered pastel images and rich world-building, Grass Kings is the kind of comic that hooks readers from the beginning. Though the plot is fairly limited in this first issue, creators Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins still kick their rural mystery series off on…

Amerikarate #1

Writers: Corey Kalman, Brockton McKinney Artist: Devin Roth Publisher: Action Lab Danger Zone Amerikarate fuses self-deprecating comedy with B-movie action flare in a way that only this creative team can provide. It’s so far been described as a mashup between Footloose and every major action movie hero of the 80s, and rightfully so. Needless to…

Royal City #1

Created, Written, and Illustrated by Jeff Lemire Published by Image Comics Something is wrong in Royal City. It’s not just that the factory is slowing down. It’s not just that Peter Pike had a stroke, right there in the middle of his potato salad. No, there’s something else, something around the edges. Something that’s not…

The Old Guard #1 Review

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Leandro Fernández Publisher: Image There’s a certain aesthetic that defines The Old Guard, the new Image title from superstar creators Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández. Rucka describes the book in the opening narration as “a fairy tale of blood and bullets” about a group of mostly invincible soldiers. Yet while there…