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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kyle's Comics Picks - February 21, 2018

Back at it! I haven't been all that terribly excited about superhero comics lately, probably because I feel like the Big Two are collectively running out of steam and currently awaiting the next big set of launches. Marvel has been in the ditch for well over a year now, and DC's Rebirth-rebranded line has finally started to wane to the point where the books where I'm most excited to read are everything that's within the fringes (Young Animal, The Wild Storm, bits and pieces of the Hanna-Barbera stuff). So to make up for it, I've started delving into manga for the first time really. I've had some dalliances in the past, mostly a read of Goodnight Pun Pun or something that just really caught my eye...but now I've fully started to embrace the potential of the medium a little more. I cracked open Pluto and Monster by Naoki Urasawa and I am very much hooked. I also nabbed a copy of My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, the big indie manga sensation and the first two volumes of My Hero Academia..and of course, I also have a gigantic box of Akira to get through (currently on page 300). This adventure is only just getting started I think!

This week's picks:

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing #1 - Milk Wars has been a lot of fun and one of the best comics crossovers in some time. This issue looks to be the most plot-focused of the bunch, steering Cave and his crew towards the events that led to his broadcast to the rest of the Young Animal lineup. Also, Swamp Thing! The cover alone, by Rian Hughes, has me very excited.

Comic Book History of Comics #3 - I discovered this series late in the game, but it's so very good and pretty educational for hitting the high points in the medium's history. This one covers Manga, what good timing for me!

Black Panther Annual #1 - Just after this past weekend's excellent Black Panther film, here comes an annual featuring three of the character's most iconic creators (Don McGregor, Christopher Priest and Reginald Hudlin). I'm usually not one to go in on annuals like this, but that's a lineup that's hard to turn down.

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