Alt-comic voices elevate The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl’s special “zine” issue

Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26. Written by Ryan North and Erica Henderson with art by Madeline McGrane, Chip Zdarsky, Tom Fowler, Carla Speed McNeil, Michael Cho, Rahzzah, Anders Nilsen, Jim Davis, and Rico Renzi,…

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Big-name creators celebrate Harley Quinn’s 25th Anniversary in this DC exclusive

In the 25 years since her debut on Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn has become one of the most popular superheroes in the world. Originally conceived as the Joker’s girl Friday, she’s grown into her own captivating character, and her plucky, IDGAF attitude has made her an idol for readers who want to see more…

The many victims of gun violence come alive in a dread-drenched comic

In a study published last year, The American Journal Of Medicine revealed that Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other high-income countries. Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, and it’s at the foundation of House Of Penance (Dark Horse), a heart-wrenching anti-gun…

Online fanfiction jumps to the page in this Avengers Annual exclusive

Kamala “Ms. Marvel” Khan loves writing fanfiction, but now that she’s a superhero herself, she finds herself cast as a major character in other users’ imaginary narratives. These fanfictions make up the majority of the content in next week’s All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1, featuring an exciting lineup of…

The best comics of 2016 so far: The A.V. Club’s catch-up guide

The comics landscape is expanding every year, and it can be difficult to find what’s good in the sea of ongoings, miniseries, graphic novels, digital comics, and webcomics. 2016 has featured new works by some of the industry’s top talent as well as impressive projects by up-and-coming creators, so The A.V. Club …

Lea Thompson needs Howard The Duck’s help in this exclusive preview

When it comes to superhero comic guest stars, it doesn’t get much weirder than Lea Thompson showing up in Howard The Duck. Thompson starred in the infamous box office bomb based on Steve Gerber’s original Howard The Duck series, and now she needs Howard’s help in the comics to figure out what she’s been doing during…

Power Man And Iron Fist is an outstanding reunion for superhero partners

If ever there was a book made for David F. Walker to write, it was Power Man And Iron Fist #1 (Marvel). Well versed in the history of both blaxploitation and kung fu movies, as discussed in his interview from last year, Walker first worked for Marvel in the excellent “50 years of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Fury one-shot issue. He…

Exclusive Image preview: Kaptara’s first arc ends with a cosmic prison break

In a year full of new sci-fi series from Image Comics, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Kagan McLeod’s Kaptara has stood out by taking a sillier approach, detailing one man’s fantastic journey to an alien world heavily inspired by the ’80s Masters Of The Universe toy line and TV show—specifically, the homoeroticism of…

Howard The Duck is overstuffed; Giant Days and Sleepwalking captivate

Easter eggs and in-jokes are like catnip for nerds. Even if it’s something small, the jolt of recognition from seeing something hidden in plain sight for super-fans is always fun and a great excuse to feel obnoxiously proud of knowing something other people don’t. Howard The Duck #1 (Marvel) manages to walk the fine…

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