Star-crossed lovers transcend political borders in this The New World exclusive

There’s no shortage of reinterpretations of Romeo And Juliet—William Shakespeare’s version was itself a new take on an already established story—but few have the style, energy, and imagination of The New World, a new Image Comics series from writer Aleš Kot, artist Tradd Moore, colorist Heather Moore, letterer Clayton…

Mister Miracle juggles fatherhood and fighting a war in this exclusive preview

Scott Free is the universe’s greatest escape artist, but the current Mister Miracle miniseries is building a trap from which he can’t break free. Scott has become the Highfather of New Genesis and taken on the responsibilities of leading an alien planet during wartime, but he’s also a regular father dealing with the…

Black Bolt’s prison break escapes the conventions of superhero storytelling

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Black Bolt #3. Written by Saladin Ahmed (Throne Of The Crescent Moon) with art by Christian Ward (ODY-C, The Ultimates), this issue’s creative experimentation intensifies and informs its prison-break story. (This review…

The Unbelievable Gwenpool’s trippy meta storytelling elevates the superhero genre

Superhero series should have easy jumping-on points. If these books are grabby enough, readers might be compelled to seek out earlier chapters. I had read the first few issues of The Unbelievable Gwenpool and thought they were fun, but I fell behind and the issues started piling up. I jumped back on with May’s #16 and…

An Irish gangster fights his way to the top in this Savage Town exclusive

Jimmy “Savage” Hardy wants to make a name for himself as a gang leader in Limerick City, Ireland, but he’ll have to overcome waves of opposition to get there. He’s made enemies of rival gangs, the cops, his best friend, and even his mother, and they all want to take him out before he becomes an even bigger problem.…

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 Marvel preview: The Radioactive Spider-Gwen swings back into action

After taking a few months off for Secret Wars, the ongoing Spider-Gwen series returns next week with The Radioactive Spider-Gwen #1, receiving a considerable boost in profile by debuting as one of the launch titles of the “All-New, All-Different” Marvel publishing initiative. The book’s creative team is neither new…

Stevenson and Greene’s Runaways sparks an exciting Secret Wars rebellion

One of the best things about this summer’s big event comics from both DC and Marvel has been the gleeful enthusiasm with which scores of creators explore a slew of alternate universes. Unencumbered by some of the more stifling parts of canon, writers and artists alike are committing to a long list of interesting…

SuperMutant Magic Academy’s mundane magic offers a fresh take on Harry Potter

It is difficult to come up with fresh praise for Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy (Drawn & Quarterly). It is one of those widely acclaimed and reviewed works that makes you question what gushing praise or astute observation there is left to bestow upon it that hasn’t already been noted. Originally serialized…