The A.V. Club’s favorite comics of 2017 so far

From war-torn South Vietnam to the apartment of supernatural stoners to a psychedelic plane of reality inside a laundry machine, the best comic books of 2017 (thus far) have taken readers to some fascinating places. The A.V. Club has assembled a list of the can’t-miss titles from the first half of the year, and it’s…

Shade, The Changing Girl #8 hits Gotham City in this exclusive preview

If you’re not reading Young Animal’s Shade, The Changing Girl, you’re missing out on one of the year’s best comics. Written by Cecil Castellucci with art by Marley Zarcone, inker Ande Parks, and colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick, this series is a complex exploration of teenage alienation and quarter-life crisis, presented…

Archer’s art director brings humor to sci-fi in this Redline #1 exclusive

FX’s Archer TV series has consistently been one of TV’s funniest animated series, finding humor in the espionage lifestyle without shying away from the darkness of the spy genre. Neal Holman’s experience as a producer and art director on Archer has given him a deep understanding of that balance of light and dark, and…

Kara gets her first taste of being a hero in this Supergirl: Being Super #2 exclusive

After floundering for most of DC Comics’ New 52, Supergirl is finally getting the respect she deserves in the current Supergirl comics. Writer Steve Orlando and artist Brian Ching have taken the main Supergirl ongoing in a strong new direction by incorporating elements from the Supergirl TV show, and writer Mariko…

Civil War II will make you yearn for the time when bad comics were good fun

Bad comics used to be fun. The first Civil War, 10 years in hindsight, had charm—a well-made piece of hokum that falls apart the moment one looks away. It was a fun book to flip through and pick out weird or awful or (occasionally) interesting sequences. It doesn’t hold up, not proportionate to the weight Marvel…

This Reggie And Me exclusive puts a spotlight on Riverdale’s resident villain

Reggie Mantle is the biggest jerk in Riverdale, but the new Reggie And Me series looks at the villain from the perspective of a creature that loves him unconditionally: his dog, Vader. Dogs are very popular point of view characters at Archie Comics right now, but having Reggie’s dog as the narrator of his book makes…

Superheroes get surreal in this Shade, The Changing Girl #1 exclusive

DC’s Young Animal imprint made its big debut with last month’s Doom Patrol #1, a very strange new take on the Doom Patrol property that felt more like a classic Vertigo book than most of the actual new Vertigo titles released in the last few years. The Young Animal weirdness keeps coming with this week’s Shade, The…

Sensation Comics reaches greatness by trusting women with Wonder Woman

More than any other version of Wonder Woman right now, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman has managed to identify what makes the character successful and necessary. Published as a digital-first book, Sensation Comics is composed of individual issues written and drawn by different contributors, telling short…