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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A black man discovers his superpowers in the refreshingly confrontational Black

It’s unfortunate that readers don’t stray from the three largest publishers more often, because there’s some interesting stuff happening in independent publishing right now. Black #1 (Black Mask Studios) is one of several books from Black Mask Studios that’s making waves and earning acclaim, along with titles like Kim …

Exclusive Marvel preview: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is back to kick butts, eat nuts

As entertaining as Marvel’s Secret Wars summer was, the absence of Doreen “Squirrel Girl” Green’s ongoing series was strongly felt. Since gaining her first solo title, Doreen has become one of the most delightful characters in Marvel’s stable, largely thanks to writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson’s comedic…

Print is not dead yet: The best of 2015’s written word (so far)

Publishers may be scrambling to cover their loses as digital innovations bring books to new formats, but that doesn’t mean the quality of stories has diminished. The first six months of 2015 brought with them a rash of quality novels, imports, autobiographies, and books that don’t quite fit into an easy descriptor. …

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…

Spider-Gwen stumbles, Lost Property charms, and Blammo impresses

The fan reaction to seeing so many new (read: female) faces in the Spider-Verse events last year was overwhelmingly positive, so the February launches of two female-led Spider-books have been highly anticipated. Unfortunately, Spider-Gwen #1 (Marvel) doesn’t land on its feet quite as gracefully as Silk did, proving…

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