HEATHER’S PICK :: RASPUTIN #1: There were so many points in Russian history that I found absolutely fascinating when I was in school. The Romanovs in particular were very interesting, especially in light of their association with Grigori Rasputin, rumored mystic and faith healer and adviser to the Tsar. Rasputin’s rise in the Russian aristocracy has all the makings of a modern day soap opera: alleged affairs with the Tsarina and other princesses, the close friendship with the Tsar who brushes off all allegations, the seemingly miraculous healing of a sick and adored child, and multiple conspiracies to commit murder. Even Rasputin’s death is still shrouded in mystery as who ultimately killed him and how. Poisoned, shot, stabbed, beaten, drowned, or all of the above? Was this mystical figure really that hard to kill?
HEATHER’S PICK :: MS MARVEL VOLUME ONE: If you haven’t been reading one of my favorite comics, this week is an excellent opportunity to start. Written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Adrian Alphona, Ms. Marvel tells the story of Kamala Khan, an American teen that assumes the form (at least temporarily) of Ms. Marvel. It’s both well written and well illustrated and it belongs in the hands of as many readers as possible.
The HeroesCon Drink and Draw event takes place on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton Center City atrium located at 222 E 3rd St, Charlotte, NC 28202. HeroesCon’s first Drink and Draw event was in 2011, modeled after the Drink and Draw Social Club founded by comic artists Dave Johnson, Dan Panosian and Jeff Johnson. That event and every one since has raised money for Team Cul de Sac, the organization founded in honor of Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson that raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s Research.
HEATHER’S PICKS: It’s a two for one staff pick for me this week thanks to Marvel debuting solo books of two of my favorite characters this week. That’s right, both Doop and Nightcrawler are getting their own series this spring. I’m not sure how one week is going to be able to contain so much awesomeness.
DOOP #1: I was excited about the Doop mini-series from the moment it was announced. Then I saw the previews for the first issue and I nearly punched someone, my excitement was so great. Those pages from David Lafuente look amazing. It’s also good to see Doop in the hands of one his creators, Peter Milligan. I am so glad I only have to wait less than a week to read this book for the first of what is sure to be a million times.
Two weeks in a row of a new strong female centered book!! Go Marvel! I’m quite excited to read a comic about an attorney written by an attorney as well. Being in the profession myself, I sometimes find myself banging my head on inanimate objects when legal concepts are written so terribly wrong (how hard is it to google the Bill of Rights?!?) Color me Shulkie green that I can’t crack a conference room table in half with a single finger. Talk about ending your argument on a strong note!
HEATHER’S PICK :: MS MARVEL #1: I don’t have much prior knowledge of Ms. Marvel so I don’t have the concerns that fans of the Carol Danvers might bring to this new incarnation of the character. I am just looking forward to reading this new female driven comic unburdened from any expectations of the former Ms. Marvel. I like the dichotomy of a teenage girl dealing with both the expectations of her culture and balancing her super hero powers. I can’t help but adore her Avengers fanfic in the first issue that seems to have a snarky dose of My Little Pony intertwined. (Poor Rainbow Toots!!) Just trust me and read it to find out that unicorn’s fate.
There’s been a lot of conversation of late about diversity in comics (both in the subject matter and the creators) so let’s take a moment to be happy about both a female writer and Pakistani American girl coming together for what looks like a fun and interesting title this month.
HEATHER’S PICK :: X-MEN #5: You guys, Battle of the Atom did not disappoint! I am enthusiastically selecting X-Men #5 this week which is part 3 of the Battle of the Atom event. I really like the way the story is flowing through all the X-Men books. I will even be picking up the Uncanny X-Men issues which is the only title included in this event that I am not currently reading. I won’t include any spoilers here as this is such a new story line, but I squealed out loud to see a certain character reveal. I can’t wait to see how the tensions between X-Men of past, present, and future play out across some of my favorite books.
HEATHER’S PICK :: X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #1: Uh oh, I feel the pull into my first ever Marvel event coming with X-Men: Battle of Atom #1. I’m reading more X-Men books than ever with Wolverine and the X-Men, All New X-Men (hey, #16 is also out this week!), and X-Men (that I refer to as X-Ladies in my head) and I am even going to throw Deadpool into this list given his happy appearance on one of the variant #1 covers. So with a deep breath, I will be diving headfirst into Battle of the Atom and hoping for the best with all my X-Favorites. With X-Men converging from the past, present and the future, it’s sure to be an interesting tale.
HEATHER’S PICK :: ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #1: Do you know what I miss? Tiny Titans, especially the bat penguins and rabbits. Luckily for me, I can fill that adorable gap in my comic reading this week with a tiny little Hellboy and friends. At first, I wasn’t totally sold on this idea. I mean, I love Hellboy, Jr. and the young Hellboy stories, but I like the grittiness in those tales rather than having a cutesy kid friendly-vibe. But ultimately, Art and Franco won me over, mostly thanks to the addition of the animal sidekicks. Who doesn’t love a purple monkey? Plus, any book that brings Roger back will make my pull list.
HEATHER’S PICK :: CHEW VOL. 7 TP: This is one of the few books that I trade-wait and that’s mostly because I was so late to the Chew party that it was already three or four volumes in. I am so very excited to read a new volume this week! In fact, I may have to re-read volumes 1-6 in preparation. This volume brings egg worshipers (among other delights)! And I am really hoping for an appearance by my number one comic love, Agent Poyo!