Top 5 Comics Pull List – May 2016 Previews – in shops July 2016
5. Betty & Veronica #1 by Adam Hughes – Archie Comics
Sometimes fanboys’ dreams do come true! “Bad Girl” artist Adam Hughes writes and illustrates this updated version of Archie’s two gal pals. This should be fun and compliment Mark Waid’s All-New Archie series quite well. I do wonder how long of a run Hughes will do, or if he’ll bring on other artists for future story arcs. Time will tell.
Also, if you like variant covers, you’ll be happy to see that this issue has a whopping 25 of them!
4. Wonder Woman: The True Amazon HC by Jill Thompson – DC
A fully painted graphic novel re-imagining the early days of Amazon Princess Diana by one of comics greatest illustrators sounds like a winner to me! It’s also nice that this book was created to be accessible to everyone, whether you’re a stalwart DCU fan or not.
3. ROM #1 by Christos Gage, Chris Ryall & David Messina – IDW
I’ve heard that bringing ROM back was a long time dream of IDW’s CCO/EIC Chris Ryall, so I expect this series to be respectful to Bill Mantlo’s original run and be of high quality. There’s a bevy of variant covers for this and even a special boxed set that includes all variants plus a special 3D version of J.H. Williams III cover!
2. Adventure Time Comics #1 by various – Boom(kaboom!)Studios, contributors include Katie Cook, Tony Millionaire, Art Baltazar, and many more!
Look at that awesome Nick Pitarra variant cover!! I love that. There’s also a special Tony Millionaire variant to help launch this new Adventure Time spin-off comic. My understanding is that this new series will showcase unique stories from the Land of Ooo by an eclectic group of talented artists. Well, isn’t that special!?!
1. The New Mutants: Bill Sienkiewicz Marvel Artist Select Series HC w/ slipcase by Claremont & Sienkiewicz – IDW
OK, it looks like I’m going to have to sell off a few more of my Princess Diana Beanie Babies come July, because this book looks incredible and I’m sure it ain’t cheap! Limited to 999 hand-numbered, signed copies, this special edition collects the entire Claremont & Sienkiewicz New Mutants run, plus lots of extras! You’ve been warned. I’d pre-order this now, if you can or contact your local comics shop a week or two before release to see if they ordered any, because these will be gone fast!
Snotgirl #1 by Bryan O’Malley & Leslie Hung – Image Comics. I’m mainly interested in this for Hung’s gorgeous art, plus it looks like it could be fun.
Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers TP by Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, Michel Fiffe, Farel Dalrymple, Benjamin Marra, Jim Rugg, etc. etc! – Dynamite Ent. Some of the best artists and creative minds working in comics, today, channeling their inner Kirby! Nuff’ said.
Garden of Flesh HC by Gilbert Hernandez – Fantagraphics. BETO retelling the story of Adam & Eve with some of his own characters making guest appearances?? Hell yes! And, why isn’t this in my top 5, I don’t know…
Dream Gang TP by Brendan McCarthy – Dark Horse. More groovy comics from McCarthy is good, collected from Dark Horse Presents.