This is Matt from comiXology speaking and you might remember me from such podcasts as, “The comiXologist!" and "Sorry, Wrong Closet.” Ok, that last one was a Troy McClure film, but you get the idea. From the ashes of that first podcast comes my Picks of the Week!
I do want to say right off the bat that there are legit still like 40 books I haven’t read yet that came out this week. So this list is not at all final, but from what I’ve read so far, these are a pretty strong bunch. I even weaseled in a Golden Oldie™, too. What’s Golden Oldie™, you say? It’s a book that’s not new this week, but maybe new to you!
Animals #1. It’s in a world we’ve all dreamed about. A world where animals raise humans for food. I literally dreamed about that last night. The 28 page story follows Marigold who works in her mother’s hotel-ish business but has always wondered what else was out there in the world for her. The art and writing are top-notch. thinkillustration's work reminds me of old school Jeff Lemire, circa Lost Dogs. Dirty, gritty, and gorgeous.
Black Science #4. I want to start a podcast that is just about Black Science. My word. This book has been described as Swiss Family Robinson meets Quantum Leap. What more do you need? That pitch is amazing. Rick Rememder and Matteo Scalera are both next level on this book. Fantastically written characters that are flawed in their own way. Some seeking redemption, some not. All while dimension jumping as a group. Dean White’s work on this book continues to set him as the premier colorist in the biz. Well, next to Jordie Bellaire, obv.
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted. If you ever wanted to get into superhero comics, or just X-Men comics in general, this book is your best bet. Flat out. You don’t need to know any backstory, years of continuity, nada. You read this book and you will likely be an X-Men fan for life. The guy whore created Firefly wrote this! The internet loves Firefly! This story revolves around the news that a cure for being a mutant has been found. How do the X-Men react? Would they want to destroy it, or actually use it on themselves? This book is silly good.
And there you have it! My Picks of the Week in text form. If you disagree, tell me on Twitter so we can be mortal enemies forever. If you agree, we can digitally high five as life long friends. Internet friends.
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Also you should be reading Black Science…because it’s amazing…just saying.