It's new comic day's eve here at ComicBook.com, and with the myriad of excellent titles out on shelves right now, it can be easy to get a bit overwhelmed at the choices.
While your pull list might already be full, there are plenty of books that are worthy of your attention this Wednesday, including the five books highlighted on this list. Whether the book is a great jumping on point, a big finale, or just something different than the predominant superhero fare, there's something here for everyone. Of course, there are more than five books worth your time this week, so here are a few runners-up that you should definitely check out if your wallet permits.
Spider-Men II #1 is written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Sara Pichelli. The official description is included below.
THIS IS IT, TRUE BELIEVERS! The moment five years in the making is finally here! The first time Peter Parker and Miles Morales met ended with a question — WHO IS THE MILES MORALES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE?! Now that the Miles you know and love is with Peter in the Marvel Universe, you're finally going to get that answer to who the OTHER Miles Morales is! And that's just the tip of the iceberg as Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli bring you the next heart-stopping adventure for both Peter Parker and Miles Morales!
Harbinger Renegade #5 "Massacre" is written by Rafer Roberts with art by Darick Robertson. The official description is below.
Toyo Harada’s former protege – Alexander Solomon, a “psiot” with the ability to predict and analyze potential futures – has been waiting for this moment. With the Harbinger Renegades – Peter Stanchek, Faith, Kris Hathaway, and Torque – now reunited as a result of his covert manipulations, his ultimate gambit can now begin. But he’s not the only one who has been watching. Major Charlie Palmer has just re-assigned a new division of the militarized psiot hunters codenamed H.A.R.D. Corps to active duty…and they’re about to bring a torrent of blood and calamity roaring into the streets of a major American metropolis for an all-out firefight.
The Harbinger Renegades. Livewire. Alexander Solomon. Generation Zero. Toyo Harada. Secret Weapons. Imperium. None of them are safe…and, when the smoke clears, a pivotal Valiant hero will become the first sacrifice of the massive Harbinger War that is to come.
Alright, with that out of the way, here are the five books you should give a chance this week!
Matt Mueller: Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24
There's been a growing alliance between the Yellow and Green of the Lantern Corps, but all of that could crumble with the actions of one Lantern.
With the murder of a Yellow Lantern by an unlikely source, John Stewart is racing to figure out how this could've happened, and what caused one of their own to commit such a heinous act. It doesn't help that the Yellow Lanterns leader, Soranik Natu, is already peeved at one Green Lantern in particular for hiding a hurtful secret, and this is only going to make matters worse.
Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #24 is written by Robert Venditti with art by Ethan Van Sciver and a variant cover by Kevin Nowlan. The official description is listed below.
“FRACTURES” part three! Secrets are out and battle lines are drawn. The partnership of the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps begins to crumble before it explodes!
Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #24 is in stores this Wednesday.
Russ Burlingame: Josie & the Pussycats #8
Josie & the Pussycats are heading overseas to conquer Tokyo, and everything seems to be going their way. Unless you count the whole Manager showdown that's happening backstage.
Only one can call the popular group their client, and the showdown might be even more memorable than the Pussycat's performance.
Okay, probably not, but you still don't want to miss it.
Josie & the Pussycats #8 is written by Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deordio, with art and a cover by Audrey Mok. The official description is located below.
Grab the latest, surefire, top-of-the-charts new Riverdale series! Friends, countrymen, lend me your long tails and ears for hats - the Pussycats are back! In this series kick-off, Josie's getting the band together to help achieve her dreams of musical stardom. But for the group to last, it needs a strong foundation of friendship and trust. Can the girls get going, or will Alexandra's plotting put a stop to the whole thing?
The Pussycats take Tokyo! As the band prepares for the biggest audience of its career, two men enter, one manager leaves in... "Beyond Tokyo Dome."
Josie & the Pussycats #8 is in stores this Wednesday.
Jamie Lovett: The American Way: Those Above And Below
The talented team of John Ridley and Georges Jeanty team up once again for The American Way: Those Above And Below.
The book picks up around 10 years since the events of the first series and follows the New American as he adapts to a changing society and political climate than when he first took up the mantle. He's not the only character you'll recognize but might be the only hero left fighting for the cause.
The American Way: Those Above And Below is written by John Ridley with art by Georges Jeanty. The official description is below.
It's been a decade since the Civil Defense Corps was exposed as a fraud created by the U.S. Government for propaganda purposes. While most of the heroes who survived the catastrophe have retired or disappeared, the New American still carries on, trying to keep communities safe amid the social turmoil of the 1970s. But with the nation split in two over civil rights and the changing political landscape, this isn't easy.
Some of the American's former colleagues are on opposite sides of the law: Amber Waves joined a group of domestic terrorists, while Missy, a.k.a. Ole Miss, has thrown her hat into the political ring. As the ground shifts beneath his feet and new threats arise, which side will the American choose?
This sequel to the hit miniseries by the original team of writer John Ridley (Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave and creator of TV's American Crime) and artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse) moves the story forward in history, factoring in how real-life events might be affected by the presence of superheroes, and how those events change the heroes in turn.
The American Way: Those Above And Below is in stores this Wednesday.
Charlie Ridgely: Jean Grey #4
The X-Men are home to some of the most powerful telepaths on the planet, but there are only a few in the Marvel Universe who know how to take on a planet-devouring entity like the Phoenix.
That's why Jean Grey's latest solution to her "Phoenix" problem resides in getting help from the Unworthy Thor himself, who knows a thing or two about fighting all-consuming forces.
Granted, he's not in the best shape these days, but at this point, Jean is willing to try anything!
Jean Grey #4 is written by Dennis Hopeless with art by Harvey Tolibao and a cover by David Yardin. The official description can be found below.
After an adventure with Namor, the Sub-Mariner, Jean Grey is more determined than ever to escape her predecessor's fate and when the Phoenix comes for her, she will BEAT THAT BIRD DOWN. And to learn how to go toe-to-toe with a god, she'll seek out training from a god…Enter: ODINSON!
Jean Grey #4 is in stores this Wednesday.
J.K. Scmidt: The Last Song #1
For those looking for something a bit different, Black Mask Studio's Last Song might be just for you.
The book centers on Nicky and his friend Drey as they form a band in the 1980's. What follows is a unique coming of age story from less than lovely circumstances, as well as the ramifications of stardom.
The Last Song #1 is written by Holly Inerlandi with art by Sally Cantirino. The official description is located below.
Nicky Marshall was saved by rock and roll – or so he likes to think. An awkward upbringing and turmoil following his father’s suicide led Nicky to form a band called Ecstasy with his childhood friend Drey. The music takes them to Los Angeles, raw and gritty and teeming with personalities.
Nicky thinks they’re ready for stardom, but no one’s ever ready for stardom. This first of four oversized issues begins in the 1980s, grows out of grassroots clubs & introduces Ecstasy to the world – whether it’s ready for them or not. From the brand new team of Holly Interlandi on scripts and Sally Cantirino on pencils & inks, this unique, heartbreaking story is about letting the music in… how it changes you and affects everyone around you, for better & worse.
The Last Song #1 is in stores this Wednesday.
Chase Magnett: Bug! The Adventures Of Forager #3
In a year packed with Jack Kirby tributes from DC Comics, none have captured the spirit of The King of Comics quite as well as Bug! Each issue is packed with ideas covering the entire span of Kirby's career and contain plenty of plot twists and new characters in each installment.
It's exciting. It's fun. And it's everything fans have come to love about the Allreds. If you're not already reading Bug! be sure to catch up now for some of the craziest superhero comics in years.
Bug! The Adventures of Forager #3 is written by Lee Allred with art by Mike Allred and colors by Laura Allred. The description can be found below.
"Forager's latest tumble through time and space lands him in a rough wilderness. There he meets the muscleman Atlas, who himself has run afoul of Chagra, the mysterious figure that caused the reality shards that put Forager on this multidimensional trip to begin with. What happens when a Bug of New Genesis teams up with a legendary powerhouse like Atlas? It's a story we could only call 'Atlas Bugged'!"
Bug! The Adventures of Forager #3 is in stores this Wednesday.