We are in a superhero pop culture comics renaissance! With so many characters, properties, and super powers hitting big and small screens, maneuvering the various masks and origins can be challenging. Marvel Comics understands your pain and released a flurry of jumping-on points for new readers, creating spotlights for characters ready for the big time.
Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez: Carol Danvers is a pilot, an Avenger, and the soon-to-be star of her own film from Marvel Studios in 2018! Oh, and she’s also Captain Marvel, a hero who isn’t a stranger to flexing her muscles in outer-space. DeConnick nails the snarky and confident voice of Danvers, while Lopez draws an empowered and expressive superhero.
She-Hulk Volume 1: Law and Disorder by Charles Soule, Javier Pulido, and Ron Wemberly: Another Avenger ready for her breakout, Jennifer Walters is a green-skinned attorney by day and the She-Hulk by…well, sometimes also by day as well as night. Jennifer must juggle the struggles of a private law office, a very weird assistant, and super-villains--and writer Charles Soule keeps it all afloat with plenty of humor and legal “Ah-ha!” moments without letting it fall into “talking heads” territory. Pulido makes it all sing with his clever panel and character work—this is the next book for Hawkeye fans.
Hawkeye Volume 3: L.A. Woman by Matt Fraction, Annie Wu, and Javier Pulido: Speaking of Hawkeye! Did you know that there are two? Yes, and this collection focuses on young Hawkeye, Kate Bishop—a character whom Fraction crafted so well that she deserves her own extended arc. Don’t worry, you do not need to know much more than that. Kate is in L.A. to become a private investigator, but she quickly finds trouble--big, bad, explosive trouble. Wu and Pulido (again) provide exceptional artwork that blends plenty of style with storytelling. And yes, Pizza Dog is in L.A., too!
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona: Teenager Kamala Khan has enough on her plate: hormones, school, fan fiction, religion, and then she inherits Carol Danvers’ mantle as Ms. Marvel. Now, she’s a superhero with strange powers, and yet she still has to sneak out to attend her friends' parties. The book speaks to an audience hungry for an original hero who is every bit as super as her contemporaries. Plus, it’s great to see Runaways artist Adrian Alphona again.
Sure, superhero comics can be daunting, but these four offer no barriers to jumping in cowl-first. What great comics have you been reading lately, Omni readers?