Once a month the amazing staff at 8th Dimension Comics selects a pile of the best new releases for us to peruse and judge. This month, we'll tell you what titles to look for that will be available on Free Comic Book Day on May 4.
Beware the Batman/Teen Titans Go Beware the Batman shows off a more kid-friendly version of the Dark Knight... Of course, any version of Batman that isn't done by Scott Snyder could be considered more kid-friendly. It's an energetic book that is a good intro for younger readers, and it doesn't skimp on good-paced action in the name of accessibility.
Teen Titans Go is more firmly in the range of children's lit, but remains fun for all that. The book comes with connect the dots and puzzles as well as profiles on the members of the team making it feel more like a DC-sponsored issue of Highlights than anything else.
Flashback Best Comics of March: Lovecraft and the Horror of Growing Up Rating: 6 of 10
The Strangers: Taking place in an alternate Earth, The Strangers follow a trio of superpowered agents and their wheelchair bound leader as they fight a secret war beneath the Cold War. It's absolutely fantastic pulp fun that you will find yourself hooked by within the first page. Chris Roberson knows how to pen a damned good old-school adventure.
Rating: 7 of 10
Molly Danger/Princeless: Jamal Igle managed to turn his Kickstarter comic Molly Danger into a big success, and it's easy to see why. The spunky but pure-hearted girl hero hurtles herself into danger against and scientists and giant robots with a selfless fury that makes her a instantly likeable and incredibly cute.
Sharing the selection is the one and only Princeless, a fantasy book that turns every misogynistic fairy tale trope on its ears. Once again, Princess Adrienne and her half-dwarven friend Bedelia are set on ending the ridiculous practice of locking maidens in towers and ensuring a pointless patriarchy. It remains one of the best things in comics today. Rating: 9 of 10 Flashback Best Comics of February: Classic Doctor Who Returns and So Does... Vibe? Really?
Endangered Weapon B: David Tallerman and Bob Molesworth have created something so incredibly absurd you just can't help but take it deadly seriously. The book follows an adventuring professor, his engineering genius and prospective child bride Tilly, and an adorable bear in an mechanized suit as they seek the lost wing of the Library of Alexandria. It's got all the casual racism and sexism of early twentieth century boy's adventures, but tinged with a biting sarcasm and satire that makes it very enjoyable. You roll your eyes a lot in Endangered Weapon B, but you also can't put it down.
Rating: 8 of 10
Buck Rogers: In preparation for all-new Buck Rogers adventures, Hermes Press is giving out two vintage strips in book form from the mid 1930s. It's ridiculous, it's overblown, and it's great! Yes, the science and language are hokey coming up on a century later, but it's easy to see how such a character has inspired and endured for so long. Don't miss an easy chance to look back in comic history.
Rating: 7 of 10
Polarity #2: There are a couple of titles not being handed out for free on Saturday that you should still definitely pick up because they're awesome. The first is Polarity by Max Bemis of Say Anything believe it or not. The book mirrors Bemis' own struggles with bipolarity in the form of a hero who may have power, or may just be insane. It's... well, it's just brilliant the way good Sam Keith comics are brilliant. Bemis weaves a web of madness and strange perception and conspiracy theories that will go down as something special in comics.
Rating: 10 of 10
Vader's Little Princess: Jeffrey Brown finally has a sequel to Vader and Son, and it... is... ADORABLE! This time it's Vader taking on the joys of having a little girl in the form of a rebellious Leia, dealing with everything from skimpy outfits to impenetrable music to scruffy boyfriends, and every moment is worth the page turn. It is indispensible for the Star Wars parent.
Rating: 9 of 10
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