05th Jul2017

Panel Discussion #39

by Kieran Shiach

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Hello again, and welcome to the recently resurrected Panel Discussion. I’m Kieran, and every week I’m going to go through some of the best comics of the week to give you an idea what you should pick up that you might have missed. This is another stacked week with some fantastic first issues and great jumping on points for books you might be behind on, so let’s take a look at what’s on offer.

This week has two amazing #1′s which are both follow-ups to two of the best miniseries of the past few years. The big release this week, as far as I’m concerned is Kim and Kim: Love is a Battlefield #1 which reunites Kim D and Kim Q for a brand new queer as heck and punk AF adventure. I’ve become a big fan of Mags Visaggio’s writing over the last year and her collaboration with Eva Cabrera and the entire Kim & Kim team is nothing short of magical. Grab this first issue and grab the trade for the first volume while you’re at it, because these comics go hard as hell.

Speaking of magic, this week also sees the release of Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince, the series that’s equal parts a love letter to Sailor Moon and Saved by the Bell. Paulina Ganucheau has really broke out in a big way as an artist to watch, with both the previous Zodiac Starforce series and last year’s Another Castle and she seems to be improving at a rate that’s hard to keep track of. This is the sort of comic you’re going to want to grab multiple copies of and hand out to everyone you know, it’s just that fun.

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DC Comics has officially entered the second year of Rebirth and with that comes a couple of big new story arcs for some of its most critically acclaimed titles. The one I’m looking forward to most is Green Arrow’s “Hard Travelling Hero” which features the Emerald Archer travelling the country and teaming up with different DC heroes. This first installment features Green Arrow and The Flash hanging out, so if you’re a fan of the DC characters from the TV shows it’s a great jumping on point and it looks gorgeous with Stephen Byrne’s trademark art.

The other DC series worth jumping on this week is Christopher Priest and Diogenes Neves’s Deathstroke, which has the villain once known as The Terminator turning over a new leaf and recruiting his own team of Teen Titans in an attempt to walk the path of the angels. How successful that’ll be remains to be seen, but Priest’s Deathstroke has remained one of the most morally challenging and interesting DC Rebirth series and this new chapter is sure to introduce new wrinkles to the once two-dimensional character.

There’s a couple of Marvel releases that are well worth a look too, including the new Star-Lord-centric All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #5 with guest art by the phenomenal Chris Samnee. There’s a new story starting in The Unstoppable Wasp #7 which is a must-read for fans of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, who makes her return in the most over-the-top and Janet way, as is her wont.

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Finally, it’s been a while so you may have forgotten about it, but Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #7 is out this week and while I’d love to see it on a more regular schedule, it’s always thrilling to see it hit the stands. It’s a bit overlooked compared to its sister title Afterlife With Archie but in my opinion it’s a lot more captivating and intriguing in its mystery and I’m happy to have it back, even if it means another long wait for the next issue.

That’s it for me this week but there’s still a great number of awesome comics on the stands for you to check out. Happy reading everyone, and I’ll see you all next week!

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