So much to want, dammit. Kamandi? KAMANDI?? Plus Gilbert Hernandez? Starfire? Unh.
Scott Tipton, Co-Owner, Blastoff Comics, North Hollywood, Calif.
Starfire #1, DC Comics. It’s nice to see this long-running character get a little respect after the horrible way she was treated when the New 52 began. Very much looking forward to this, especially with art by the amazing Emanuela Lupacchino.
Jack Kirby’s Kamandi Artist’s Edition, IDW Publishing. Some prime Kirby goodness here. One of the best AEs to see print yet.
Ant-Man: Scott Lang TPB, Marvel. If nothing else, the upcoming Ant-Man movie at least got us this cool collection of all the original Scott Lang Ant-Man appearances.
Aimee LoSecco, JHU Comic Books, Manhattan
Blubber #1, Fantagraphics. Gilbert Hernandez gives us a one-shot compilation of several strips. Does it matter what they’re about? No, and you want to be surprised anyway, because it’s Beto and he’s going to take you on a wild ride anyway. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Ghost Racers #1, Marvel. It’s Thunderdome with all the Ghost Riders — by Felipe Smith and Juan Gedeon! Everyone is there: Danny Ketch, 70’s muscle car Ghost Rider, the guy on the horsie… all of em! Winner gets out of the Arena, and you know the losers are not going to be happy with that. Bonus: Cover by Franco Francavilla!
Tim Finn, Hub Comics, Somerville, Mass.
Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside, DC Comics. Did you know that New York Times bestselling graphic novelist Maris Wicks colored this run of Batgirl? Did you know that artist Babs Tarr signed at Hub Comics a month back? Anyway: fun, fresh, sexy, exciting. In hardcover or softcover.
Clarence #1, Boom! Did you know that graphic novelist Liz Prince writes this? And contributes one of two regular covers? Based on the animated series.
Towerkind, Conundrum Press. A collection of Kat Verhoeven‘s minicomics. Nominated for an Ignatz.
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed TPB, Marvel Comics. Just one more vote for this here at Hot Picks.
Gilbert Hernandez fans: Cartoonist Beto has two books out today. A single-issue one-shot called Blubber, and Grip: The Strange World of Men.