Being a comics fan is a lot of fun right now. It feels like we're spoiled for choice these days when it comes to awesome comics, and trust me, it hasn't always been that way. But you know what's even better? Being the person people turn to for recommendations when they are new to comics or casual fans of the medium. There's so much out there to recommend, to the point where I have trouble keeping up. Every month when I publish these lists, I'll find something I forgot to mention. While frustrating, it's also wonderful to know I have more than enough comics to talk about (and write about) every month.
I'm excited about every comic on this list, especially ones from old favorites like Greg Pak and Jordie Bellaire. And there's a lot of '80s- and '90s-inspired stuff that's come out and even more coming up (a 1990s-set teenage vigilante fight club based out of a record store is a thing that we are getting). 2017 generally has been a strong year for comics and I'm genuinely looking forward to what's to come.
Rocket Girl #8 - Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (Image Comics, August 2)
Rocket Girl is a popular comics series that features a teenager named Dayoung Johansson who is sent back in time to New York in the 1980s. Her mission as a police officer? To investigate a company for crimes against time. This comic has had a pretty sporadic publication schedule — the first five issues are available in a trade, published in 2014, and Issues 6 and 7 released last year. But now, Issues 8–10 are scheduled to come out in August, September and October, so it's the perfect time to catch up and pick up this new arc!
Mech Cadet Yu #1 by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa (BOOM! Studios, August 2)
I loved Greg Pak's work on the standalone Storm series (it was canceled too soon!), as well as Totally Awesome Hulk, and Takeshi Miyazawa does excellent work as a fill-in artist on Ms. Marvel (and also co-created the character of Amadeus Cho with Pak), so I'm really excited to see these two collaborating on a new series. This series is billed as perfect for fans of Pacific Rim, and really, I don't need to know any more about it than that. But in case you do, once a year, huge outer-space robots visit Earth to meet the students at Sky Corps Academy. It's an honor to be chosen to work with them, but this year everyone is worried that the wrong kid was picked. I definitely want to pick this up.
Ghost Station Zero #1 - Antony Johnston and Shari Chankahamma (Image Comics, August 2)
If you enjoyed Atomic Blonde (movie or comic), then you should check out writer Antony Johnston and artist Shari Chankahamma's other series Codename Baboushka, featuring a Russian femme fatale living in New York. Ghost Station Zero is a standalone limited series (just four issues) featuring Baboushka. It seems as though readers can pick this up even without having read the other series; it follows the adventures of Baboushka as she investigates what happened to an agent who went missing searching for an abandoned Soviet base in the Swiss Alps.
Star Wars Rogue One Cassian & K2SO Special - Duane Swierczynski, Fernando Blanco, and Julian Totino Tedesco (Marvel, August 9)
Cassian and K2SO are two of my favorite new additions to the Star Wars universe — not the least of which is because of their excellent portrayal by Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, respectively. Now Marvel is releasing this one-shot comic (one-shot meaning it stands alone and isn't a part of a series) about how Cassian and Kay met — when Kay was still an Imperial droid! I will definitely devour this.
Clue #3 - Paul Allor and Nelson Daniel (IDW, August 9)
I somehow missed this comic series when it first came out a couple of months ago, and last month I thought to myself, "Oh, wait, I can't list a #2 issue in my pull list column." (I try to stick to beginning or ends of story arcs for my picks.) This month, I longingly lingered over Clue #3 and then realized that this is my column and I can do whatever I want. So, without further ado, meet a series that's based on the board game and cult movie of the same name! I'm a fan of Paul Allor — I think he's a big talent in comics right now — so you can bet that I'm keeping a close eye on where this series is going.
Redlands #1 - Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey (Image Comics, August 9)
Jordie Bellaire is one of the best colorists currently working in comics today, so you can bet that when I saw her name as the writer/artist of a new series, I sat up and took note. This horror series is set in Redlands, Florida, where a coven of witches might kill everyone in the deceptively sunny town. I don't read a lot of horror, but I'm definitely interested in this, as long as it's okay that I'm probably going to root for the witches over the local townfolk.
DC Comics Bombshells #33 - Marguerite Bennett, Mirka Andolfo, Laura Braga and Sandy Jarrell (DC Comics, August 16)
This is the LAST ISSUE of DC Bombshells, a series that reimagined the women of the DC universe in an alternate reality, where it's lady superheroes who are fighting on the front lines of World War II. The series is actually based on a series of bombshell-style figurines, and the art is just spectacular. If you're sad this series is going away, you'll be happy to know it's coming back in a new incarnation. I'll tell you about that in September's preview, but for now, it's a great time to catch up on this series and read it in one fell swoop.
Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 - Carly Usdin and Nina Vakeuva (BOOM! Studios, August 23)
This comic is set in New Jersey circa 1998 and takes place in a vinyl store. Do you need any more information than that to know you need to pick it up? Of course not, but I'll tell you more anyway. Chris has started her dream job working at a record store, but she isn't prepared to deal with the unexpected: one of her favorite singers disappearing the night before her band's show in their town. Chris realizes that Maggie (her very cute crush) and her other co-workers are actually part of a vigilante teen girl group. I can't even describe how excellent this sounds.