While it seems like comics are diversifying, it can be a real challenge to put together a list of comics each month for a place like Fangrrls. There are many different aspects that I take into account when I compile these. First, I try to focus only on first issues, last issues, and the end/beginning of story arcs (which sometimes can be hard to discern with long-running comics). That severely limits what I cover each month.
After that, it becomes more nebulous. How do I balance diverse characters with all-white, straight, male creators? What about the trend of men writing female characters? In a world where all was equal, it wouldn't matter. But the fact is that things aren't equal, and there's a real dearth of women working in comics (let's not even start with PoC and LGBTQIA+ creators). It makes it incredibly difficult to compile this list every month, and sometimes I have to make compromises based on numbers. But this month, I'm happy to say I'm proud of and interested in every entry on this pull list; I hope you give each of these comics a chance.
Prism Stalker #1 - Sloane Leong (Image Comics, March 7)
Anything that is comparable to the venerable sci-fi legend Octavia Butler always catches my eye, and that’s why I first took notice of Prism Stalker. This is an ongoing sci-fi series from writer and artist Sloane Leong about a young refugee named Vep. She’s raised in indentured servitude on a planet far from home, and there’s no end in sight. How is she supposed to help her family if she’s stuck here for the foreseeable future? It appears to be a thoughtful and timely story that’s absolutely worth the read.
Hawkeye #16 - Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Julian Totino Tedesco (Marvel, March 7)
The cover says it all. This is the final issue of this awesome run, starring Kate Bishop (the best Hawkeye) working as a PI in New York. We’ve discussed our frustrations at Marvel’s baffling strategy, so I’m not going to repeat that here. What I’ll say instead is that if you haven’t picked this series up yet, the creative team was able to bring the narrative to a close. Some may think there’s no point in reading a series after it’s been cancelled, but I love reading a well considered full story from beginning to end, and it’s certainly not a bad thing if trade sales for this series are strong, even after it’s been cancelled.
Green Hornet #1 - Amy Chu, German Erramouspe, and Mike Choi (Dynamite, March 7)
I can’t say that I expected Amy Chu to be writing a Green Hornet series, but I’m definitely willing to give this a try based on that fact. This series apparently follows the Kevin Smith-penned series, with Britt Jr. and Mulan, the children of Britt Reid and Kato, picking up where their parents left off. I’m not going to lie, I don’t know what half the words in that previous sentence mean, nor who any of those people are, but part of comics is letting creators take you places you wouldn’t normally go. I’m ready to see what comes of this.
Gideon Falls #1 - Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image Comics, March 7)
Comics legend Jeff Lemire has partnered up with artist Andrea Sorrentino for his latest series, and it centers on the Black Barn, a strange otherworldly building that appeared on the edge of town without warning. It promises to delve deep into questions of faith and mental illness, as well as the paranormal, and I’m definitely intrigued by it. Lemire has a great track record, and I’m excited to see what he delivers in this new paranormal mystery series.
Highest House #1 - Mike Carey, Peter Gross, and Yoko Shimizu (IDW Publishing, March 7)
It was the cover that first attracted me to this series, but when I saw Japanese artist Yoko Shimizu attached to the project, I knew I wanted to read it. It features Moth, who is a slave with great ambitions. He encounters a powerful creature called Obsidian, who promises to help fulfill Moth’s wishes. It’s clear that Obsidian has his own plans, and isn’t sharing them with Moth, but Moth has an agenda too. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this story unfolds, and of course, the art of this comic.
Dodge City #1 - Josh Trujillo and Cara McGee (BOOM! Studios, March 7)
What happens when you’re new in town, and it just so happens that dodge ball is the biggest sport in the city? That’s the premise of Dodge City, where high schooler Tomás has just moved to. Sports comics are becoming more and more common, which makes sense because they’re a great avenue for both camaraderie and self-discovery. I’m curious to see what Trujillo and McGee do with this limited four-issue series.
Eternity Girl #1 - Magadalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew (DC Comics, March 14)
A comic written by Mags Visaggio and drawn by Sonny Liew coming out from DC? I can hardly believe my eyes, but it’s true. This six-issue miniseries is about a young woman named Caroline who has lived a very exciting life, from superhero to spy. But now she’s depressed because the realization has set in that she will, in fact, live forever, and there will be no escape for her. But perhaps an old foe will help remind Caroline why life is worth living. I’m a big fan of Visaggio’s work on Kim and Kim and Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is pure genius, so I’m really eager to see how the collaboration between these two works.