It's hot and humid and I don't want to leave my house, so that must mean we're basically in the full heat of summer! If you too are cowering inside, unable to face the brutal reality that is summer, let a few of these awesome issues releasing in July keep you company.
Zodiac Starforce Cries of Fire Prince #1 - Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau (Dark Horse, July 5)
If you didn't pick up the first run of Zodiac Starforce, you missed a wonderful, colorful magical girl comic that was so much fun. But now the creative team is back with a sequel series! This time, the team of teen girls who are charged with protecting our planet must face a new dark threat ... all while acing their exams.
The Wicked + The Divine #29 - Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics, July 5)
One of the most stylistically brilliant comics currently being written is back with a brand-new arc! I'll admit that I've fallen behind in this series (there are so many good comics, it's just difficult to keep up), but now that a new story arc is debuting, it feels like the perfect time to pick this up again. I simply cannot get enough of Matt Wilson's colors in this series.
Snotgirl #6 - Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung (Image Comics, July 5)
I enjoyed the first arc of this, so I'm looking forward to seeing what issue 6 has in store for us. The premise of this series is that Lottie Person is a fashion blogger whose life is perfect ... or so she wants you to think, based on her social media presence. In reality she's drowning in allergies and miserable, and it's possible she killed someone. I love the creative team here, and if you haven't checked out this series yet, give it a chance.
Wonder Woman #26 - Shea Fontana, Mirka Andolfo and Jesus Merino (DC Comics, July 12)
You may have heard that Wonder Woman is getting a new story arc that's about ... her brother (why WHY) but before that happens this fall, Shea Fontana (writer of the adorable DC Super Hero Girls) is coming on to write the Amazon warrior. I'm looking forward to reading Fontana's run — the synopsis for this first issue, in which Diana takes a break from superhero-ing and goes to a friend's wedding, is right in my wheelhouse.
Wynonna Earp Season Zero #1 - Beau Smith, Angel Hernandez and Chris Evenhuls (IDW, July 12)
I'm not usually an avid reader of licensed comics (comics that are based on existing TV/movie properties), but IDW has been doing some good work lately on this front. I've heard so much great stuff about the Syfy show Wynonna Earp (and no, I am not required to put this comic on this list, I genuinely am interested in it) that I am eager to check out this prequel comic.
Moonstruck #1 - Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle (Image Comics, July 19)
The magic of Lumberjanes has lessened for me since the original creative team left, which is why I'm so excited for this new series from one of its original co-creators. In this series, fantasy creatures live alongside humans on Earth that centers on Julie, a barista/werewolf. Yes, you read that right. And that's why I’m SO HERE for this series (also, the Kate Leth short story included in this issue makes this a must-read).
Darth Maul #5 - Cullen Bunn, Luke Ross, and Rafael Albuquerque (Marvel, July 19)
I'll admit, even though I love the character of Darth Maul in Clone Wars and Rebels, I wasn't exactly super-excited for this comic series. There are just so many Star Wars comics these days that it's difficult to keep up. But now that this limited series is coming to an end with issue 5, it's time for me to devour it in one sitting. It's how I roll.
Injection #15 - Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire (Image Comics, July 19)
I haven't read much of Injection — I caught the first trade when it came out and thought it was interesting. The premise of this series is that it's the 21st century and things are not going well. So instead of getting down to the nitty-gritty, trying to tackle problems and make meaningful changes, people go for the quick fix: They use magic, and as you can probably predict, they screw things up even more. This issue brings the end of another story arc, which feels like the perfect time to get caught up.
Faith and the Future Force #1 - Jody Houser, Stephen Segovia and Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic (Valiant Comics, July 26)
I'm usually not much for crossovers and event comics, but I'm a huge fan of Faith — she’s one of my favorite superheroes — plus I'm a sucker for a good cover (and this one is great). The other heroes of the Valiant universe join Faith to fight a force that threatens their existence in a story that spans centuries. I'm definitely willing to give this a try.
Kim & Kim: Love Is a Battlefield #1 - Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, Katy Rex, Zakk Saam and Tess Fowler (Black Mask Studios, July 26)
The first limited series of Kim & Kim, a punk space opera about two badass bounty hunters named Kim, was just incredible amounts of fun, and the entire creative team is back for another go-round. Honestly, this second series could just be Kim and Kim sitting in their living room eating takeout and I'd still devour the entire thing. If you hate fun, don't read this series. It's not for you.