May's comics picks are light on the lady creators, but there's a whole lot of goodness going on otherwise. We've got some new series debuts, story arcs to jump on, and just some comics I want to highlight because good work is being done.
If you check any of these out, let me know what you think! And if I missed a favorite comic of yours, let me know—I love recommendations, and I do this column every month.
Black Bolt #1 - Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward (Marvel, May 3)
I’ve been waiting for this series about Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans, for months, basically since it was first announced. I have my issues (heh) with what's going on at Marvel, but I will always support diverse creators, wherever they land. I'm a huge fan of Ahmed’s previous work and so excited to see him writing this comic, and I'm excited to see what Christian Ward does with the art after seeing his work on ODY-C.
Gotham Academy, Second Semester #9 - Brenden Fletcher, Adam Archer, Karl Kerschl (DC Comics, May 10)
I was in love with this series when it originally debuted from Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl and Becky Cloonan, but I haven't had a chance to really check it out in its new version, Second Semester. Issue #9 introduces the beginning of a new story arc, so it seems like the perfect chance to jump back in and see what's going on.
Misfit City #1 - Kiwi Smiith, Naomi Franquiz, Kurt Lustgarten (BOOM! Studios, May 10)
In this Goonies-style tale, Wilder and her friends are tired of their boring old little town. Nothing fun has happened there since a kids' adventure movie was filmed there years ago. That is, until Wilder and her friends find an actual map to an actual pirate treasure. I love BOOM! Studios’ comics aimed at a wider range of ages than traditional mainstream comics. They consistently put out high quality stuff, so you can bet I'll be checking this out.
New Super-Man #11 - Gene Luen Yang, Billy Tan (DC Comics, May 10)
I was thrilled to see Gene Luen Yang helming the Superman comic, and when Rebirth was announced, he stuck around to do a Chinese Superman. This run hasn't been perfect, but I really appreciate what Yang is doing. He's a talented storyteller, and this issue starts a new story arc, which could just be a great jumping on point for new and lapsed readers.
Star Wars: Screaming Citadel #1 - Kieron Gillen, Marco Checchetto, Andres Mossa (Marvel, May 10)
A new Star Wars crossover! I loved Vader Down, so it'll be really interesting to see what happens with Screaming Citadel. It has Luke Skywalker teaming up with Doctor Aphra (whose series I have not yet read, but I'll probably be getting caught up for this crossover). I'm generally a big fan of the Star Wars comics, especially the mainline series. I'm curious to see how they bring the two series together.
Superwoman #10 - Kate Perkins, Stephen Segovia, Ken Lashley (DC Comics, May 10)
One of my favorite aspects of DC Rebirth is that Lois Lane finally has a story of her own. This comic features a powered Lois, who has inherited Superman's powers. The only problem is that they are slowly but surely killing her and Lois doesn't know how to stop it. Can she and Lana Lang figure out what the problem is? This issue isn't much of a jumping-on point (sorry, I just really wanted to talk about this comic), but you can pick up the first trade on May 9.
The Wicked + The Divine 455 AD #1 - Kieron Gillen, Andre Lima Araujo, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Clayton Cowles (Image, May 17)
This one-shot is a must buy for fans of the hit series The Wicked + the Divine (a one-shot is a standalone story that takes place over a single issue, it can be part of a larger series but the story itself is self-contained). What's more, you can only buy it in issue form — it's not included in the forthcoming collected trade of the series. This story, featuring the art of Andre Lima Araujo, take readers back to the fall of Ancient Rome.
Quantum Teens Are Go #4 - Magdalene Visaggio, Eryk Donovan, Claudia Aguirre, Zakk Saam, Jon Gorga (Black Mask Studios, May 31)
This is the last issue of Quantum Teens Are Go, but with any luck, it'll be back. Visaggio is the writer behind the sci-fi punk rock comic Kim & Kim (also originally solicited for four issues, but it's going to be back with a second installment), and this queer skater punk comic is just as much fun. If you haven't given this creative team a chance, don't hesitate to pick this comic up. If you prefer to read in trades (trust me, I sympathize), the arc should be out as such in a few months.
Saga #43 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Image, May 31)
Is there a better comic out there than Saga? Honestly, I don't think so. Between the gutwrenching cliffhangers, lovely flawed characters and brilliant colors (not to mention the regular release schedule — which matters more than you think), this might be my favorite comic ever. Period. If you haven't given it a chance, this issue starts a new arc, but don't jump in here. Go back and start from the first issue. Trust me, you won't regret it.