It's another new month (I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by), which means MORE NEW COMICS.
This month, we've got more Star Wars (I'm honestly having trouble keeping up with all the limited and ongoing comic series) and some very interesting new series from familiar comic names.
It’s a great time to be a comics fan, especially a female fan. I’m excited to share this awesome list with you.
Darth Vader #1 - Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jim Cheung (June 7)
I must be behind on news, because I had no idea that Marvel was doing another ongoing Darth Vader series until I was researching comics for this article. This one goes back to the period right after Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin had just become Darth Vader. It's going to take a lot for this to match the magic of the Gillen/Larocca series, but I'm willing to give it a chance to see. It also looks like this comic might be double shipping (two issues a month versus the usual one), because the second issue is scheduled for release on June 21.
September Mourning Vol. 1 - Mariah McCourt, Emily Lazar, Sumeyye Kesgin and Marc Silvestri (June 14)
The plot of this comic — following a young woman named September Mourning who has no memory of the past and exists in the present as a human reaper who reaps "worthless" souls — is enough to make me intrigued, but add Mariah McCourt to the creative team and I'm immediately sold. I love McCourt on Twitter, and the idea of a young woman who's cursed but tries to protect and help those she's condemned to reap really makes me curious. This is an interesting combination music/comics project that was previously released by Top Cow and ... I don't know much about it, but the little I do know definitely makes me want to pick it up.
Jem & the Holograms Infinite #1 - Kelly Thompson and Stacey Lee (June 14)
I love the main Jem & the Holograms series, so you can bet I'm excited about the idea of a Jem/Misfits crossover. Too often licensed comics are pretty lame, but IDW hit the jackpot with this one. This is a limited series, and to make sure you're keeping up with the entire story (should you choose to pick it up), make sure you're picking up Jem & the Holograms: Misfits Infinite as well.
Lumberjanes 2017 Special Faire & Square #1 - Holly Black, Marina Julia, Gabby Rivera, Gaby Epstein and Ru Xu (June 14)
It's another Lumberjanes annual special, and there's a great creative lineup to tell stories about our favorite campers! Annual issues are always fun, because they tell standalone stories within a larger universe. If you've never read Lumberjanes, this might be a good issue to pick up to see if you want to give this feminist, inclusive, all-ages series a try. And if you're a fan like me but are behind on the series, you can pick this up and not be worried about spoilers/etc. — just a fun adventure!
Crosswind #1 - Gail Simone and Cat Staggs (June 21)
Gail Simone is pretty much comics royalty, so any series she's involved with is one I'll automatically read the first issue of, regardless of what the premise might be. Luckily, Crosswind sounds pretty interesting, as a hit man and a housewife accidentally switch bodies. A Freaky Friday-style adult comic? I'm definitely willing to put that on my pull list.
Sex Criminals #20 - Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (June 21)
Sex Criminals might have started out with a quirky, funny premise — two people have the ability to stop time when they climax and end up committing crimes — but it's turned into a deep and thoughtful comic (that maintains its lightheartedness even when it gets dark). This issue brings the latest arc to a close and promises a whole lotta change for the characters.
Your Name, Vol. 1 - Makato Shinkai and Ranmaru Kotone (June 21)
Okay, so nitpickers will notice that this isn't exactly a comic issue, and you'd be right. This is a manga adaptation of a hit movie, and it's more graphic novel-sized than issue. It's the story of a country girl and a city boy who have strange dreams about one another's lives, even though they've never met. It seems as weird, fantastical, mystical connections between two unrelated people are becoming a trend in comics, and I'm here for it.
Heartthrob Season 2 #1 - Christopher Sebela, Nick Filardi and Robert Wilson IV (June 21)
I really enjoyed the first limited-run series Heartthrob, starring a young woman named Callie who receives a heart transplant. But along with the new organ comes the spirit of the man it once belonged to, and it changes Callie in ways she couldn't have imagined. Now, in this series, Callie is trying to live life on the straight and narrow, but her heart can't help pull her back toward the life she once led.
Supergirl: Being Super #4 - Mariko Tamaki and Joelle Jones (June 28)
I love, love, LOVE this series, and I'm so bummed that it's coming to a close with the fourth issue (it wasn't canceled; it was always solicited as a limited series). It follows Kara Danvers as she navigates the difficulties of being a powered being in high school and choosing between the world that adopted her and the world on which she was born. It's tender, heartwarming and all-around great.