My pull list is heavily Marvel and Image this month, which was a surprise to me. Usually I try to focus on the smaller publishers, and honestly there hasn’t been a lot coming out of Image that has intrigued me over the past few months. Also, Image has been in some hot water, and hasn’t had the best image (no pun intended) lately. Their responses to what’s been going on has turned me off a bit from the company. But as I always say, I’ll follow creators doing good work for marginalized stories wherever they happen to be (and especially creators who identify as women, PoC, LGBTQIA+, etc.), so I’ll never write off the company fully.
This month I’m talking about some old favorites (Paper Girls and Ms. Marvel), plus some new series (Family Trade). There are also licensed comics (Star Trek: Discovery) and movie tie-ins (Black Panther: Prelude). This pull list feels like it’s leading us right into the fall TV and movie season, and I’m so ready for it.
Paper Girls #16 - Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher (October 4, Image Comics)
Paper Girls! This gorgeous comic, with Matt Wilson’s amazing comic splashed across each page, is so much fun. It’s one of the few that I read that features female main characters but an all-male creative team (it’s hard to deny how good Chiang’s art and Vaughan’s writing are, and I’d follow Vaughan pretty much anywhere). Issue number 16 starts a new story arc featuring this group of newspaper delivery girls who are from the year 1988. If you loved Stranger Things, you should be reading this comic.
Ms. Marvel #23 - G. Willow Wilson, Diego Olortegui, and Valerio Schiti (October 11, Marvel Comics)
As we’re all so focused on new comics, it can be easy to forget old favorites. Ms. Marvel is still a wonderful, original, and refreshing take on comics, and I want to make sure it’s not overlooked. Wilson deserves so much credit for writing such an incredible young woman and keeping readers coming back issue after issue, especially among the different artists she’s worked with on this run. Issue 23 starts a fresh story arc for Kamala, and I’m eager to see what trouble she gets into.
Family Trade #1 - Justin Jordan, Morgan Beem, Nikki Ryan, and Rachel Deering (October 11, Image Comics)
The premise of Family Trade, a new ongoing series from Image Comics, is a sort of alternate-reality Earth where things didn’t quite unfold the way they did here. It’s in a genre that’s being called “oceanpunk” (rather than steampunk, which focuses on steam-powered machinery) and focuses on a floating ocean city called Thessala. It’s also a world that has magic and alchemy. I don’t know much more about it than this, but I love the idea of oceanpunk, and I’m always interested in more comic fantasy stories.
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #15 - Julie Benson, Roge Antonia, and Yanick Paquette (October 11, DC Comics)
Another new story arc! This time it’s for Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, a series that brings Black Canary and Batgirl back together. This story concerns a sickness within Gotham City that has only men falling ill — even Batman has succumbed. It’s up to the Birds of Prey to figure out what’s going on and stop it. I’m behind on this series, but this new arc seems intriguing enough for me to want to catch up fast.
Black Panther: Prelude #1 - Will Corona Pilgrim and Annapaola Martello (October 18, Marvel Comics)
Up until now, Marvel hasn’t always done a great job tying comics together with the movies. Their “Prelude” comics have been hit-or-miss; the most recent are basically rehashes of previous films, with very little new content or incentive to buy them. But they’re changing their tune with Black Panther: The prelude comic is an original story about T’Challa’s journey to becoming the Black Panther. Considering the excitement for this film, I’ll bet this is a popular one.
Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #5 - Various Writers and Artists (October 18, Image Comics)
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine de Landro introduced Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, which features stories by different writers and artists set in the Bitch Planet universe. This was probably due to the incredible delays the series have faced — only two issues have released in the past year. I haven’t picked this up, and will probably wait until it’s released as a full collection (which will happen in December), but I’m certainly curious to see others’ take on the provocative universe that de Landro and deConnick have created.
Kim & Kim: Love Is a Battlefield #4 - Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, and Zakk Saam (October 25, Black Mask Studios)
If you haven’t read Kim & Kim, you’re missing out on one of the most delightful comics in recent memory. It features two space lady bounty hunters, both named Kim, and their take-no-prisoners attitudes. The series was very popular (at least, I’m guessing, because I saw a lot of people talking about it), and now it’s back for a second, four-issue limited run. This is the last issue in the series, meaning you can devour the entire thing at once!
Star Trek: Discovery #1 - Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen (October 25, IDW)
I don’t think it’ll take anyone by surprise that I’m a Star Trek fan, so I’m looking forward to the new Discovery comic that’s releasing (though both the prequel novelization and comic creative team are all men. Can we get some women writers/artists on expanded universe books and comics of Discovery, please?). It’s set before the show and follows T’Kuvma, the main Klingon antagonist, giving a Klingon perspective to what’s happening.
America #8 - Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones (October 25, Marvel Comics)
America, Vol. 1, which is the solo series of queer Latina superhero America Chavez, is out in October, but so is a new story arc in single issues! This issue will see America face an adversary that reaches back to her days as a young Avenger — Exterminatrix. This series is awesome, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it does in trades. Pick up the trade, and then the new story arc at the end of the month!