It's Wednesday! That means it's half way through the work week and new comic book day. Celebrate by heading down to your local comic book store and picking up a few fantastic reads. This week's picks find an ancestor of Sherlock Holmes in a world of danger, a Lazarus seeks revenge, and an ongoing saga begins an all-new arc. As always, if we've neglected to mention your favourite, please let us know in the comments. We are always looking for new picks for our list.
I, Holmes #1
Written by: Michael Lent
Art by: Dan Parsons and Marc Rene
From the under-appreciated but prolific Alterna Comics comes an all-new take on the Sherlock Holmes tale. Rose is just a gal trying to survive in a dangerous world, and doing an okay job so far. Then she discovers she's the great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, which makes her world an even more dangerous place to be. The series has an intriguing concept, with stunning art to match. If the first few pages are any indication, it is going to be a thrilling read.
DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1
Written by: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Elsa Charretier
DC Comics Bombshells is, hands down, one of the best series DC is currently releasing. It's filled with a little bit of everything, action, romance, thrills, and laughs, but never seems like it's trying too hard to be perfect - it just is. Week after week Bennett and a variety of incredibly talented artists bring us the story of the Bombshells, a number of characters from DC's rich comics history brought together in an alternate-history version of World War II. The annual brings us the story of The Bloody Batgirl, the first Bombshell. Bennett has reimagined the DC Comics universe brilliantly, and never fails to surprise, and entertain. Even if you haven't picked up an issue before, start with the annual. You won't regret it, and you'll have discovered an amazing series in the process.
Jem & The Holograms #18
Written by: Kelly Thompson
Art by: Jen Bartel
Artist Jen Bartel takes over for Sophie Campbell, who was the main artist for the first 16 issues, and does an incredibly amazing job. Bartel is definitely an artist to keep your eye on; her star is definitely rising. This particular issue promises emotional highs and lows as the group deals with a tour gone wrong. Thompson's already engaging writing has only gotten better as the series has progressed, and you won't want to miss out on holding Bartel's art in your hands.
Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Michael Lark
This amazing dystopian comic returns this month with what promises to be an action-packed issue. Set in a potential future where the world is divided along family lines rather than by country, each family is protected by their seemingly immortal Lazarus. With the Carlyle family facing threats from inside and out, their Lazarus, Forever, is more important now than ever before. Unfortunately, it appears that she finally meets her match in this issue, and her ally Sonja, also a Lazarus, is out for revenge. The series is backstory rich, but set in an incredibly well developed world. It's well worth the time to read the prior issues (available in trade paperback) to get caught up on this inventive, strange, but also increasingly plausible new world.
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Art by: Fiona Staples
Acclaimed by both critics and fans alike, Saga is finally back with an all new arc. The series follows young Hazel and her parents, who have been caught up in a war between two species that seems to have affected nearly everyone in the universe. The past 37 issues have seen Hazel, her mom, her dad, and her extended family on the run and on some amazing adventures. While I strongly encourage you to pick up the prior 36 issues (also available in trade paperback, if you prefer bound books to single issues), this one is the perfect place to start. It's a self-contained issue set on the very comet that started the war between Wreath and Landfall.