It's Wednesday! That means your work week is half over, AND there are a ton of new comics to help entertain you as you make your way to your weekend. This week features an incredibly powerful superhero trying to get in touch with her humanity, Superman feeling like an outsider, and a glimpse into the history behind an infamous night on Lake Geneva.
As always, if we've missed your fave, let us know! Our pull list could always be longer!
The Backstagers #1
Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Rian Sygn
Backstagers takes on some pretty heavy issues -- loneliness, alienation and feeling like an outcast -- and blends them with a hint of magic. The series' protagonist, Jory, is transferred to a new school, so he joins the stage crew in an effort to fit in. What he finds is something completely unexpected. This is the start of an eight issue mini-series and looks cute, clever, and interesting. Tynion is probably best known for his work with the Bat family at DC Comics and is skilled at developing characters without sacrificing action. Rian Sygh brought Munchkin and Stolen Forest to life. His characters tend to be diverse and expressive, making him an artist to watch.
Black Hammer #3
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Dean Ormston
Black Hammer is an incredibly imaginative series, detailing the lives of superheroes after they were, essentially, ret-conned out of existence. They are now stranded, in different forms, in a farming town and still struggling to feel at home in their new lives. This issue introduces a new potential hero, a Martian named Barbalien, who also found himself stranded in the same community. Will he be able to help our heroes return? Commiserate alongside them? Or prove to be a foe?
Colouring DC - Supergirl
Adult colouring books are incredibly popular, and it's not hard to imagine why! They are a great way to relax, unwind, lose yourself in your thoughts or not and create something as a result. Fans of Supergirl, both the show and the comic, will want to pick up this new adult colouring book, featuring art by Pop Mhan, Bengal, Jamal Igle, and more.
Written by: Marv Wolfman
Art by: Alisson Borges
This is the start of an arc called "The White Carnival", set between Teen Titans #24 and Teen Titans: Rebirth #1. Raven opts to take a break from superheroics to explore her human side. In order to do so, she moves to San Francisco with her aunt and starts attending a regular, average high school. Mystery followers her, however, and she finds herself caught up in the disappearance of a class mate and up against a dangerous foe.
Written by: Francis Manapul
Art by: Francis Manapul
While I have personally never been a huge fan of the Wonder Woman/Batman/Superman joint titles, this one is definitely on my list for this week. Why? Well, the events that lead to Rebirth involved the death of the Superman known and loved by both Wonder Woman and Batman. This new Superman is a Clark Kent from a different world, one who is as alien to Bruce and Diana as Krypton. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to them and how they interact with someone who is so familiar yet still a complete stranger. The strength of their connection -- and the origins of their powers -- form the focus of the first arc.
The Wicked + The Divine - One Shot
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Stephanie Hans
The Wicked + The Divine is one of the most creative, inventive, funny, heartbreaking, and visually stunning series being released today. Penned by the amazing Kieron Gillen, and usually drawn by the incredibly talented Jamie McKelvie, the series explores a reality where, once every 90 years, a number of old gods return to earth, reincarnated as young adults. They then have only two years to make their mark on the world. This particular issue is a one-shot, set in the nineteenth century detailing an infamous night involving a Romantic poet and Lake Geneva. Stephanie Hans, who is also an incredible artist, guests on art for this issue. An important note for trade-waiters: this issue will NOT be included in the fourth volume, so you should probably pick it up today.