It's that magical time of year when we all indulge in the thrill of letting ourselves be spooked and alarmed by the things that go bump in the night and this week's best new comics are all tailor-made to get at the heart of some of the things that scare us the most.
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As much as we all like to fancy ourselves as self-sufficient islands, it's impossible to really get through life while also enjoying yourself if you don't have people in your corner who want to see you succeed.
Narratively, this week's best new comics have little in common other than the fact that they're a testament to the fact that everybody needs a little help to make it through hard times - and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
In this day and age, the oversharing of personal information has become de rigueur. We're all trying to connect to one another through our texts and tweets and snaps and grams -- offering up information and access to ourselves, often without wondering just what consequences there might be. This is also true of the people in writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson and illustrator Piotr Kowalski's Come Into Me, a new, futuristic body-horror comic from Black Mask Studios.
There are few people in the world better positioned to bend US president Donald Trump's ear than his daughter (and adviser) Ivanka Trump - someone who's been rightly criticised for being complicit in her father's draconian politics. But what if Ivanka decided to turn on her family and fight for the people? Black Mask Studio's Billionaire Killers, written by Matteo Pizzolo and illustrated by Soo Lee, asks that very question.
A big part of what's made Vita Ayala's writing in comics such as Wonder Woman, Bitch Planet and Batman Beyond so strong is the way their storytelling is formed by their deeply personal, powerful politics. In The Wilds, their new upcoming series from Black Mask Studios with illustrations by Emily Pearson, their focus shifts away from capes and onto a horrifyingly beautiful apocalypse.
Last year, Black Mask's 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank told an often dark, yet heartwarming tale about family... dark, because it just so happened to involve a group of kids kicking off their own bank heist. To celebrate the series' complete collection being released this week, we are pleased to share the first issue in its entirety for you to read.
As a kid, Vita Ayala grew up loving Wonder Woman comics. As an adult, they have gotten to write Diana of Themyscira twice. But Ayala isn't content with just living the dream of working on a big corporate superhero. The New York City native is making comics that give voice to people without money, power or privilege.
Any time a Republican US president is elected, there's discussion about the idea of California seceding from the Union, an idea that has currently been dubbed as "Calexit", in a similar manner to the equally-terribly-named "Brexit". Thanks to a near-future, alternate reality comic from Black Mask Studios, California will finally make the break.
The 28th annual GLAAD awards highlighting the representation of LGBTQ community in media have been announced this morning, and it's a strong year for genre nominations, especially in comics, with 10 series from the past year earning recognition. That's five more comics nominated than last year, a welcome indication that comics are improving in this regard.
What if, at the height of the Cold War, Russia revealed that it had the ultimate weapon in its conflict against the Western world: Superpowered teenagers? That's the premise of Black Mask Studio's new comic The Sceptics -- but as we've learned from writer Tini Howard, there's a lot more going on that just Russian superteens.
Winter is nearly at it end, and as publishers put away its big events and crazy twists for the latter part of the year, getting ready to replace them with... well, more big events and crazy twists! Here's our guide to the very best new comic series you'll want keeping you company in the warmer months. Warning: There are a lot.
Last Saturday (May 7) was the happiest day of the year for comics fans: Free Comic Book Day, which is both a celebration of the hobby and a chance to read tons of new comics given away without paying a cent! While some are reprints, most contain awesome new material -- and here's our guide to what we hope you were able to pick up!