LEEANN D’S WEEKLY COMIC PICKS (January 30th 2019)

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It’s new comic book day but before I start telling you about the awesome new comics that are out this week, I Just wanted to take a few minutes to express my extreme gratitude to everyone who reached out to me while I was in the hospital and dealing with a flooded home, it was so thoughtful, thank you.

I am also extremely thankful for Dan and Leonard for putting up with me and allowing me to return at my own pace while I was healing and repairing my home. I honestly thought for a little while that I may not live through this one, it was a close call. It was because of the love, kindness, caring and support from you guys that I’m still here, among the living. The comic book/con fandom family is the best family one could ask for, thank you all.

LIVEWIRE #2

VALIANT COMICS 

Written by VITA AYALA

Art by RAÚL ALLÉN, PATRICIA MARTÍN

Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE

Amanda McKee, a powerful superhuman with tele-technopathic abilities that gave her access to the digital world, she was once called a hero until she was betrayed by the government. Amanda, AKA Livewire, has now been branded a terrorist after she plunged the country into a power outage to save herself and others like her. With the people she called allies now her enemies she finds herself in the custody of mercenaries that have other plans for her and she finds out how one really feels about her.

My first thought on this book is WOW, why haven’t I been reading this before? Not only has Vita Ayala written an amazing and powerful story, but the art from Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín is downright gorgeous. I am ashamed to say that I am a latecomer to Valiant, I have read some of the stories that Valiant has published before, but I had not had any storylines that I was overly excited about, well not anymore. Vita Ayala is a masterful storyteller and I am so eager to see what happens to Livewire next. With this being only issue #2 it is a great place for a new reader to jump into this story without feeling lost or behind and I cannot wait to see where it leads to.

LAGUARDIA #3

BERGER BOOKS / DARK HORSE

Writer: NNEDI OKORAFOR

Art: TANA FORD 

COLORIST: JAMES DEVLIN

Letterer: SAL CIPRIANO

In this an alternate world the aliens have already come to earth, LaGuardia is the story of Nigerian American Dr. Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka. The Doctor who is pregnant, leaves behind her fiancé to return to New York City and her grandmother’s building, called The New Hope.

Future brings with her an illegal alien plant named, Letme Live, at her grandmothers she works with the residents, among them immigrants from alien worlds, to fight discrimination and travel-bans. The Doctor is now ready to give birth and is taken to a human-only hospital where Letme Live is willing to sacrifice its life for her child’s. Really beautiful story that hits on the world that we live in today.

BONE PARISH #6

BOOM! Studios

Writer: CULLEN BUNN

Artist: JONAS SCHARF

Colorist: ALEX GUIMARAES

Letterer: ED DUKESHIRE

In New Orleans, a war is being fought between Cartel and the Winters family with a new drug called Ash, that is made from the ashes of the dead. Although Ash users are having visions of the dead coming to life through them, the demand for Ash is increasing exponentially. The Winters now focus on the Ash business and go on the offensive to take back New Orleans. Cullen Bunn writes horror beautifully and the story is complimented with art from Jonas Scharf and colors by Alex Guimãraes.

Iron: Or The War After 

ARCHAIA / BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: S.M. VIDAURRI

Artist: S.M. VIDAURRI

A story set in a world of constant winter that has been locked in a long tragic war, a rabbit, Hardin, who is a spy from the Resistance, has stolen information about a secret military base that sets off a series of tragic events that has major ramifications to both sides.

Iron: Or The War After is the debut graphic novel from artist and storyteller S.M. Vidaurri. This graphic novel is absolutely beautiful, the art draws you into this world of winter and its aftermath of a brutal war.

SKYWARD #10

IMAGE COMICS

Writer: JOE HENDERSON

Artist: LEE GARBETT

Colorist: ANTONIO FABELA

Letterer: SIMON BOWLAND

Willa finds herself against a rock and a hard place, she has to free Roger Barrow so she can stop Lucas’ horrific plans, but she also has bring back gravity. When she finds out that Edison has given her dads book to Barrow, Willa has to stop him. She is going to have her hands full trying to stop Lucas and his plans for Chicago, but if anyone can fix the world, its Willa.

Joe Henderson is weaving a masterful story that I have been look forward to every month since the series began. Henderson’s team up with Lee Garbett’s brilliant art and Antonio Fabela’s stunning color work really seals the deal for me, it’s like sitting down to read a master class on comics every issue.

Also out today is Image Comics’ SHANGHAI RED trade paperback from Christopher Sebela with art & colors by Joshua Hixson. The trade collects the first five issues of the series, and if you missed this the first time around be sure to pick this up.

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