COWL, Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel / Rod Reis. Image, April 2014.Catie: This month, I’m most excited for yet another Image book: C.O.W.L. written by Kyle Higgins with art by Alec Siegel and Rod Reis. The story is all about a superhero labor union in ’60s Chicago, which promises me all the delicious politics that I love so much yet rarely see in my cape comics. In C.O.W.L., people with powers first came to light after World War II, and thought the best thing to do was…become government employees! Now decades later, the bloom has come off the rose and the members of C.O.W.L. have to prove themselves to a doubting public as well as battling threats from inside and out.

I am always fascinated by the way heroes’ presence in a world would change it and the day-to-day practical struggles that come with having superpowers. Not even Superman can defeat a well-crafted bureaucracy like city government! Plus, Chicago in the ’60s is a rich setting, and I can’t wait to see how the art team bring it to life. Labor politics in my superhero comics? Truly two great tastes that taste great together.

The Woods, Ramon Perez. BOOM Studios, June 2014.Jamie: Oooh, BOOM! Studios has a new title coming out in the first week of May that has definitely got my ears perked. The Woods is about a small high school from Milwaukee Wisconsin that gets transportedteachers, students, faculty, and allto a mysterious woods in the middle of who-knows-where. Why have they been moved there? What will happen to the 513 people? How will they make it back? Will they make it back at all? So many questions just from the premise alone!

It sounds a little like LOST, which I missed when it was in its heyday on TV, but with a darker twist. And the art by Ramon Perez is compelling even in previews.

Laura: I know this probably isn’t crazy NEW news, but I am excited for Rat Queens to come back from their hiatus and start a new story arc in May. I went to the Rat Queens Creator panel at ECCC and from what Upchurch and Weibe had to say about the next arc (Sherwood Texas/Sons of Anarchy, FCBD 2014.focused on Dee!) it sounds like it’s going to be very interesting and introspective.

Claire: I’m excited for Sherwood, Texas, but also afraid. Its first issue is a Free Comic Book Day freebie, which is great. But it almost sounds TOO perfectRobin Hood biker gang, need I say moreand the creative team went out of their way to assure us, on an old Friday Poll, that there are rounded and important female characters. I am a lady archer with a motorcycle and a love of justice, so I basically want to roll myself up in fifty copies and dangle from the rafters over a low bonfire until I am smoked through and turned into vigilante leather. If this book is bad, I’m going to die.