June Staff Picks: Comics
Christoper Sebela (W) and Ibrahim Moustafa (A)
Finally, this Eisner-nominated digital comic has a new issue! The series revolves around two of my favorite things: Mount Everest and crime. What may sound like a ridiculous pitch becomes a taut thrilling story with fascinating characters in an environment just as likely to kill the protagonists as the government agents after them. There’s nothing like High Crimes on the stand, and it’s a breath of fresh air in a genre where noir-inspired comics are a dime a dozen. Every issue so far has propelled the story forward at a thrilling pace while still giving us the space to get to know the main character, Zan, a former superstar snowboarder whose fall from grace has gone about as low as she can go. The first issue is free on comiXology and you can buy the whole series for only $7.00. With a comic this good and this affordable, there is no reason not to pick this series up!
Rob Anderson (W) and Rei Renato (A)
Big Dog Ink
In this three issue mini-series, Tik Tok is paired with a kalidah on a bounty hunting mission to track down a young woman in possession of a vital secret. Stemming from Tom Hutchinson’s The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West, the familiar world of Oz is mixed with the imagery of the American Old West. The imagery mixes cowboy grit with fantasy and showcases the characters in brand new ways. The cover to issue one gives us a small taste of what is to come, featuring the partners in a saloon complete with swinging cowboy doors. The comic has a June 25th release date, a mere six days after the 100th anniversary of the publication of Tik Tok of Oz on June 19, 1914.
(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Jamie McKelvie
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are a storytelling dream team. I like them both separately of course, but it’s when they work together that I turn into the crazy fangirl that I am. Being a huge fan of Phonogram and their run on Young Avengers I have high hopes for the Wicked and the Divine. The basic premise of twelve god reincarnated into teenagers seems perfect for Gillen & McKelvie. They always create such fabulous, well rounded, and diverse characters and know how to reach a new generation of comic readers. (Don’t believe me? Check out the Young Avengers tag on Tumblr). Sassy teenagers, lots of actions, colours that pop off the page — I wish I could download this comic into my brain the second it’s available.