Cool Comics of February

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Coffin Hill Vol 2Coffin Hill Vol. 2: Dark Endeavors

Caitlin Kittredge (W), Inaki Miranda (A)
Vertigo
February 10, 2015

I have been eagerly, not-so-patiently waiting for the second trade to come out in this series. I started reading it as trade so I usually like to continue down that route even though the temptation to just stock up on issues #8-14 is very high anytime I go into the comic book store. Coffin Hill is what I want female character led supernatural horror comics to be. I loved the first volume despite feeling the plot felt a bit uneven, and I look forward to seeing that work out as more of the story unfolds. And the art. Oh, the art. Inaki Miranda has that creepy talent for making horror disturbingly beautiful. I plan to do a deeper analysis of Coffin Hill, but right now I am just enjoying it and the excitement that comes with waiting for the next trade.

— Ginnis

Curb Stomp #1, cover artist Tula Lotay, creative team Ryan Ferrier, Devaki Neogi and Neil Lalonde, BOOM! Studios 2014Curb Stomp

Ryan Ferrier (A), Devaki Neogi (A), Tula Lotay, Trevor Hairsine, and Marie Bergeron (Covers)
BOOM!
Feb 25, 2015

I already chomped at the bit on this one, back in the Best Motorcycle Comics of 2014. I’m not less excited now. More comics all about giiirrrllsss! Roller skates! Leather jackets! Bikes! Really, I’m pretty easy to bewitch. Devaki Neogi came to professional comics via fashion design and printed apparel graphics, which is tremendously hopeful in an industry that tends to revolve around comics which do not value fashion smarts. Yay! Despite being yet another terrible, terrible name in a year following Sex Criminals and Bitch Planet, I am ready to hoover up this four-issue mini and then distribute it to all the girls in this town who hate everything and frown all the time.

— Claire

Namless01Nameless #1

Grant Morrison (W), Chris Burnham (A), Nathan Fairbairn (Cover)
Image
February 4, 2015

Looks like a good old bunch of space nonsense from our other weirdo statesman, Grant Morrison. Astronauts leaving “cryptic warnings,” asteroids named after afterlives, a super-smart connection-drawing protago-man… familiar enough. Burnham’s impressed with the level of texture he’s achieved and with ol’ Granto calling it “a rare opportunity to articulate a long-withheld sneering contempt for our miserable species,” then if it won’t be understated, at least it’ll be the full opposite. Apparently it’s based in nihilistic philosophy and Lovecraft. Boy oh boy, whatta bucket of joy!

— Claire

ladymechanika4Lady Mechanika #4

Joe Benitez
Benitez Productions
February 18, 2015

I am thrilled this title has come back! Since issue #0 was published back in 2010 and issue #3 in 2012, I was beginning to worry a bit. This steampunk-styled book follows the adventures of detective Lady Mechanika who is human with mechanical parts.

— Brenda

Spider-GwenSpider-Gwen #1

Jason Latour (W), Robbi Rodriguez (A)
Marvel Comics
February 25th, 2015

While I haven’t been keeping up with Spider-Verse, I was definitely caught up in the hype surrounding alternate universe Gwen Stacy donning an incredible costume and web-slinging her way into critical mass levels of fan fervor. In addition to rocking some of the best superhero duds I’ve seen in awhile (I will never shut up about loving risky, eye-catching color combinations), Stacy also apparently rocks out in a punk rock band called The Maryjanes, which is ten levels of awesome. Latour did an interview back in October, and when talking about the band, he said, “We’ll get to meet all those young women and see who they are now in this context where Spider-Man’s name is not on the cover and his presence isn’t driving the book forward.” Punk Rock Gwen Stacy saving the day and making music with her gal pals in a book that isn’t about Peter Parker? I can hear the theme music in my head already, and it’s amazing.

— MJ Feuerborn

msmarvel12Ms. Marvel #12

Willow Wilson (W), Takeshi Miyazawa (A)
Marvel Comics
February 4th, 2015

Ms. Marvel has been a delightful book from the start, but this particular issue brings a few new things that make it worth reminding everyone why they should be reading it. Takeshi Miyazawa will begin regular art duties on this title for at least the next three issues, and for fans of his previous Marvel work, including Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane and fill-ins on Brian K. Vaughn’s Runaways, this is exciting news. Regular Ms. Marvel artist Adrian Alphona is equally well known for his work on Runaways, so the change in artists will no doubt feel natural for fans. Additionally, this Valentine’s Day themed issue promises to feature hijinks involving teenaged Loki, giving readers a light-hearted break from the recent multi-issue arc involving kidnapped teens.

— Megan B.

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  1. Regarding Coffin Hill, I really want more people to talk about this book. I’ve been reading it as a monthly and I think the second arc was an improvement on the first. (Most promising, some of the girls who were victims in the previous story are protagonists in one of the plots here. There is a twist, that I generally like, but also makes me wonder if this is an example of the writer’s learning curve when in comes to writing for comics. I’d love to hear your reaction to it.

    • Yay! Someone else into Coffin Hill! I agree – no one seems to be talking about this comic, but it’s really stunning. You’ve certainly motivated me to get on top of it ASAP. 😀

    • Brenda Noiseux on

      Good to know on Coffin Hill. I read it with my women’s comic book group, but the first arc wasn’t drawing me in. Perhaps, I’ll take a second look.