IDW Pubwatch June 2020

IDW Pubwatch January 2020

Welcome to the IDW Pubwatch. The world is still on lockdown but here’s something to distract you: a few exciting comics that will occupy your mind, at least for a little while. I’ve also got the latest news coming out of IDW, along with comic book reviews. Unfortunately, I don’t have my usual selection of favourite covers due to the reduced number of releases. Stay inside and be safe, readers.

News and Announcements

Voyage to the Stars Podcast to Make Comics Debut in AugustMay 2020. IDW Publishing

The Ryan Copple-created, top 100 sci-fi podcast, Voyage to the Stars, is set to enter the world of comics in August. IDW will be publishing a tie-in series written by James Asmus, with art by Connie Daidone. According to Asmus, the book will tell a story that is implied in the podcast, but will also be a stand-alone instalment in its own right.

IDW Partnered with Humble Bundle and Joe Hill for COVID-19 Donations

Last month, IDW Publishing sold a host of Joe Hill-authored comic books at throwaway prices, all for a good cause. The comics publisher partnered with Humble Bundle, the pay-what-you-want subscription service, to launch a tiered-package for readers to buy Hill’s books. A portion of the money raised will go to Book Industry Charitable Foundation and Donors Choose. The promotion was available through June 2. More details can be found on the IDW website.

Featured Comics

Usagi Yojimbo: Bunraku and Other Stories

Stan Sakai (Writer and Artist)
May 20, 2020

Usagi Yojimbo: Bunraku and Other Stories. May 2020. IDW PublishingDemon puppets. Goblins in the snow. Priceless swords. Samurai Usagi Yojimbo has an adventurous life, to say the least. Whether on his own, or teaming up with fellow samurai or famed writers, Usagi always has something to do and someone to fight. Fortunately for Usagi, his excellent swordsmanship usually puts him on top. Usually.

I really liked the stories in this volume. There’s so much history and culture in every story, without any of the exposition. The reader is invited into the story and taken along for a fantastic ride. It’s a compelling read.

My only issue was the second story with the writer. She was little more than a damsel in distress, left to her fate with a vengeful and abusive husband. Her story was difficult to read and extremely regressive.

I also didn’t like the smattering of fatphobia and ageism that crept into the final story. This book was a solid read without those elements.

Eve Stranger TPB

David Barnett (Writer), Philip Bond (Artist), Eva de la Cruz (Colours), Jane Heir (Letters), Liz Prince (Artist)
May 20, 2020

Eve Stranger TPB Cover A. May 2020. IDW PublishingEve Stranger wakes up with no memory of her life since she was four-years-old. Every week, she needs to take an antidote to an unknown disease. Side effects include being amazing at everything and losing her memories. But there’s more to this life than Eve realises, and she’s going to need a little help from her friends to find out the truth.

Quite an interesting and engaging story, although I did feel it was wrapped up a bit too quickly and conveniently. But otherwise, a really fun read.

Michael Recycle Meets Borat, The Space Cat

Alexandra Colombo (Artist), Ellie Patterson (Writer)
May 20, 2020

Michael Recycle Meets Borat, The Space Cat Cover A. May 2020. IDW PublishingA well-written and beautifully illustrated book for children that outlines why and how we need to save our planet. I’m thrilled that children are getting to read books like this and I do hope that more parents and teachers pick up this book about climate change.

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales #1

Derek Charm (Artist), Luis Antonio Delgado (Colours), Arianna Florean (Artist), Michael Moreci (Writer), Mario Del Pennino (Artist), Valentina Taddeo (Colours)
May 20, 2020

Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars: Battle Tales #1 Cover A. May 2020. IDW PublishingThis was so much fun! I’ve just started watching The Clone Wars (I know, I know, I’m so late to the party, but it disappeared on Netflix!), and couldn’t wait to get into this tie-in book. Love how the voices and the personalities of the characters come through here—Clone Wars-Anakin is cocky with a heavy dose of honour and loyalty, which this story centres on. A lovely read.

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #5

Sweeney Boo (Artist), Sam Maggs (Writer), Christa Miesner (Letters), Brittany Peer (Colours)
May 27, 2020

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #5

Captain Marvel has been shrunk to the size of a bee, but fortunately, she has the Unstoppable Wasp with her. Together, they need to get back to normal size and stop AIM before they destroy the Avengers.

I’ve been enjoying these Captain Marvel stories from IDW and here’s another fun read. I like that Captain Marvel keeps getting paired up with similarly awesome female superheroes—the team-ups don’t just make for great banter but give the Captain so much depth.

This is my first meeting with the teenage Wasp and I already love her and her kickass group of heroes, all representative of marginalised communities! I’m so glad that these characters exist in the world and that young readers are getting to see themselves in comic books.

Thanks for joining me on this Pubwatch.

Louis Skye

Louis Skye

A writer at heart with a fondness for well-told stories, Louis Skye is always looking for a way to escape the planet, whether through comic books, films, television, books, or video games. E always has an eye out for the subversive and champions diversity in media. Louis' podcast, Stereo Geeks, is available on all major platforms. Pronouns: E/ Er/ Eir

2 thoughts on “IDW Pubwatch June 2020

  1. "First experience with the teenage Wasp", eh? You. have. been. missing. OUT. Believe you me; read the four (five?) trades of "Unstoppable Wasp" available, and be ready to fall in love with a new favorite character.

    1. Thanks for your comment, DMaster. I want to check out more Unstoppable Wasp. She’s lovely.

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