Comic Book Curious


June 23, 2021

By John Campbell  | 

Every Wednesday a new wave of comics fills the shelves of your local store. No doubt, it’s exciting but it can be extremely overwhelming as well, especially if you’re a fan who’s just wading into the comic book waters. It is with this thinking that we have created this weekly feature to spotlight some just released first issues that are great starting points for new and classic series.


A group of futuristic dressed teenagers run towards the viewer as magic sparks erupt around them.

Credit: Boom Studios

GOOD LUCK (Boom Studios)
Writer: Matthew Erman, Artist: Stefano Simeone 

This unique fantasy tale takes readers to a world where luck is a quantifiable thing, people are either born with or not. If you’re not, you're deemed an “Unfortunate.” But when a massive threat faces the planet, only “The Unfortunates” can save the day. This is a book for fans of X-Men or teen superhero stories like Runaways and Teen Titans.  


Black Hammer stands in her bloody costume holding her hammer with a shell shocked look on her face.

Credit: Dark Horse Comics

Writer: Jeff Lemire, Artist: Caitlin Yarsky 

This is the much anticipated return of legendary creator Jeff Lemire’s ever expanding superhero universe. Set 20 years after the original Black Hammer series, the book starts with  Lucy, who accepted the mantle of Black Hammer having put down the hammer and living a not so wonderful life in Spiral City. Black Hammer appeals to those who want a darker, more psychological bent to their superhero stories. 


The members of Checkmate stare at the viewer in a moody noir image.

Credit: DC Comics

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Artist: Alex Maleev

This book continues on the mysterious espionage tone that Bendis has built in his Event: Leviathan series. This new book finds Lois Lane recruiting the best detective minds of DC Universe including Green Arrow, The Question, Manhunter, and Steve Trevor to take on a mysterious organization that has infiltrated the highest corridors of power. Checkmate brings spycraft and espionage to a superhero story. 


The bloodied face of Frank stares hauntingly at the viewer as vinyl records swirl around him behind him.

Credit: Image Comics

VINYL (Image Comics)
Writer: Doug Warner, Artist: Daniel Hillyard 

A twisted new book from the creators of the absolutely bizarre series Plastic. This book tells the story of a serial killer trying to track down his FBI agent best friend who has been kidnapped by a cult of female sunflower farmers. This is recommended for fans of dark humor and left of center stories. A strange detour from the world of masks and capes. 


A rainbow lit space scene as superheroes rush towards the viewer.

Credit: Marvel Comics

Writers: Various, Artists: Various

This is Marvel’s first queer-centered anthology book. Featuring brand new stories with Marvel LGBTQ+ characters such as Wiccan, Hulking, Iceman, Mystique, Nico, Karolina written and drawn by a lineup of fan favorite creators. This is a massive superhero-filled Pride celebration that is not to be missed.

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