Batman #20: Batman fights the villain who has been causing trouble in the guise of Bruce Wayne, but can he stop this classic rogue before his own identity is revealed and is Bruce fighting himself in more ways than one? (Props to Scott Snyder for multiple well executed pop culture references and for the issue’s emotional trajectory!)
Batman and Red Hood #20: Carrie Kelly comes to Wayne manor to find Damian and Batman takes Red Hood on a mission with a hidden agenda. (This one packs a serious one-two emotional punch!)
Thor God Of Thunder #8: Present and future Thor follow the God Butcher’s trail geared for an epic battle. Meanwhile young Thor refuses to accept his enslavement on Gorr’s work planet alongside sees some future familiar faces.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #21: Willow doesn’t have the strength to save Dawn on her own, but when Xander tells Buffy about his encounter with Severin and Simone the Scoobies think they may have a new plan. (This feels just like the episodes that wrap up the best seasons of Buffy!)
Memorial, Imaginary Fiends #3: Em and her companions make their way through the Land of Maybe to save Violet from the abandoned imaginary friends, but will their imaginations be strong enough? (Great ending to a miniseries rife with literary analysis of children’s stories. Perfect for lit nerds!)
FF #6: The Yancy Street Gang goes after Darla and the team at the Baxter Building try to figure out why a teacher and a student have disappeared, but the Moloids’ story is the big one this issue! (Thanks for that Matt Fraction!)
Amala’s Blade #1: Amala’s famous capture of the Purifier pirate ship Behemoth and assassination of its crew has the Vizier fed up with her notoriety and he orders her off on what he hopes will be one last mission. (Seamless meeting of steampunk and cyberpunk influences in Steve Horton’s writing and Michael Dialynas’ art.)
East of West #2: Across the various countries of America influential forces are gathering, some to stop the coming apocalypse and some to make sure it happens. (Dark, beautifully drawn, fascinating!)
Princeless Vol. 2 #2: King Ash must track down his missing queen, Adrienne dreams about her father’s history with the Black Knight, and our heroes make their way to find Angelica’s tower. (Best. Cover. Ever.)
Young Avengers #4: Kate and Noh-Varr fly in to save the day. Loki thinks he knows how to defeat the evil parents Billy conjured, but will the others accept the price of his plan? (Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton hit it out of the park as usual!)
Locke & Key Omega #4: The living shadows go after Tyler and Duncan, ghost Bode tries to held a drunk and battered Nina, and Kinsey faces a more serious danger with the after party in the Drowning Cave. (Nonstop action!)
All-New X-Men #10: Scott arrives at the Jean Grey School with an alternative option for young mutants, meanwhile S.H.I.E.L.D. deals with the fallout from Mystique’s break out.
Kill Shakespeare Tide Of Blood #2: Miranda leads Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, and Romeo across Prospero’s island, but when the island turns against them Romeo questions Miranda, his faith in Shakespeare, and his own sanity.
Memorial Imaginary Fiends #2: Em, Peter, Schrodinger, and Nox try to use Jonnie’s magic chalk to get him into the Land of Memory and find his missing daughter. (Loving the interspersed lecture on fantasy in children’s literature. A must read for lit students, teachers, and librarians!)
Princeless Get Over Yourself #1: King Ashe gathers a group of “heroes” to go after the knight he thinks captured Adrienne, Devin appeals to his mother, and Adrienne, Bedelia, and Sparky continue their search for Angelica’s tower. (So funny!)