Say what you will about Arrow on The CW, that it’s Gossip Arrow or Smallville-lite, but the show’s improved as it has continued, often by subverting expectations (He’s arrested by episode four?!). Now, bridging off the television show is the new Arrow #1 by Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, the creators and head writers of the show, and classic Green Arrow artist Mike Grell. Before Jeff Lemire revitalizes the current Green Arrow series with issue #17, Arrow #1 can be your go to book for classic fat-cat bashing and Robin Hood-daring Green Arrow adventure. Plus, the acting’ll be better in your head than it is on the show.
And if we’re talking about classic pulpy comic adventure there is no book that’s ever existed that sums the idea up better than Dynamite‘s Masks miniseries. Starring a combination of the greatest pulp heroes to be created, that being The Shadow, The Spider, Zorro, The Green Hornet, and Kato, Masks pits this cadre of avengers versus a fascist police state, recently instituted by a corrupt criminal government. And if that list of pulp heroes isn’t enough, over the course of the series many more characters will join in the fray. Considering how the epic level of epicness that this series entails, Dynamite had to get an A-list artist to draw the thing. How about Alex Ross. Yup, the entirety of issue #1′s interiors are drawn by the legendary artist of Kingdom Come, Marvels, Justice, and about a million iconic covers, Alex Ross, who it also should be noted hasn’t drawn interiors for a comic in about four years. And if that wasn’t enough, Jae Lee, Francesco Francavilla, and Alex Ross all lend their talents to the book’s various covers.
Get a brohoof ready, because IDW is dropping the sparkly magic this next Wednesday. That’s right, the cultural phenomenon that is the redux of My Little Pony has now spread to the world of comics. I know most of you will frown and complain, but, somewhere secretly inside you all is a Bronie waiting to get out. Well, maybe that’s an overstatement, but they are out there and they are excited about this series. Featuring four cover variants, one of which is drawn by Jill Thompson, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is written by popular female comic writer, Katie Cook and features all your favorite ponies. So, overcome you bias and buy one of Twilight Sparkle.
The Fantastic Four has left the planet to whisk their children around the universe on a field trip of different cultures and races, but no worries, they’ll only be gone, to our perspective, for four minutes. Sounds fine, right? Did I mention who they’ve left to guard the keys to the castle? Yeah, just Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk, and a pink-haired celebutant in a Thing suit. Okay, it may go badly. With Matt Fraction writing a classic Marvel tale in the main Fantastic Four series, his crazy, post-modern sensibilities have to have somewhere to go and that is FF #1. Joined by popular alt-artist Mike Allred (Madman, X-Force, Daredevil), this Marvel NOW! series is going to bring the unusual in a very, very good way.