The Best of Comics: March 8th, 2017

Warning: This post contains plot details for the following books…

Low #16

Copperhead #11

All-New Wolverine # 18

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8

First, Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini give us a “Message for Tomorrow”…Low #16 (2017) - Page 3.jpg

Low #16 (2017) - Page 4

Low begins its fourth arc with a flashback that expands the scope of the series, while dropping hints about what the future might hold. We return to the arena pits of Paluma during Marik’s fight for survival. A major part of his longevity in the pits is credited to IO, a mysterious automaton disguised as a human. In this issue, we learn IO’s story. Writer Rick Remender’s trademark character introspection is on display, as he takes us through the complexities of the book’s core theme: Hope.

Next, Copperhead Returns…

Copperhead #11 (2017) - Page 1

I thought I might never hear the name “Budroxifinicus” again.

The beauty of Image Comics as a publisher is that each title is creator-owned. This allows for storytelling freedom that is not typically seen among the “Big Two”. The downside to this, however, is the possibility for sporadic publishing schedules. This usually occurs because of other commitments on the part of the creative team. Copperhead is an extreme example of this problem. Issue #10 was released in October of 2015, which means we have waited almost a year and a half for the beginning of the next story arc. Well, the wait is finally over as the series returns this week with writer and co-creator Jay Faerber at the helm alongside new interior artist Drew Moss. The previous artist (and co-creator), Scott Godlewski, stays on as a consultant and provides the cover art seen above.

Copperhead has always mixed together elements from different genres. In the broadest sense, it’s a science-fiction space western, revolving around the town of Copperhead and its two deputies, Clara Bronson and Budroxifinicus (Boo for short). This latest arc is accessible to new readers, although I’d highly recommend seeking out the first two volumes if you haven’t read them. Issue #11 introduces a new murder mystery, while Clara deals with townsfolk conspiring against her and a troubling aspect from her past promises to resurface.

Next, she’s the daughter of Logan…

All-New Wolverine #18 (2017) - Page 18

All-New Wolverine #18 (2017) - Page 19

All-New Wolverine has been my favorite ongoing Marvel series for a while now. The latest arc, “Enemy of the State”, is pushing Laura to her limits in ways that few superhero comics dare to attempt. This week’s finale is equal parts tragic and empowering. This continues to be a deeply personal tale, as it forces Laura to face and overcome her dark origins. It features expertly-crafted action sequences as she and her allies seek to take down Kimura once and for all.

The above pages are intense, yet there is still room for the book’s trademark comical craftiness. From Laura donning a stolen Iron Man suit, to Gambit making a bomb out of a bean can, writer Tom Taylor tends to be unconventional in his plotting. Nik Virella’s artwork is great as well, regardless of whether he’s navigating us through a climactic battle, or conveying a character’s emotions through detailed expressions.

If you want to learn about Laura Kinney, who was recently introduced in the new Logan film, look no further than this excellent series.

Next, Black Canary goes solo…

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8 (2017) - Page 19Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8 (2017) - Page 23

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is firing on all cylinders. This arc introduces a new villain, “Blackbird”, who trains metahumans before stealing their powers for herself. Nightwing also joins the mix this issue, making for plenty of great dialogue given his past with Huntress and Batgirl. However, it’s Dinah who really steals the show, as she begins her infiltration of a metahuman fighting ring in order to get closer Blackbird.

Lastly, Marvel introduces a new advertising strategy…


We learned this week that Marvel plans to air advertisements for upcoming comic books in movie theaters and on television. According to a press release, pre-trailer advertisements for the upcoming Secret Empire comic book event will begin airing this weekend ahead of screenings for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The advertising campaign will also be seen on broadcast TV networks, and will include “dedicated spots, on-air interviews, and more.”

This is exciting news. Superhero movies and TV shows continue to grow in number and popularity. With so many people invested in Marvel characters through these mediums, this campaign is a great way to introduce fans to the comic book universe that started it all. Marvel typically releases a movie during the first weekend of May, which coincides with “Free Comic Book Day”, the year’s largest event for comic shops around the world. This campaign is another step towards attracting the movie audience to comic books.

I guess the only question is: what took them so long?

For more info, here’s the press release:

So that was what stood out to me this week. I’d love to hear about your favorite moments/artwork/whatever in comics from this (or any) week. So feel free to comment!


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