Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One of them is still in issues, one is in trade format.
Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy!
Godshaper is a brand new title by BOOM! Studios and it grasped me with the cover and kept me with it strong on every page. Written by Eisner-Nominee Simon Spurrier and drawn by Jonas Goonface, this comic is a colorful and exciting story in both visuals and plot. After the world has lost all forms of technology, everyday people turn to their gods for help:gods that are individual to each and every person. Colorful, useful manifestations, they take care of everything from business to travel for their believers and everyone has one – everyone aside from the Godshapers. Every god has a believer, someone to pray to them and give them life, although from time to time there are those who do not. Enter Ennay, the godshaper, and Bud, the god without a believer, simply trying to make it in a world where they are so fundamentally different that they cannot be a part of society the way others are. At the same time, Godshapers are necessary, able to shape and configure other people’s gods. This first issue had me hooked right off the bat and if given the chance, it’ll draw you right into its pages too.
This week marks the second issue of Helena Crash, both of which have been outstanding. From IDW Publishing, writer Fabian Rangel Jr and artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell bring us a futuristic world that dwells on the streets rather than in the skies. Helena, an ex-racecar driver, works as a courier of illegal goods in the city. Things can get pretty dicey, even if her most lucrative and illegal item tends to be coffee, but with a gang war going on, she may be forced to choose sides or fight for her own neutrality.
Released in trade format now, The Electric Sublime is a comic I’ve been waiting to see collected! Also released by IDW Publishing, The Electric Sublime is written by W. Maxwell Prince and drawn by Martin Morazzo. After a string of bizarre murders, Director Margot Breslin of the Bureau of Artistic Integrity investigates to find out what’s connecting these crimes. She employs help from Arthur Brut, an art detective who has driven himself to madness entering the Electric Sublime itself. Together they uncover a sinister plot against art itself. This book is completely wild, beautifully colorful, and terribly inventive. Enter the world of art through The Electric Sublime.
Produced by Disney Comics and Joe Books LTD, the Disney Princess series by Amy Mebberson has been a delight in every single issue. Each issue contains several short stories, typically four panels long, that takes place in or around the movies themselves. They don’t need to be read in order, nor do you have to have all of them to make a coherent story. The first five issues have already been collected into trade format, but because each issue contains many princesses, the new releases have been focusing on compiling each princess’s story into her own issue! This is a fun, cute series for any Disney fan, whether they are growing up with it now or grew up with it long ago.
One of my favorite comics of all time, Jonesy is produced by BOOM! Studios. With the story by Sam Humphries and art by Susan Boyle, this story follows a young girl with the power to make anyone fall in love with anyone – or anything – aside from herself. Young and irresponsible, Jonesy uses this power in selfish and sometimes hurtful ways. Despite her mistakes, she makes friends and learns a lot each time. (Although, it does take a few tries before those lessons stick sometimes!) This book is fun not only in premise, but also in the fact that we get to watch a protagonist who is not necessarily a hero become a better person. Jonesy also features a diverse and accepting cast of characters, which makes this a great book to share with kids who don’t live in a world that’s like the one we see on most pages and screens.