BEST BETS: "Jessica Jones," "Big Trouble/Escape from New York" & More October 2016 Highlights
Jen is from Texas, so don’t try to pass off your crappy inferior barbecue from anywhere else on her. She’s got an art and art history background, so she’s more likely than not to bore you by blabbering on about composition and depth of field. Jen been addicted to consuming sequential art since late middle school. Other hobbies include eating, baking and cooking, watching cartoons, being Asian and eagerly anticipating whatever project Joss Whedon does next.
FIRST COMIC: "X-Force" #34
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Curt Pires and David Rubin's "The Fiction" #1 "has a clear, strong voice" and "ambitious, powerful themes."
Marian Churchland and Brandon Graham's "8house: Arclight" #1 "is another example of jewel box-like world building."
"Jeff Loveness and Brian Kesinger are delightfully imaginative with the troubles they concoct" in "Groot" #1.
Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Kuhn, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Winifred Searle and Sally Jane Thompson's "Fresh Romance" #1 is "a solid debut overall."
Greg Rucka and Cully Hamner's "Convergence: The Question" #2 is "a rare creature: an event comic that manages to foreground its own story."
Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen's "Descender" #3 "is contemplative and a little melancholy but ready for wonder."
Greg Rucka & Michael Lark's "Lazarus" #16 "advances the plot, enriches the world-building and provides a quiet beat in the larger arc."
"Romance is very difficult to get right in any medium, but G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa nail it" in "Ms. Marvel" #14.
"Hickman and Bodenheim's comic timing and panel composition are superb" in "The Dying and the Dead" #2.
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl and Mingue Helen Chen's "Gotham Academy" #6 is "light, bright and full of mischievous promise."
John Allison and Lissa Treiman "create a fresh start for this new miniseries" in "Giant Days" #1.
"The excellence of the visual storytelling makes Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Bengal's 'Batgirl: Endgame' #1 worth checking out."
As Soule and Pulido's "She-Hulk" concludes with its 12th issue, the series' ending is "saccharine, but not bad words to live by, like most classic morals."
Despite some hit-or-miss execution, Thompson and Lee's "Silk" #1 "has strong humor and unusually fine attention to psychological realism."
"The Sculptor," which marks Scott McCloud's long-awaited return to comics, is "unpredictable and enjoyably complex."
John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew" #45 is a strong issue that contains "one of the biggest shocks" in the series' history.
Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting's "Velvet" #8 is "suspenseful from start to finish due to great creative teamwork" from the entire team.
John Layman & Rob Guillory "still deliver on jokes and characterization, while serving up an unprecedented level of non-comedic carnage" in "Chew" #44.
G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #9 continues the series' strong run with "addictively good characterization and dialogue."
Charles Soule and Javier Pulido's "She-Hulk" #8 is a "smooth, very enjoyable opening to a new story arc."
In Emma Rios and Hwei Lim's "Mirror" #1, a young mage who works with talking animals is driven to a breaking point when he must weigh duty and power against love and mercy.
In Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janin's "Grayson" #16, Dick and Tony go rogue and partner up to take out Spyral's other agents with hilarious results.
In Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott's "Black Magick" #4, an autopsy reveals a lead only Rowan recognizes, while two very different kinds of witch hunters set foot in Portsmouth.
In Emily Partridge, Pranas Naujokaitis and Natalie Andrewson's "Adventure Time: Ice King" #1, Gunther is missing and Ice King receives a mysterious ransom note that leads him into Wizard City.
In Marc Guggenheim and Germán Peralta's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." #1, Tony Stark party-crashes Project Pegasus to find Agent Coulson after the Pentagon is attacked.
In Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey's "Injection" #6, Vivek Headland takes a new case that leads to an unwelcome discovery about a recently delivered ham from a butcher in Brooklyn.
In Ed Brisson and Lisandro Estherren's "The Last Contract" #1, a hitman is reluctantly pushed out of retirement when someone leaks a list of his previous kills.
In Mark Waid and Veronica Fish's "Archie" #5, Betty and Jughead recruit Reggie Mantle for their plan to rescue Archie from Veronica.
Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown's "Deadpool & Cable: Split Second" #1 reunites the two titular characters, who first met in the pages of "New Mutants" and "X-Force."
In Greg Rucka and Michael Lark's "Lazarus" #21, the fortunes of the Carlyle Family take a turn for the better, not once but thrice.
In John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew" #53, Tony Chu and Mason Savoy eat and chat, with bizarre and dangerous results.
In Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder and Natacha Bustos' "Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur" #2, Lunella needs to prevent Devil Dinosaur from taking away her Kree Omni-Wave Projector.
In Holly Black and Lee Garbett's "Lucifer" #1, the Devil rides into town, but it's not long until an old acquaintance comes after him with a flaming sword.
In Grant Morrison and Dan Mora's "Klaus" #2, Klaus defies the Baron and delivers Yuletide gifts to children.
In Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's "Monstress" #2, Maika is pursued by the ruthless Mother Superior and her Inquisitrixes and gains some allies, even though she'd prefer to operate solo.
In James Robinson and Vanesa Del Rey's "Scarlet Witch" #1, Wanda makes a new home in New York City and an investigation of some violent deaths leads her to a more alarming discovery.
In Paul Tobin and Alberto J. Alburquerque's "Mystery Girl" #1, a girl named Trine can solve any mystery without leaving her own sidewalk, but -- for once -- she gets a question so interesting she's willing to leave home to see the answ
In Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta's "The Vision" #2, all of the Visions try to cope with the attack on Viv. Their difficulties are soon compounded by a mystery and a different kind of attack.
In Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott's "Black Magick" #2, Detective Rowan Black faces suspicion from the I.A.B., but she's got bigger problems from a much more ancient enemy that seems to have learned new tricks.
In John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew" #52, Tony Chu and John Colby are on a new FDA mission that sends them back to Yamapalu and into the orbit of Mason Savoy.