Each month I like to showcase a batch of new comics that you should be reading. I try and make it varied, mixing up creative ideas, genres and different storytelling to create a list that will have something that will appeal to everyone. This month there’s star-pilots, a Hawaiian murder mystery, teen detectives, an April Fools special and much more.
Don’t forget to tell me in the comments below which comics you will be reading this month!
Star Wars: Poe Dameron
Written by Charles Soule. Art by Phil Noto. Published by Marvel Comics.
Set before The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Poe Dameron is an ongoing series focusing on the best the best pilot in the galaxy. This series will explore his back story and you’ll get to see what he is doing as part of the Resistance in greater detail. If Poe was one of the breakout characters from the movie for you then this comic series is definitely for you.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 is available April 6th.
House of Penance
Written by Peter J Tomasi. Art by Ian Bertram. Published by Dark Horse Comics.
House of Penance is a horror-filled true story of the Winchester haunted house. Starring Sarah Winchester, the heiress of the Winchester rifle, this 6-part comic series oversees the construction of her mansion. With it’s architectural quirks, such as staircases to nowhere, the house takes on a darker turn when her demons come to visit her. An added bonus is artist Ian Bertram, who has a very interesting art style which should tonally fit in with this series.
House of Penance #1 is available April 13th.
Gold Key: Alliance
Written by Phil Hester. Art by Brent Peeples. Published by Dynamite Entertainment.
Dynamite Entertainment has been using the Gold Key characters for a few years now, telling individual stories of pulp-tinged action in a variety of genres. In Gold Key: Allicance the heroes have been brought together in the 21st century to face a major threat that will require them all. Characters featured in this series will include: Turok, Dinosaur Hunter; Magnus, Robot Fighter; Solar, Man of the Atom; and The Mighty Samson.
Gold Key: Alliance #1 is available April 6th.
Dungeons and Dragons
Written by Jim Zub. Art by Nelson Daniel. Published by IDW Publishing.
Dungeons and Dragons returns to comics this month with the very talented Jim Zib and Nelson Daniel. I don’t know a whole lot about DnD, but what I do know is that the book is in very capable hands. Jim Zub has written a number of Dungeons and Dragons comics in the past, along with a handful of sword and sorcery style comics, while Nelson Daniel was regular on the previous IDW Judge Dredd series and did a great job. For those who know more about DnD than me, this series sees the return of the characters Minsc and Boo and will see them adventuring into Ravenloft – the Realm of Terror.
Dungeons and Dragons #1 is available April 20th.
Aloha, Hawaiian Dick
Written by B. Clay Moore. Art by Jacob Wyatt. Published by Image Comics.
Hawaiian Dick is a 5-issue noir miniseries set in 1954 Hawaii which stars a rash former detective who takes on cases from clients. He’s a heavy drinking, smart-mouthing and reckless individual which often gets him into trouble. While this is the fourth miniseries of Hawaiian Dick this should be new reader friendly with each miniseries telling a complete story from start to finish.
Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #1 is available April 20th.
Written by Ray Fawkes. Art by Marco Failla. Published by AfterShock Comics.
Jackpot is a con-artist story with a hell of a twist. Instead of conning rich people, this group has set their sights higher – The Gods. They have decided to go for the Gods source of power, which will allow these con artists to become Gods themselves. This sounds like a pretty cool idea and if you love a good con-artist story then Jackpot is definitely worth looking into.
Jackpot #1 is available April 13th.
Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad April Fools Special
Written by Rob Williams. Art by Jim Lee and Sean “Cheeks” Galloway. Published by DC Comics.
April Fools might’ve come and gone, but we get one last hurray for the year with this April Fools special. Who better to celebrate this special day than Harley Quinn and the Suicide Sqaud! Harley has started Evil Anonymous, a support group for super villains, but the catch is Harley is using the confessions against the villains for her own gain. Or is she, maybe the joke is on her. If you’re looking forward to the upcoming Suicide Squad movie then this could be a good place to start reading.
Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad April Fools Special is available April 6th.
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Art by Brian Stelfreeze. Published by Marvel Comics.
It’s been a while since Black Panther stared in his own comic, but that will change this month with a brand new series written by award-winning writer/Atlantic journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates and superstar artist Brian Stelfreeze. In this series the fictional African nation of Wakanda has been rocked by superhuman terrorism which has caused unrest in the nation. This has forced Black Panther into approaching his leadership different, along with the nation, but will he be able to survive it? If you’re curious about Black Panther’s appearence in Captain America: Civil War then this is a series worth checking out.
Black Panther #1 is available April 6th.
Written by Hope Larson. Art by Brittany Williams. Published by BOOM Studios.
Marigold “Goldie” Vance is an aspiring detective and 16 year old girl who lives with her dad in the hotel he runs. When a private detective comes to stay at the hotel he finds out he is having trouble solving his mystery and enlists Goldie’s help. Goldie Vance sounds like a fun 4-issue miniseries which fans of Nancy Drew will definitely enjoy.
Goldie Vance #1 is available from April 13th.
Written by Georgia Ball. Art by Amy Mebberson. Published by IDW Publishing.
Not all comics are about superheroes, fantastical situations and actions. Sometimes they can be all about sweet treats, magic and friendship – just like the brand new Strawberry Shortcake series. It’s been about 30 years since the last series and at a good home at IDW, who do pretty well with their licenced comics, so fans young and old should be excited.
Strawberry Shortcake #1 is available April 27th.
Written by Brian Wood. Art by Garry Brown and Dave McCaig. Published by Image Comics.
There are not a lot of comics in the Viking genre, but one person who has proven track record for them is Brian Wood – whose highly acclaimed Northlanders ran for 50 issues. Wood has finally returned to the genre in the form of Black Road. In this opening story Magnus the Black’s ranking officer has been brutally murdered and he is willing to do anything in order to get revenge. If you were a fan of Northlanders or simply love a good Viking yarn then this comic is for you.
Black Road #1 is available from April 13th.