I love comics and graphic novels, so what do I do with that love? Well, I turn it into a new feature!
From Panel to Panel is a new feature where I talk about the awesome (and perhaps not-so awesome) comic books and graphic novels I’ve read. Basically, this will be me pushing them onto your laps. You’re welcome.
What a wonderful month of awesome comics. In June, you get graphic novels about Patsy Walker aka Hellcat, historical French revolutionary Feminist, a T-Rex, Saga, and much more!
Get your shopping carts loaded with all these comics!
|PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT • VOL. 1: HOOKED ON A FELINE|
Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally) – but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging bullets, Patsy barely has time to deal with her mother’s exploitative romance comics about Patsy’s past resurfacing, much less how they start to interfere with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to a triple, what the hell is Patsy Walker supposed to do? There’ll be friendship and burgers, monsters and rent checks and a ghost from the past with questionable motives! Comics’ most flexible heroine has been a provisional Avenger, a Defender, Satan’s daughter-in-law and a dead woman -but she’s never been anything like this!
Story by Kate Leth and art by Brittney Williams, this volume collects issues #1-5. — Marvel Comics
Publication date: June 15, 2016 (at your LCBS), but July 5 (for online retailers) by Marvel Comics
Why I’m excited: Patsy Walker aka Hellcat is the only Marvel Comic that I’m following religiously. Why? It’s just so darn cute!
You have Patsy Walker, who used to star in her own books written by her mother; wonderful friendships (omg, Patsy + She-Hulk!); an amazing group of familiar names (like Jessica Jones, America Chavez) making an appearance; people with superpowers who just want to be normal; and very cute art!
A detective with no memory, no identity, and no manners. A femme fatale seeking escape from a powerful crime lord. A voodoo queen with a penchant for mixtapes and hi-tops. A goat-eating TV… A surreal neon-noir fusing hardboiled pulp with an 80’s VHS visual aesthetic, dripping with neon and static.
Story by Dan Watters and art by Caspar Wijngaard, this volume collects issues #1-5. — Image Comics
Publication date: June 1, 2016 by Image Comics
Why I’m excited: If I read a synopsis with a character with no memory, a femme fatale, and mixtapes and hi-tops, you best believe that I will make grabby hands at it.
I’m fascinated by this world that “uses music [as] a deadly weapon,” and you always have to be careful of your electronics. I’ve very into the art; it does give me the 80s aesthetic vibe.
|THE RED VIRGIN AND THE VISION OF UTOPIA|
From acclaimed writer Mary M. Talbot and graphic-novel pioneer Bryan Talbot comes The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia, a portrait of revolutionary French feminist Louise Michel, a visionary teacher, poet, and radical who took up arms against a reactionary regime that executed thousands. Even deportation to a distant penal colony could not stop Michel from taking up the cause of the indigenous population against French colonial oppression. — Dark Horse
Publication date: June 1, 2016 by Dark Horse
Why I’m excited: Based on a revolutionary French feminist? Umm, of course I want to read about this woman.
I’m always excited to read anything (especially comics) about badass historical ladies. My heart yearns for it.
Eons ago, it was prophesied…four distinguished champions would be chosen to lead the universe into a new age of strength and peace. They were expecting warriors; what they got was a little bit…different. Join Amie, an art student, Sandy, a single mom, Kevin, aging athlete and Silas…a goldfish?…as they learn to navigate Earth and each other as the most unanticipated powerful beings in the universe!
Created by New York Times-bestselling writer Kate Leth (ADVENTURE TIME, BRAVEST WARRIORS) and illustrator Matt Cummings (BATTLE DOG), POWER UP is a super team-up with a twist…and in the end, finding a family where you least expect it. – Boom! Studios
Publication date: June 22, 2016 (at your LCBS), but June 28 (at online retailers) by Boom! Studios
Why I’m excited: Kate Leth is at the helm, and I have nothing but trust with all her work.
What can go wrong with awesome, cute art + a story about a super-team?
|DC THE NEW FRONTIER TP|
Writer/illustrator Darwyn Cooke’s critically acclaimed masterpiece DC: THE NEW FRONTIER is celebrated in this oversized Absolute edition featuring new story pages, detailed annotations, alternate sequences and an extensive gallery of sketches, pinups, action figure art and much more!
In the 1950s, Cold War paranoia has resulted in the mystery men of the Golden Age being outlaws. Stalwarts such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman continued to fight for truth and justice, but as the world hurtles toward an uncertain future, it would take a new breed of hero to define the American Way. DC: THE NEW FRONTIER takes readers on an epic journey from the end of the Golden Age of heroes to the beginnings of the legendary Justice League of America. — DC Comics
Publication date: June 22, 2016 (at your LCBS), but June 28 (at online retailers) by DC Comics
Why I’m excited: DC The New Frontier is finally in paperback! (Though, I still want the hardcover.)
The art is fantastic, and it’s the Justice League during the 1950s. What kind of Cold War issues will they be battling?
|MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR · VOL. 1 – BFF|
Lunella Lafayette is a preteen genius who wants to change the world, but lives in fear of the Inhuman genes inside her! Now, Lunella’s life is turned upside down when a red-scaled beast is teleported from the prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call…today! Together they’re the most Marvelous Team-Up of all — Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur! But will they be BFFs forever, or just until DD’s dinner time? And Lunella soon learns that there are other problems with having a titanic T-Rex as a pet in the modern-day Marvel Universe. School, for one. Monster hunters are another — especially when they’re the Totally Awesome Hulk! Then there’s the fact that everyone’s favorite dino didn’t journey through time alone. Beware the prehistoric savages known as the Killer-Folk — New York City’s deadliest tourists!
Written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, and illustrated by Natacha Bustos, this volume collects issues #1-6 — Marvel Comics
Publication date: June 22, 2016 (at your LCBS), but July 5 (at online retailers) by Marvel Comics
Why I’m excited: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is the cute you need in your life! Here’s a girl who befriends a T-Rex! (A dinosaur!) And do you know how cute that is? When they’re together, hold onto your hearts, friends. They’re an unlikely pair, but they work.
It’s 1860 in New York City. When 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra’s father disappears, they join the Black Hook Gang and are caught by the police pulling off a heist. They agree to reveal the identity of the gang in exchange for tickets to New Orleans. But once there, Alex is shanghaied to work on a ship that is heading for San Francisco via Cape Horn. Cleo stows away on a steamer to New Granada where she hopes to catch a train to San Francisco to find her brother. Neither Alexander nor Cleo realizes the real danger they are in — they are being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure. How they outwit the pirates and find each other makes for a fast-paced, breathtaking adventure. — Macmillan
Publication date: June 28, 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Why I’m excited: Hellllllllo, sweetness! What you get in Compass South are: red-headed twins, gangs and heists, pirates, and so much more graphic novel awesomeness! I would like to be part of this adventure please.
|SAGA • VOL. 6|
After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, this volume collects issues #31-36. – Image Comics
Publication date: June 29, 2016 (at your LCBS), but July 5 (at online retailers) by Boom! Studios
Why I’m excited: SAGA IS BACK. SAGA IS BACK. SAGA IS BACK. SAGA IS BACK. SAGA IS BACK. SAGA IS BACK. SAGA IS BACK. SAGA IS BACK. SAGA IS BACK. SAGA IS BACK. LET THESE BBS REUNITE. LET THERE NOT BE BAD THINGS HAPPEN.
|JUGHEAD • VOL. 1|
In the grand tradition of comic book reboots like ARCHIE VOL. 1, Archie Comics proudly presents… JUGHEAD VOL. 1–from the comics dream team of Chip Zdarsky (HOWARD THE DUCK) and Erica Henderson (THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL)!
Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, JUGHEAD JONES swears vengeance! Well, I mean, he doesn’t “swear.” This is still Archie Comics after all.
This volume collects issues #1-6, plus bonus features. — Archie Comics
Publication date: June 29, 2016 (at your LCBS), but July 26 (at online retailers) by Archie Comics
Why I’m excited: The legendary Jughead gets his very own comic! What kind of shenanigans will he get up to? (I hope a lot of food-related ones.) And Chip Zdarsky is writing it! WINNER, WINNER.
SPECIAL MENTIONS: Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears • Vol. 1: Baby Talk, Outcast • Vol. 3: Little Light, Ringside • Vol. 1: Kayfabe, Sex Criminals • Vol. 3: Three The Hard Way, DC Super Hero Girls • Vol. 1: Finals Crisis