Staff Picks – Week of 11/04/2018

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #31
Ryan North (w), Erica Henderson (a)
Marvel Comics

Joe says: I’m not ashamed to admit when a comic makes me cry…

As Erica Henderson concludes her tenure as the interior artist of one of my favourite series, I knew it was going to be a bitter-sweet experience; reading her final issue. What I didn’t expect was for it to be such an emotional one, an issue that feels so final. I know that the title is continuing and I’m glad that it is but this issue was such a perfect end point that I really feel North and (new artist) Derek Charm are going to struggle to continue from this point.

There is so much emotion in Henderson’s work and the story itself is beautiful, whilst still having all the charm and laugh-out-loud moments that we’ve come to expect from the series. I’m sad that Henderson is leaving but am looking forward to seeing (and supporting) whatever it is she does next. Charm definitely has some big shoes to fill.

Ok, I’m off to go and read it again!

Astro City #51
Kurt Busiek (w), Brent Anderson (a)
DC Comics

Thomas says: This is the penultimate issue of what is one of the greatest American comics series of all time and it’s as emotionally compromising as usual with the main story being about the loss of love through the temporal meddling of time travelling villains juxtaposed against the absolute horror of being a victim of the truly monstrous.

Busiek’s Astro City has always focused on the people on the ground and how living in a world of colourful heroes and villains can be both exciting and frightening in equal measure. Though this issue is the middle of the story, it’s been written so well that you can just jump in to it. Of course I would recommend buying the previous issue too anyway, you can get away with starting with this issue.

Oblivion Song #2
Robert Kirkman (w), Lorenzo De Felici (a)
Image Comics

Rebecca says: Following a very exciting first gripping #1, #2 did not disappoint. The first issue is jam-packed with action, so this issue was a nice contrast, giving the reader time to build a rapport with the protagonist – Nathan. It builds on the storyline from #1, yet still including an element of surprise at the end, leaving the reader with a lot of conspiracies regarding Oblivion! Have to say, I also looooove the colour combinations in the sunset scene!

Arya #4
Jane Mai & Mira Ong Chua
Antarctic Press

Will says: Antarctic Press’ indy anthology of female creators continues to impress and amaze. This issue features another love story out of this world by Mira Ong Chua and a second story by JANE MAI. ‘Nuff said.

I have a crush on the art of Jane Mai. Check out Sunday in the Park with Boys and See You Next Tuesday from Koyama Press to understand exactly why. Arya continues to be just an absolute pleasure to read, a treat for your eyes and this issue in particular has spoiled me.