A brief weekly rundown of recommendations of new releases I’m intrigued by, excited for and will be grabbing off the shelves to curl up with every new comics day before delving into them later in the week!
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Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 3- DC Comics
In a year full of surprise returns for underused or unknown characters, a new Jimmy Olsen title was definitely one of them coupled with the return of Matt Fraction to DC! The first two issues have already shown us the lighter side of the DC Universe and it’s history as Fraction has the journalist looking towards the future while also establishing a legacy for the Olsen’s that reaches way back into his home stomping ground of Metropolis.
What shouldn’t be surprising to long time fans of Fractions work is that Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen is by far the wittiest and lighthearted books set in the DC Universe on the surface, like Sex Criminals before it also has a lot of pathos for it’s antagonist as Jimmy questions his place in the world and what he is contributing to it, fearing he is stuck in the same silly shenanigans he always stumbles into. Filled with genuinely touching moments between Jimmy and his best pal as well as conflicts with his history and family, Fraction gives a depth to Jimmy not seen in along while.
Steeple 1- Dark Horse Comics
While Boom and Giant Days launched Allison to a wider audience, he already had a huge back catalogue of work in his web comics Bobbins, Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery which he has been working on since the late 80’s and after wrapping up Giant Days last month no one would begrudge him a well earned break but instead is already launching a brand new series over at Dark Horse, Steeple.
Following the tumultuous first steps of a friendship between two women both have very different word views but are thrown together to deal with super natural menaces in a sleepy costal town. Seemingly the perfect vehicle for Allison’s comic talents having demonstrated a knack for combining his very British sense of humour and the supernatural in last years By Night.