Welcome back to Conskipper’s New Comic Day Picks for the week of October 6, 2021!
This week’s picks feature the return of some notable (and infamous) heroes, two special celebration issues, and a brand new crime drama, further showcasing the variety available at any comic book shop in your neck of the woods.
–Amazing Spider-Man #75 (Marvel Comics): A new creative direction for everyone’s favorite wall-crawler begins this week with a new set of writers and artists producing three issues of Amazing Spider-Man a month. And speaking of “favorites”, the original Spider-Clone Ben Reilly makes a surprising return as the man in the suit, which means that Peter is out of commission, but how and why did this happen? The new Spidey brain trust includes writers Zeb Wells, Kelly Thompson, Saladin Ahmed, and Cody Ziglar, with each taking their turn writing the tri-weekly title, along with collaborating on the overall story arc. Patrick Gleason illustrates this issue, with other artists joining the team as the issue come at readers in a fast and furious fashion.
–Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Spectacular #1 (DC Comics): It’s time to celebrate yet another 80th anniversary, so get your invisible jet gassed up because we are headed to Paradise Island to give Diana Prince one regal, star-studded party! The latest 100 Page Super Spectacular showcases Wonder Woman’s past, present, and future and includes short stories by Becky Cloonan, G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Jordie Bellaire, Tom King, Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, Stephanie Phillips, Marcio Takara, Jim Cheung, Meghan Hetrick, and additional top tier talent, all showing their love for the original Amazonian princess. Like the previous 80th Anniversary comics for Green Arrow and Aquaman, this one also delivers on all levels, and Wonder Woman fans will be tracking down this issue for years to come.
–Archie Halloween Spectacular 2021 (Archie Comics): Tis the season for Halloween specials, and if you are feeling particularly nostalgic, why not grab a copy of the new Archie Halloween Spectacular, kicking off with a brand new story called “Pumpkin Problem-o” which places a jack-o-lantern head on Archie instead of his normal human one. In addition to this new story by Dan Parent, fans will be able to indulge in other material, both classic and new. The 1950s have always been synonymous with the establishment of what we recognize as Halloween customs and traditions, so the teens of Riverdale are a perfect compliment to a trip down memory lane.
–A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #1 (Image Comics): There have been a plethora of solid crime comic as of late, and Rick Remender and Andre Lima Araujo’s A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance can be added to that list. The crime thriller starts when an innocent man stumbles upon a dark-web contract assassin’s hit, and becomes an unlikely guardian for the target. The film noir elements come into full view when the wealthy, powerful men pulling the strings are revealed, setting up reader’s for a violent and mysterious ride.
–Jennifer Blood #1 (Dynamite Entertainment): Garth Ennis’ original suburban mom/killer returns in a new series by Fred Van Lente and Vincenzo Federici this week, and all of the elements that you missed from the original series are back. Last we checked in on the Dynamite Entertainment character it didn’t appear that she survived her last adventure, but it certainly looks like the residents of Bountiful, Utah, have experienced a noticeable uptick on missing witness protection relocations. Van Lente’s humorous script and Federici’s action scenes makes for a winning combination for Jennifer’s return.
That’s it for this week. Be sure to check back next week for more picks and keep supporting your local comic shop in a safe and responsible manner.