It's never a bad time to get into comics. You love the characters, the movies and the fandom, so why not start now?
With so many series and publishers out there, it might be tough to narrow down what you want. That's where we can help. Each week we'll profile the must-have comics for the week and recommend some jumping-on points for you to get reading.
This week's pulls are:
Action Comics #1000 | DC Comics
Brian Michael Bendis, Jim Lee, Paul Dini, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Brad Meltzer, John Cassaday, Laura Martin, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, Scott Snyder, Tim Sale
This week marks an incredibly special occasion -- the 1000th issue of Action Comics. This star-studded celebration of the Man of Steel is just part of his 80th anniversary, and includes the debut of writer Brian Michael Bendis on the character, as well as the return of the iconic red trunks, not seen since before the character's "New 52" re-debut.
And while we'll certainly have more on this historic issue later this week (once said issue is released), we'd be hard-pressed to find a comic to better lead this week's #PerfectPanels. Superman has been stellar since his Rebirth reinvigoration. Let's just hope Bendis and the legendary Jim Lee continue that trend. We imagine they'll have no problem doing so.
Skyward #1 | Image Comics
Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, Antonio Favela, Simon Bowland
In other one of our most anticipated comics for this year Skyward #1 introduces readers to a world where gravity has changed, augmenting the way humans live their lives. But the world wasn't always this way, and this story picks up 20 years after "G-day," the day when gravity shifted, as we follow Willa Fowler, a woman who has never known a world without this new gravity.
And the world has changed, with people timing jumps and flying to and from locations, but they need to be careful, or they could fly too high. It's a high-concept adventure about a young woman finding her place in a world that is awfully floaty. We can't wait to see what heights Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett and co. take this series to.
Survival Fetish #1 | Black Mask Comics
Patrick Kindlon, Antonio Fuso
Leave it to Black Mask Studios to supply us with all of the noir-crime-thriller content we could possibly need. This week marks the launch of Survival Fetish #1, a high-action book that's set in downtown Honolulu and follows the exploits of Saheer, a runner in a town full of gangs, crime and a well-equipped militia.
Saheer transports medicine through the terror-ridden part of town, delivering it to those in need on the other side of the so-called "no man's land." As such, he's become a local celebrity, so you can expect things get out of hand when he's hunted in the sniper alley of Honolulu. From Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home) and Antonio Fuso (James Bond), expect to be thrilled by this one.
Wasted Space #1 | Vault Comics
Michael Moreci, Hayden Sherman, Jason Wordie, Jim Campbell
When it comes to gripping original comic book content, not many do it better than Vault Comics. And this week's launch of Wasted Space #1 is even more proof of that, elevating space pulp and bringing to shelves what the solicitation calls throwing "Philip K. Dick in a blender with Preacher," and we honestly couldn't come up with a more hype-filled statement than that.
It's a story of false prophets, galactic adventure and a need for a hero that is honestly pretty ignorant of the whole deal, despite what may be at stake. We're totally here for more original sci-fi, and Wasted Space looks like it'll be just that -- and more.
Want to catch up? Here's the selected collected edition of the week
Deathstroke Vol. 4 - Defiance | DC Comics
While short-lived, Deathstroke's change of heart and decision to form a super-powered team was actually pretty wonderful. This volume chronicles the exploits of the dysfunctional Wilson family through the eyes of the un-matched Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves and Ryan Sook.
If you never imagined Deathstroke as a superhero, then let this series change your mind. (Don't worry, the picture to the right is a misdirect.)