Staff Picks 1/25/17

Heather

Mae Vol. 1: When she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to a fantasy world and has since had great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. But when she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, had no idea what happened to Abbie all this time, and Abbie's tales are too hard to believe-that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world...
(Watch for an awesome cameo by a certain comic shop person.)

Nightwing Vol 1 - Better than Batman: Dick Grayson is back in Gotham City, fighting to reclaim the life that was taken from him! But when a new evil threatens those closest to him, he must once again tear himself away from his home in order to combat this dark force as Nightwing!

No Angel #2: Hannah Gregory finds herself suddenly burdened by the lies her father told in life even as she tries to unravel the truth surrounding his death. Meanwhile, the killer continues his mission to eradicate the Gregory bloodline, all of whom are conveniently gathered in one place for Hannah's father's funeral.

Voltron Legendary Defender Vol 1: From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe comes VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER! When Team Voltron takes on a dangerous training mission in deep space, Coran, Princess Allura's majordomo, is captured by an ancient enemy. It will take teamwork, smarts, and, of course, Voltron, to save their friend's life.

Wyn

Backstagers #6: This book has consistently been a delight to read. Now, the boys dip further into what did happen to the old stage crew. It looks like it may have been curtains for them. (See that's a bit of stage humor. :P)

Black Panther #10: Shuri confronts the Midnight Angels for their story, since the story is all that matters. (If you haven't been reading this series, the first two trades are out. Get on board with this amazingly intricate comic.)

Loose Ends #1: From the writer of Spider-Gwen, this four-issue limited series will cross the world. Starting with a bar fight in a generic dive, this southern crime romance will have you holding onto your seat.

Ladycastle #1: All the knights have left to fight, leaving only the women to defend the castle. The art on this one looks gorgeous and fun. Can't wait to dip my toes into this female dominated book.

No Angel #2: After revelations about her father's heritage, Hannah Gregory must reconcile this new truth and come to terms with having family she never knew. Meanwhile, the killer has found a convenient opportunity to wipe out the remainder of the Gregory bloodline.

Wonder Woman #15: The Truth has been revealed. But can Diana handle it? We really hope so! Maybe everything will be fine after a mental health day... Yeah, probably not.

Justice League of America - Killer Frost Rebirth #1: Rounding out the JLA Rebirth books, Caitlyn Snow is about to be paroled from the Suicide Squad, so what's next?
These One-Shots have been fantastic, and I'm glad I'm finally caught up on them!

Black Monday Murders vol 1: Murder, Money, and Mammon! A fantastic read for everyone who enjoys Hellblazer and The Wicked + The Divine, follow Detective Theo Dumas who begins to uncover sinister and supernatural plots behind the death of a well known member of Wall Street. Hickman's story telling shines in this gigantic first volume.

Green Lanterns vol 1 Rage Planet: Meet Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. The newest Green Lanterns on the Earth beat and, as with any good buddy cop story, they could hardly be more opposite. Simon still deeply angry from the prejudice he's faced, including being accused of terrorism. Jessica barely able to leave her apartment for fear of being murdered like her closest friends. Enter: the Red Lantern Corps and their plot to re-purpose Earth and rain down hell.
I super love the relationship presented by Sam Humphries for our rookie Lanterns. This was one of my favorite new Rebirth titles.

Mae TP vol 1: Two sisters, separated for seven years, join forces to rescue their father from a fantasy realm. Gene Ha brings this portal fiction to life in a fast paced, fun all-ages adventure. Keep your eyes open for a special cameo by a certain Shop Manager. *cough*Heather*cough* Watch for this one to be an upcoming book club title!

The Rest of the Hoard that's Slowly Burying Wyn: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #15, Detective Comics #949, Ghost Rider #3, Hulk #2, and The Kamandi Challenge #1!

Ryan

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3: Peter and MJ are down for the count. That means that only one person stands in the way of Mole Man and his subterranean army!
Anna May Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Girl (that's right I named her here FIRST!)!

Backstagers #6: Last issue we caught a quick glimpse of what may have become of the stage crew that went missing in the '80's. It was a spooky glimpse, I grant you. I hope it is a Scooby style bait and switch. If not, well, the Backstagers will have one heck of a ghost story to tell.

Batgirl #7: This issue brings us back to Burnside, where we will meet the son of the Penguin. I for one can't wait to see where this arc goes!

Hulk #2: This is one of the best new titles that I have read in a while! Jen has always been the fun Hulk, but in the wake of Civil War II she is dealing with the loss of her cousin and her near death at the hands of Thanos. I am very impressed with how this book is dealing with the lingering affects of trauma and the struggle to return to the world and a normal life!

Serenity: No Power in the Verse #4: While Serenity's crew nervously awaits the results of Mal's rescue mission, they're taken by surprise when a fresh kind of trouble begins at the ship. One problem has become two, and it will take all they have to get off the planet alive and all accounted for . . .

Teen Titans #4: The Titans square off against the team that Damian was supposed to lead for the League of Assassins. Will the rise to the challenge, or fall before the might of Ras Al Ghul?

More Great Titles: Batman Beyond #4, Dept H #10, Elfquest: The Final Quest #18, Flash #15, Future Quest #9, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #13, Joyride #9, Ladycastle #1, Mae TP Vol. 1, No Angel #2, Power Rangers Pink #6, Prowler #4, Spider-Woman #15, Star Wars #27 and Wonder Woman #15

Kay

Star Wars #27: Master Yoda finds himself on an all-new world... full of vicious, mysteriously powered children?! Not easy, will this be.