It’s New Comics Wednesday! Who raided your wallet this week? Image got most of my money, and a few highlights from their selection are below.
- Lazarus #15 concludes the “Conclave” arc, which has been a twisty, intriguing delight of inter and intra-family warfare (not to mention twinges of friendship and romance). #15 pulls off the fateful Lazarus duel in grand style, with Michael Lark pencilling an epic battle scene spanning several pages, while Greg Rucka takes care of the emotional aspects of the trial by combat. A consistently great book, Lazarus #15 centers on the action side of Forever’s apocalyptic world.
- Charles Soule and Javier Pulido‘s wonderful She-Hulk ends today with issue 12. The strange case of the Blue File has reached its conclusion, with Soule‘s smart writing and legal twists on display. I’m going to miss this book, with its wacky cast (Tigra? Nightwatch? Dr. Druid?), great friendships, and fantastic signature art…but the Jen is about to take center stage in A-Force, so at least we haven’t seen the last of the lean green lawyering machine.
- Bitch Planet, only on its third issue, is already a juggernaut of social issues, eye-popping covers and interiors, and diverse characterization. #3 presents the tale of Penny Rolle through the frame of an interview with the Planet’s “Fathers,” with flashbacks to Penny’s life before incarceration. Guest artist Robert Wilson IV delivers Penny as a badass, complex woman in both her present and past; Kelly Sue DeConnick makes clear, through dialogue and plot, that this is a comic about punching every direction but down.