By Ciel Pierlot
Lovingly described as a story featuring a lesbian gunslinger who fights spies in space, Bluebird is a fantastic debut novel for author Pierlot. The story centers on Rig, a brash space adventurer who’s looking to save her sister from the Pyrite faction she used to work for. She’s accompanied by a mysterious figure named Ginka and they set out on a rip-roaring space adventure to rescue Rig’s sister from certain doom.
Bluebird is a fast-paced story filled with entertaining banter and a likable set of protagonists. Pierlot has certainly done a marvelous job setting up the world of Bluebird, and it’s clear from the get-go that it’s a vision that she’s committed to bringing readers along for the ride. A strong debut novel to enjoy, don’t miss Bluebird.
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty
By Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Writers Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly have hit a home run with their take on Marvel’s star-spangled Avenger that’s now seven issues in. The two have thrown Cap into a new world of intrigue and machinations as our Captain has to deal with the cabal known as the Outer Circle. Arguably the best part of Sentinel of Liberty – aside from Carmen Carnero’s wonderful art – is the interactions Steve Rogers has with not only his close allies but also civilians he runs into back in Brooklyn.
From the start, I’ve felt that Sentinel of Liberty could be as great as Ed Brubaker’s landmark Captain America run from the mid-2000s, and so far, Lanzing and his team have not disappointed in that regard. If you’re looking for some shield-slinging suspense starring the Star-Spangled Avenger, look no further.
Do A Powerbomb
By Daniel Warren Johnson
As a wrestling fan and a comic fan, something as eclectic as Daniel Warren Johnson’s Do A Powerbomb was right up my alley. The story starts off as your typical pro wrestling-focused story centered on wrestler Lona Steelrose and her family, including her famous mother Yua Steelrose. The story quickly shifts into an unexpected gear by the end of its first issue and does not let up from there, setting up a premise that I won’t spoil because it’s that good to discover for the first time.
Johnson is an avowed fan of wrestling and it shows in just how authentic the wrestling elements in DAP feel. His art also matches the dynamic world he has created so well, and the added colors by Mike Spencer and lettering from Rus Wooton make for the ultimate stable of talent.
Do A Powerbomb is a must-read for wrestling fans and comic book fans. Johnson has crafted an all-elite wrestling tale unlike anything ever seen before.
Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
By Cullen Bunn
Putting the King of the Monsters together with those morphinomenal teens with attitude is like putting peanut butter and jelly together: two great tastes that just belong with one another. That’s what exactly Cullen Bunn, Freddie E. Williams, and Andrew Dalhouse have done with this crossover miniseries that sees the Power Rangers’ archnemesis Rita Repulsa looking for a new world to conquer – problem is, she’s found herself in a world inhabited by none other than Godzilla. Naturally, the Rangers follow suit to stop Rita and we soon get some all-out kaiju chaos unfolding.
Bunn does just enough to make sure the inevitable encounter between Godzilla and the Power Rangers hits just right, and the art from Williams and colors by Dalhouse make every moment feel titanic and awe-inspiring.
Both Power Rangers and Godzilla fans will find a lot to love in Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. It’s a hell of a crossover and a hell of a story to enjoy.
Captain America: Symbol of Truth
By Tochi Onyebuchi
The other half of Marvel’s two Cap-centric books, starring Sam Wilson also serving as Captain America alongside Steve Rogers’ own adventures in Sentinel of Liberty. Writer Tochi Onyebuchi focuses his version of Falcon as Cap more on how he believes the U.S. should be better than it is, setting up conflicts with surprising foes in the series’ first story arc.
All in all, it’s a good complement to Sentinel of Liberty, and will likely be essential reading ahead of the Cold War event in 2023, which will put both Cap titles together into a potentially game-changing storyline.