Greetings comic book fans! It’s a five week comic book month, so there are fewer books out this week, but that doesn’t mean there are any less good titles to read. This column’s focus may be Everything Else, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize the achievement being made this week with Wonder Woman in theaters. There are a lot of Wonder Woman things going on this week, so definitely support her, and don’t forget all the other wonderful comic book women out there as well. It’s an awesome time to celebrate and bring more attention to women in comic books in a woman-only edition (focusing on female characters and/or all-women creative teams with one exception) of Picks of the Week.

Monstress 12

Monstress #12
By Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Monstress is beautiful. Delicately detailed artwork accompanied by an enthralling story about a young woman, Maika, with a powerful deadly god trapped inside of her. This issue ends the first story arc and concludes with an epic struggle between gods and Maika caught in between. Sana Takeda’s artwork is so beautiful that it is a must read even if you aren’t caught up. Your eyes will thank you!

 

Ladycastle 4

Ladycastle #4
By Delilah S. Dawson, Becca Farrow, and Rebecca Nalty

Ladycastle ends it’s too-short four issue run this week. Go back and pick up the other three issues for a quick but fun read about a kingdom losing all of its men and the women that take over. It’s a smart look at women’s self-reliance that fixes a lot of things that are wrong in traditional fairy tales. Don’t miss the awesome Mucha-esque cover by Missy Pena.

 

Josie and the Pussycats 7

Josie and the Pussycats #7
By Marguerite Bennett, Cameron Deordio, and Audrey Mok

I’ve always loved these rockers! The new series takes everything that everybody loves about them and updates them without losing anything. The trade paperback of the first six issues was just released last week so now is the perfect time to jump on board. Audrey Mok’s cover on this one rocks as much as the girls do. Great artwork and lots of fun make this an easy choice to read.

 

Paklis 1

Paklis #1
By Dustin Weaver

Paklis is a new anthology series from Dustin Weaver that is a compilation of awesome sci-fi stories. The cover story starts the first chapter of an adventure following space explorer Tara who discovers an alien a named Amnia. She leaves everything behind to help her avert a potential disaster that could affect the galaxy. Kinetic artwork and a fast-paced suspenseful story will hook you into coming back for the next chapter.

 

Fantasma

Fantasma
By Stephanie Barros

Fantasma is a webcomic by Stephanie Barros I came across last week about a Luchadora and her adventures in the afterlife. It is a funny and beautifully illustrated webcomic that captures the spirit of Latinx culture. You can’t go wrong with a cast of characters that include the aforementioned Luchadora, a roller derby girl, and a soldadera fighting monsters to protect the living.

About The Author Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell lives in Houston, TX with his family where he works for a local restaurant and devours comic books in his free time. He loves all aspects of comics: the artwork, the written word, and even though he is color blind: the amazing colors! Chris has spent many hours doodling super heroes over the years but dreams of one day writing his own comic books. He has been a comic book fan since his first pair of Superman Underoos in 1977 and wishes he still had them...a new pair not the same pair. He spent every Saturday morning watching the Super Friends and every weekday watching FIlmation’s Superman, Batman and Aquaman cartoons. Chris was fortunate his grandmother had kept a number of his dad's old comic books and spent hours rereading them. When he turned 16 his parents gave him a stack of comics from the 60s and he became a collector from then on. Superman books are his favorite but he will read anything with a good story. His newest philosophy on comic books is not to worry about bags and boards but just to enjoy them. Chris feels blessed to live in a time where so many comics are brought to life on the big and small screens. Finally, the geeks have taken over the world.