As fans of the character will attest, DC Comics has not been kind to Wally West. He’s been marginalized, erased from the timeline, brought back, and made into a killer. I’m not an avid Wally West fan, so there are probably a number of other unpleasant things done to the character that I’m not privy to. However, I can empathize with the feeling that your favorite character is getting the short end of the stick. Fortunately, The Flash #773 forgoes much of that messy history in favor of a lighter read that also serves as a decent jumping on point (you’ll still probably want to start with the previous issue first).
2016 saw the release of what some may call (me!) one of the worst modern superhero films, Suicide Squad. So color me and everyone else surprised when Warner Bros. announced The Suicide Squad (2021) in 2018. Less of a sequel and more of a do-over, The Suicide Squad has one key difference from its predecessor: it’s written and directed by James Gunn, the man responsible for turning the Guardians of the Galaxy into a household name.
The Six Sidekicks follows the former sidekicks of popular action television star Trigger Keaton as they attempt to solve his murder. The only problem is that Trigger is a bonafide piece of shit, and no one really cares. In fact, just about everyone is happy Trigger bit the dust and are satisfied to leave it at that. What follows is a hilariously crafted first issue from writer Kyle Starks and artist Chris Schweizer.
Set in 1936 Chinatown, The Good Asian follows Edison Hark, mainland America’s first Chinese American detective. He is tasked with finding Ivy Chen, a maid and secret lover of his surrogate father, millionaire Mason Carroway. But what starts as a simple missing persons case quickly escalates into something more dire.
The influence that Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition has on Henry Barajas and Bryan Valenza’s Helm Greycastle #1 is readily evident on its cover: A band of misfit adventurers ready to cause trouble. But while many D&D games are inspired by standard western fantasy tropes, Barajas and Valenza inject Mesoamerican history and culture into this sword and sorcery tale.