As I write this, we don’t yet fully know what’s going to happen with new comic book releases during the coronavirus crisis. Diamond Distributors will not be distributing physical comics to stores anymore, and I believe both Marvel and DC have announced they will not be releasing their normal print comics digitally, though at least DC will continue to release their regular digital-first comics. Other studies, like BOOM! and IDW, have halted all production.
So if the comic book industry grinds to a halt and we don’t get any new comics for the foreseeable future, I thought now would be a good time to sit back and take stock of which comics I’m really enjoying right now, which comics are my favorite, and which I am really going to miss going forward. I don’t know what’s going to happen to my weekly review column if we don’t get any new comics. At least we’re all in this together.
Join me after the jump for the six ongoing comics I will really miss if the virus kills the comic book industry. And feel free to share your own favorites in the comments!
These are crazy times. So let’s get crazy with this special anime edition of Rick and Morty that came out this past week amid everybody stuck at home on quarantine! Warning for those who don’t like excessive cartoon blood violence.
I believe this is an homage to Lone Wolf and Cub, which I’ve never seen, but am enjoying in The Mandalorian. And it’s just fun! And is a pretty solid edition to the weirdness of life right now. Just throw this thing out into the quarantine void and let everybody have a bit of a lark.
That’s my kind of virus crisis weirdness!
I am a huge fan of creator Leigh Lahav and her various cartoons on YouTube. She’s spent the past few years working on some outside projects, but now that quarantine is here, she’s found time to put out another parody video!
I need to hurry up and let coronavirus quarantine fuel my own creative adventures…
Anyway, Only Leigh is great, I love her videos, and now that I’m reminded of her Patreon, I need to seriously consider getting in on that. There are a lot of creators I really enjoy who could use as much support as they can get during this virus crisis.
These might be my last batch of comic book reviews for the foreseeable future! Diamond Distributors announced this past week that they’re going to shop distributing comics to retailers, and we don’t yet know if any of the major publishers are going to go digital-only during this virus apocalypse. If they do, I’ll be fine, because I read all my comics digitally. But if Marvel, DC and the like shut down all releases…welp, that’s the whole ball game!
Perhaps I’ll start doing reviews of all the tpbs I’ve been catching up on…
Comic Book of the Week goes to the second issue of Force Works 2020 for being the most entertaining comic this week! A lot of comics were just moving the story along, whereas Force Works 2020 was really fun to read with some solid character work.
Meanwhile, speaking of those tpbs, I read through the entire collected edition of Nick Spencer’s Astonishing Ant-Man and it totally held up! Great series. I started on Dennis Hallum’s Cloak and Dagger, and the first tpb was good, solid. But I cannot recommend the latest tpb of Rat Queens, with a whole new creative team. That was a disappointment.
Comic Reviews: Far Sector #5, Force Works 2020 #2, Hellions #1, Legion of Super-Heroes #5, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #49, Wolverine #2 and X-Men #9.
I’m a longtime Justin Roiland fan. I was there at the beginning, during the House of Cosbys, before YouTube was even a thing! And, of course, I’m a big fan of Rick and Morty. So how exciting to see he’s got his own show coming up on Hulu in May.
Behold, Solar Opposites!
Looks hilarious! I’m pleased to see that new television will continue to come out in this viral apocalypse. Here’s hoping its even a fraction as good as Rick and Morty. Or even House of Cosbys.
Solar Opposites comes out on May 8.