A small slate of buys for me doesn’t limit it in the slightest. This is a fun week of comics, and one I’m excited to highlight in the latest edition of The Pull.
Comic of the Week: Birds of Prey #4
Birds of Prey finds a top notch creative team operating at the peak of its powers, as each of its members – writer Kelly Thompson, artist Leonardo Romero, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Clayton Cowles – are doing outstanding work in building out a new era for the Birds. It’s a quality book from quality people, which is always a good thing. But maybe the thing I like the most about it is it’s just fun. It’s such a blast to read, a fizzy burst of energy and smarts and ideas and strangeness. I’m not sure if I’d say it’s my favorite superhero series from 2023, but it’s in the discussion, which is impressive for a title so early in its run.
Trade/Graphic Novel of the Week: The Hard Switch GN
I’m not going to lie: I thought this one came out a while ago. Maybe that’s because I read this Avery Hill Publishing graphic novel a while back and quite liked it, or maybe it’s just because it’s hard to keep track of when anything is arriving these days. But this graphic novel from Owen D. Pomery is an inventive bit of sci-fi, one that is small but expansive, smart yet 12% ridiculous (shouts to one of its leads being an octopus), and well-crafted throughout. It’s more of an in-universe vignette, a sketch of a moment between moments as everyone and everything prepares for the titular hard switch, the moment when the non-renewable resource that allows for long-distance space travel finally runs out. But it works very well for what it is, telling a complete story that could be something more if Pomery so decides.
If you’re interested in a fresh take on science-fiction from a new voice in comics, this is one you’ll want to pick up. The Hard Switch is a good one.