This month the GeekMoms are reading about pirates, politics, and penguins. Catch up with Lt. Gaila, Mycroft Holmes, presidential candidate Loki, and more. Whether you’re looking for intense debate or wacky adventures, you’ll find something in this month’s Comic Book Corner!
TITLE: Star Trek Volume 12
WRITER: Mike Johnson
ARTISTS: Tony Shasteen
TITLE: Vision #10
WRITER: Tom King
ARTISTS: Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Jordie Bellaire
TITLE: Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #1
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
WRITERS: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld, Joshua Cassara
ARTISTS: Luis Guerrero, Simon Bowland
TITLE: Vote Loki #3
ARTIST: Langdon Foss
TITLE: Sheriff of Babylon #9
WRITER: Tom King
ARTIST: Mitch Gerads
TITLE: I Hate Fairyland #8
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
WRITER: Skottie Young
ARTISTS: Jeffrey Cruz, Jean-Francois Beaulieu
TITLE: Spider-Woman #10
WRITER: Dennis Hopeless
ARTISTS: Javier Rodriguez, Veronica Fish, Rachelle Rosenberg
Summer is a nostalgic time for Beth, who gained a love of comic books during those long, lovely school vacations. She picked two kid-friendly comics as a perfect endnote to this year’s summer days.
TITLE: Penguins of Madagascar Vol 4 – Secret Paws
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
WRITERS: Cavan Scott, David Baillie
ARTISTS: Lucas Ferreyra, Grant Perkins
There’s no adventure like a Penguins adventure, and this trade paperback is funnier than a basket of Chihuahuas, something even Skipper finds amusing.
“Do you think we should worry that it’s called the Pyramid of Terror, Skipper?”
“Terror? Ha! We penguins laugh in the face of terror, Private. And Chihuahuas too. Have you seen the expressions on those guys? Seriously, they crack me up.”
Skipper, Private, Rico, and Kowalski take on the North Wind, the secret squad of crimefighters from Dreamworks’ Penguins of Madagascar movie. They’re competing for the Elite-est of the Elite title, and fighting robotically controlled crocodiles, vultures, and defeating the Pyramid of Terror along the way. Beth has been a fan of the Penguins television show for years, so she loved this new set of wacky adventures. Bonus: watching the show and the movie means hearing each character’s voice in your head as you read. Of course, nothing is as it first seems, and both elite forces must overcome a bad guy and save the day. This collection also includes another Penguins/North Wind adventure against the Arctic Fox and an extreme weatherizer, and a nice mini-adventure for the North Wind crew on their own. The corny jokes from the show are in evidence throughout the book, including an excellent nod to Star Trek and Montgomery Scott during a transporter scene, plus plenty of crazy gadgets, including a driveable iceberg home base that would make anyone’s summer road trip far more interesting. The storylines are easy for little ones to follow, and there are a few jokes that make adults laugh, especially if their inner 9-year-olds are still active.
Title: Mr. Crypt, #1
PUBLISHER: Alterna Comics
WRITER/Creator: Troy Vevasis
ARTIST: Aleksandar Jovic
This book does a 180-degree turn from the gadgets and tech of Penguins of Madagascar, but still provides kid-friendly, funny moments. The year is 1932, and lightning strikes a cemetery in an unnamed village. That bolt brings a skeleton back from the dead, and he goes looking for answers among the townspeople. Of course, a walking skeleton will instantly turn skittish villagers into an angry mob, so the skeleton decides to hide in plain sight. He nabs a suit, top hat and fake mustache, and becomes Mr. Crypt. The disguise fools the villagers most of the time, until a dog steals an armbone or his mustache falls off. Luckily, they all have short memories, and Mr. Crypt goes through a short series of adventures finding an abandoned house, gaining a pet rat, and finally landing a job in the one place where no one cares who you are or what you look like: the local library. The art is bright and eyecatching, and the stories are simplistic but filled with a lovely innocence few comic books possess these days. Beth thinks this would be a great first comic book for bedtime stories or someone learning to read, and it’s fun for grown-ups, too. Here’s to many more adventures with the smartly mustachioed Mr. Crypt.