Spring showers bring a great excuse to stay inside and read some great comics when it is rainy and nasty outside, so here are a few of my recommendations for the best reads for April.
Truth, Justice, and the American Way: The Joe Shuster Story by Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi
Most artists and writers have their fair of cautionary tales, especially in the comic industry, but few have resonated as loudly as that of Joe Shuster. Everyone knows Superman, but not everyone knows the secret origins of this American legend. Based on archival material and original sources, writer Julian Voloj and artist Thomas Campi tell the story of the friendship between illustrator Joe Shuster and writer Jerry Siegel, who thought they had achieved their dream of creating a world-famous character. The young, inexperienced pair expected to get rich–instead, they made a deal they would ultimately regret. Told from Shuster’s perspective, this fascinating graphic novel about geeks and gangsters puts Superman’s creation into the wider context of the American comic-book history.
You can get it from Amazon here.
Vampironica by Greg Smallwood, Meg Smallwood, and Jack Morelli (Archie)
If I were to go and tell my 12-year-old self that in 2018 the gang from Archie would have a campy hit TV show and a line of popular horror comics, I would have called myself a liar and gone back to watch The Thundercats and Double Dare, but yet here we are. Following in the footsteps of such outré hits as Afterlife With Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Jughead: The Hunger, Greg and Meg Smallwood and Jack Morelli have produced Vampironica, a story whose premise is more or less described in its title. When Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her bloodlust?
You can get your copy here.
SUPER SONS #15 Written by PETER J. TOMASI Art by CARLO BARBERI and ART THIBERT Cover by JORGE JIMENEZ Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
This issue will ship with two covers and Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue which is always a plus. This is my favorite book right now, and unfortunately, this book is scheduled to end soon. So my recommendation is to pick it up now before its gone and even catch up on the past issues.
“end of innocence” part one! Robin and Superboy have been to hell and back again, but this time their friendship must stand the ultimate test: the Amazo Project! Kid Amazo returns as the pieces of this deadly plan fall into place and reveal a secret that might tear apart Damian and Jon’s growing friendship.
On sale APRIL 18 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • RATED T Super Sons #15