5 comics to read this April: Endings and new beginnings
January is the month named after the two-faced god Janus, since it simultaneously looks backward at the year that was and ahead at the year to be. But there’s a similar sensation with this April’s comic offerings.
On the one hand, Mike Mignola and collaborators are finally wrapping up their last comic about Hellboy and the BPRD (well, the last chronologically anyway; there are still plenty of side stories that can be told from Hellboy and company’s adventures over the years). But at the same time, Rob Liefeld is introducing a brand-new X-Men character into the Marvel Universe, and Bronze Age Boogie kicks off an interesting new blend of old stories. Some stories are coming to their close, while others are just beginning.
Below, see EW’s full list of recommended comics to check out this April.
Major X #1-2 (Marvel)
Rob Liefeld (writer), Brent Peebles (artist)
Big changes are coming for the X-Men. Jonathan Hickman, the writer who reinvented Thanos in the years before Infinity War, is set to write two mutant miniseries comics later this summer. But before then, X-fans can experience the joy of Rob Liefeld — creator of Deadpool and Cable, among others — writing a new X-men comic with a whole new character.
“To me the X-Men have always thrived on big ideas, crazy ideas. So I figured, let’s just go for it,” Liefeld told EW in January. “Major X introduces a new character who is certain to mix up everything in the X-world. He hails from another existence, which is called the X-istence — a mutant Shangri-La, a safe haven that has been a realm where mutantkind has lived in peace and harmony. They escaped there following a tragedy that befell mutantkind, and built this community. There are some familiar faces that he has forged this other society with. But then a terrible event happens within the X-istence that causes Major X to cross over and land in the Marvel Universe that we know. But he doesn’t land in the spot he was hoping, so in the first issue he is in 1991. We progressively get him where he needs to go. By the conclusion of the story, we catch up to modern-day Marvel.”
BPRD: The Devil You Know #15 (Dark Horse)
Mike Mignola and Scott Allie (writers), Laurence Campbell (artist)
Just in time for this month’s Hellboy reboot film, the story Mike Mignola and his collaborators have been telling in Hellboy and BPRD comics for the last decade-plus is finally coming to a close. Though Hellboy walked off into the proverbial sunset at the end of the 2016 Hellboy In Hell miniseries, he was brought back to save the world one last time. It all ends here, and longtime fans can say goodbye to the comic BPRD at the same time they greet the new onscreen version.
House of Whispers #8 (DC/Vertigo)
Nalo Hopkinson & Dan Watters (writers), Dominike “DOMO” Stanton (artist)
Aside from The Dreaming, the other books of DC/Vertigo’s “Sandman Universe” have stayed away from from the memorable characters of the original Sandman comics. House of Whispers has specifically focused on Erzulie, a voodoo goddess new to the Dreaming. But the previous issue introduced both the Corinthian (an eye-eating nightmare familiar to fans of The Sandman) and the spider god Kwaku Ananse (a major part of Neil Gaiman’s other most famous work, American Gods), making this the perfect time to get on board and experience the new flavors Hopkinson and her collaborators are bringing to this dream world.
Bronze Age Boogie #1 (AHOY)
Stuart Moore (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (artist)
Superheroes may be the most popular type of comic story, but the joy of the format is that it can mix and match genres in a unique way. That is on full display in this fun new series, which tons of tropes that were popular in the ’70s: talking apes, sword and sorcery, cosmic adventure, and more. Seriously: With the help of time-traveling apes, a young barbarian warrior princess named Brita Constantina finds herself fighting off Martian invaders in both her Bronze Age homeland and a very funky version of 1975.
Immortal Hulk #16 (Marvel)
Al Ewing (writer), Joe Bennett (artist)
This fascinating series didn’t make EW’s best of 2018 comics list, but the longer it’s gone on the more it’s seemed like a classic in the making. The first dozen-plus issues are now available in collected editions (or on Comixology Unlimited), and this month marks the kickoff of a brand new arc. So far Ewing and Bennett have been running down the gamut of the Hulk’s mythology, and this month’s issue finally gets into whatever happened to the Hulk’s first friend, Rick Jones.
Buy it here.