With his bowtie and unerring ability to saunter into trouble, Superman's pal Jimmy Olsen has been a reliable stooge for nearly 80 years. This Eisner-award-winning series pulls off the impossible--reinventing the Daily Planet photographer for the 2020s. In hiding after an assassination attempt, Olsen manages to plug one of his spare body doubles instead of his own ginger hide, He then has to frantically work out who might have wanted to kill him. He also juggles marriage to an intergalactic jewel thief, a running prank war with Batman, AND a new career as a YouTube sensation. With an insane gag rate and a head-spinning plot that will tie your neck in knots,this reads like the Marx Brothers have taken over Metropolis. It's the most satisfying superhero comic in years.
Readers may be surprised to learn that the eponymous protagonist of Tsuge'sThe Man Without Talent is actually quite talented. He begins as a struggling but capable cartoonist before embarking on several get-rich-quick schemes that rarely work out the way he intends. Borrowing from the Japanese autobiographical "I-novel" tradition, Tsuge's famous tale of depression, rejection, and the plight of the poor artist reflects what authors and other members of the working class have known and documented for decades. As a result, there is something in The Man Without Talent for anyone who has fought to pave a way through a world dominated by capital.
Weird comics artist Q Hayashida is back with Dai Dark, her successor to fantasy-horror-comedy masterpiece Dorohedoro. The story is set in space this time, but all the hallmarks of her style are there: sprawling catacombs of rust, bone, and gore; bizarre, setting-specific conceits everybody takes for granted; and a cast of lovable goofs who engage their enemies in shocking violence. Plus, there's Shimada Death! With the release of the first volume, now's as good a time as ever to get in on the ground floor and see how the story shakes out.