New Comic Picks – Week of March 8, 2023

Man, there are a lot of comics to get through each week. I pull all of these picks from the previews at, and it can easily take 15 minutes just to absorb the list and see what’s worth checking out. But as always, there are a few killer titles hitting the shelves. If you’re looking for some new titles to start, this is a great week to jump in.

The Gimmick #1 – Ahoy Comics

By: Joanne Starer, Elena Gogou, and Erica Henderson

I’m always game for a new comic from Ahoy, and this one sounds amazing.
Written by Joanne Starrer, a former women’s wrestling promoter, The Gimmick follows “nice guy” wrestling champion Shane Bryant, who has been hiding a secret – he has super-strength. When an accident in the ring forces him to flee the country, Bryant has to start his wrestling career over again as a masked Luchadore.

Rather than give the pull quotes the publisher provided, I prefer these notes from
interviews with the creative team. “The Gimmick is born from the wild, incredible, and sometimes terrible experiences I had in the world of pro-wrestling,” said Starer. “I’ve seen it from many angles: as an in- ring performer, a promoter, and a wrestler’s girlfriend. I’ve got stories, y’all.” – Joanne Starer, writer

“The Gimmick combines three of my favourite elements in a story, comedy, violence
and character drama.” – Elena Gogu, artist

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 – DC Comics

By: Tom Taylor and Clayton Henry

I don’t know a lot about Jon Kent (son of Clark Kent and now the new Superman, I
guess? Or maybe A new Superman, but not THE new Superman).
But, I’d like to know more about this character, so I’m giving this a shot. The book has a couple of things going for it:
1. First issue in a series – Usually a good jumping on point
2. Limited series – Only six issues, so not much of a time investment to read the
whole story.
3. Creative team – I generally like the other books I’ve read from Tom Taylor
Here’s the description:

“ANOTHER SUPERMAN HAS FALLEN. Across the Multiverse, Kal-Els are being murdered. Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2, believes only one man can help stop the killing – Kal-El’s son, Jon Kent! Jon will have to step across dimensions and face the killer of the Kal-Els, the monstrous Ultraman, the man who kidnapped and tortured him for years. And Val-Zod is not acting alone in trying to save the Supermen. Who is the mysterious woman alongside him?
And what is her shocking connection to the Super-Family?” If there’s a drawback, it’s that it’s a story that might be a little continuity heavy. But, since it’s a multiverse story, hopefully they’re creating some alternate dimension shenanigans where you don’t have to be too steeped in the lore, since the concepts / character are new(ish) to all readers. Either way, I’ll give it a shot this week.

Fantastic Four #5 – Marvel Comics

By: Ryan North, Ivan Fiorelli, and Alex Ross

Last but not least, we’ve got Marvel’s First Family on a road trip. There are two ongoing Marvel series right now that I am just loving to death – Scarlet Witch and Fantastic Four. And, I think I’ve raved enough about Scarlet Witch. This title has not only been fantastic, but also amazing and incredible as well. The first four issues set up the story nicely with the FF scattered around the country after a mysterious event split the team. After revealing the event that set this story in motion in
issue #4, it’s time for part two of this tale. With the Fantastic Four reconciled, they hit the highway – only to uncover an even more insidious plot.

For this week, Fantastic Four #5 holds the title of the Casual Comics HOT PICK of the

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