by James Asmus, Clay Mann, Seth Mann, and Rachelle Rosenberg
Gambit is back! Well I guess he never really went away, but his title series is back. Asmus follows the lead set by Fraction's Hawkeye book last week, and instead of giving us a story about Gambit's superhero life, we get a story of how Gambit spends his days off. But, don't worry, Gambit isn't one to sit idly by; this book is packed with humor, action, and, of course, explosions! James Asmus has Gambit narrate the entire issue, and, although I'm not normally a fan of heavy narration in a single-character book like this, it really worked. He gives you a look inside Gambit's head and really shows you where the character is coming from. The Manns do a great job on the art. Gambit always looks cool and there's plenty of action for the artists to really show off their prowess. Pick up Gambit if you're up for a wild ride with one of the world's coolest and (according to my wife) sexiest heroes.
by David Schwartz, Micah Gunnell, and David Curiel
Idolized is an awesome, new look at what it takes to become a superhero from Aspen Comics. It tells the story of a young woman who loses everything and vows to make herself better, so that she can join the ranks of the world's greatest heroes and get revenge on the villain who killed her family. Just one little problem: she just has to win a reality show contest first. Schwartz has crafted a wonderful tale with a funny, flawed, and totally bada-- female protagonist. Even better, Micah Gunnell has drawn the 16-year-old hero with a realistic, graceful body and a lovable girl-next-door look. If you can look past the really bad, over-sexualized cover by Art Adams (or find the cool photo variant), then pick up this book and give it a read. Gunnell's amazing interior art and Schwartz's deft writing make this a real standout new series.