Brain Waves’ hosts Katie and Dan Merritt help you climb the mountain of weekly new comic book releases and point out a few shiny gems along the way. Features include picks of the week, interviews with comic creators, and events listing for Green Brain Comics in East Downtown Dearborn, Michigan.

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Dan’s Pick of the Week

RUMBLE #10 (MR)
IMAGE COMICS
(W) John Arcudi (A/CA) James Harren
Wrapping up the 2nd big RUMBLE arc with battles, rescues, betrayals, and one hell of a last page!

RINGSIDE #2 (MR)
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(W) Joe Keatinge (A/CA) Nick Barber

Katie’s Pick of the Week
JUGHEAD #3
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Erica Henderson (CA) Khary Randolph
Zdarsky and Henderson are back with another out-of-this-world issue of the all-new Jughead! Drones? Explosives? A firing range? Science class under the new regime of Principal Stanger has taken a turn for the dangerous. And who do you call when danger is about? I guess, uh, 9-1-1? But if THEY can’t help? You call Jones. Jughead Jones.

RAT QUEENS #14 (MR)
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(W) Kurtis J. Wiebe (A) Tess Fowler (CA) Stjepan Sejic
“DEMONS,” Part Four
Hannah is reunited with her father for the first time in many years and in a way she never could have expected.

JESSICA JONES TP VOL 4 (MR)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos, Mark Bagley (CA) David Mack
Jessica Jones is a hard-nosed private investigator, and the dark underbelly of the Marvel Universe is her beat. But it wasn’t always this way. Once, Jessica stood alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, as a costumed super hero. What changed? What ended her crimefighting career before it even got started? Now, for the first time, learn all of Jessica’s hidden secrets – how she was orphaned, how she got her powers…and the dark, unspoken chapter in Marvel Universe history that changed her life forever. Guest-starring Peter Parker, Jean Grey, Luke Cage, Ant-Man and the Avengers! Collecting ALIAS #22-28..
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Best 0f 2015 – first half of 2015

SuperMutant Magic Academy
Writer and Artist: Jillian Tamaki
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
(W/A/CA) Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer, moody and atmospheric bestsellers.
SuperMutant Magic Academy, which Jillian has been serializing online for the past four years, deftly plays superhero and high school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like: the SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. This volume combines the most popular content from the webcomic with a selection of all-new, never-before-seen strips that conclude Jillian’s account of life at the Academy.
“part Hogwarts and part Xavier’s School”

Black River
Writer and Artist: Josh Simmons
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
(W/A/CA) Josh Simmons
Josh Simmons (The Furry Trap, House) returns with a full-length graphic novel about a bedraggled group making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of some sort of civilization. Along the way, they encounter fools, lunatics, murderous sadists and also visit a comedy club. All manner of terrors, in other words. Simmons is one of the most distinctive voices in the horror genre and Black River, with its perfect pacing, is his best work yet.

DISPLACEMENT GN (DEC141508)
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
(W/A/CA) Lucy Knisley
New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a stark portrait of contemporary, twenty-something womanhood. In this next installment of her graphic memoir series, Knisley accompanies her ailing grandparents on a cruise. Part memoir, part travelogue and part family history, Knisley tries to connect with her grandparents and also, by using her grandfather’s WWII memoir, reconcile their younger and older selves. Readers will identify with Knisley’s frustration and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents’ frailty.

Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue by :01 FIRST SECOND
(W/A/CA) Maris Wicks
From bones to skin and everything in between, Human Body Theater takes readers on a fascinating and highly educational tour of the body in comics format! Welcome to the Human Body Theater, where your master of ceremonies is going to lead you through a theatrical revue of each and every biological system of the human body! Starting out as a skeleton, the MC puts on a new layer of her costume (her body) with each “act.” By turns goofy and intensely informative, the Human Body Theater is always accessible and always entertaining.

Saga, Volume 4
by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
From the Eisner Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Pride of Baghdad) and Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, Thor, SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.