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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Ep 27 The Road to FCBD

Brain Picks

Katie’s Brain Pick of the Week:
DARK CORRIDOR #7 (MR)
IMAGE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Rich Tommaso

DAN’S BRAIN PICK OF THE WEEK:
BLACK PANTHER #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A/CA) Brian Stelfreeze
A new era for the Black Panther starts here!
Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler. The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change?
Rated T+

Brain Scans: Scanning the list

BLACK WIDOW #2
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Chris Samnee, Mark Waid (A/CA) Chris Samnee
IT’S S.H.I.E.L.D.’s FUNERAL
• As S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top brass gather to bury one of their own, they make an attractive target.
• Lucky for Maria Hill, the agency’s persona non grata, Black Widow, is still watching over them.
• But that could mean Natasha will have a hard time watching her own back!
Rated T+

FIX #1 (MR)
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Steve Lieber
A story of the crooked cops, scheming mobsters, and corrupt politicians that run things-and the sex toy that can bring them all down. Oh, and the hero is a drug-sniffing beagle named Pretzels. Bad people do bad things to each other in this frenetic, outrageous, sometimes off-putting new caper! If you liked classic crime comics like CRIMINAL and 100 Bullets we apologize in advance for letting you down!

ARCHIE #7 CVR A REG VERONICA FISH
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Veronica Fish
Hiram Lodge finally learns who his daughter, Veronica, is dating. And when he realizes that it’s the boy who destroyed their mansion-to-be, his resulting rage will upend the entire town of Riverdale in this next installment of the best-selling all-new Archie series!

MIGHTY ZODIAC #1
ONI PRESS INC.
(W) J. Torres (A/CA) Corin Howell
When the Blue Dragon dies, six stars fall out of the night sky! Ailing Master Long, leader of the Mighty Zodiac, orders his warriors to gather the stars, lest they fall into the hands of the malevolent Moon Rabbit Army. With the stars, the Mighty Zodiac may yet revive their master, rescue their world, and restore the light. Without the stars, the darkness threatens to divide the tribes and destroy Gaya…

NAMELESS CITY GN VOL 01 (OF 3) (C: 0-1
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(W/A/CA) Faith Erin Hicks
Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands (and names) once again. The natives don’t let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders. Kaidu is one such outsider. He’s a Dao born and bred–a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. At first, she hates Kai for everything he stands for, but his love of his new home may be the one thing that can bring these two unlikely friends together. Let’s hope so, because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.

WONDER WOMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01
DC COMICS
(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Yanick Paquette
In this new installment of the New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel line, Grant Morrison (THE MULTIVERSITY) joins with Yanick Paquette (SWAMP THING, BATMAN, INC.) to reimagine Wonder Woman for a new era. Encompassing the vision of her original creator, William Moulton Marston, Morrison presents a Diana who yearns to break free from her mother and the utopian society on Paradise Island to learn about the forbidden outside world. Her dreams may come true when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor crashes on their shores, and she must defy the laws of the Amazons to return him to Man’s World.
Is she ready for the culture shock that awaits her in America? And is the world ready for this Wonder Woman?

5 – ALL AGES pick of the week

LOONEY TUNES #230
DC COMICS
(W) Sholly Fisch (A/CA) Dave Alvarez
Wabbit season! Duck season! Wabbit season! Insurance season? Salesman Daffy Duck accidentally sells insurance to an accident-prone Elmer Fudd, so when Bugs Bunny shows up during Elmer’s wabbit hunting trip, Daffy will have to throw himself in front of exploding TNT and falling anvils…if he doesn’t want to go bankrupt, that is!

Global Fridays at the Arab American National Museum
Friday, April 29 at 8 PM

Arab American National Museum welcomes Tarek Abdallah – an Egyptian composer, lutenist and musicologist along with Egyptian-born and France-based percussionist, Adel Shams El-Din. Both are acclaimed around the world for their deep knowledge and performance prowess; united on the concert stage, they offer audience an unparalleled musical experience.
https://www.facebook.com/events/570342629782695/
Tickets are available at accesscomunity.org

Enter to win a pair of tickets by sending an email to
brainwaves@greenbrain.biz
with the subject “Global Fridays”

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Free Comic Book Day
Sat. May 7
10am – 6

Free Comics

Confirmed creators on FCBD:
David Petersen
Jay Fosgitt
Jesse Rubenfeld
Dave Acosta
Ted Woods
Ruth Mcnally Barshaw
Jennifer Evans & James May

Cosplay Contest
DJ
Door Prizes
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Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival
June 18 & 19, 2016
http://a2caf.com/