Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for May 17th, 2017

Everybody knows that Wednesday is the best day of the week, some may say Friday, some may say Saturday. But for us, lover’s of sequential art, Wednesday also known as New Comic Book Day stands out as the most anticipated day of all. On this glorious of days we head to our local Comic Book shop, or digital supplier and pick up our pull list of comics.

What could make this most beautiful of days even better you might ask? Well how about a new #1?

Within the past few months I have really started paying attention to what new titles are being released each week. Some, have turned out to be absolute gems, Eleanor and the Egret, Namwolf, Colossi and The Dregs, others have been absolute stinkers …… am not naming them sorry.

Starting this week let me try and steer you in the direction of something new. Take the gamble, it could pay off, or it could leave a bad taste in your mouth. Either way, it’s always a good time to start something new.

My picks of the new #1 issues are below and remember, these are my personal choices. If you picked up something different, let us know in the comments section below.

Ian LIvingstone’s Freeway Fighter #1 – Titan Books

Brought to my attention by my good friend and fellow collaborator Noah Bass, Freeway Fighter looks like a cross between the world of Mad Max and the classic game Carmageddon. I won’t go into much detail but I will let Noah’s preview article do all the talking: Noah Bass – Freeway Fighter Preview.

New story based on the cult-followed series of game books written by Andi Ewington (Exmortis, Sunflower) and illustrated by Simon Coleby (Judge Dredd, The Royals) speed into the world of danger, death and fast cars! Comic series regularly promoted on the official fighting fantasy Facebook page – over 3,000 fans!

I am always into the idea of picking up something set in an apocalyptic future (see Tokyo Ghost) and after reading Noah’s article, this title has become my number one pick of the week.

Generation X – Marvel Comics

15 years after the end of the first series, Generation X is back. This time with the creative team of writer Christina Strain, artist Amilcar Pinna (All-New Ultimates) and colorist Felipe Sobreiro. Let me start by saying this. Yes I am a huge fan of the X-Men, and yes I was completely behind all the titles that were coming out this Spring. But with each new week comes ANOTHER X title, be it something from a current series or a new #1. Over saturation of the X-Men is not for me, mostly due to the cost but as my fellow collaborator Ian Alekzander will agree… two words… KID OMEGA!!

The Xavier Institute for Mutant Education and Outreach has opened its doors and is ready to foster the next generation of heroes and diplomats! But this time around, the X-Men recognize an unfortunate truth: not all mutants are created equal. Some mutants are not made to fight Sentinels or serve as ambassadors on behalf of their kind. Some mutants will just be lucky to survive another day in a world that hates and fears them. And who better to mentor mutantkind’s lovable losers than perpetual sidekick Jubilee? But will Jubilee and GENERATION X survive the experience?

The Wicked + The Divine: 455 AD #1 (One Shot)
Image Comics

The second special/one shot since September 2016’s WicDiv 1831 and one that I cannot really give much detail on. That’s due to me only reading the first trade of this much loved series. That being the reason why I am adding this to the week’s choices, the love. So many readers are loving the phenomenon that is The Wicked + The Divine and I hope I to can be one of those readers… soon. Writing is as usual taken up by Kieron Gillen, but the art is by André Lima Araújo (All-New Inhumans) and series regular Jamie McKelvie.


Nothing lives forever, be it man, god, or empire, but that doesn’t mean you have to go quietly. Join us as Lucifer refuses to fiddle while the Roman Empire burns. The critically acclaimed THE WICKED + THE DIVINE inevitably vandalizes history as it turns to the Sack of Rome. Showcasing the epic art of ANDRÉ LIMA ARAÚJO (Avengers AI, Man Plus), the special is NOT included in the forthcoming fifth volume of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE.

Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #1 Image Comics

Jim Mahfood is back creating comics and bringing Grrl Scouts with him. 22 years since Gwen, Daphne and Rita’s debut on 40oz Comics and 14 years since we last saw them team up together over at Image Comics. It’s a definite welcome return for the trio, am just hoping for the same super 90’s cheese and hip hop street vibe the first volume gave off.

Join Gwen, Daphne, and Rita as they reunite for a pulse-pounding psychedelic adventure through the streets of Freak City. This first issue is stuffed to the gills with an action-packed story, bonus art, soundtrack, sketchbook, and a behind-the-scenes comic thingy. Plus, a variant cover by the one and only SKOTTIE YOUNG! Pure fun! Pure flavor!

BOOM! Studios

The last, and probably only comic I ever saw written by Victor LaValle was a Hellraiser anthology comic over at BOOM! Studios and if my memory serves me correctly it was pretty impressive. Now steering what seems to be a modern day Frankenstein story, with art from Dietrich Smith, this may be another horror comic that is added to my hidden gems pile.

When the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice…putting her on a crash course with her family’s original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity. An intense, unflinching story exploring the legacies of love, loss, and vengeance placed firmly in the tense atmosphere and current events of the modern-day United States.

As mentioned above, these are my personal picks for the new number ones coming this week. If you picked up anything different then please let me know in the comments below.