My picks of comics coming out on April 27, 2016.

detailThe Ultimates #6

Marvel Comics, written by Al Ewing with art by Kenneth Rocafort

This book shares nothing with its predecessor. The Ultimates of the Marvels Ultimate Universe offered up a nihilistic view of superheroes.  Now set in the mainstream universe, this Ultimates presents superheroes with proactive plans for ensuring the universes’ safety. The first story arc focused on the team’s efforts to cure Galactus of his world devouring hunger rather than the traditional formula of finding bad guys, beating them up, and walking away

Superheroes actually acting heroically and strategically, Imagine that.

Ewing and Rocafort have a great feel for this diverse cast of characters. Everyone speaks in their own voice and the art and color of the book suits its high power level.

This issue serves up a tale of truly epic proportions and wraps up the first story arc of the new series.,.

microMicronauts #1

IDW, written by Cullen Bunn with are by David Baldeon

I can’t give a detailed description of much this book, I saw a four-page preview yesterday. The art looks solid, but the snippet wasn’t long enough to get a feel for the stories or characters. Still, I’ve already added the comic to my pull list.

At the age of 12, my collecting habit started with Marvel Micronaunts series I have fond memories of trapesing to the bank to get a money order to send to Mile High Comics to get the only copy I missed on the stands, issue #1.

It could be that IDW is targeting old fogies like me with this release. If so, banking on nostalgia instead of quality will do a disservice to the property. I am hoping this doesn’t end up on a future Pull List, “The Comics I Regret Buying.”

detail (1)Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6

Marvel Comics, written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare with art from Natacha Bustos

Lunella Lafayette, the so called “Moon Girl,” is the precocious, pre-teen nerd girl I imagine a few of us could relate to. She loves science, but hates science class. While her classmates struggle with understanding the definition of theory, she’s building a scanner to find abandoned Kree technology. Her natural curiosity leads through a series of misadventures, culminating the creation of a rift in time and the arrival of a red Tyrannosaurs Rex named Devil Dinosaur

The author, Amy Reeder, creator and owner the series Rocket Girl, has crafted another adorable yet formidable female lead character.   Natacha Bustos, known for her playful artwork, beautifully complements Reeder’s writing style.

This light-read touches on familiar nerd ground: alienation, anti-intellectualism, and lack of athletic ability. I It almost crosses over to caricature but Reeder and Bustos’ ability to express deep emotions and treat theircharacters with respect keeps “Moon Girl” firmly grounded. Outside of the main characters, The authors handle the antagonists, a cohort of cave people that happen along the same time rift as Devil Dinosaur, with equal aplomb. The small group fully-clad in stolen, modern day clothing, comes off as humorous and dangerous at the same time.

This is the last issue of the current story arc. If you can’t go back and find the reprints of issues #1~#5, I hope you will at least pick up the trade.