If you're heading to your local comic book store on Thursday, I have one word for you to remember: schoolgirls. Yes, this week sees the usual amount of heroes, monsters and super-this-and-that, but the best books of the week? They're about girls in school. And not like that, perverts.
Let's go through the non-teen girl books first, shall we? Marvel are trying to empty your wallet by releasing two new X-Men series (X-Men: Noir, which recreates the characters in a 1920s setting, and X-Infernus, a sequel to "Inferno," the 1980s storyline; there's also a hardcover collection of the second half of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men making it to stores as well), as well as the first issue of Ender's Shadow: Battle School, ground-level retro series Marvels: Eye Of The Camera and a hardcover collection of the first half-year of Matt Fraction's great Invincible Iron Man. Almost as fun is Project Superpowers, a hardcover collection of Dynamite Entertainment's wonderful, freaky and none-more-odd superhero revival series, in which big business makes zombies out of soldiers and only superhero buddhists from the '40s can save us. Or something.
Non-superhero, but more movie-friendly, books can be found in Hellboy: The Wild Hunt - a new series for Mike Mignola's demonic demon hunter - and The Spirit, a collection of Will Eisner's original stories that inspired (but not enough) Frank Miller's upcoming movie.
But even those books pale before DC's big launch for the week, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures In The 8th Grade; a new series that aims to bring the Maid of Steel back to school and back to being something that non-emotionally stunted adult males can enjoy again. As much as I'm all for the reclamation of Supergirl by her original audience, mind you, it's not the best book you'll see this week. That honor falls to The War at Ellsmere, the new book by Faith Erin Hicks, which goes a little something like this:
Jun is the newest scholarship student at the prestigious Ellsmere girls' boarding school - but to a lot of the privileged rich girls, "scholarship student" is just a code for "charity case." Fortunately, Jun has an ally in the quirky Cassie, who swears the stories about the fierce creature that lives in the forest outside of the school are true. Between queen bees and mythical beasts, Jun has quite the school year ahead of her.
You can find a preview here, but as someone who loved Hicks' previous book, Zombies Calling, I can happily recommend this one.
Even if you're not the type of person who's willing to read about schoolgirls fighting crime and monsters, there's plenty more where that came from reaching stores tomorrow; check here, if you don't believe me. And if you are that type of person, you should probably head to your local comic store to take care of that particular jones. Just don't ask for "the book about the young girls in uniforms."