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Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. After an almost-uninterrupted string of U.S. conventions, from Emerald City Comicon and Fabletown & Beyond to WonderCon and MoCCA Arts Fest, eyes turn to Europe this weekend for the Torino Comics festival.
Meanwhile, our contributors select their picks for the best comics going on sale Wednesday, including Batman: Li’l Gotham #1, Relish and The Flash Chronicles, Vol. 4.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Torino (Turin), Italy — the food, the art galleries, the architecture, a certain shroud — but I can’t imagine a better one this weekend than the Torino Comics festival. It has more of a pop-culture element than you might imagine of a European comics convention — Star Wars actors, games, etc. — but the creator guest list is mighty impressive: Lee Bermejo, C.B. Cebulski, Eddie Campbell, Richard Burchielli, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Caselli, just to to name a half-dozen.
ROBOT 6 contributors name their top choices from among the comic books, and comics-related books, scheduled to arrive in stores this week. We welcome readers to highlight their picks in the comments below.
It’s a grim coincidence that The Flash Chronicles Vol. 4 comes out barely a week after Carmine Infantino’s death, but if you’re new (somehow) to his work, there aren’t much better places to start. This collection includes much of what made the Silver Age Flash memorable, like the Rogues’ Gallery, the Elongated Man, and the seminal “Flash of Two Worlds.” – Tom Bondurant
I love robots. Victor Mancha was my favorite Runaway after Gert Yorkes (comics rest her soul), so the idea that someone at Marvel remembered his amazing connection to the MU’s most dangerous robot and enough people approved an entire issue dedicated to his character grows my heart three sizes. While his friends are being challenged and hunted on Murderworld, Victor is going to face his own personal hell in a world controlled by his now omnipresent and powerful “father.” I await Ultron #1AU with glee. (Wait, anyone else a little put off by the Age of Ultron‘s abbreviation also coinciding with “alternate universe”? Hrm …) – Carla Hoffman
I wish that DC had a more robust line of superhero comics that are appropriate for children. I wish it didn’t feel like Superman Family Adventures was being canceled because it somehow can’t co-exist with Li’l Gotham. Whatever the problem is, whether it’s the market or DC’s editors or something else I can’t see, I want it fixed. But in the meantime, I’m grateful that the current DC all-ages title is as lovely looking and engaging as this one by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs, who are clearly having a blast with it and are passing that joy along to readers. – Michael May