With Halloween out of the way, we’re free to focus on the true terror stalking America in 2016: Election Day. No slasher, chainsaw-wielder or poltergeist has inspired as much existential dread this year as the imminent poll contest, and this week’s comic haul capitalizes on the looming battle between the competent, dedicated woman with e-mail issues and the Orange Skull. Valiant’s Faith, a character Trump wouldn’t deign to be seen with in real life, shares a cover with Hillary Clinton this week, while DC uses the election bump to resurrect Catwoman and Prez in shared one-shot form. In both less and more realistic fashion, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro kick off “President Bitch” in their Image favorite Bitch Planet.
For those of you whose brains are on the cusp of melting every time you click on FiveThirtyEight, there’s plenty of escapist fun to take your mind off of our possible apocalypse. Pin-up dreamboat Kevin Wada joins the WicDiv team for a very special issue, Marvel delivers a one-two punch of stellar Avengers options, Ulises Farinas throws down the auteur gauntlet and manga hit Attack on Titan goes Western with stunning results. All of this plus second outings from last month’s breakouts Midnighter and Apollo and Shade the Changing Girl make this pre-election New Comic Book Day a welcome respite from the madness.