August 2017 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) David Rubin

Lucy Weber, daughter of the Black Hammer, grew up to become an investigative reporter for the Global Planet. Now she’s on the hunt for the true story about what happened to Spiral City’s superheroes after they defeated Anti-God and saved the world. All answers seem to lie with the dangerous super villain tenants of Spiral City’s infamous asylum. As she gets closer to the truth she uncovers the dark origin stories of some of her father’s greatest foes, and learns how they tie into the puzzle of what happened to Spiral City’s greatest hero.

Ohhhh, yes. Black Hammer has been one of the greatest superhero stories in the past several years and I am very excited to be getting more stories in that world. Villains, no less! I’ll definitely be grabbing this Mike Mignola variant cover, too. If you haven’t read it already, go grab the first volume of Black Hammer and then jump on this one!

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Expansion

Publisher: AdHouse Books

(W/A/CA) Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean

Ten thousand years ago, agents of an advanced civilization clash with a pacifist cult over control of prehistoric human society. This sci-fi epic from the creators of the critically acclaimed Ancestor also contains additional comics from Brandon Graham and Simon Roy.

Ancestor might be my favorite thing to have come out of Island (an anthology magazine put out by Image) and it’s one of my favorite sci-fi stories, period. I can’t wait to read more from this team along with the included new comics from Brandon Graham and Simon Roy. It’s practically a Prophet reunion!

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Eternity #1

Publisher: Valiant Entertainment, LLC

(W) Matt Kindt (A) Trevor Hairsine (CA) Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

A VISIONARY NEW SERIES! From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

Valiant is cool, do you know that? I’ve really been enjoying their universe for the past few years and the books written by Matt Kindt are top-tier. After their excellent work with creating Divinity, I’m more than on board for Kindt and Hairsine’s next Valiant character debut. If you’re looking to catch up on some Valiant before this one, grab The Valiant.

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Ragman #1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Ray Fawkes (A) Inaki Miranda (CA) Guillem March

After a failed mission to raid a tomb in the Israeli Desert, war veteran Rory Harper is plagued by the death of his partners. As Rory battles his guilt back in Gotham City, he discovers that what was in that tomb has followed him home, and it’s about to change his life. But as Rory begins his journey, an evil is invading Gotham City, and it wants what he’s discovered. A hero is born in this visionary reimagining of the Ragman mythos by writer Ray Fawkes and artist Inaki Miranda! 

I don’t own many comics that were published before I was born. Among that small collection, though, is the first appearance and mini-series featuring Ragman. I’m not entirely sure what it is that draws me to the character, but there’s something about him. A reboot is a fun surprise! I really enjoyed Fawkes’ creepy foray into the DC Universe with Gotham By Midnight. In capable hands, it will be fun to see what Ragman looks like in 2017.

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God Complex #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Paul Jenkins, Bryan Lie (A/CA) Hendry Prasetya

In the futuristic city of Delphi, a young digital-forensics investigator named Seneca finds himself embroiled in the bizarre murders of three church acolytes. Guided by his cryptic mentor, the Ruler named Hermes, Seneca uncovers a stunning conspiracy and a mystery that will turn his entire world upside down. From writer PAUL JENKINS (Inhumans, Wolverine: Origin) and artist HENDRY PRASETYA (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) comes a unique vision of a digital future powered by mythological gods.

That sure is a melting pot of a description there, isn’t it? A true crime book with robots revolving around a religious conspiracy. I’m not familiar with the creative team, but it sounds like just the right amalgam to get my interest.

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