July 2018 Previews: Carman’s Picks

MAN-EATERS #1

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(W) Chelsea Cain (A) Kate Niemczyk (CA) Lia Miternique

Publisher: Image Comics

Eisner-nominated and New York Times bestselling thriller writer CHELSEA CAIN returns to comics with a new ONGOING SERIES! 
A mutation in Toxoplasmosis causes menstruating women to turn into ferocious killer wildcats-easily provoked and extremely dangerous. As panic spreads and paranoia takes root, the fate of the world rides on the shoulders of one twelve-year-old girl. Part Cat People, part The Handmaid’s Tale, MAN-EATERS will have everyone talking.  

From the creative team behind the Eisner-nominated series Mockingbird: writer CHELSEA CAIN, artist KATE NIEMCZYK, colorist RACHELLE ROSENBERG, letterer JOE CARAMAGNA, and joined by LIA MITERNIQUE, KATIE LANE, and STELLA GREENVOSS.

This September… the cat wants in.

MAN-EATERS sounds like a wild melting pot of ideas and genres. Name dropping The Handmaid’s Tale in the solicit has me all tense and conditioned for extreme emotional turmoil (still counting down the minutes until the season finale) but who knows what will happen in a were-cat world? Also, you know you want the variant cover with actual sparkles on it.

 

Cemetery Beach #1

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(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jason Howard

Publisher: Image Comics

From the creators of the acclaimed TREES graphic novels, which are currently being adapted for television, comes something completely different. A professional pathfinder, his only ally a disaffected young murderess, breaks out of a torture cell in pursuit of his worst extraction scenario ever: escaping on foot across a sprawling and secret off-world colony established a hundred years ago and filled with generations of lunatics. WARREN ELLIS & JASON HOWARD ignite a high-speed new action serial.

Some may say it’s a slow burn, I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read of Trees (still need to catch up!) and I’m thrilled for the creators that the series has been picked up to be a TV show. I didn’t know they were also working on this as well, but Cemetery Beach sounds like it could be another quality series from that Ellis and Howard. If you’ve not seen it already, I definitely recommend checking out the preview in this month’s Image+ magazine (free with a copy of Previews). In an interview, Jason Howard mentions being excited to lean more into drawing cool sci-fi tech and that shows. The double-page spread is gorgeous.

 

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Hardcover)

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(W) Ed Brubaker (A/CA) Sean Phillips

Publisher: Image Comics

Teenage Ellie has always had romantic ideas about drug addicts. The tragic, artistic souls drawn to needles and pills have been an obsession since the death of her junkie mother ten years ago. But when Ellie lands in an upscale rehab clinic where nothing is what it appears to be, she’ll find another, more dangerous romance… and find out how easily drugs and murder go hand-in-hand.

MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES is a seductive coming-of-age story, a pop and drug culture-fueled tale of a young girl seeking darkness-and what she finds there. This gorgeous, must-have hardback is the first original graphic novel from ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS, the bestselling creators of CRIMINAL, KILL OR BE KILLED, THE FADE OUT, FATALE, and INCOGNITO.

Brubaker and Phillips are one of the most consistently great team-ups in modern comics. I’ll try anything the two of them cook up and the description of this one sounds right up their alley. I’ve yet to find a source confirming Elisabeth Breitweiser as the colorist on this but I hope she is! Her work with Phillips’ drawings has been truly magnificent.

 

Heroes in Crisis #1

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(W) Tom King (A/CA) Clay Mann

Publisher: DC Comics

There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by C.I.A.-operative-turned-comics-writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been 
traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects:
Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and 
Batman to investigate-but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?

I think Tom King and Mitch Gerads have done an incredible job bringing mental health to the forefront of comics with their Miracle Man series and I’m so glad that DC is continuing to shine that spotlight (with Tom King, no less). I love the idea pitched in this solicit — here’s hoping this team knocks it out of the park. If you’re not already reading Miracle Man, now is the time.

 

Batman: Damned #1 (of 3)

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(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Lee Bermejo

Publisher: DC Comics

DC BLACK LABEL, the highly anticipated new imprint from DC Comics, starts here!
The Joker is dead. 
There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.
Problem is, Batman can’t remember… and the more he digs into this labyrinthine case, the more his mind starts to doubt everything he’s uncovering. 
So who better to set him straight than… John Constantine? Problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people’s heads even more. So with John’s “help,” the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered The Joker.
BATMAN: DAMNED is a bimonthly super-natural horror story told by two of comics’ greatest modern creators-a visceral thrill-ride that proudly puts the “black” in BLACK LABEL.

DC went out on a limb with their Young Animal imprint and those books have been super fun. The premise for their newest imprint, Black Label, is different but I am cautiously optimistic. I’d love to see a great, new supernatural Batman horror story.

 

Moth & Whisper #1

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(W) Ted Anderson (A/CA) Jen Hickman

Publisher: Aftershock Comics

NEW SERIES!

Everyone knows that the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper. Very few know that the Moth and the Whisper disappeared six months ago. And what nobody knows is that the new Moth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them. One supremely skilled but uncertain young genderfluid thief: Niki, the child of the Moth and the Whisper. 

Niki has been trained by their parents in the arts of stealth and infiltration, but they’re still just a teenager, and now they’re alone, searching for their parents in a hostile cyberpunk dystopia. Corporations run the streets while crime lords like Ambrose Wolfe run the alleys-identity is a commodity and privacy is impossible. The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?

A YA cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead), that just HAD to be told at AfterShock!

The B cover of Moth & Whisper shows Niki with their low-poly style mask and long-exposure light trails for eyes. I don’t want to take away from what sounds like a unique story with a rad protagonist, but I also want you to know that I am all about that cyberpunk a e s t h e t i c.

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