August 2021 Previews: Carman’s Picks

A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #1
Estimated release: Oct 13, 2021
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Andre Araujo, Chris O’Halloran


When an unassuming man stumbles upon a dark-web contract assassin’s vicious plot to kill an innocent target, he turns himself into one. The Professional meets Road to Perdition in this story of a family’s unlikely guardian being hunted by rich and powerful men who are used to getting away with everything.

Join New York Times bestselling writer RICK REMENDER (DEADLY CLASS, BLACK SCIENCE) and ANDRÉ ARA JO (GENERATION GONE, Man Plus) for a uniquely atmospheric murder mystery with sudden bouts of brutal violence.

I’m not sure if this was announced previously but A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance caught me by surprise. I’m always down for a new Remender book and I loved Araujo’s work on Generation Gone. There have been a few covers shown and they’ve all been rad. I also have a soft spot for borderline overly-wordy titles, too — looking at you We Only Find Them When They’re Dead.

Human Target #1
Estimated release: Nov 2, 2021
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Greg Smallwood

Christopher Chance has made a living out of being a human target–a man hired to disguise himself as his client to invite would-be assassins to attempt his murder. He’s had a remarkable career until his latest case protecting Lex Luthor when things go sideways. An assassination attempt Chance didn’t see coming leaves him vulnerable and left trying to solve his own murder…as he has 12 days to discover just who in the DCU hated Luthor enough to want him dead.

Human Target is a hard-boiled, gritty story in the vein of classic detective noirs told by bestselling and critically acclaimed creators Tom King and Greg Smallwood.

Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re probably at least a little bit familiar with some of Tom King’s maxi/miniseries from the past few years — titles like Vision, Mister Miracle, and Strange Adventures. With a track record like that, any new King book should be on your list. King’s background in working in counterintelligence also makes him a no-brainer for a Human Target series and if his work on Moon Knight is any indication, the same goes for Greg Smallwood.

Dirtbag Rapture #1
Estimated release: Oct 6, 2021
Publisher: Oni Press Inc.
(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Kendall Goode

She’s stoned. She’s selfish. She’s all that stands between us and the end of the world.

Where do you go when you die? Kat, a stoner with a flexible moral code, can answer that, and the answer is: not very far. Unfortunately for Kat’s peace of mind, a near-death experience has left her with the ability to see and hear ghosts, as well as take them into her “mindscape” so she can bring them to locations of their choosing, essentially playing transporter to the deceased. But when Kat discovers she’s the key to a demonic plan to screw up the whole world, she is forced to take an active role in the battle between good and evil. And she’s not thrilled about it.

Over the last few years, it feels like there are some books that you could just describe as Sebela-esque. Christopher Sebela has certainly developed his own style and it’s always a good (usually weird) time when he’s got a new book on the shelves.

Friday – Book One: The First Day of Christmas
Estimated release: Nov 3, 2021
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Muntsa Vicente (A/CA) Marcos Martin

Collected in print for the first time-a young adult detective hero finally grows up in the first volume of this genre-defying, post-YA masterpiece from award-winning creators ED BRUBAKER (RECKLESS, FRIEND OF THE DEVIL, PULP, KILL OR BE KILLED) and MARCOS MARTIN (THE PRIVATE EYE, Daredevil).

Friday Fitzhugh spent her childhood solving crimes and digging up occult secrets with her best friend Lancelot Jones, the smartest boy in the world. But that was the past. Now she’s in college, starting a new life on her own – or so she thought. When Friday comes home for the holidays, she’s immediately pulled back into Lance’s orbit and finds that something very strange and dangerous is happening in their little New England town…

This is literally the Christmas vacation from Hell, and they may not survive to see the New Year.


My name is also Lancelot Jones. That’s not true, my name is in the title of this article. BUT, Friday seems like an intriguing blend of true crime and supernatural scares. I love Martin’s art and interestingly enough, I first became a fan from The Private Eye which like Friday, was a digital-only book before coming to print.

Rush #1
Estimated release: Oct 13, 2021
Publisher: Vault Comics
(W) Si Spurrier (A/CA) Nathan Gooden

This Hungry Earth Reddens Under Snowclad Hills.
1899, Yukon Territory. A frozen frontier, bloodied and bruised by the last great Gold Rush. But in the lawless wastes to the North, something whispers in the hindbrains of men, drawing them to a blighted valley, where giant spidertracks mark the snow and impossible guns roar in the night.
To Brokehoof, where gold and blood are mined alike. Now, stumbling towards its haunted forests comes a woman gripped not by greed — but the snarling rage of a mother in search of her child…
From Si Spurrier (Way of X, Hellblazer) and Nathan Gooden (Barbaric, Dark One) comes THE RUSH, a dark, lyrical delve into the horror and madness of the wild Yukon.

I do not know anything about the Yukon so I’m counting on this seemingly non-fictional account to fill in the gaps for me. Sorry, that’s another lie. Well, not the part about me not knowing anything about the Yukon. Also, I didn’t realize the first line of the solicit above is an acrostic until I saw this rad alternate cover by Martin Simmonds.