Author Archives: Carman Goodrich

February 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #15

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April 17, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Mike Mignola, Scott Allie (A) Laurence Campbell (CA) Mike Mignola

After fifteen years of B.P.R.D. comics, the series reaches its explosive conclusion!

No, you’re crying.

 

Ascender #1

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April 24, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dustin Nguyen

“THE HAUNTED GALAXY,” Part One
Powerhouse creative team JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN launch an all-new sequel series to DESCENDER with the launch of ASCENDER!  

Set ten years after the conclusion of DESCENDER’s storyline, magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed… Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from DESCENDER, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to stay out of the clutches of the evil disciples of the all-powerful vampire witch known only as Mother. But, like her parents, Mila doesn’t like to play by the rules, and when a certain robot pal of her dad’s shows up, nothing will ever be the same! 

With all the scope and heart of the sci-fi classic DESCENDER, LEMIRE and NGUYEN reunite to take readers on an unforgettable fantasy quest!

Though some long-running series like B.P.R.D. are ending, other series are returning. Sort of, anyway. Ascender is technically a new series but is also a sequel to Lemire and Nguyen’s Descender. If you’ve not read Descender yet, you’ve got some catching up to do on one of the best books to come out in the past few years.

 

Queen of Bad Dreams #1

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April 24, 2019

Publisher: Vault Comics

(W) Danny Lore (A/CA) Jordi Perez

When a dream entity known as a figment emerges from a dreamer’s mind, it’s Daher’s job as an IJ to track them down and make the call: reinsert the figment, or grant them agency in our world. After an especially powerful figment escapes the dreams of an even more powerful politician’s son, Daher is pulled headlong into an investigation that traces all the way back to the incident that sent dreams, even nightmares, spilling into our reality.

I keep hearing about Vault Comics knocking it out of the park with their new series and it’s time I jump on the wagon from the beginning. I’ve been hearing some great initial impressions of Queen of Bad Dreams and I’m really looking forward to checking this one out. Plus, look at this variant cover!

 

Little Girls

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April 24, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Nicholas Aflleje (A/CA) Sarah DeLaine, Ashley Lanni

Something hunts people on the outskirts of town…

Sam and Lielet are two new friends living in Ethiopia. They’re dealing with the kind of problems that all kids have: judgmental social cliques, condescending adults, alienation… and a legendary brain-eating monster straight out of folklore. Sure, it’s not going to be easy, but all they have to do is live through it.

Showcasing a quietly unsettling plot and building tension similar to NICK DRNASO’s Sabrina and ADRIAN TOMINE’s Killing and Dying, debut creative team NICHOLAS AFLLEJE and SARAH DeLAINE construct a poignant story of otherness and mystery.

The premise paired with the setting for Little Girls certainly has a promising hook. It doesn’t sound wholly dissimilar from other pitches for new series from Image but namedropping Sabrina and Killing and Dying has me very intrigued on the pacing and tone of this one. 

 

Hot Comb

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May 15, 2019

Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

(W/A/CA) Ebony Flowers

Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into Black women’s lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular story is about a young girl’s first perm-a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming “too white” in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers’ stories, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking.

Drawn & Quarterly is another publisher that I’d like to start reading more regularly and I’m excited to read Hot Comb. I’d not heard of Ebony Flowers but I really enjoyed the preview on her website. Learn more about her here!

January 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Black Hammer 45 #1

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Mar. 6, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes (A/CA) Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

During the Golden Age of superheroes, an elite Air Force crew called the Black Hammer Squadron was formed to fight the Axis powers. With occult threats from the German side, this team must save a family of scientists from the Nazi’s, but the mysterious and dangerous Ghost Hunter is hot on their trail. From the World of Black Hammer comes a truly gripping tale of war and intrigue!

Here it is — the Lemire/Kindt dream team (having Fawkes involved is great, too!). I’ve been dying to know what this book was going to be since Jeff Lemire tweeted this last September. Though I would have evaporated into a gust of ethereal whooshing if somehow their project was Twin Peaks-related like Matt Kindt hinted in his reply to Lemire’s tweet, I think this is safer for my health. Black Hammer and its spin-offs have been some of the best comics on the stands and I can’t tell you how excited I am to have another book in that universe that sounds like 1940s B.P.R.D. with Lemire, Kindt, Kindt, and Fawkes at the helm.

 

Invisible Kingdom #1

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Mar. 20, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A/CA) Christian Ward

Set in a in a far-flung star system, this new epic sci-fi monthly saga tells the tale of two women-a young religious acolyte and a hard-bitten freighter pilot-who separately uncover a vast conspiracy between the leader of the system’s dominant religion and the mega-corporation that controls society. On the run from reprisals on both sides, this unlikely pair of rebels risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth. But when your beliefs betray you, what choice is there left?
By Hugo Award-winning writer G. Willow Wilson (Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel) and Eisner Award-winning artist Christian Ward (Black Bolt, ODY-C).

G. Willow Wilson has been writing some of the best Big Two books in the past few years and it’s exciting to see her with a new, creator-owned book. Invisible Kingdom is the latest Berger Books title, an imprint of Dark Horse spearheaded by legendary editor Karen Berger. The story sounds rad and a great premise for some cosmic Christian Ward art.

 

Assassin Nation #1

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Mar. 13, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Kyle Starks (A/CA) Erica Henderson

SERIES PREMIERE! Hot off her breakout success at Marvel, two-time Eisner award winner ERICA HENDERSON (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead) teams up with KYLE STARKS (writer of sales beast Rick and Morty) for a hilarious twist on the hitman trope that will have readers laughing in the aisles over ASSASSIN NATION.
The World’s Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him.
With the same laugh-until-you-cry spirit of action-comedies like Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder, and Deadpool, ASSASSIN NATION is the bombastic, side-splitting murder-fest you’ve been waiting for.

Wistful Stan, F*** Tarkington, Smuch Walker, Desert Regal, and Dave are just some of the assassin names that will appear in this book.

 

Exo HC

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Jan. 23, 2019

Publisher: Humanoids Inc

(W) Jerry Frissen (A/CA) Philippe Scoffoni

A hard sci-fi story about the intersection of spatial exploration and earthy invasion. Near future. NASA is confident it finally discovered an exoplanet likely to accommodate life. Located 4 light-years from earth, Darwin II creates a lot of questions and is scheduled for imminent exploration by a space probe. At the same very moment, an orbital space station is struck by a missile shot from the moon, killing several astronauts. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Humanoids is a company that I’d mostly known for publishing The Incal, the renowed series by Jodorowsky and Moebius. That changed a few months ago when they announced their hiring of John Cassaday as their Chief Creative Officer and Mark Waid as their Director of Creative Development. Since then, I’ve certainly had my eye out for their books and Exo looks like a great (see creepy, sci-fi) place to dip my toes in. 

 

Daredevil #1 & Spider-Man: Life Story #1 (of 6)

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Feb. 6, 2019 & Mar. 20, 2019

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W/A) Chip Zdarsky (A) Marco Checchetto (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco // (W/CA) Chip Zdarsky (A) Mark Bagley

CLASSIFIED

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In 1962, in AMAZING FANTASY #15, 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became the Amazing Spider-Man! Fifty-seven years have passed in the real world since that event – so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter as well?
A special high-end limited series that’s a part of the celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary, SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY combines the talents of Chip Zdarsky (SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, MARVEL 2-IN-ONE) and Mark Bagley (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN) to tell the entire history of Spider-Man from beginning to end, set against the key events of the decades through which he lived!
In this first oversized issue, when Flash Thompson is drafted to serve during the Vietnam War, Spidey must weigh the question of where his responsibility truly lies!

Listen, I’m sure y’all know about Daredevil by now since Chip Zdarsky HISSELF made this promotional video for Fanfare. I should clarify that by “know about it,” I mean that you know it’s a book called Daredevil and that the solicitation just says “CLASSIFIED.” Zdarsky’s other newly-announced Marvel endeavor is Spider-Man: Life Story — a miniseries swinging readers through the history of the classic character, decade by decade. After Ed Piskor’s slick X-Men: Grand Design, it’s cool to see Marvel doing another one of these retrospectives. 

 

Little Bird #1 (of 5)

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Mar. 13, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Darcy Van Poelgeest (A/CA) Ian Bertram

MINISERIES PREMIERE! 
Director/screenwriter DARCY VAN POELGEEST boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to IAN BERTRAM’s breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries LITTLE BIRD.
With the same limitless scope as a new EAST OF WEST or SAGA and the drama and surrealism of Akira, LITTLE BIRD follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.

All in all, we’ve only got about a one line description of the story in Little Bird, but sometimes less is more.The preview for this book looks cool and it’s always fun to take a chance on an Image #1.

October 2018 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Hellboy Winter Special 2018

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Dec. 12, 2018

(W) Mike Mignola, Various (A) Various (CA) Mike Mignola

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Three wintry tales featuring a Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck team-up for a New Year’s Eve séance gone wrong when Hellboy visits a family’s English home, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá revisit B.P.R.D.: Vampire with a new tie-in story, and Tonci Zonjic returns to write and draw Lobster Johnson.

When the new Hellboy omnibuses started releasing a few months ago, I decided it was time to dip my toes into that world. Since then, I’ve plowed through a few thousand pages of both Hellboy and B.P.R.D. and can officially say that I am in love with the “Mignolaverse.” I’m excited to be able to read a new Hellboy book at its release and this one seems to tie in with B.P.R.D.: Vampire which is getting a reprint around the same time.

 

Die #1

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Dec. 5, 2018

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Stephanie Hans

Publisher: Image Comics

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE writer KIERON GILLEN teams up with artist supernova STEPHANIE HANS (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE 1831, Journey Into Mystery) for her first ongoing comic! DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron’s in a rush, he describes it as “Goth Jumanji.” That only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in oversized debut issue-where fantasy gets all too real.

Sorry to all of you out there looking to name your new drone band — Goth Jumanji has been taken. Everything I’ve seen of of Hans’ art so far has been beautiful and I will always check out a first issue written by Kieron Gillen. With Halloween just around the corner, I can definitely get behind something that sounds like Gary Gygax meets It.

 

Miles Morales Spider-Man #1

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Dec. 12, 2018

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Javi Gorran (CA) Brian Stelfreeze

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Balancing his normal life, school, parents, etc…and super-heroing has never been easy, but when the Rhino and a cadre of mysterious criminals start plaguing Brooklyn, things take a dark turn. And Miles doesn’t even know the half of it yet. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT) and Young Gun Javier Garrón (ANT-MAN & THE WASP) bring you the latest incarnation of the coolest character in the Marvel Universe!

As I get closer and closer to its conclusion, I’ve been slowing down on Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 — savoring what I’ve got left. I feel like I haven’t been this pulled into a Spider-Man story like this in quite some time and I’m loving it. Though the depiction of Parker in the game is great, I found Miles Morales to be an even more compelling character and I am very ready for this new book. It’s also exciting to see that Saladin Ahmed will be writing — if you’ve not yet read his miniseries, Abbott, go do that. If you’re looking for some other recent Spider-Man stories to tie you over, read Chip Zdarsky’s final issue of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man or Spencer and Lieber’s Superior Foes of Spider-Man.

 

Waves

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Feb. 27, 2019

(W) Ingrid Chabbert (A/CA) Carole Maurel

Publisher: Boom! Studios

After years of difficulty trying to have children, a young couple finally announces their pregnancy, only to have the most joyous day of their lives replaced with one of unexpected heartbreak. Their relationship is put to the test as they forge ahead, working together to rebuild themselves amidst the churning tumult of devastating loss, and ultimately facing the soul-crushing reality that they may never conceive a child of their own.
Based on author Ingrid Chabbert’s own experience, coupled with soft, sometimes dreamlike illustrations by Carole Maurel, Waves is a deeply moving story that poignantly captures a woman’s exploration of her pain in order to rediscover hope.

This is a book I don’t know much about outside of what you see here. It certainly sounds heartbreaking but there is a beauty to the cover that compelled me to order a copy.

September 2018 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Elisabeth Dumn Against the Devils in Suits (One-Shot)

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Nov. 14, 2018

(W/A/CA) Arabson

Publisher: Image Comics

Elisabeth Dumn is a strong, rebellious girl who’s determined to make her own way. Good thing too, because her father long ago promised her to the Devil and he’s come to claim what’s his.

This is a story that will haunt you long after you’ve turned the final page. Part horror adventure, part surreal dreamscape, this original graphic novella features the amazing artwork of new Brazilian sensation ARABSON, with translation by Eisner Award-winner JAMES ROBINSON.

It’s great to see more new, non-English work being translated and put out by larger publishers. I love the style of this cover and am very much here for “part horror adventure, part surreal dreamscape.” One of my favorite things about comics as a medium is seeing something (like this) that I’ve never heard of and taking a chance on it. Here’s to more of that!

 

Bitter Root #1

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Nov. 14, 2018

(W) David Walker, Chuck Brown (A/CA) Sanford Greene (CA) Mike Mignola

Publisher: Image Comics

In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and only the Sangerye Family can save New York-and the world-from the supernatural forces threatening to destroy humanity. But the once-great family of monster hunters has been torn apart by tragedies and conflicting moral codes. The Sangerye Family must heal the wounds of the past and move beyond their differences… or sit back and watch a force of unimaginable evil ravage the human race. 

DAVID F. WALKER and SANFORD GREENE, the creative team of Power Man and Iron Fist, along with indie veteran CHUCK BROWN (Trench Coats, Cigarettes and Shotguns) bring you 24 action-packed pages of monsters, mayhem, and family dysfunction in a brand-new ongoing series.     

BITTER ROOT Cover As by SANFORD GREENE will be connecting through the first story arc.

The premise of saving the world from monsters may not sound particularly new in the comics ethos, but setting that during the Harlem Renaissance in New York City could be great. I’ve heard a lot of positive impressions on Walker and Greene’s Power Man and Iron Fist and this looks to be a good jumping on point for their work (along with Chuck Brown!). Also, look at that Mike Mignola cover!

 

The Warning #1

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Nov. 28, 2018

(W/A/CA) Edward Laroche

Publisher: Image Comics

An enormous machine slowly materializes in a major West Coast city. Who sent it-and why-is a mystery, understood only by the malevolent beings gliding silently toward Earth through the inky vastness of space. In response, a multinational combat brigade called Gladiator Two-Six is deployed. Outfitted with next-generation military science and weapons, they’re tasked with stopping any extraterrestrial threat that emerges.

The solicitation for The Warning reminds me of Trees or Arrival and that’s definitely a plus. I wasn’t initially familiar with Laroche but found this preview from Multiversity Comics and it looks great.

 

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.

 

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.

June 2018 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Black Badge #1

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(W/CA) Matt Kindt (A) Tyler Jenkins

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, the team behind Grass Kings, reunite for a new ongoing series about a top-secret, elite branch of boy scouts tasked by the government to take on covert missions.

Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite; the best of the best. They are feared even by the other badges. The missions they take are dangerous, and they will only get worse as their leader’s attention is split between their mission objectives and tracking down a lost team member. A team member who disappeared years ago, presumed dead. 

A haunting look at foreign policy, culture wars and isolationism through the lens of kids who know they must fix the worlds that adults have broken.

I’m so glad to see Kindt and Jenkins back at it together again so quickly after Grass Kings wrapped up. I was excited to see what the two were cooking up and this looks great. Moonrise Kingdom keeps coming to mind but I imagine it’ll be quite a bit darker than that. I will definitely be grabbing the Lemire variant, too!

 

The Seeds #1

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(W) Ann Nocenti (A/CA) David Aja

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

The bees are swarming. What do they know that we don’t?

The rich have built walls around their wealth and scramble into escape rockets. The romantic and the ruthless cross over into the lawless wilds of Zone-B. A few cantankerous aliens have come to collect the last dregs of humanity’s essence for the celestial embryo bank. One of them falls in love. 

Astra is an idealistic journalist who stumbles into the story of a lifetime, only to realize that if she reports it, she’ll destroy the last hope of a dying world. How far will she go to get her story? An eco-fiction tech-thriller where flora and fauna have begun to mutate, The Seeds is also a story of love beyond race and gender, and of the resilience of both human and animal kind. 

A new four-issue series, by award-winning artist David Aja (Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist) and filmmaker, journalist, and comics writer Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Catwoman). 

I’ve certainly missed seeing David Aja interiors after his run on Hawkeye and was very excited to see this new mini in Previews. Looking forward to reading Ann Nocenti for the first time — there seems to be a lot going on in the last sentence of this solicitation and I’m on board!

 

Sheets

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(W/A/CA) Brenna Thummler

Publisher: Lion Forge

Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost.

A practical thirteen-year-old girl who is left in charge of the family laundry business after her mother’s unexpected death. Her daily routine features unforgiving customers, her grieving father, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.

Wendell IS a ghost.

A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.

Maybe it’s just the wealth of fond memories I have for 90s Nickelodeon Halloween specials, but I’ve always had a thing for light-hearted “spooky” stuff. Granted, this book seems to be tackling some serious subject matter but I think you know what I mean. I really enjoyed what I saw in Previews and the tone of this book looks right up my alley.

 

Stairway

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(W) Matt Hawkins (A/CA) Raffaele Ienco

Publisher: Image Comics

When a postgraduate student discovers a way to unlock information hidden deep in our “junk DNA,” parts of bio-schematics and other pieces of baffling data are found. This discovery triggers the largest scientific initiative since the Manhattan Projects, with teams of scientists working to collect and collate this information. But will they find a stairway to heaven, or will they unleash something that will kill us all?

It’s the first I’ve heard of these creators but this premise sounds like the synopsis for a Black Mirror episode and that’s enough for me! Here’s to hoping it leaves me with just a tiny bit less existential dread than that, though.

 

Cold Spots #1

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(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Mark Torres

Publisher: Image Comics

MINISERIES PREMIERE! Psychological terror, the undead, and a supernaturally bitter cold come together in this spine-tingling new series from CULLEN BUNN (REGRESSION, Harrow County) and MARK TORRES (Zombies vs. Robots: Undercity). 
10 years ago, Dan Kerr turned his back on his wife and unborn daughter. Now, both mother and child have gone missing, and Dan must face cosmic terrors to find them again. He soon finds that ghosts stir when his estranged daughter is near. And as the dead grow restless, the cold deepens…

At this point, I might as well just say “look, Cullen Bunn is writing another horror mini-series. You know what to do.”

I will. You know.

 

Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 1 HC

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(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dean Ormston (A) Various

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

The first chapter of the highly acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning superhero saga in deluxe, oversized hardcover format.

Mysteriously banished from existence by a multiversal event, the old superheroes of Spiral City now lead simple lives on a bizarre farm from which there is no escape! But as they employ all of their super abilities to free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure!

Collects the first and second volumes of Black Hammer, and Black Hammer: Giant Sized Annual in a deluxe, hardcover, and oversized format with a new cover, sketchbook extras, and more!

Black Hammer may just be the best superhero book on the stands for my money. It definitely deserves the Library Edition hardcover treatment it’s getting. If you’re not reading this book, this is a great place to start! Also, I think this is the first time the annual is being collected, so even better!

May 2018 Previews: Carman’s Picks

The New World #1

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(W) Ales Kot (A/CA) Tradd Moore, Heather Moore (CA) Tom Muller

Publisher: Image Comics

The United States of America-after the Second Civil War. 
Two lovers meet. One: a straight-edge vegan hacker anarchist boy with a penchant for messing with the State. The other: a chaotic, hedonistic cop with a reality TV show and a license to kill. This really shouldn’t happen-and yet, somehow, it does. And soon, the entire state of New California is after them.

This ballistic sci-fi action romance miniseries-in the vein of Mad Max and Romeo and Juliet-from ALEŠ KOT, TRADD MOORE, and HEATHER MOORE begins with a massive-sized debut issue, and features a backup comic introducing the talents of AARON STEWART-AHN and SUNANDO C!

Look at that cover. Tom Muller’s designs (especially when coupled with great like this) just has a way of oozing style. I love it. Also, give me some more of them good, good Ales Kot “America is going off the rails and here’s what it could look like in this not-out-of-the-question, semi-dystopian, near future” books.

 

Catwoman #1

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(W/A/CA) Joëlle Jones

Publisher: DC Comics

The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, don’t miss the debut of an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives. Don’t miss the start of an all-new monthly series written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominee Joëlle Jones!

When it was announced that Joëlle Jones was going to be writing and drawing the new Catwoman book, it just made sense. Jones’ style is perfect for the aesthetic and tone of Catwoman. If you’ve never read her Ladykiller series, go pick that up now.

 

Captain America #1

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(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leinil Francis Yu (CA) Alex Ross

Publisher: Marvel Comics

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA. 
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?
Rated T+

Hot off the heels of Infinity War, I’m ready for a new Marvel book and Captain America looks to be the book for that. Ta-Nehisi Coates has done a spectacular job with his run on Black Panther and it’s exciting to see him writing another series. I can’t wait to see where he takes a character like Captain America. Also, that Alex Ross wraparound cover is stunning.

 

The Quantum Age #1

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(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Wilfredo Torres (CA) Dave Stewart

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Set in the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series-but a thousand years in the future-a collection of superheroes, inspired by the legendary heroes of Black Hammer Farm, must band together to save the planet from an authoritarian regime. A young Martian must find a way to reform The Quantum League to save the world while solving the riddle of what happened to the great heroes of the twentieth century. Black Hammer creator Jeff Lemire (The Terrifics) is joined by Wilfredo Torres (Legion) in illustrating while Dave Stewart (Hellboy) adds his colorist skills to the mix. 
o Based on Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-winning series!

The Black Hammer-verse has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? I absolutely love that Lemire and the other Black Hammer creators have gone the way of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and really expanded this universe. I will be on board for any books in this universe and cannot wait to get my hands on them.

 

Bone Parish #1

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(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Mustafa Karasu (CA) Lee Garbett

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Cullen Bunn (Empty Man, The Unsound) returns to BOOM! Studios with a chilling necromantic horror story! A new drug is sweeping through the streets of New Orleans.one made from the ashes of the dead. Wars are being fought over who will control the supply, while the demand only rises. While the crime families wage war, users begin to experience terrifying visions of the dead coming back to life-through them.

That sounds sufficiently creepy, doesn’t it? Bone Parish comes out in July but that’s late enough in the summer where I’ll already be starting to think about my favorite month of the year, October. Yes, just the anticipation of that time of year gets me excited for good horror and after reading The Unsound, I know Cullen Bunn is capable of that. In the lead up, I think it may be time for me to finally check out The Empty Man and Regression.

April 2018 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Proxima Centauri #1

(W/A/CA) Farel Dalrymple (CA) Wes Craig

Publisher: Image Comics

“PROXIMA CENTAURI,” Part One-4.243 light-years from Earth, the teenage wizard adventurer Sherwood Breadcoat is stuck in the confounding spectral zone on the manufactured dimensional sphere, Proxima Centauri, looking for escape and a way back to his brother while dealing with his confusing emotions, alien creatures, and all sorts of unknown, fantastic dangers.

In this issue The Scientist H. Duke sends Sherwood on a salvage mission and gives counsel to the troubled boy in his charge.

PROXIMA CENTAURI will be six issues of PSYCHEDELIC SCIENCE FANTASY ACTION COMIC BOOK DRAMA starring Sherwood Breadcoat, “The Scientist” Duke Herzog, Dr. EXT the Time Traveler, the ghost M. Parasol, Shakey the Space Wizard, and Dhog Dahog.

Farel Dalrymple doing sci-fi! Need I say more? This sounds like some pulpy greatness and I can’t wait to get my hands on this as well as Image’s collection of Dalyrmple’s It Will All Hurt.

 

Shanghai Red #1

(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Josh Hixon, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Publisher: Image Comics

Red is one of hundreds shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship’s captain, she wakes up on a boat headed out to sea for years, unable to escape or even reveal who she truly is. Now she’s coming back in a boat covered in blood to find her family and track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her. Eisner-nominated writer CHRISTOPHER SEBELA (High Crimes, Heartthrob, We(l)come Back), JOSHUA HIXSON (The Black Woods) and HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU (Felix & Macabber) bring you a tale of revenge, family, and identity that stretches from the deck of a ship outside Shanghai all the way to the bleak streets and secret tunnels of Portland, Oregon.

I’ve been looking forward to this one since it was announced at Image Expo earlier this year. The buzz has been good and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen of Hixson’s art. Don’t be fooled by his wild tales of staying in America’s Clown Motel fool you — Christopher Sebela is a solid writer and I’m looking forward to where he and the team are taking this one.

 

Bloodstrike #0

(W/A/CA) Michel Fiffe

Publisher: Image Comics

“BRUTALISTS,” Part One-In the spirit of Bloodstrike’s groundbreaking carnage, the creator behind the indie hit Copra shines a light on Image’s most extreme series. Witness the origin of Cabbot as he launches his undead strikeforce upon the world!

I can’t say I’ve ever had any interest in Bloodstrike before now but putting Michel Fiffe’s talent on this book definitely changes that. Not to mention, with books like Prophet and Supreme: Blue Rose, Image has a stellar track record of reviving 90s Rob Liefeld comics.

 

Luisa Now and Then

(W/A/CA) Carole Maurel (W) Mariko Tamaki

Publisher: Humanoids Inc

A disillusioned photographer has a chance encounter with her lost teenage self who has miraculously traveled into the future. Together, both women ultimately discover who they really are, finding the courage to live life by being true to themselves. Luisa’s sexuality is revealed to be a defining element of her identity, one which both of her selves must come to terms with. A time-traveling love story that turns coming-of-age conventions upside down, Luisa is a universal queer romance for the modern age.

It can be pretty difficult to find avenues of the time travel narrative that aren’t already well worn-down by now. Luisa Now and Then sounds to be setting itself apart and creating something truly unique.

 

By Night #1

(W) John Allison (A/CA) Christine Larsen

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Eisner-Award winning author John Allison (Giant Days) and artist Christine Larsen (Adventure Time) join forces for a story about coming home, discovering identity, and accidently smashing a hole to another dimension.
Aspiring documentarian (and actual Chemistry major) Jane has recently reunited with her former best friend Heather, amateur urban explorer. When a trip into an abandoned industrial building leads them to another world, their plan begins to unfold.create a documentary about the world and become filthy, filthy rich. The other side of the portal is filled with monsters, magic and a chance for a whole new life. All they have to do is step through…

The premise on this seems rad and the preview looks fun. Looking forward to diving in with this team of creators!

March 2018 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Mike Allred, Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Brandon, Kurt Busiek, Amy Chu, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Neil Gaiman, Kieron Gillen, Mike Mignola, Mark Millar, Greg Pak, James Robinson, Gail Simone, Brandon Graham, Rob Williams, Various (A) Rafael Albuquerque, Mike Allred, Paul Azaceta, Cliff Chiang, Geof Darrow, Tess Fowler, Brian Haberlin, Phil Hester, Joëlle Jones, Ariela Kristantina, Jeff Lemire, Jamie McKelvie, Michael Avon Oeming, Sean Phillips, Darick Robertson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brandon Graham, Javier Pulido, Various (A/CA) J. H. Williams

“On October 1, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada suffered the worst mass shooting in modern American history, resulting in 58 deaths and over 500 injured. It broke my heart. Las Vegas is my home. I felt like something needed to be done to help in a unique way.”-JH WILLIAMS III, Artist & Curating Editor

This “unique way” was the genesis of the WHERE WE LIVE anthology – a riveting collection of both fictional stories and actual eye-witness accounts told by an all-star lineup of the top talent working in comics today.  All the creators have graciously volunteered their time and talent to help bring some sense to this senseless act and, in the process, raise money for the survivors and their families.

The book will include a variety of perspectives with key themes exploring gun violence, common sense gun control, value of a compassionate society, mental health stigmatization, aftermath of tragedy and how individuals and communities persevere, and an appreciation of Las Vegas as a vibrant community.

WHERE WE LIVE also features stories from local writers and artists as they relate their personal experiences and reactions to this tragedy.

One hundred percent of the proceeds for the WHERE WE LIVE anthology will be donated to an existing GoFundMe campaign for the survivors in Las Vegas.

It’s heartening to see so many creators contribute to this anthology. The description above speaks for itself and I will certainly be putting an order in for this collection.

 

Dismantlers #1

Publisher: Black Mask Comics

(W) Aria Baci (A/CA) Ashely A. Woods

In a galaxy where terraforming is the most common form of real estate development, a highly skilled team of “dismantlers” travels to failed sites and salvages what’s left of them.   

But that’s not the hardest part of their job. Because relationships with each other can be even more complicated than transforming entire planets.  

This is not a story of a prestigious Federation or of a powerful Empire, but of the menial laborers who make it all possible, the unglamorous characters who work behind the scenes of galactic expansion. This is a story of their pillow talk, their break room banter, and their totally unforeseen fist fights with the pirates who jack their job sites out from under them.  

From artist Ashley A Woods (NIOBE: She Is Life) and next breakout writer Aria Baci comes an all new fleet of characters to fall in love with.

That third paragraph’s got me. I love slice-of-life sci-fi. Sure, I like a good space opera but there’s something about using a science fiction setting as a vehicle for telling grounded, human stories. I’m not familiar with this creative team, but I will be looking for their other work while waiting for Dismantlers to hit the shelves. Also, if you like the sound of this one, maybe check out the manga Planetes.

 

Barrier #1-5

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Marcos Martin, Muntsa Vicente

From the Eisner Award-winning team behind THE PRIVATE EYE, BARRIER is an unconventional drama about violence, language, and illegal immigration…with a shocking sci-fi twist. After debuting on PanelSyndicate.com, this critically acclaimed five-part miniseries finally comes to print, exclusively from Image Comics. After making the massive, 50-plus-page first issue available to mature readers for FREE on Free Comic Day, this special collector’s edition of the first issue is being released in a larger size to match the next four issues being released WEEKLY throughout the rest of May! Printed in its original “landscape” format (side-stapled for convenient shelving!) and graced with gorgeous cardstock covers, each comic is meant to be a durable work of art, and there are no plans for these print issues to ever be collected, so the only way to own your own copies of this groundbreaking story is by supporting your friendly neighborhood comic shop!

It’s cool to see Image Comics putting out more physical editions of Panel Syndicate’s landscape format digital comics. The hardcover collection of The Private Eye turned out really nicely and it will be cool to see these serialized in print. There’s not a whole lot of detail on the actual story here (though you can go check it out on Panel Syndicate’s website) but I’m definitely interested to see this team’s follow up to The Private Eye. As mentioned in the this solicit, you can grab the first issue for free on Free Comic Book Day (the first Saturday in May will be here before you know it!) and the series will be released weekly afterwords. Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to bag and board these!

 

It Will All Hurt

Publisher: Image Comics

(W/A/CA) Farel Dalrymple

ADVANCE SOLICIT! A weird, sad, silly, sketchy, and dreamy watercolor fantasy-action quest in which Alemendra Clementine and her crew of anti-social adventurers all come together on a psych-apocalyptic world to take down an evil wizard. This Eisner Award-nominated webcomic began as a loose stream-of-consciousness exercise and exploration of the comic book medium and takes place in the same world as FAREL DALRYMPLE’s The Wrenchies. Collects IT WILL ALL HURT #1-3, plus all six chapters of the webcomic.

Farel Dalrymple’s work is rad. I’ve really enjoyed just about everything I’ve seen from him and somehow I ended up missing this when it was first published. It’s great to see this getting collected and hopefully it will tide me over until his new series, Proxima Centauri, is printed by Image.

 

Walk Through Hell #1

Publisher: Aftershock Comics

(W) Garth Ennis (A) Goran Sudzuka (CA) Andy Clarke

So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse… 

Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him.

When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares-in a place where the night may never end at all.

A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudzuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer)

Yeah, all right. I wanna know what that terror is. The solicit is only laying down a few bread crumbs but there’s definitely potential in this premise and I’ll be giving it a read. Here’s hoping for some original horror!

Advance Review (Spoiler-free!): Gideon Falls #1

Expected Release Date: Wednesday, March 7th
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino

A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow! The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. 

Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.

Very shortly after I wrote about Gideon Falls in the last Previews post, we received an advanced copy for review. I mentioned how much the solicit made me think of Twin Peaks. Part of this may come from me steadily watching the series from the beginning as of this past October, but also because Lemire is an outspoken fan (check out his amazing print of Special Agent Dale Cooper) and The Black Barn sounding quite a bit like The Black Lodge.

Though it does share some similarities with Twin Peaks, I’m happy to report that Gideon Falls is very much its own work of art. And a work of art it is — Sorrentino’s panels are striking as ever with some truly beautiful page layouts. I’ve only seen bits of Sorrentino and Lemire’s work on their Green Arrow run, but reading Gideon Falls has definitely moved that up my backlog.

The first issue does a great job of both setting the scene for the series and introducing its (presumed) two main characters. As mentioned in my Previews post, Jeff Lemire is one of my favorite comic creators and I like to give his new works a shot whenever they come along. Gideon Falls is definitely a book that is staying on my pull list after the first issue and I’m looking forward to learning more about the characters, the world they’re living in, and the greater mystery at hand. Take me back to The Black Barn.