Two Moons #1 DEC200044 February 24, 2021 Publisher: Image Comics (W) John Arcudi (A) Dave Stewart (A/CA) Valerio Giangiordano
RUMBLE and B.P.R.D. writer JOHN ARCUDI is back at Image with rising star VALERIO GIANGIORDANO for an all-new ONGOING HORROR SERIES! This issue starts the long journey of a young Pawnee man named Virgil Morris – a.k.a. Two Moons.- fighting for the Union during the Civil War. When he is suddenly confronted with his shamanic roots, he discovers horrors far worse than combat as the ghosts of his past reveal the monstrous evil around him!
John Arcudi’s work on B.P.R.D. has been the strongest writing in the “Mignolaverse” outside of the main Hellboy stuff, for my money. I can’t wait to see him on another horror book, especially one with a compelling premise like Two Moons.
Fear Case #1 (of 4) DEC200244 February 3, 2021 Publisher: Dark Horse Comics (W) Matt Kindt (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins, Hilary Jenkins
A new, horrific detective series by Matt Kindt (Ether, Mind MGMT) and Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings)!
A no-nonsense Secret Service agent and his new-age partner investigate a mysterious box known as the “Fear Case,” which has appeared throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy. Whoever comes into possession of this case must pass it on within three days or face deadly consequences. The agents must track down this Fear Case while staying one step ahead of a psychotic cult and the otherwordly forces behind the Case’s existence.
Matt Kindt writing a book with a shadowy agency dealing with psychic objects — sounds familiar! In a good way, that is. Fear Case is a safe bet, for sure, and it checks a lot of boxes for me. Great to see another team up with Tyler Jenkins, as well. Grab yourself some volumes Grass Kings and Black Badge for more of that goodness.
Black Hammer Visions #1 (of 8) DEC200250 February 10, 2021 Publisher: Image Comics
An exciting reimagination of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series told by guest writers and artists such as Patton Oswalt, Geoff Johns, Mariko Tamaki, Chip Zdarsky, Kelly Thompson, and more of comic’s top talents!
Patton Oswalt joins artists Dean Kotz and Jason Wordie to explore the life of youthful super heroine Golden Gail on the Black Hammer Farm before the beginning of Black Hammer #1, and her struggle to maintain sanity as a middle-aged woman trapped in the unchanging body of a superpowered grade-schooler.
I’ve been catching up on everything Black Hammer recently and that world is so danged great. I know I’ve gushed about the main book and its offshoots many times in this column and this certainly won’t be the last. I’ll say that I’m super excited to see more guest writers and artists get to contribute to this fantastic universe.
Hollow Heart #1 DEC201747 February 17, 2021 Publisher: Vault Comics (W) Paul Allor (A/CA) Paul Tucker
EL used to be human. Now he’s a jumble of organs in a bio-suit. EL is also in tremendous pain and has been for a very long time. Hope arrives in the form of Mateo, a mechanice brought in to work on EL’s suit. Mateo sees LK in a way no one ever has. And what’s more: Mateo offers EL an escape. Hollow Heart reunites Tet creators Paul Allor and Paul Tucker for a queer monster love story about the choices we make between giving our loved one what they want and what we think they need.
It’s a story we can all relate to — we’re just a bunch of jumbled up guts being held together by a fancy suit when a fancy mechanic comes by to fix us up. What’s not to love? All right, maybe that’s not super common. I dig the premise on Hollow Heart (and that terrific cover) and I’ve really enjoyed a lot of these Vault debuts.
Abbott 1973: #1 (of 5) NOV200879 January 20, 2021 Boom! Studios (W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Sami Kivela (CA) Taj Tenfold
* In a new series for fans of Something is Killing the Children and Bitter Root, Saladin Ahmed, the visionary writer behind Miles Morales: Spider-Man, and Sami Kivelä, the acclaimed artist behind Tommy Gun Wizards, reunite for this Must Read supernatural thriller. * Detroit’s hardest hitting journalist, Elena Abbott, is trying to make a fresh start at a new newspaper…but her deadly past isn’t ready to let go. * The city is days away from the historic election of a Black candidate as their new Mayor, but a vicious new group has emerged to destroy him, targeting anyone who supports his campaign or the change he represents. * That means Abbott, who discovers the group’s connection to a dangerous dark magic, has been targeted for certain death – unless she embraces her true power as the Lightbringer to save her city.
Yessssss. Ever since reading the original arc, I’ve wanted more Abbott. The wish has come true and I can’t wait for 1973. You know how sometimes you can think of a book/movie/podcast and remember exactly where you were when you saw or listened to it? I’ve only been on a train a couple times in my life but I read Abbott on a train to Chicago — not sure why but there was something strangely fitting about that.
Serial #1 NOV200979 January 13, 2021 Abstract Studios (W/A/CA) Terry Moore
Zoe has been 10 years old for 50 years. Most of her life has been spent on the run fighting the demon that lived within her, kept her young and turned her into a serial killer. Now free of the demon, Zoe discovers her childhood friend is the latest victim in a string of murders. Determined to put an end to the reign of terror, Zoe uses her own deadly skills to stalk the predator and avenge her fallen friend. Serial is Terry Moore’s new series featuring Zoe, the irrepressible star of Rachel Rising and FiveYears. Don’t miss the premier issue of a her solo series!
Several years ago I had a dream about a comic. It was close to the time I started working at Fanfare and I dreamt that I bought a copy of the first trade paperback of Rachel Rising by Terry Moore. I read the whole thing in one sitting and I couldn’t believe how good it was. The next day, I told my co-workers that I thought it was weird to dream about a comic book, especially one I hadn’t read. You know what I did after that? Nothing! I didn’t buy the book! I still haven’t read it. Why have I betrayed my visions like this? Am I scared it won’t be as good as in that dream from seven years ago? Either way, I think I need to make it up to dreamland Terry Moore and get Serial #1. Okay, and that Rachel Rising.
HAHA #1 NOV200009 January 13, 2021 Image Comics (W) W. Maxwell Prince (A/CA) Vanesa Del Rey
ICE CREAM MAN writer W. MAXWELL PRINCE brings his signature style of one-shot storytelling to the world of clowns-and he’s invited SOME OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY’S BEST ARTISTS to join him for the ride.
HAHA is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool-but these ain’t your typical jokers.
With issues drawn by VANESA DEL REY (REDLANDS), GABRIEL WALTA (Vision), ROGER LANGRIDGE (Thor), and more, HAHA peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about “funny” men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.
How was it that clowns became this staple of horror media? Is Stephen King’s It to blame or does it go back farther than that? I feel like it has to. Anyway, I love a good horror anthology and Ice Cream Man has been a great one. Get ready for the unsullied reputation of clowns to take a nose dive.
I Breathed a Body #1 NOV200992 January 20, 2021 Aftershock Comics (W) Zac Thompson (A/CA) Andy MacDonald
A science fiction horror series about social media, big tech, and influencer culture.
It’s The Social Network meets Hellraiser. When the world’s biggest influencer posts something irredeemably horrific online, the world changes in an instant. Now it’s up to his social media manager, Anne Stewart, to fan the flames of outrage and create a sensationalist campaign that rewrites the rules of “banned content.” Thus begins a carnival of lust, revulsion, desire, and disgust – all for viral videos.
Written by Zac Thompson (LONELY RECEIVER, UNDONE BY BLOOD, X-Men) and illustrated by Andy MacDonald (Multiple Man, Rogue Planet), I BREATHED A BODY is a horror series about the voyeurism of violence and the Big Tech companies who engineer patterns of fear in society.
I know the solicit says “The Social Network meets Hellraiser” but looking at the cover, all I can think of is Event Horizon. You know, that scene. I’m interested in fresh takes on cosmic horror and I Breathed a Body looks to have a neat spin on that forbidden knowledge trope. Plus, I feel like I can relate to this book on a personal level because who hasn’t breathed a body every once in a while?
Reckless OCT200009 December 16, 2020 Image Comics (W) Ed Brubaker (A) Jacob Phillips (A/CA) Sean Phillips
“Sex, drugs, and murder in 1980s Los Angeles… And the best new twist on paperback pulp heroes since The Punisher or Jack Reacher.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the modern masters of crime noir, bring us the last thing anyone expected from them – a good guy. In a bold new series of original graphic novels, with three books releasing over the next year, each a full-length story that stands on its own.
Meet Ethan Reckless: Your trouble is his business, for the right price. But when a fugitive from his student radical days reaches out for help, Ethan must face the only thing he fears… his own past.
“Imagine Redford at his peak, ambling through sun-drenched, eighties L.A. in a serpentine plot that is equal parts Long Goodbye and Point Break. No one does crime fic like Brubaker and Phillips and their collaboration has never felt more new. Explosive. Vital. And yes… reckless. I love this book.”
– Damon Lindelof (Lost, HBO’s Watchmen)
“”Reckless is an absolute rush: on the same level as golden age Travis McGee novels and the hardest-hitting Richard Stark stories. This one comes at you as fast as Steve McQueen in a souped-up Mustang and as hard as Charles Bronson with a baseball bat. You gotta have it.””
– Joe Hill (Locke & Key, N0S4A2)
Look for book 2 in the Reckless series in April 2021!”
Listen, it’s another Brubaker & Phillips team-up. As if that weren’t enough, there’s a quote from Damon Lindelof in the solicitation (go watch The Leftovers and Watchmen). Reckless is a safe bet.
Post York OCT200262 February 24, 2021 Dark Horse Comics (W/A/CA) James Romberger
The polar ice caps have melted, and New York City is flooded beyond recognition. An independent loner, along with his cat and only friend, struggles to live another day in this makeshift community, populated mostly by outsiders like himself while the depraved elite thrive ruthlessly on the outskirts. But his world is disrupted when he encounters both a mysterious woman and a trapped blue whale. Will they be each other’s salvation. . . or destruction?
Experimentally told and unequivocally told, Post York contains bonus materials including an environmental fact sheet, afterword, full-color art section, and more.
James Romberger is a cartoonist, fine artist and artist of the graphic novels 7 Miles a Second, The Late Child and Other Animals, Bronx Kill and Aaron and Ahmed.
“James Romberger . . . is in the highest horror-comics tradition” – The New York Times Book Review
I’m not exactly clambering for post-apocalyptic narratives right now given the state of the world but something about Post York stands out to me. Maybe it’s the claim of experimentalism or the praise about high horror — I’ll be giving this one a look.
Afterlift OCT200273 February 3, 2021 Dark Horse Comics (W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Jason Loo
2020 EISNER AWARD WINNER FOR BEST DIGITAL SERIES!
Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell. This Eisner Award-winning series from Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Daredevil) and Jason Loo (The Pitiful Human-Lizard) features car chases, demon bounty hunters, and figuring out your place in this world and the next.
Collects Afterlift #1-#5 along with all covers and a sketchbook section.
I don’t read digital comics much so I’m always excited when I see a popular one going into print. I thought Afterlift sounded like fun when I first heard about it in Chip Zdarsky’s newsletter.
World of Black Hammer Library Edition Volume 2 OCT200300 February 10, 2021 Dark Horse Comics (W) Jeff Lemire (A) David Rubin, Max Fiumara (CA) Dean Ornstrom
Far in the future of Black Hammer, a collection of superheroes, inspired by the legendary heroes of Black Hammer Farm, must band together to save the planet from an authoritarian regime.
During the Golden Age of superheroes, an elite Air Force crew called the Black Hammer Squadron bands together to combat the Nazis, a host of occult threats, and their ultimate aerial warrior the Ghost Hunter.
Collects The Quantum Age and Black Hammer ’45 in a deluxe, oversized hardcover format with a new cover, sketchbook extras, and more!
What a rich world Black Hammer is turning out to be. Though I’ve been buying the single issues, I’ve been waiting on the spinoff series until they’ve wrapped up. I’m loving these library editions! What an excellent cover on this one, too.
The Picture of Everything Else #1 OCT201644 December 16, 2020 Vault Comics (W) Dan Watters (A/CA) Kishore Mohan
As the 20th century dawns, art promises to change the world…and steep it in blood. A rash of impossible killings sweep through Paris, tearing the rich and beautiful apart in their beds. When two art thieves stumble upon the portraits of the victims damaged in the exact same manner they died, it appears the man who once painted the immortal portrait of Dorian Gray has returned-with darker plans for future works. From the minds of Dan Watters (Coffin Bound, Lucifer, Deep Roots) and Kishore Mohan comes a haunting balance of depravity and beauty.
Oh you know, just another Oscar Wilde horror comic book. Kidding aside, Vault Comics continues to put out strong new titles and I’m always looking forward to checking them out.
(W) Ales Kot (A/CA) Luca Casalanguida, Heather Moore
Vietnam, 1969. Juarez, forty years later. Three men tied by the war they left behind-on collision course with a new one.
We’re back! Feels good to be writing about comics again. What better to return to than a new Ales Kot miniseries? Unless I’m misremembering, Kot’s last creator-owned series was Days of Hate so it’s been a little bit. Loving the art and can’t wait to check this out. Since Lost Soldiers is hitting shelves so soon, make sure to let the store know if you want to grab a copy.
July 29, 2020
Publisher: Image Comics
(W/A/CA) Jesse Lonergan
In a glorious exploration of the comics medium with echoes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Flash Gordon, Chris Ware, and Moebius, a lone astronaut leaves a world ravaged by nuclear war in search of life. What she finds is beyond all explanation.
Every once in a while, they get me with the name drops in a solicit. Hedra got me here with 2001, Chris Ware, and Moebius (haven’t seen Flash Gordon, sorry! That song is good, though). I’ve not heard of Jesse Lonergan but I will certainly be picking this up. As with Lost Soldiers, this one comes out soon, so let us know if you’d like a copy set aside for you.
October 21, 2020
Publisher: IDW – Top Shelf
(W/A/CA) Chris Gooch
The inmates of an extensive underground prison struggle to build meaningful lives in a broken system, in the most ambitious graphic novel to date from rising indie star Chris Gooch (Bottled and Deep Breaths).
Under-Earth takes place in a subterranean landfill, hollowed out to serve as a massive improvised prison. Sunken into the trash and debris of the past – Gameboys, iPhones, coffee cups, old cars – we follow two parallel stories.
In the first, a new arrival struggles to adapt to the everyday violence, physical labour, and poverty of the prison city. Overwhelmed and alone, he finds a connection with a fellow inmate through an old, beat-up novel. While these two silent and uncommunicative men grow closer thanks to their book, the stress of their environment will test their new bond.
Meanwhile, a pair of thieves pull off a risky job in exchange for the prisons’ schematics and the promise of escape – only to be betrayed by their employer. On the run with their hope for escape now gone, the two women set their minds to revenge. Yet as they lay their plans, their focus shifts from an obsession with the outside world to the life they have with each other.
Equal parts sincerity and violence, Under-Earth explores humanity’s inextinguishable drive to find meaning, connection, and even family – and how fragile such constructions can be.
This looks and sounds great. For long time readers, you may remember when I included Chris Gooch’s Deep Breaths on an older posting of Previews, not having seen their work before. I picked that up and really enjoyed what I read (I think I need to finish a few of the short stories). This would be a great one to take a chance on!
Department of Truth #1
September 30, 2020
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) James Tynion IV (W/CA) Martin Simmonds
SERIES PREMIERE! Cole Turner has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn’t prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK assassination to flat Earth theory and reptilian shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of Truth? Bestselling writer JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) debuts his first Image ONGOING SERIES alongside breakout artist MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy)!
Tynion’s take on an SCP/X-Files/Bureau of Control type of organization? Yeah, I’m into that.
September 16, 2020
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Mike Spicer (A/CA) Ramon K. Perez
SERIES PREMIERE! Nobody dies. In the town of Stillwater, that’s not just a promise. It’s a threat. Join superstar writer CHIP ZDARSKY (THE WHITE TREES, Daredevil) and Eisner Award-winning artist RAM N K PÉREZ (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Jane) as they dive into a world of horror and intrigue in this new ongoing Skybound series.
Though I do miss seeing more of Chip Zdarsky’s art on the shelves, his writing has been great. I can’t say I expected for him to do a horror book but that is a very welcomed surprise. Looking forward to Perez and Chip’s work on this!
October 7, 2020
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Alex de Campi (A/CA) Erica Henderson
Vienna, 1889: Dracula’s brides nail him to the bottom of his coffin. Los Angeles, 1974: an aging starlet decides to raise the stakes. Crime scene photographer Quincy Harker is the only man who knows it happened, but will anyone believe him before he gets his own chalk outline? And are Dracula’s three brides there to help him…or use him as bait? A pulpy, pulse-pounding graphic novel of California psych-horror from acclaimed creators ALEX DE CAMPI and ERICA HENDERSON.
Speaking of horror — this looks great. Beyond the pulpy goodness of the cover and description, I would have immediately been on board for a team up of Alex de Campi and Erica Henderson. Is it too early to be excited for Halloween season? I think at this point each year (when we see previews for books coming out in October) is when I start to think about it.
We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1
September 2, 2020
Publisher: Vault Comics
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Simone Di Meo
* For fans of Decorum and Something is Killing the Children comes a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk) and Simone Di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) on the edge of space where humanity is harvesting the corpses of giant alien gods to survive. * No one has ever seen a living god, but Captain Malik is obsessed with being the first. * Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II harvest the only resources that matter from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system. * But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into the darkest reaches of space, bringing them face to face with a threat unlike anything they’ve ever imagined – unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…
Josh (the Shorter) has been telling me for years that I need to be reading Al Ewing’s work. While I did pick up that amazing cosmic-looking Immortal Hulk #25 last year, I’ll admit that I haven’t read it yet. I love the premise of We Only Find Them When They’re Dead and will be jumping on board. Plus, you have to give props to titles that sounds like they could be the name of a midwest emo/math rock band.
Lonely Receiver #1
September 2, 2020
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
(W) Zac Thompson (A/CA) Jen Hickman
Catrin Vander, a lonely video producer, buys an Artificial Intelligence partner that’s meant to bond for life. After ten years together, her holographic wife suddenly discon-nects without a warning. The breakup drives Catrin to the point of near insanity. She’s alone for the first time in years and reeling from a loss she can’t comprehend.
Set in the new future, drenched in pastels and sunshine, LONELY RECEIVER is a horror/breakup story in five parts. Written by Zac Thompson (UNDONE BY BLOOD, THE REPLACER, HER INFERNAL DESCENT, No One’s Rose, X-Men) and illustrated in color by Jen Hickman (MOTH & WHISPER, Test).
Lonely Receiver sounds like a darker take on Spike Jonze’s film Her. Will Alan Watts make an appearance? We’ll have to find out.
From the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series comes a bizarre sci-fi adventure origin story!
Wacky space adventurer Colonel Randall Weird leaves Black Hammer farm and embarks on a strange journey through space and time for something that he’s long forgotten with his sanity and life at stake!
“Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer feels like it’s walking two roads-one honoring the past of superhero comics, and one forging a path into the future of the genre.”-Cullen Bunn
At this point, every Black Hammer spinoff has made my Previews picks. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. This may be the one I’m most excited for — Colonel Weird is such a great character and I’ve loved Tyler Crook’s work in B.P.R.D. and Harrow County.
April 29, 2020
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
SERIES PREMIERE! A CATACLYSMIC ADVENTURE DECADES IN THE MAKING! In this WILDLY AFFORDABLE TRIPLE-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE, revisit how the legend of the greatest pulp hero of them all, ADVENTUREMAN, ended in a heartbreaking CLIFFHANGER with our hero facing execution at the vile hand of his ultra-nemesis BARON BIZARRE on the eve of the MACABRAPOCALYPSE…or did it?!? Eighty years after his apparent demise, single mother Claire and her Adventurefan son Tommy seem to be the only two people alive that remember the thrilling ADVENTUREMAN sagas…but from that memory burns THE SPARK OF RESURRECTION! WHERE HIS STORY ENDED…HER STORY BEGINS! This sense-obliterating, earth-shaking, imagination-quaking adventure that spans generations comes to you from MATT FRACTION (SEX CRIMINALS, Hawkeye) and TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (X-Men/Fantastic Four, RED ONE)!!!
How could you not pick this up? It is “wildy affordable,” after all. The Dodson’s work in Previews looks great (go pick up X-Men/Fantastic Four!) and I’ll try anything new from Matt Fraction.
The Ludocrats #1 (of 5)
April 1, 2020
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol (A) Tamra Bonvillain (A/CA) Jeff Stokely
SERIES PREMIERE! The Ludocrat! The ludicrous aristocrat! A collision of the ornate fantasy of Dune and an M-rated Asterix & Obelix! Baron Otto Von Hades and Professor Hades Zero-K are here, and they’re going to save us all have a nice time.
KIERON GILLEN (DIE, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE) and JIM ROSSIGNOL (Sir, You Are Being Hunted) write! JEFF STOKELY (The Spire) draws! TAMRA BONVILLAIN (Once & Future) colors! Clayton Cowles (BITTER ROOT, DIE) letters! The universe screams in pleasure, writhing, finally satisfied, complete, joyous!
At first glance, this may not be a book that would typically catch my eye but the creators attached to it have pulled me in. That’s one of the greatest things about comics as a medium, as well — there’s almost no barrier to entry in trying something new!
Dead Dog’s Bite #1 (of 4)
April 8, 2020
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(W/A) Tyler Boss (CA) Ian Bertram
Cormac Guffin has gone missing. It’s been three days and no one has seen hide nor hair of her. The police have nothing, and the townsfolk are acting more like a funeral procession than a search party. If Cormac has any hope of being found, it rests on the slouching shoulders of her best friend Joe. Joe will need her wits about her though, because, like any story worth hearing, nothing is what it seems.
From award-winning cartoonist Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank) comes the story of a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a candy wrapper.
o From award-winning cartoonist Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank)
Ooh right, I do have a copy of 4 Kids Walk into a Bank on my shelf. Looks like it may be time to finally dip into that. I’ve heard great things about that book and the premise of Dead Dog’s Bite certainly has me interested.
After winning five Eisner Awards and topping year-end “best of lists,” the comic book of 2019 was Mister Miracle. The comic book of 2020 will be Strange Adventures. The Mister Miracle team of writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads are joined by fan-favorite artist Evan “Doc” Shaner to bring you an epic tale in the tradition of Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and DC: The New Frontier-a story of blood, war, and love that readers will be talking about for years to come. Adam Strange is the hero of Rann, a man famous throughout the galaxy for his bravery and honor. After leading his adopted home to victory in a great planetary war, Adam and his wife Alanna retire to Earth, where they are greeted by cheers, awards, and parades. But not all is as happy and nice as it seems, as the decisions Adam made during battles on Rann come back to haunt his family and threaten the entire DC Universe. And now a surprise DC hero will have to choose between saving Adam Strange and saving the world. A story like no other, Strange Adventures is an ambitious, thrilling, shocking, and beautiful 12-issue saga that will push Adam Strange to the breaking point-and beyond!
If you’ve been following comic books even just a little bit over the past year or so, you already know that Tom King and Mitch Gerads doing a limited series together is a big deal. If you’re new to that concept, go on out and treat yourself to a copy of Mister Miracle. You’re in for a treat.
March 11, 2020
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Jonathon Hickman (A/CA) Mike Huddleston
SERIES PREMIERE! There are many assassins in the known universe. This is the story of the most well-mannered one. “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what knife you use.”
If you’re familiar with Jonathon Hickman’s creater-owned work, I know what you may be asking yourself right now — is this book going to take the next 10 years to wrap up? Who knows! Last I heard, Hickman’s been waiting to put out solicits until books were completed or near completion but either way, I’m also very excited for a new Hickman book. Some what recent recommended reading: House of X/Powers of X (soon to be collected together as Dawn of X), Black Monday Murders, and East of West.
X-Ray Robot #1 (of 4)
March 25, 2020
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(W/A/CA) Mike Allred
Max is a family man seeking a more interesting life. While conducting a new experiment at work, the fabric of his reality is torn before his eyes, and a robotic figure appears, claiming to be his 277-year-old self. The robot is able to “X-Ray” multiple dimensions and battles a nihilistic entity from another dimension who wants to take all life to its “Pre-Big Bang” status. Max and the robot embark on an interdimensional roadtrip through past and future to take down the “Nihilist” and save the universe! o Mike Allred’s new bizarre superhero character X-Ray Robot! “One of the best cartoonists in all of comics has done it again! X-Ray Robot is another Allred homerun!!” -Brian Michael Bendis “Michael Allred kicks so much ass I can barely stand it. X-Ray Robot is the work of a master!” -Rob Thomas creator of Veronica Mars
I guess this makes for book number three on the list this month of “hey, these are creators I don’t want to pass up on!” Mike Allred’s art is rad and I will always check out something new from him. Recommended reading: X-Statix and Silver Surfer.
Starship Down #1 (of 4)
March 18, 2020
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(W) Justin Giampaoli (A/CA) Andrea Mutti
A cultural anthropologist consults with US Naval Intelligence to investigate the discovery of an extraterrestrial ship buried under the ice for thousands of years in Siberia. The meddling Russians, Vatican officials, the international media spotlight, and her own insecurities all threaten her efforts to keep the fabric of society from crumbling. o A brand-new thriller with blistering art from Andrea Mutti.
First contact and clandestine organizations — two big checkmarks in my favorite kinds of story ideas. I will definitely be checking this one out!
Hellboy & B.P.R.D.: Return of Effie Kolb #1 (of 2)
February 19, 2020
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(W/CA) Mike Mignola (A) Zach Howard
Years after he banished the Crooked Man, Hellboy returns to Appalachia when a young psychic warns Tom Ferrell of looming danger. But the Crooked Man’s house is no longer empty, and threats both new and old simmer in the Virginia woods. Mike Mignola returns to continue the tale of “The Crooked Man.” He’s joined by artist Zach Howard and colorist Dave Stewart for a stellar fright fest!
The Crooked Man is one of the best Hellboy short stories ever written (and beautifully drawn by Richard Corben) and is a strong contender for my favorite. I can’t wait to see Mignola revisit such a classic tale in that universe. Pictured above is cover B drawn by Mignola himself.
February 12, 2020
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Johnnie Christmas (A/CA) Jack Cole
SERIES PREMIERE! A new adventure series with all the sci-fi drama of Breaking Bad set in Mos Eisley! Promising young cadet Tilde is framed for crimes against the empire after discovering her mother was the ruthless warlord of the deadly colony Tartarus, a vital player in the galactic war. Now, Tilde’s only way home may be to reclaim her mother’s dark crown. #1 New York Times bestseller JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS (Alien 3) and artistic phenom JACK T. COLE (The Unsound) kick off this ongoing series with 44 big pages of story!
I was introduced to both Johnnie Christmas and Jack Cole in Image Comics’ Island magazine so it’s cool to see them working together. The premise sounds like it could be a really rad, pulpy sci-f to boot. If you’re looking to brush up on their work beforehand, check out The Unsound drawn by Jack Cole and Firebug written and drawn by Johnnie Christmas.
X-Men+Fantastic Four #1 (of 4)
February 5, 2020
Publisher: Marvel Comics
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Terry Dodson
KRAKOA. Every mutant on Earth lives there … except for one. But now it’s time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home. It’s the X-MEN VS. the FANTASTIC FOUR and nothing will ever be the same. Rated T+
It’s Chip Zdarsky, y’all. The guy needs you to buy his book, it’s all he’s got. That, and a burning disdain for Ryan Stegman.
February 19, 2020
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
(W) Mark Sable (A) Maan House (CA) Jeremy Haun
Abdul Alhazred is an Arab-American folklore professor-turned-soldier whose fear of death stems from uncertainty about the existence of an afterlife. Then he joins THE GODKILLERS, a special forces unit tasked with fighting insurgents who use mythological creatures as weapons of mass destruction. Now that he knows that the supernatural exists, he’ll have to decide which is worse – death or the nightmarish monsters he thought were mere legends. From writer Mark Sable (Grounded, Fearless, Supergirl) and newcomer artist Maan House, THE GODKILLERS is a monster story for the modern age.
So, I think I’m still not over B.P.R.D. being finished. I’m not saying that The Godkillers is going to fill that void but the premise certainly gives off some similar vibes. I guess I’m a sucker for secret task forces coming face-to-face with the fringes of reality.
Two troubled teenagers discover they can manipulate emotions by firing finger guns. There will be laughs. There will be tears. There will be uncomfortable teen feelings and angst. Oh yeah… and chaos. So much chaos.
Pretty short solicit here but Vault has been showing time after time that it’s always worth picking up and trying their new series.
Plunge #1 (of 6)
February 19, 2020
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Joe Hill (A) Stuart Immonen (CA) Jeremy Wilson
In the aftermath of a devastating tsunami, an exploration vessel known as the Derleth begins sending an automated distress signal from a remote atoll in the Bering Strait. The only problem is that the Derleth has been missing for 40 years. Marine biologist Moriah Lamb joins the Carpenter Salvage team to recover the Derleth’s dead…only to find that in this remote part of the Arctic Circle the dead have plenty to say to the living…Joe Hill and Stuart Immonen’s Plunge into terror begins here!
I’ve yet to dip into Joe Hill’s new imprint, Hill House, but Plunge has grabbed my attention. There’s not necessarily anything groundbreaking in the description but I enjoy a good ghost ship story. That reminds me, I still need to finish Man of Medan.