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April 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Silver Surfer: Black #1

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June 12, 2019

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Tradd Moore

Spinning out of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, almost the entire galaxy’s defenders have been blown through a black hole, including the Silver Surfer! But the story doesn’t end there… In order to fight back the oblivion, Surfer will have to fight to save his own soul and not lose himself to the void. Follow the Sentinel of the Spaceways on a journey that will change him forever!
From superstars Donny Cates (VENOM, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Tradd Moore (ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, VENOM)!
Rated T+

The cover alone should be enough to hook you on this one. Having Tradd Moore on a trippy Silver Surfer book is such an excellent choice. I’ve also yet to dip into Donny Cates’ work with Marvel (I know, I know — I’ve heard great things) and this looks to be great one to jump in with.

 

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Beast of Vargu

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June 19, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W/CA) Mike Mignola (A) Dave Stewart (A/CA) Duncan Fegredo

Mike Mignola and fan-favorite artist Duncan Fegredo reunite in this all-new one-shot! This first issue in a new era of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. sees Mignola and Fegredo send Hellboy to Romania for a pair of tales set in a small village with a centuries-old curse and a man-eating monster which culminate in a sinister puppet show and a demigod’s ill-fated dinner.

Hey, Fegredo is drawing Hellboy again with Mike Mignola writing, to boot! With the end of modern day BPRD/Hellboy just around the corner, the announcement of Beast of Vargu is very welcome. Editor Katii O’Brien has been saying there is a lot to look forward to in the Mignolaverse later this year and it looks like Beast of Vargu will be a great book to kick that off.

 

Ignited #1

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June 5, 2019

Publisher: Humanoids Inc.

(W) Mark Waid, Kwanza Osajyefo (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Mike McKone

Welcome to the H1 Universe and Ignited, Humanoids’ first ever ongoing super-powered series-brought to you by an explosive team: writers Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) and Kwanza Osajyefo (Black AF), and artist Phil Briones (Aquaman), with covers by John Cassaday and Yanick Paquette! It’s the first day back at Phoenix Academy High, but this year there’s no back to school excitement in the air as returning students and faculty are haunted by memories of last year’s horrific attack. So many friends and colleagues were lost, and some of those who survived underwent changes; they Ignited, gaining supernatural abilities they barely understand. Little do they know this is just the beginning!

If you’ve not read it already, I would highly recommend reading this interview with Mark Waid and John Cassaday from this month’s Previews. They go into detail about working on Ignited as well as the direction of their new H1 universe with Humanoids. The concept for this book is certainly ripped from the headlines and I’m optimistic that Waid, Cassaday, and the team will be handling it with appropriate care.

 

Test #1

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June 26, 2019

Publisher: Vault Comics

(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Jen Hickman

Aleph Null is a lot of things: An orphan, a human guinea pig undergoing medical tests for cash, a bodyhacker, a hardcore future junkie, and a corporate asset. But now, Aleph is on the run from their old life, in search of a mythical, Midwestern town named Laurelwood where they’re test-marketing the future with tech that can’t possibly exist yet, and won’t for decades.

From Eisner-nominated Chris Sebela (Crowded, High Crimes) and Jen Hickman (Moth & Whisper) comes the story of a town out of time, full of mysteries, and populated by guinea pigs in need of liberation by the misfit least likely to be their savior.

I know I hit on this just a couple of months ago, but Vault is continuing to launch books with unique, compelling concepts. Here’s one with a cool idea from a team that seems so well matched for it. It’s also my reminder that I have to read the book Sebela did about his time living in the “Clown Motel.”

 

Marilyn Manor #1

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June 26, 2019

Publisher: IDW Publishing

(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A/CA) Marley Zarcone

Where were you in ’81? When the White House goes dark for 17 days in August, the president’s spoiled daughter and her best friend Abe-who claims to be possessed by the spirit of Abe Lincoln-throw a rager at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, unearthing long dead historical figures and government secrets that are better off buried. Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll séances, and secret passageways lead to time-bending mystical romps where past and present collide. But at what cost to Marilyn Kelleher, the world at large, and music television?

Uniting the red-hot Eisner-nominated talents of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim and Kim) and artist Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl, Effigy) for the first time, MARILYN MANOR explores identity, classism, appropriation, and friendship. It’s a rollicking, neon party gone out of bounds when we need it most-set just in time for the greatest pop cultural marriage to date: MTV. 
  
“We’ve been trying to capture the feel, the excitement, the energy of the rise of the New Romantics, of the decade that embraced excess and excitement in hugely over-the-top ways, and filled it with chaos and insanity. This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever written in the best way possible, like an apocalypse directed by John Hughes.”

“…like an apocalypse written by John Hughes.” I love it. I’ve been rereading Shade the Changing Girl recently Zarcone’s art is just fantastic. I can’t wait to see what she and Mags have in store for Marilyn Manor.

March 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

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May 29, 2019

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Scott Snyder (A) Jonathon Glapion (A/CA) Greg Capullo

Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane.
And…he was never Batman.
So begins this sprawling tale of the Dark Knight as he embarks on a quest through a devastated DC landscape featuring a massive cast of familiar faces from the DC Universe. As he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, he must unravel the cause of this terrible future and track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world as he knew it…
From the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the team that reinvented Batman from the emotional depths of “Court of Owls” to the bombastic power of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, DC Black Label is proud to present the bimonthly, three-issue miniseries BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH, published at DC’s standard comic trim size.
This could be the last Batman story ever told…

Snyder and Capullo teaming back up on Black Label Batman book. I think we’ve got a safe bet on this one, folks.

 

Midnight Radio

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May 22, 2019

Publisher: Lion Forge

(W/A/CA) Iolanda Zanfardino

Four individuals living in San Francisco are released from the frustrations of their everyday lives by a late night radio broadcast suddenly hijacked by someone with a message for the world. The passion and honesty of the message steers these four lives in dramatic new directions . . .  

There’s not a whole from the solicit here, but I recommend checking out the extended look in Previews. Midnight Radio is a book I’ll definitely be picking up.

 

Excellence #1

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May 8, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Brandon Thomas (A/CA) Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez

Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others-those with greater potential-but never themselves.
Now it’s time for Spencer to follow in his father’s footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him?  
KHARY RANDOLPH (We Are Robin, Noble, Black, TECH JACKET) and BRANDON THOMAS (HORIZON, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, Noble, Voltron) ignite a generational war in this action-fantasy series, made entirely by creators of color, and committed to one truth above all others-Excellence is Real.

There are a quite a few books in this month’s Previews that look incredibly interesting and feature creators I’ve never heard of. I love that! Excellence, Midnight Radio, and She Said Destroy all fall under that category for me and I can’t wait to check them out. 

 

She Said Destroy #1

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May 29, 2019

Publisher: Vault Comics

(W) Joe Corallo (A/CA) Liana Kangas

Over millennia, Brigid, Goddess of the Sun, has conquered and converted the entire solar system into worshipping her and her alone, save one space colony. The witches of Fey are the last believers of The Morrigan, Goddess of Death, Brigid’s sister and the only other God left. As Brigid’s forces prepare for one final battle, The Morrigan prepares to do what she does best: Destroy!

If the great standard cover and title weren’t enough for you, check out this Saga homage variant for issue number one of She Said Destroy.

 

Copra (Volumes 1-5)

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May 1, 2019

Publisher: Image Comics

(W/A/CA) Michel Fiffe

They’re ugly. They’re mean. But up until today, they’ve always been loyal. So when one of their own betrays them, COPRA has no choice but to turn their nightmarish skills back on everyone who ever even looked at them funny. Here it is: the first six issues of MICHEL FIFFE’s critically acclaimed superhero revenge machine. Collects COPRA #1-6.

Copra has been on my “hey, I need to read this” list for too long. Though the singles were offered exclusively though Fiffe’s Etsy shop, trade paper collections were previously released through Bergen Street Press. Starting in May, Copra volumes 1-5 will be reprinted through Image and it sounds like the series will be there to stay. Time for me to jump in!

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.

Andrew’s Top 10 Comics of 2018

As we move into 2019 we thought it would be fun to share some of the Fanfare Crew’s favorite books and games with everyone out there. Throughout the week you can check out what we loved (and share what you loved) over on our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Fanfare Blog). Kicking things off is Andrew with his Top 10 Comic Countdown of 2018. Take it away!

Hey everyone, 2018 was a fantastic year for comics and what better way to celebrate them by doing a good old fashion top 10 list! These are my top 10 books from 2018:

10. Where We Live: Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology.

On October 1st, 2017, Las Vegas suffered a horrible tragedy.  Image comics brought together some of today’s top creators to tell stories that honored the victims. 100% of the proceeds from this book go to the non-profit foundation Route 91 Strong.
 
9. Justice League Dark

This book has one of the most insane teams that I can remember. Y’all ever heard of Detective Chimp? He’s a chimpanzee with human-level intelligence that solves crimes. (He’s a detective that is a chimp. – Ed.) Not convinced yet? He also has a sword that can cut through space time! He teams up with Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Man-Bat and Wonder Woman (yes, Wonder Woman) to fight against the magical world in DC comics. 
 
8. The Weatherman

Picture this, you’re the number one weatherman on Mars, your life is good and your best friend is your dog. Sounds good, right? But then…Bam! You are accused of the worst terrorist attack in history and of course you don’t remember doing this. This is all from issue #1 of one of the best new books on the shelves!

7. Venom

Venom was personally never one of my favorite characters, until this story. Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman add some brand new elements to the origins of the symbiote and they are creepy. If you are interested in Venom after seeing the movie or if you really enjoyed Donny Cates run of Thanos, you should check this book out!

6. Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins.

Yes its gerblins, not goblins. This comic is based off of the first story arc from one of my all time favorite podcasts (The Adventure Zone). The Adventure Zone is a real play Dungeon and Dragons podcast where Griffin McElroy is the dungeon master to his two brothers and his father. It is hilarious and heart-felt and one of the best stories I have had the pleasure of hearing. They got the chance to turn their story into a comic with artist Carey Pietsch, and it is an extremely fun ride!
 
5. Gideon Falls

This story is intense so far. You have a young man who thinks he found a conspiracy in the city’s trash and new priest coming to a small town that has some dark and…interesting things happening in it. Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino bring their A game to this new ongoing book!

4. Dark Nights Metal

This book is in my top 3 greatest comic book crossover events of all time! It’s got everything, Gotham getting destroyed, evil versions of Batman from the Multiverse, and a version of Darkseid that I do not want to spoil for anyone that hasn’t read it yet.

3. East of West

You know that story about three of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse being “reborn” as children and hunting down Death? That is just one of the many story lines in this futuristic, western inspired, post apocalyptic tale! Now is the time to catch up on this book because Jonathan Hickman is almost finished with his (in my opinion) best comic to date!

2. West Coast Avengers

If you were a fan of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s run on Hawkeye, or the idea of B.R.O.D.O.K. (AKA the Bio-Robotic Organism Designed Overwhelmingly for Kissing) sounds like something you would be into. Then you need to check out Kelly Thompson and Stefano Caselli’s version of the West Coast Avengers. It is a book that makes me laugh constantly and has jumped to the top of my stack whenever a new issue drops!

1. Mister Miracle

I’m sure any of you that have talked to me in the store knew that this was coming. I am not going to say much about this book because I don’t want anything to be spoiled. Just know that not only is this my favorite comic of the year, it might be my favorite comic of all time!
 
Happy New Year, Everyone!

Halloween Comic Fest 2018 Is Here and So Are Matt’s Top Recommendations!

Happy Halloween Comic Fest 2018 Everyone! We look forward to seeing you all come in for free comics and of course to show off your cool costumes!

It is time for my top recommendations for the year…so let’s get into it!

My top book recommendation is Frankenstein by writer/artist Junji Ito.

Horror master Junji Ito blends his signature brand of terror with the classic Mary Shelley tale in this collection.  Also included in this collection are six tales of a boy named Oshikiri and the transdimensional haunted house he resides within. So, whether you are looking to revisit a classic or try something new, this volume has it all!

I can’t possibly recommend Ito’s works enough. We carry quite a bit of Ito’s work regularly, so if you are looking for some of the best horror stories to appear in the comics medium, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Fans of anime may also want to check out the Junji Ito Collection which is streaming free over at Crunchy Roll right now!

My final film recommendation for this year’s countdown is The Devil’s Candy written and directed by Sean Byrne.

Despite this film being available on physical media and Netflix for over a year, it has still flown under many people’s radars. That is a shame since this movie is an absolute modern classic.

The Devils’s Candy a young painter and his family move into a Texas home. However, this is a home with a history. A tragic murder happened years ago within the home and the house itself speaks to chosen inhabitants. Shortly after moving in, the artist finds himself blacking out only to awaken hours later to large demonic paintings he has no recollection of creating. Disturbing as that may be, the situation gets even worse as a deeply disturbed man with a connection to the house decides it is time to come home.

This movie features some of the best acting I have seen in a horror movie in quite some time. If you can handle a film that envelopes you in a deeply disturbing atmosphere and attempts to crush you with layer upon layer of dread then this one is for you.

Thanks for joining me again this year for the countdown everyone! I hope you all enjoy this Halloween season and hope to see you at Halloween Comic Fest!

 

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest: Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Halloween Comic Fest 2018 is tomorrow (Saturday. October 27th)!  Here are Matt’s recommendations for the day!

Today’s book recommendation is the breakout hit Ice Cream Man written by W. Maxwell Prince with art by Martin Morazzo.

Everyone loves the ice cream man right? Well…maybe not so much after you check out this horror anthology series. Each story within Ice Cream Man is a one-shot tale, connected only by the appearance of a mysterious ice cream man. Horrible things befall the recipients of his treats, but we’re not just talking about gastrointestinal distress. We’re talking about strange happenings that involve sorrow, horror, and sometimes redemption. Oh…and at least one with a weird spider.

Something this fun and creepy doesn’t come along often, so be sure to check this one out. The first volume is available now in our graphic novel section. If you dig it, then you will also want to keep your eyes and ears open for a possible television show in the future, as the book was optioned only a few issues into its run!

 

Today’s movie recommendation is Noroi The Curse directed by Kôji Shiraishi.

This is a Japanese film I came across about a decade ago and it has stayed with me ever since. This film follows a group of people documenting real life haunting who unfortunately found more than they bargained for. This film bleeds atmosphere and is hands down the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen. If you can track this one down I highly recommend it.

MATT’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST: 3 DAYS LEFT!

Halloween Comic Fest is 3 days away! Here are Matt’s recomendations of the day to get you in the Halloween spirit!

Today’s book recomendation is Infidel written by Pornsak Pichetshote with art by Aaron Campbell & colors by José Villarrubia.

This chilling story centers around an American Muslim woman and her family living in a haunted apartment building. The twist here is that the entities that haunt the building feed from xenophobia. The book blends an examination of bigotry with the classic haunted house story. I don’t want to give too much away about this one, but in my opinion this is one of the best books of the year.

The art is especially noteworthy with haunting imagery that will make your spine tingle. It reminded my of Jock’s work in the book Wytches, but it amplifies the creepiness found there by 10 fold. The whole story is now available in a single volume available in our graphic novel section. Be sure to check it out if you like thoughtful and terrifying horror.

Today’s movie recommendation is Dagon directed by  Stuart Gordon.

Stuart Gordon is no stranger to the works of H.P. Lovecraft. He has directed numerous Lovecraft adaptations such as Reanimator, From Beyond, and Dreams in the Witch House. With Dagon, Stuart Gordon takes on adapting one of Lovecraft’s most well-known works The Shadows Over Innsmouth.

If you’re a fan of Lovecraft, you know the story: a group of friends that have been sailing wash ashore in a fishing town after something attacked their ship. They soon find out something is very “fishy” about the townsfolk and start to unravel the mystery of the cult of Dagon.

In my opinion this is the best movie adaption of an H.P. Lovecraft story that I have seen. You need to check it out.

And…while it is more of a wish than a recommendation, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that someday we will get to see a Guillermo del Toro adaptation of  Mountains of Madness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest: 4 Days Left!

Only 4 days to go until Halloween Comic Fest 2018! Here’s Matt with today’s recommendations. [Editor’s note: Due to some technical issues this post went up a day late. My apologies.]

Today we have 2 book recommendations! The first one up is Redlands written by Jordie Bellaire with art by Vanesa R. Del Rey .

Redlands tells the story of a power struggle happening in the small town of Redlands, Florida. The police are losing control of their town and rather than your typical criminal enterprise attempting to fill that vacuum, a coven of witches are the ones who look to take everything for themselves. This book weaves a tale that mixes elements of modern politics with the style of a southern gothic horror story. The writing mixed with Vanesa R. Del Rey’s stunning surreal art makes this book an experience you don’t want to miss. You can catch up on the series with Volume 1 which is available in our graphic novel section and check out new issues as they hit our shelves!

My second book reccomendation is Aliens: Dead Orbit which features the writing and art of James Stokoe.

There have been Aliens comics for almost as long as I can remember. Now, all of them haven’t been so great, but once in a while a special one comes along that transports you into that world and Dead Orbit is one of those books. The book captures the dread and claustrophobia of the first film and makes this an absolute must for fans of space horror or the Aliens films. 

Today’s movie recommendations is Tales of Halloween which features the talents of numerous directors.

This movie features a fun modern collection of stories in the classic horror anthology vein of Trick R Treat. The movie features ten stories packed with laughs, shocks and buckets of blood. This is a fun flick I recommend seeing right away to put you in the Mood for Halloween. If you want to check this one out you can find it on Blu-ray, DVD, or streaming on Netflix.

 

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.