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August 2015 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Paper Girls #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Cliff Chiang

SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN launches a brand-new ONGOING SERIES with superstar Wonder Woman artist CLIFF CHIANG! In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds in this mysterious young adult adventure, starting with a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE for the regular price of just $2.99!

As I mentioned in a previous blog post regarding the new series We Stand On Guard, I have enough faith in Brian K. Vaughan to try out any book he’s involved with. Cliff Chiang’s art in the preview pages looks great, and I love the premise/setting for this one (and the comparison to Stand By Me in the solicitation makes me think of Jeff Lemire’s upcoming Plutona that was featured in my last Previews picks). If that weren’t enough, I’m also a sucker for Halloween stuff, particularly movie and TV specials from my childhood. Given the time period, I think this book will fit right into that.

 

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Black Magick #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Nicola Scott

The hammer falls this Halloween! From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, Stumptown, Gotham Central) and superstar artist NICOLA SCOTT (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Earth 2)! Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the  truth about herself…both who she has been, and who she will become. Yet there are others in Rowan’s world with very long memories, and the power that one person holds, another will always covet. PLUS, each issue also features an all-new work of original fiction by GREG RUCKA! A new gothic-noir ongoing series about legacy,  destiny, redemption…and the price of magic.

I think that the first season of True Detective may be responsible for kindling my love for these paranormal crime stories. I’ve been enjoying books along those lines like Image’s newly released Wolf, and DC’s Gotham by Midnight. By the looks of the preview pages, Black Magick seems like a welcome addition to the genre. Having Greg Rucka on board is a bonus, as his work on Gotham Central shows that he knows his way around detective stories.

 

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Karnak #1

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Warren Ellis (A) Gerardo Zaffino (CA) David Aja

THE FLAW IN ALL THINGS
“My curse is that I see the flaw in all things. Systems. Philosophies. Structures. People. Everything. Never forget who I am. I am Karnak of the Inhumans.” You may not know who Karnak is now, but you will when Warren Ellis (MOON KNIGHT, Planetary) and Gerardo Zaffino are done with you. Phil Coulson goes to Karnak to help with a SHIELD case with Inhuman implications and what he’s going to find will terrify you.

It’s Warren Ellis. That’s enough for me. Regardless of having a stellar writer attached to this book, it seems like an interesting departure from Marvel’s typical fare, and it’s always nice to see either one of the Big Two taking chances. Just like the solicit implied, I don’t know much about Karnak (though I admit to hitting up Wikipedia as soon as I saw the announcement), but I’m really looking forward to seeing where this one goes.

 

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Survivor’s Club #1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Lauren Beukes, David Halvorson (A) Ryan Kelly (CA) Bill Sienkiewicz

One was possessed by a poltergeist. Another was trapped in a haunted house. A third had a killer doll. Ever wonder what happened to these children of the 1980s? Find out in SURVIVORS CLUB, a new series cowritten by renowned horror novelist Lauren Beukes and videogame journalist Dave Halverson, with art by Ryan Kelly (NORTHLANDERS).
Having found each other over the internet, six grown-up survivors are drawn together by the horrors they experienced in 1987 when a rash of occult events occurred around the world-with fatal results. Now, there are indications that it may be happening all over again. Is it possible that these six aren’t just survivors-but were chosen for their fates?

Most of the books in this issue of Previews are slated to come out in October and that means that I’ve got to have at least one straight-up horror book. Although the solicitation for Suvivor’s Club evokes some vibes reminiscent of Cabin in the Woods, I’m hoping for something that’s a bit less silly than that. I don’t really know what to expect with this one, but it’s got me interested enough to give it a shot.

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July 2015 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Plutona #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Emi Lenox

A brand-new heartfelt super-hero series by JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Hawkeye) and amazing newcomer EMI LENOX!

This is definitely an easy one for me. Jeff Lemire is one of my favorite writers, and the art in the previews looks really cool. Also, with a premise that seems to be a superhero twist on the coming-of-age tale Stand By Me, I am definitely in for this one.

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From Under Mountains #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Claire Gibson, Marian Churchland (A) Sloane Leong (CA) Marian Churchland

In the first issue of this new fantasy series, old feuds and new monsters rise up to haunt the isolated northern fortress of Karsgate.

The solicitation for this book doesn’t give us much to go on, but it doesn’t mean I’m any less excited. The recent release of 8house #1: Arclight was the best debut issue I’ve read in a long time, and Marian Churchland’s art was wonderful in it. She’s not doing the art in this issue of From Under Mountains, but just having her on the team and the possibility of being tied into the shared 8house universe makes it an instant add to my pull list.

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Jughead #1

Publisher: Archie Comic Publications

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Erica Henderson

In the grand tradition of comic book reboots like Archie #1, Archie Comics proudly presents Jughead #1 from the comics dream team of Chip Zdarsky (Howard the Duck) and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)! Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, Jughead Jones swears vengeance! Well, we mean, he doesn’t “swear.” This is still Archie Comics after all.

There have been a lot of interesting changes going on with Archie titles in the past year or so. Rebooting the main Archie title with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples is definitely the biggest news to come from all of that, but the newly announced Jughead book is another attention-grabber. I never thought I’d be reading a Jughead book, but with Chip Zdarsky writing this one, I will certainly be checking it out. After really enjoying what Staples and Waid have done in the new Archie #1, I’m looking forward to see where they go with these classic characters.

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Mirror’s Edge: Exordium #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Christofer Emgard (A) Mattias Haggstrom, Robert Sammelin (CA) Robert Sammelin

Leading up to the events of the highly anticipated new Mirror’s Edge game comes an exhilarating comic prequel that delves into the story of Faith, one of the most celebrated heroines in video games! Dare to enter the fast-paced, high-stakes world of life on the mirror’s edge!

I don’t know a whole lot about this title other than what’s in the solicitation, but I am so ready for next year’s release of Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst (the follow-up to 2008’s cult favorite, parkour video game Mirror’s Edge). I’d love for them to flesh out the world shown so beautifully in the first game. Some might say I’m just riding the hype train for the new game, but what can I say? I bought these tickets seven years ago.

Phil’s Important Comic’s (Week of 6/17/2015)

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Sinestro #12
Written By Cullen Bunn
Art By Brad Walker

That’s right, Sinestro comes out this week. All hail the mighty yellow ring. Recently in the DCU we discovered that the Green Lantern Corps have mysteriously gone missing! Now that the Green Lanterns are M.I.A, who is there to stop Sinestro from bringing order to the universe? The universe is full of chaos, because villains have no one to fear now that Green Lanterns are gone. They will soon learn that the color they need to fear is not green, but yellow. ALL HAIL THE SINESTRO CORPS!

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Robin Son of Batman #1
Written and Drawn By Patrick Gleason

This last year we have seen Damian find his role as the son of Batman, die at the hands of a clone of himself, be brought back to life with the power of a chaos stone, and receive and lose powers comparable to Superman. How can one kid, even the son of Bruce Wayne, handle all of this? In this new series we will see Damian struggle and hopefully deal with all these issues. Plus now he has a giant pet bat. Where did that come from? I can’t wait to pick up this first issue to find out all of this and more.

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Thors #1
Written Jason Arron
Art By Chris Sprouse 

Doom may be God in Battleworld, but his powers have some limitations. While he may have ultimate power, he lacks the ability to be everywhere at once. To aid him in keeping order, he has created a police force of Thors. That’s right Thors! As this cop drama unfolds we will be introduced to not only Thors that we know but new ones as well. Can you image being pulled over for a speeding ticket and Thor walks up to your car?

Jason Aaron has already proven his ability to write Thor by delivering two amazing Thor books and I look forward to reading what he has in store for this title.

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Old Man Logan #2
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Andrea Sorrentino

I don’t know what it is about Logan being an old man that has gotten me so excited. Maybe it’s because I never imagined him getting older due to his healing power, or maybe it’s the idea of seeing him outlive us all. Whatever the case may be, the first issue was amazing and I have high hopes for the second one.

At the end of the last issue we saw Logan climbing a border wall, willingly breaking the laws of Battleworld. What awaits him on the other side of the wall? Why is he daring to cross his region’s border? Hopefully we will find out the answers as Old Man Logan continues.

Andrew’s Comic Picks (Week of 6/07/2015)

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Gotham Academy #7
Written by Becky Cloonan & Brendan Fletcher
Art by Mingjue Helen Chen

Special guest student Damian Wayne drops by the academy – and he is not pleased to meet his new classmates!

This has been one of my favorite comics of the last few months. It’s been fun trying to figure out the mysteries behind this school and I can’t wait to see how well (or not) Damian meshes with his new classmates.
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Batgirl Vol 01: The Batgirl of Burnside (N52)
Written by Cameron Stewart & Brendan Fletcher
Art by Babs Tarr
Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes, so when a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham City’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl…and discovers new threats preying on her peers! As the new hero of Burnside, Batgirl gets started by facing twin sister assassins on motorcycles! Collects BATGIRL #35-40.

Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher and Babs Tarr have brought us a Batgirl for a new generation. This is still a superh
ero story at heart, but the attitude of the book has made it the perfect choice for new and old comic readers alike. 
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Saga #29
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples 
The Last Revolution makes their move.
 
This is the no-brainer of the week for me. If you haven’t been reading Saga, first of all, shame on you. Second, get your butt down to Fanfare, pick up the first trade, and catch up on one of the best comics I have ever read! 
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Ghost Racers #1 
Written by Felipe Smith
Art by Juan Gedeon
FURIOUS RACE FROM HELL IN A BLAZING ARENA OF HORROR!!!
Welcome to the scorching-hot track where cursed souls race at the speed of sin, anything and everything goes and the only rule is no rule–it’s the spectacle known as the GHOST RACES; the most hellish “entertainment” known to BATTLEWORLD! 1st place prize: Temporary freedom from the ARENA, but what happens to the unlucky and unholy losers? It’s all-out, high-speed warfare among the most bizarre and vicious GHOST RIDERS of the MARVEL UNIVERSE. Expect MANY familiar SKULLS!!
 
This might be because I am hot off the heels of seeing Mad Max: Fury Road for the third time, but seeing the different versions of Ghost Rider race each other for their freedom just seems like good old fashioned fun! I’ve been enjoying basically all of Secret Wars and the tie-ins, but this is the one I have been waiting for!

Phil’s Important Comics (Week of 6/7/2015)

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Spider-Gwen #5
Written by Jason Latour
Art by Robbi Rodriguez
Spider-Gwen has been one of my favorite Marvel books for a while now. The book explores a universe where it was Peter Parker rather than Gwen Stacy who faced a tragic demise and follows Gwen on her adventures as a web-slinging superhero. Exploring this new world is exciting as we are introduced to brand new characters along with some familiar faces in unfamiliar roles.

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Inferno #2
Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Javi Garron
The first issue of Inferno introduced us to a world where Magick is lost to Limbo and Hell has come to Battleworld. This version of the X-Men are no longer fighting only the demons of prejudice but instead are battling literal demons that threaten to take over their area of Battleworld. The last issue left off with the X-men being captured by these infernal forces. Hopefully, in this issue, we will see the X-Men prevail.

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Batman #41
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo and Danny Miki
This is the first issue that takes place after the death of Batman. It will be interesting to see what happens when someone other than Bruce Wayne picks up the mantle of Batman. How will the city of Gotham react, let alone all of Bruce’s allies? Will they rally behind this new Bat or will they revolt? I cannot wait to pick up this issue to see what happens!

Phil’s Important Comics (Week of 6/1/15)

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Secret Wars #3

This series has been amazing from the start. If you haven’t picked up the first two issues I highly recommend it. Hickman has been crafting this event since he started writing Avengers. His story culminates with the Marvel Universe, and all other universes, destroyed.  All that is left is Battleworld, a new world stitched together out of these doomed universes. Secret Wars takes us on an interesting journey, describing how the bits and pieces of the various Marvel Universes get along in this new status quo.

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Giant-Size Little Marvel #1

This series is written and drawn by Skottie Young. ‘Nuff Said! Seriously though, as you already know or will know from my future posts, I’m a huge Skottie Young fan, so when I saw this was written and drawn by him I knew I was going to pick it up. Skottie tells the story of his kid version of the Marvel Universe and their day-to-day lives. What’s more fun than seeing kid versions of your favorite Marvel superheroes?

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Future Imperfect #1

Future Imperfect is the continuation of a Marvel two-part story from 1992. We see an older Hulk who has become the ultimate villain, the Maestro. For me any story that shows the Hulk as something more than a big bumbling idiot, I’m game to read it. Throw in the fact he is a genius villain, please just pull me the entire series. The Hulk is the strongest, so why not make him the smartest and the most evil super genius ever? I’m curious to see how he fits into the Battleworld.

Phil’s Quick Look at the June Previews

Looking through the June issue of Previews, I came across a couple of things that piqued my interest. With Previews being so large I’d like to point out a couple of things that you may have looked over.

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How to Pass as a Human

Written by Nic Kelman and drawn by Pericles Junior.  This graphic novel is everything  a newly-formed android would need to pass as a human.  At a whopping 200 pages, it comes complete with schematics, graphics and other useful information to blend in with humans.  The idea of a graphic novel that helps understand humans from the android’s point of view is very interesting.  Just imagine what silicon-based lifeforms would draw or write to explain human anatomy.

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John Flood

Written by Justin Jordan and drawn by Jorge Coelho.  This miniseries follows John Flood who, due to the result of a government experiment, no longer needs to sleep.  An unseen side effect is that he sees patterns that no one else sees, he’s just not sure if what he sees is real or just a waking dream.  I’ve always been a fan of mysteries and I’m excited to see what stories Justin Jordan will be able to weave with a character like John Flood.