December 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Hellboy & B.P.R.D.: Return of Effie Kolb #1 (of 2)

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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.

Tartarus #1

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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)

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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.

Godkillers #1

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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.

Finger Guns #1

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February 26, 2020

Publisher: Vault Comics

(W) Sabs Cooper, Justin Richards (A) Val Halvorson (CA) Arjuna Susini

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)

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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.

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