January & February 2016 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Hey, hey! After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back to share with you some books I’m excited for! The following titles are scheduled (at the time of this writing) for April and May 2016 releases.

 

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Dept. H #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W/A/CA) Matt Kindt

From New York Times best-selling MIND MGMT creator Matt Kindt comes an exciting new undersea sci-fi mystery.
    
Mia is a special investigator hired to uncover possible sabotage taking place at a deep-sea research station. What she finds is a mind-blowing crime scene filled with suspects with terrible secrets, strange deep-sea creatures, and an impending flood!

Here’s a book written and drawn by Matt Kindt with the words “terrible secrets” in the solicit. What else does one need, really? If you’ve got a MIND MGMT-sized hole in your heart, I have a strong feeling that this book will be the closest thing to filling it. Bring on those watercolors.

 

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The Fix #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Steve Lieber

A story of the crooked cops, scheming mobsters, and corrupt politicians that run things-and the sex toy that can bring them all down. Oh, and the hero is a drug-sniffing beagle named Pretzels. Bad people do bad things to each other in this frenetic, outrageous, sometimes off-putting new caper! If you liked classic crime comics like CRIMINAL and 100 Bullets we apologize in advance for letting you down!

Superior Foes of Spider-Man was some of the most fun I’ve had with a book in the past couple of years. I’m really excited to see the same creative team start their own creator-owned book. Judging by the solicit, it sounds like this book will keep up with the craziness that Spencer and Lieber cultivated so well in Superior Foes and I’m looking forward to see where they go with it.

 

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Black Panther #1

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A/CA) Brian Stelfreeze

A new era for the Black Panther starts here!
Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler. The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change?
Rated T+

Renowned writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is making his comic debut with this new Black Panther title. I was glad to hear Black Panther was getting his own book again, but having Coats involved makes it truly exciting. Here’s hoping for another new Marvel book that breaks the mold.

 

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House of Penance #1 (of 6)

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A/CA) Ian Bertram

The Winchester House-famous for its original owner’s bizarre compulsion to incorporate a multitude of architectural curiosities. But as the bereaved Sarah Winchester’s workers toil on stairways to nothing and doors to nowhere, a mysterious stranger arrives . . . and he could make Sarah’s demons all too real.

I’m always on the lookout for an interesting horror book, especially since Nameless finished up and Wytches is still on hiatus. The description for House of Penance reminds me of Danielewski’s House of Leaves, and that’s enough to get me interested. If only the letterer makes the word “house” blue.

 

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Wonder Woman Earth One HC Vol. 1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Yanick Paquette

In this new installment of the New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel line, Grant Morrison (THE MULTIVERSITY) joins with Yanick Paquette (SWAMP THING, BATMAN, INC.) to reimagine Wonder Woman for a new era. Encompassing the vision of her original creator, William Moulton Marston, Morrison presents a Diana who yearns to break free from her mother and the utopian society on Paradise Island to learn about the forbidden outside world. Her dreams may come true when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor crashes on their shores, and she must defy the laws of the Amazons to return him to Man’s World.
Is she ready for the culture shock that awaits her in America? And is the world ready for this Wonder Woman?

I was under the impression that The Multiversity was Grant Morrison’s final work in the DC universe, but I’m glad to be proven wrong. With the freedom that comes along with the standalone nature of the Earth One moniker, Morrison will have a lot of room to get creative with Wonder Woman, and I can’t wait to see what he does.

 

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Island #7

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Matt DeForge & Various (A) Matt DeForge & Various (CA) Matt Sheean, Malachi Ward

BRANDON GRAHAM’s award-winning anthology returns! This issue introduces the first Image work by the amazing indy cartoonist MICHAEL DeFORGE (Ant Colony, Lose) along with the third chapter of MATT SHEEAN & MALACHI WARD’s “ANCESTOR.”

No surprise here. Island has been an incredible anthology magazine, and I find myself looking forward to the new artists and writers I discover in every issue. Island #7 will have part three of Malachi Ward and Matt Sheean’s Ancestor, which has been one of my favorite new comics in the past year.

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