July 2021 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Primordial #1
Estimated release: September 15, 2021
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino

Mind-bending sci-fi collides with Cold War thriller in this six-issue miniseries by the bestselling and Eisner-winning creative team behind GIDEON FALLS!
In 1957, the USSR launched the dog, Laika, into Earth’s orbit. Two years later, the USA responded with two monkeys, Able and Baker. These animals never returned. But, unbeknownst to everyone, they did not die in orbit…they were taken. And now they are coming home.

Hey, if you’ve haven’t read Gideon Falls yet, go fix that now while we’re waiting on Primordial. It’s not been that long since Gideon Falls ended but it still felt like we’d been waiting a while to hear what this duo had in the works next. I’m so glad they’re continuing to work together and the fact that Laika the dogstronaut is a main character..? I can’t wait!

Mazebook #1 (of 5)
Estimated release: September 8, 2021
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(W/A/CA) Jeff Lemire

From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer creator Jeff Lemire comes this ambitious and haunting comic series about family, mourning, and reality.

A lonely building inspector still grieving the loss of his puzzle-loving daughter receives a mysterious phone call one night from a girl claiming it’s her and that she’s trapped in the middle of a labyrinth. Convinced that this child is contacting him from beyond this world, he uses an unfinished maze from one of her journals and a map of the city to trace an intricate path through a different plane of reality on an intense and melancholy adventure to bring his daughter back home.

The only way out is in . . .

It’s looking to be another one of those Lemire months. I believe Mazebook is the first solo Lemire book since Frogcatchers and Jeff has been talking this one up. What would one expect from a solo Lemire project but tackling “family, mourning, and reality?” I know I’ve said it before but I’m ready to get sad. Maybe scared?

Telepaths #1 (of 6)
Estimated release: September 1, 2021
Publisher: Artists Writers & Artisans Inc.
(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A/CA) Steve Epting

The brand new epic from comic book legends J. Michael Straczynksi (The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor) and Steve Epting
(Captain America: The Winter Soldier). An electromagnetic disturbance results in the sudden awakening of telepathic
powers in a tenth of the Earth’s population. In the moments after the world comes to grip with this development, newlyBoston police find themselves sent against a wrongly convicted prisoner who becomes a hero and leader of
other telepaths trying to escape a world in which their powers will make them targets. Both are heroes of their own story,
and the future may depend on whether or not trust can be found between them.

Listen I don’t know a much about this book but I do know some things — one is that I’ve been going through old David Cronenberg movies and I’ve not yet watched Scanners. Is this Scanners? I also know that the cover reminds me of the VHS box art for the movie Deep Impact. Remember that movie? Was it good? I remember it being good. But it probably wasn’t! Also, is that guy at the top Ronald Reagan as portrayed by Bruce Campbell? Is “newlyBoston” the name of the city or just a typo? Let’s find out together.

I Am Batman #1
Estimated release: September 14, 2021
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) John Ridley (A/CA) Olivier Coipel

In the throes of the Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence–the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed rebellion in the citizens of Gotham?! Can one man inspire a city?

I’ve not kept up well with DC Future State stuff but I’ve really enjoyed John Ridley’s work on The Other History of the DC Universe and it’s great to see him on an ongoing book (I presume it’s ongoing given that it doesn’t have a finite end issue here). If you want to catch up on The Other History of the DC Universe and would like a collected edition, a hardcover is planned for November.