March 2021 Previews: Carman’s Picks

The Good Asian #1 (of 9)
MAR210031
Estimated release: May 5, 2021
Image comics
(W) Pornsak Pichetshote (A) Alexandre Tefenkgi (CA) Dave Johnson

Writer PORNSAK PICHETSHOTE’s long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFIDEL with stunning art by ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI (OUTPOST ZERO)! Following Edison Hark-a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective-on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, THE GOOD ASIAN is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.

“With snappy period dialogue and deftly engaging art, PORNSAK and ALEX have crafted a gripping and authentic crime story from an Asian-American POV. This is the book I’ve been waiting for.”-CLIFF CHIANG (PAPER GIRLS)

“Edison Hark immediately joins the ranks of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade in a smart, classic noir drenched in style and history.”-JAMES TYNION IV (DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH, Batman)

“Like any good noir, a sense of dread hangs off every page of THE GOOD ASIAN, a brittle story that takes place during an unfamiliar time in our history that is tragically all too familiar now in our present.”-BRIAN AZZARELLO (100 Bullets, Batman)


If you’ve not already read Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell, do yourself a favor and buy that book. I’ve been ready for Pichetshote’s next project since Infidel finished and The Good Asian looks excellent. Don’t miss this one.

Red Room #1
MAR211290
Estimated release: May 19, 2021
Fantagraphics Books
(W/A/CA) Ed Piskor

From the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design comes this ALL-NEW monthly comic book series, with a specially priced, self-contained, double-sized debut issue! Red Room is a cyberpunk, outlaw, splatterpunk masterpiece. Aided by the anonymous dark web and nearly untraceable crypto-currency, there has emerged a subculture of criminals who live-stream and patronize webcam murders for entertainment. Who are the murderers? Who are the victims? How do we stop it? As seen on Piskor’s YouTube channel sensation, Cartoonist Kayfabe!

Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design have been on my list for a long time. Whenever I catch a glimpse of Piskor’s work, I think “that looks rad, I still need to check him out.” Now’s the time!

Time Before Time #1
MAR210037
Estimated release: May 12, 2021
Image Comics
(W) Declan Shalvey, Rory McConville (A) Joe Palmer, Chris O’Halloran (CA) Declan Shalvey

The year is 2140, and to escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to a better life. After working for the Syndicate for years, Tatsuo and Oscar decide to steal one of their boss’s time machines-but soon find that the one thing you can’t run from is your past.

TIME BEFORE TIME is a brand-new ongoing series where writer/artist DECLAN SHALVEY (BOG BODIES) joins forces with the WRITE IT IN BLOOD team of RORY McCONVILLE and JOE PALMER. Looper meets SAGA in this extra-sized debut issue.


Good time travel stories are hard to do in any medium. Time Before Time puts an interesting twist on some well-tread ground and I think it could be great.

Made in Korea #1 (of 6)
MAR210048
Estimated release: May 26, 2021
Image Comics
(W) Jeremy Holt (A/CA) George Schall

A QUICKSTART GUIDE FOR YOUR PROXY
STEP 1: Remove box.
STEP 2: Power on.
STEP 3: Raise your child.

For Jesse, the world’s first true A.I. system, growing up means learning to think outside the box. This exciting new six-issue miniseries will redefine what it means to be a family in an age when biological parenthood is no longer a reality.


I love the idea of Made in Korea but I’m also slightly worried that I will end up a blubbering mess. Not sure what to expect but only one way to find out!

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