May 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Giant Sized X-Statix #1

MAY190778

July 10, 2019

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Peter Milligan (A/CA) Michael Allred

They’re back and more alive than ever for this special one-shot! But what new threat is so grave that only the most famous mutant celebrities can fight it? And who is the new U-Go-Girl? Only the original X-Statix creative team Peter Milligan, Michael Allred and Laura Allred know for sure!
Parental Advisory

X👏STATIX👏IS👏BACK👏

All right, it looks like it’s just for one issue but still… I am so excited for this one. If you’ve never read X-Statix before, it is well worth doing some diving through the back issues and markdowns from time-to-time to check out this wild series. You won’t regret it!

 

Black Hammer/Justice League #1 (of 5) & The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia One-Shot

MAY190203 & MAY190208

July 3 / July 10, 2019

Publisher: Dark Horse & DC Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Michael Walsh // (W) Jeff Lemire, Tate Brombal (A) Tyler Crook, David Rubin, Wilfredo Torres, Christian Ward, Tonci Zonjic, Matt Kindt, Emi Lenox (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino

DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics present the ultimate superhero crossover event of 2019!  

A strange man arrives simultaneously on Black Hammer Farm and in Metropolis, and both worlds are warped as Starro attacks! Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and more crossover with Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, and the rest of the Black Hammer gang!

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A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the world of the Eisner Award-winning series Black Hammer!

This special one-shot offers a guide to the world of Black Hammer, presenting detailed biographies of Black Hammer’s heroes, villains, and supporting characters, written by Tate Brombal and Jeff Lemire, and illustrated by a wide assortment of superstar artists, including David Rubin, Wilfredo Torres, Tyler Crook, Christian Ward, and more!

When I first saw Black Hammer solicited, I would never have guessed how quickly the scope of that universe would grow in just a matter of a few years. It remains to be one of the best books out on the shelves and the spin-offs continue to be great, as well. I definitely wasn’t expecting a crossover with the one of the Big 2 before Lemire hinted about it on Twitter, but I am so happy that it’s happening. The covers look fantastic.

 

Jimmy Olsen #1 (of 12)

MAY190369

July 17, 2019

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Steve Lieber

Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman’s best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this new miniseries featuring death, destruction, giant turtles and more! It’s a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird that starts in Metropolis and ends in Gotham City. And then we kill Jimmy.

Speaking of things that look fantastic and are unexpected — we’re getting a Jimmy Olsen maxi-series (that’s a phrase people are using for these twelve issue runs, right?) from Fraction and Lieber. Man, that’s something I didn’t know I needed until it was staring right at me. I’ve loved both Fraction and Lieber’s work and Jimmy Olsen just feels like a great fit for both of their talents.

 

House of X #1 (of 6) & Powers of X #1 (of 6)

MAY190690 & MAY190703

July 24 / July 31, 2019

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Jonathon Hickman (A/CA) Pepe Larraz // (W) Jonathon Hickman (A/CA) R.B. Silva

FACE THE FUTURE! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (SECRET WARS, AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR) takes the reins of the X-Men universe! Since the release of Uncanny X-Men #1, there have been four seminal moments in the history of the X-Men. Giant-Sized X-Men. X-Men. Age of Apocalypse. New X-Men. Four iconic series that introduced a new era for Marvel’s mutants and revolutionized the X-Men. In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind…one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more.
Rated T+

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FEAR THE FUTURE! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (INFINTY, NEW AVENGERS, FF) continues his revolutionary new direction for the X-Men. Intertwining with HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X reveals the secret past, present  and  future of mutantkind, changing the way you look at every X-Men story before and after. You do not want to miss the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men!
Rated T+

This is the one folks have been talking about. After years of working on just creator-owned books, Jonathon Hickman is back at Marvel. For a while there were rumblings of him popping over to DC but it sounds like things just didn’t work out. Aside from X-Statix (see above), I’ve never really been into X books and it looks like that’s about to change. As a primer for the Hickman stuff, I think it’s time I finally get around to reading X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor. That’s been on my list as entry point to X books since it first released.

 

Marvels Epilogue #1

MAY190681

July 24, 2019

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross (A/CA) Alex Ross

An all-new standalone epilogue to the classic MARVELS graphic novel written by Kurt Busiek and fully-painted by Alex Ross! A “Marvels” look at the “all-new, all-different” X-Men of the 1970s. In this 16-page story, Alex and Kurt bring Marvel’s world to brilliant, realistic life one last time, as the now-retired Phil Sheldon and his daughters, in Manhattan to see the Christmas lights, find themselves in the middle of a clash between the outsider heroes and the deadly Sentinels, giving them a close-up perspective on the mutant experience. Also featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this special story, and other bonus features.
Rated T+

Hey, why not throw in the return of another top-notch Marvel series I didn’t think we’d see more of? If you’re reading this column, there’s a decent chance you’ve read or at least heard of Busiek and Ross’s Marvels. If not, it’s an incredible mini-series looking at the history of the Marvel universe from the street-level perspective of New York citizens, impeccably illustrated with Alex Ross’s Norman Rockwell-esque realism. You won’t want to miss this one.

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So each month, I typically have a list of six to ten titles that I’ve picked out from Previews which I then pare down to four or five for this list. This month, I jotted down more titles than I ever have before. Because there looks to be so many cool new titles coming out in this issue, I figured I’d post links to the rest of what was on my list for the month. If you’re interested in ordering any of these (or the titles above), send an email over to comicpull [at] fanfareland.com

Sea of Stars #1

Unearth #1

Reaver #1

Bad Weekend

Manor Black #1

The Quiet Kind

No One Left to Fight #1

Star Pig #1

Deep Breaths

After the Spring

Ghosted in L.A. #1

The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs

Knights Temporal #1

Strangelands #1

A Comic for Flint: Hope

Blade Runner 2019 #1

Resonant #1

Sera & the Royal Stars #1

Collapser #1

Lois Lane #1

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