May & June 2016 Previews: Carman’s Picks

BlackHammer

Black Hammer #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dean Ormston

A new story from the prodigious brain of Jeff Lemire (Descender), amazingly realized by Dean Ormston (The Sandman) and Dave Stewart (Hellboy)!
Once they were heroes, but that age has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City-Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien-now lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. Even as they try to find their way home, trouble has a unique way of finding heroes wherever they are!

I’m so glad to see this book finally coming out. It was announced in April of last year that Black Hammer would be delayed after artist Dean Ormstom suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. In a recent interview from Comic Book Resources, Jeff Lemire reported that Ormston is “doing really well”. The art looks fantastic, and after reading Plutona, I’m very much in for another offbeat superhero story from Lemire.

 

BriggsLand

Briggs Land #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Brian Wood (A) Mack Chater (CA) Brian Wood, Mack Chater

Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness, contains the largest antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States. When matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband, she sparks a war within the community-and her immediate family-that threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.

o Perfect for fans of Sons of Anarchy and Justified!

o In development for an AMC television show!

I haven’t caught up with Brian Wood’s most recent works, but I enjoyed The Massive and Mara quite a bit. The premise of this one sounds intriguing and somewhat apropos given the political turbulence of this election year. I’m curious if advanced copies sparked the interest of a television show (not unlike how Descender was optioned for a movie before its first issue hit the shelves) or if the comic has been developed with the show simultaneously.

 

BlackMondayMurders

Black Monday Murders #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Jonathon Hickman (A/CA) Tomm Coker

“MAMMON”
ALL HAIL GOD MONEY! From JONATHAN HICKMAN (EAST OF WEST, Secret Wars, Avengers) and TOMM COKER (UNDYING LOVE) comes a new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money… and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it. THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control all of society: a secret world where vampire Russian oligarchs, Black popes, enchanted American aristocrats, and hitmen from the International Monetary Fund work together to keep ALL OF US in our proper place.

With how consistently amazing East of West has been, I would be down for anything creator-owned that Jonathon Hickman is doing. The description in the solicitation for this is enough to sell me, regardless. Bring on the plutocratic weirdness. What even is crypto-noir? Is that a thing? While we’re at it, can we get some more The Dying and the Dead too, Mr. Hickman?

 

KillOrBeKilled

Kill or Be Killed #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser (CA) Sean Phillips

The bestselling team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS (THE FADE OUT, CRIMINAL, FATALE) launch their new monthly series: KILL OR BE KILLED, the twisted story of a young man who is forced to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret as it slowly ruins his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones. Both a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, KILL OR BE KILLED is unlike anything BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS have ever done.

Speaking of consistently great work, here’s a new book by Brubaker, Phillips, and Breitweiser. Fatale and The Fade Out have both been great so I’ve got no reason not to expect anything less from this book. Also, I’d just like to give some extra credit to Elizabeth Breitweiser. Her coloring on recent books like The Fade Out and Outcast has been stellar, and I can’t wait to see how this one looks.

 

WorldOfEdena

The World of Edena HC

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W/A/CA) Moebius

Working closely with Moebius Production in France, Dark Horse puts the work of a master storyteller back in print-with some material in English for the first time! Stel and Atan are interstellar repairmen trying to find a lost space station and its crew. What they discover about the universe and themselves on the mythical paradise planet Edena, though, changes their lives forever. Moebius’s long-out-of-print World of Edena story arc gets a deluxe hardcover treatment, with its five main chapters-Upon a Star, Gardens of Edena, The Goddess, Stel, and Sra-collected here!

Getting into Moebius is long overdue for me. His work has been recommended to me over the past several years and this looks to be as good a starting point as any. As he’s been a significant influence on some of my favorite comics creators, I have a strong feeling that I’m going to like this one. I might have to track down some of the work he did with Jodorowsky when I’m finished.

 

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