May/June 2021 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Dark Blood #1 (of 6)
Estimated release: July 21, 2021
Publisher: Boom! Studios
(W) LaToya Morgan (A) Walt Barna (CA) Valentine De Landro

What if you were given the power to change the course of history?

Alabama, 1955. Avery Aldridge is an ordinary young Black man. A decorated World War II veteran, Avery provides for his wife and daughter.

But wounds of the past have a way of coming back, and Avery Aldridge will soon discover he is anything but ordinary…

After a run-in awakens strange new abilities, Avery’s about to become more powerful than he could have ever dared to dream… in a country and society that never wanted him to have any power.

A bold, evocative genre-bending saga by screenwriter LaToya Morgan (AMC’s The Walking Dead, Into The Badlands) and rising star artist Walt Barna (The Osiris Path) perfect for fans of Department of Truth and Bitter Root!

Bad Blood grabbed me right off the bat. I like that we’re not getting a ton of info — I’ve got a feeling that going into this somewhat blind will allow a big payoff. Granted, it doesn’t hurt to mention the likes of Bitter Root and Department of Truth.

Estimated release: October 6, 2021
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(W) M.K. Reed, C. Spike Trotman (A/CA) Clive Hawken

When the door to a living dungeon surfaces in the tiny hamlet of Oddgoat, village girl Temerity Aster has two choices: abandon the only home she’s ever known to carpet baggers and sellswords, or carve out a place for herself and her family in the new and dangerous world of delving.

•  From Iron Circus Comics founder C. Spike Trotman and Eisner-nominated writer MK Reed!

I’ve been following Iron Circus Comics for a year or two and recently picked up The Harrowing of Hell (recommended!) published by them. I’ve never read anything by C. Spike Trotman though so I was excited to see her name pop up in Previews and Delver sounds rad.

Old Head
Estimated release: August 25, 2021
Publisher: Image Comics
(W/A/CA) Kyle Starks

Space Jam meets Fright Night in this hilarious action-horror as a former basketball star returns home to bury his mother only to learn of her mysterious past, his destiny, and to find himself embroiled in a decades-long blood feud with actual Dracula.

Kyle Starks’ books are so fun and having one that is horror-themed is 100% my jam. I cannot wait for Old Head.

Deadbox #1
Estimated release: August 25, 2021
Publisher: Vault Comics
(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Ben Tiesma

Welcome to the town of Lost Turkey, where the main source of entertainment is a cursed DVD machine that seems to know more about the fate of its citizens than they do.

Y’all, from what I’m seeing here… this is a comic book about a haunted RedBox.

The Unbelievable Unteens #1 (of 4)
Estimated release: August 11, 2021
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(W) Jeff Lemire, Tyler Crook (A/CA) Tyler Crook

From the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series comes this meta team superhero saga taking place between two different worlds.

After signing at a comic book convention, Unbelievable Unteens artist Jane Ito finds herself visited by one of the characters from her own creation-but was it her own creation? Were the Unteens an actual school of teenaged misfit superheroes who battled supervillains under the lead of the mysterious Dr. Miles Moniker? And if so, who wiped their memories and why?  As Jane’s world is turned upside down and she learns the true nature of her identity she discovers a sinister plot leading her to assemble a team she had suspected was purely fictional.

•  An exciting reimagination of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series!

When Lemire stops cranking out excellent Black Hammer-universe titles, I’ll stop putting them in these lists. I don’t expect that to happen. Also, glad to see Tyler Crook on another one of these Black Hammer stories!

Spider-Man: Life Story Annual #1
Estimated release: August 25, 2021
Publisher: Marvel Comics
(W/CA) Chip Zdarsky (A) Mark Bagley

A Special Encore Return to the World of SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY by the Original Creative Team!
SPIDER-MAN. He’s a threat. He’s a menace. And J. JONAH JAMESON will do whatever it takes to make the world see it! But in this companion piece to last year’s hit miniseries SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY, will the decades of his obsession bear fruit for Jonah…or be his destruction?
CHIP ZDARSKY and MARK BAGLEY reunite for this story told in a world where Marvel’s beloved characters aged in real time!

Spider-Man: Life Story was great. It’s no surprise that Marvel wanted to bring it back. With the implication that there will be more annuals, it’ll be interesting to see where Zdarsky and Bagley take this going forward. Now that they’ve done several decades leading up to the present, will they move to the future?