November 2020 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Abbott 1973: #1 (of 5)
January 20, 2021
Boom! Studios
(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Sami Kivela (CA) Taj Tenfold

* In a new series for  fans of Something is Killing the Children and Bitter Root, Saladin Ahmed, the visionary writer behind Miles Morales: Spider-Man, and Sami Kivelä, the acclaimed artist behind Tommy Gun Wizards, reunite for this Must Read supernatural thriller.
* Detroit’s hardest hitting journalist, Elena Abbott, is trying to make a fresh start at a new newspaper…but her deadly past isn’t ready to let go.
* The city is days away from the historic election of a Black candidate as their new Mayor, but a vicious new group has emerged to destroy him, targeting anyone who supports his campaign or the change he represents.
* That means Abbott, who discovers the group’s connection to a dangerous dark magic, has been targeted for certain death – unless she embraces her true power as the Lightbringer to save her city.

Yessssss. Ever since reading the original arc, I’ve wanted more Abbott. The wish has come true and I can’t wait for 1973. You know how sometimes you can think of a book/movie/podcast and remember exactly where you were when you saw or listened to it? I’ve only been on a train a couple times in my life but I read Abbott on a train to Chicago — not sure why but there was something strangely fitting about that.

Serial #1
January 13, 2021
Abstract Studios
(W/A/CA) Terry Moore

Zoe has been 10 years old for 50 years. Most of her life has been spent on the run fighting the demon that lived within her, kept her young and turned her into a serial killer. Now free of the demon, Zoe discovers her childhood friend is the latest victim in a string of murders. Determined to put an end to the reign of terror, Zoe uses her own deadly skills to stalk the predator and avenge her fallen friend. Serial is Terry Moore’s new series featuring Zoe, the irrepressible star of Rachel Rising and FiveYears. Don’t miss the premier issue of a her solo series!

Several years ago I had a dream about a comic. It was close to the time I started working at Fanfare and I dreamt that I bought a copy of the first trade paperback of Rachel Rising by Terry Moore. I read the whole thing in one sitting and I couldn’t believe how good it was. The next day, I told my co-workers that I thought it was weird to dream about a comic book, especially one I hadn’t read. You know what I did after that? Nothing! I didn’t buy the book! I still haven’t read it. Why have I betrayed my visions like this? Am I scared it won’t be as good as in that dream from seven years ago? Either way, I think I need to make it up to dreamland Terry Moore and get Serial #1. Okay, and that Rachel Rising.

January 13, 2021
Image Comics
(W) W. Maxwell Prince (A/CA) Vanesa Del Rey

ICE CREAM MAN writer W. MAXWELL PRINCE brings his signature style of one-shot storytelling to the world of clowns-and he’s invited SOME OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY’S BEST ARTISTS to join him for the ride.

HAHA is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool-but these ain’t your typical jokers.

With issues drawn by VANESA DEL REY (REDLANDS), GABRIEL WALTA (Vision), ROGER LANGRIDGE (Thor), and more, HAHA peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about “funny” men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.

How was it that clowns became this staple of horror media? Is Stephen King’s It to blame or does it go back farther than that? I feel like it has to. Anyway, I love a good horror anthology and Ice Cream Man has been a great one. Get ready for the unsullied reputation of clowns to take a nose dive.

I Breathed a Body #1
January 20, 2021
Aftershock Comics
(W) Zac Thompson (A/CA) Andy MacDonald

A science fiction horror series about social media, big tech, and influencer culture.

It’s The Social Network meets Hellraiser. When the world’s biggest influencer posts something irredeemably horrific online, the world changes in an instant. Now it’s up to his social media manager, Anne Stewart, to fan the flames of outrage and create a sensationalist campaign that rewrites the rules of “banned content.” Thus begins a carnival of lust, revulsion, desire, and disgust – all for viral videos.

Written by Zac Thompson (LONELY RECEIVER, UNDONE BY BLOOD, X-Men) and illustrated by Andy MacDonald (Multiple Man, Rogue Planet), I BREATHED A BODY is a horror series about the voyeurism of violence and the Big Tech companies who engineer patterns of fear in society.

I know the solicit says “The Social Network meets Hellraiser” but looking at the cover, all I can think of is Event Horizon. You know, that scene. I’m interested in fresh takes on cosmic horror and I Breathed a Body looks to have a neat spin on that forbidden knowledge trope. Plus, I feel like I can relate to this book on a personal level because who hasn’t breathed a body every once in a while?

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