Sir Edward Grey: Archeron (One-Shot)
Estimated release: Dec. 1, 2021
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(W/A/CA) Mike Mignola
Hellboy is gone, and the B.P.R.D. managed to fight off the monsters on earth long enough for humanity to just barely escape underground, but Edward Grey must return to Hell to confront a familiar foe and finish what needs to be done to truly save the world.
Continuing after B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know ended in 2019, this one-shot is written and drawn completely by Mignola with colorist Dave Stewart, featuring a cover by Mignola and Stewart and a variant cover by longtime Hellboy universe artist Ben Stenbeck.
A full issue written and drawn solely by Mignola!
I would have been thrilled with pretty much anything in the Hellboy universe written and drawn by Mignola but the fact that Sir Edward Grey: Archeron is a sequel to both B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know and Hellboy in Hell is a heap of icing on the cake. Sure, you could leave everything how it ended in The Devil You Know, but man, I sure would love some more (new) B.P.R.D.
Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1
Estimated release: Dec. 28, 2021
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Doug Mahnke
The Earth is all but done. The last remnants of humanity cling to a mountaintop island lost in endless floodwater. The Parliaments of the Green, the Red, and the Rot all agree: it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start the cycle of live over again. And to do so, they’ve united their powers to summan an avater–one of the most horrific monsters to ever stalk the surface of this forsaken planet. Against a creature like that, there can be no fighting back…unless you have a soldier who understands the enemy. Someone who has used its tactics before. Someone like Alec Holland.
Of course, it would help if Alec Holland hadn’t been dead for decades…
Jeff Lemire–the author of the smash hit Joker: Killer Smile and The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, along with with the graphic novel that inspired the television sensation Sweet Tooth–returns to Black Label with one of the greatest artists in modern DC history, Doug Mahnke, in tow! Together they’ll unleash a gory, gruesome monster mash, where the fate of humanity rests in the hands of someone who isn’t human at all!
So rad to see Jeff Lemire revisiting a world he helped build in his Animal Man run. Swamp Thing: Green Hell seems to be its own separate story (especially as it’s a Black Label book) but having the Green/Red/Rot is super exciting. Also, sounds a little spooky!
One-Star Squadron #1 (of 6)
Estimated release: Dec. 7, 2021
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Steve Lieber
Who you gonna call? One-Star Squadron! Meet DC’s superhero team where heroism meets capitalism. This ragtag group of heroes led by Red Tornado is here to provide service with a smile. All you must do is send a request via their on-demand hero app and they’ll answer call. Whether’s it’s a children’s birthday part or an alien invasion, no job it too small or too big!
Brought to you by Eisner nominee Mark Russell (The Flinstones, Wonder Twins, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) and Eisner winner Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen), you’ll want to invest early in this one-of-a-kind miniseries that promises a story filled with heart, heroism, and humor.
With recent big-two superhero books like The Superior Foes of Spider-man and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, Steve Lieber has crafted this vibe of offbeat cape-and-cowl humor. I’m woefully behind on reading some of Mark Russell’s recent work but I’ve had them recommended so many times. This is a team-up I won’t be missing.
We Ride Titans #1
Estimated release: Dec. 15, 2021
Publisher: Vault Comics
(W) Tres Dean (A/CA) Sebastian Piriz
Kaiju hit hard. Family hits harder.
Trying to keep your family from imploding is a tall order. Kit Hobbs is about to find out it’s an even taller order when that family has been piloting the Titan that protects New Hyperion from kaiju for generations. Between a spiraling brother, a powder keg of a father, and a whole bunch of twenty-story monsters, she’s got her work cut out for her.
Is it even a mech story if there’s no existential crises? Thankfully, we looked to be covered on that front with We Ride Titans.