September 2015 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Thought Bubble Anthology 2015

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Clark Burscough & Various (A) Boo Cook & Various (CA) Babs Tarr

A collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business, plus many more names to be announced. This anthology is part of the United Kingdom’s Thought Bubble Festival which takes place in Leeds, Northern England from November 2015. All profits from this comic go to Barnardo’s, one of the largest children’s charities in the UK.

As stated on their website, Thought Bubble is “the UK’s largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superheroes to independent and small press comics.” Concurrent to the festival, Thought Bubble releases a printed anthology featuring several artists from around the world. Last year’s installment was my first experience with the publication, having been drawn in by names on the cover like Emily Carroll and Ales Kot. This year, I’m looking forward to discovering more new artists as well as what some of my favorites (Tula Lotay, Jeff Lemire, and Farel Dalrymple) have in store.

 

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8house #6: Mirror (Part 1 of 4)

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Hwei Lim, Emma Ríos (A/CA) Hwei Lim

What is worthy of being human? EMMA RÍOS (PRETTY DEADLY, ISLAND) and HWEI LIM (LALAGE, HERO) team up to tell a new story within the 8HOUSE universe. MIRROR follows a terrorist talking dog, an idealist mage and a heroic lab rat on their quest for acceptance.

I’ve been pretty vocal about my love for 8house around these parts. So far, we’ve only seen one creative team (Graham and Churchland) and one subseries (Arclight) in this shared universe, and I’m excited to see how a new team will further define it. Also, after her excellent writing and artwork on the miniseries ID (published in issue one and two of Image’s new anthology Island), I will check out any new work from Emma Ríos.

 

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James Bond #1

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

(W) Warren Ellis (A) Jason Masters (CA) Dom Reardon

Beginning “VARGR”, the first story in the ongoing James Bond comic series by best-selling writer Warren Ellis! James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. But something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin…

In Stores November 4th in advance of the block buster movie on November 6th! Dynamite Entertainment is proud to launch the first James Bond comic book series in 20 years! “Ian Fleming’s James Bond is an icon, and it’s a delight to tell visual narratives with the original, brutal, damaged Bond of the books.” – Warren Ellis

Typically, a new James Bond comic isn’t something that would get me immediately fired up. This one is written by Warren Ellis. Congratulations, Dynamite. I’m on board.

 

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Klaus #1

Publisher: Boom Comics

(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Dan Mora

Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? Why does he do what he does? How does he do what he does? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Drawing on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism-taking in the creepier side of Christmas, and characters like the sinister Krampus-Klaus is a “Santa Claus: Year One.”

Hey. Grant Morrison is writing a dark, Norse-like Santa Claus origin story. Does that sound crazy? Definitely. Am I going to read it? Absolutely. Other writers might have been tempted to take this in the direction of a silly Christmastime romp, but with a mind like Morrison’s, this serious take on Santa might turn out to be something really special.

 

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