September 2021 Previews: Carman’s Picks

What’s the Furthest Place From Here? #1
SEP210045 (Deluxe Edition)
Estimate release: Nov 10, 2021
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Tyler Boss


A postapocalyptic coming-of-age story from 4 Kids Walk into a Bank’s TYLER BOSS &

The world has ended. All that remains are gangs of children living among the ruins. But Sid believes there must be something more out there. When she disappears into the wastelands, her gang will risk everything to bring her home. A story about the things that matter most-your survival, your loved ones, and your record collection.


The end of the world has a soundtrack.Every issue of this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age series will have an extremely limited Deluxe Edition, featuring an exclusive variant cover and a 7″ record with two songs from some of today’s best indie and punk bands, recorded especially for this project.

This issue: punk rock legend BLAKE SCHWARZENBACH (Jawbreaker / Jets to Brazil) and rising stars JOYCE MANOR bring you two songs, available exclusively with issue one.

Only available at comic shops!

Shortly into the pandemic, I decided to start a list of every comic and book I read along with every show and movie I watched (I’ve been tracking new albums I’ve listened to for the past few years). The first comic on that list is 4 Kids Walk into a Bank. I had a feeling I was going to like it — I loved it. I’m so looking forward to Rosenberg and Boss’s new project, What’s the Furthest Place From Here? There are quite a few covers for the first issue and there will be a deluxe version of each issue that comes with an exclusive 7″ record and variant cover (see more details in the bottom solicit).

Newburn #1
Estimate release: Nov 3, 2021
Publisher: Image Comics
(W) Chip Zdarsky, Nadia Shammas
(A) Ziyed Yusuf (A/CA) Jacob Phillips

EASTON NEWBURN is a private detective without loyalties, investigating conflicts between rival crime factions while collecting enemies along the way. In this DEBUT ISSUE, a man is murdered after stealing from his own mafia family, but they aren’t the ones who ordered the hit…

This new ONGOING SERIES from CHIP ZDARSKY (Daredevil) and JACOB PHILLIPS (THAT TEXAS BLOOD) features a riveting backup story, “BROOKLYN ZIRCONIA,” by rising stars NADIA

So you’re writing a comic with even an inkling of noir with a hardboiled detective? Get one of them Phillips boys on the phone. Jacob Phillips and Chip Zdarsky is quite the team up and I can’t wait. I love what they are doing with backup stories, as well. They’ll be off to a great start with Nadia Shammas — I’ve been eagerly awaiting Squire, the book she’s been working on for the past couple years with Sara Alfageeh.

Crema TP
Estimated release: Jan 5, 2022
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(W/CA) Johnnie Christmas (A/CA) Dante Luiz

#1 New York Times bestselling cartoonist Johnnie Christmas and Prism Award-nominee Dante Luiz bring you a haunted tale of love, ghosts, and coffee beans.

Esme, a barista, feels invisible, like a ghost . . . also, when Esme drinks too much coffee she actually sees ghosts. Yara, the elegant heir to a coffee plantation, is always seen, but only has eyes for Esme. Their world is turned upside down when the strange ghost of an old-world nobleman begs Esme to take his letter from New York City to a haunted coffee farm in Brazil, to reunite him with his lost love of a century ago. Bringing sinister tidings of unrequited love.

Collects the ComiXology original digital graohic novel Crema in print for the first time.

“This book is a love letter to love swathed in the richest flavor imaginable. And one that enchants and haunts you with the taste of coffee all around it.” -Comic Watch

My first exposure to Johnnie Christmas’s work was when he did the art for the Image book Sheltered which was great. Then I jumped on board when he was serializing Firebug, a book he wrote which featured in Island magazine. I loved his writing in that as well as Tartarus which is still ongoing. Also hey — it’s great to see another digital-first comic come to print.

Robin & Batman #1 (of 3)
Estimated release: Nov 9, 2021
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dustin Nguyen

The legendary story of Batman and Robin has reached nearly mythic proportions: the crime-fighting Dynamic Duo, always one step ahead of the criminals they pursue and never meeting as case too big. This isn’t that story. This is the story of a young Dick Grayson, newly orphaned, struggling to find his way in a strange, difficult, dark new world… This is the story of Robin and Batman.

The bestselling creative team behind the Eisner-winning
Descender, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, reunite in Gotham City to tell the story of a remarkable young man learning to navigate an incredible new world!

The Descender/Ascender team are back together to do… sad Batman and Robin? Say no more.

Batman: One Dark Knight #1 (of 3)
Estimated release: Dec 7, 2021
Publisher: DC Comics
(W/A/CA) Jock

From high above the sweltering summer streets of Gotham, Batman planned to escort the GCPD as the dangerous metahuman super-villain known as E.M.P. was transferred from a holding cell to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. E.M.P.’s electrical powers posed a threat, but the situation was in hand—until it wasn’t. Now every light in Gotham is out, the police are in disarray, and a broken, bleeding Batman must fight his way to Blackgate, block by block, dragging E.M.P. behind him. But the dark corners of Gotham hold many surprises…and E.M.P. has many more shocks to deliver before the night is through!

One of the most iconic Batman artists of the 21st century, the incomparable Jock (
The Batman Who Laughs, Batman: The Black Mirror), has focused all his storytelling powers on the tale of one very, very dark night in Gotham City. It’s always darkest before the dawn—if it ever comes…

Let’s double down on Bat Family books here because Jock is coming out with Batman: One Dark Knight through DC’s Black Label imprint. Batman books are a little bit of a blindspot for me but I always make sure to grab new ones that catch my eye. Also, I’m reminded that I need to read The Black Mirror. I’ll get on it!