There is a ton of news this week, including a very exciting announcement coming out of DC Comics! Seriously, this could be a legitimate game changer. Also, many new comics to pick up! Let’s get this show on the road!
Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds – Scott Pilgrim is a singular comic-book, one that mixed a variety of styles and themes into a fun and meaningful story. Not only was the initial run incredibly successful, but it also launched an underrated film and currently a series of color reprints. It goes without saying then that O’Malley’s next endeavor would be hotly anticipated. This is that, and it is finally upon us! A young restaurant owner, a second chance at love, and magic! It’s bound to be funny, full of poignant personal moments, and cool moments! Easily the hottest item this week!
The Squidder #1 (of 4) – Back in December Ben Templesmith ran a very successful Kickstarter to fund the creation of The Squidder graphic novel. If you missed out on an opportunity to get a copy back then, now is your chance! IDW has picked up the title, and will be serializing it as a four issue mini-series. A post-apocalyptic world, scifi mixed with horror, and plenty of tentacles. This one is bound to look gorgeous, and find its way into your nightmares. Well worth checking out!
The Devilers #1 (of 7) – Hey, look! It’s another comic by Joshua Hale Fialkov, only this time from Dynamite. Last week we got his other new series, The Life After, which proved to be a very intriguing premise, and I cannot wait for the second issue. Along the same supernatural lines, but with a much darker edge, The Delivers, should provide a fix for anyone looking for more work by Fialkov, as well as those hankering for some Constantine-like action. Plus Matt Triano’s art looks spot on. Try it!
The Last Fall #1 (of 5) – Sometimes it’s not a creator, premise, or even publisher that draws my attention to a new comic. Sometimes it’s as simple as a good cover, and this one just grabbed me. The premise is simple – soldier returns home, conflict follows soldier home, and a quest for revenge ensues. Authored by Tom Waltz, and illustrated by Casey Maloney, this one is definitely worth a look. If you’re not already convinced, check out this seven page preview!
Dark Engine #1 – Time travel and a action in a wild fantasy setting, plus a strong female lead. Her name is Sym and she’s been sent to the past to kill the enemies of her creators. Naturally nothing will go as planned, since this issue marks the debut of a new ongoing series by Ryan Burton & John Bivens. If you enjoy your Conans, or Red Sonjas, this may be the thing for you. It promises excellent looking artwork, and quite a bit of gory action!
Upcoming From First Second Books
First Second Books has announced their line of new books for Winter 2015, as well as a new title from Lucy Knisley, of Relish fame. The latter is called Something New, and will focus on her experiences planning and executing a wedding. The Mary Sue also has an excellent interview up, detailing much about the upcoming graphic novel. Definitely an exciting project that should be coming out sometime in the near future.
- The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
- The Last of the Sandwalkers by Jay Hosler
- Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson
- Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold & Alexis Frederick-Frost
- Ares: Bringer of War by George O’Connor
- The Stranger by Bastien Vivès, Michaël Sanlaville & Balak
All of these look pretty great. Fairly certain that Something New will definitely make it home with me, as for the rest of these, a good chunk are sure to find their way there as well. Some tough decisions will have to be made come 2015.
Celebrate the First Asian-American Superhero!
Speaking of First Second Books, Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew‘s The Shadow Hero is coming out this week, and in its honor a host of artists are doing fan art, one for each day of the month starting on July 8th. Awesome art aside, you should care about this project because The Green Turtle, the protagonist of this new graphic novel, was the first Asian-American superhero. He was introduced back in the 1940s, and had a short run before vanishing into obscurity. At the time his race was something of a mystery, but that is no longer the case! This new comic will retell his origin, and in the process celebrate his background, rather than hide it.
Lemire, Ormston, Kindt & Kolins Rocking Dark Horse
Two creator owned titles coming from Dark Horse that should be on radar, and which I will absolutely be purchasing!
- The Black Hammer - written by Jeff Lemire & illustrated by Dean Ormston
- PastAways – written by Matt Kindt & illustrated by Scott Kolins
Aaron and Garney Do Icon
Icon is an imprint that exists, and really that’s summed up my interest up until recently. Sure, I paid attention to Kick-Ass for a while, but then lost interest in most Mark Millar endeavors, and I’ve never really plugged into the Brian Bendis bandwagon enough to care otherwise. Anyway, that’s all about to change! Jason Aaron & Ron Garney will bring us Men of Wrath starting in October.
That’s two Jason Aaron creator-owned titles, count ‘em! After a bit of a drought in that regard that makes this incredibly exciting news!
Plust Tons of New Stuff Happening at DC too!
If all of that was not enough, there’s also a ton of news coming out of DC Comics. First up, Ann Nocenti & Trevor McCarthy will be doing a Klarion The Witch Boy title starting in October. While a Klarion title seems like an exciting prospect, especially as conceived by Grant Morrison, Nocenti’s recent writing contributions have been somewhat lackluster, so this could easily be a wash. Worth keeping an eye on either way.
In other news, Nicola Scott is stepping off of Earth 2, and moving off to creator-owned land, but not before doing one more mystery project over at DC starring her all-time favorite character. Can’t wait!
Oh, and then there’s the Batgirl announcement! You see, DC finally figured out a way to get Gail Simone off of that particular title, and do so in a way that would elicit true excitement. This is something I would never think possible, but the team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher & Babs Tarr have achieved just that.
The excellent preview art also helped tremendously! The costume redesign is brilliant, and one of the best things to happen to that character in some time. Plus it heralds a lighter tone, which will be greatly welcomed. Look no further than the endless amounts of fan art that the announcement has generated, there’s even a tumblr blog dedicated solely to it!
A Preview of Snyder & Jock’s Wytches
Scott Snyder and Jock worked some magic on Detective Comics some years back, and now they are back with Wytches, coming in October from Image. Plus, there’s a preview thanks to Entertainment Weekly! Pretty exciting!