There’s plenty on offer in the world of comics, so much variety, so many titles, so many publishers!
Skim off the cream, cut through the fat, and separate the apples from oranges with picks from the latest catalogues by our intrepidly well-read staff!
Scarlett Couture: The Munich File #1
This new series from titan comics has Agent Scarlett Carver on a mission with her team as they are thrown in espionage involving technology. With art by Des Taylor, this series is sure to excite with its mystery and thrill!
SCARLETT COUTURE MUNICH FILE #1 (OF 5)
(W/A) Des Taylor
A Girl on the Shore Collectors Edition
From author Inio Asano this story revolves around two teenagers living in a sleepy seaside town in japan where one of the teens, Koume, who was recently dumped by her crush decides to start a relationship with her friend Kosuke with no emotions or strings attached. Accompanied with beautiful art by inio asano, this story is sure to be an emotional journey.
A GIRL ON SHORE COLL ED HC
(W/A) Inio Asano
The Plot Holes #1
From the mind of Sean Murphy (White Knight) a squad of fictional warriors jump into the pages of books to fix the plot, with them is Cliff a comic writer who finds out his world is not real and is actually a novel. I love this idea so much and can not wait for it to come out, and one of the characters is a vampire, my favourite!
Plus: Awesome cover by Jon Sommariva!
PLOT HOLES #1 (OF 5)
(W/A) Sean Gordon Murphy
All The Lovely Bad Ones GN
A graphic novel about a haunted inn, with two siblings trying to help put the spirits lay to rest. I enjoy a good graphic novel and I enjoy a good ghost story.
ALL THE LOVELY BAD ONES GN
(W) Mary Downing Hahn, Scott Peterson (A) Naomi Franquiz
BEN’S DISCERNING CHOICES:
The Sacrificers #1
First seen in this year’s Free Comic Book Day, The Sacrificers showed us a world in which a regular farming family (of pigeon-people) had a terrible choice to make – what to do with their nearly grown son who had somehow escaped being ritually sacrificed the year before. Now living in shame in the barn, will they hand him over to the authorities, or continue to allow him to hide? Not only but also, we see the gods of this realm deal with their own wayward juvenile. Great art, too. Words: Rick Remender Pictures: Max Fiumara & Dave McCaig.
(W) Rick Remender (A) Max Fiumara, Dave McCaig
The Schlub #1
Body swap between the world’s greatest superhero and a mundane dentist (who is a bit of a loser). Will Roger (the dentist) continue his bad decision-making, or come out on top and save the world?. Words: Kenny Porter & Ryan Stegman. Pictures: (great ones!) Tyrell Cannon, Mike Spicer & John J. Hill.
(W) Kenny Porter, Ryan Stegman (A) Tyrell Cannon Mike Spicer & John J. Hill
The Cull #1
Hard to tell what this one’s about, however… Story by Kelly Thompson? Author of Black Cloaks – which I loved. Art by Mattia De Iulis (of Captain America)? Also good. Publisher blurbs mention: ‘Something is Killing the Children’, ‘Super 8’ and ‘The Goonies’ – I’m so in! What (or perhaps Who) is being culled?
THE CULL #1 (OF 5)
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Mattia De Iulis
Kaptara: Universal Truths #1
A mini-series by Chip Zdarsky featuring astronaut Keith Kanga, trapped on Kaptara (a planet), trying to find his way home. As well as the fate of the adorable (but stolen) CAT-TANKS!! Sounds funny, and with great art by Kagan McLeod, I’ll be reading this one.
KAPTARA UNIVERSAL TRUTHS #1
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Kagan McLeod
Local Man: Gold (one-shot)
When a retired superheroes’ younger self is ‘time-ported’ to his present, he must somehow return him to his own time. Guest starring a bunch of other Image Comics heroes, this looks like a blast!
LOCAL MAN GOLD (ONE SHOT)
(W/A) Tim Seeley, Tony Fleecs
Cross-dimensional manifestations at and of an Antarctic base and folk from there? Cool. Pun intended.
ANTARCTICA #1 CVR A ROBERTS
(W) Simon Birks (A) Wili Roberts
Big Game #2
With over twenty (!) Millarworld franchises smashed together, this bloodbath of a story sees Nemesis versus everybody. Sorry, versus EVERYBODY!! And I haven’t even finished reading Ambassadors yet!
BIG GAME #2 (OF 5)
(W) Mark Millar (A) Pepe Larraz
BOOM STUDIOS, DYNAMITE, TITAN, FRANK MILLER PRESENTS AND OTHERS:
Mech Cadets #1
This story brings us back to the mech-pilot training facility from the previous volume (‘Mech Cadet Yu’), a year after the events which included the destruction of that same facility by the alien ‘Sharg’ (big bad bugs). I’ll be getting this, not only because I read (and loved) the first volume, but because this is being touted as a companion series to the upcoming Netflix animated series (of the same name)!.
MECH CADETS #1
(W) Greg Pak (A) Takeshi Miyazawa
Starfinder: Angels Of The Drift #2
I feel obliged to read this series, as a fan of both Sci-Fi and RPGs, as the Starfinder stories are basically an RPG party’s exploits, in space. Fun story? Yep. Pretty art? Yep. Non-human folk? Yep. Spaceships? Yep and yep. So, it’s a ‘Yep’ from me.
STARFINDER ANGELS DRIFT #2
(W) James L. Sutter (A) Edu Menna
Disney Villains: Hades #1
Poor old Hades (of both the Greek pantheon and the Disney Movie ‘Hercules’) has been snubbed by the rest of the gods, and so they must be destroyed. Seems fair. But will he be able to carry it off? I personally don’t like his odds, but I reckon it’ll be fun to watch.
DISNEY VILLAINS HADES #1
(W) Elliott Kalan (A) Alessandro Ranaldi
Rivers of London: Here Be Dragons #2
A London Metropolitan Police helicopter is attacked by something that looks suspiciously like a dragon. It’s up to the the Met’s only sanctioned wizard and his mentor to sort things out. Awesome!
RIVERS OF LONDON HERE BE DRAGONS #2 (OF 4)
(W) James Swallow & Various (A) Jose Maria Beroy
Frank Miller Presents
Ancient Enemies: First Responder (one-shot) – The publisher’s blurb tells me that Sonny Palmer, a firefighter, was trapped inside the shattered hull of an alien spacecraft and imprisoned for over twenty years, emerging as something both more and less than ‘human’. At this point, I’m in. I’m loving the examples of art by Mario Guevara, too.
ANCIENT ENEMIES: THE FIRST RESPONDER #1
FRANK MILLER PRESENTS LLC
(W) Dan DiDio (A) Mario Guevara, Joe Prado
The Plot Holes #1 – Fictional warriors somehow transport themselves into the pages of other books, in order to save the plots within being destroyed. The team’s newest member has only just found out that his own reality is anything but, and in fact that they all are from failed books. Another Sean Gordon Murphy gem, I reckon (he wrote both ‘Chrononauts’ and ‘Batman: White Knight’, and weren’t they awesome!? (‘Yes, they were’, is the answer)).
PLOT HOLES #1 (OF 5)
(W/A) Sean Gordon Murphy
OTHER INDIE PUBLISHER PICKS:
TOMAHAWK ANGEL TP VOL 01
(W/A) Odysseas Theodoratos
In the year 2050, an 18-year-old amnesiac wakes up to a ruined world overrun by monsters. Only a devastated fraction of humankind remains. A cool concept, with great looking art.
HUNGER AND DUSK #2
(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Christian Wildgoose
A desperate alliance has been formed between Orc and Human civilizations, in order to save them both. Will it hold? I dunno. But the story sounds very good, and the art looks great too. It looks like a lot of thought has gone into producing a back-story-world for the Orcs beyond ‘Orc clan must fight!’.
THE RIBBON QUEEN #2 (OF 8)
(W) Garth Ennis (A) Jacen Burrows, Guillermo Ortego
A Garth Ennis bit, this tale has Police Detective Amy Sun finding out that the supernatural is in fact real. And dealing with departmental corruption to boot. I do like a ‘crime drama’/’horror’ crossover.
STEEL SIEGE #2 (OF 3)
BATTLE QUEST COMICS
(W) Andrew Kafoury (A) Silvia Signorini, Eric Vargas
“Vulture takes Dove to a rebel bunker in a ruined city to repair their armour, but they are tracked by the Mech Slabs of House Shorah.” I should star reading this title, it sounds super-cool!
DESTINY NY MYSTIC MAFIA #4
BLACK MASK STUDIOS ENTERTAINME
(W) Pat Shand (A) Elisa Romboli
“My girlfriend broke up with me so now I run the mystical mafia”. This sentence alone has me wanting to read whatever comes next, and the art is fantastic! A hint: The main character’s name is ‘Lilith’.
CALEXIT BATTLE OF UNIVERSAL CITY #1
BLACK MASK COMICS
(W) Matteo Pizzolo (A) C. Granda
The Battle of Universal City #1 – War on the streets of Los Angeles as it ‘refuses to be ruled’, with the Mulholland Resistance seizing freedom or dying in the attempt. Cool. Dark, but cool.
MOTHER RUSSIA #3 (OF 3)
(W/A) Jeff McComsey
Mother Russia fights her way through a sea of undead with a toddler strapped to her back. Looks to be set mid-WWII, perhaps. And there’s a dog. I’m in!
(W/A) Rich Hedden, Tom McWeeney
Our ‘exterminator from the future’ is hunting the streets of New York for the carrier of a deadly virus. Our man the exterminator has two extra (though insectoid) arms! Every hand has a weapon, and one of them’s a sword! Cool.
DEVILS CUT ONE SHOT
DSTLRY MEDIA, INC
(W) Mirka Andolfo & Various (A) Elsa Charretier & Various
A 72-page collection of stories ‘redefining creator-owned comics’. Authors include (and aren’t limited to): Andolfo, Azzarello, Francavilla, Garvett, Jock, Mzuno, Phillips, Risso, Snyder, Tynion and Ward. That’s a list of big names, folks.
SHADOWS OF THULE HC
(W) Patrick Mallet (A) Lionel Marty
In the 2nd century AD, some fool has awakened an ancient plague in Scotland. The last king of the Picts must unite both his tribes AND their enemies to fight the dreadful Shadows of Thule. The art is fantastic (and is by Lionel Marty). Yet another great production from Humanoids.
PROJECT RIESE #1 (OF 6)
MAD CAVE STUDIOS
(W) Zac Thompson (A) Jeff McComsey
It’s 1952, and a rag-tag group of treasure hunters find themselves in a massive WWII military complex that seems to have developed a life of it’s own. What secrets remain hidden in these halls, and should they remain so?
FRANKLIN AND GHOST #5
SOURCE POINT PRESS
(W) Garrett Gunn (A) Nic Touris
Touted as a comedy/action/sci-fi, this tale has a floating flaming skull, a fox-dude and a foxy-lady. In spaaaace! Sweeeet.
BARBARIC WRONG KIND OF RIGHTEOUS
(W) Michael Moreci, Nicholas Eames (A) Nathan Gooden
A paladin, Sir Borys and his talking flail recruit Owen and Soren, and the talking axe for a noble quest. I’m in, but mostly to see what the talking weapons have to say to an about each other.
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