Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 1, 2018.
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words/Story: Ann Nocenti
Art/Colors: David Aja
“The bees are swarming. What do they know that we don’t? The rich have built walls around their wealth and scramble into escape rockets. The romantic and the ruthless cross over into the lawless wilds of Zone-B. A few cantankerous aliens have come to collect the last dregs of humanity’s essence for the celestial embryo bank. One of them falls in love. Astra is an idealistic journalist who stumbles into the story of a lifetime, only to realize that if she reports it, she’ll destroy the last hope of a dying world. How far will she go to get her story? An eco-fiction tech-thriller where flora and fauna have begun to mutate, The Seeds is also a story of love beyond race and gender, and of the resilience of both human and animal kind.”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: Ever since Hawkeye, David Aja is pure gold. The cover for The Seeds only hints at a unique visual language that can imply new story possibilities. Could the aliens of the solicit break in pictures? Meanwhile, Ann Nocenti holds a place in my heart as part of my first steps into comics (Daredevil #245), which gave me a glimpse of what comics could do with psychological depth (Matt Murdock versus a demon). I’m interested what she will be able to do when freed from the constraints of the superhero genre.
Robots versus Princesses
Words/Story: Todd Matthy
Art/Colors: Nicolas Chapuis
“The comic event of the year has arrived! When plucky Princess Zara stumbles upon the Decimator defector Wheeler, she sets in motion events that will pit the spritely cleverness of fairy tale princesses against the raw power of giant robots!”
Category: Emerging Creators
Why I’m Excited: As the tropes of manga further penetrate into American comics, it was inevitable that this mashup would happen. Then again, is it really a mashup? Who says that stories about princesses have to be separate from stories involving giant robots? Who says that flouncy dresses have to be in different comics from ones with mega-destructo-death ray wielding . . . can I call them zords, or is that trademark infringement? I for one am happy to support a creator exploring a bit of both worlds, and if it prompts a rewatch of Short Circuit, that’s fine by me too.
Publisher: Iron Circus
“Six months from now, detailed schematics anonymously uploaded to the Internet will describe, in perfect detail, how to build a faster-than-light engine for $200 in easily-available parts. Space travel will become instantly—and chaotically—democratized. The entire cosmos will be within reach of all humankind. This comics anthology is about what happens next.”
Category: Emerging Talent
Why I’m Excited: Over the last few years, Iron Circus Comics has been a staple of the Kickstarter circuit. I can’t say that I was on the Bingo Love train as early as my inner hipster (demon?) would have liked, but I’m hoping this will rebuild my cred. I’m in love with this premise, and whenever the publisher puts out a call for pitches, I know that they pay close attention to the experiences and perspectives of creators, and unique stories are their hallmark. I also recommend following @Iron_Spike for commentary on art, culture, and comics.
So, what are you picking up this week?