#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of August 15, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 15, 2018.

Covers for all featured comics

Pearl

Publisher: Jinxworld/DC
Words/Story: Brian Michael Bendis
Art/Colors: Michael Gaydos

Pearl is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza. She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape.”

Category: Like They Need Any Promotional Help

Why I’m Excited: We are still trying to understand how the transition of (arguably) the comics industry’s most influential author to the “venerable competition” will change both of the big two. The buzz from the beginning of Brian Michael Bendis’s stint on Superman and Action is that he hasn’t needed any time to acclimate to DC. (That said, editorial assistance is largely invisible, so who knows how many drafts things went through, and who’s to say there’s much difference between the culture and processes of the two publishers.) It’s hard to believe that it’s been a dozen years since the landmark publication of Alias, and Pearl seems an attempt to tap that vein again. Given the jewel they found in those first 27 issues (pun intended), I hope they strike it rich again.

Pearl cover

DC Comics

Extermination (#1 of 5)

Publisher: Marvel
Words/Story: Ed Brisson
Art/Colors: Pepe Larraz

“The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but are determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutant-kind lies squarely in the hands of its past.”

Category: Like They Need Any Promotional Help

Why I’m Excited: I think that the the attempt by the above-mentioned Brian Michael Bendis while he was at Marvel to rejuvenate the X-Men line by bringing teen versions of the “core” team into the present continuity was a remarkable success. Not only did it hold a mirror up to the developments in those characters over the years (how did Scott Summers fall so far?), but it also served as a metacommentary on the state of comics (these kids just want to have fun . . . isn’t that what comics are for?). So will this “event” return the X-verse to having a single Jean, Bobby, Hank, and Warren—and no Scotts? I hope not, but I’m excited to read what the Pete Panzerfoust and Rat Queens creator has in store for the team.

Extermination #1 cover

Marvel Comics

Volition

Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Words/Story: Ryan Parrott
Art/Colors: Omar Francia

“In a not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence has spawned a race of robots that serve all of humanity. Robots are considered second class citizens, but a few in the A.I. community are fighting for equal rights.

When a debilitating virus called ‘Rust’ threatens all artificial life, salvation lies in the most unlikely of robotic heroes, an obsolete construction worker and a dedicated caregiver. Together, HALE-19 and AMBER-7T embark on a perilous journey in search of a cure that could potentially change the balance of power on Earth forever.”

Category: Emerging Talent

Why I’m Excited: Anybody from the writers room of TV’s gone-to-soon Revolution assigned to write the series conclusion in comic form—why couldn’t the series-conclusion movie have been a thing five years ago?—has my eyes for at least a few issues.

Volition #1 cover

Aftershock Comics

The Girl Who Danced with Death

Publisher: Titan Comics
Words/Story: Sylvain Runberg
Art/Colors: Belen Ortega

“This time around, we find Lisbeth preparing to hack a gigantic data centre and expose the Swedish secret service’s secret files. Unfortunately, nothing is simple, and Lisbeth once again finds herself in need of Mikael Blomkvist’s help when her friend Trinity is kidnapped. In a world of conspiracy and mistrust, their investigation soon leads them to the obscure group known only as ‘Sparta’ . . .”

Category: Returning to a Beloved World (though maybe “beloved” isn’t the right word here)

Why I’m Excited: Have you ever seen a meme develop on social media? You first see it on a Reddit thread, and it moves onto Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, and suddenly your mom is saying “Ermagerd”? That’s how I see Lisbeth. In the decade since she was introduced in Stig Larsson’s debut novel, we’ve seen her evolve and copied into a now-recognizable trope (I’ll set aside that some reviews are saying she’s been toned down in the two novels since her creator’s death) that both the TV version of Jessica Jones and the early Agents of SHIELD characterization of Daisy Johnson owe a debt to.

Because this is the first new comics story to feature her, I’m excited to see how the author takes what worked in the adaptations and applies those tools to a new story.

The Girl Who Danced with Death cover

Titan Comics

What did I miss? What excites you? Leave a comment, tweet at me, or just wait to corner me at a local shop and set me on the right path!

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