Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 22, 2018.
Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words/Story: Evan Dorkin
Art/Colors: Benjamin Dewey
“A heroic pack of canines known as the Wise Dogs set off on a mission to clean up a Pennsylvania corridor plagued by seemingly unrelated occult disturbances that include a fire salamander and a horde of mutant lurkers. A link is found among the various disturbances, leading our heroes to a mountain village inhabited by a survivalist witch-cult who have discovered the existence of a ‘Blood Lure’ attracting occult forces, creatures, and many more terrors to Burden Hill!”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: I am desperately missing/eagerly anticipating a return to The Autumnlands. This comic will scratch the itch for a bit because nobody does personified pups like Mr. Dewey—and after catching up with the recent reissue of the first Beasts volume, it will be good to get my head a few feet closer to the ground and fine-tune that sense of smell. Nothing can speak more about humanity than the stories told through the eyes of our “best friends.”
Publisher: IDW/Black Crown
Words/Story: Christopher Sebela
Art/Colors: Shawn McManus
“Ten-year-old fraternal twin Dylan Sandifer and her family have fallen down a rabbit hole full of secret implants, conspiracy theories, Mandela effects, extra-dimensional invaders, and organ thieves. As the attacks against them intensify, the Sandifers light out on a cross-country search for answers and salvation, blazing a bloody path of torture, arson and murder. Can young Dylan save her family from these delusions . . . or is this ornate conspiracy actually true?”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: Since the conclusion of Fables, I don’t think that anything has quite put Shawn McManus’s style to its best use. There’s a alchemy of writer and artist that will put a book in a special category, that hasn’t been achieved in a while from him. What make me optimistic about House Amok is Christopher Sebela’s ability to put the surreal and violent in a realistic tone. I suspect he could get me to fear the Big Bad Wolf is waiting for me if I were to loud getting a sandwich from the kitchen between pages. Shelly Bond may have found the right connection to make these two beyond good to great.
West Coast Avengers
Words/Story: Kelly Thompson
Art/Colors: Stefano Caselli
“A New Era Dawns . . . Avengers Assemble! Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Hawkeye (Clint Barton). A guy named Fuse. Never have they ever been called ‘the big three’ of . . . anything. And now here they are, reunited for, okay, well, it’s only the second time ever. Thank god they also brought America Chavez, Gwenpool, and Kid Omega. Wait. What? That’s right, it’s the new West Coast Avengers, son. And you better hope they can figure out how to save the world because BIG things are headed for the West Coast.”
Category: Like They Need Any Promotional Help
Why I’m Excited: It’s a can’t-fail recipe: The middle-arc highlight of America’s solo series teaming up with her Young Avengers BFF. The Snark King of Generation X. The mentor/mentee relationship of the Hawkeyes (I have some thoughts on who is which) and a few fourth-wall-breaking asides. If I can’t have these characters in their own series, I’ll take them as a team.
A very diverse week it is indeed. What is getting you excited?