Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of September 12, 2018.
Words/Story: Mark Waid
Art/Colors: Pete Krause
“WWII is looming and Archie and many young men from Riverdale are close to enlistment age. If you’re a Riverdale teen, how would you cope with a looming world-changing event?”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: We are in the middle of an Archie renaissance—an Archie-sance, you might say. There is is a variety of Archie for every taste in the comics marketplace. If the horror of Afterlife isn’t your thing, the recently concluded Archies may have gotten you into a few new bands, Jughead gave you some Sunday-funnies adventures, and there’s even a comic version of the over-the-top Riverdale. Mark Waid has been writing the monthly title since its relaunch in 2015, and he’s gotten really good at understanding these characters and their interpersonal relationships. Now he’s putting them in a semirealistic setting of the approaching war—because while the Archie comics published in the actual 1940s were meant to be an escape from the times, this new series looks to be a tackling of everything that we (big “we” there) were trying to forget. I’ll try not to miss KJ Apa’s abs too much.
Low Road West
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words/Story: Philip Kennedy Johnson
“In the aftermath of a nuclear first strike that has left the East Coast uninhabitable, five teenagers are being sent west, away from the wreckage that was once their home. Halfway through the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, the shuttle that promised safety has broken down, stranding them in the middle of nowhere with only one another to count on. Their only hope seems to be a town just on the edge of the horizon, but the closer they get the stranger things become. If they want to survive, they will have to learn to trust one another-and with society crumbling around them, trust does not come easily.”
Category: Emerging Talent
Why I’m Excited: Philip Kennedy Johnson’s Warlords of Appalachia was well received, and I like his Aquaman contribution. The real draw here is Flaviano’s ability to capture the tension of a situation in the subtle element of his characters’ way of looking at each other. Many times stories about teens are drawn as if the cast were actually pushing 30. In TV, we go with it because kids don’t have the flexibility for regular production schedules—like in 90210—but in comics, it’s just within the artist’s skill set (or editorial direction) to portray karate-practicing teen girls as sexy. We’re getting rid of those Weinstein-esque creeps at the major publishers, right?
Words/Story: Warren Ellis
Art/Colors: Jason Howard
“A professional pathfinder, his only ally a disaffected young murderess, breaks out of a torture cell in pursuit of his worst extraction scenario ever: escaping on foot across a sprawling and secret off-world colony established a hundred years ago and filled with generations of lunatics.”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: After the slow burn of Trees went dormant, I’ve been hoping the team would find a good new story to tell. There’s no word I could use to do justice to the skills Warren Ellis brings to all projects, so I’ll just direct you to Absolute Transmetropolitan. And Jason Howard’s ability to use negative space and splashes of color is unparalleled. Tackling a world of deranged lunatics will be a joy for him, I’m sure, so the excitement follows.
Publisher: First Second
Words/Story: Ngozi Ukazu
Art/Colors: Ngozi Ukazu
“Eric Bittle is a former Georgia junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and amateur pâtissier. But as accomplished as he is, nothing could prepare him for his freshman year of playing hockey at the prestigious Samwell University in Samwell, Massachusetts. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in the South! For one? There’s checking. Second, there is Jack, his very attractive but moody captain.”
Category: How Did I Miss This?
Why I’m Excited: A little over a year ago, when the man I want to be when I grow up—Glen Weldon—started taking about how much he loved this webcomic, I had to check it out. I lost a Saturday afternoon and evening and a Sunday morning treading the series, figuring out who the author was, and kicking myself for not finding it sooner. I’m excited to have a sprint version on the way; the time it takes to reformat a webcomic for print is a more complicated process than I guessed, but my anticipation is not diminished.
Let me know what you think of my recommendations! Did I miss something you’d like to see featured?