Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic shop the week of September 29, 2018.
Words/Story: Chelsea Cain
Art/Colors: Kate Niemczyk
“A mutation in Toxoplasmosis causes menstruating women to turn into ferocious killer wildcats—easily provoked and extremely dangerous. As panic spreads and paranoia takes root, the fate of the world rides on the shoulders of one twelve-year-old girl.”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: There’s a podcaster I love who seems to have a curse: he falls in love with great comics only to see the publisher cancel them. The prior partnership of Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk was just one of those cancellations, the Eisner-nominated Mockingbird. That comic had so much wit and sass that I fell in love too (after “Bob” raved about the first few issues). If this new project can capture a fraction of the positivity, sexiness (the empowering kind), scientific smarts, and kick-ass bravery they brought to Bobby Morse—soon to be holding the fort in Unstoppable Wasp—I volunteer to personally filter all of Ms. Cain’s Twitter DMs for her.
Publisher: Vault Comics
Words/Story: Ryan O’Sullivan
Art/Colors: Andrea Mutti
“The Fearscape is a world beyond our own, populated by manifestations of our worst fears. Once per generation, The Muse travels to Earth, discovers our greatest Storyteller, and takes them with her to the Fearscape to battles these fear-creatures on our behalf. All has been well for eons, until The Muse encounters Henry Henry, a plagiarist with delusions of literary grandeur. Mistaking him for our greatest Storyteller, she ushers him into the Fearscape. Doom follows.”
Category: Emerging/Veteran Combo
Why I’m Excited: As I’ve mentioned in the past, the most dynamic combos are those pairing comic veterans (Andrea Mutti in this case) and some just getting their start in the medium (Ryan O’Sullivan). With only few books under his belt, O’Sullivan brings a fun twist on the “hero’s journey tale”; not only is he reluctant, he’s likely incompetent. But I hope that, like the recent Beautiful Canvas and A Week in the Library, this will be an exploration of the nature of creativity and connecting with an audience. And the great Mutti art is a draw that I won’t pass up.
William the Last
Publisher: Guardian Knight Studio/Antarctic Press
Words/Story: Brian Shearer
Art/Colors: Brian Shearer
“A young boy grows up with his grandfather on a deserted island. Upon his grandfather’s death, he climbs to the top of the island mountain to find himself in a land where the people are in hiding, a tyrant rules, and his own name has been forbidden from being spoken. He is William the Last.
Category: Emerging Talent
Why I’m Excited: After working as an inker on Larry Hama’s G.I. Joe since 2011 (with occasional pencils and covers), Brian Shearer began publishing this story as a webcomic between 2013 to 2016. And as you’d expect, it would be hard to work on such a long-running success without picking up on what works about the ways a story can be told. It’s obvious that he knows the technique and has the draftsmanship; it’s the humor and heart that will be the deciding factor. It seems likely that this issue (and maybe the next few) will be the webcomic rearranged for the page, but I recommend you buy it because, you know, I believe in the goals of Working Artists and the Greater Economy.
Heroes in Crisis
Words/Story: Tom King
Art/Colors: Clay Mann
“Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate-but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?”
Category: Like They Need My Help
Why I’m Excited: I love that there’s an alternative coping mechanism for DC heroes besides the one offered by Identity Crisis—because most characters don’t have a Fortress of Solitude or a Batcave into which they can retreat when needed. (Justice League’s Watchtower seems much too public to serve this purpose.) I’m intrigued to see what happens when the trials of battling villains and interdimensional/galactic/existential threats gets too be to much. I assume it’ll be a nuanced reaction to what aging (if that’s what the publisher allows) can do to one’s psyche.
Bonus mention this week: Stranger Things (Dark Horse)
What are you looking forward to?