#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of September 5, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries (plus a glorious omnibus) I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of September 5, 2018.

Covers for September 5, 2018

Berlin

Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Words/Story: Jason Lutes
Art/Colors: Jason Lutes

Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens—Marthe Müller: a young woman escaping the memory of a brother killed in World War One; Kurt Severing: an idealistic journalist losing faith in the printed word as fascism and extremism take hold; the Brauns: a family torn apart by poverty and politics. The city itself is the central protagonist in this historical fiction.

The city itself is the central protagonist in this historical fiction. Lavish salons, crumbling sidewalks, dusty attics, and train stations: all these places come alive in Lutes’ masterful hand. Weimar Berlin was the world’s metropolis, where intellectualism, creativity, and sensuous liberal values thrived, and Lutes maps its tragic, inevitable decline. Devastatingly relevant and beautifully told, Berlin is one of the great epics of the comics medium.”

Category: Like They Need My Help

Why I’m Excited: When you are doing something you love, it’s never really work, or so the famous quote goes. If you’re Jason Lutes, I suspect that you would disagree, because this book look like it was a lot of work. Having read the first two collections, I’m excited to see how the central characters are changed in the final volume, but I won’t skip ahead; I’ll savor each intricate drawing of the city and the emotional depth of each new development. I’ll grant you this may not bee a “comic” or even a new #1, but this publication will be a fine addition to any bookshelf and would be a fine historical companion to the Isherwood diaries for those trying to understand how a once-liberal culture could fall under the sway of a narcissistic sociopath with at downright ugly hairstyle. (The book is black and white, so imagine the orange where you want to.)

Cover for Berlin

Drawn & Quarterly

War Bears

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words/Story: Margaret Atwood
Art/Colors: Ken Steacy

“Oursonette, a fictional Nazi-fighting superheroine, is created at the peak of World War II by comic book creator Al Zurakowski who dreams of making it big in the early world of comics publishing. A story that follows the early days of comics in Toronto, a brutal war that greatly strains Al personally and professionally, and how the rise of post-war American comics puts an end to his dreams.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: Margret f*%$!ing Atwood. After having a hoot of good time (pun intended) with last year’s Angel Catbird, her first foray into visual storytelling, I think this will play to the novelist’s other strength: getting inside the mind of a character who is up against horrific odds to accomplish a goal. The solicit looks to be tackling a similar time frame and subject as The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, but I have faith that Atwood (who is wicked funny on Twitter, by the way) to tackle this with nuance an heart.

Cover of War Bears

Dark Horse Comics

Asgardians of the Galaxy

Publisher: Marvel
Words/Story: Cullen Bunn
Art/Colors: Mateo Lolli

“Spinning out of the events of Infinity Wars comes an epic space opera from Deadpool veterans Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli! Angela, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded Valkyrie—and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. Skurge the Executioner, freshly returned from Hel. Throg, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero Thunderstrike. And the Destroyer, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials—its wielder unknown. The events of Infinity Wars set Nebula off on a quest to rule the galaxy—wielding an Asgardian weapon even Thor would fear—and it’s up to this team of gods, assassins, frogs and heroes to stop her.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: Since The Sixth Gun in 2010, I think I’ve picked up at least on issue of every series Cullen Bunn has written, and even when the comic in question may not have been my jam (e.g., Deadpool) or I have fallen off (e.g., X-Men Blue), I recognize the skill of a master at work. Currently on the pull list is Dark Ark, and this premise looks to play into his strength of fast-paced dynamic storytelling. This will be a fun ride, and I suspect the Destroyer reveal will be epic!

Note: The Valkyrie mentioned above is not the same character played by Tessa Thompson, in Thor: Ragnarok, who is currently kicking butt in Marvel’s Exiles.

Cover of Asgardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Comics

James Bond Origin

Publisher: Dynamite
Words/Story: Jeff Parker
Art/Colors: Bob Q

“Seventeen-year-old James Bond is a restless student in Scotland, an orphan, eager to strike out and make his mark on the world. But a visit by an old family friend coincides with the Clydebank Blitz, the most devastating German attack on Scotland during the War. James will fight through hell to survive, coming out the other side determined to make a difference. He’ll find his calling in a new British government service, secret in nature . . .”

Category: Like they Need My Help

Why I’m Excited: Every James Bond title Dyanmite has put out, including the Moneypenny special, has been great. The creative team is top notch and the idea of a teen 007 intriguing. The reason this is last on my list for the week is that I’m not sure I need or want the “baby Bond” story. With so many twists on the formula out there now, will this origin be elevated by being as close to cannon as a comics is allowed to get?

Cover of James Bond Origin

Dynamite Entertainment

Do you ever pick something up you’re not fully excited to buy? Were you ever right to be skeptical? Tell your stories in the comments!

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