Below are the graphic novels and a few new series I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic shop the week of October 10, 2018.
My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
Words/Story: Ed Brubaker
Art/Colors: Sean Phillips
“Teenage Ellie has always had romantic ideas about drug addicts. The tragic, artistic souls drawn to needles and pills have been an obsession since the death of her junkie mother ten years ago. But when Ellie lands in an upscale rehab clinic where nothing is what it appears to be, she’ll find another, more dangerous romance . . . and find out how easily drugs and murder go hand-in-hand.”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: The work of this team was my big discovery of 2017, when Kill or Be Killed Vol. 1 was released. I’ve tracked down everything else they did prior, and it’s hard for me to believe that this is the first time they’ve released a story first in hardcover. Was it only now that they achieved enough name recognition outside the “direct retail” market (i.e., Diamond Comic Distributors) get this out in completed form? (They must have been working on it concurrently with Kill or Be Killed.) I’m sure this marks a new height in their collaboration.
Last Space Race
Words/Story: Peter Calloway
Art/Colors: Alex Shibao
“It started as an anomaly. An outlier in the noise that’s so common in astronomical data. But the truth sends the United States—and the world—careening into what will become humanity’s Last Space Race.
Leading the effort for the United States is one man, Sasha Balodis. A fun-loving tech billionaire turned aerospace titan, Sasha’s seemingly perfect life has been gripped by recent tragedy. Building and launching the most expensive, most ambitious and most important project in history—well, it gives him something to live for again.
There’s only one thing standing in his way: his arch-rival and chief aerospace competitor, Roger Freeman.”
Category: Support Emerging Talent
Why I’m Excited: The upcoming release of First Man has me thinking about what it takes for a person to go into space—what it takes personally and what it takes from a committed group to pull off a spectacular achievement. My hope is that this book brings all of that out in a way that will showcase some of the smaller efforts that may get lost in the celebration of success or the tragedy of failure. The skill that Peter Calloway has brought to TV projects Legion, Cloak and Dagger, and Under the Dome make that a good bet And if Alex Shibao draws the lead to look like Ryan Gosling . . . well that would be cool too. Thanks to Lisa Olson for catching this one before it whizzed past me.
Publisher: Image/Top Cow
Words/Story: Ryan Cady
Art/Colors: Andrea Mutti
Category: Emerging/Veteran Combo
Why I’m Excited: I mentioned Andrea Mutti and his work in Fearscape a few weeks back, and I loved his work with Brian Wood on the Rebels series. But wait—he’s also doing Port of Earth and Rome West! The man must not sleep. Ryan Cady is an industry veteran as an editor and is now taking up that frustrated editor’s advice: In order to read the story you need, you’re going to have to write it yourself.
What are you picking up this week?