Here are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic shop the week of October 17, 2018.
Words/Story: Nnedi Okorafor
Art/Colors: Leonardo Romero
“The Black Panther has disappeared, lost on a mission in space. And in his absence, everyone’s looking at the next in line for the throne. But Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one—and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.”
Category: Return to a Beloved World
Why I’m Excited: Wakanda forever! Quite possibly the real breakout star of the worldwide blockbuster, Letitia Wright‘s Shuri brought sass and class to the heroism of her brother’s movie. Now all the kids who bought the T-shirt at Target can get a book too. There will likely be some who are annoyed by the de-aging that looks to have occurred since her return in Black Panther issue 9 (based on the preview art), but it won’t be a big deal if Nnedi Okorafor can bring the right tone. And Leonardo Romero always brings the right art.
The Unstoppable Wasp
Words/Story: Jeremy Whitley
“Nadia Van Dyne, AKA the Unstoppable Wasp, and her team of girl scientists are back! With the backing of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, there’s no problem the Agents of GIRL can’t solve! But they’re not the only acronym-toting science organization out there, and when AIM strikes, Nadia and the ladies of Genius In action Research Labs answer the call. But who is AIM’s new super-powered lieutenant, and how do they know Nadia? And what does AIM’s plan have to do with Nadia’s father, Hank Pym?”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: I was very sad that this book didn’t sell enough to continue past a second trade collection. But despite the many worries about the demise of comic books voiced by direct-market retailers (i.e., comics shops), there are many other signs of life: chain bookstores like Barnes & Noble, digital platforms like ComiXology, and school book fairs like Scholastic. The last of those is responsible for the return of Ms. Van Dyne. Canceled too soon and then devoured in collections, this title may point the way to a more sustainable publishing model or just show that the current distribution monopoly is due for a shakeup.
Publisher: Ahoy Comics
Words/Story: Stuart Moore
Art/Colors: June Brigman
“When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! Or at least one starship. Now the intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe.”
Category: Return to a Beloved World
Why I’m Excited: The BBC comedy Red Dwarf introduced me to the idea that after a few thousand years (and maybe a few too many blasts of cosmic radiation) a cat could evolve into a reluctant hero reluctant. Now a whole ship filled with interstellar felines promises to be an out-of-this-world adventure. Plus: an all-new text story by comics legend Grant Morrison, “The Electric Sky Bear That Inspired Ben Franklin,” illustrated by Phil Hester, and a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler!
Publisher: Scout Comics
Words/Story: Don Handfield
Art/Colors: Charles Carvalho
“Bennett Miller [is] a high school teacher in East St. Louis who still lives with his grandmother. One day Bennett is approached after his class by a mysterious old woman, Ms. Putnam, who tells him that magic is real . . . and he’s the one prophesied to return it to humanity. The only problem, it’s been outlawed for thousands of years by the ancient Few, a powerful sect who hoard it to prolong their own lives and will stop at nothing to keep it secret.”
Category: Support Emerging Talent
Why I’m Excited: The main character of this comic (not to be confused with a local shop of similar name that’s been getting social media attention this past week) is a teacher by day? When’s the last time you saw that played for heroics and drama? Well I know from first-hand experience (I’m married to one) that teachers are all heroes. But one that can do magic too? That will be fun—especially if he can get all the kids engaged in the lesson.
Have you ever checked the new-release schedules lately and found the comic you were so hot on getting has been delayed? That happened a lot for me with this week’s comics, but there’s still plenty to look forward to.