#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of October 24, 2018

Here are a few of the things I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic shop the week of October 24, 2018.

Covers for the week of October 24, 2018


Publisher: Iron Circus Comics
Words/Story: Soleil Ho
Art/Colors: Blue Delliquanti

“A tale of youth, good intentions, and entomophagy, Meal is about Yarrow, a young woman determined to make her mark of the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. However, her evangelist streak concerning insect cuisine rubs some of her fellow chefs the wrong way, particularly Chandra Flores, member of a culture that’s been eating bugs for centuries, and deeply suspicious of this young white woman’s intentions to turn her traditions into the next big foodie trend. Can Yarrow win over Chandra . . . and Milani, the neighbor she’s been crushing on for weeks?”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: Always sensitive to the dynamics of gender expression in O Human Star, Blue Delequanti, here with coauthor Soleil Ho, looks poised to bring the same understanding to the joys you feel when you find a new (to you) music or style of art. Where does appreciation end and appropriation start? It’s a difficult distinction to navigate, and I’m sure that these two will bring the required emotional realism to an important topic—although I suspect that eating bugs is more emblematic a than typical example.

Meal cover

Iron Circus Comics

Dog Soldiers

Publisher: Devil’s Due/1First Comics
Words/Story: Matthew Fillbach, Shawn Fillbach
Art/Colors: Matthew Fillbach, Shawn Fillbach

“John Price has returned home after multiple tours of duty in the Middle East only to fight another war inside of his own mind: PTSD. With the urging from a supportive doctor, John adopts a service dog named Sarge. Can the companionship of Sarge and the love of his girl, Maria, save John from his inner demons?”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: Matthew and Shawn Fillbach have spent the last few years working on the Star Wars: Clone Wars comics and apparently started to wonder why they were telling other peoples’ stories. Now they bring their talents to a contemporary setting and a culture they understand well. Dog Soldiers is about the trauma of war and the loneliness of a place that was supposed to be your home. A Born on the Fourth of July for a new generation.

Dog Soldiers cover

Devil’s Due/1First Comics

Books of Magic

Publisher: DC/Vertigo
Words/Story: Kat Howard
Art/Colors: Tom Fowler

“Timothy Hunter may be destined to become the most powerful magician in the universe, but he’s still a London teenager, and having magical abilities complicates things more than it helps. It’s not like he can use magic to pass his exams, stop being bullied or convince his cute friend to date him. And while Tim’s trying to live his life, there are cultists who want to kill him, believing his power will eventually corrupt him into becoming a merciless mage. Oh, and those are the good guys. Luckily, his new substitute teacher is more than she appears, and may be able to help Tim discover the mystery behind the Books of Magic . . .”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: Neil Gaiman began the saga of Tim Hunter the year I started high school. I kept up with him for four years before falling away as I went to college. It’s good to know that he still hasn’t grown up, because neither have I. Relaunching the Vertigo line with a set of books based on the game-changing Sandman series is smart marketing, but the only one of the group that really interests me is this one, the continued adventures of a kid I had way too much in common with—except the magic.

Books of Magic cover

Vertigo/DC Comics

The Backstagers Halloween Intermission

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words/Story: Kat Howard
Art/Colors: Tom Fowler

“When Sasha accidentally falls asleep backstage, he ends up locked in the theater overnight! What lurks in the shadows, what terrors will he discover, and what the heck are the stage managers chanting?”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: There’s a magic that comes with going to a play. I love this series because it captures the love and friendship that comes with putting on a show. A night locked in the theater would be a long time to contemplate the mysteries of life, but on the night when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest, the mysteries of life might just be scary as all get-out.

Halloween Intermission #1 cover

BOOM! Studios


Publisher: Black Crown/IDW
Words/Story: David Lapham, Maria Lapham
Art/Colors: David Lapham

“A handsome drifter murders his way through the midwest while hiding in plain sight as a travel blogger, leaving families in shreds and body bags in his wake. Ricky Toledo was fifteen when she fell hard for ‘Dante’—until he killed her mother and got her father sent to prison for it. It’s three years later, and Ricky will stop at nothing to get revenge. Lodger is a dark, grimy, psychological thriller—a game of cat and mouse between a broken young woman and a serial killer—and like all the best crime noir . . . a twisted love story.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: Veterans of Crossed, The Strain, and Stray Bullets, David and Maria Lapham have been able to capture the horror and pathos of the darkest corners of the human mind. Lodger looks to be part revenge fantasy, part Gothic noir, and I hope Ricky’s journey into the evil that lurks in men’s hearts will be as great as the creators’ prior work.

Lodger cover

IDW Publishing

Bonus: Also out this week is a new adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from Fred Fordham.

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