The fall kicks off with a bang! This week is a double helping of new series. Below are the #1 issues I’m picking up at my local comic shop the week of October 3, 2018.
Words/Story: Mark Russell
Art/Colors: Bob Q
“1883. The advent of barbed wire is creating havoc in the Texas panhandle. A corrupted state senator conspires with dirty ranchers to make land unnavigable for open rangers and native tribes, passing new laws allowing cattlemen to kill anyone caught cutting the wire. Good people are getting hurt, and The Lone Ranger must act. But to truly stop this rampant villainy, he’ll need to go all the way to the top, and rely on an old friend for help.”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: After the brilliant Flintstones and The Snaglepuss Chronicles, Mark Russell is firing on all cylinders. My knowledge of the 1880s is fairly limited, but I have hopes of seeing a few parallels drawn to the current political climate and a few good laughs.
Words/Story: Tee Franklin
Art/Colors: Alitha Martinez
“Mahalia runs the hottest spot in all of 1950s New Orleans. The Jook Joint keeps the jazz popping, people bopping . . . and the women? The women are to die for. There’s only one rule: ‘Keep your hands to yourself.’ But some men think rules don’t apply to them, and Mahalia and her coven of slain women enjoy reminding them that they most certainly do.”
Category: Returning to a Beloved World
Why I’m Excited: Ever since True Blood went off the rails in season 4 (or at least a transitioned into high camp), I’ve had cravings for good Southern Gothic. The recipe for success in this comic combines spices from American Horror Story: Coven, The Beguiled, and Get Out into a winning mix. Tee Franklin is riding high on the success of Bingo Love (new edition also just released) and is it just me, or does the sample art make Mahalia look like Tilda from Luke Cage season 2?
Words/Story: Sam Humphries
Art/Colors: Jen Bartel
“Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she’s crazy. The bigger problem: she’s not crazy—she’s right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?”
Category: Emerging Talent
Why I’m Excited: After paying her dues (is that still a saying?) on a few years of Jem and the Holograms, Jen Bartel is ready for the big time. For a while recently there has been a pervading assumption that it was only writers that could sell comic books, and it seemed that the era when buyers would pick up a book based largely on the strength of an artist had passed. Well, there is a raft of new artists on the scene to shout “Poppycock!” (I know that one’s no longer a saying), and they are mostly women: see Joëlle Jones, Sara Pichelli, Jenny Frison, Sana Takeda, Marguerite Sauvage, to name a few. Here, Bartel is working with Nayoung Wilson (Triona Farrell begins coloring in issue #2) to create a neon unberbelly for LA with a color palette that reminds me of the recent films of Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon).
What If? X-Men and What If? Spider-Man
Words/Story: Bryan Edward Hill (X-Men), Gerry Conway (Spider-Man)
Art/Colors: Neil Edwards and Giannis Milonogiannis (X-Men), Diego Olortegui (Spider-Man
What If? X-Men: “Welcome to the EXE/scape, a digital wonderland of business and pleasure accessible to anyone with the social (or monetary) capital for the bio-mods needed to log in . . . Or you can bypass all of that by being born carrying an .EXE/gene! But circumventing the login regulations is exactly what got the likes of Charles Xavier and his .EXE/men banned and driven underground in the first place . . . Free-roamers u/Domino and u/Cable have taken every dirty job there is on the ’scape, but when a simple data scrubbing job turns bad, the life of bio-mod magnate Erik Lehnsherr hangs in the balance, and with it, their very society.”
What If? Spider-Man:”What if Peter Parker wasn’t the one bitten by the radioactive spider? What if the person who got bit was someone who didn’t live by the mantra of ‘with great power comes great responsibility’? What if that person was an egotistical bully who was only interested in taking care of himself? What if . . . Flash Thompson became Spider-Man?”
Category: Like They Need My Help
Why I’m Excited: Before there were Else-Worlds, before there was Earth 1610, and before anybody Renewed Their Vows, there was What If. In addition to six new issues being released this month, there are ten rereleases of classic stories under the True Believers imprint. I first discovered my first What If right after the X-Men won Inferno, and I devoured every story after that. It folded into my love of Choose Your Own Adventure novels and the interconnectedness of the Marvel Universe. Having it back (if just for a few weeks) is a much-needed nostalgia rush.
Solo: The Survivors of Chaos
Publisher: Statix Press/Titan Comics
Words/Story: Oscar Martin
Art/Colors: Oscar Martin
“Road warrior? Meet rat warrior! On an Earth ravaged by nuclear war, an array of mutant animals have repopulated the land. But these survivors of chaos are far from peaceful. Life is often short and always brutal, so when Solo’s family faces starvation, the young rat wanders the cannibal wastes to become a warrior.”
Category: Return to a Beloved World
Why I’m Excited: Statix Press recently put out Atlas and Atlas, another anthropomorphic-animal quest comic, and I immediately wanted more. Ruinworld from Derek Laufman (featured here in July) is also scratching that itch, but Solo looks to be a bit more of a Usagi Yojimbo vibe with some gritty violence. I am very happy that the market for the aesthetic once called “Euro comics” is growing here in the US. The crosspollination of Franco-Belgian influences and American serialized storytelling formulas (I mean that in the niceest possible way) and the far-reaching subject matter of manga will be good for the medium. More diversity, more styles, and more audience.
Words/Story: Gerry Duggan
Art/Colors: John McCrea
“Back in the ’90s, Dead Rabbit was a prolific Boston stick-up man and hoodlum, until he took down one last big score and disappeared. Nobody ever discovered the truth: he retired to be with the love of his life. Now he’s back in the mask to save her, but no one—not his wife, the mafia, or the cops—is happy that he’s out of retirement.”
Category: Like They Need My Help
Why I’m Excited: The end of Kill or be Killed has left a hole in my pull list. With the humor of Deadpool and shades of a D. B. Cooper theory, this looks like a top contender to fill it.
I hope I’ve saved up enough money to also buy some food this week!