Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of November 14, 2018

Here are the new books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of November 14, 2018.

Bitter Root

Publisher: Image
Words/Story: David Walker, Chuck Brown
Art/Colors: Sanford Green

“In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and only the Sangerye Family can save New York—and the world—from the supernatural forces threatening to destroy humanity. But the once-great family of monster hunters has been torn apart by tragedies and conflicting moral codes. The Sangerye Family must heal the wounds of the past and move beyond their differences . . . or sit back and watch a force of unimaginable evil ravage the human race.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: David Walker and Sanford Green’s Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) was a joy! Taking their cues from the ’70s origin of the Luke Cage character, they played the buddy dynamic better than most takes on the duo. The incorporation of “street level” magic into the Harlem setting was both an honoring of folk traditions that each new wave of immigrants have brought with them and a means to add an “out of their element” spin to a setting the characters have been inhabiting for decades. I now look forward to anything theses two work on.

Bitter Root #1 cover

Image Comics

Firefly

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words/Story: Greg Pak
Art/Colors: Dan McDaid

“[O]ne of the most demanded stories in the franchise’s history is revealed for the first time! Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job—legal or not—to stay afloat and keep his crew fed. Find out . . . how he met his first mate Zoe and the real truth about the War of Unification the intergalactic civil war that divided friend and family alike.”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: There were many things to love in the Firefly TV series: a mold-busting space mechanic, a future where Chinese is just as widely spoken as English, the coexistence of high and low technology, and the hope that members of the oldest profession will someday get the respect their role in society deserves. I revere it as one of the best TV series to come out of the last 20 years. My only consolation from its undeserved cancellation is that most of the cast has gone on to do a lot of great work. (For more Whedon—and Fillion-esque covers—also out this week is Dr. Horrible: Best Friends Forever.)

Firefly #1 cover

BOOM! Studios

Form of a Question

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words/Story: Andrew Rostan
Art/Colors: Kate Kasenow and Jenna Ayoub

Category: Emerging Creators

Why I’m Excited: Over the last few years many of the most powerful and acclaimed works in the graphic novel medium have been memoirs (Fun Home, PersepolisSpinning). My theory is that there’s something about presenting one’s recollections through visual art that allows reader to focus on the emotional truth of the situations depicted rather than on whether the incidents are factually described. Having watched my brother try numerous times to get onto Jeopardy!, I have the sense that it would be the culmination of many years’ work. Here, though, it seems that the trials of on-camera questioning are just the kick the author needs to figure out whats truly important in his life.

Preview pages are available for a limited time.

Form of a Question cover

BOOM! Studios

Uncanny X-Men

Publisher: Marvel
Words/Story: Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg
Art/Colors: Mahmud A. Asrar, Mark Bagley, Mirko Colak
Variant Covers: David Finch, Scott Williams, 20+ others

“Starting with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, the X-Men are drawn into what might be . . . their final adventure?!”

Category: Like They Need My Help

Why I’m Excited: Because (in no particular order) . . .

  1. It’s time to take the focus off the teen versions of the original five.
  2. X-23 working as part of a team will be a new take on the character.
  3. Jubilee is cured of vampirism and back to her original power set.
  4. Beast needs a redemption arc.
  5. Cannonball has been under- and misused in the USAvengers series.
  6. Iceman is getting the character development attention he’s deserved since the ’60s.
  7. Nightcrawler is looking super sexy with the beard!
  8. Bishop is looking good too.
  9. Storm seems rejuvenated after taking a break due to the pointless events of Inhumans v. X-Men.
  10. Phoenix and Psyloche get to do stuff too.

I sometimes joked with my mom that Days of Our Lives kept telling the same story over and over again. She never really cared that all of the plot lines had been done before, or that nobody ever got a true happy ending. I guess that’s why she liked watching it for 30 years. In honor of my mom, I can say I have my own Days of Our Lives. Long live the X-Soap.

Variant covers for Uncanny X-Men

Marvel Comics

Also out this week: a new collection of The Fade Out from Brubaker, Phillips, Breitweiser; I Am Sonia Sotomayor by Meltzer and Eliopoulos; and a new arc begins in Remender and Tocchini’s Low.

Finally, it seems that in the time since I first looked though the release schedule to plan this weeks’s column, the arrival of the statue I pre-ordered has been pushed back. No problem. Now you, too, can talk to your local comic shop and make sure they know you would love to have a Geralt in a tub to put on your collection shelf. Mine might go in my bathroom. I haven’t decided.

Geralt bath statue

Dark Horse Comics

Auditioning a sign off, à la Stan Lee’s “Excelsior!,” how about “Catch you at the racks”? Tweet any additional suggestions to @TallKarlMpls.

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