Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of November 21, 2018

Here are the new books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of November 21, 2018.

MiddleWest

Publisher: Image
Words/Story: Skottie Young
Art/Colors: Jorge Corona

“The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. Mistakes have been made, and Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family’s history, as he searches for answers to quell a coming storm that knows his name.”

Category: Tried and True Creator

Why I’m Excited: Known for his “baby” superhero covers, Skottie Young recently reminded the world that he can write a darn good funny-book. I Hate Fairyland and its foul-mouthed protagonist, Gerttie, were a guaranteed laugh each month. I really appreciated the way that just when you thought the the game was up, he flipped the tables on what you thought the goal was. The first few pages remind me here of one of my favorites, I Kill Giants, so I’m encouraged by the premise of a young kid fighting a war that the adults just don’t see. (Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane is also a wonderful entry into that genre.)

Middlewest cover

Image Comics

Smooth Criminals

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words/Story: Kurt Lustgarten, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith
Art/Colors: Leisha Riddel

“There are certain things Brenda expects to find while hacking: money, secrets, occasional pictures of cats. She is NOT expecting to find a cryogenically frozen master thief from the 60s. Mia is everything Brenda is not—cool, confident, beautiful. And utterly unprepared for the digital age. Despite their differences, the two will need to team up to find out what happened to Mia—and how to pull off the heist of the century.”

Category: Support Emerging Talent

Why I’m Excited: Kirsten Smith’s writing credits include so many of the classic movies from the aughts that its odd to think this will be only her second foray into comics. There were many comparisons between her (and Kurt Lustgarten’s) Misfit City and the The Goonies—but, you know, for today. And much less problematic. Whatever the inspiration, I look forward to her snappy dialogue. I’m sincerely hoping that the stars align and a comic character will become as iconic as Elle Woods, or that I can get a new catchphrase like “Have you ever been whelmed?” to add to my personal lexicon.

Smooth Criminals cover

BOOM! Studios

American Carnage

Publisher: DC/Vertigo
Words/Story: Bryan Hill
Art/Colors: Leandro Fernandez

“Disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright is offered a chance for redemption when his old mentor sends him undercover to infiltrate a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: Bryan Hill’s previous work on the ultraviolent Postal isn’t something that I would have typically gravitated toward, but his way of delivering characterization and character development was beyond what I expected. That Shakespearean drama was grounded in the central mother/son dynamic and a gritty look at the type of hate groups that have entered the news recently. I suspect that the success of the Spike Lee joint BlacKkKlansman may have had a role in moving this into production. I wonder whether it’ll be played for as much comedy as the movie.

American Carnage cover

DC Comics/Vertigo

Also out this week are Archie #700 with new creative Nick Spencer and Marguerite Sauvage (I’m getting Cover G by Audrey Mok); Star Wars #57 by Jamal Campbell, whose cover and blurb boasting “Shirtless Han Solo chopping wood” gave me a chuckle.

For Archie #700, which cover are you more interested in? Tweet me @tallkarlmpls.

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