Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of December 19, 2018

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of December 19, 2018.

Klaus and the Crying Snowman

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words/Story: Grant Morrison
Art/Colors: Dan Mora

“Klaus has to help an absentee dad-turned-snowman make amends before melting away for good. And probably before he’s defeated by a pantheon of Norse Gods and their minions. All in a day’s work for Santa Claus.”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: Just in time to be wrapped and/or stuck in a stocking, it’s a story about what Santa was doing before he got “fat and jolly.” I can imagine this type of thing being a gateway into the fun of comic-book storytelling for a later-grade kiddo (5th to 7th) who keeps begging to stay up and watch Game of Thrones.

BOOM! Studios

Freedom Fighters

Publisher: DC
Words/Story: Robert Venditti
Art/Colors: Eddy Barrows

“Twenty years after invading and occupying America, Germany wiped out all metahuman resistance, including the original Freedom Fighters. Fast-forward to the present day, and a new team of Freedom Fighters emerges to challenge the Nazi occupation once again. But if they’re to have any chance of victory, they’re going to need Uncle Sam—who disappeared after his original team was killed.”

Category: Return to a Beloved Familiar World

Why I’m Excited: The WB’s DC crossover episodes have reminded me of the place Earth-X has in the multiverse. It’s been a while since we’ve had a social moment where “punching Nazis” is as much an option in the real world as it’s been in comics, and I hope this book is able to comment positively on how to overcome the impulse to accept order over the messiness of living with diversity, ambiguity, and compromise.

DC Comics

Jazz Legend

Publisher:
Words/Story: JC Lacek
Art/Colors: Vasco Duarte and Vincent Dubourg

“There’s a peculiar new drug on the streets of Motocity. Its effects are unlike any other: an immersive psychedelic dreamscape with visions of animalistic abominations and god-like humanoids. This is bad news for Martin Comity, a hard living womanizer who lives for two things: playing jazz and getting his next fix. As Martin’s fascination with the drug turns to obsession, his loosening grip on reality becomes more evident by the day. An eccentric writer, the reclusive Benjamin Way, takes an odd interest in Martin’s predicament after experiencing visions of a phantom spectre with a single cryptic message: wake Martin to the nature of his “true” self, and quickly, or bear witness to the unraveling of that which bonds space and time.”

Category: Emerging Creators

Why I’m Excited: If, like me, you missed this series during its six-issue run this summer (oops!), here’s a chance to get the collected version. It’s always been difficult to translate the experience of hearing great music into a visual medium, and here, the art conjures something I felt in the mid-’90s rave scene. I’m going to put on the Orb’s Live 93 and dive into this supernatural world.

Scout Comics

Hardcore

Publisher: Image/Skybound
Words/Story: Andy Diggle
Art/Colors: Alessandro Vitti, Adriano Lucas

“Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn any person into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can’t. Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when he gets stranded in a body with only 72 hours to discover who’s hijacked the Program, he’ll have to pull out all the stops against an enemy who could be literally anyone.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: The connection between mind and body has intrigued philosophers and speculative fiction writers forever. Crosswind and Altered Carbon are just two of recent takes on the subject that I’ve enjoyed, and here the focus seems to be on the limits of how far those two can be separated. In the world of Hardcore, when putting the mind of a top assassin into the body of an untrained civilian, will the hero believe he can do some physical feat—say, jump between buildings—only to be neutralized by the flab that develops when you don’t train for hours a day? I’m going to give it a try.

Image Comics/Skybound

Also out this week: A relaunch of Betty and Veronica. With Archie having a fling with [issue #700 spoiler redacted], the girls can have some adventures without that indecisive redhead. There are multiple covers from many of the same artists who did variants for #700. And in case anyone is looking for the new volume of Batman and the Outsiders, it’s been delayed due to continuity revisions needed by events in other books.

See you at the racks!

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