Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store on January 2, 2019.
The Ring of the Nibelung
Words/Story: P. Craig Russell
Art/Colors: P. Craig Russell
“Giants plot against gods, who in turn tear human lovers apart, while the lives of great warriors are ruined, and murder after murder is committed in the name of love and gold. It’s the epic as it was meant to be read.”
Categories: Return to a Beloved World, Tried and True Creator
Why I’m Excited: Though drawing from many of the same folklore sources as Tolkien did, this narrative has a more traditional take on the idea of heroism. Anyone familiar with the high-fantasy genre will recognize much of the story, but when it’s presented in such a beautiful manner by such a talent, you can’t help but be enthralled with the drama. A hardcover printing is also available, but the price is steep.
Conan the Barbarian
Words/Story: Jason Aaron
Art/Colors: Mahmud A. Asrar
“From an age undreamed . . . hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet . . . Conan’s travels have brought him to the far reaches of the unknown, from his birthplace in Cimmeria to the kingdom of Aquilonia and all in between. As his fighting prowess allows him to carve his way through life, so too does it attract the forces of death!”
Category: Like They Need My Help
Why I’m Excited: The solicit proclaims, “Robert E. Howard’s creation returns to comics, in an epic tale as only Marvel could bring you!” I’m having a hard time imagining a better team to bring the ’30s pulp hero forward. Aaron’s understanding of how to treat mythic characters has been on display in The Mighty Thor: God of Thunder for six years now. Pairing him with the artist who was responsible for one of the few successes of the Generations series bodes well for the collaboration.
Wolverine: The Long Night
Words/Story: Benjamin Percy
Art/Colors: Marcio Takara
“Following a string of mysterious deaths in Burns, Alaska, Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive to investigate. They soon find there’s more going on than meets the eye . . . ”
Category: Return to a Beloved World
Why I’m Excited: When I heard about a Stitcher audio drama based on Marvel’s most popular character (sorry, Deadpool) and written by Minnesota’s own Benjamin Percy, I was intrigued about how it would work translating a character known for not talking into an audio medium. The production of a second series and now the addition of visuals point to it being a successful initiative. After the five issues are released, you may or may not find me on my living room floor pretending to relive those old read-along records.
Man without Fear
Words/Story: Jed MacKay
Art/Colors: Danilo Beyrouth
Category: Support Emerging Talent
See you at the racks!