Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of January 9, 2019.
Words/Story: Ed Brubaker
Art/Colors: Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips
“Teeg Lawless is back in town. But he finds himself in more trouble than ever, thanks to his delinquent teenage son—and this time, fists and bullets may not be enough to solve his problems.”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: Criminal is back! It was only a few weeks (months) ago that I was hyped about a book by this team, and nothing has changed about my love of their style. The first Criminal kicked off with the repercussions of Teeg Lawless’s murder, so returning to that story seems a great point for a relaunch. I am a bit bummed that Elizabeth Breitweiser isn’t a part of the team this time (the younger Phillips seems to have begun an apprenticeship), but she’s still doing great work over on Outcast.
Words/Story: Kelly Thompson
Art/Colors: Carmen Nunez Carnero
“As Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has spent months in space protecting Earth from alien threats big and small, but now it’s time for Earth’s mightiest hero to come home. New York City has never looked so good. But every re-entry comes with the unexpected, and Carol is about to hit a whole lot of unexpected. It’s a fresh start and an oversized, star-studded welcome home for a hero who’s been punching the glass ceiling since the 1970s”
Category: Like They Need My Help
Why I’m Excited: Can this possibly be the book to bring Carol to the masses? In the last few years, as the Marvel Studios movie has been prepped, shot, and trailered, she’s been through a lot in the comics: a number of creative teams that sputtered in the face of big events, the dismantling of a team she led (The Ultimates), and a monumental retcon. I hope the decision to give her to Kelly Thompson is the right fit (and doesn’t lead to writers exhaustion). Carmen Nunez Carnero’s pencils are also in competent hands with colorist Tamra Bonvillain.
Gunning for Hits
Words/Story: Jeff Rougvie
“Set in the shady New York City music scene of the mid-80s, Gunning For Hits stars Martin Mills, a record company talent scout with an inscrutable past. Follow Martin as he attempts to sign a rock band that’ll conquer the world in this music business crime thriller.”
Category: Emerging Talent
Why I’m Excited: This seems like something that Shelly Bond or Karen Berger would have put together, but regardless of who is publishing it, I love the idea of combining a playlist with a reading experience. (In the creative writing project I presented for my University of Minnesota degree, I included a CD with songs that inspired and captured the feeling was going for. Good times.) And also, given the tone I suspect they’ll go for, I’m very interested to see Moritat stretch a style into something a bit darker than what I’ve seen in prior work.
Let me know if there’s something in coming weeks that I should feature! Previews is 800-plus pages, and I likely miss a few things.
See you at the racks!