Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of February 27, 2019.
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Words/Story: Sean Dillon, Steven Petrivelli
Art/Colors: Sean Dillon
“Maggie isn’t your typical comic book, cartoon, and action movie fangirl. Through keen observation and unbending determination, she has taught herself all the death-defying stunts and fighting styles of her favorite action stars and superheroes! Unfortunately, Maggie has kept her eccentric hobby to herself, ever since it earned her the label of “nerd” among her classmates. After all, superheroes and evil villains are all kid stuff . . . right? Wrong! The day before she begins high school, Maggie has a run-in with an evil mastermind and his sinister mercenary group. After years of training, it’s up to Maggie to be the self-taught superhero the city needs! But with bad guys crawling out of the woodwork and the daunting unknown of a high school ahead of her, can she really take on the world alone?”
Category: Support Emerging Talent
Why I’m Excited: For most of the last decade I had a part-time job in retail. Several nights a week, and a few hours on the weekend, I dealt with moving merch out of the stock room, tidying up the store, and dealing with unruly customers (shout-out to all the Mall of America BR folks who’ve dealt with “Victoria”) so I understand this team’s first self-published comic at a special level. I worked with a number of young people, in high school or college and recently graduated; and Petrivelli got the tone and subject matter just right.
Punks Not Dead: London Calling
Publisher: IDW/Black Crown
Words/Story: David Barnett
Art/Colors: Martin Simmonds
“Teenage geek Fergie Ferguson and his BF Sid, the ghost of a punk rocker who only Fergie can see or hear, are on the lam for a murder they didn’t exactly commit. They’ve made it to London but on their tail are the police, the quirky paranormal investigation agency the Department of Extra-Usual Affairs, and some really freaky magpie monsters, so there’s not (much) time for sightseeing. While Fergie tracks down his long-absent father to get answers about his powerful new ‘abilities’ (Sid calls them “psychic grenades”), DfEUA’s old-school mod super spy Dorothy Culpepper and her sensible young partner, Asif Baig, uncover evidence that links Fergie to the underworld. Fergie’s mum Julie and his not-a-girlfriend Natalie also join forces to save Fergie from life in prison . . . but with a psychopathic serial killer showing an interest, everybody might soon be running out of time. How does any of this connect to a visually searing three-chord apocalypse? Never mind the bollocks—another season of the critical darling Punks Not Dead is here with endless pints of anarchy and social distortion!”
Category: Support Emerging Talent
Why I’m Excited: In the current publishing environment, the move is to announce a miniseries then hope it sells and if it does then there might be a market for a sequel. More and more publishers are putting out monthly chapters of a trade paperback; a launch without a planned end date is becoming rare. This pushes creators into an interesting balance between trying to tell “complete” stories and seeding hints of the next adventure. Where this rock and mayhem is going I can’t say for sure but I have liked the ride so far.
Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Words/Story: Jody Houser
Art/Colors: Simone Buonfantino
“Hero for a day, hero for a planet! It’s Carol Danvers Day! Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers is a hero to many . . . so what could possibly delay her to her own celebration? Only her other job—as Earth’s Mightiest Hero, Captain Marvel! Stuck between her duty to her community and her responsibility to the wider world, Carol will have to make a tough decision, and muster all of her power to fend off an invasion force! Don’t miss the excitement of the strongest & mightiest hero of all in her latest adventure!”
Category: Like They Need My Help
Why I’m Excited: Marvel is making sure that there are plenty of reasons for hitting the comics shop after seeing the Captain Marvel movie. (In theaters March 7.) They have this story along with the Kelly Thompson and Carmen Carnero’s new book. There are also a dozen or more True Believers editions of the most important issues of Carol Danvers’s history. There is only scant evidence that big-screen success translates into increased comics sales; but I’m happy to have so much product on the shelf.
Corto Maltese: The Secret Rose
Publisher: IDW/Euro Comics
Words/Story: Hugo Pratt
Art/Colors: Hugo Pratt
“Corto Maltese enters the crossroads of magic and the occult, astrology and history, religion and mythology in the first English-language translation of Pratt’s award-winning book. Visiting the writer Hermann Hesse while researching alchemists with his old friend Professor Steiner, Corto drinks from the ‘source of the Alchemy Rose’ and becomes immersed in a surreal and dreamlike adventure that involves Klingsor, the quest for the Holy Grail, Death, the Devil, and the Sandman, among others. This complexly plotted graphic novel was among Hugo Pratt’s most philosophical ruminations on the imagination.”
Category: We’re more than halfway through Euro Comics’ plan to distribute all the Corto Maltese graphic novels of Hugo Pratt (nine of 14) and it seems like a good time to call attention to this influential contribution to the evolution of comics/sequential art narratives.
Are you as excited about the Captain Marvel movie as I am?
See you at the racks!