Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of February 6, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of February 6, 2019. (Due to the polar vortex, I’ll be getting last week’s picks too.)

The Girl in the Bay

Publisher: Berger Books
Words/Story: J. M. DeMatteis
Art/Colors: Corin Howell

“In 1969, seventeen-year-old Kathy Sartori was brutally attacked, her body hurled into Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay. Miraculously, she survives, fights her way back to the surface, only to discover that 50 years have passed and an eerie doppelganger has lived out an entire life in her place. Kathy soon confronts not just this strange double but the madman who “murdered” her five decades earlier. Will he, and the dark entity that lives inside him, hold the key to Kathy’s missing years? Or will Kathy become a ghost of herself and be forced to live out what remains of her life on the edge of the world that she desperately wants to be a part of?”

Category: Tried and True Creator

Why I’m Excited: There are few people who’ve had as long a career in comics as J. M. DeMatteis. The chance to read a character who still remembers the last episode of Star Trek as a failed TV show, the ecstasy of Woodstock, and maybe (if’s she’d been tuned in) the Stonewall riot. A pre-Watergate optimism about what the future could hold may be just what the comics rack needs. I’m only familiar with Howell’s work on the Kill Shakespeare franchise, but I think her style will be a good fit.

The Girl in the Bay cover

Berger Books

Daredevil (2019)

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Words/Story: Chip Zdarsky
Art/Colors: Marco Checchetto, Chip Zdarsky

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Category: Like They Need My Help

Why I’m Excited: I’ve been reading Daredevil since the 7-Eleven spinner-rack days (a.k.a. “the ’80s,” the Pleistocene). So when I heard that Chip Zdarsky was going to be taking over the character I had my doubts, knowing him mostly as a joke-a-minute scripter, but after seeing the first issue of Invaders, I was heartened that he could do characterization on a more interesting level than was hinted at in Star-Lord. Marco Checchetto’s work on the recent Old Man Hawkeye series gives me hope that the inconsistencies in art quality during Soule’s run are at an end—Phil Noto’s final chapter not withstanding.

Daredevil cover

Marvel Comics

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Retelling of Little Women

Publisher: Little Brown
Words/Story: Rey Terciero
Art/Colors: Bre Indigo

“With their father away in the military and their mother working overtime to support the family, the March sisters have to rely on one another to make it from day to day. Whether they’re arguing over the bathroom, struggling with homework, fighting off bullies, understanding their crushes, or battling leukemia, there’s one thing the four sisters keep questioning—will everything turn out okay?

2018 marked the 150th anniversary of the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Join Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they are re-envisioned as a blended family living in modern day NYC . . . as they discover themselves and follow their dreams.

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: This was previously released over the course of 2018 as web-comic chapters. I hope that this adaptation will get young readers interested in the original, or at least make it less intimidating when a ninth-grade English class asks for a report. It took me a while into my adult reading years to understand what this book meant to many of my female friends. It’s great that the original publisher is interested in bringing this iconic story to a new generation (and many more into the future).

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy Little Women cover

Little Brown Young Readers

Age of X-Man: Alpha
Age of X-Man: Marvelous X-Men

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Words/Story: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Art/Colors: Marco Failla (Covers by Phil Noto!)

From this promo video event, “Architects” Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler quote: “We designed this event specifically so each miniseries functions on its own and tells a complete story. If you read the Alpha and read your favorite miniseries . . . and then you read the Omega, you will read a complete version of this event. It’s not a dystopia, it’s actually the opposite. It’s ‘What do we do after we’ve won? What is the X-Men’s purpose when they’re all united and they’ve beat hate?'”

Category: Like They Need My Help

Why I’m Excited: The obvious inspiration for this set of miniseries, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, was released just as I was leaving comics for the “real literature” of my liberal arts English major. Ha! It was a good send off and I really liked the wackiness that the event afforded those creative teams. I’ll probably be reading all of the titles of the event but I’m most looking forward to the Amazing Nightcrawler (February 20) by Seanan McGuire with art by Juan Frigeri, because Kurt will for a brief time get to be the dashing movie star we all know he should be. Other titles in the event are: NextGen (February 13) by Ed Brisson and Marcus To (Story/Art), the X-Tremists (February 27)  by Leah Williams and Georges Jeanty, Apocalypse and the X-Tracts (March 13) by Tim Seeley and Salvador Espin, and Prisoner X (March 6) by Vita Ayala and Germán Peralta.

Marvel Comics

What did you get? Let me know!

See you at the racks!

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