Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of March 20, 2019

Here are the new books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of March 20, 2019.

Spider-Man Life Story: The ’60s

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Words/Story: Chip Zdarsky
Art/Colors: Mark Bagley

“In 1962, in Amazing Fantasy #15, 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became the Amazing Spider-Man! Now Flash Thompson is drafted to serve during the Vietnam War, Spidey must weigh the question of where his responsibility truly lies!

Fifty-seven years have passed in the real world since that event—so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter as well? The entire history of Spider-Man from beginning to end, set against the key events of the decades through which he lived!”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: For pairing an artist with as much Spider-Man experience as Mark Bagley with the surprise hit writer of 2019 (in my opinion), I applaud the editorial team. Marvel Comics has always had a tendency to write about the “world outside your window,” and that ever-changing picture has inspired House of Ideas stories for 80 years. The Spider-verse is full of Parkers at various ages and life stages, but it’s a rare IP that gets to grow and change at the same rate as the world of the reader, taking with them the lessons of history. Also out this week is an adventure true to the most recent iteration of the PS4 Spider-Man game series.

Spider-Man: Life Story cover

Marvel Comics

Dark Red

Publisher: AfterShock Comics
Words/Story: Tim Seeley
Art/Colors: Corin Howell

“Charles ‘Chip’ Ipswich isn’t one of those coastal elites with a liberal arts degree and a job at a social media start-up who knows where all the best brunch places are . . .  No, Chip is one of the ‘forgotten men.’ He lives in a rural area in the middle of the country where Jesus still has a place at the dinner table and where factories send jobs to Calcutta. Chip is also a vampire. Stuck working the last shift at a gas station, Chip is lonely and bored . . . and then his dull, bleak life is turned upside down when she comes to town.”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: The “think pieces” were frequent and exasperating in the wake of the 2016 election. Why had a large section of the population voted for Trump over Clinton? What was it about this demographic that made them amenable to the appeal of a New York real-estate developer and reality-show personality? Perhaps the solicit is a bit too obvious, but I trust that the writer of Nightwing and Revival will add the characterization, irony, and heart to move the topic out of realm of the tropes and stereotypes that permeated those hand-wringing judgments on the elusive Trump voter.

Dark Red cover

AfterShock Comics

Invisible Kingdom

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Words/Story: G. Willow Wilson
Art/Colors: Christian Ward

“In a far-flung star system, two women—a young religious acolyte and a hard-bitten freighter pilot—separately uncover a vast conspiracy between the leader of the system’s dominant religion and the mega-corporation that controls society. On the run from reprisals on both sides, this unlikely pair of rebels risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth. But when your beliefs betray you, what choice is there left?”

Category: Tried and True Creators

Why I’m Excited: I’ve been holding my breath for the next volume of Christian Ward and Matt Fraction’s ODY-C! Sadly, I will have to wait for Odyssia to get home. This side track will be a pleasant enough diversion. G. Willow Wilson has done well in expanding her mastery of characters beyond Ms. Marvel. Besides that, I’m a fool for a story about the underpinnings of a world-dominating religion being shaken or exposed as fraud; see also John Scalzi’s Interdependency series.

Invisible Kingdom cover

Dark Horse Comics

I always wonder what I’m missing when I run through the 600-ish pages each month of upcoming solicits and what I’m missing because I’m not familiar with the creators or the premise seems a bit out of the stuff I enjoy. I’d love help in branching out; what are some of the things you’re looking forward to in the coming weeks and months?

See you at the racks!

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