Below are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of March 27, 2019.
Publisher: Scout Comics
Words/Story: Don Aguillo
Art/Colors: Don Aguillo
“Nine-year-old royal orphan Zakaiah falls heir to the throne of the broken post-apocalyptic kingdom of Pacifica and must endure the Trials of the House of Jasser, a series of tests designed to prepare her to occupy the seat of the kingdom. Recently orphaned and reluctant to embark on a set of trials to teach and test her on the responsibilities that now rest on her shoulders, she is guided on this tumultuous path by soldiers and strangers, plagued by their own struggles, pasts, and hidden agendas. Embarking on the journey on a dark road with strangers who now answer to her and inexperienced in carrying the weight of the world, she’s left the only home she’s ever known to explore the realm she now has the responsibility to rule. Behind them, the empty throne is at the mercy of a ruling class that threatens to usurp it for their own dark agendas, and just beyond the shadows ahead the emergence of an ancient evil threatens to halt their journey dead in its tracks.”
Category: Support Emerging Creators
Why I’m Excited: The building blocks of a great comic book story look to be here. Fantasy/sci-fi world building, mentors with unclear motives, an ancient evil lurking in the shadows. Check, check, check. Now add the art of Don Aguillo, whose work I’ve seen shared on Instagram, and the sense have of how he can tell a dynamic story from his skills at dioramas (or whatever you call the art of displaying your action figures).
Out of the Blue
Publisher: AfterShock Comics
Words/Story: Garth Ennis
Art/Colors: Keith Burns
“The Second World War is almost over, but no one seems to have told the Germans—as Royal Air Force pilot Jamie McKenzie finds out when he’s assigned to deadly shipping strikes along the enemy coast.
Flying the Mosquito fighter bomber against heavily armed targets is dangerous enough at the best of times, but after incurring the wrath of his vengeful commanding officer, Jamie is assigned the most unpopular navigator in the unit—not to mention the least-reliable aircraft. Worse still, the commander’s sights are firmly set on Jamie’s beautiful young wife, Beth.”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: Nobody tells the stories of the men on the front lines better than Garth Ennis. The mud and grit of Keith Burns’s art pairs well with the nature of the stories of never getting to be vulnerable in a world that’s not a safe space. (Also a theme of their The Boys collaboration.) Specializing in the subject of aviation, Burns will be able to bring an eye for realism and the dynamism of the flying experience to this larger format book (8.5 by 11 inches).
Bad Luck Chuck
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Words/Story: Lela Gwenn
Art/Colors: Matthew Dow Smith
“She’ll need more than a rabbit’s foot to get through this. Cursed at birth, Charlene ‘Chuck’ Manchester hires out her own bad luck, providing disaster where someone else can profit. She can get you that insurance payout fortune—for a price. But bad luck doesn’t always go as planned, and when Chuck gets stuck between a dissatisfied crime boss client, a cult leader, and a dogged insurance-fraud investigator, things get . . . explosive. Everything that could go wrong does—and only about half of it by accident.”
Category: Support Emerging Creators
Why I’m Excited: The category above refers only to Lela Gwenn; Matthew Dow Smith has a long career, including drawing the 11th Doctor for IDW. (Anybody else know of an instance where an artist has gotten to draw another person with the same name last name?) I’m very intrigued by the premise here; is this character a walking Final Destination? What are the psychological impacts of never being able to find a place where you can relax, your houses or apartments always getting destroyed somehow? How has she not been quarantined as an extreme example of a public menace? So many questions.
Words/Story: Tini Howard
Art/Colors: Hannah Templer
“The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are ready to take on the world—or at least L.A.—in this comic based on the hit Netflix series! When the unthinkable happens and the women of GLOW find themselves ahead of schedule, Sam ruins the promise of a wrestling-free weekend with . . . more wrestling! Robbed of blissful relaxation and forced to raise money to fund their way to the event, the GLOW team is less than prepared for their opponents: real gorgeous lady wrestlers. What could possibly go wrong?”
Category: Return to a Beloved World
Why I’m Excited: It’s hard to capture the sense of TV comedy absurdism in comic form (I was kind of “meh” on the adaptation of Wet Hot American Summer released in November 2018). But to encourage more attempts—imagine Brooklyn Nine-Nine as a comic—I’ll be picking up this one. Even if half of the hilarity is in the line delivery of Brie, Gilpin, and Maron, this might work with their voices only in my head.
Also out this week: The landmark Detective #1000 with stories from Peter J. Tomasi, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Warren Ellis, Geoff Johns, Tom King, Dennis O’Neil, Christopher Priest, Kevin Smith, Scott Snyder, and others, with art by Doug Mahnke, Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Tony S. Daniel, Steve Epting, Kelley Jones, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Alex Maleev, and Dustin Nguyen. DC Comics has outdone the list of artists they had for Action #1000 covers just a few months ago. Here’s a compilation of the 80ish variants that might be available in your local shop and online, and here’s the definitive book on the history of Batman in pop culture. That’s all you need to know.
- A reboot of the perennial Dial H for Hero with the top-shelf team of Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones
- The next issue in the Marvel Rising series, capitalizing on the success of Captain Marvel
- A special slipcase for last year’s uniquely sized Barrier (by Brian Vaughan and Marcos Martin), with or without the issues, from Image Comics
- In the category of “How many times am I going to buy this?,” a library edition hardcover of House of Penance—the book that got me excited for Little Bird a few weeks ago
See you at the racks!