Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of April 17, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of April 17, 2019.

Comics for the week of April 17, 2019

Planet of the Nerds

Publisher: Ahoy Comics
Words/Story: Paul Constant
Art/Colors: lan Robinson, Randy Elliott

“Three high school jocks in the 1980s are accidentally frozen by an experimental cryogenics device, only to be revived in the computer-driven, superhero movie-loving world of 2019, an era ruled by nerds! Plus! A backup series explores the characters’ origins.”

Category: Return to a Beloved World (Sort of)

Why I’m Excited: While it is a stretch to say that geeks, nerds, or dweebs run the world, I am amazed at how much of current pop culture is tailored to my liking. From where I was during my childhood in the ’80s, it was impossible to predict that there would be such a massive shift into fantasy, sci fi, superheroes, and horror in mainstream TV and movies. While we in the real world experienced that change gradually, the characters in this book have such a dramatic jump that it will be fun seeing how they react. Will they try to reassert social dominance—and fail? Or will they learn to adapt? The NFL is still the most profitable thing to watch on screens, so it likely won’t be to difficult. Could one of them have possibly been in the “nerd closet” and finally get to be their true self? I’m excited to find out.

Planet of the Nerds cover

Ahoy Comics

Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter

Publisher: AfterShock
Words/Story: Adam Glass, Olivia Cuartero-Briggs
Art/Colors: Hayden Sherman

“For nearly two centuries, scholars have wondered how on earth Mary Shelley, a nineteen-year-old girl, was able to conjure one of the most frightening and enduring horror stories of all-time: Frankenstein.

But with the recent discovery of Mary Shelley’s secret memoir, the truth is finally revealed: Mary Shelley didn’t just write Frankenstein, she lived it. Traveling back to that historic Geneva winter of 1816, Mary, her fiancé Percy, sisters Claire and Fanny, and the celebrated poet Lord Byron, find themselves guests of the eerie Frankenstein Estate. The macabre and frightening events that follow lead Mary to both a gruesome and shocking discovery. Their mysterious host is not at all what they expected, and their intentions will change the course of Mary’s life for-ever.”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: While it seems a bit dismissive to say there’s been a literary mystery around a young woman being the creator of this iconic work—she could have just been very imaginative—the story of the doctor and his unnamed monster has been a fruitful tree for storytellers over the years, and I haven’t seen this specific approach been tried before. But maybe it took the era of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer to bring it to the public. Now if only we could get Edmond Hillary: Werewolf Tracker.

Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter #1 cover

AfterShock Comics

Moth & Whisper

Publisher: AfterShock
Words/Story: Ted Anderson
Art/Colors: Jen Hickman

“Everyone know that the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper. What nobody knows is that the Moth and Whisper disappeared months ago and the new Moth and Whisper is actually one person pretending to be both of them: Niki, the child of the Moth and the Whisper.

Niki has been trained by their parents in the arts of stealth and infiltration, but they’re still just a teenager, and now they’re alone, searching for their parents in a hostile, cyberpunk dystopia. The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?

A YA cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, Moth & Whisper is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead). This first volume contains the highly-acclaimed issues #1–5.”

Category: Support Emerging Creators

Why I’m Excited: I sometimes think that I go though the previews catalog with thorough eyes, a sharp insight into current trends in comics, and an empathy for what you, gentle reader, want in a modern sequential art story. Sometimes I fail. Its hard that to admit when I miss something awesome at its launch. But missing a ground-floor entry, every once in a while just allows the world to prove the building is solid.

Moth & Whisper cover

AfterShock Comics

Star Wars: TIE Fighter

Publisher: Marvel
Words/Story: Jody Houser
Art/Colors: Roge Antonia and others

“As the war against the Rebellion stretches on, it is the innocent people of the Galactic Empire who are most at risk. An elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots is assembled to help protect Imperial interests and hammer the Emperor’s fury down upon the treasonous and violent Rebel Alliance. But how far is this untested team willing to go to preserve law and order? And are the pilots of Shadow Wing as loyal to the Empire as they seem?”

Category: Like They Need My Help

Why I’m Excited: I applaud the effectiveness of the Disney, Lucasfilm, and Marvel marketing departments. Just as the world is going gaga for the Episode IX trailer, the world’s largest entertainment conglomerate has more compelling product on the shelves.

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special

Publisher: Marvel
Words/Story: Marc Guggenheim, Jonathan Adams, Si Spurrier
Art/Colors: Jonathan Adams, Caspar Wijngaard, Andrea Broccardo

“Move over, Boba Fett. The most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy isn’t who you think. The cold, calculating assassin droid IG-88 had a deadly reputation. Wanted criminals should tremble in fear because IG-88 will stop at nothing to get the job done. But where did it come from? What does it want? Perfection might be a good place to start.

The destruction of the Order, the death of his friends, exile—no matter what he has endured, Yoda will always be a Jedi. Even in hiding on the isolated planet of Dagobah, far from the evil Empire’s reach, a Jedi’s work is never done.

The freedom-fighting Rebel Alliance has more than its fair share of heroes—like ace pilots Biggs Darklighter and Jek Porkins. But they’ve been fighting the evil Galactic Empire for a long time and sometimes, even noble warriors like Biggs and Porkins need a little rest and relaxation. Is anywhere truly free from the trials of the galactic conflict?”

Category: Like They Need My Help

Why I’m Excited: See above. Also, a cover with at pissed off Yoda? Pretty awesome.

Marvel Comics

Also out this week: A new collected edition of SHIELD, Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver’s “modern classic” (that’s in the solicit, so it can’t be wrong). The way they meld the mystery of real-life geniuses with the mysteries of the Marvel Universe and the existential mysteries that have kept every armchair philosopher up at night is so satisfying that you’ll never be able to look at the Mona Lisa the same way again. Highly recommended.

SHIELD: The Human Machine cover

Marvel Comics

See you at the racks!

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