Below are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of April 3, 2019.
Rocko’s Modern Afterlife
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words/Story: Anthony Burch
Art/Colors: Mattia Di Meo
“Something is turning the good people of O-Town into mindless zombies and Rocko wants nothing to do with it. He barricades himself and Spunky in their home and is determined to outlast the hoards outside. But desperate times call for desperate measures when Rocko’s best friend Heffer becomes infected; Rocko will have to risk it all to save his friends and his city.”
Category: Return to a Beloved World
Why I’m Excited: Are you a “true fan?” Can you name this episode?
In other news, the Jolly Roberts seafood restaurant was mysteriously returned to its place in O-Town Marina. Only a few cases of fish sticks were discovered missing.
Or this one?
Rocko: See? It looks just like the picture in the book.
Heffer Wolfe: Hey, Rock? Where does the refrigerator go?
Rocko: Uh oh. Something’s wrong. Let me see that. This is the chapter on bathrooms. We’ve turned my kitchen into a bathroom!
And the reason I became a vegetarian!
Heffer Wolfe: Hey, Rocko!
Rocko: What have you done?!
Heffer Wolfe: Pretty cool, huh? Gave all your old stuff to charity.
Rocko: You . . . !
Heffer Wolfe: You can thank me over dinner. I made us my specialty. Voilà! The Heffer Deluxe!
Rocko: Heffer, this is bonza! What’s in it?
Heffer Wolfe: Well, let’s see, there’s pickled banana shavings, gym socks, canned haggis, beetle bladder, real processed head cheese, saltpeter, reconstituted corn sweat, the finest barley and hops. Hmm, now where was I? Potash, sulfur, monosodium glutamate, and vegetable cartilage as a binding agent.
Now where was I?
The War of the Realms
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Words/Story: Jason Aaron
Art/Colors: Russell Dauterman
“Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim. All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army except one: Midgard. Home to Thor’s beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike. Now, at last, it burns; and Thor won’t even be there to see it. All hell breaks loose in New York City as Malekith and his allies begin their invasion—and the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe watch as the Earth falls!”
Category: Like They Need My help
Why I’m Excited: Since Jason Aaron took over on the Thor titles everything has ben building to this. He’s woven the threads of this event over the last six years. While I’m eagerly awaiting a Jane Foster omnibus, I know that the story was only partly hers. Handing the summer “event” to Aaron is one of the smarter moves Marvel Comics has made . . . after the disappointment of the last few, Secret Wars II and Secret Empire. I know that Aaron can orchestrate an epic even of it (Avengers vs. X-Men and Original Sin were pretty good, and I was interested until the end). I’m very excited to see what Russell Dauterman has been able to do with the extra time given to complete the project.
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Words/Story: Jade Lagardère
Art/Colors: “Butch” Guice
“Amber Blake was only a child when she was recruited to the Cleverland Institute, a school for gifted children. But predators hide in the school’s administration, abusing the children they’re meant to protect, and on the verge of exposing them, Amber finds herself fleeing for her life from the very man who recruited her. But she’s not dead yet-and she’s not the only one who wants to see Cleverland’s leaders burn.”
Category: Tried and True Creator
Why I’m Excited: “Butch” Guice’s name is one of the few that could get me to buy a book of any genre. He elevates any title he takes on. He has worked for European and American companies and knows how to bring intense moments of feeling to a panel and follow that with a tension-filled double-page spread. His cover work is among the best in the industry . . . if any publishers see this I’d like to let you know that there is a market (of one?) for an Art of Guice book in the vein of DC’s departed Graphic Ink series. If I can’t have an Atomic Blonde (a.k.a. Coldest City) sequel, this will do nicely.
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Words/Story: Guilherme Petreca
Art/Colors: Guilherme Petreca
“Ye is a curious young man, named after the only sound he knows how to make. His voice must have been stolen by the Colorless King, the source of all the world’s sorrows—terrifying, unrelenting, all-taking, and never-giving. Now, Ye has no choice but to embark on a long voyage over land and sea, past grizzled pirates, a drunken clown, and more, to find the famous witch who can help him defeat the Colorless King. What he discovers may be a lesson for us all.”
Category: Support Emerging Creator
Why I’m Excited: The cover looked intriguing and when I learned that it has been out in its original Portuguese since 2016, I went looking for reviews in English. Here’s one of the better ones.
The Complete Little Nemo: 1905–1909
Publisher: Taschen Books
Words/Story: Alexander Braun, Winsor McCay
Art/Colors: Winsor McCay
“Though a diminutive hero of comic narrative, Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo is one of the greatest cultural phenomenons in early 20th-century media and entertainment history. This sparkling reprint includes all 220 of Nemo’s nighttime escapades through Slumberland from 1905 to 1909 alongside a 150-page illustrated essay from art historian Alexander Braun.”
Category: Return to a Beloved World
Why I’m Excited: For bibliophiles only! (Not really.) Most of the Little Nemo stories and pages are available on the Internet. There’s something about being able to take a book down from a shelf (this one comes with a box and handle) and opening it flat on your dining room table and diving in—it may help if you’ve recently returned form a trip to Colorado . . . anyone interested in the history of comics and sequential art would be well served to familiarize yourself with the style and innovations Winsor McCay brought to the medium. Volume 2 (1910 to 1927) will be released next month.
See you at the racks!