Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of May 1, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of May 1, 2019.

Five Years

Publisher: Abstract Studios
Words/Story: Terry Moore
Art/Colors: Terry Moore

Five Years weaves the many strands of the ‘Terryverse’ into one epic saga, years in the making! A dangerous paper written by Lilith has been leaked to the nations of the world containing a formula for the ultimate weapon, and now labs around the globe are attempting to build and test the Phi Bomb. Tambi, in an all-out effort to find the labs and stop them, has enlisted the help of Ivy Raven, Julie Martin, Rachel, and Zoe. Meanwhile, Katchoo and Francine have moved their household—including the kid’s new bodyguard, Samantha Locklear—to the beach where Katchoo devises her own solution to the problem. . . .”

Category: Like They Need My Help

Why I’m Excited: If the cover is to believed, the events of Motor Girl did not remove Mike from existence.

Five Years cover

Abstract Studios

Spencer & Locke Volume 2

Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Words/Story: David Pepose
Art/Colors: Jorge Santiago Jr. and Jasen Smith

“Suspended by Internal Affairs, Detective Locke grapples with the demons of his past alongside his trusty partner, his childhood imaginary panther Spencer. But when Spencer and Locke face a scarred soldier named Roach Riley, will this unlikely pair finally meet their match?”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: If Watterson had licensed his characters to Quentin Tarantino, this might have shown up in our daily newspapers. Volume 2 is going “full Fables” with guest and supporting characters from across the breadth of the funny pages.

Spencer & Locke 2 cover

Action Lab Comics

Nobody Is In Control

Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Words/Story: Patrick Kindlon
Art/Colors: Paul Tucker

“When Richard sees a man run through his yard, he follows him out of concern. This deep in the woods, he must be lost . . . must be in trouble. But soon it’s Richard in peril, as this stranger drags him into a deep, twisted web of conspiracy going back hundreds of years.”

Category: Support Emerging Creators

Why I’m Excited: The subtitle of issue #1, “Planned Obsolescence,” and the cover image caught my eye weeks ago after first learning about the Phoebus cartel. I was so pissed off learning that this was a thing, and then having the solicit come up in my scrolling seemed to be a sign from the universe. It’s a contradiction I know, but so is everything. Also, now that his previous writing partner Matt Rosenberg has taken over all the books at Marvel, a new punk-rock heir to the Rollins career model seems poised for a larger platform.

Nobody Is In Control cover

Black Mask Studios

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Words/Story: Denton J. Tipton and Matthew Dow Smith
Art/Colors: Chris Fenoglio

“When young tech entrepreneur Veruca Curry buys the old Whaley House, the kids in town are worried the ghosts who haunt it will get her. But when they discover Veruca’s horrible secret, it will turn their world upside-down!”

Category: Return to a Beloved World

Why I’m Excited: Back between 1992 and 1994 I was working as an aide for an after-school program. In addition to inadvertently memorizing Dr. Seuss (for the younger kids) I had the honor of reading aloud stories from the first few books of Goosebumps (you had to be at least in 2nd grade to sit in). From my younger siblings, and now nieflings, I am glad to hear that the series is going strong.

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House comic cover

IDW Publishing


Publisher: Image Comics
Words/Story: Ken Garing
Art/Colors: Ken Garing

“Deep underground, among the floating islands of Altara, the mystical Gogor sleeps. But trouble brews above ground as soldiers of the Domus impose their will across the land. Now, a young student named Armano must awaken Gogor and begin his quest to protect the culture of Altara. This debut issue kicks off with 28 pages of story!”

Category: Support Emerging Creators

Why I’m Excited: The preview art has the main character racing a large mole creature across a forest landscape, through a burrow and into a gaping chasm between floating islands, all while trying to escape cyclopean soldiers riding ant-like robots. The style seems a bit looser than Ken Garing’s previous Planetoid (I suspect it’s a concession to the production schedule of a monthly release format) but it retains the dynamism and drama. I love a high fantasy world like this.

Gogor cover

Image Comics

Also out this week: the first of a two-part Beasts of Burden story (assumedly to be collected with the recent “Eldritch Men” miniseries); a Han Solo story with art by the incomparable Chris Sprouse; and a collection reprint of Ryan North’s second comic book series.

See you at the racks!

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