Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of July 10, 2019.
Publisher: AHOY Comics
Words/Story: Mark Russell
Art/Colors: Richard Pace
“God commands Earth’s mightiest super-hero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus as his roommate and teach him how to use power in a . . . more powerful way. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten them out.”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: When originally solicited by DC in January, I thought it would be a great addition to the Mark Russell bibliography. The Flintstones, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, and Wonder Twins have all been hilarious and heartbreaking insights on the modern condition. The internet outrage at putting two “saviors” in a comedic take on the idea of messiah complex proved too much for the distinguished competition. I’m glad that a new home was found so quickly for the project and that copies will be available for San Diego Comic Con next week (July 17 to 21).
The Magicians: Alice’s Story
Publisher: BOOM! Comics
Words/Story: Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges
Art/Colors: Pius Bak
“Alice Quinn is manifestly brilliant, and she has always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, she rises to the top of her class, falls in love with Quentin Coldwater, and witnesses a horrifically magical creature invade their dimension. It’s not soon after graduation when Alice, Quentin, and their friends set their sights on the idyllic setting of Fillory: a place thought to only live in the pages of their favorite children’s books. A land where magic flows like rivers . . . but in this magical realm nothing is what it seems to be, and something darker lies behind the spellbinding facade. It is in the darkness where Alice will discover her true calling and her life, and those friends, forever changed.”
Category: Return to a Beloved World
Why I’m Excited: There are frequent conversations about whether an adaptation of a story is better or worse than the version that appeared in its original medium; book vs. movie, series vs. comic, and myth vs. musical are just some of the comparisons I’ve seen discussed in my social media recently. Of course, they are just for fun. As a bigger fan of the SyFy show than the novels I am excited to see how Lev Grossman and Lilah Sturges tweak perspective so that Alice becomes more well rounded than she is in the books. It will also be a good change to see Alice with dark hair.
Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus
Words/Story: Ethan Sacks
Art/Colors: Diogenes Neves
“The secret history behind their origins revealed! In 1940, scientists attempted to make a man into the perfect weapon, a Super Soldier. They failed and made him a legend instead. Before the turn of the century, they tried again for the tenth time. They failed, making a man into death incarnate. At long last, the shadowy connections between Captain America, Wolverine, and many more of the Marvel Universe’s Super Soldiers can be revealed, including some surprises! The conspiracy begins here!”
Category: Like They Need My Help
Why I’m Excited: After reading his Old Man Hawkeye in one sitting, I was excited to investigate this new writer and learned that he’d spent 20-plus years in newspapers. It’s rare that connections are drawn between the World War II program that brought Captain America out of Steve Rogers and the mutant experimentation that gave the Marvel Universe its two most lucrative (non-spidery) characters, Wolverine and Deadpool. Most of the time they have been at odds with each other and will have fundamentally different views of how to resolve a problem (see Uncanny Avengers). Here’s a chance to explore what makes them such good frenemies.
Black Hammer Justice League
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics/DC
Words/Story: Jeff Lemire
Art/Colors: Michael Walsh
“A strange man arrives simultaneously on Black Hammer Farm and in Metropolis, and both worlds are warped as Starro attacks! Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and more crossover with Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, and the rest of the Black Hammer gang!”
Category: Tried and True Creators
Why I’m Excited: Jeff Lemire has always said that Black Hammer is his homage to the Silver Age of DC. Now the Silver Age and Modern Era come slamming together. What’s not to love? Here are my hoped-for pairings: Superman and Abraham Slam, Batman and Barbalien, Green Lantern and Colonel Weird, Wonder Woman and Golden Gail, Cyborg and Talky Walky. That leaves Lucy Weber and Madame Dragonfly . . . who would you say are their Justice League equivalents?
Also out this week: an Invisible Woman (Susan Storm-Richards) story from Mark Waid and Mattia De Iulis; a special Giant-Size issue of X-Statix from the original creative team; and a graphic historical biography on the life and influence of Alan Turing.
See you at the racks!