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It’s time once again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for cool, new comics. Michael and Graeme have each picked the five new comics we’re most anticipating in order to create a Top 10 of the best new comics coming out two months from now.
As usual, please feel free to play along in the comments. Tell us what we missed that you’re looking forward to or – if you’re a comics creator – mention your own stuff.
Blacklung HC (Fantagraphics Books, $24.99): This one grabbed me as soon as I read the high-concept in the solicits: A man decides to be as evil as possible so that he’ll be reunited with his dead wife in Hell when he dies. Depressing, existential AND romantic? I couldn’t sign up quickly enough for Chris Wright’s original graphic novel debut.
Chris Ware: Building Stories HC (Pantheon Books, $50.00): To be honest, I run hot and cold on Ware’s work; as a formalist, he’s wonderful and his work is technically perfect, but I don’t always get the emotional hook that I want from his work, and that’s a real problem for me. Luckily (or not? This is a pricey book to gamble on), the technical aspects of this box set of interrelated publications, all seen for the first time here, sounds interesting enough to sample no matter how cold the writing leaves me. Damn my curiosity about comics formats!
Happy! #1 (of 4) (Image Comics, $2.99): I’ll admit it; I’m more than a little dubious about the “It’s a hit man teaming up with a magical flying My Little Pony” set-up of this new series, but it’s Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, so I almost feel a sense of “How bad can it actually BE?”
Steed and Mrs. Peel #1 (BOOM! Studios, $3.99): I’ve always enjoyed the old Avengers TV show at something of arm’s length, having only seen a handful of episodes (but enjoyed them greatly); what draws me to this new series is the presence of Mark Waid, who seems to be on fire these days between Insufferable and Daredevil.
Stumptown: The Case of the Baby in the Velvet Case #1 (Oni Press, $3.99): Oh, you should’ve seen me when I found out this was finally coming out. Not only did I absolutely love the first Stumptown series a couple of years ago, but I’ve also been on a Greg Rucka novel re-reading kick recently, so finding out that Dex’s client for this new story is the lead character from A Fistful of Rain made me almost impossibly happy. Easily my most-anticipated book of the month.
Ghost #0 (Dark Horse; $2.99): I’m so interested and excited by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto’s reboot of Ghost, but I couldn’t make myself spend $8 per installment to read it as part of Dark Horse Presents. And while I’m still not fond of numbering any issue with a nonsensical “zero”, I’m still going to buy and read the hell out of this and the ongoing series it leads into.
Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #1 (BOOM!; $3.99): My budget won’t like it, but the rest of me is thrilled by an ongoing series set in the timeframe of the first two Planet of the Apes movies. Especially since it’s written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, creators of the two, previous mini-series that take place in that corner of the PotA world. This’ll make an excellent companion to the already awesome PotA prequel series by Daryl Gregory and Carlos Magno.
Bigfoot Boy, Volume 1: Into the Woods (Kids Can Press; $9.95): You can throw “Bigfoot” into the title of anything and at least get my interest, but having J. Torres write it is a sure way to also get my money. City kids discovering magic totems in the woods near their grandmother’s house is also an easy method to get me on your hook.
Secret of the Stone Frog (Toon Books; $14.95): Speaking of kids in magic forests, David Nytra has this story about a pair of children encountering giant rabbits, foppish lions, and the titular amphibians in an enchanted wood. Nytra’s too new for me to know anything about him, but his being published by Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman’s Toon Books is validation enough to make this worth looking into.
Womanthology: Space #1 (IDW; $3.99): If you were curious about the Womanthology: Heroic hardcover, but had a hard time with the $50 price tag, a regular-priced, standard-format comic book by some of the same creators may be the answer. If you’ve already read Heroic, chances are you want more like it. This fixes that problem too.