Hello and welcome to me weekly look at the books that are likely to help me break me twenty dollar weekly comics budget. This week there is a new all ages book that I have been awaiting, one of the series I have been awaiting for makes an appearance and one of the ones I've been enjoying a lot hits it's last issue before a several month hiatus. In addition to the books listed I will for sure be getting
Si Spurrier (off panel) and Casper Wijngard (off panel) both went on the Off-Panel podcast to talk about the origin, story and the creative process behind their new image series Angelic. Mankind weaponized the animals then passed from existence leaving the world full remade species. Both Spurrier and Wijngard say that the story is Wall-e mixed with Watership Down. What they both stressed is that it is an all ages book and somehow it strikes me a bit like Kamandi minus any humans left in the world. Angelic looks bright and colorful and sound to have a lot of heart from both interviews.
Mirror 8 $3.99
Emma Rios and Hwei Lim return with another chapter in the second volume of the science fiction/fantasy story Mirror. The first volume "The Mountain" leaned more into the fantasy heroes quest and this volume looks to be leaning more into social SF. Though it's been a while since issue 7 the both writing and art in this book is brilliant and unique. I'd reccomend it anyway but getting the pleasure to meet Emma Rios and her her talk about both Mirror and Pretty Deadly at at RCCC make me more exited to either read or see her work.
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye 12 $3.99
Of the weird comics coming out of Young Animal Cave Carson has been probably the weirdest and that actaully says a lot. Cave is a regular guy scientist who stole an exceptional vehicular, did some crazy things and has a daughter with a non-surface Human queen. This book has taken us beneath the earths surface and across multiple dimensions. It's involved sentient fungus, hallucinations and of all characters, WildDog. Gerald Way, Jon Rivera, Michael Avon Oeming and Nick Filardi created a book I really really like and included some of my favorite ignored heroes the Metal Men is the process. Can't wait for the hiatus to be over to see more of this kind of nutso storytelling.
Wayward 23 $3.99
As I don't live near a city with an active Japanese supermarket( i.e. an Uwajimaya) it's hard for me to get untranslated manga so I'll make due with this cool manga inspired comic about modern gods or spirits displacing the ones of old. A couple issues back Jim Zub ended the life of my favorite character Ayana and now my next favorite Ohara is having issues with her supernatural abilities that allow her to take on aspects of modern materials. I'm looking forward to spending time with these heroes that nothing like the ones in corporate American comics.
Black Hemmer 13 $3.99
Jeff Lemire is finall telling the tale of the battle against the Anti-God that ended with the dissapearance of the Black Hammer, Captain Weird, Madame Dragonfly, Golden Gail, Barbalian and Abraham Slam from Spiral City. Jeff is being joined by David Rubin who has done several fill in issues thus far. Wether this story will being our heroes back to their original home or not has yet to be seen but reguardless the righ familiar superhero universe created by Lemire and Ormston is sure to be continueing in some way after the reveals in this pivotal 'event' retelling.
Head Lopper 7 (or 3 of 4) $5.99
Andrew MacLean's nameless swordwielding hero Head Lopper fills my need for a sword and sorcery comic in ways that Conan sometimes didn't manage to do. MacLean's story sits squarely between the weird multiversal fantasy of Elric and the sword and sorcery of Conan square in the spot that Kirby created in Thor. Head Lopper is a book where gods and monsters mix with humans heroes and witches (even if the're just a disembodied purple head). It's fun and crazy and right up my alley.
Bitch Planet Tripple Feature 4 $3.99
All the Triple Feature issue thus far have had at least one creator that has made me exited for the issue and this time around it's seeing that Mindy Lee contributed art for one of the stories. At RCCC this year I was talking with Kelly Sue Deconnick and Valentine De Landro at the Image booth and asked them how the anthology has been doing. Kelly Sue said it had been a good experience to open the world up for more stories and it was interesting that most of the pitches they received were kind of relentlessly grim. dark and depressing. Surely Bitch Planet is that but it's always also been satire too. Triple Feature is well worth picking up though the stories reveal more of the world and the book has all the usual excellent backmatter features.
Mister Miracle 1-18 collection
Again I'll mention it would have been Jack the King Kirby's 100th Birthday this year and it's very cool that one of the big two is re-printing some of his contributions to comics. I used to own the earlier B&W collections of this but sadly no longer are they mine...this year I have another chance to get them. The story of Scott Free and Big Barda ran the longest of any of the New Gods titles and it's great to see them all in one place again. (Going so over my budget if I grab this this week.)
Bug the Forager 4 $3.99
Though a little in the late side Bug has been a fun and beautiful tribute to Kirby also. The Allreds have done a brilliant job in delivering a book that is really equally faithful to exuberant creativity of Jack Kirby and most obviously a Michael and Laura Allred joint. Like Mirror well worth waiting the extra time for.
This week in addition to all the rest Declan Shalvey's book with Philip Barrett and Jordie Bellaire Savage Town a crime story set in Limerick Ireland comes out too.