Every month we spend an evening scouring the pages of the latest issue of Previews and pick the ten titles we are looking forward to the most. This month it's the September issue which includes comics scheduled to ship in November 2014.
Writer: Justin Gray
Art: Rey Villegas
Simon M: Come November one of my favourite pulp characters (The Lone Ranger) returns for a four-issue limited series. Justin Gray is taking on the reins of this Western classic having just finished a long stint on another icon of the time in Jonah Hex for DC. Gray is going to delve into the depths that make the man and the Ranger. Joining Gray for this rootin'-tootin' adventure is Rey Villegas (Lady Zorro, Lady Rawhide and Bionic Man) who, while not well known, is extremely talented and his style is a perfect fit for this book. The story is going to centre on the town of Red Mesa, where the Lone Ranger and Tonto are asked to help capture a gang of vicious thieves. However things are not as they appear...
THE KITCHEN #1
Writer: Ollie Masters
Art: Ming Doyle
Matt C: Vertigo used to be the place for cutting edge creator-owned comics, pushing the boundaries and offering us some of the strongest works by some of the best writers in the business over the years, but it’s fair to say that Image has now hijacked their crown, and then some. Based on their history though, it would be foolish to ever discount Vertigo. And so to The Kitchen, a ‘70s-set tale where Mafioso wives take up the rackets when their husbands are banged up. I’m a sucker for a good crime comic – especially a gangster comic – at the best of times, and I’m confident that Ming Doyle can bring the goods, but Ollie Masters? Who’s he? The solicitation describes him as a ‘newcomer’ and while in some circumstances that might cause me some reluctance to give the series a look, the way I look at it, if Vertigo thinks he’s worth a shot, well, so do I. It made me think of another time they gave an ‘unknown’ a crack at their own series: Jason Aaron with The Other Side. Do I need to say any more?
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Art: Greg Land
Dennis Hopeless is writing Spider-Woman
Let's forget, variant covers,
Treat the content like we're comic book lovers,
Look out, here comes the Spider-Woman!
Here's Greg Land, on the art,
Pulls fan opinions far apart,
Polished though, is his work,
Sure to get perma-Jessica smirk,
Look out, here comes the Spider-Woman.
Found on the shelves,
Of your comic book store,
Come November time,
Hope we're dying for more!
One more go at Spider-Woman,
Bendis and Maleev couldn't be bothered,
Another failure sure would be awkward,
Let's hope, hope for the Spider-Woman!!
THE BIGGER BANG #1
Writer: D.J. Kirkbride
Art: Vassilis Gogtzilas
James R: My wildcard pick for the month - it was one of those titles that just leaped out from the pages of Previews. This tale from D.J. Kirkbride is a cosmic superhero book, and I'm a sucker for comics that ask and wrestle with big philosophical themes. With striking art from Vassilis Gogtzilas, I have a feeling that this book could be horrifically pretentious or one of the best things I've read all year. As is always the case with being a comics fan, there's a great joy in finding out either way...
Writer: Justin Jordan
Art: Ariela Kristantina
BOOM! Studios $3.99
Kenny J:Justin Jordan has become known for his stories featuring high body counts and tonnes of blood from Luther Strode to Spread but now he's turning his attention to the no-less-violent world of conspiracies in Deep State. John Harrow is a keeper of these secrets, wading through the mirk in order to protect people from their governments or more likely governments from the people. Rendering all these clandestine plots from moon landings to experimental drug programs is Ariela Kristanina. With her dark ink heavy art she maybe the perfect fit for shedding light on these shady matters.
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Art: Maurizio Rosenweig & Moreno Dinisio
Dark Horse $3.50
James R: I've often been very vocal in my admiration for the great Fred Van Lente and I'll always tip my hat in his general direction for the amazing Action Philosophers. He's one of the names in comics that immediately makes me sit up and pay attention, and his new series has a boatload of potential. Resurrectionists follows a series of tomb robbers who are reincarnated over and over again - but with access to the memories (and abilities!) of their past lives. In a recent interview with CBR, Van Lente described it as "a crime series set in Ancient Egypt and 2015 simultaneously." Recently, Vertigo's Bodies has tried a similar feat, but Van Lente is a far more accomplished scribe than Si Spencer, and I await this Dark Horse ongoing series with relish!
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Art: Ben Dewey
Stewart R: I'd gotten all excited about a new comic book property involving anthropomorphised rodents and vermin when I heard about Devil's Due's Squarriors, but that excitement soon dissipated when I discovered that it was a Kickstarter and the release date would more likely be some way into 2015. Lucky then that Image are on the ball and aware of my needs with Tooth & Claw which will cater to all my beastly-infested literature desires. The Image blurb involves an awful lot of elements - too many to list here - but hangs it all under the calming umbrella of a 'sprawling, world building fantasy', and if there's something that I think the majority of us can agree on it's that Image has been the place for creating grand comic book landscapes of late. Despite the furred appearance of the characters I get the feeling that this will not be a soft read with a good amount of danger, destruction and carnage as things unfold.
ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Stuart Immonen
Kenny J: I’m chalking 2014 up to be Rick Remender’s year. Not only has he delivered three new tantalising creator-owned titles at Image but he’s still to bring down AXIS on our heads. An end of year Marvel event that spins out of the Avengers books including his own 'uncanny' version of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. And that’s not even mentioning the rollercoaster ride he’s taken Steve Rogers on over the course of twenty-five issues on the adjectiveless Captain America. But now in true Marvel Now! tradition we are getting an All-New Captain America and this time it is actually a brand spanking new Cap in the form of Samuel Wilson, previously known as The Falcon. If those beautiful Stuart Immonen and Sarah Pachelli covers are anything to go by then Sam won't be ignoring his superhero heritage, hopefully taking that iconic costume to new heights.
Writer: Ivan Brandon
Art: Nic Klein
James R: On the face of it, it's yet another new SF book from Image, (and they've pretty much got the market cornered!) but one thing stuck out for me in this title from Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein. It looks beautiful - Klein seems to have pulled out all the stops on the preview pages, and it certainly appears to be a book where the art is worth the price of admission alone. Brandon's script looks to be mining a well-used trope, that of outer space as the Wild West frontier, but I'm certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt (and $2.99) as if this works, it could be a corker.
SHADOW SHOW #1
Writers: Joe Hill & Jason Ciaramella
Art: Charles Paul Wilson III
Simon M: There is a prose book called Shadow Show which is an anthology in tribute to Raymond Bradbury, collecting short stories from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Mort Castle, Sam Weller, Harlan Ellison and Joe Hill just to name a few. In November IDW will take some of these shorts and adapt them to the comic book medium starting with Joe Hill's ‘By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain’. Jason Ciaramella ,who has worked with Hill previously (The Cape), will be on the writing duties - The Cape was a fantastic read so the story is in safe hands. Another previous Hill collaborator, Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith), is the artist and this is all adding up to being a no-brainer. A haunting and melancholy story focuses on two children, Gail and Joel, who form an unlikely bond after the discovery of a lifetime, but will be forever changed by what they found that day on the shores of Lake Champlain. Issue #2 will see Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury’. Other Shadow Show stories to follow are Harlan Ellison’s ‘Weariness’ and Dave Eggers’ ‘Who Knocks?’.