16 Jun 2017

Ten Forward: August 2017

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 June issue which includes comics scheduled to ship in August 2017.

MISTER MIRACLE #1
Writer: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads
DC $3.99

James R: Even if this title was called 'Captain Dullard and the Unremarkable Wednesday' I would still be picking it up. The creative team of Tom King and Mitch Gerads is simply too good to ignore. Their Vertigo series, Sheriff Of Babylon, was one of my highlights of 2016, and I have no doubt whatsoever that they'll be bringing the same level of quality, intelligence and invention to the adventures of Scott Free, DC's Mister Miracle. Tom King has already demonstrated that he has a knack for making second-tier superheroes essential reading; if this series is half as good as his run on The Vision, we're in for something special. The outstanding book of the month for me, and I'm hoping one of the books of the year.

GHOST MONEY #1
Writer: Thierry Smolderen
Art: Dominique Bertail
Lion Forge $3.99

Matt C: I fully support Lion Forge (whoever they may be!) for putting out French comic book material for the English-speaking market because there is a LOT of cool stuff being produced across the Channel. This one deals with a global conspiracy in the not-too-distant future that has its roots in 9-11, and I’m a sucker for shady goings on when governments and criminals get in bed together for nefarious purposes. Because you couldn’t imagine that happening in real life, right?

ELSEWHERE #1
Writer: Jay Faerber
Art: Sumeyye Kesgin & Ron Riley
Image $3.99

Jo S: Still wondering what really happened to Amelia Earhart when she and her plane vanished without trace whilst attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 1937? This new series looks to reimagine her story continuing as she's transported to a mystery alternate world of flying beasts (the example art looks like a giant flying Uncle Deadly from The Muppets) (in a good way), magic and civil war. Earhart’s real life disappearance is one of those mysteries which will continue to fascinate for years and, having seen how well Faerber writes a strong competent female protagonist in Copperhead, I think this might well have wings for me!

NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER #1
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Art: Trevor McCarthy
DC $3.99

Matt C: C.O.W.L., Hadrian’s Wall and now Magnus… I’m down with Kyle Higgins’ writing at the moment, and now we have an Elseworlds-style tale that sees Dick Grayson leading the charge against superpowers until the system he fights for sets its sights on his family. I’ve not gone a bundle on 'Rebirth' but I still love these characters, and a chance to read something by a top talent free of the restrictions of continuity? I’m all in.

LARK'S KILLER #1
Writer: Bill Willingham
Art: Mark Dos Santos
Devils Due/1First Comics $3.99

Andy H: Bill Willingham is one of those names not everyone will recognise, but they should. Bill is responsible for the massive hit that is Fables. Yep, all 150 issues, plus a number of spin-offs. You can't knock that sort of output. He has of course done plenty more work and has always had a soft spot for classic sword and sorcery tales. Now, with Lark's Killer, he returns to a creator-owned title (and his roots) as he whisks our heroine, Lark, to a fantasy realm. The best thing about Willingham is you can expect to be surprised. Don't think for a minute, been here done that - this will undoubtedly take some weird and wonderful turns. Will it have the same impact as Fables? I certainly hope so.

GENERATIONS: HAWKEYE & HAWKEYE #1
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Art: Stefano Raffaele
Marvel $4.99

Jo S: One of a set of Generations one-shots, this team up of Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) and the OTHER Hawkeye (Clint Barton) is themed as a gladiatorial battle for sharp shooter supremacy: winner survives all. The recent Hawkeye series has been something of a highlight of my fledgling comics career hence my being drawn this Generations offering above others; Thompson and Raffaele have both worked on the Clint Barton incarnation of Hawkeye in the (respectively) recent and more distant past so I'm looking forward to seeing how their combined talents portray him here.

REDLANDS #1
Writer: Jordie Bellaire & Vanesa R. Del Rey
Art: Jordie Bellaire & Vanesa R. Del Rey
Image $3.99

Matt C: I’ve got to be honest, the pitch for this series focusing on a coven of killer witches in a sleepy town probably wouldn’t have caught my eye were it not for the creative team. Vanesa R. Del Rey’s made a significant artistic impact over the last few years with the likes of Scarlet Witch and Hit, while Jordie Bellaire has established herself as one of the best colourists in the business by colouring just about every title I read. And more besides. Does that mean they’re going to match their illustrative abilities in the writing department? Well no, but these ladies have already shown they have talent to burn, so of course I’m eager to see them spread their wings further.

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1
Writer: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion
DC $4.99

James R: I swore off event books a little while ago - and my bank manager has thanked me ever since. As much as I can see the need for 'blockbuster' events, I have never found them particularly satisfying; even when they're good (Secret Wars, Flashpoint) the various spin-off titles are usually expensive and superfluous. So, why Dark Nights: Metal? On one hand, it's the reteaming of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo - I really enjoyed their run on Batman, and the idea of them writing a story which seems to be 'Batman and the Justice League' certainly piques my interest. On the other hand, there is Snyder's promise that this tale "is a big tour of the DCU" - I like the idea that this will be an epic story without having to buy several tie-ins. I'm still unsure if it will resonate with me, but I'm hoping to be converted.  

GENERATIONS: THE UNWORTHY THOR & THE MIGHTY THOR #1
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Mahmud Asrar
Marvel $4.99

Matt C: I’m not entirely sure what the point of the Generations initiative is, possibly because I’ve not paid that much attention (ahem) but mostly I can’t quite get a bead on what Marvel’s endgame is with it; reestablishing the status quo by focusing on the original incarnations of tentpole characters or cementing a workable coexistence with the younger iterations? Whatever it is, this one in particular stands out for me as Jason Aaron has really shown he has a firm grasp of the Asgardian mythos, and he really is in the best position to take these characters forward to wherever the House of Ideas thinks they’re heading next.

MECH CADET YU #1
Writer: Greg Pak
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa
BOOM! Studios $3.99

Jo S: Ah, robots! And not just robots but GIANT robots; giant SPACE robots which visit the academy each year to select a cadet to work with. I love the look of the art work for this book, with Pak and Miyazawa vowing to bring a distinct Asian American feel to their latest team project. The ‘wrong student’ selected by a big blue robot is the hero of the tale: I choose to ignore that he looks a lot like Ash from Pok√©mon and instead focus on this being one of my favourite themes: unlikely friendships.

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