After nearly a decade we've decided that it's time to ditch the numerically-fixed Ten Forward moniker and free things up with a new, less restricting name!
Every month we spend an evening scouring the pages of the latest issue of Previews and pick the titles we are looking forward to the most. This month it's the August issue which includes comics scheduled to ship in October 2017.
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: David Rubin
Dark Horse $3.99
James R: I think my reasons for picking this out should be fairly obvious. A new title from Jeff Lemire - naturally, an instant pick, but a title that expands the universe of Black Hammer? YES PLEASE. Sherlock Frankenstein shows us what happened on the Earth of Black Hammer's heroes once the protectors had mysteriously vanished. It focuses on supervillain Sherlock Frankenstein, and the criminals left bereft of nemeses to fight - that's enough for me! It's also going to focus on the early years of Black Hammer's daughter Lucy Webber, and the thought of expanding the Black Hammer mythos has me chomping at the bit. David Rubin is providing the art for the series, and I simply cannot wait for this one.
Writer: Justin Jordan & Nikki Ryan
Art: Morgan Beem
Jo S: The striking cover for this new story caught my eye; the word ‘steampunk’ held my attention and the word ‘oceanpunk’ now has me thoroughly intrigued. The blurb for this promises steampunk, alchemy and adventure, with a female protagonist and a floating island with an alternative history, all of which is tick, tick, tickety-tick for me. I note with interest that the cover doesn’t appear to be classically steampunk themed and I'm hoping that this indicates that it will perhaps take the genre in a new direction?
Writer: Jason Aaron
Matt C: Here we are with all this renumbering malarkey again as the Thunder God's title hits issue #700 (after taking in all the various launches etc, I assume someone can back up this figure as accurate, but who has time to check??). Of late we've had Jane Foster as Thor, battling cancer in her human form, and titling the story arc 'Death Of The Mighty Thor' gives a pretty clear indication of where this one's heading. With Thor: Ragnarok arriving in cinemas towards the end of the year it's safe bet that the Odinson will be back headlining the book by 2018. Jason Aaron continues his fine work in the realm of the Asgardian Gods and there's some heavyweight artistic action too as regular artist Russell Dauterman is joined by the likes of Olivier Coipel, Chris Burnham and the legend that is Walter Simonson. I expect this to be well worth the $5.99 outlay.
Writer: James Tynion IV
Art: Eryk Donovan
BOOM! Studios $5.99
Jo S: Tynion and Donovan have teamed up once more to bring the last in this trilogy, following Memetic and Cognetic, exploring humanity’s possible gene-altered futures. The first issue is scheduled to be oversized (something to keep Snyder and Lemire's A.D.: After Death company on the separate shelf I've had to keep it on?) and to run to 48 pages, hence the hefty cover price, but the glimpses of artwork available definitely grab the attention, and it's due to be a very short run, so no commitment issues here! A killer plague has decimated the human population, but the cure may not be entirely the salvation it first appears to be. A little sci-fi horror to brighten up a gloomy October day - why, yes please!
Writer: Sean Murphy
Art: Sean Murphy
James R: I would be buying this on the strength of the creator alone - Sean Murphy has risen to the upper echelons of the comics world on the back of a number of series which have showcased his incredible art. From Joe The Barbarian to Tokyo Ghost, Murphy's name has been a guarantee of quality. His series Punk Rock Jesus showed that he could write too, and so it's with a massive sense of excitement I read about Batman: White Knight. An 'Elseworlds' tale where the Joker has been rehabilitated but sees the Batman as the greatest threat to Gotham, the premise is brilliant, and the thought of a Murphy-illustrated Bat-series is electrifying. Definitely one of the must-read books of the year - I'm more excited about this than I am the Metal event!
Writer: Garth Ennis
Art: Goran Parlov
Andy H: Welcome back, Garth! Okay, he hasn't ever really gone away; there's still plenty of fine Ennis reading out there, but it's been while since we've had the pleasure of a Punisher title penned by the great man. So, what has Mr Ennis in store for us, and of course Frank, this time? Well, it's time to turn the clock back for another tale set during the conflict in Vietnam and the making of the man that will be the Punisher. Ennis is joined by his Punisher Max collaborator, Goran Parlov, who can really bring dark gritty world of Frank Castle to life, both in the urban jungles of the world or the jungles of the 'Nam. Time to lock and load for another tour of duty with the Punisher!