22 Dec 2018

The Shipping Forecast: February 2019

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 December issue which includes comics scheduled to ship in February 2019.

DAREDEVIL #1
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Marco Checcetto
Marvel $4.99

Matt C: Details about this series are sketchy, and it's been a while since I've picked up a Daredevil comic, but the cancellation of the Netflix series following a franchise peak with the third season has left a gaping Man-Without-Fear-hole in my story-absorption schedule that needs filling. After scooping our Most Promising Talent award at this year's Paradoscars, our eyes are now firmly on what Chip Zdarsky does next, and his hinting of a 'reality-based' approach certainly bodes well for this series. Marco Checcetto has been impressing over the last couple of years on various Star Wars books, amongst other things, so it will be interesting to see him work in a more grounded environment. Often the most layered, complex of Marvel's more recognisable characters, a new Daredevil book from a top tier creative team deserves your attention.

GIRL IN THE BAY #1
Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Art: Corin Howell
Dark Horse $3.99

Jo S: Karen Berger’s imprint at Dark Horse has already shown promise this year, with both She Could Fly and The Seeds making a significant impact on my reading experience - it feels like a line to trust when it comes to picking some of the more interesting and off-beat series. Girl in the Bay hints at a murder mystery with a significant twist - the victim apparently returning from the dead years after her violent murder, unaware that half a century has passed and horrified to find that she has been replaced by an otherworldly doppelganger. The combination of DeMatteis and Howell will prove interesting - the former brings enormous writing experience at the Big Two and the latter, more often credited as a writer than an artist, perhaps brings a more light-hearted approach than would be expected for this kind of content.

FEMALE FURIES #1
Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Art: Adriana Melo
DC $3.99

Kenny J: Although the title was Mister Miracle, Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ modern classic was definitely a double-header, with Big Barda being an important part of that story. Then there is that one issue with the gathered Furies - one of the many reasons this book exists - that showed the characters are more than their devotion to Granny Goodness. Oh yeah, then there is the rich tapestry of Jack Kirby's creations all drawn by the great Adriana Melo and written by Cecil Castellucci. A quick Google of Castellucci's name reveals a multi-talented individual whose work on Shade, The Changing Girl for DC's Young Animal imprint was full of heart and wonder, something I know she will bring to the Female Furies.

STRONGHOLD #1
Writer: Phil Hester
Art: Ryan Kelly & Dee Cunniffe
Aftershock $3.99

Jo S: Series such as A Walk Through Hell and Babyteeth make a new book from Aftershock worth more than a glance for me, and the premise for this one has enough whacky appeal to make this a definite yes for my pull-list. An unspeakably powerful deity is imprisoned on Earth, his power to destroy us all neutralized by his belief that he is a mild-mannered insurance underwriter, and his prison guards an ancient secret cabal, who exist through the centuries to ensure that he never discovers the truth. Of course that's all very well until love gets in the way, and story hero Claire, herself a member of the secret society protecting us all, is on a collision course with (literal) Earth-shattering romance. The sci-fi elements of this pique my interest, along with the incongruity of the insurance guy who is actually a god; the preamble promises a story with ambitious reach, so let's see whether Hester and Kelly can pull it off.

NOBODY IS IN CONTROL #1
Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Art: Paul Tucker
Black Mask Studios $3.99

James R: I must admit, I’m a sucker for a conspiracy theory - I don’t believe in any of them, but there’s something fascinating about people who see secret links and plans everywhere. As a result, I’m immediately attracted to Nobody Is In Control. This new series from Black Mask sees a man confronting a stranger who is running through his yard - and finds himself drawn into a ‘deep twisted conspiracy going back hundreds of years.’ Illustrated with striking art from Paul Tucker, and written by Survival Fetish scribe Paul Kindlon, Nobody Is In Control looks like a fascinating book to fill the MIND MGMT/Grass Kings gap on my pull-list.

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Art: Ron Garney
Marvel $4.99

Kenny J: The fantasy comics are usually something I avoid but the world of Conan has given us great stories, even in recent years, and added to that there is Gerry Duggan, who has brought us top tales in books as wide ranging as Infinity Countdown to Deadpool, all of which are filled with the epic happenings, strange creatures and peculiar people that pepper Conan's Hyborian Age. The art by Ron Garney is a perfect mix of earthy hues, bringing his beautiful renderings of sword and sorcery to life: I was already a fan of Garney’s work from the recent volume of Daredevil. Coupled with Jason Aaron's main Conan title and a Red Sonja book on the horizon, it's looking like my 2019 will be full of magic.

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