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 April issue which includes comics scheduled to ship in June 2019.
Writer: Frank Miller
Artist: John Romita Jr
James R: This is one of those books where the details aren’t necessary to sell it to me. Frank Miller was responsible for one of the great, all-time Batman stories (with David Mazzucchelli) when he crafted Batman: Year One. The news that he’s now going to do the same for the Man of Steel, with art provided by the legendary John Romita Jr, means that this is an essential purchase. You could argue that Miller isn’t quite the creative force he was in the 1980s, but his work on Dark Knight III showed there’s definitely still a passion for DC’s iconic characters, and I’m really excited to see just how Miller and Romita Jr picture Superman’s first days as the defender of truth, justice and the American Way.
Writer: Sean Lewis
Artist: Hayden Sherman
Jo S: After the spare and affecting brilliance of The Few, this creative team could produce a technical guide to drying paint and I would still be slapping cash onto the counter at my local comic book store and demanding its handover, but the premise of this new outset is a seller in its own right. An army of disaffected tech-obsessed teenagers, raised by an app in place of loving parents, amassed by a Zuckerberg-esque billionaire, take on the government in a war over rights to access to technology. Image are describing this as ‘The Social Network meets Black Mirror’ and I simply could not want to get my hands on a comic more than this.
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Dale Keown
Andy H: It's often argued that Peter David had the most impressive run in comic history, with a single comic character. Twelve years on one title is quite something and his work redefining the Incredible Hulk over those years was, well, incredible. He was joined by many a fine artist, two of whom made a real impact on the jade giant, Gary Frank and Dale Keown. We all know Gary is busy on Doomsday Clock so it's great to see Dale reunite with Peter for this one-shot. Keown's Hulk is one of my favourite versions, as he almost literally jumps off the page. Peter has always been able to write some of the most 'human' stories about superheroes and once again it looks like he's steering Bruce Banner down a lonely road. Bruce has had enough: enough Hulk and enough everything. But when you reach these lows the only way is up and it looks like Bruce may have found a fight that is worthy of the Hulk. It's great to see Peter back, first on Symbiote Spider-Man and now on the Hulk - let's hope there may be some X-Factor out there somewhere soon!
Writer: David Hine & Brian Haberlin
Artist: Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke
Kenny J: David Hine writes comics I like to read. Whether it's the counterculture of Bulletproof Coffin or his contributions to the Batman mythos, Hine always brings a dynamic to his books that's intriguing, if not outright weird. Sonata seems to be no different with its mix of science fiction and fantasy in a world where warring races sit alongside giant god like creatures. Add to this the one-two punch of Haberlin and Van Dyke, both artists whose work I know from Witchblade, and Sonata is definitely the right blend of talent and story to have me pick it up when it hits the shelves.
Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: David LaFuente & Jason Latour
Jo S: No prizes for guessing whose snouty face on the cover of this incoming Spidey-annual caught my attention… Pleasingly, Latour and LaFuente look to be going with a more classic long-eared Peter Porker (yes, I meant Porker, not Parker) than the stubby, chubby version of the recent animated movie (not that he wasn't great, I just prefer a more classical anthropomorph!) Spider-Gwen’s dimension-hopping web-watch has been purloined by nefarious types and Spider-Ham trots up to save the day - it's certain to be a feast of wise-crackling, web-spinning, porky-pun fun.
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Tradd Moore
Matt C: The Silver Surfer has always been a favourite of mine, one of those characters that really resonates for me, but he seems to have been residing on the periphery for many years now. Marvel have their cosmic universe trundling along, but I'll always think the Surfer should be front and centre of that and, as Donny Cates has been focusing on the likes of Thanos, the Guardians and Cosmic Ghost Rider of late, he seems to be the best placed to bring the Sentinel of the Spaceways back to prominence. A miniseries may or may not achieve that aim, but with Tradd Moore bring some pop art inspired imagery to the proceedings then maybe the Surfer can soar again.
Writer: David M Booher
Artist: Drew Zucker
Jo S: My love of robots clicked into gear on seeing the preview art for this beautifully wrought tale of a tiny tin man setting out on an odyssey to find a replacement heart for a tiny tin girl, in a world where everyone's heart has been replaced by clockwork. The sample art looks glorious with little pot-bellied heroes - like chubby C-3PO Pop-heads - hooded figures and dystopian scenery, all magnificently coloured. Artist Drew Zucker has said that the original sketch from which the whole story grew was done just for fun, and this looks to be accessible for all ages - a story of hope in the face of despair.