This is probably the biggest week of brand new comics since I’ve started writing Hack Issues. Holy shit there’s a ton to be excited about. No way I can choose just one spotlight book this week, there’s quality all the way down the pull list. I’m going to do another potpourri, spotlighting several titles, most of which are brand new #1’s. Let’s get it.
Chuck Palahniuk is writing a sequel to Fight Club. He’s writing it in comic book form. If you need to know more than that to decide that you need to read this, then maybe it’s time to start looking at re-prioritizing your life, because you’re doing it wrong. Tyler Durder is back, ya’ll! This comic looks to be a direct sequel from the movie, and I’ve got some pretty high hopes for it. Joining Chuck on the comic is artist Cameron Stewart, who has previously done some work in the Mignolaverse, as well as Catwoman, Batman and Robin, and others from DC comics. To me, he’s been a favorite since the fantastic Vietnam miniseries The Other Side he and Jason Aaron did for Vertigo, which was nominated for an Eisner. To say this Fight Club series is in good hands is an understatement.
Synopsis from the Dark Horse website:
Tyler Durden lives! Some imaginary friends never go away… Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife, pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long; the wife has seen to that. The time has come…
Alan Moore. The name alone should give you a nerd boner. Alan Moore writing HP Lovecraft into American History. Your pants should’ve just exploded. Honestly not a whole lot more I can say about the Providence as I haven’t read the first issue yet, but Alan Moore is a God. I will be devouring this comic the very minute I walk in the door of the shop tomorrow. Avatar is promising Moore’s return to glory as the “Watchmen of Horror”. I’m salivating.
Synopsis from the Avatar website:
The most important work of 2015 begins here with the long-awaited arrival of Alan Moore’s breathtaking epic PROVIDENCE with his artistic partner Jacen Burrows. In his most carefully considered work in decades, Moore deconstructs all of Lovecraft’s concepts, reinventing the entirety of his work inside a painstakingly researched framework of American history. Both sequel and prequel to NEONOMICON, PROVIDENCE begins in 1919 and blendsthe mythical visions of HPL flawlessly into the cauldron of racial and sexual intolerance that defined that era on the East Coast of America. Every line from artist Jacen Burrows is perfectly honed to complete this immersive experience. The result is a breathtaking masterpiece of sequential art that will define modern horror for this generation. Invoking a comparison it to a prior literary masterpiece is not something to be handled lightly, but in scope, importance and execution: Providence is the Watchmen of horror.
Sons of the Devil is a new Image series which comes to us from writer Brian Buccellato. To be perfectly honest, I’m only excited for this one because I’m a fan of what Brian has done for DC on both The Flash and Detective Comics. Sons looks like it’s going to be sort of a cult/satanic thriller about a kid who finds out his family has ties to the dark arts. He’s a solid writer, and I dig the subject matter. Plus, Image Comics has just been killing it for the past few years with creator owned awesomeness. Handling the art is Toni Infante who didn’t ring any bells, but upon further research I learned is the guy that did the art on the Sons of Anarchy comic, which was pretty decent. This one claims to be True Detective meets Helter Skelter, I’m definitely down for that.
Synopsis from the Image Comics website:
From New York Times Best Selling writer BRIAN BUCCELLATO and artist TONI INFANTE comes a psychological horror story about TRAVIS, an average guy trying to get by, who discovers that he has familial ties to a deadly cult. Told across three decades, SONS OF THE DEVIL is an exploration of cults, family, and the dark side of human nature. It’s TRUE DETECTIVE and ORPHAN BLACK meets HELTER SKELTER.
Whether or not you are keeping up with Marvel’s mega event, Secret Wars (I’m not), there is one book coming out of it that’s worth your attention, and that’s Where Monster’s Dwell. The reason? The creative team. Garth Ennis may be better known for Preacher, The Boys, Crossed, and any number of other, over the top, disgustingly violent but at the same time hilarious comics, but to me, it’s his war comics where he truly shines. The guy has the incomprehensible ability to write WWI/WWII era comics that absolutely captures the feel of those eras perfectly. But maybe war comics aren’t your thing. What we’ve got in Where Monsters Dwell, is a comic book about bi-planes in dogfights with pterodactyl’s. Bi-planes. In dogfights. With pterodactyl’s. Now, whether you dig war comics or not, there’s not a person on Earth whose inner-child can’t relate to the badassery of that.
Synopsis from the Marvel Comics website:
GARTH ENNIS returns to Marvel Comics proper and he’s bringing his The Boys collaborator Russ Braun along with him! Fighter planes and dinosaurs collide in this raucous tale that starts with the classic Marvel character Phantom Eagle and digs much deeper!
Other highlights, and there are a ton of them, include a new issue of The Fly Outbreak, new Outcast from Robert Kirkman, new Hellbreak from Cullen Bunn (this series has been fun), Lee Bermejo’s Suiciders is out, the second arc begins in Steve Niles’ The October Faction, and Sabrina fans rejoice, issue 3 is shipping, and it’s doing so about 9 months faster than issue 2 did.
Also out this Week:
- Big Trouble in Little China #11
- Dark Gods #6
- Edward Scissorhands #8
- Fly Outbreak #3
- Frankenstein Underground #3
- Godzilla Rulers of the Earth #23
- Grindhouse Drive In, Bleed Out #5
- Hellbreak #3
- October Faction #7
- Outcast #9
- Sabrina #3
- Sandman Overture #5
- Suiciders #4
- Vamplets Nightmare Nursery #3
- Zombie Tramp vs Vampblade #1