Welcome to Comical Commentary, the first issue of a weekly article series where we sift through the new comic releases and offer you entry points to engaging stories. The focus of these articles is our pick of issue #1’s, new story arcs in long-running series’ and the latest graphic novels. Basically, everything that we’d love to get out hands on without requiring previous knowledge of an existing IP. Let’s get to it with issue #1:
Zack Kaplan, Giovanni Timpano – Image
In the near future, a mysterious solar event transformed the sun’s light into deadly immolating rays. The world’s few survivors are forced to live in nocturnal cities. A killer emerges who uses sunlight to burn his victims, and when he targets the daughter of a solar power mogul, it falls to a disillusioned solar engineer to protect her.
Dave Justus, Tony Moore – Vertigo
Everafter is a new chapter in the FABLES legacy. The team behind Fables: The Wolf Among Us craft a tale of a world where magic exists and it can be wielded for the greater good or used to plant the seeds of anarchy and terrorism. The Shadow Players are a global network of agents-both Fable and mundy, tasked with policing a newly enchanted world and protecting humanity from itself.
Jim Zub, Djibril Morissette-Phan – Image
Glitterbomb is a horror story about fame and failure that tears at the heart of Hollywood. It’s the story of Farrah Durante, a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something lurking out beyond the water… something ready to exact revenge on the shallow celebrity-obsessed culture that’s led her astray.
The Great Divide #1
Ben Fisher, Adam Markiewicz – Dynamite
In this apocalypse, humanity awakens to the horrifying reality that the faintest touch from another’s skin results in agonizing death. Many of the survivors are driven mad by the memories of those they’ve killed. Two years later, a pair of thieves stumble upon the means to save their species. But not everyone is eager to see the old world order restored.
This one includes a free song download – mood music for the apocalypse!
Frank Cho – Boom
We don’t know a lot about this one. It’s described as Indiana Jones meets James Bond as the legend of King Arthur is alive and well in the modern day. Skybourne possesses Arthur’s power and must use it to stop the evil Merlin from destroying the world.
Rise of the Black Flame #1
Mike Mignola, Chris Mitton – Dark Horse
From the pages of Hellboy – Young girls are going missing from the cities of Siam, and the trail leads to the jungle hideout of a bloodthirsty cult wielding an ancient evil power-the Cult of the Black Flame. The bizarre origin of the BPRD’s greatest foe.
Angel Catbird (Graphic Novel)
Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas – Dark Horse
Acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood enters the world of comics by leaping straight to a full-length graphic novel. Angel Catbird is about a young genetic engineer who is accidentally mutated by his own experiment when his DNA is merged with a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure with a lot of cat puns.
Alena (Graphic Novel)
Kim W Andersson – Dark Horse
Described as Let the Right One in meets Show Me Love, Alena is the story of a girl at boarding school who’s harassed every day by Philippa and the girls on the lacrosse team. But Alena’s best friend Josephine is not going to let her friend be bullied. If Alena doesn’t fight back, then Josephine will take matters into her own hands. There’s just one problem-Josephine has been dead for a year. This is the English language adaptation of the award-winning Swedish graphic novel of the same name.
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Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane