If you have just tuned into Comical Commentary let me introduce you to our weekly comic feature that takes a look at the week’s new comics and graphic novels. Not always issue #1s but always a great entry point into a series with a heavy focus on indie comics both physical and digital. Enjoy!
Archie Meets Ramones #1
Matthew Rosenberg, Alex Segura – Archie Comics
Archie has been in crossover country for a while now. Archie vs. Sharknado and Archie vs. Predator come to mind. His new crossover is less deadly and features a lot more denim. Riverdale transforms into a real ‘rock n roll high school’ as Archie and the gang travel back in time and come face to face with legendary punks The Ramones. Hey Ho Let’s Go!
Warren Ellis, Phil Hester – Aftershock
Dr Jonathan Shipwright, sole survivor of a very unusual and very secret shipwreck, doesn’t know where he is. The Atlantic Ocean? New Zealand? Another dimension? I don’t know but I will be reading to find out. Shipwright is trapped on a seemingly endless road in pursuit of the saboteur who holds the key to his salvation…or doom!
Angel City #1
Janet Harvey, Megan Levens – Oni Press
Angel City aims to invert the femme fatale tropes of noire fiction by focusing on Dolores Dare, a Hollywood hopeful and mob enforcer who’s investigating ‘The April Fools Killer’ who likely murdered her best friend. With corrupt cops and the Volante mob trying to cover it up, Dolores may be in over her head.
Walter Hill, Matz – Titan Comics
Walter Hill, director of many films including the cult hit The Warriors has penned a comic series. Triggerman is the tale of Roy Nash a man who was once locked away for murder is now out on the streets unwillingly working as a hitman for the mafia. Roy finds himself headfirst into a life of bullets and bloodshed trying to save his beloved Lena.
Brian Buccellato, Jennifer Young – Image
When a cannibalistic plague sails into the American South, Cash and Grady find that their only option is to kill them. Problem is their loved ones are now infected. Sounds like a typical zombie tale although Cannibal has been described as an anti-apocalypse and with Buccellato and Image comics on board, it’s unlikely to be like anything we’ve seen before.
Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso – Image
Another new series by Image hits the shelves this week. Moonshine takes up back to the prohibition era Lou Pirlo is trying to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in all of Virginia, a man with a terrible secret – Hiram Holt. It just so happens to be a bloody supernatural secret that involves the light of the full moon.
She Changed Comics (Graphic Novel)
Various – Image
“The definitive history of the women who changed free expression in comics, with profiles of more than 60 ground-breaking female professionals and interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium. She Changed Comics also examines the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States.” A heavy subject matter but an educational and rewarding read.
Head Lopper Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel)
Andrew MacLean – Image
What began as a self-published comic made its way to Kickstarter and eventually landed on the Image Comics doorstep. Collecting #1-4, “The Head Lopper, Norgal, and the nagging severed head of Agatha Blue Witch arrive on the Isle of Barra to find it overrun with beasts: minions of the Sorcerer of the Black Bog. When Queen Abigail hires Norgal and Agatha to slay the Sorcerer, our heroes trek across the island reliving the horrors of their heads—and playing right into the hands of a master manipulator.”
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Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane