Mark Miller returns this week with a new series plus Marvel unleashes a new hero or is he the villain? There are also creepy kids, high art and James Bond hunts the Kraken!
Warlords of Appalachia #1
Phillip. K. Johnson, Jonas Scharf – Boom
Future America. The New Confederacy is crushed in a second Civil War. Only Kentucky holds out, not recognising U.S. sovereignty. Kade Mercer, mechanic and reluctant folk hero from the small town of Red Rock rises to become the first feudal warlord of Appalachia. It’s described as Southern Bastards meets Dune which totally sold it for me.
Mark Miller, Greg Capulo – Image
Mark Miller will likely have another hugely successful series on his hands, expect a film adaptation. An elderly woman named Bonnie passes away only to awake in the body of a young woman where she finds that the afterlife is a place where you must fight to survive. Greg Capulo is along for the ride fresh off his 50+ issue stint on Batman.
Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph – Marvel
We tend to shy away from the mainstream comics, but it’s not every day Marvel invent a new hero. Typically they reboot classic ones and do weird things with Gwen Stacy. Morris Sackett, professional basketball player, gains extraordinary abilities but sacrifices his body in return. Morris now jumps from body to body gaining access to their memories and lives – It’s what he must do to survive.
The Electric Sublime #1
W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo – IDW
Art history, madness and expression are all smeared across the canvas of a crime thriller. When a famous painting begins poisoning the minds of its spectators, Margot Breslin—director of the Bureau of Artistic Integrity—must pull famed “art detective” Arthur Brut out of a mental institution and back into the insanity that sent him there in the first place.
Christa Faust, Andrea Camerini – Titan
Times Square, 1986 (the year I was born! Not the place). A chance encounter for Peepbooth worker Roxy Bell leads to the brutal murder of a public access pornographer, the erotic performer and her punk rock ex-partner Nick Zero soon find themselves under fire from criminals, cops, and the city elite, as they begin to untangle an intricate web of corruption leading right to city hall. Just your weekly dose of sex and violence wrapped in a neat little package.
James Bond Hammerhead #1
Andy Diggle, Luca Casalanguida – Dynamite
Last year Dynamite, along with Warren Ellis and Jason Masters, rebooted the Bond series in a new ongoing comic that’s much more gritty than the films. Now another series is set to release alongside it. Hammerhead follows Bond as he hunts anti-capitalist Kraken who has targeted Britain’s newly acquired nuclear arsenal. Hidden forces are also plotting to rebuild the faded glory of the once-mighty British Empire and retake by force what was consigned to history.
Black Eyed Kids Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel)
Joe Pruett, Szymon Kudranski – Aftershock
Movies with creepy kids scare the hell out of me. Books will probably do the same. “When the lull of night falls over a sleeping Midwestern town, an ancient unimaginable horror creeps violently and purposely through the night. That’s when the children come out to play. Children with eyes of solid back, devoid of emotion and remorse, and only asking for one thing… to come inside. But there are some who will not go quietly in the night. Some who will fight back to save not only their own souls, but their own children’s. This is their story.”
Dear Creature (Graphic Novel)
Jonathan Case – Dark Horse
The story of a Shakespeare reading, lonely sea monster trying to change his ways. “Deep beneath the waves Grue discovers love after finding Shakespeare’s plays in cola bottles. When his first attempt at companionship in the world above ends . . . poorly, Grue searches for the person who cast the plays into the sea. What he finds is love in the arms of Giulietta but with his wicked past catching up to him, Grue must decide if becoming a new man means ignoring the monster he was.”
That’s our pick of the week. What are you reading” Let us know on Twitter
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane