Being a comic fan can be tough. With so many publishers printing more and more books, canceling titles and starting new ones, it can be daunting when you head to the comic book shop on a Wednesday to know exactly what’s coming out.
The current system of presenting and ordering comics three months ahead of their release as set forth by the sole comics distributor, Diamond Comics, doesn’t make it any easier either. We’re not a fan of that system, we think it’s slowly strangling comics to death, but we realize it’s a harsh reality of how the industry works and we definitely don’t want you to miss out on any of the cool comics being published.
And so, as opposed to regurgitating the list of comics solicited in Previews each month, we present to you some of the highlights of things you probably won’t want to miss out on.
SPOILER WARNING - in order to get people to order comics, the publishers have a funny habit of revealing what’s happening in the books. If you don’t want anything at all to be spoiled, then you’ll probably want to skip this post and take your chances with your pre-orders and/or your shopping.
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I’m just impressed by that costume design every time.
THE ANSWER! #1 (of 4)
Mike Norton (W/A), Dennis Hopeless (W), and Mark Englert (C)
On sale Jan 23
FC, 32 pages
Devin McKenzie is an insomniac librarian with a knack for solving puzzles. The Answer! is a masked crime fighter with a giant exclamation point on his face. Aside from a penchant for late nights, they share nothing in common . . . until both become embroiled in a deadly mystery surrounding a sinister motivational speaker!
If you were into that this, this thing might be for you.
What got me here is that it was written by masterful cartoonist Gene Yang. Talent!
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER—THE SEARCH PART 1 TP
Gene Luen Yang (W), Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Bryan Konietzko (W), and Gurihiru (A/Cover)
On sale Mar 20
FC, 80 pages
TP, 6” x 9”
For years, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have burned with one question—what happened to Fire Lord Zuko’s mother? Finding a clue at last, Zuko enlists the aid of Team Avatar—and the most unlikely ally of all—to help uncover the biggest secret of his life.
There is very little limit to the talents of Francesco Francavilla, and here he is making the pulp comics he was born to produce.
THE BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT #1 (of 4)
Francesco Francavilla (W/A/Cover)
On sale Jan 16
FC, 32 pages
Black Beetle’s investigation of two local mob bosses is interrupted when a mysterious explosion murders them and a pub full of gangsters—taking out most of Colt City’s organized crime in one fell swoop. Who could pull off such a coup, and what danger might that murderous bomber do to Colt City and Black Beetle?
That creative team should grab you.
Mike Allred and Brian Clevinger present two tales in this collection of creepy stories should entice you plenty.
EERIE COMICS #2
Brian Clevinger (W), Damon Gentry (W), Mike Allred (A), and Jim Pavelec (Cover)
On sale Jan 9
b&w, 32 pages
Eerie returns with two new tales of science gone amok, plus a classic from the dungeon! Mike Allred (iZombie, Madman) embellishes Damon Gentry’s (“The Horror Robber”) tale of communication breakdown between us and “Our Friend the Ant,” while Brian Clevinger (Atomic Robo) warns of aliens’ most insidious invasion plan yet!
It’s a popular web series, and there is a lot going on here.
Jane Espenson (W), Brad Bell (W), Ron Chan (A/Cover), Natalie Nourigat (A), M. S. Corley (A), Ben Dewey (A), and Tania del Rio (A)
On sale Mar 27
FC, 80 pages
HC, 6” x 9”
The hit web series Husbands is a comedy about two young men who find themselves legally wed after a drunken Vegas weekend. Unwilling to undermine the hard-fought battle for marriage rights with a public quickie divorce, athlete Brady Kelly and actor Cheeks decide to make a go of it. After all, they were doing okay when they were dating . . .
Genius Legend Reporting for Duty
You’ve heard the term “required reading” yes?
LAST DAY IN VIETNAM: A MEMORY HC
Will Eisner (W/A/Cover)
On sale Mar 6
b&w&sepia, 80 pages
HC, 6 1/2” x 9 1/4”
Last Day in Vietnam recounts Will Eisner’s own experiences with soldiers engaged not only in the daily hostilities of war but also in larger, more personal combat. Some of the stories in this novel are comical, some heartrending, some frightening, yet all display the incredible insight into humanity characteristic of Eisner’s entire oeuvre.
Surprised, you will be.
STAR WARS #1
Brian Wood (W), Carlos D’Anda (A), Gabe Eltaeb (C), and Alex Ross (Cover)
On sale Jan 9
FC, 32 pages
This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!
For the full list of Dark Horse previews for January, head over to Newsarama.