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.
A Walking Milestone
It started off as that weird black and white zombie book and now at the #100 issue mark, it’s a media empire. You know about the TV show and the ridiculous success Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and the rest of the The Walking Dead team have enjoyed. To celebrate the milestone, Kirkman and crew welcome a slew of all star creators to provide covers for the issue ranging from Frank Quitely to Sean Phillips to Bryan Hitch to Image founders Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri. Even Invincible artist Ryan Ottley gets in on the action. Further, regular series artist Charlie Adlard did a stunning wrap around cover AND there will be a Chromium edition! Here’s to 100 issues of The Walking Dead!
THE WALKING DEAD #100
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
cover a CHARLIE ADLARD
cover b MARC SILVESTRI
cover c FRANK QUITELY
cover d TODD McFARLANE
cover e SEAN PHILLIPS
cover f BRYAN HITCH
cover g RYAN OTTLEY
cover h CHARLIE ADLARD WRAP-AROUND
40 PAGES / BW / M
“SOMETHING TO FEAR” CONTINUES!
This extra-sized chapter contains one of the darkest moments in Rick Grimes’ life, and one of the most violent and brutal things to happen within the pages of this series. 100 issues later, this series remains just as relentless as the debut issue. Do not miss the monumental 100th issue of THE WALKING DEAD!
#1s To Get Excited About
Two of our favorite creators, Tim Seeley and Mike Norton team up to bring what sounds to be a chilling thriller set in the cold northern mid-west. Revival has got people coming back from the dead and a dead half horse half zebra. It doesn’t get weirder than that. To make it even better, they’ve got a special cover from Craig Thompson. This is going to be a new series to keep an eye on!
story TIM SEELEY
art MIKE NORTON
cover by JENNY FRISON
incentive cover by CRAIG THOMPSON
32 PAGES / FC / T+
For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. A beautiful “farm noir” that puts a new twist on the zombie genre, created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and acclaimed artist MIKE NORTON.
There’s something about John Layman and Rob Guillory and the magic they’re doing in the pages of Chew. They consistently pique our curiosity and give us things to laugh at and enjoy. This time around, it’s an entire issue focused on Poyo, the cyborg rooster. I’m telling ya, no other comic is as much fun as Chew is and this proves it.
CHEW: SECRET AGENT POYO #1
story JOHN LAYMAN
art / cover ROB GUILLORY
36 PAGES / FC / M
Hey retailers/readers/speculators! Still kicking yourself for not ordering and/or passing by CHEW #1, now that you see what it’s going for on eBay? Here’s your chance to get sweet, sweet, revenge, with an all-new CHEW #1, a one-shot spinning off CHEW’s most popular supporting character, and comics’ most beloved homicidal cybernetic kung-fu rooster. Concentrated mayhem. Feathers, rage and hate! Plus: an all-star pin-up gallery from some of the most staggeringly talented artists in the industry!
AND THE NEXT CHAPTER IS…
I’ll tell you something, when Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads set out to do The Activity, they weren’t messing around. This comic focused on realistic military ops gets a little more real as this issue marks a new story arc and was co-plotted by an actual NAVY SEAL. Yes, one of the elite fighting force of the United States. This takes realism to the next level.
THE ACTIVITY #7
story NATHAN EDMONDSON
art / cover MITCH GERADS
32 PAGES/ FC/ T+
“GOAT HUNT,” Part One
**An issue co-plotted with actual NAVY SEALs!**
After DEVGRU teams seize a Chinese freighter, the CIA shares evidence with Team Omaha that sends three members to Uzbekistan while two others are interrogated at Ft. Belvoir.
After taking us back to San Francisco in the 1930s, Brubaker and Phillips kick off the next story arc of Fatale by taking us to the Los Angeles of the 1970s. You’ll have to wonder how the brooding noir spooky vibe of Fatale will translate to the swinging, groovy 70s. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s going to be just creepy enough.
story ED BRUBAKER
art SEAN PHILLIPS & DAVE STEWART
cover SEAN PHILLIPS
32 PAGES / FC / M
Brubaker and Phillips best-selling occult noir series continues its second arc, as the dark secrets of mid-70s Los Angeles begin to creep into Josephine’s new life. Drugs, sex, cults, fame, and murder, all walk hand in hand in the shadow of demonic forces.
The most anticipated second issue of the year! After knocking our socks off with Planetoid #1 and then getting picked up by Image Comics, Ken Garing is back with the next chapter of his gritty sci-fi story that has us hooked.
story / art / cover KEN GARING
32 PAGES / FC / T+
After crash-landing in a vast heap of space junk, wayward space-pirate Silas now journeys on to an area of the planetoid, known as “The Slab”. It’s rumored that human tribes eke out a living on this endless surface of fabricated metal… BUT, so do gangs of sadistic robots! Silas will have to gather information and find allies in order to make a stand against the larger tyrannical forces that control the planetoid.
Best New Superhero Book of the Year
Did you miss out on the best new superhero book of the year? It’s not from any other comic company, no it’s Mudman by Paul Grist. A fun romp with the idea of a teenager who gets fantastic powers that can turn his body into mud. Don’t miss out on the fun as the first 5 issues are collected into a trade.
MUDMAN, VOL. 1 TP
story & art PAUL GRIST
144 PAGES / FC / T
It’s the first day back at school for Owen Craig, and it’s not going too well. He’s been run over, got detention, and his police officer father has been taken prisoner by armed bank robbers. And now his body seems to be turning to mud…Collects MUDMAN #1-5
From the Palmiotti Archives
Originally published by DC, but now come to live in an oversized hardcover from Image, The Monolith is a great tale penned by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Phil Winslade. Plus it’s got an introduction by Jim Steranko! Quality comics from quality creators.
THE MONOLITH HC
story JIMMY PALMIOTTI & JUSTIN GRAY
art / cover PHIL WINDSLADE
96 PAGES/ FC / T OVERSIZED
We are introduced to Alice Cohen, a down and out ex-junkie who inherits a house in Brooklyn from her deceased grandmother. Alice discovers her diary and begins to read the tale of a lost love and revenge that begins in the factories of New York during the depression and shows the creation of a monster bent on revenge for the slaying of a good honest man.
Originally published by DC Comics, but collected here for the first time, featuring an introduction by the legendary JIM STERANKO and the amazing art by PHIL WINSLADE.
My first exposure to the work of Amanda Conner was on Gatecrasher. A comic published by Black Bull Comics, which was the comics imprint by the folks behind Wizard, Gatecrasher featured a story by Mark Waid and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Amanda Conner and Palmiotti and it was a TON of fun. I totally forgot about it and it’s a blast to see it finally collected and reprinted!
GATECRASHER, VOL. 1: RING OF FIRE TP
story MARK WAID & JIMMY PALMIOTTI
art / COVER by AMANDA CONNER & JIMMY PALMIOTTI
104 PAGES / FC / T
Unbeknownst to the human race, a great and terrible evil threatens to engulf the earth. College freshman Alec Wagner is the “Gatecrasher,” a somewhat reluctant member of a covert brigade of warriors dedicated to protecting Earth. As sole possessor of the ability to predict the opening of inter-dimensional gates, Alec assumes nearly overwhelming responsibility for his team, conducting the Split-Second Squad against alien invaders. However, battling aliens is not the only thing on Alec’s mind. While juggling college and inter-dimensional combat, Alec also has high prospects for his social life, if he could ever show up on time for a date! Collects Black Bull Media’s GATECRASHER #1-4.