IT’S LIKE EVERYTHING’S BRAND GNU!: COMICS FOR NOVEMBER

KC Carlson (right)

KC Carlson (right)


A KC COLUMN by KC Carlson

Hey! There’s a bunch of new comics and books coming out soon (mostly in November), and their publishers want you to order them soon! Here are my semi-usual comments and recommendations for things you might want to check out. All of these are in the new Sept/Nov Diamond Previews, which hits comic shops today!

DC COMICS

Green Lantern #1

Green Lantern #1


Green Lantern #1 — A new re-launch for Hal Jordan by superstar creators Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp (with Frank Quitely on a variant cover). It seems that there is an intergalactic conspiracy afoot (aren’t they just the worst?), and Hal encounters an alien hiding in plain sight. (Um, Superman? No, that’s some other comic book…) Anyway… this “sets off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps — and quite possibly the Multiverse at large — to its very core.” (And you don’t want to deal with a cranky Multiverse — trust me on that!)

Shazam #1

Shazam #1


Shazam #1 — Did you know that there hasn’t been a regular monthly comic starring the original Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family in almost 20 years?! Well, there is one now — thank you, movie coming out in April — and it’s by writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham! And there’s a “shocking secret deep within the Rock of Eternity that challenges everything that Captain Marvel knows about the worlds of magic and his family’s future as its champions!”

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #44



Scooby-Doo Team-Up #44


Scooby-Doo Team-Up #44 (with Dick Dastardly & Muttley) — Ah, if only comic books had a soundtrack. The Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon shows were my addiction in my early years, and Wacky Races was just insane with all the crazy characters/voices. According to Wikipedia, Dick Dastardly’s middle name is Milhous. (Of course it is… that makes him Richard Milhous Dastardly.) Dick was voiced by Paul Winchell, who, when he wasn’t doing cartoon voices, was one of the most famous ventriloquists of his era. And if that wasn’t enough, he became one of the first people to build and patent an artificial heart! When he wasn’t doing stuff like that, he was also the original voice of Tigger (of the Winnie the Pooh animated specials). And Roger just reminded me that I’m supposed to talk about comic books here… (sigh)

Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book Three Hardcover

Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book Three Hardcover


Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book Three Hardcover (The Wedding Stuff) — After Batman proposes to Catwoman, he leaves Gotham City to go to the desert. You know, like everybody does. His extended family doesn’t seem all that supportive. (And why should they? He still dresses up like a bat and runs around Gotham all night.) And then something bad happens. Oh, no! This volume collects Batman #33-44 and Batman Annual #2 by folks including Tom King, Joelle Jones, Mikel Janin (who also does the cover), Clay Mann, and Seth Mann. 320 pages, on-sale in December (but you should order it now).

MARVEL COMICS

Uncanny X-Men #1

Uncanny X-Men #1


Uncanny X-Men #1-3 — Newly relaunched (again), and it looks like pretty much everybody in comics is doing a variant cover for one of the three issues. Plus TBA is doing at least two variants! What a busy guy! This new ongoing is kicking off with a 10-issue weekly storyline, and the first three issues are solicited this month. But here’s what drives me crazy about Marvel sell copy: It says here that it might be the X-Men’s final adventure! If that’s true, why buy it at all, knowing it’s gonna end? It’s written by Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, and Kelly Thompson and illustrated by Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar, and Pere Perez.

Uncanny X-Men #3

Uncanny X-Men #3


You can also buy an X-Men Graphic Comic Box, decorated with art from the series and large enough to store what might be several hundred variant covers (your mileage may vary) before the series ends! Also, Marvel is referring to the storyline as X-Men Disassembled! — so you know what that means! Actually, I don’t know what that means. Can anybody help me?

Marvel Knights 20th #1

Marvel Knights 20th #1


Marvel Knights 20th #1 & 2 (of 6) — It seemed like a revolutionary idea at the time: publishing comics that were good and exciting! So this is one anniversary I’m happy to endorse! As an imprint, MK has been dormant since around 2013, so this is an excellent time to check up on the classic characters (starting with Black Panther, The Punisher, Daredevil, and The Inhumans) who became better simply due to paying more attention to the development of the writing and art. I can’t claim that these characters (and others like Moon Knight, Nick Fury, Elektra, Black Widow, Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, Captain America, and even classics like the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Wolverine) all became superstars because of Marvel Knights, but they sure upped the ante on serious discussions about character and point-of-view in comic storytelling. So, here’s a tip of our cap to Joe (Quesada) and Jimmy (Palmiotti) for coming up with simple but awesome concepts (Good comics! Great reads!) that have spanned two decades!

Marvel Knights 20th is written by Donnie Cates and drawn by Travel Foreman, and it looks like the six-issue storyline is being kept intentionally vague. I can go for that right now. And Quesada watchers should be on the lookout for variant covers by the former boss.

Avengers #10

Avengers #10


Yeah, it’s another in a long line of slight-of-hand involving issue numbers, but Avengers #10 (solicited this month) is actually issue #700 in whole numbers (and not counting spin-offs like West Coast Avengers). While that might normally be good news, it seems that the Avengers have actually turned, um… bad — and the whole world is gunning for them! Especially Namor’s new Defenders of the Deep! Other anniversary-type things include The Agents of Wakanda, The Avengers of 1,000,000 A.D. mystery deepens, and there is key info on the resurrection of Wolverine — as well as a startling new Avenger — in this 64-page issue! Lots of variant covers for this one, including artists like Alex Ross, Arthur Adams, Alan Davis (and that’s just the A’s)… Ed McGuiness, George Perez, Skottie Young, and Ron Lim — just to name a few more.

Ironheart #1

Ironheart #1


The former star of Invincible Iron Man, Riri Williams (Ironheart), gets her own title in November, written by Eve Ewing and illustrated by Kevin Libranda, just in time for a bunch of world leaders to be taken hostage by one of Spider-Man’s old foes. (He sure has plenty to spare, no?) What a great opportunity for Riri to step out from behind Tony Stark’s shadow to forge her own future! She’s been one of the best new characters of the past couple years. Can’t wait to see more adventures in Ironheart #1!

The Vision #1

The Vision #1


Hard to believe, but Marvel’s actually producing a sequel to one of the most talked about miniseries ever — 2015’s The Vision — by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta. Except this new The Vision #1 (of 6) isn’t by those guys. It’s by (married) writers Chelsea Cain and Marc Mohan, with art by Aud Koch, and it looks like it’s intended to continue on from the previous The Vision mini. Starring the Vision, his learning-to-be-rebellious daughter Viv, and Sparky, the family robo-dog. Can a synthezoid father handle single parenthood? I’m not really sure I need the answer to that question…

Dead Man Logan #1

Dead Man Logan #1


Dead Man Logan #1 (of 12) — Yep. He’s dead. Don’t forget to tip your waitress on the way out! Oh wait… Apparently creators Ed Brisson (Old Man Logan) and Mike Henderson (Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan) have a lot of “old and dead” experience between them, and intend on putting this old dog out of his misery! (But what about my misery? All these dead comics are starting to stink up the place!)

X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection Volume 1

X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection Volume 1


I don’t normally discuss many of Marvel’s collections, but one jumped out at me this month both for its uniqueness and for being a personal favorite, because of its uniqueness. Once upon a time, Marvel reprinted the classic era of Uncanny X-Men in an unusual way — they not only created new backup stories for the reprint series, they also (eventually) added new story and art pages to the original reprints, expanding and enhancing the storytelling by adding new information! X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection Volume 1 collects this (then) newly created material — complete with comparisons and text pieces, explaining what was changed, what was added, and why! Features work by Chris Claremont, Jo Duffy, John Bolton, Dave Cockrum, and Kieron Dwyer — with a classic Art Adams cover. This is my Pick to Click this month! It’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it! (Note: dance music not included…) 520 pages, softcover.

FIREFLY RETURNS AND MORE #1s

Firefly #1

Firefly #1


Three popular properties are being relaunched this November. First up, BOOM! Studios is introducing a new ongoing series based on Joss Whedon’s massively cult sci-fi series Firefly. It’s written by Greg Pak and Illustrated by Dan McDaid, and there seems to be a passel of covers by folks called Lee Garbett, Joe Quinones, J.G. Jones, and Bill Sienkiewicz. And they’re starting off with one of the most fan-demanded stories that Firefly has never told — the battleground where Mal’s journey began, the Unification War! In addition, there will be two Firefly Legacy Editions collecting all the previously released Serenity comics (originally published by Dark Horse), the first of which will be released the same day as Firefly #1. That first 288-page volume will include Serenity: Those Left Behind #1-3, Serenity: Better Days #1-3, and Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale. This collection features work by Joss Whedon, Zach Whedon, Patton Oswalt, Brett Matthews, Jim Kruegar, Will Conrad, Chris Samnee, Patric Reynolds, Fabio Moon, and Nimit Malavia.

Firefly: Big Damn Heroes Box Set

Firefly: Big Damn Heroes Box Set


Also for hardcore Firefly fans is the Firefly: Big Damn Heroes Box Set. It includes all eight of the original, unsigned Firefly #1 covers from artists Lee Garbett, Joe Quinones, J.G. Jones, and Bill Sienkiewicz, and Jock. Plus there’s a map of the ‘Verse, and the Blank Sketch cover variant; a Box Set Exclusive from Tula Loyay; Firefly Legacy Edition Book One, with a Box Set Exclusive variant cover from Rahzzah; and a Box Set Exclusive Firefly print from Dylan Todd — some signed by Joss Whedon and packaged at random. It’s all in a “highly collectable” box limited to 1,000 copies.

Archie #700 Marguerite Sauvage cover

Archie #700 Marguerite Sauvage cover


Archie #700 begins a new era of Archie in November with a brand-new creative team of writer Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells). The main cover is by Sauvage and there are nine variants: 9B by Mike and Laura Allred, 9C by Matthew Dow Smith, 9D by Francesco Francavilla, 9E by Robert Hack, 9F by David Mack, 9G by Audrey Mok, 9H by Thomas Pitilli, 9I by Paul Renaud, and 9J by Michael Walsh. And that’s all we know about that!

Bettie Page #1 Scott Chantler cover

Bettie Page #1 Scott Chantler cover


Bettie Page, America’s favorite Pin-Up Queen, returns in a new ongoing series from Dynamite. In issue #1, Bettie discovers that the Queen of England has mysteriously vanished, and British Intelligence needs a helping hand from the world’s greatest model/spy! (Do they make business cards for model/spies?) Are UFOs involved? (Whaaaa?) This might be a fun title, although I hope it’s more like variant cover B by Scott Chantler than the other more pin-up style variants (by John Royal, David Williams, Julius Ohta). Of course there are options for a classic pin-up photo, and a premium something called a Black Bag Photo cover. Hmm…

AND… MORE BOOKS ABOUT STUFF

James Warren: Empire of Monsters

James Warren: Empire of Monsters


James Warren: Empire of Monsters — I wasn’t a huge fan of Jim Warren’s empire of black & white magazines growing up, but I was certainly aware of them. And I’m guessing that this is going to be a very interesting history, especially with Bill Schelly as the author. For those who don’t know, Warren was responsible for the trio of B&W comic magazines that warped many a young child: Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella — as well as a very popular movie magazine in Famous Monsters of Filmland that seemingly every young boy of that era read at least an issue or two. Here are just a few names that contributed material to Jim Warren publications: Wallace Wood, Steve Ditko, Alex Toth, Bernie Wrightson, Al Williamson, Terry Gilliam, Robert Crumb, Frank Frazetta, and many, many others. To everyone who knew him, Warren was a larger-than-life character who was both a publisher and a provocateur. This book is long overdue! Can’t wait to read it! 272-page 6” x 9” color hardcover.

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Complete History

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Complete History


Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Complete History (Taschen America) — This will be a huge book, hopefully in more ways than one. (It’s 11” x 16” and 480 pages.) It promises to be one of the most detailed histories of maybe America’s greatest cartoon legend. Mickey Mouse has been around in one form or another for almost 90 years! As early sketches will show here, Mickey wasn’t always called Mickey — he started his creative life as Mortimer Mouse. This book promises unlimited access to the Disney Archives and public and private collections, which will make this one of the most complete histories of this iconic entertainment figure. Also includes material on unfinished projects, many presented here for the first time. It also details radio shows, the origins of the Mickey Mouse Club, and Mickey’s iconic career during World War II. If it’s like other Taschen books I’ve purchased, it might come in its own decorated box. So — start saving up now. It’ll be worth it!

Krazy: George Herriman: A Life In Black & White

Krazy: George Herriman: A Life In Black & White


Krazy: George Herriman: A Life In Black & White — I’m very curious about this book. Herriman was best known for creating one of the weirdest daily comic strips in history (Krazy Kat), and this book promises some eye-opening details about Herriman himself, as a illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist who travelled the country during the nineteenth century. I’m pretty sure that it will completely knock all the books I read about Herriman 30-40 years ago and will probably make me feel like I got hit in the head with a brick! 608 pages. Published by Harper Perennial, so it may be available in bookstores before the Direct Market gets it. But, if you want it, order from us because we’re so nice.

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KC CARLSON is spending most of this week worrying about stuff. It’s rained here (at times, by the bucket) for about a week now, and I’m getting very nervous about our formerly leaky basement. And Roger has had problems getting back and forth to work because of flooded roadways nearby. Yikes!

WESTFIELD COMICS is not responsible for the stupid things that KC says. Especially that thing that really irritated you. My dentist appointment at 8:30 yesterday morning initially irritated me, but everything is very fine now. Thank you, ladies!

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  1. Hal Shipman Says:

    FYI – the Herriman book, Krazy, has been out for a year or more, so, yes, it’s available in bookstores (or is possibly remaindered by now). It IS an excellent book – highly recommended. A central discussion in the text is that Tisserand, a New Orleans-based reported, pretty solidly proved that Herriman passed as white (though largely a case of “passing by omission”). In part, the book is a fascinating look at how Herriman addressed race issues and social constructs in Krazy Kat.