So yesterday we announced a thing we’re doing in June in honour of the release of the new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book. Just a small thing, no biggie. We’re only having Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill round for a signing and releasing a 7” record of Moore‘s Elvis impersonation that was previously thought to have been lost forever. I mean, you probably heard about it yesterday when the Internet went insane.
This Saturday we’re launching Nick Abadzis‘ (Laika) Hugo Tate collection from Blank Slate Books. All the details are in this blog post and you should read ’em and make sure you’re there. Abadzis isn’t in the UK all that often so don’t miss your chance to say hello and drink fizzy booze in his especially lovely company.
In this week’s delivery (which is arriving tomorrow, incidentally, but may arrive in the afternoon so please follow our Twitter or Facebook or phone to see if they’ve arrived yet) both Alexandro Jodorowsky and Moebius turn up but not in the same book. Jodorowsky‘s Megalex is out in a collected hardcover edition – a strange sci-fi epic illustrated by Fred Beltran whose previous work includes Pin-Up Girls From Around the World so keep that in mind when looking at these boobs, uh, I mean this preview over at Humanoids. Beltran provides a new foreword and there’s a making-of section you won’t have seen before.
Stan Lee and Moebius‘ Eisner Award-winning Silver Surfer miniseries from 1988 is back in hardcover. There are several long reads about it online including this great one over at Comics Alliance, and this one here which quotes directly from Moebius‘ own afterword. “I found the story wonderful,” he said. “It’s full of personal and philosophical considerations which I think are very, very interesting. It’s obviously something very close to Stan’s heart. It’s not all pretty and nice and shallow, like a lot of the usual super-hero stories. In fact, I found it a rather sad and dark story, but at the same time, it is cast in a different light.” The artwork is as ever completely brilliant, but Moebius even goes so far as to insist on doing his own hand-lettering. “To me, it’s monstrous to have an important part of the look of page determined by an outsider.” To someone who outright refuses to read any comics that are computer-lettered (me) (I know, I know) this is a boon.
You can also bag The Bible as written by Sheldon Mayer and illustrated by Joe Kubert back in the mid-70s. Unlike Robert Crumb‘s extensive Genesis this 64-page book only features a select few stories – big ones like the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, and Cain and Abel.
Matt Madden and Jessica Abel‘s comics course from Drawing Words & Writing Pictures continues in Mastering Comics, in which they talk story composition, colouring, file formatting, and all those things that were a little too fiddly and specific for the introductory first volume. I’m not sure they go into the important bit about self-loathing and depression but that’s what Chris Ware and Ivan Brunetti are for. There’s a chunky excerpt at Tor and we have the previous volume in stock too.
There’s a new Daniel “Hi, How Are You?” Johnston book out – Space Ducks: The Infinite Comic Book Musical. You either like Daniel Johnston or you don’t so head over to Comics Alliance for a massive preview and to see what camp you find yourself in.
Other books include Batman Volume 1: Court of Owls collecting the first six issues of Scott Snyder (American Vampire) and Greg Capullo‘s (Spawn) relaunch series in hardcover. Spider-Man Season One is the latest origin story from Marvel, this time by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) and Neil Edwards who talks about it with Comic Book Resources alongside a handful of pencilled pages. And J. Michael Straczynski‘s Superman: Grounded collects the run of Superman that was supposed to go for about 13 issues but ended up at seven instead. This is the storyline where Superman goes on a walkabout to reconnect with the common man. “You have to remember that when Superman was initially created, his fights weren’t against vast interstellar forces. They were against criminals preying on the average guy. Superman was created to be the ally of the average American, the guy who didn’t have lots of money or friends in high places.” More of that interview with JMS over at USA Today.
In comics there’s Frankenstein: Alive, Alive! #1 (of 12) by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson, the sequel to Wrightson‘s very excellent 1983 adaptation of Shelley‘s novel (which is out in its 4th printing next week) (Wrightson‘s, I mean). “We’re basically doing Frankenstein in a four-panel grid [page], so it never gets really crowded. We’re keeping it very open; but it’s still very much a comic book. It sort of bridges between the two [media of prose and comics]. I’m not going to attempt to write like Shelley. It’s narrated by the monster; it’s the monster’s voice. It’s definitely a comic book, but with lots of spreads, lots of splashes, because Bernie’s just knocking it out of the park. It’s black-and-white, but, because of the tones, we’re shooting it in full color because it’s the only way to capture the tones. It’s a direct sequel. Where the novel ends, this one picks up.” There’s an early review at Shock Till You Drop and they are a bit in love with it.
John Byrne (Next Men) is doing a new superhero series for IDW called Trio. The first issue is out this week in which you get to meet the three heroes: Rock, Paper and Scissors. Joe Sinnott (who worked on Fantastic Four with Byrne) is on inking duties for this one too. You can see a preview here.
I’ve never seen a comic solicitation boast a “a zero-gravity menage à trois” before so we’re in new territory with Mystery in Space, an 80-page one-shot anthology from Vertigo. The gang’s all here: Paul Pope, Mike Allred, Andy Diggle, Kyle Baker, and more. If you were a fan of last year’s Strange Adventures I’d say this would be right up your street.
Dan the Unharmable #1 is a new crime noir series by David Lapham. “I had this idea about a guy who just couldn’t be hurt. Bullets, fire, drowning, whatever… nothing can hurt him. But what if that extended to the psychological? Dan doesn’t get riled up if you call him any horrible thing that you can imagine,” says Lapham. “So extending from that, I entered a situation that Dan can’t ignore. Four orphaned kids, their mother brutally murdered in the style of a classic Hollywood murder – even the most hardened man couldn’t ignore this.” Lapham promises that stuff is going to get gory and brutal so fans of ultraviolence need look no further. Bleeding Cool have a preview but warn that it’s not safe for work “unless you work in advertising or live in France.”
Horror-wise, there’s also Man of God #1 (of 6) by Craig Partin and Yvel Guichet which Comics Bulletin advance reviewed and they think it’s damn good. Marvel Zombies Destroy #1 (of 5) is more of the same only with added Howard the Duck (preview here). And in a new three-part series called Night of 1000 Wolves I imagine there’ll be a lot of teeth and blood. Judging from this preview I’m about right.
And lastly, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming have taken last year’s Takio and spun it out into an ongoing kid-friendly series. It’s not the same story as last year but brand spanking new. Preview here.
I’d end this on a cheery note only someone’s just told me that Maurice Sendak died and I am proper sad about it.
Please don’t go. We’ll eat you up. We love you so.