The Gosh! Authority 23.08.17
Since his debut in Walking Dead #100, Negan, the charismatic psychopath antagonist to Rick Grimes, has become a fan favourite. It was only a matter of time before they dove into his past to show us what lead him down the path of enthusiastic violence we've witnessed throughout the series since his arrival. This origin story was originally serialised monthly in IMAGE+ magazine, but now Here's Negan will be getting the hardcover treatment this October, and we're celebrating its arrival with a signed and exclusive bookplate produced for us by series artist Charlie Adlard! Charlie's schedule is pretty packed these days, so we're extremely grateful he's managed to find time to provide us with the painted portrait above in all its disturbing glory! Pre-orders are live on our website [HERE]. Word of advice: at the rate these are flying out, I wouldn't dither too long over ordering one. We strongly suspect these will sell out before release.
Don't forget that we're still taking applications for the position of Assistant to the Events Manager until Friday September 1st. Get your cover letter and CV in if you're interested, and do pass the message on to anyone who you think may be keen!
Monday the 28th is a Bank Holiday. We are open as normal (10:30AM - 7PM) however it does mean a slight delay to our new comics delivery for the week. Deliveries for new comics will be arriving Wednesday 30th and are on sale the same date. All going well the new release shelves will be full before lunch time, however if you're planning on making an early trip in it's worth calling ahead (remember our new number is 0207 437 0187) or to keep an eye on our Twitter feed as we will announce as soon as everything is available.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
KIRBY 100 SC
Publisher: Twomorrows Publishing
Twomorrows help celebrate the Jack Kirby centenary with a collection of art and essays looking back on the work of The King. 100 comics professionals each take a piece of Kirby's work and break it down in an essay talking about craft and influence. The result is a great, chunky collection of Kirby, from obvious choices to more obscure pieces. Contributors include Bruce Timm, Alex Ross, Walter Simonson, John Byrne, Alan Davis, Joe Sinnott, Steve Rude, Adam Hughes, Wendy Pini, John Romita Sr., Dave Gibbons, P. Craig Russell and many more.
Try it if you like: Jack Kirby Collector / Kirby: King of Comics / Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby
MIRROR MIRROR II
The second volume of 2DCloud's annual anthology, produced to their usual high standard, edited by Julia Gfrörer & Sean T. Collins. It's a collection of dark, subersive comics, delving into the realms of the horror and pronography with contributors including (among others) Simon Hanselmann, Dame Darcy, Al Columbia, Renee French, Jonny Negron, Carol Swain, Josh Simmons and Clive Barker.
Try it if you like: Kramers Ergot / CBSP Deep Space Canine / Island
WATER MEMORY GN VOL 01
Writer: Raynes Mathieu
Artist: Valerie Vernay
Publisher: Lion Forge
An entertaining looking YA mystery from Lion Forge with lovely art by Valerie Vernay. A girl moves to a small coastal town with her mother, the town where her grandmother lived and died, and finds a community that she can call home. But who is the sinister lighthouse keeper, what's the secret of the standing stones with their strange carvings, and did somebody say something about a curse?
Try it if you like: Tintin / Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy
GENERATIONS UNWORTHY THOR & MIGHTY THOR #1
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar
To be honest, however you might feel about these Generations one-shots, Aaron and Asrar are such a great team that it's definitely going to be worth your while checking this out. I mean: Time-displaced Jane Foster Thor battles Son of Odin Thor in Ancient Egypt while a despotic Apocalypse looks on. What better set-up could you ask for? Will the Thors work out their differences to take on the ancient mutant ruler? SPOILERS: probably!
Try it if you like: Mighty Thor / Unworthy Thor / Thor
HARD PLACE #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Nic Rummel & Charlie Kirchoff
Wagner is a dab hand at crime comics, so this new Image mini looks promising for fans of the genre. A getaway driver trying to go straight gets entangled in a bank job, during the execution of which a hostage is taken to ensure his compliance. Only problem is, she's the daughter of a ruthless mob boss. So it's on the run he goes, constantly looking over his shoulder with enemies at every turn. Should be fun!
Try it if you like: Triggerman / Loose Ends / 100 Bullets
MANHUNTER SPECIAL #1
Writer: Keith Giffen, Dan DiDio & Sam Humphries
Artist: Mark Buckingham & Steve Rude
Another of DC's Kirby 100th birthday tribute issues, notable for both the lead story by Giffen & Didio with art by Mark Buckingham starring the titular hero, as well as what's sure to be a killer Demon backup by Sam Humphries and The Dude himself, Steve Rude. Also, a note to DC: commission a Sam Humphries / Steve Rude Demon mini, like, yesterday!
Try it if you like: Manhunter / The Demon / KIRBY!!
SLAVES FOR GODS GN VOL 01
Writer: Jason Godi, Dylan Silvers & Ryan Hartsell
Artist: Aaron Minier
Publisher: Hermes Press
An interesting curio: a collection of the first four chapters of sci-fi conspiracy thriller GN created by the band/collective These Machines Are Winning. Tying into their musical output, the graphic novel also comes packaged with a free download code for one of two full-length albums: new album Teenage LSD or second album Slaves For Gods.
Try it if you like: Amory Wars / DMZ / Hacktivist
ALSO OF NOTE THIS WEEK
- CLUELESS ORIGINAL GN VOL 01 SENIOR YEAR - Continuing the Alicia Silverstone comedy classic.
- FEW TP - Lone Wolf and Cub but set in a near future dystopian America. From rising star creators Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman.
- MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 01 - New York Times-best-selling author of the Beautiful Creatures series Margaret Stohl takes on Carol Danvers.
- NIGHTWING THE NEW ORDER #1 (OF 6) - Nightwing turns fascist in a nightmare elseworlds future where he has turned on his superfriends. But when his own family is targeted, he sees the light and turns to his betrayed former friends for help.
- SIF JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY COMPLETE TP - Played by Jaimie Alexander in the Thor movies, why not get to know Sif a little better with the excellent Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti run on JIM!
- SLOW DRIFT - Lovely Liam Cobb Riso one-off western about two men and a horse.
- SNOWFALL TP - Creators of Great Pacific Joe Harris and Martin Martín Morazzo reunite for a brand new science fiction series that reads like Philip K. Dick exploring climate change.
- STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL #1 - A bumper sized issue of Aphra written by one of her co-creators Kieron Gillen.
- TRAPPER KEEPER #5 - The latest in Mega Press' acclaimed Riso anthology series.
- WAR MOTHER #1 (OF 4) - The return of Valiant's popular 41st Century warrior, written by the ever-reliable Fred Van Lente. Solid sci-fi action.
- WEAPON X TP VOL 01 - Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, Domino and Warpath are forced to team up to survive as writer Greg Pak reveals the sinister secret of the mysterious new Batch-H experiments.
- X-MEN BLUE TP VOL 01 - The Blue contingent of the recent X-book relaunch, focusing on the classic line-up of time-displaced X-Men: Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel!
- X-MEN GOLD TP VOL 01 - The go for gold, with the Kitty Pryde-led team of X-stalwarts like Colossus, Logan, Nightcrawler, Storm and..uhh...Prestige? Oh, right, Rachel Summers!
See you all next week.
Andrew & Shaun