The Gosh! Authority 24.01.18
We're ecstatic to have artist/writer/far too talented gent Declan Shalvey back in the store with us. Declan's going to be signing from 1 till 2 pm on Saturday the 27th January. Since we last played host to Mr Shalvey he has unleashed his frankly phenomenal OGN Savage Town on the world. Along with co-creator and artist Philip Barrett, the duo produced one of the most original, surprising and fun comics of last year. Do you like the films of Martin McDonagh (In Bruges in particular), miss Brubaker and Phillips' Criminal, or simply can't wait for the next Stray Bullets issue? You HAVE to grab a copy of this to get Declan to scribble in, you'll love it.
Our first Drink & Draw of 2018 is almost upon us! In association as always with our pals at Broken Frontier with supplies provided by CassArt, we have Clio Isadora, Alex Potts and Olivia Sullivan coming along to consume a January appropriate amount of drink whilst doodling this Tuesday (the 23rd). Sticking with tradition the gang will gather here at Gosh! at 6.30pm, giving you a chance to purchase work by the guest creators, before setting up at the Coach & Horses for all the artsy fun! More details here.
Entering the last full week of our sale, there is still a boatload of rad bargains to be had. Back issues remain at 50% off the marked price, with some lovely bronze and silver age treats still up for grabs, plus our back issue boys are working tirelessly to keep the flick racks jam-packed with goodies. The ground floor sale table remains chock full with longboxes of reduced graphic novels which are constantly being refreshed, so even if you've taken a deep dive into our sale at the start of the month it's well worth another look through for new delights.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
SPY SEAL TP VOL 01 THE CORTEN-STEEL PHOENIX
Writer / Artist: Rich Tommaso
With the single issues constantly selling out this is your best chance to grab Rich Tommaso's love letter to British spy fiction and European comics. Employing a beautiful ligne claire style, Tommaso's tale of the titular British MI-6 agent battling Soviet agents in the London art world is a blast from start to finish. It's quite unlike anything else in the English-language market at the moment, and well worth your time (particularly given how dense it is!)
Try it if you like - Tintin / James Bond / Blacksad
LEGION #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Wilfredo Torres
Season two of the hit FX show based on the X-Men character Legion kicks off in April so it should come as no surprise to see Marvel giving Legion his own solo miniseries. The critical response to the show showered it with praise for it's unexpected and offbeat take on the standard superhero formula. As such, writer Peter Milligan seems like the perfect choice to channel that tone and vibrancy back into the pages of the comic. His work on Shade The Changing Man remains a high watermark in its depiction of idiosyncratic, peculiar and conflicted characters. With Wilfredo Torres on art, whose work on Jupiter's Circle (where he took over from the behemoth talent of Frank Quietly) blew us away, this could be something a bit special.
Try it if you like - Shade The Changing Girl / Astonishing X-Men / X-men Legacy
IMMORTAL IRON FISTS TP
Writer: Kaare Andrews
Artist: Afu Chan
Originally published as the six-part digital only miniseries at the end of 2017, it gained such high praise it was inevitable that it would earn itself a print release, so for the first time this Wednesday grab yourself a physical copy. Afu Chan's art is cleanly illustrative and the colour work is full of life and texture, the style bringing to mind a potent mixture of Ms. Marvel artist Adrain Alphona and Necropolis creator Jake Wyatt. Kaare Andrews' writing is tight and full of teen angst as Danny Rand trains his young ward, Pei, as she struggles to adapt to life in the Big Apple.
Try it if you like - Lumberjanes / Ms. Marvel / Champions
THE LIE AND HOW WE TOLD IT HC
Writer/Artist: Tommi Parrish
Reading The Lie And How We Told It, Tommi Parrish's first graphic novel for Fantagraphics, reminded us of watching Requiem For A Dream for the first time. It's a slow-building experience that envelops you bit by tiny bit until you're engulfed in the ramping tension of it's bubbling narrative. Like Requiem, The Lie and How We Told It is a study of relationships, secrets and the public masks people wear to shield themselves and others from who they truly are, navigating queer desire, masculinity, fear, and the ever-in-flux state of friendships with a confidence not often seen. Parrish's visual style is a tour de force, a muted, gritty and texture-rich colour palette reminiscent of Simon Hanselmann's work but with the thick, chunky character designs of artists such as Michael DeForge and Dilraj Mann. Over-exaggerated with hyper inflated proportions, the characters don't look like everyday people but they feel real, they feel honest. An acquired taste but if you like the flavour this is a moreish and rewarding read.
Try it if you like - Megahex / Wuvable Oaf / Girls
VINEGAR TEETH #1 (OF 4)
Writer: Damon Gentry
Artist: Troy Nixey
Publisher: Dark Horse
Contender for best title of 2018 already? We think so. Vinegar Teeth is an over the top genre mash-up, blending horror, comedy, crime, drama and buddy cop shenanigans all into one comic - think Lethal Weapon by way of Cronenberg and you're about halfway to Vinegar Teeth. The unlikely duo of local cop Artie Buckle and his new partner - a writhing tentacle covered inter-dimension beastie - are tasked with not only saving their precinct of Brick City but also the world from an intergalactic threat. Sabertooth Swordsman, as well as being one of the coolest sets of words to type, is the book that thrust writer Damon Gentry into the limelight, and this looks of be of similar calibre. Troy Nixey's art is full of men and creatures that look as though they are made out of churning flesh, which is just about the best darn thing for a story all about squishy, oozing, mind-melting monstrosities come to life. Vinegar Teeth is maybe the most fun you can have this week for £3.35!
Try it if you like - Manhattan Projects / God Hates Astronauts / The Goon
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Celebrated fantasy author Saladin Ahmed is just far too good. Hitting the ground not only running but sprinting with his critically acclaimed debut comics work Black Bolt from Marvel, his writing carries the weight and conviction of a veteran comics scribe as he adapts seamlessly to the new medium. Abbott is his first creator-owned project and we are beyond excited about it. Sami Kivelä is also just far too good. Across his various projects with writer Ryan K Lindsay - Deer Editor, Chum, and Beautiful Canvas - Kivelä has gone from strength to strength with his clean, fine line style evocating the work of Chris Samnee, which is about as high as our compliments get. Centred around hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott, we follow her through 1970's era Detroit as she investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police are seemingly ignoring, crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces.
Try it if you like - Hellblazer / Fatale / Fell
Writer: Singgih Nugroho
Artist: Sami Basri
Dissonance is a sci-fi political thriller taking place in an alternate universe in which mankind has a symbiotic relationship with a species of intergalactic spirits, creating hybrids known as Fantasmen. A cabal of high ranking and influential hybrids plot to manipulate and control the world through a campaign of scaremongering. Their latest scheme results in the assassination of a world-renowned and much-loved fashion designer, sending the group into disarray. The premise is gloriously silly, but throw yourself into the world and this is big, bold genre fun. The characters are despicable and oh so much fun to hate and Sami Basri has a smooth and sleek style with character and costume designs that rival even that of Jamie McKelvie.
Try it if you like - East of West / Private Eye / Extremity
THE ALTERED HISTORY OF WILLOW SPARKS GN
Writer/Artist: Tara O'Connor
Tara O'Connor won a lot of fans last year with her personable and endearing autobiographical graphic novel Roots. Now she starts off 2018 with a dazzling work of fiction in The Altered History of Willow Sparks, a Sliding Doors by way of Death Note (kind of) tale. The heroine of the piece Willow Sparks and her best friend Georgia Pratt are at the bottom of the social ladder at Twin Pines High School, simply trying to survive each day of teenhood relatively unscathed. But life goes off the rails when Willow discovers a mysterious book that allows her to literally change her life. As she becomes more and more popular with each entry into the book, her old life, including her friendship with Georgia, seems miles away. Yet as Willow will discover, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and the future has unusual and dangerous ways of protecting itself.
Try it if you like - Nameless City / Anya's Ghost / Smile
ALSO OF NOTE THIS WEEK
- CARTHAGO SC - The megalodon, prehistoric ancestor of the great white shark and once the most ferocious predator of the seas resurfaces in this softcover edition of the popular graphic novel.
- FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE TRIO - Collecting issues 1, 2, and 3 of the acclaimed Frankenstein series by Niles and Wrightson in a bargain-priced format.
- INCIDENTALS TP VOL 01 - Veteran creators Joe Casey and Larry Stroman build the Catalyst Prime expanded superhero universe with the first team book.
- INHUMANS JUDGMENT DAY #1 - Al Ewing is one of the most consistently enjoyable Marvel writers, with his recent run on the Ultimates being a highlight. This Inhumans one shot looks to not buck that trend. Split into two stories, Kevin Libranda handles the present day events in a grounded art-style whilst Del Mundo uses his vivid colour range during the framing story where the origins of the Terrigen are revealed.
- LOBO BY KEITH GIFFEN & ALAN GRANT TP 01 - It's the big, bad Lobo book that has something to offend everyone! Reprinting the earliest solo Lobo tales, including the Bisley-drawn classics Lobo and Lobo's Back, and a healthy dose of Kevin O'Neill to boot!
- MASTER RACE AND OTHER STORIES HC - A collection of Bernie Krigstein's EC comics work, including the stone cold classic titular story.
- NOW #2 - The second issue of Fantagraphics contemporary comics magazine showcases the work of Christian Rex Van Minnen, Dash Shaw, Nick Thorburn, Finnish cartoonist Tommi Musturi; plus new work by Sammy Harkham and oh so much more.
- PREDATOR HUNTERS TP - Predator becomes prey in this Dark Horse miniseries as a group of survivors turn the tables on the fearsome alien trophy hunters.
- RAVEN DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #1 (OF 12) - New Teen Titans writer Marv Wolfman returns to one of the franchises most beloved characters in this brand new limited series.
- SOULWIND HC - Scott Morse 's epic futuristic adventure with heart finally returns to print, this time in a gorgeous hardcover edition.
- SPARRING WITH GIL KANE SC - Filled to the brim with interviews between Gil Kane and other mega-talents - Hal Foster, Walt Kelly, Noel Sickles, Harvey Kurtzman, Bill Everett, Denny O'Neil, Howard Chaykin, Walt Simonson, Robert Crumb, Jack Jackson and Donald Phelps.
- X-MEN BLUE ANNUAL #1 - Cullen Bunn kicks off the mini-crossover event between Venom and the X-men: Poison X!
And that's that for another week. See you next time!
- Andrew & Shaun.