The Gosh! Authority 12.12.18
We’ve got the master of mischief himself, Krent Able, here this Thursday for the launch of his new book from Knockabout: The Second Coming of Krent Able. Expect the unexpected, and make sure you get here early for what we’re told will be quite the show-stopping entrance! More details here.
But before that, we’ve got the annual Reads Christmas Quiz! As ever, there’s no book for our December meet-up, but rather a brain-teasing comics quiz with exciting prizes (well…”prizes”) for the winners! More details here.
We had the launch for Grenfell survivor benefit anthology 24 Panels last week with a massive turnout of contributors and supporters. We’ve still got a little stack of signed copies, so get in fast to grab one. This book is for a brilliant cause, and really deserves all the support it can get.
FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK
HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018
Writer: Mike Mignola, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Tonci Zonjic
Artist: Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Tonci Zonjic, Ben Stenbeck
Publisher: Dark Horse
A collection of three short Mignolaverse stories for the holiday season, perfect for that Christmas afternoon food coma! Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck spin a tale of a seance that goes wrong, requiring the intervention of our favourite hornhead. Then the Brazilian twins Ba & Moon revisit their BPRD: Vampire series with an all-new tie-in story, before the whole thing is tied off with a Lobster Johnson story featuring the customarily stunning work of Tonci Zonjic. Perfect for Hellboy diehard and curious newcomer alike.
BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 (OF 6)
Writer: Scott Snyder
Snyder and Jock reunite for a tale spinning directly from the pages of Dark Nights Metal. Batman discovers that his twisted dark universe counterpart, The Batman Who Laughs, survived his battle with the Joker at the end of Metal. As the psychotic Batman / Joker hybrid slowly reveals his plan to wreak havoc across the multiverse, Bruce Wayne is forced to challenge his most sacred rule: no guns. Jock is the perfect artist for the twisted horror of the book’s antagonist, and we’re always happy to see the Batman Black Mirror and Wytches collaborators together again.
SONS OF EL TOPO ORIGINAL GN HC VOL 01
Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Artist: Jose Ladronn
A sequel to Jodorowsky’s surrealist masterpiece written by the man himself with art by the phenomenal Jose Ladronn. El Topo was once a bandit without limits, a man with no moral compass, until his journey through the desert brought him to religion and enlightenment. As he became a holy vessel imbued with the power to perform miracles, he left behind his first born son Cain, and brought forth the birth of Abel. Fueled by resentment, and unable to kill his saintly father, Cain begins the slow pursuit of his half brother. As you do.
MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #1
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Javier Garron
The return of the fan-favourite character (all the moreso now that the reportedly excellent Into the Spider-Verse is hitting cinemas) to his own series! Now firmly ensconced in the Marvel Universe proper, Miles must contend with the usual kind of high school problems faced by teens: relationships; bullies; work/life balance; the Rhino. Just normal kid stuff. Eisner Award-winning author Saladin Ahmed takes the reigns for this new ongoing, joined by Javier Garron for what promises to be a solidly entertaining Spider-book.
GODDESS MODE #1
Writer: Zoë Quinn
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Publisher: DC Vertigo
A new sci-fi story from Hugo Award-nominee game designer Quinn with art by Spider-Gwen co-creator Rodriguez. Cassandra Price runs tech-support on an AI which tends to the needs of humanity: a kind of handywoman for God. But during a piece of routine maintenance, she uncovers a hidden virtual world where a group of woman are working to crack the cheat codes for existence. It’s a Magical Cyber-girl dystopia that continues Vertigo’s strong new line-up of titles.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
ALL WE EVER WANTED SC - An anthology of sci-fi stories with a difference: a positive outlook!
BATMAN DAMNED #2 (OF 3) - It’s here at last! No Bat-schlong this time though.
BLACK HAMMER CTHU-LOUISE #1 - A one-off Black Hammer universe title by Jeff Lemire & Emi Lenox.
BLACKWOOD TP - Collecting the fun paranormal mini-series by Evan Dorkin & Veronica Fish.
DEFENDERS DOCTOR STRANGE #1 - Part three of The Best Defence (I’m not using that American spelling any more!), by Gerry Duggan & Greg Smallwood.
DEFENDERS SILVER SURFER #1 - And part four, written and drawn by Jason Latour. If you haven’t checked this mini out, they’re a fun, solid read so far.
DETECTIVE COMICS #994 - The new creative team of Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke start here!
FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1 - Stop the press: it’s a wedding special where (spoilers) the wedding happens! The nuptials of Benjamin Grimm and Alicia Masters are celebrated by friends and family, not to mention creators Gail Simone, Dan Slott, Fred Hembeck, Laura Braga & Mark Buckingham!
GIANT DAYS EARLY REGISTRATION TP - A collection of the early self-published Giant Days comics written and drawn by John Allison.
INFERNOCT TP - A collection of the Lovecraftian horror series by Mina Elwell & Eli Powell.
MAXON CRUMB ART OUT OF CHAOS GN - An illustrated biography of R Crumb’s brother Maxon, charting his journey as an artist and as a man.
MEGA GHOST #1 (OF 5) - A junior occultist gains the power to summon a giant supernatural robot who was created to save the world from the powers of darkness. A fun new kids title by Gabe Soria & Gideon Kendall from Eric Powell’s Albatross Funny Books.
NEW TALENT SHOWCASE 2018 #1 - DC’s annual collection of short stories by the most promising new writers and artists from their DC Talent Development Workshops.
PLANET OF APES SIMIAN AGE #1 - An anthology of stories from across the various Apes continuities by Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Ryan Ferrier, Matt Smith, Jared Cullum & Lalit Kumar Sharma. Heck, the Allred cover alone is enough for us!
PREDATOR TP ESSENTIAL COMICS - A new collection of the earliest Predator comics from Dark Horse.
RESTORING CARL BARKS SC - Collecting rare early Barks work for which there are no original proofs available. Rather, they have been painstakingly restored from comic book scans with extensive clean-up and recolouring work.
SASQUATCH DETECTIVE #1 - Reprinting the back-up strips from the Snagglepuss Chronicles, plus an all new 30-page story!
SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE TOO #1 (OF 4) - A follow-up to the hit gag mini-series written by Todd McFarlane with art by Will Robson.
UNAVAILABLE CARL BARKS IN COLOR SC - Another collection of rare early Barks. 10 stories in this one, three of which have been scanned from comics (as seen in the slimmer volume above), the rest of which have been reproduced from masters. Crucial here are the restorations that have been made to some strips to remove changes demanded by editorial, reproducing the strips as Barks originally intended for the first time ever.
WALLY WOOD CHRISTMAS BOOK HC - A collection of Wally Wood's never-published personal Christmas card art plus Wood's rare Christmas cartoons and comic strips.
And that’s in for this week! Tune in next week for exciting news about Christmas opening hours and delivery days, plus word on our January Sale!