The Gosh! Authority 18.07.18
If you've not yet checked out our monthly reading group Reads, next week might be a good time to start! The group is looking at the first book of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa & Robert Hack. This horror reimagining of the classic teenage witch has been adapted by Netflix, so get a lead on its upcoming release! No booking required, just head down for a 7pm start next Wednesday 25th July. More details here.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Margaret Stohl
Artist: Carlos Pacheco
Popular YA author Stohl teams up with the ever-reliable Pacheco to uncover the secret origin of Carol Danvers, the suburban Boston girl who would go on to become one of the most senior Avengers. Events in the present day force Carol to return to her hometown and confront the dark secrets of a past that she has all-but forgotten. We can expect a raft of Captain Marvel books coming out in the lead-up to the new movie, but this one looks like a keeper.
Try it if you like: Captain Marvel / Avengers / Beautiful Creatures
Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Nick Robles
A team of death-obsessed characters come together to explore the greatest unknown of all: what lies beyond the boundaries of life. When a doorway into "deathspace" opens after the death of a mentor, Thalia Rosewood and her companions kit up to pass through it, where they will discover the multicultural truths of death and beyond. Early reviews are marking this as the best title yet in Shelly Bond's Black Crown imprint!
Try it if you like: Hellblazer / Eternity Girl / Sandman
BAD GIRLS GN
Writer: Alex De Campi
Artist: Victor Santos
Publisher: Gallery 13
Santos' striking art serves de Campi well in this heist tale set in Cuba on New Year's Eve, 1958, as Fidel Castro takes control of the country from fleeing dictator Fulgencio Batista. A gangster's moll, a jazz singer and a mambo queen have twelve hours to get out of Cuba, taking six cash-filled suitcases with them. This looks like a lot of hard-boiled fun, and it looks like Santos has had a blast with the visual styles of the time.
Try it if you like: Parker The Score / Oceans 8 / Fury: My War Gone By
GREGORY GRAVES GN VOL 01
Writer: Dan Harmon, Eric M Esquivel
Artist: Brent Schoonover, Ted Naifeh, Gavin Smith and Mark Stegbauer
Publisher: Starburns Industries
The world's greatest super-villain has been captured. Mad scientist Gregory Graves sit on death row, awaiting execution for his crimes. Granted a last interview, Graves finally sets the record straight on his villainy and the so-called heroes that opposed him, as well as the dark secrets of the world's greatest hero.
Try it if you like: The Boys / JSA The Golden Age / Black Hammer
RAT QUEENS SPECIAL NEON STATIC (ONE-SHOT)
Writer: Kurtis J Wiebe
Artist: Will Kirkby
A special one-shot with a very different take on the Queens. In a dystopian cyberpunk future Palisade that's more than a little familiar to fans of the Shadowrun RPG (that cover is going to tickle the nostalgia bone of fans), the gang is reimagined as group of elite shadowru--err---special operatives who take on an identity-stealing fiend! More notably, the issue is drawn by the under-appreciated Will Kirkby, who is one of the UK comics scene's best-kept secrets!
Try it if you like: Shadowrun / Rat Queens / Neuromancer
DEADLIFE #1 (OF 3)
Writer: Jean-Charles Gaudin
Artist: Joan Urgell Mamba
An undead apocalypse is set off by the actions of a child playing adventurer in his grandparent's attic after he sips from a cursed chalice. The innocence of Curtis' point of view marks this out from much of the zombie glut, unfolding events gaining all the more impact from the perspective of our youthful protagonist.
Try it if you like: The Walking Dead / I Am Legion / Locke & Key
Writer: Jean-Charles Gaudin
Artist: Antonio Fuso
In a fantastical ancient Ireland filled with magic and monsters, Finola is the daughter to a mad king who cares only for power. But Finola is sick of it all: the clan system, her scheming older sisters, the royal court, and her father and the god he worships. So she and friend Cillian make a plan: kill 'em all. It's a gritty tale of an Ireland that might have been, with more than a little Game of Thrones in the mix.
Try it if you like: Slaine / Game of Thrones / Braveheart
SHIT IS REAL GN
Writer / Artist: Aisha Franz
The latest from German cartoonist Franz, a tale of a breakup and the aftermath on the metal health of its protagonist, Selma. Told in an often dream-like manner, Franz explores Selma's mental deterioration, from her inability to function in day to day life, to her most inner thoughts and self-conceptions. A really remarkable piece of work.
Try it if you like: Earthling / My New York Diary / One Hundred Demons
SONG OF AGLAIA HC
Writer / Artist: Anne Simon
A feminist take on the classical Greek myth, mirroring the structure of the tales of heroes such as Herakles and Odysseus and peppered with allusions to music and literature. We follow the rise and fall of the nymph Aglaia, whose hatred of men informs her life as a reluctant wife, a passionate lover, an absent mother, a heroic fighter, a revolutionary queen, and eventually a figure of disgrace. Simon's playful, bitingly funny style makes this satirical tale a joy to read.
Try it if you like: Persephone / Von Spatz / Maakies
ALSO OF NOTE THIS WEEK
- BEEF TP - The collection of Starkings, Shainline and Kane's wonderfully mad comedy that will have you putting that burger to one side.
- BROOKLYN BLOOD TP - Paul Levitz & Tim Hamilton's supernatural crime thriller is collected from the pages of Dark Horse Presents.
- CLAUDINE GN - Riyoko Ikeda, creator the The Rose of Versailles, spins a tale of gender identity in early 20th Century France.
- DAYS OF HATE TP VOL 01 - Ales Kot & Danijel Zezelj's painfully relevant tale of love and resistance in a white supremacist America gets its first collection.
- DORK HC - At last! A collection of Evan Dorkin's blisteringly funny Dork comics. Not for the faint of heart!
- FUTURAMA ANNUAL #1 - A brand new bumper issue of the old favourite!
- INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP SEARCH FOR TONY STARK - The end of Bendis' Iron Man run!
- JUGHEAD HUNGER TP VOL 01 - Werewolf Jughead!
- LEGION TP TRAUMA - Issues 1-5 of Peter Milligan & Wilfredo Torres' tale of David Haller, the mutant known as Legion.
- MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE TP VOL 01 - The actually really pretty good Thing / Human Torch team-up comic by Chip Zdarsky, Valerio Schiti & Jim Cheung, which paves the way for the return of the Fantastic Four!
- OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE SC & HC VOL 48 - "How much is this old comic I found in my attic worth?"
- ROCKOS MODERN LIFE TP VOL 01 - Collecting the early issues of the recent comics relaunch of the popular cartoon character.
- ROME WEST TP - Brian Wood, Justin Giampaoli & Andrea Mutti spin a tale of an America settled by the Roman Empire.
- SEA OF LOVE HC - A lovely silent tale of a doting wife going in search of her fisherman husband who is lost at sea. One for fans of Roger Langridge.
- SHAOLIN COWBOY START TREK HC - Collecting the Burlyman series into a beautiful hardcover matching the rest of the Dark Horse Shaolin Cowboy library!
- SHIPWRECK TP VOL 01 - Warren Ellis and Phil Hester's surreal tale of a shipwreck survivor on an endless road to salvation.
- SPIDER KING TP - Viking warriors battle against an intergalactic menace!
And that's that! Until we meet again...