The Gosh! Authority 16.01.19
We’ve got a treat this Friday evening: award-winning children’s book author Lorna Scobie will be here to launch her new picture book Collecting Cats, her debut as writer and artist. Join Laura from 7-9pm for drinks, chat and signing! More details here.
Last week saw the January meeting of Reads, our monthly reading group. On the block was the first volume of Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward’s Black Bolt series. Not a particularly contentious night, as everybody liked it! Next month’s meet-up is a discussion of Svetlana Chmakova’s Crush, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Look out for more details soooon…
Not much comics-wise to talk about this week, to be honest, though our first book out the gate is a real corker that we only have very limited stock of…
FIVE..err…FOUR TO WATCH THIS WEEK
AMNESIA: THE LOST FILMS OF FRANCIS D. LONGFELLOW BY AL COLUMBIA
Writer / Artist: Al Columbia
Publisher: Floating World Comics
A “Supplementary Newsletter” offering a retrospective of the animation works of Francis D. Longfellow, an animator from the golden age of the art and founder of Podsnap Studios. Columbia has exhaustively researched the man, uncovering the secrets of his reclusive life and remastering posters and select animation cels to showcase a genius that has almost been lost. All a complete fiction, of course: the work on display is none other than Columbia’s, Longfellow a complete fabrication, but who gives a damn when another rare chance exists to dive into the nightmarish world of Al Columbia? Not us, chums!
MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #1
Writer: Charles Soule, Ann Nocenti, Greg Pak
Artist: Greg Land, Tomm Coker, Paulo Siqueira
The return of the classic 80’s Marvel anthology series! Not weekly this time, thankfully (we’re getting quite enough of that, thanks), but still starring Wolverine in the lead story, with a couple of solid backups bringing up the rear. Soule and Siqueira handle Logan, taking him back to the 40’s and WWII, while Greg Pak and Greg Land tell a tale of present-day Captain America. The standout, however, looks to be a Namor story by Ann Nocenti and Tomm Coker, looking at the undersea king’s first encounter with the atomic bomb. Also: sweet Arthur Adams cover.
BLACK WIDOW #1
Writer: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
This is one out of left field: a new Black Widow series written by film-making twins The Soska Sisters, a pair of horror icons known mainly for their acclaimed film American Mary. They’re joined by upcoming artist Flaviano for a no-holds barred, all-action tale of Natasha Romanov, back from the dead and looking to express a little anger with the world. Turns out a bunch of Madripoor-based child-killers might just be the ticket she’s looking to punch.
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Carlos Magno
Spinning out of the events of the Best Defense (sic) mini-series, the Invaders are back! But this time Namor is most definitely not on the side of the angels, and Captain America, Winter Soldier and the Human Torch are the only ones who can stop him.Best Defense was a solidly enjoyable superhero tale, and this looks like it might be more of the same, with Zdarsky continuing to stretch his writing wings. It’s not going to reinvent the wheel, but for fans of these characters it might just scratch that villain-punching itch you need taken care of. Doesn’t hurt that Carlos Magno - Zdarsky’s collaborator on the Namor Best Defense one-shot - is pretty damn great.
And that’s it! Otherwise it’s the usual array of suspects, including the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest (yes, already!), a new Deadly Class (excited for the TV show), some more copies of Criminal #1, a new Wicked + Divine, Conan #2 (by Crom), and the latest issue of G Willow Wilson’s run on Wonder Woman! Check the shipping list for more information. Have a good week, folks!