The Gosh! Authority 09.01.19

Hello!

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We’re kicking off the new year with a meet-up, of our monthly reading group, Reads! On the block this month is the first volume of Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward’s Black Bolt series, a book so good we included it our adult Best of 2018 list. If you fancy having a chat about it with a bunch of comic enthusiasts, come on down this Wednesday, January 9th, 7-9pm! More details here.

Our January Sale ends this Sunday the 13th, so get in quick to score a bargain! There’s still plenty of good stuff to be had in the GN sale boxes, and of course all of our back issues are still 50% off!

In case you missed it, we announced our top-selling books for 2018 last week. As ever there were a pleasingly eclectic array of contenders, including a number of surprises. If sales charts are your thing, cast your peepers over here.

FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK

CRIMINAL #1
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artist:
Sean Phillips
Publisher:
Image

The return of an old favourite, as Brubaker and Phillips revisit the world that really forged their collaborative voice. Criminal remains one of the best crime comics ever made, and our consistent sales on the backlist are certainly testimony to that. Now, after teasing us back into the world of Criminal with their 2017 graphic novel My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, we get a full-blown monthly series, with Jacob Phillips coming on board as regular colourist. And we’re kicking off with the Lawless family, the connective tissie that has tied it all together. Teeg Lawless hits town, and is immediately dragged into trouble by his delinquent son - big trouble that will need more that brute force to solve. It’s a special double-sized first issue at the regular sized price. C’mon, what more excuse do you need?

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YOUNG JUSTICE #1
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artist:
Patrick Gleason
Publisher:
DC

Bendis’s Wonder Comics line kicks off here, bringing together Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Impulse and (intriguingly) Amethyst, as well as all-new characters Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex. This line is intended as a teen-focused range of titles with a lighter touch to the storytelling, creating a fun, accessible group of books. Young Justice reunite to confront a menace born of Gemworld, a menace which might be the key to the return of Connor Kent, the clone Superboy. We’re very happy to see Patrick Gleason on this, an artist whose style is perfectly suite to slick superhero action, and intrigued by what Bendis has to offer for the rest of the line!

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
Writer:
Kelly Thompson
Artist:
Carmen Nunez Carnero
Publisher:
Marvel

The trailers are dropping thick and fast now, and with a movie release date just two months away, it’s certainly time for a fresh new Captain Marvel series. Rising star Kelly Thompson teams up with artist Carmen Carnero for a back-to-basics restart, as Carol Danvers returns from her stint as Earth’s space-bound guardian against extraterrestrial threats. Reconnecting with old allies such as Spider-Woman & Iron Man, Carol is making a new life for herself in New York. But of course things aren’t going to go as smoothly as planned…

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GUNNING FOR HITS #1
Writer:
Jeff Rougvie
Artist:
Moritat
Publisher:
Image

A crime thriller set in the music industry of mid-80’s New York. Talent scout Martin Mills is trying to sign a new act that will take the world by storm, but his shady past may well catch up with him before he has the chance. It’s a world all-too familiar to producer and A & R man Rougvie, who was a key figure in the music industry at that time. As a novice to comics writing, Rougvie is well-assisted by a seasoned hand like Moritat, whose fluid, graceful visuals are always a treat. And as a bonus, each issue will feature a backup story and a Spotify playlist, as is only fitting.

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1
Writer:
Tom Taylor
Artist:
Juan Cabal
Publisher:
Marvel

A new ongoing Spidey series whose focus is on - appropriately enough - Peter Parker’s neighbourhood. With a greater focus on the impact Spider-Man has on those who are close to him, this series shines more of a spotlight on the supporting cast, such as Aunt May, Boomerang (his roomate now, of course), and even some new faces the series will be dropping in. Taylor does a good line in enjoyable superheroics, and Cabal’s art - previously seen on All New Wolverine, is clean and slick, full of dynamic storytelling. Worth a look, Spidey-fans.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK

  • IN CHRIST THERE IS NO EAST OR WEST GN - Mike Taylor’s experimental cry for the soul of America, from Fantagraphics Underground.

  • INVITATION FROM A CRAB GN - A collection of stories by Panpaya which chronicle the Japanese indie comics scene.

  • MODERN FANTASY TP - A little gem of a book, set in a fantasy world of boring office jobs, student loans, dodgy roommates and high adventure!

  • NOTHING NICE TO SAY GN - A collection of Mitch Clem’s webcomic about punk music and culture.

  • TOM CLANCYS DIVISION EXTREMIS MALIS #1 - An all-new story set in the post-pandemic world of the hit videogame (and it’s upcoming sequel).

  • TUROK #1 - The dinosaur hunter is back, by Ron Marz and Roberto Castro.

  • X-23 TP VOL 01 FAMILY ALBUM - The first collection of Laura’s post-All New Wolverine days, written by Mariko Tamaki.

And that’s your lot this week. See you next time!

Andrew.