The Gosh! Authority 20.02.19
In case you missed it, we’ve got two great signings coming up in March that we announced this week: Tula Lotay and Christian Ward!
Tula will be here 6-7pm on Tuesday March 12th to sign copies of her new limited edition art book, Largo, plus we’ll have an exclusive limited edition print available on the day. You can find all the details here.
And then on Saturday March 23rd, 1-2pm, Christian will be here to celebrate the launch of his new Berger Books title, Invisible Kingdom. You can find all the details here.
Enjoying the Umbrella Academy series now streaming on Netflix? Why not come along and have a chat about the source material at next month’s Reads reading group: 7-9pm, Wednesday March 13th. Details here.
FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK
LONG ROAD TO LIQUOR CITY GN
Writer: Macon Blair
Artist: Joe Flood
You might not know Macon Blair by his name, but if you’ve ever seen Blue Ruin or Green Room, the hard-edged thrillers made by Jeremy Saulnier, you would recognise his face. Or maybe you know his work from I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, his own feature that he wrote and directed, or Hold the Dark, scripted for Saulnier (and you can find both of those on Netflix). Either way, you know that this foray into the world of comics writing is an exciting move, because he’s one talented SOB. Teamed with Science Comics artist Joe Flood, Blair has created a depression-era romp of two hobos on the run, chased by a lawman who wrongly blames them for his wife’s death. It all feels like an unmade slice of Coen brothers, as the pair travel across the USA, running into all manner of hard-done-bys, eccentrics and villains. Flood has a knack for dynamic, expressive comics, reminding us a little of Glenn Barr’s more cartoonish work. This is definitely worth checking out.
SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 (OF 6)
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Simone Bianchi
As we appear to be operating as a Netflix promotional tool this week, in for a penny in for a pound: the latest book from Millar’s deal with the streaming giant is here. Sharkey is a blue-collared bounty hunter who operates out of a spacefaring ice cream truck. His partner? A 10-year old . Together they’re after the biggest bounty of Sharkey’s career in caper that, yes, is already on its way to becoming a feature film. But the film won’t have the beautiful, super-detailed art of Simone Bianchi, who’s really pushed the boat out here with madly lush illustrations.
JAMES WARREN EMPIRE OF MONSTERS HC
Writer: Bill Schelly
Bill Schelly, a man who is quietly becoming one of the definitive comics biographers, turns his eye to James Warren, the man behind the celebrated Warren Publications, home to some incredible work by Corben, Wrightson, Frazetta, Williamson, Toth, Ditko and many, many, maaany more. The natural successor to EC, Warren ruled the horror and sci-fi comics roost throughout the 70’s thanks to its black and white magazine titles such as Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella and more. Not to mention the magazine that launched a generation of horror buffs: the one and only Famous Monsters of Filmland. Warren was a fascinating figure: a natural salesman with the instincts of a con-artist; a larger than life provocateur whose life has spawned countless anecdotes for Schelly to draw on. This promises to be an extremely entertaining read.
HOBO MOM HC
Writer / Artist: Charles Forsman, Max de Radigues
A collaborative effort by Forsman and Radigues, the former the author of Netflix (surely we deserve some kind of kickback this week) series-inspiring The End of the F***ing World, the latter creator of the Angoulême festival award winning Bastard. This sweary pair have seamlessly worked together on this tale of a vagrant mother who returns home to the husband and young daughter she abandoned after a dangerous encounter riding the rails. Whether she can return to the settled life she left behind, however, is another story.
HIGH LEVEL #1
Writer: Rob Sheridan
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda, Romulo Fajardo
A new post-apocalyptic series from the creator of the Nine Inch Nails alternate reality game Year Zero. A courier must deliver a very special package: a child who might just be the new Messiah. The destination is High Level, a near-mythical city that lies somewhere distant across a world that has been remade from scratch after a cataclysmic event. Dangers a-plenty lie ahead, and our self-interested hero must come to terms with putting someone else first, even in the face of life-threatening peril. We do like a post-apocalyptic road trip, so hopefully this will deliver the goods!
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
AGE OF X-MAN AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER #1 - The Age of X-Man continues, with a tale of Tinseltown starring the world’s greatest movie star: Kurt Wagner!
BATGIRL YEAR ONE DELUXE ED HC - A deluxe collection of the classic mini-series by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Alvaro Lopez and - and this is worth the price of admission alone for how stunning his work is - Marcos Martin.
CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 01 WINTER IN AMERICA - The first collection of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ take on Marvel’s patriotic hero, with Leinil Frances Yu on art.
DC UNIVERSE BY LEN WEIN HC - A collection of the late, great Wein’s best DC work, spanning his entire career.
DISNEY PIXARS INCREDIBLES 2 TP VOL 01 - Collecting the recent mini tying into the hit film.
HIGH CRIMES TP - A high-altitude thriller set on the slopes of the Himalayas, by Christopher Sebela & Ibrahim Moustafa.
HILDA AND THE GREAT PARADE HC - The second lovely illustrated novel starring the blue-haired heroine, perfect for young fans of the Netflix series whose sniffy parents don’t like them reading comics.
HULKVERINES #1 (OF 3) - Weapon H! Weapon X! The Hulk! Claws! Muscles! Fight! Fight! FIGHT!
INCURSION #1 - The latest Valiant event mini-series by Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel & Doug Braithwaite, which sounds like it has a pleasingly horrific vibe as terrors both living and undead from other dimensions invade our own.
LOVE ROMANCES #1 - Another Marvel 80th Anniversary title, this time featuring tales of sweet, sweet romantasy.
MAD MAGAZINE #6 - Just your periodic reminder that yes, Mad Magazine is still an ongoing concern, and is every bit as good as it’s ever been.
STRONGHOLD #1 - The Earth is actually a prison for a cosmic terror who lives an amnesiac life as an insurance underwriter in this new series by Phil Hester and Ryan Kelly. Looks like it might be a bit of a gem!
WEST COAST AVENGERS TP VOL 01 - Collecting the first arc of this fun new take on the Californian supergroup.
WOLVERINE INFINITY WATCH #1 (OF 5) - The truth behind Wolverine’s mysterious appearances throughout the MU before his eventual return is revealed! And exactly how did he get his hands on an Infinity Stone? All will be revealed, true believers!
And that’s it for this week, folks. Plenty of good stuff this week, so I hope you find something you like!