The Gosh! Authority 06.03.19
Be sure to get yourself along next Tuesday evening the 12th, 6-7pm, to meet the brilliant Tula Lotay, who will be signing copies of her new limited edition art book, Largo, as well a Gosh-exclusive print! Getcha details right here.
FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK
RONIN ISLAND #1
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
This looks like a lot of fun. Greg Pak is a reliably solid writer who is capable of real flourish, particularly in his creator-owned work such as Mech Cadet Yu. Teaming up with former Prophet artist Milonogiannis, Pak plays into his strengths with this new adventure series set in an alternative 19th Century where the great cities of China, Korea and Japan have been invaded by an unknown enemy. A small group of survivors from all three countries have settled on a hidden island and built themselves a new society, but now receive word of a new Shogunate which demands fealty. The alternative: they will left defenceless against a marauding army of beastly mutants. Worth picking up, for sure.
MEET THE SKRULLS #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Niko Henrichon
One of Marvel’s most entertaining writers teams up with the artist of Pride of Baghdad for a Skrull story that shows us another side of the shape-shifting villains. It’s kind of like The Americans meets The Vision as we spend time with the Warners, an all-American family that just happen to be Skrull sleeper agents, preparing the way for a full-scale invasion. Their first task is to find the source of Stark Industries post-Secret Invasion Skrull detection technology. And also pay the mortgage, make nice with their neighbours, do well at work and make sure the kids get good grades. Y’know- life stuff. Oh, and also evade that Skrull-detecting technology. Looks like a pretty sharp, off-beat mini.
ASTRO HUSTLE #1
Writer: Jai Nitz
Artist: Tom Reilly
Publisher: Dark Horse
A spirit of cheesy 70’s sci-fi is alive and well in the pages of Astro Hustle, a tale that is equal parts Battle Beyond the Stars, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, with a healthy dose of Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg for good measure. Chen Andalou is a bit of a scoundrel: a thief and a con-man. His antics get his thrown into cryo-sleep for sixty years, and when he wakes he discovers that his younger brother is now the President of the Galaxy. Will his family’s new-found status help him mend his ways? Will it hell. It’s a disco-tinged, all-inclusive thrill ride of cosmic criminality!
KID GLOVES GN
Writer / Artist: Lucy Knisley
Publisher: First Second
When last we left Lucy Knisley in the pages of Something New, she had tackled the topic of marriage in America through the prism of her own. Now she’s on another journey: pregnancy. And it hasn’t been an easy journey. Between difficulties conceiving, miscarriages and a difficult labour leading to a near-fatal delivery, Lucy has had plenty to learn and plenty to reflect on, all delivered here with her usual mix of humour and insight. An incredibly accessible, fascinating look at pregnancy, from her own personal experience to the broader historical context, with some surprising facts along the way. Highly recommended!
MORNING IN AMERICA #1
Writer: Magdalene Visaggio
Artist: Claudia Aguirre
Take a bit of Lumberjames, a pinch of Paper Girls and a sprinkle of Stranger Things and you’ve got yourself a tasty dish of Morning in America. Comparisons do it a disservice, however, as Visaggio and Aguirre’s tale of a small-town girl gang taking on marauding monsters is certainly able to stand on its own two feet. It’s a winning combination of a well-drawn cast of likeable characters who don’t fit easily into any lazy stereotypes and, well, monsters. How can you lose?
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
AGE OF X-MAN PRISONER X #1 (OF 5) - Bishop finds himself in the Danger Room, a mutant penitentiary that’s a part of the dark underbelly of Nate Grey’s utopia.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.HU - A parallel numbering for ASM, the .HU ssues are all tie-ins to the Hunted storyline. But they are written by Nick Spencer, so they are essentially just regular issues, so don’t skip ‘em!
BLACK HAMMER 45 FROM WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER #1 - The latest Black Hammer spin-off is a WWII tale where a Blackhawks-style team take on occult Nazi menaces. By the all-star team of Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes & Matt Kindt.
COSMIC GHOST RIDER DESTROYS MARVEL HISTORY #1 - Really, CGR is basically Deadpool MK 2 at this point, right? Now he’s bouncing back through MU history and getting involved in all the fun.
DOMINO HOTSHOTS #1 (OF 5) - Domino starts her own all-girl team courtesy of Gail Simone & David Baldeon.
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9 (OF 12) - It’s out at last!
FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 01 FOUREVER - Collecting the first arc of Dan Slott’s run, as the first family of the MU make their return!
MARVELS CAPTAIN MARVEL HC ART OF MOVIE - Pretty much what it says on the tin!
PROMETHEA 20TH ANNIV DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 01 - Collects issues #1-12 plus the complete script for issue #3 of the Alan Moore / J. H. Williams classic.
SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 - Christopher Hastings & David Hahn bring a fun new take on Steve Austin.
STAR WARS VADER DARK VISIONS #1 (OF 5) - Dennis Hopeless & Paolo Villanelli shed a light on how Vader in perceived in different corners of the Universe: sometimes villain; sometimes saviour!
XERXES FALL HOUSE DARIUS RISE ALEXANDER HC - Collecting Frank Miller’s long-gestating sequel to 300.
ZIGGY PIG SILLY SEAL COMICS #1 - Marvel Comics get their funny animals on in this 80th Anniversary one-shot by Frank Tieri & Jacob Chabot.
And that’s it for this week, folks. See you next time!