The Gosh! Authority 10.04.19
This Wednesday sees the good folk of our reading group Reads gather to discuss their favourite books from the Phoenix, the UKs best kids comic. It’s a show and tell affair, so grab one of their terrific albums and bring it along. More details here.
We had the launch of Alex Norris’ Webcomic Name collection “oh no” last week, and the joint was jumping. Alex signed like a champ and the books flew out, so if you still want one of our limited edition bookplates for the book, get in quick because they’re not going to last long!
FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK
FAITHLESS #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Maria Llovet
A tale of horror and eroticism that has a lot of layers going for it. Definitely not for the faint of heart, this tale of a girl who delves too deep into the world of magic and attracts the attention of Hell would have felt right at home in the glory days of Vertigo, But it’s more than just a gore-drenched skin-mag - lead character Faith embarks on a journey of self-discovery after reaching a dead-end in her life, one which leads her to a relationship unlike any other she has had before. This has the potential be be a right little gem. But is for ADULTS ONLY!!!
BALLAD OF YAYA GN VOL 01 FUGUE
Writer: Jean-Marrie Omont, Charlotte Girard, Golo Zhao
Artist: Golo Zhao
Publisher: Lion Forge
I actually saw a French-language edition of this book in at the Angoulême comics festival this year, completely unaware that it was coming to English, but I was so struck by it that I nearly bought the thing even though I couldn’t read it. It’s an adventure tale set in China during the Japanese occupation before WWII. In Shanghai, a young girl from a privileged background falls in with a street urchin when they are forced to flee the city after the Japanese invade. Together they journey across China to try and find the girl’s parents. Adventures ensue!
Writer: Brian Schirmer
Artist: Claudia Balboni
A detective procedural set in a post-war fantasy world. Jenner Faulds has been battling sexism her whole life, and impersonated a man to fight in the recently-concluded war. Now she’s back in society, she uses her skills to trade as a detective - a Fairman in the common parlance - only to discover that she’s traded one male-dominated career for another. We really like Schirmer & Balboni’s supernatural Western Black Jack Ketchum, so we’re looking forward to checking this out.
SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Greg Land
Something of an Untold Tales mini-series set during the Black Suit saga, before Peter Parker discovered the true nature of his nifty new suit. Get that blast of nostalgia as Peter David returns to an era of Spider-Man remembered fondly by fans of the character, as he takes on the menace of Mysterio (as seen in the new movie, kids!) Will also probably involve retro-foreshadowing (is that a thing?)
CLYDE FANS HC BOX SET
Writer / Artist: Seth
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Seth’s most substantial and accomplished work to date is finished at last, and gets the deluxe collected treatment it deserves! Abe and Simon Matchcard’s struggle to save their archaic family business, a story about family dysfuntion and the disintegrating American middle class, is now available in a chunky, slipcased hardcover edition, put together with all the flair you might expect from Seth.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
CATWOMAN TP VOL 01 COPYCATS - Collecting the first arc of Joelle Jones’ superb run as artist and writer.
CLYDE GN - NYT best-selling author Jim Benton’s latest kids graphic novel about one moody bear.
COMPLETE LIFE & TIMES SCROOGE MCDUCK HC VOL 0! - At last, a new edition of lovely hardcovers collecting the seminal Don Rosa Scrooge story. Seriously even if you have no interest in the duck comics, this is a solid read.
HELLBOY HC ART OF MOTION PICTURE - A lovely hardcover collection of concept art, storyboards, design work and more from the upcoming movie.
ORPHAN AGE #1 - Ted Anderson & Nuno Plati deliver a fresh take on the “all the adult disappeared” genre. The kids that were left behind are all grown up, and this is the society they have built.
PLASTIC MAN TP - A collection of the recent Gail Simone / Adriana Melo series.
SHE COULD FLY LOST PILOT #1 (OF 5) - A new series picking up from where the previous left off.
SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN BY JACK KIRBY TP - Another dayglo collection of Kirby’s 70’s DC work!
WAR OF REALMS JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #1 - The creators behind Adventure Zone spin a tale of Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Wonder Man, and Balder the Brave as they try to save Thor’s little sister. Note that we won’t be copying any orders for these WotR spin-offs, so if you want any added to your order, do let us know!
And that’s that!