The Gosh! Authority 22.05.19

Hello!

In case you missed it, we’re hiring again! Nora is leaving us for the thrills of the literary world, so we’re looking for a new Assistant to the Book Buyer. We’re taking applications until the 31st May, and all the details can be found here.

Just a standard pre-Bank Holiday reminder: next week’s delivery will be arriving with us on the Wednesday morning at some point. We’ll endeavour to get everything out on the shelves as swiftly as possible, so keep an eye on our social media where we’ll announce it when everything is out.

FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK

SMASHED HC
Writer / Artist:
Junji Ito
Publisher:
Viz

A new collection from horror master Junji Ito. These new Viz editions are beautifully put together, collecting material that we’ve never seen in English before. It’s the usual collection of high-concept shorts showcasing Ito’s skewed vision and incredible suspense chops. From the subtly creepy to the downright bizarre, new Ito is a must for anyone with an interest in horror.

CLUE CANDLESTICK #1
Writer / Artist:
Dash Shaw
Publisher:
IDW

If anybody ever tells you they saw this coming, they’re flat out lying. Visionary indie comics creator Dash Shaw, he of Bottomless Belly Button, Body World, Cosplayers and the animated feature My Entire High School Is Sinking Into The Sea, takes on the world of…Clue. (Or Cluedo, to those in the Commonwealth). Not as weird as it might sound, given that at the heart of Clue lies a murder mystery, and the idea of Shaw doing a twisty bit of detective fiction actually sounds pretty damn appealing. Plus each oversized issue comes with a free comic-themed card for the actual game!

GLITCH VOL 01 GN
Writer / Artist:
Sarah Graley
Publisher:
Graphix

A new younger readers GN from British comics star Graley, introducing Izzy, a gaming girl who discovers she can travel to the virtual world of her new game. While there she meets a robot who tells her that only she can save the world from The Big Boss, but she’s having enough trouble juggling the demands of school, her mum and her best friend, let alone becoming some kind of saviour. But when she loses a life in the game she starts to wonder….what happens if she gets Game Over?

ROAD OF BONES #1
Writer:
Rich Douek
Artist:
Alex Cormack
Publisher:
IDW

Set in 1953, this horror title follows a group of escapees as they flee the Siberian Gulag of Kolyma. As if the escape isn’t tough enough, once they break free they have hundreds of miles of frozen tundra between them and actual freedom. But they have some help: one of the group begins to see a creature from Russian folklore which appears to be leading them on a safe path through the wilderness. But is it real or just a manifestation of psychosis, and is it really leading them to safety?

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EILEEN GRAY HC
Writer:
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes
Artist:
Zosia Dzierzawska
Publisher:
Nobrow

A graphic biography of the acclaimed but often overlooked architect who helped to form the Modern Movement. As a queer woman in the early part of the 20th century, Eileen Gray’s career was one marked by constant struggle, where her work was often dismissed in favour of - or worse still credited to - her male counterparts. It’s a testament to her vision and tenacity that she not only had great triumphs throughout her career, but also designed one of the landmark buildings of last century - the E-1027 villa in the south of France.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK

  • AVANT-GUARDS TP VOL 01 - Collecting the first story arc of basketball hi-jinks at the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics.

  • BLACK BADGE HC VOL 01 - Collecting Matt Kindt & Tyler Jenkins’ black ops scouting adventure series. It’s great!

  • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER TP VOL 01 - Collecting the first arc of the new Boom Studios re-imagining of Buffy Summers’ high school days.

  • COVER TP VOL 01 - Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack’s espionage thriller gets a collection.

  • FRIENDO TP VOL 01 - Alex Paknadel & Martin Simmonds cautionary tale of ultra-violence and VR marketing assistants gets its first collection.

  • GODZILLA AFTERSHOCK HC GN - Arvid Nelson & Drew Johnson give us a prelude to the upcoming Godzilla King of Monsters film.

  • HIGHWAYMAN TP - Israeli cartoonist Koren Shadmi (who did the excellent Love Addict) gives us a sci-fi epic spanning time and space that looks more than a little Moebius-inspired.

  • MIDDLEWEST TP BOOK 01 - Skottie Young & Jorge Corona’s dark fantasy tale gets its first collection.

  • SECRET LIFE OF PETS #1 - A new series featuring the stars of the animated film (and its soon-to-be-released sequel).

  • THE STRUCTURE IS ROTTEN COMRADE HC - Politics meets art in this charged bit of fiction by Viken Berberian & Yann Kebbi.

And that’s your lot for this week! See you next time, pals!

Andrew.