The Gosh! Authority 24.07.19
First up this week, a big bookplate announcement: we are now taking pre-orders for a Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition of Umbrella Academy Vol 3: Hotel Oblivion! The plate, limited to 300 copies, features exclusive new art by Gabriel Bá and is signed by Bá and Gerard Way.
This is not one to sit on your hands for, folks. Our Doom Patrol bookplate edition sold out prior to release, and this is likely to go the same way. Pre-order now for international mail order or collection to avoid disappointment.
Drink and Draw is upon us once again with special guest artists Tor Freeman & Gary Northfield. This should be a good one as we have our very own Clare hosting for the first time! If you fancy doing some drawings, catching a few laughs and maybe making some new friends along the way then come on by. Details here.
For those who missed out the Apollo signing was last Saturday, marking the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. A big thank you to both writers Chris Baker and Matt Fitch who signed a bunch of copies and also to all those who came by. But fret not if you missed out on a signed copy, they’re still available in store and on our website. If you haven’t checked this out but love all things moon landing then this is the graphic novel for you.
Rachel Ball, critically acclaimed cartoonist of Wolf and The Inflatable Woman, is tutoring a five day intensive summer school course in how to create your very own graphic novel. If you’re a writer or cartoonist and if you want some first hand tips from a prolific creator check this course out. Details here.
FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK
HOUSE OF X #1 (OF 6)
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Renowned writer Jonathan Hickman has a new X-Men series out this week, if you didn’t know already. House of X looks to be an incredibly ambitious project with Hickman potentially resetting the entire X-Men universe dun dun ….. dun! It’s an understatement to say people have been eagerly anticipating this series and it’s finally here. In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for muntantkind, one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more. This is an exciting week for Marvel fans and whatever the future holds for the X-Men it’s going to be interesting journey, to say the least.
HISTORY OF MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 (OF 6)
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Javier Rodriguez
Another big writer with an exciting project for Marvel: Mark Waid takes the helm of the entire history of the Marvel Universe. The entire History of the Marvel Universe you say? An attempt to chronicle completely for the first time everything that was, is or shall be within a mere six issues?!? Easy for Waid sure, but how will we process all of this? Javier Rodriguez’s style looks to be the perfect paring for this all encompasing series, expect some standout artwork. With potential for revealing previously unknown secrets and being the ultimate reference book for Marvel fans, this is certainly one not sleep on.
MARVELS EPILOGUE #1
Writers: Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross
Artist: Alex Ross
A brand new standalone epilogue adding to the critically acclaimed classic series. Written by Kurt Busiek and painted art by Alex Ross this iteration will be focusing on the X-Men of the 1970s and will have all the behind the scenes and bonus features that were great about the recent annotated versions. In this 16-page story the now-retired Phil Sheldon and his daughters, are in Manhattan to see the Christmas lights, and find themselves in the middle of a clash between the outsider heroes and the deadly Sentinels, giving them a close-up perspective on the mutant experience. Long term fans of Marvels will be sure to catch this exciting new story with the same incredible artwork from Alex Ross.
BATMAN CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #1 (OF 8)
Writer / Artist: Sean Murphy
The much anticipated sequel to Batman: The White Knight, one of the best Batman comics in recent memory. Sean Murphy is back at it again with a story that revolves around The Joker recruiting Azrael to expose a secret from the Wanye family history, which turns Gotham upside down. As Batman rushes to save the city and the ones closest to him, this secret is slowly revealed dealing a hefty blow to the Dark Knight. Fans of The White Knight have been waiting for this for some time now and are keen to see whether this will be able to measure up to it’s predecessor.
VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #1
Writers: Jason Aaron, Al Ewing
Two of the biggest names in Marvel comics right now, Jason Aaron and Al Ewing team up to focus on an all-new series staring Jane Foster. This looks to be one that will surely entertain fans of Thor, War of the Realms and Immortal Hulk alike. Foster’s been Thor the Goddess of Thunder and now she’s taking up the title of Valkyrie, guide and ferry woman to the dead. The always reliable CAFU on art chores should help make this a very entertaining series indeed.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
ALIENS RESCUE #1 - Following the events of Aliens: Resistance, Rescue starts with a secret mission that brings Alec Brand back to the alien-infested moon where he was rescued . . . and has to come face to face with the past.
ARCHIE VS PREDATOR 2 #1 (OF 5) - Archie and the gang, fighting Predators again. Will Riverdale ever catch a break? Maybe.
FEARLESS #1 (OF 3) - The fiercest ladies of the Marvel universe! Combine Captain Marvel, Storm and the Invisible Woman, and you've got an unstoppable trio in a story by Hugo-nominated novelist and writer Seanan McGuire.
GO BOTS TP VOL 01 - A new spin on classic action-figure nostalgia bursts off the page in this inventive nod to golden age comics by way of an 80s toy line. They say they're here to help us, but are they here to replace us? Only Tom Scioli knows.
HOUSE OF WHISPERS TP VOL 01 THE POWER - First volume of the new House of Whispers
LODGER TP VOL 01 - A classic crime caper revenge story traversing across America whilst being a twisted love story.
MARVEL ACTION CLASSICS HULK #1 -A reprint double feature as everybody's favorite rage monster joins forces with the Marvel Universe's biggest heroes!
MILES MORALES GN TP SPIDER-MAN - When Peter Parker falls, the world needs a Spider-Man - and young Miles Morales takes up the mantle. Perfect for young readers.
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 01 - Along with Conan The Barbarian, Savage Sword is proving to be an exciting, action packed, thrill ride adding to the lore of Conan. Don’t miss out if you’ve been waiting for this in trade.
SWORD MASTER #1 - All new on-going series from Shuizhu and Greg Pak looks to be very entertaining with lots of sword swinging.
TMNT RISE OF TMNT SOUND OFF #1 (OF 3) - A new, fun TMNT story based on the current cartoon series in which the heroes in a half shell have to stop a bunch of silent thieves who have a connection to April O’Neill.
WILLIAM GIBSON ALIEN 3 HC - Hardcover edition of the comic that adapted the original screenplay of Alien 3. A great addition to this extensive franchise. One to check out for long term fans or those who only liked Alien and Aliens.
And that’s all for this week, folks! See you real soon!