The Gosh! Authority 10.07.19
Should be a great reading group this Wednesday, as the folks at Reads discuss My Brother’s Husband Vol 01, Gengoroh Tagame’s groundbreaking drama examining Japanese attitudes to sexuality. It’s a great book, and should be a great meet-up. Details here.
Then on Saturday it’s Small Press Day, the annual nationwide celebration of all things self-published (or micro-published). We’ve got workshops and events on all day, including a collaboration with our pals at Orbital Comics. You can get all the details here!
And don’t forget, we’re taking pre-orders for our League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 04 HC Bookplate Edition! It comes with a limited edition A5 3-D plate signed by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill at no extra cost! Get in quick and preorder here now!
FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK
KRAMERS ERGOT VOL 10
Writer / Artist: Various
The return of that most acclaimed of comics anthologies for the first new volume since 2016, and it’s of as high a standard as ever. Editor Sammy Harkham’s eye for quality ensures a reliable consistency that you don’t normally see in an anthology, and as a special treat we even get a Harkham strip to boot. The volume also features contributions from R. Crumb, Anna Haifich, Noel Frieberg, Adam Buttrick, Archer Prewitt, Andy Burkholder, Lale Westvind, Will Sweeney, Dash Shaw, James Turek, Rick Altergott, CF, Aisha Franz, Kim Deitch, Ron Rege Jr., and John Pham!
GIANT SIZE X-STATIX #1
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Mike Allred
Speaking of welcome returns, what will no doubt be the highlight of these 80th Anniversary one-shots bringing classic creative teams together hits the shelves this week. Beginning as a run on X-Force before relaunching as X-Statix, Milligan and Allred’s poppy look at the intersection of fame and superpowers was a high watermark of the 00’s. Criminal it’s not all available in an affordable format, really. Anyway, they’re back, and it’s your moral duty as a comics fan to buy as many of these as possible in the hope we might get a new series.
BLACK HAMMER JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Michael Walsh
Publisher: Dark Horse
Man, Jeff Lemire certainly doesn’t lack in ambition for Black Hammer, does he? From the original (excellent) series, he’s managed to build his own universe of homaged characters, taking what he likes from the larger superhero worlds and re-purposing them for his own use. So it’s fitting that some of those characters should meet their inspirations in this dimension-hopping mini-series. A strange man arrives on the farm and in Metropolis simultaneously, warping the worlds together. Also: Starro!
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
Intriguing new Image series #1 this week, with a really striking cover by Gosh fave Becky Cloonan. Jordan and Isaacs are launching a new fantasy tale in the grimdark style, as a war torn continent begins to fall under the shadow of a rising evil. In response a team is formed: a turncoat, a skin eater, a sorcerer and his bodyguard, a serial killer, and a man known as the Devil's Son. Six despicable criminals who may be the world’s only chance against the darkness. The Dirty Dozen with swords, magic, and only 6 people!
Writer: Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm
Artist: Baldemar Rivas
And intriguing new Image series #2 is this little number by Bunn, Strahm and Rivas. It’s body horror-a-go-go as a flesh-warping disease hits a small Mexico town. The investigators trace the outbreak to a nearby cave, which leads to a subterranean world of supernatural terror. Looks like a fun little horror series, but the real standout is Rivas’ art, which really pulls out all the grotesque stops. It’s quite reminiscent of early Tradd Moore, with a touch of Junji Ito for good measure. Here, check this out:
I’m certainly on board!
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
BAD WEEKEND HC - Collecting the Criminal two-parter in a handsome hardcover with 16 extra pages of new content!
BATMAN UNIVERSE #1 (OF 6) - Bendis takes in Batman in these reprints of original material from the the Walmart-exclusive 100 page giants.
BOOKS OF MAGIC TP VOL 01 MOVEABLE TYPE - Collecting the first arc of the relaunched adventures of Timothy Hunter, by Kat Howard and Tom Fowler.
CARE BEARS #1 (OF 3) - A mini-series spinning out of the new cartoon re-imagining of the cuddly classic.
EMILINE KNIGHT IN TRAINING HC - A lovely dyslexia-friendly kids graphic novel about learning to read, couched in a fun fantasy tale.
GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 01 - Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s relaunch of Hal Jordan’s GL career starts here. It’s a barrel of fun, with the team really embracing all the loopy cosmic aspects of Green Lantern’s history, and feels a lot like some kind of lost UK comics companion piece to Captain Britain.
INVISIBLE WOMAN #1 (OF 5) - Sue Storm-Richards gets her own spotlight at last in this new limited series by Mark Waid & Mattia De Iulis. It’s all a bit “secret history of Sue Storm”, so not to be missed by FF fans!
IRONHEART TP VOL 01 - Collecting the first arc of Riri Williams’ solo series by Eve Ewing, Kevin Libranda, Luciano Vecchio & Beaulieu Geoffrey.
KITCHEN TABLE MAGAZINE #1 - Ex-Top Shelf supremo Brett Warnock launches a new magazine that’s a mix of articles, illustrations and comics all about food, glorious food.
MAGICIANS ALICE STORY ORIGINAL GN HC - A spin-off graphic novel from the hit series of novels by Lev Grossman, with a story by Grossman and Lilah Sturges, with art from Pius Bak.
MURDER FALCON TP - A collection of Daniel Warren Johnson’s heavy metal mini-series, which is a) gorgeous, b) very silly, c) heartbreaking and d) ultimately uplifting. Highly recommended.
SECOND COMING #1 - The controversial series finds a new home with Ahoy Comics after DC bailed on it. God returns Jesus to Earth, and instructs the world’s mightiest superhero to take him into his home and teach him how to be a hero. Meanwhile Jesus has a few thoughts on how his words have been twisted over the millennia. What could possibly go wrong?
SECRET WARPS WEAPON HEX ANNUAL #1 - Because YOU demanded it!
STRANGELANDS #1 - The second title in Humanoids superhero line starts here, by Magdalene Visaggio, Darcie Little Badger & Vanesa R. Del Rey.
WAR OF REALMS OMEGA #1 WR - The final wrap-up issue of the event series, looking at the aftermath of Malekith’s devastating war.
WOLVERINE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA WEAPON PLUS #1 - The shadowy connections between Captain America, Wolverine and many more of the Marvel U's Super-Soldiers are revealed at last!
WOLVERINE VS BLADE SPECIAL #1 - Wesley Snipes and Hugh Jackman face off at last!
That’s your lot for this week, folks! See you real soon!