The Gosh! Authority 21.08.19

Hello!

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Next event on the block is next Wednesday the 28th August, 6-7pm, when we’ll have Gosh faves Christian Ward and Sami Kivelä here to celebrate the release of their brand new series Tommy Gun Wizards! It’s the day that the first issue comes out, and we’ll also have copies of the duo’s other books in case you’re keen. Check here for more details.

Another great session of Reads last week, discussing Art Masters: Basquiat. Next month’s session looks at Bad Weekend, the latest hardcover release from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Keep an eye out for more details soon, but in the meantime you can pick the book up in store with a 10% discount!

Bit of admin: don’t forget that thanks to the bank holiday weekend, the delivery will be arriving to go out next Wednesday, so expect books on the shelves a little later than normal. Give us a call, or keep an eye out on our social media, where we’ll announce it as soon as everything is on the shelf.

FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK

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LICHEN HC
Writer / Artist:
Stuart Kolakovic
Publisher: Blank Sale Books

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re thrilled to see the return of UK publisher Blank Slate with Stuart Kolakovic’s long-awaited debut graphic novel. It’s a beautiful folktale whose art is infused with Kolakovic’s Serbian heritage, as a taciturn woodsman takes his herd of reindeer on an autumnal trek through the wilderness to the city. Along the way he meets a grouchy old sprite who becomes his travelling companion, and a mysterious woman who may or may not be tied to the bear that follows him. It’s a touching, gently humourous book that also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous, reminiscent of the work of Jon McNaught.

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MEET THE SKRULLS TP
Writer:
Robbie Thompson
Artist: Niko Henrichon
Publisher: Marvel

An absolutely terrific series that should have had the kind of accolades afforded to off-kilter hits like Vision or Mister Miracle (though perhaps not as envelope-pushing as the latter), but seems to be largely overlooked. Well now you’ve not got any excuse not to check out this series that’s like a cross between The Americans and Secret Invasion, as we embed with sleeper Skrull family The Warners. Dad works at Stark Enterprises, mum (mom) works for the local senator, and the kids are in a great school. All in perfect position to infiltrate and pave the way for invasion. Well, until domestic life gets in the way that is; that and a mysterious assassin in a hat with his sights set on Skrulls. Funny, dramatic and exciting, do yourself a favour and pick this up!

BAD RECEPTION #1
Writer / Artist:
Juan Doe
Publisher: Aftershock

We’ve got a one-two punch from prolific writer and artist Juan Doe this week. First up is this satirical slasher, written and drawn by Doe. The setting is a celebrity wedding, held out of the public eye and out of any mobile phone coverage or wifi. The movers and shakers are all in attendance, but one by one they are being picked off in gruesome fashion by a mysterious killer with an axe to grind (literally). Taking pokes at celebrity, social media and our reliance on technology, Doe does a modern take on the slasher tale (that I would almost guarantee will be optioned before the week is out!)

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STRAYED #1 (OF 5)
Writer:
Carlos Giffoni
Artist: Juan Doe
Publisher: Dark Horse

And then second up (but by no means lesser) is Doe’s collaboration with writer Carlos Giffoni, and it’s one for the cat-lovers out there. In a distant future where Earth is ruled by a military industrial complex which is cutting a destructive path through the galaxy. Our only hope is an astral-projecting cat named Lou and his loving owner Kiara. How? Damned if I know, but pick it up and have a look! You know with Doe on art duties that it’s going to look great at the very least.

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PRETTY VIOLENT #1
Writers:
Derek Hunter, Jason Young
Artist: Derek Hunter
Publisher: Image

Are you missing I Hate Fairyland? We’ve got just the series for you. Super-strong Gamma Rae wants to be a superhero, but there’s one problem: all of her siblings are notorious hero-murdering criminals. Bummer. IHF co-creator Young teams up with Duck Tales artist Hunter for this all-new ongoing, gore-filled, laugh-out-loud comedy for mature readers that explores one girl's journey through the rift between personal and family identity.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

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  • ABSOLUTE CARNAGE VS DEADPOOL #1 (OF 3) - Deadpool and Carnage go head to head in an insane asylum. In the most tasteful fashion, we’re sure.

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  • ADVENTURE FINDERS EDGE OF EMPIRE #1 - The unjustly-overlooked Rod Espinosa returns with his latest fantasy series.

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  • ANTHOLOGY OF THE MIND SC - Versatile Finnish cartoonist Tommi Musturi creates a one-man anthology in a variety of styles.

  • BLACK MASK YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 - Black Mask is out of prison and back to his old tricks, with some brand new abilities to boot. Batwoman is on the case, courtesy of Tom Taylor & Cully Hamner.

  • CORTO MALTESE THE EARLY YEARS TP - A tale of Corto’s early years, where the writer Jack London introduces him to his Russian buddy Rasputin.

  • DEBIAN PERL DIGITAL DETECTIVE GN - Mathematically-themed adventures for readers aged 8-12.

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  • GHOST-SPIDER #1 - Spider-Gwen is back in the 616, but this time she’s staying, courtesy of Seanan McGuire & Takeshi Miyazawa.

  • HELLBOY AND THE BPRD SATURN RETURNS #1 - Mike Mignola, Scott Allie & Christopher Mitten reteam for a tale from the good ol’ days.

  • KLAUS HOW SANTA CLAUS BEGAN GN VOL 01 - A softcover edition of Grant Morrison and Dan Mora’s Santa origin story.

  • MARVEL ACTION CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (OF 3) - The good Captain gets the IDW younger readers treatment.

  • NO IVY LEAGUE GN - Hazel Reed Newlevant’s memoir of her time working alongside at-risk teens, which opened her eyes to her sheltered upbringing and privilege.

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  • OPHIUCHUS TP - Collecting Alexis Leriger De La Plante & Natasha Tara Petrovic’s popular sci-fi webcomic.

  • STAY HC - A woman’s life is ripped apart is this story of love, loss and leaving by Lewis Trondheim & Hubert Chevillard.

  • SUPER FUN SEXY TIMES GN VOL 01 - Meredith McClaren asks the question: what happens for superheroes when the cape (and the rest) comes off?

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  • X-MEN GRAND DESIGN TP X-TINCTION - The culmination of Ed Piskor’s journey through X-Men history!

And that’s your lot, folks! See you next week!

Andrew.