The Gosh! Authority 28.08.19
Quick reminder: due to the bank holiday, deliveries will be out a little late on Wednesday this week. Keep an eye on our social media, where we’ll make some noise once things are on the shelves!
The first issue of Christian Ward and Sami Kivelä’s alternate magical history of Elliot Ness and the Untouchables hits this week, and we’ll have Christian and Sami signing here to celebrate on Wednesday evening, 6-7pm! You can get all the details here.
Then on Thursday it’s our monthly Drink & Draw, in association with the fine folks of Broken Frontier! This month is a special tie-in to the Hackney Comic & Zine Fair, with special guests Olivia Sullivan and Shangomola Edunjobi. As usual, we all meet here at the shop from 6.30pm before heading along to the pub at 7pm. Get all the details here!
And then on Saturday we’ve got a very special kids workshop with the incredible Luke Pearson, creator of Netflix sensation Hilda, who is here to celebrate the release of the latest graphic novel in the series, Hilda and the Mountain King! Luke will be drawing along with kids aged 6-12 at our signing table on Saturday from 11am-1pm, so be sure to check here for all the details if your little one loves our blue-haired heroine!
And make sure you pick up one of our exclusive bookplate editions of Hilda and the Mountain King while you’re at it! Limited to an edition of 200 signed and numbered copies, these aren’t likely to sit around for long! Pre-order one on our webstore for collection or mail order to avoid disappointment.
FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK
TOMMY GUN WIZARDS #1 (OF 4)
Writer: Christian Ward
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Publisher: Dark Horse
Acclaimed artist (and Gosh fave) Christian Ward makes his writing debut, teaming up with Abbot artist Sami Kivelä for this tale of magic and gangsters. It’s prohibition era Chicago, but the banned substance is magic, not booze. Al Capone is dealing in Lick, a drug that bestows magical powers on those who ingest it, turning people into wizards and monsters. Only one man can stop him: Eliot Ness and his Untouchables, who must uncover the dark secret at the source of the illicit sorcery. Looks like a lot of fun, and don’t forget our signing on Wednesday!
MARVEL COMICS #1000
An incredible array of talent has been assembled for this issue celebrating Marvel’s 80th year, with a spine story written by Al Ewing which introduces the Eternity Mask, a new cosmic story device that we’ll no doubt see more of in the future. But it’s basically just an excuse to tie together contributions by everyone from Neil Gaiman (doing Miracleman with Mark Buckingham!) to Roy Thomas to Chris Claremont to Rob Liefeld. It’s a crazy 100 page compilation of shorts that’s packed with treats for longtime Marvel fans.
Writer / Artist: Luke Healy
We’re always excited to see new work from Healy, and this autobiographical tale of him walking the Pacific Crest Trail is the perfect companion to his debut work How to Survive in the North (though perhaps not so perilous a journey as those related in that volume). The trail runs runs 2660 miles up the west coast of the USA, from California’s border with Mexico to Washington’s border with Canada. It’s a tough slog, and was a life-changing one for Healy. The result is a fascinating mix of an outsider’s view of the USA, grand travelogue, and introspective memoir. A must-read for any fan of biographical comics.
BATMAN SUPERMAN #1
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: David Marquez
Spinning out of events in The Batman Who Laughs, Bats and Supes are once again in their own team-up title, this time on the hunt for whomever may have been infected by the fiendish dark multiverse Batman’s evil as he seeks new horsemen for his cause. Williamson is a writer we’re very fond of (do check out his Image series Birthright if you like a bit of dark fantasy), and Marquez does slick superhero fare very well, so this should scratch the itch of fans of either character.
HARLEY QUINN BREAKING GLASS TP
Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Steve Pugh
The latest in DC’s young adult line of original graphic novels, this time giving an overhaul of everyone’s favourite bat-wielding psychopath. These things are completely outside of continuity, so Tamaki and Pugh (whose art is looking as lovely as ever) have a pretty free hand to play around with Harley’s origin, including what looks like a rather novel take on the Joker. Expect a politically charged coming-of-age tale where a 15-year old Harley is torn between doing what’s right and doing what feels righteous. Interesting stuff!
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE LETHAL PROTECTORS #1 - The latest AC tie-in starring Iron Fist, Morbius and Cloak & Dagger! By Frank Tieri and Flaviano Armentaro.
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE MILES MORALES #1 - The latest, latest AC tie-in starring Miles Morales (duh)! By Saladin Ahmed & Federico Vincentini.
ALL TIME COMICS ZEROSIS DEATHSCAPE #1 - The return of Josh Bayer’s OTT superhero universe, with Josh Simmons, Trevor Von Eeden & Gabrielle Bell on creative duties.
BATMAN WHO LAUGHS HC - Collecting the miniseries starring the twisted Dark Multiverse Joker Batman. Who looks a bit like Judge Death, but you didn’t hear that from us.
BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER CHOSEN ONES #1 - Slayers of yore (as featured on the variant covers of Buffy) get their own spotlight in this anthology.
FANTASTIC FOUR 4 YANCY STREET #1 - Gerry Duggan and a team of artists take the Thing down memory lane as he investigates some nasty vandalism on Yancy Street.
GREASE BATS ORIGINAL GN - Collecting the popular queer webcomic by Archie Bongiovanni.
HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA TP - Yes they do, courtesy of Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko, Laura Braga & Adriana Melo!
MARVEL MONSTERS #1 - Cullen Bunn and a host of hit artists spend a little time with the monstrous denizens of the MU.
MOUNTAINHEAD #1 (OF 5) - Sink creator John Lees teams up with artist Ryan Lee for a tale of survivors and survivalists in a picturesque Canadian resort town.
OBERON TP VOL 01 - Collecting the first arc of the dark fairytale by Ryan Parrott & Milos Slavkovic.
POWER PACK GROW UP #1 - The original PP creative team of Louise Simonson and June Brigman reuinte for an all new story as a part of the Marvel 80th celebrations.
SHE-HULK ANNUAL #1 - Jen Walters takes on Bullseye, courtesy of Alexandra Petri & Andy MacDonald.
SPIDER-MAN VELOCITY #1 (OF 5) - An all new story following on from City at War, set in what they’re now calling the “Game-Verse”, aka the setting of the PS4 game.
WOLVERINE TP INFINITY WATCH - Collecting the mini-series that explains that period when Wolvie was bouncing around the MU with an infinity stone. Turns out Loki had a hand in it.
And that’s the lot! See you next time!
Andrew & Joe.