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Soliciting Multiversity: The Best of the Rest for November 2023

By | September 8th, 2023
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Hello and welcome to Multiversity’s look at the “Best of the Rest” of what’s coming your way in the now-available September 2023 Previews catalog. I’m excited to help you navigate the vast majority of what Diamond is offering via your LCS for the month of January 2024 (and probably beyond). Having already taken a look at what Marvel, DC, Image, and the Manga Previews sections have lined up for us, it’s now time to check out the other 75% of the catalog.

Let’s dive in!

10. If It Looks Like Duck Comics. . .

I knew nothing about Negaduck before seeing this solicit, though I have been familiar with Dynamite’s Darkwing Duck comics before this, but I stopped and checked it out for one reason: Jeff Parker. I really feel like Parker is an unsung talent in comics, even though he’s been doing consistently great work across publishers and genres for a few decades now. If I see his name on something, I check it out. Plus, he and editor Nate Cosby have a great track record at Dynamite, harkening back to the Flash Gordon/King Features line of books from a few years back.

Written by Jeff Parker
Drawn by Ciro Cangialosi
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
In Shops: Oct 11, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Here’s the good news: Negaduck has found the sorceress Morgana! And the bad news? Morgana attacks Negaduck with an army of bats and spiders! If Negaduck survives this decidedly icky experience, he’ll need Morgana to reveal the location of the mysterious AGONY ISLAND. . .

Writer JEFF PARKER and artist CIRO CANGIALOSI continue their nefarious narration of Darkwing Duck’s most notable nemesis, aided and abetted by the cleverest of cover art collaborators, including KAREN S. DARBOE, JAE LEE, TRISH FORSTNER, and STEVE LIEBER!

9. Art Calculated To Drive You BERZERK!

Say what you will about celebrity-driven comics (and I honestly can’t speak to the quality of BRZRKR specifically tho it seems to have some legs to it), Hollywood money can get some top talent on them to help carry much of the creative load when needed. And speaking just on the art side, Ron Garney brings Olympic weightlifter status as an artist in that regard. Doesn’t matter if you like the story he’s telling or not, I don’t think you can really argue about his talent in making it as dynamic and moody and entirely a comics-centric experience. And this lets you see and study his linework front & center without any color getting in the way (with apologies to excellent colorist Bill Crabtree).

Written by Keanu Reeves & Matt Kindt
Drawn by Ron Garney
Published by BOOM! Studios
In Shops: Oct 18, 2023
SRP: $6.99

For those that couldn’t get enough of Keanu Reeves’ record-obliterating jump into the comics world, BRZRKR returns in a new format while fans eagerly await the Netflix feature film, the Netflix anime series, the novel, and more comic books!

In addition to enjoying the brutality in the refreshingly bleak black and white of BOOM! Studios’ Pen & Ink line, series artist Ron Garney brings some method to the mayhem with brand new exclusive commentary!

8. Near Dark Meets Ocean’s Eleven? Sign Me Up!

The first of two horror-themed Dark Horse comics for the month comes from a writing team I am unfamiliar with and an artist I am VERY familiar with. Given that comics is such a visual medium and experience, I’m more than willing to roll the dice on a book with that combo, especially if the premise sounds interesting, which this does.

Written by Henry Zebrowski & Marcus Parks
Drawn by David Rubin
Published by Dark Horse Comics
In Shops: October 11, 2023
SRP: $3.99

From the New York Times-bestselling hosts of the hit The Last Podcast on the Left and Black Hammer’s David Rubin comes this all-new humorous, horror, and action-packed comic book series that’s Near Dark meets Ocean’s Eleven. A group of young, alienated vampires known as “bugs” plot to steal a magical object from ancient monstrous vampires to turn themselves back to human. Along the way they uncover a sprawling monster underground, a top-secret plot run by the elder creatures, elite militant vampire slayers, and madness beyond imagining blocking their path to humanity.

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7. Ripped From The Silver Scream!

This book, however, is from a team I’m very familiar with. Hurtt & Bunn are back in your LCS this October with another eventual story to put on your shelves alongside their previous collabs Shadow Roads, The Damned, and of course The Sixth Gun. And since they’re bringing along frequent colorist Bill Crabtree, I can feel even less guilty about recommending BRZRKR specifically because he isn’t in it. Plus, it’s a horror book by a crew that knows how to do horror, so it’s got THAT going for it.

Written by Cullen Bunn
Drawn by Brian Hurtt
Published by Dark Horse Comics
In Shops: October 11, 2023
SRP: $3.99

From the creators of The Sixth Gun and Manor Black comes this new supernatural horror series about monsters of the silver screen coming to life and wreaking havoc on a small town. Basil Saxon is a legend among horror fans. Over fifty years ago, he vanished during a freak accident on the set of the film that would have been his masterpiece. The cursed film — God of Monsters — was never completed and has never been seen. But when a film festival shows footage from the long-lost movie, classic horror monsters manifest to wreak havoc and terror on the unsuspecting populace. A ragtag group of misfits must band together to stop the most famous creatures of all time and send them back to the realm of celluloid nightmares.

6. Same Drink, Smaller Glass

This is probably not a new-to-October release but I don’t remember seeing it in prior Previews catalogs and it deserves to be mentioned so I’m doing so here. As advertised, this book collects all the Parker graphic novels and short stories Darwyn Cooke adapted from the Richard Stark crime canon. I know this has been done before (and gorgeously) in the Martini Editions, but I believe this is the first softcover collection of this material, with all the price lowering that comes with it. Plus it looks like this will be an oversized collection (well, oversized from the original releases) so even if you have those, this still gives you something new.

Written by Richard Stark & Darwyn Cooke
Drawn by Darwyn Cooke
Published by IDW Publishing
In Shops: October 18, 2023
SRP: $69.99

The groundbreaking and multiple award-winning graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke, collected in their entirety for the first time in one softcover volume. Collecting the four Parker graphic novels (The Score, The Outfit, The Score, and Slayground) as well as two shorts (The Man with the Getaway Face and The Seventh). These stories encompass all Darwyn Cooke’s sequential stories of Parker.

5. The Cat Came Back . . .

This does look surreal and imaginative, just as described in the solicit, but the preview pages I’ve seen also make it look . . . adorable? I’m not quite sure that’s the word I should be using because I don’t know if it will translate some of the vibe I get to other folks, but it’s a word that pops into my head every time I see certain pages, even if I wouldn’t necessarily think of them if I was asked to pick something adorable, if that makes any sense.

Written & Drawn by Nancy Pena
Published by Humanoids Inc.
In Shops: November 1, 2023
SRP: $19.99

This surreal and imaginative adult fairy tale follows a beautiful black cat through a fantastical world where he’ll survive impossible odds to make his way home. . . to his mistress’ kimono!

4. Read Them Again . . . For The First Time!

It’s a Halloween tradition of mine (and probably many of you) to break out not only classic horror literature but usually comics adaptations of the same. Be it Mignola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, one of Gou Tanabe’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptations, or Bernie Wrightson’s legendary illustrated Frankenstein, the season brings these works back into focus for me. And now thanks to Magnetic Press, I have two new adaptations to add to the list, but a cartoonist I’m shamefully unfamiliar with. Looking forward to correcting that oversight in three short months . . .

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Written by Bram Stoker & Georges Bess / Mary Shelley & Georges Bess Drawn by Georges Bess
Published by Magnetic Press Inc.
In Shops: Nov 08, 2023
SRP: $34.99

Bram Stoker’s original novel about the world-renowned vampire, Dracula, is adapted into a beautiful graphic novel by the renowned artist Georges Bess. This volume includes an epilogue adapting Stoker’s short story “Dracula’s Guest” (believed to be the original novel’s first draft chapter before later revived for publication two years after the author’s passing).

Mary Shelley’s classic tale about a scientist’s hubris and the pitiable creature who did not ask to be brought to life is adapted into a breathtaking graphic novel illustrated by the renowned artist Georges Bess.

3. A Hardcover Worth Selling A Soul For!

If we’re being honest, friends, it wouldn’t be my soul sold to add this to my library. Quinn & Vigil’s Faust is one of the premier ‘outlaw’ comics and has been for decades. It’s also been a book that just hasn’t been my cuppa, as the kids hopefully said at one point. Having said that, I do recognize it’s place in the landscape of comics AND the achievement of getting this large a chunk of material assembled and curated into what looks like a wonderful celebration of the property. If you’re into this particular brand of ultraviolent transgressive comics, then this is absolutely something you should check out, and let me know how it is.

Written by David Quinn
Drawn by Tim Vigil
Published by Black Mask Studios
In Shops: October 25, 2023
SRP: $89.99

The Wait is Over!

Rebel Studios, in partnership with Black Mask Studios, collects the complete masterwork of ‘outlaw comics’ in one outrageous oversize hardcover. Dare to go beyond good and evil, immersing yourself in this 500-page adult horror odyssey, including the rarest ‘grail’ issues, Acts 14 and 15, plus color cover galleries and behind the scenes content, in an oversize (8’x12′) deluxe edition.

A man seduced by power plunges into an underground urban hell dominated by madness and the mystical. Haunted by tortured love, he rages through primal hallucinations in a blood-drenched nightmare of Attraction and Repulsion, Sex and Death, Revenge and Reclamation. Following a rocking Kickstarter that killed its goal in 20 minutes, this stunning oversize deluxe edition will be available in comics shops this October!

2. This Pick’s List Position Is Completely Coincidental!

I cast absolutely zero aspersions to those folks getting the Faust hardcover by following that pick with a guide to mental health. None. Nada. Zip. This is the only place on the list for this pick, given how important I think it is and how much I wanted to highlight it and its mission.

Written & Drawn by Cara Bean
Published by The Center for Cartoon Studies
In Shops: Oct 18, 2023

This warm and engaging comic offers concrete tips for dealing with stress, getting adequate sleep, facing substance abuse, building resilience, facing depression, addressing suicidal ideation, and reducing stigma around mental health issues. Created in consultation with mental health experts and educators, Let’s Talk About It was designed to be a resource to help address our country’s mental health crisis.

1. Don’t Sleep On This!

Great googily moogily this book looks good. Erotic horror thriller set in basically medieval times from Tula Lotay and Becky Cloonan? Sign me the hell up for this book NOW!

Written & Drawn by Becky Cloonan & Tula Lotay
Published by DSTRLY
In Shops: Nov 22, 2023
SRP: $8.99

BECKY CLOONAN and TULA LOTAY — Both writing and drawing a creator-owned project together for the FIRST TIME! Set amidst the terrifying backdrop of the witch hunts in a quiet 1600s English village, SOMNA follows one woman’s descent into an erotic escape from the confines of her puritanical world.

Ingrid is unhappily married to Roland, the town’s bailiff and chief witch hunter, who is on a single-minded quest to purge the ‘heretics’ in their midst. After a prominent town leader is found murdered, accusations fly and no one is above reproach from Roland’s deadly crusade. Ingrid has her suspicions about who the real murderer is, but even as she pursues the truth, she’s pursued herself by a shadowy figure. Ingrid finds that she’s drawn to the foreboding phantom in ways she can’t resist — does this dark and tempting stranger may hold the key to the mystery. . . or will he damn Ingrid’s soul to the blackest circle of Hell?

From the masterful minds of Becky Cloonan (BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE, Wonder Woman) and Tula Lotay (BARNSTORMERS) comes an intoxicating blend of history, eroticism, and the supernatural in SOMNA — an evocative masterpiece that draws inspiration from cinematic folk-horror gems like Midsommar and The Witch — and will transport readers to a world where passion and spirits intertwine, enrapturing your senses and leave you craving more.

Be sure to let us know what books YOU’RE excited for in the Comments section!

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Greg Matiasevich

Greg Matiasevich has read enough author bios that he should be better at coming up with one for himself, yet surprisingly isn't. However, the years of comic reading his parents said would never pay off obviously have, so we'll cut him some slack on that. He lives in Baltimore, co-hosts (with Mike Romeo) the Robots From Tomorrow podcast, writes Multiversity's monthly Shelf Bound column dedicated to comics binding, and can be followed on Twitter at @GregMatiasevich.


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