Welcome back, once again, to Soliciting Multiversity! This is where we take a look into the future and gather our Top Ten picks from the solicitations of each major comic book publisher and showcase what we’re interested in in the coming months. This time around we’ll be looking at November 2016 (jeez, we’re nearly at the end of the year already) and what Image Comics has in store for us. Spoiler alert: they have some great stuff in store.
So, without any further delay, let’s just dive right into the comics!
10. Another Ride For Pan
It’s not often you see the words “Series Return!” in solicit text, but this month has that happen twice! The first is with “Peter Panzerfaust”, a series I once loved with all my heart, so I’m surprisingly interested to see it come back. I had genuinely thought it had breathed it’s last, but here it is again to mix fantasy and war. It’s a pretty strong start to a month that has some very interesting releases.
PETER PANZERFAUST #24
STORY: KURTIS J. WIEBE
ART / COVER: TYLER JENKINS
NOVEMBER 16 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99
“ON ‘TIL MORNING,” Part Four
With the final clue uncovered, Peter, the Lost Boys, and an entire squad of the Mermaids track down the Hook to his secret base in Cherbourg. It’s the first meeting of the greatest adversaries in a year and the fate of the entire French Resistance depends on a final clash of swords.
9. Liberty And Comics For All
Man, I shouldn’t even have to sell you on this. It’s the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund. It’s one of the best charities in the industry and every year they put out an anthology to raise funds to continue supporting comics and their creators. And, I mean, just look at some of the names in that list. Paul Pope, Ron Wimberly, Ken Niimura, covers by Nate Powell and Brandon Graham. There are much, much worse ways to spend five bucks than this.
CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2016
STORY: ANDREW AYDIN, ANINA BENNETT, JOE KEATINGE, LARRY MARDER, PAUL POPE, MK REED, DAN SCHKADE, MARY M. TALBOT, RONALD WIMBERLY
ART: TIM FIELDER, PAUL GUINAN, JM KEN NIIMURA, PAUL POPE, DAN SCHKADE, BRYAN TALBOT, SHANNON WHEELER, RONALD WIMBERLY
COVER A: NATE POWELL
COVER B: BRANDON GRAHAM
NOVEMBER 2 / 48 PAGES / FC / M / $4.99
Be The Change! CBLDF salutes the real people who changed the world, from suffragettes to sports legends, creative visionaries to courageous citizens who took a stand. CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2016 will inspire readers to go out and optimistically build a better world by telling the stories of the people who did just that! All proceeds from this benefit anthology support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s important work protecting the freedom to read.
8. Everything That Has A Beginning Has An End
Jesus, “Invincible” has been going for thirteen years. For all its ups and downs as Kirkman’s underdog title (at least, compared to “The Walking Dead”), you’d be hard pressed to find many comics today that have gone strong for thirteen years. This isn’t much of a surprise, though. From issues priced at a quarter to free issues, “Invincible” seemed to be doing everything to avoid this fate and now Kirkman and Ottley have accepted it and a ready to put the series to pasture. It’ll be interesting to see the places this last arc will go and I can’t wait to see where Ryan Ottley lands after this.
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ART: RYAN OTTLEY & JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAULIEU
COVER: RYAN OTTLEY & DAVE MCCAIG
NOVEMBER 16 / 24 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99
NEW STORY ARC
“THE END OF ALL THINGS,” Part One
RYAN OTTLEY returns as “THE END OF ALL THINGS” begins. This twelve-part mega-story will touch every corner of the INVINCIBLE Universe, and when it’s over…IT’S OVER. Every single story for the past thirteen years has been leading up to this.
7. One Week In The Library OGN
I’m continually fascinated by comics that tout themselves as experimental and that play with the medium. Comics, after all, are pictures and words working together to tell a story, but no one says that those pictures and those words have to traditionally be panelled comics with lettered dialogue. This graphic novella that collects seven short stories about a fantastical library that, I’m assuming, is likely to change the format of the story with each new chapter and that’s the kind of thing that’s entirely my jam and I can’t wait to check this out.
ONE WEEK IN THE LIBRARY OGN
STORY: W. MAXWELL PRINCE
ART: JOHN AMOR
COVER: FRAZER IRVING
DECEMBER 7 / 96 PAGES / FC / M / $9.99
Welcome to the Library. It’s here that every story ever written is catalogued and monitored by a single man, who’s begun to notice something strange: the books are rebelling.
Image Comics proudly presents this experimental graphic novella from writer W. MAXWELL PRINCE and artist JOHN AMOR, which recounts a troublesome week in the Library via seven short stories-one for each day-that use comics, infographics, prose, and poetry to play with the graphic medium and explore the multivalent world of living narrative.
6. New Name, Same Great Fantasy Taste
It’s been a while since we saw an “8House” issue and part of me just assumed that it was a thought experiment that just didn’t quite land. I’d noted in a few reviews of issues tied to the series like “From Under Mountains” that the writing was fairly obtuse and it was hard to get a feeling of a larger picture and it seems like the series is taking a new direction. Going back to the original story, “Arclight”, and dropping the “8House” branding seems like a smart move to keep one, single story cohesive for readers to follow. The anthology-style series was in interesting experiment, but I feel like “Island” one out and I’m glad that Graham and Churchland and revisiting this story.
STORY: BRANDON GRAHAM
ART / COVER: MARIAN CHURCHLAND
NOVEMBER 23 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
Formally 8HOUSE: ARCLIGHT.
Marian Churchland’s beautiful colored artwork tells the story of a knight stuck in an alien body.
5. “Chew” Takes One Last Bite
Here it is. We’ve seen two returns this month and we’re going to see a few first issues, but this is November’s big departure. After 60 issues and seven years of one of Image’s most consistently great comics, John Layman and Rob Guillory are moving on to greener pastures. It will definitely be sad to see “Chew” because, even though it got drowned out in the waves of Image’s massive resurgence just after it’s release, it was a consistently fantastic comic that should be a must-read for pretty much any comics fan.
R.I.P “Chew” 2009-2016
STORY: JOHN LAYMAN
ART / COVER: ROB GUILLORY
NOVEMBER 23 / 48 PAGES / FC / M / $5.99
Last issue. Double sized. Trifold cover.
4. Just Look At That Cover, Though
I kind of just want to leave it at that and just let you marvel over that cover for a few minutes and move on. I don’t know if anything I can say can capture the magic of the moment that I saw this airport bookstore pulp fiction paperback ass cover. I mean, I could probably tell you that Frank Barbiere and Victor Santos are working together and the series is a pulp noir romance and that the first issue is double sized for only $3.99, but none of that is going to live up to that cover though.
VIOLENT LOVE #1
STORY: FRANK J. BARBIERE
ART / COVERS A & B: VICTOR SANTOS
NOVEMBER 9 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley were two of the most notorious bank robbers in the American Southwest. And then they fell in love.
Join FRANK J. BARBIERE (FIVE GHOSTS, The Revisionist) and VICTOR SANTOS (THE MICE TEMPLAR, Polar) for a pulp-infused criminal romance oozing with style and action! Double-sized debut issue!
3. Sadly, Not A Return Of The Curt Pires/Chris Peterson/Alex Diotto Joint
This is a solicitation that took me by surprise, something that hasn’t happened in a while. Image’s comics have tended to fall into very similar categories, with a lot of the usual suspects in terms of creators playing to the genres they know and love. I was expecting a Cold War thriller like this to play into the Brubaker/Epting noir feel, but “Mayday” has a different slant. With a feeling of genuine danger to the description, of caged young people trapped in hostile surroundings, this feels like a genuine subversion of a lot of what we’ve seen coming out of Image lately.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.
MAYDAY #1 (OF 5)
STORY: ALEX DE CAMPI
ART: TONY PARKER & BLOND
COVER A / B: TONY PARKER
NOVEMBER 2 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
A Cold War action-thriller like no other. It’s 1971, and two young Soviet operatives are sent to California to kill a defector and recover top-secret information. As the mission falls apart into a mess of good sex, bad drugs, and ugly violence, the young Russians are faced with a dilemma: they need to rely on each other to escape America, but they must betray each other to survive Russia. By critically-acclaimed thriller writer ALEX DE CAMPI with art by TONY PARKER and BLOND.
2. The Most Jonathan Hickman Comic Ever Created
Once upon a time, I would be super hype for this comics, but that would have been before “The Dying And The Dead” fell through and “The Manhattan Projects” just kind of stopped happening. Hickman’s comics (except for “East Of West”) seem to keep hitting some kind of snag and I really hope that doesn’t happen to this. Hopefully, the reason it won’t happen is back Hickman is writing and illustrating this series himself, something he hasn’t done in a while now.
Still, “What If Star Trek Was Sad?” is maybe the most Hickman concept I’ve ever heard and I’m willing to check this issue out based on that alone just to see what he does with it.
FRONTIER #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
STORY / ART / COVER: JONATHAN HICKMAN
NOVEMBER 16 / 56 PAGES / FC / M / $4.99
Double-sized first issue!
The planets have aligned, and the prodigal son has returned! For the first time in eight years, JONATHAN HICKMAN (EAST OF WEST, BLACK MONDAY MURDERS, Secret Wars, Avengers) is both writing and drawing a new comic series: FRONTIER.
It’s like Star Trek, but super depressing.
Seriously. Not a joke. The final frontier…is a total bummer.
Each issue contains galaxy-expanding bonus content like star maps, breakdowns of alien races, interstellar factions, and detailed spaceship schematics. FRONTIER is a brand new science fiction story about utopia lost, and how we might just gain it back.
1. A New Image Comics Critical Darling In The Making
I shouldn’t even have to write anything here, right? Like, come on, this is a book by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire. Those are two of the hottest names in comics and have been for a good few years now. Even at $5.99 an issue, you’re going to want to see what these two are cooking up because this is a collaboration we’ve been waiting years to see. That $5.99 is going to be worth it, though, because printing these issues in oversized stock means that that Lemire artwork is going to be breathtaking. I seriously cannot wait to see more of this.
AD: AFTER DEATH: BOOK 1 (OF 3) – GEM OF THE MONTH
STORY: SCOTT SNYDER
ART / COVER: JEFF LEMIRE
NOVEMBER 23 / 72 PAGES / FC / T / $5.99
What if we found a cure for death?
Two of comics’ most acclaimed creators, SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire) and JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Moon Knight, Sweet Tooth) unite to create a three-part epic like no other, set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality. A unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration, A.D.: AFTER DEATH will be serialized monthly as three oversized prestige format books written by SNYDER and fully painted by LEMIRE.