We’re back again to look forward into the ever increasingly uncertain future to glimpse what comics goodness is coming our way, presuming we make it there. Today, we’re looking at November, which feels like it could be years away, to find out what Image Comics has planned for us. And it’s going to be a wild one with the formation of a supergroup, a doom metal kid’s book and the most amazing sounding comic I’ve ever heard of.
Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s dive into this.
10. Last Time, I Promise
Okay, yes, I know. I’ve talked about “Winnebago Graveyard” a bunch of times in this column alone nevermind on the site as a whole. But you know what? “Winnebago Graveyard” was amazing. It was tense and horrifying with an off-kilter sense of world balance thanks to Alison Sampson’s scratchy and wildly detailed art and Stephane Paitreau’s colour palette that evoked the wild fire and quiet, still nights of rural California. Steve Niles was on top form with writing that evoked the grindhouse feel of the 70s in 2017. If you missed out on this series in single issues, definitely pick up the trade in November.
WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD TP
STORY: ALISON SAMPSON, STEVE NILES
ART / COVER: ALISON SAMPSON, JORDIE BELLAIRE, STÉPHANE PAITREAU
NOVEMBER 22 / 128 PAGES / FC / T+ / $16.99
An American family’s vacation turns into a nightmare when they stop in a small California town. Before they know what’s happening, they’ve become the targets of the town’s citizens who just happen to be Satanists. What comes next is a wild ride of terror and survival. Collects WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD # 1-4
9. 400 Pages Of Robot Goodness
Remember the movie A.I.? Did you ever get the feeling that there was a real interesting story hidden in that movie that was obfuscated by the behind the scenes stuff of Steven Spielberg taking over the film after Stanley Kubrick’s death? Well, “Descender” feels like that story, that what-could-have-been story of a young robot boy and his journey of survival. If you’ve missed out on the series so far, do your self a favour and check this out in November because Dustin Nguyen’s artwork deserves to be seen oversized.
DESCENDER DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 1 HC
STORY: JEFF LEMIRE
ART / COVER: DUSTIN NGUYEN
DECEMBER 06 / 400 PAGES / FC / T / $49.99
Young Robot boy Tim-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Written by award-winning creator, JEFF LEMIRE, DESCENDER is a rip-roaring and heartfelt cosmic odyssey. LEMIRE pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling epic. Collects DESCENDER #1-16
8. My Kind Of Comic
This is the comic that was made for me. Throwing children’s picture books and doom metal into a blender and seeing what comes out? Yes please. It’s going to be a strange format: a kid’s alphabet book with each lettered representing something from the doom metal scene, but it also sounds perfect. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.
THE DOOMSTER’S MONOLITHIC POCKET ALPHABET HC
STORY: THEO PRASIDIS
ART / COVER: MAARTEN DONDERS
NOVEMBER 08 / 64 PAGES / FC / M / $12.99
Bongs, goats, amps, and a lot of naked nuns! In five decades of wretched existence, doom metal has evolved into a vast orchard of unearthly delights. Explore its unholy rites with THE DOOMSTER’S MONOLITHIC POCKET ALPHABET, the definitive illustrated lexicon of all things doom. Or be doomed!
7. Oh, Lord
I have no words for this comic. It sounds… amazing. There’s something so amazing, inherently sincere about a comic that posits that a vampire who lives at the bottom of the sea is going to be the one to fix global warming by attacking the industries poisoning the world. It’s beautiful. It reads like the summary of a wild fanfic I read in a sleep deprived stupor in high school. I can’t wait to get my hands on this because I hope it’s as amazing as it sounds.Continued below
DARK FANG #1
STORY: MILES GUNTER
ART / COVER: KELSEY SHANNON
NOVEMBER 15 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
“EARTH CALLING,” Part One
Her name is Valla. In life she was a fisherwoman. In death she is a vampire residing peacefully on the bottom of the ocean. When a mysterious dark plague descends upon her aquatic paradise, she must venture to the surface in search of answers. What she finds is a world headed towards an environmental collapse that will eventually wipe out her food supply. If Valla is to continue to have the blood she needs to survive, then she must stop the fossil fuel industries from destroying the planet—no matter the cost. From MILES GUNTER (NYC MECH) and KELSEY SHANNON (BASTARD SAMURAI) comes an action-horror middle finger to the politicians and propagandists who choose to deny the reality of climate change. Prepare yourself. DARK FANG is coming.
6. The Grave Diggers Union #1
This sounds like a wild ass comic book. On one level, I’m getting a Good Omens vibe purely in terms of having a comic about stopping the apocalypse with a comedic spin, but having that same sensibility filtered through an American perspective is really interesting to me. Steroid zombies? Space monkeys? That sounds like my kind of comedy horror.
THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #1
STORY / COVER: WES CRAIG
ART: NIKO GUARDIA, TOBY CYPRESS
NOVEMBER 01 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
DEADLY CLASS co-creator WES CRAIG launches a new series with art by rising star TOBY CYPRESS (Omega Men)! The supernatural world has gone crazy! The apocalypse is coming, and only the Gravediggers Union can stop it! How? Well, first their leader Cole has to find his estranged daughter. But is she the one behind the apocalypse? Wild comedic horror with steroid zombies, monster gods, swamp vampires, ghost storms, and space monkeys! OVERSIZED FIRST ISSUE!
5. Extremely Friday Voice: Message.
You know, I can’t really fault Kaplan and Mutti for telling this story because the hatred and ignorance thrown at immigrants and refugees these days is horrendous, but there’s always something strange to me about this kind of story. It happened in Supergirl last season too where they tried to think about how we treat other humans differently by using literal aliens as analogues for people of different skin tones and faiths to the Average White Christian in America. I don’t think “Port Of Earth” is going to be bad, I just hope we get to the point where we can talk about how we treat immigrants plainly instead of veiled behind metaphors.
PORT OF EARTH #1
STORY: ZACK KAPLAN
ART / COVER: ANDREA MUTTI
NOVEMBER 08 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
Imagine if aliens came to Earth not in war or peace, but with a business deal: open up a spaceport here on Earth in exchange for advanced technology. But when our alien visitors break Port restrictions and wreak havoc in our cities, it falls to the newly formed Earth Security Agents to hunt down and safely deport the dangerous rogue aliens back to the Port of Earth. A gritty sci-fi action thriller from new comic book writer ZACK KAPLAN (ECLIPSE) and ANDREA MUTTI (Rebels, Star Wars, Batman Eternal, Prometheus).
4. The Social Media Comic™
As a millennial (whatever that even means at this point), I’ve become somewhat wary of comics that are about how we use social media. Namely because most of them read like old men who parroting what their parents said to them in the 80s when they wanted to stay home and play Nintendo instead of going outside. Your brain will turn to mush, you’ll lose all your friends, fire bad etc. There’s some measure of reserve I have in my interest in this comic and I really hope it turns out to be different than the cliche Black Mirror rip-off than it could be.
NO. 1 WITH A BULLET #1
STORY: JACOB SEMAHN
ART / COVER: JORGE CORONA
NOVEMBER 01 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
Her social media, strong. Her variety show segments, a hit. Nash Huang is at the top of her game. But when the iRis Shutter contact lens hits the market, Nash’s life is personally invaded. The latest leap forward in “technological progress,” these contacts not only play video or augment reality… but also record footage. Fighting to keep her life together after a leaked sex tape goes viral, a clingy super-fan is the last thing on Nash’s mind… but that’s exactly when the bodies pile up and the terror begins. From the bestselling team that brought you GONERS, comes NO. 1 WITH A BULLET!
3. What Sharp Teeth You Have
“Underworld meets Sicario.” Underworld. Meets Sicario. Those three words have me more excited to check out this comic more than any other in writing this column. Jeez, it’s like someone picked that phrase out of the ether just to make me drop $4 on this comic. The rest of the solicit could have been written like the teacher from the Peanuts cartoon and I’d still be excited to read it. Underworld meets Sicario. Jeez.
STORY: SEAN LEWIS
ART / COVER: CAITLIN YARSKY
NOVEMBER 08 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
Underworld meets Sicario in this new series from SEAN LEWIS (SAINTS, THE FEW) and amazing new artist CAITLIN YARSKY. Hunted by a legion of wolves that roam the border, women are disappearing. The survivors band together to wage war. Detective Frank Coffey is trying to understand this mythic-level bloodbath when he comes across Red, a little girl with a secret and a sword. Ultra-violent and smart as hell, COYOTES transforms the everyday into a myth we can rally behind.
2. Should’ve Taken That Left Turn At Albuquerque
The “Turncoat” team is back. No, not that “Turncoat,” the one by Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus that deserved much more recognition than it got. Thankfully, O’Sullivan (who has been killing it writing Warhammer 40,000 comics for Titan) and Klaus are returning with a new series that hopefully won’t release at the same time as another series titled “Void Trip.” Like an intergalactic stoner road trip movie, this sounds amazing. I can’t wait.
VOID TRIP #1 (OF 5)
STORY: RYAN O’SULLIVAN
ART / COVER: PLAID KLAUS
NOVEMBER 22 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
From writer RYAN O’SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low on fuel, they’re low on food, and they’re low on psychedelic space froot, but they’re still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it.
1. The Supergroup Of Comic Writers
Y’know, I almost don’t care about what this comic’s actually about after having seen the lineup of writers involved. Sure, on one hand, it’s a little weird to see one comic (at least, one that’s not a Marvel event) with five writers at one time, but on the other hand look at those names. Sebela, Keatinge, Williamson and Asmus? With Joe Infurnari and a 40 page debut issue for $3.99? That sounds like the comic for me.
STORY: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA, JAMES ASMUS, JOSEPH KEATINGE, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
ART / COVER: JOE INFURNARI, JORDAN BOYD
NOVEMBER 15 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
Human evolution has taken millions of years to get to this stage. But next week, we become something new. Around the world, humanity is undergoing rapid and unpredictable changes, and only three individuals seem to notice that their world is being reborn. But what can they do about it? Skybound unites writers JAMES ASMUS, JOSEPH KEATINGE, CHRISTOPHER SEBELA & JOSHUA WILLIAMSON and artists JOE INFURNARI & JORDAN BOYD to create a new global phenomenon in this oversized debut issue.