Late again! Where the heck did I put my motivation? It’s so well hid!
Cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki will have their second graphic novel, This One Summer, released in May. Please insert your own winter weather related joke here since it’s probably funnier than mine would be. Their debut Skim was a very engaging lesbian coming of age story. Northwest Press returns with two offerings: the first issue of a Legends of Bold Riley mini and Jon Macy’s evocative and sensuous Fearful Hunter is collected and brought to its conclusion.
This time out Gail Simone’s The Movement reaches its final issue and most of the characters will likely be sent to limbo. Simone brought back Rainmaker from the old Gen-13 at least. Last month Stormwatch and Teen Titans fell off the list. More of a mercy killing with both, I think. Scott Lobdell’s writing, if not his characterization, is stuck in the 1990s and making Bunker a believable and likeable character was beyond his ability and maybe his interest. Jim Starlin’s name is practically synonymous with cosmic type characters that getting him to write Stormwatch must’ve seemed like a no brainer. Nothing could’ve been farther from the truth because like Lobdell, Starlin’s writing seems stuck somewhere in the past. Apparently writing the series was an excuse to resurrect The Weird, some cosmic character he did a four part mini series back in the mid 80s for DC and only Starlin is the only one who cares about him. What’s the reason for my rant? DC may have other plans for Stormwatch. It’s releasing two trades this time out, and the solicitation for Futures End #4 asks “And whatever happened to Stormwatch?” So, here’s the reason: maybe Stormwatch will be featured in Futures End. You might want to look in issues as they come out. The series will be added to the list only if there’s relevant proof. Yes, I’m a little cranky at the moment.
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Credit for inspiration where it’s due to Andy Mangels who compiled many such lists before me. People’s names listed in bold are LGBT and or supportive.
AFTERLIE WITH ARCHIE #7 $2.99 Page 272
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francisco Francavilla
“Betty, R.I.P.” Part 1 of 6. “Thanksgiving.” It’s been weeks since Archie and his friends left Riverdale. Now, they are wandering the deserted highways of America, one step ahead of the ever-pursuing vicious zombie horde. When they decide to set down roots to observe their first post-apocalypse Thanksgiving, Mr. Lodge leads a team into the forests of Pennsylvania to find dinner, but the hunters soon become the hunted, and not all of the gang will make it out of the woods alive!
Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE TP $17.99 Page 272
Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale! Collects issues #1-5.
KEVIN KELLER #14 $2.99 Page 274
“That’s Really Super, Kevin!” Kevin’s world takes a surprising new twist when he becomes the masked crime fighter called “The Equalizer!” Of course, this doesn’t just happen overnight. When he saves someone’s life and becomes a media sensation, Veronica’s wheels start turning and with her drive, determination (and unlimited cash!) she molds a new career for Kevin! Somewhat apprehensive, will Kevin move forward as a superhero? And what will happen to his everyday teenage life? Find out in the first part of this exciting new storyline!
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 $3.99 Page 310
Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
Ooo is in chaos, everything is up in smoke and the only way to set it all back to normal is to get Monkey Wizard to FINALLY kidnap Painting Princess — Finn and Jake have even done all the work for him!! It looks like the simpler the task, the harder it’s going be for our heroes!
CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT Vol 1 TP $ $14.99 Page 300
Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang
Clive Barker has re-imagined the HELLRAISER mythos since 2011 with BOOM! Studios, creating one of the most successful horror comics on the stands. Now, he’s created and written an all-new original comic book series, and his vision again proves why he is the Master of Horror. Named the “Best Mini-Series of 2013″ by Bloody Disgusting, this trade paperback collects the first arc of Clive Barker’s original comic book creation, with collaborators Mark Miller and Haemi Jang. Julian Demond, captain of industry, leaves his life behind to begin a walkabout. While wandering the desert, he comes across a unique figure, who calls himself Wick…and claims to be God. Together, they begin a terrifying journey across the Earth, as neither man merely wants to merely make a mark on the world. Instead, they intend to leave a scar.
Clive Barker’s Next Testament Vol. 1
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