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New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Fantasy


(W) Oliver Bly (A/CA) Oliver Bly

The Mushroom Knight follows the adventures of Gowlitrot the Gardener, a sentient bipedal fungus created by a race of woodland gnomes called Gödels, as he investigates and unearths a deadly conspiracy that reveals the true nature of himself and the devastation humans have wrought upon the global biosystem that he has sworn to protect.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm late on this so you should be able to pick it up now, but I've just been checking out the preview pics and this looks pretty sharp.



(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Kris Anka


ZDARSKY (NEWBURN, Batman) and KRIS ANKA (Across the Spider-Verse), the ALL-STAR TEAM behind THE WHITE TREES, return to the fantastical land of Blacksand! The royal guard has sent their most capable bounty hunters after the accomplices in the king's murder! Javro, once the king's most skilled assassin, must find the killers before they and the bounty hunters-including her son-are wiped out by the kingdom's most feared specter: The Dark Whisper!


Why this caught my eye:

I don't really want to think about how long it's been since The White Tress came out, but you should hunt that down and check it out.



(W) Tony Fleecs (A/CA) Dave Wachter

Oliver is a seemingly typical 12 year old boy... except for a mysterious family history that seems to start and end with his mother, and unexplainable powers, that is.

He can do things other boys can't, to the point of landing him in some trouble. Baffled by the surreal cartoonish nature of his abilities and followed by a murder of peculiar crows, the mystery behind Oliver's family history finally unfolds!

Written by fan-favorite writer Tony Fleecs (Stray Dogs, Local Man) and illustrated by acclaimed artist Dave Wachter (Punisher, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), discover what makes Oliver special and strange as he searches for his place in the world.


Why this caught my eye:

Wachter is just one of those talents that I want to see more spotlights on, I really love his style.



(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Megan Huang

In a modern-day world one step removed from our own, dragons are a highly respected-and highly endangered-species, but poaching is an existential threat. When a young idealist joins the federal agency tasked with managing dragon populations, he quickly discovers that the entire system is corrupt. After seeing firsthand the cruelty of the system, our newly radicalized dragon savior takes matters into his own hands!

Eisner Award nominated writer Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Spider-Man 2099) teams with Megan Huang (Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) for a fantasy-meets-reality story that's sure to make your heart race and warm it as well. Each issue features a variant cover by Max Dunbar (Dungeons & Dragons)!


Why this caught my eye:

Fun idea and Orlanddo is always solid, plus really liking Huang's art.



(W) Ryan Lang (A/CA) Ryan Lang

In a feudal Japan where creatures of myth and folklore are real, a demon sets out to reforge an ancient weapon to take over the world. The only person who can stop him is an inches-tall would-be samurai, who also happens to be the final and most important piece of the weapon. Issunboshi: A Graphic Novel is a lush retelling of the classic Japanese folktale reminding us that one is not born a hero-you must discover the courage to become one.


Why this caught my eye:

Glad to see Oni finally picked this up for broader distribution. You can go check out my review of the Kickstarter release here.



(W) Neil Gaiman, Marc Bernardin (A) Shawn Martinbrough (CA) David Mack

New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman joins forces with Eisner nominated Adora writer Marc Bernard in and Thief of Thieves cocreator Shawn Martinbrough to adapt Gaiman's Locus and British Fantasy Award-winning novel as a comic book series for the first time-and soon to be a television show on Amazon Prime! "

"Fat" Charlie Nancy leads a boring life as a boring Londoner, until he discovers two things: That his recently deceased father was, in fact, Anansi the Spider, the trickster god of African folklore, and that he has a twin brother he's never met. Which kicks off a reality-spanning odyssey of sibling rivalry, jealous deities, and one poor soul who'll realize what it means to be a god.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm not familiar with Bernardin's work but Martinbrough is a great choice for this adaptation.

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