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New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Miscellaneous

This batch features an adaptation of Khalil Gibran's The Prophet, a star studded reprint of the 80's 2000 AD role-playing game Dice Man, a new Image one-shot featured around the theme of endings, a history of the imprint Pacific Comics, and a lushly illustrated set of captivating fairy tales with art from Charles Vess.



(W) A. David Lewis, Kahlil Gibran (A) Justin Renteria

First published in 1923, Khalil Gibran's The Prophet is unquestionably the most popular work of free verse published in the English language during the 20th century. The slender book tells the story of exiled Almustafa, leaving his refugee home of Orphalese after twelve years of banishment. Before he goes, however, he has words of wisdom for the people who took him in. This graphic adaptation features a faithful rendering of the original text with a flashback sequence that explains the prehistory of Almustafa and an afterword by A. David Lewis.


Why this caught my eye:

I finally just saw Three Thousand Years of Longing and I randomly noticed the Khalil Gibran book was being read by Tilda Swinton's character. Fun bit of timing on that. Also, Graphic Mundi does great work so this should be a solid project to check out.



(W) VARIOUS (A) Various

The legendary 2000 AD role-playing game! Originally published during the adventure gamebook boom of the 1980s, Dice Man has never been reprinted in its entirety before, but now the complete run of Dice Man magazine is presented in this massive collection. Using dice and a pencil, you will become Judge Dredd as he faces off against the Dark Judges, or guide Nemesis the Warlock as they race through the Torture Tube, or help Sláine steal the Cauldron of Blood from the Tower of Glass. MAR231816

Why this caught my eye:

An odd collection but great for any completists. Also, pretty great list of artists involved when you've got Talbot, Dillon, Lloyd, and O'Neill in the lineup.



(W) W. Maxwell Prince (A/CA) Martin Simmonds


W. MAXWELL PRINCE (ICE CREAM MAN, HAHA) continues his weird, winning one-shot formula with this all-new multi-artist project that explores the way things END...and also how they never really do.

SWAN SONGS comprises stories about endings...The End of the World. The End of a Marriage. The End of a Sentence. The End of the End of the World! (Which I suppose one might consider the BEGINNING of a new world...)

And along for the terminal ride are some of comics' best and brightest artists! The first apocalyptic issue, "The End of the World," is drawn by none other than THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH's MARTIN SIMMONDS. Future artists for future endings include CASPAR WIJNGAARD (HOME SICK PILOTS), and FILIPE ANDRADE (The Many Deaths of Leila Star), with more to be announced.

All things come to a close; these are the SWAN SONGS.


Why this caught my eye:

I like a good vague thematic anthology style project, and I like me some Andrade artwork as well.



(W) Stephan Friedt (A) Various (CA) Dave Stevens

Author Stephan Friedt shares the story of the meteoric rise of the Schanes brothers' California-based imprint Pacific Comics, which published such legends as Jack Kirby, Sergio Aragonés, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Mike Grell, Bernie Wrightson, and Dave Stevens. From its groundbreaking 1981 arrival in the fledgling direct sales market, to a catastrophic, precipitous fall after only four years, The Pacific Comics Companion reveals the inside saga, as told to Friedt by Bill and Steve Schanes, David Scroggy, and many of the creators themselves. It also focuses on the titles and the amazing array of characters they introduced to an unsuspecting world, including The Rocketeer, Captain Victory, Ms. Mystic, Groo the Wanderer, Starslayer, and many more. Written with the editorial assist of Eisner Award-winning historian Jon B. Cooke, this retrospective is the most comprehensive study of an essential publisher in the development of the creator's rights movement. Main cover illustration by Dave Stevens.


Why this caught my eye:

TwoMorrows fits a very specific niche bit of comic history, and they're incredibly in-depth. Lots of good creators encapsulated in this so should be worth checking out.



(W) Joanne M Harris (A) Charles Vess

A lushly illustrated set of dark, captivating fairy tales from the bestselling author of The Gospel of Loki with the illustrator of Stardust, Charles Vess. The beauty of stories; you never know where they will take you. Full of dreams and nightmares, Honeycomb is an entrancing mosaic novel of original fairy tales from bestselling author Joanne M. Harris and legendary artist Charles Vess in a collaboration that's been years in the making. The toymaker who wants to create the perfect wife; the princess whose heart is won by words, not actions; the tiny dog whose confidence far outweighs his size; and the sinister Lacewing King who rules over the Silken Folk. These are just a few of the weird and wonderful creatures who populate Joanne Harris's first collection of fairy tales.


Why this caught my eye:

Hard to say no to a Charles Vess project.


That's it for this batch, we'll check out some All-Ages/YA on the next round!

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