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  • Writer's pictureTrusty Henchman

Upcoming Comics Spotlight

At first I wondered exactly how often I could make this type of post, and then I really started cracking into the order forms for the past couple months and then realized always, I can always make these types of posts. There are infinitely too many good looking comics coming out, but yay for good problems?

And again, you'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.



(W) Zidrou (A/CA) Arno Monin

A young couple's lives are changed when they adopt an orphaned 4-year old girl, but no one is more inconvenienced by the addition than Gabriel, who has to put his retirement aside to become a grandfather. Easier said than done, considering he never took much time to be a father in the first place.


Why this caught my eye:

Saw a preview a couple months ago this looks like a touching story, plus loving Monin's artwork.



(W) Tatsuki Fujimoto (A/CA) Tatsuki Fujimoto

Denji's a poor young man who'll do anything for money, even hunting down devils with his pet devil-dog Pochita. He's a simple man with simple dreams, drowning under a mountain of debt. But his sad life gets turned upside down one day when he's betrayed by someone he trusts. Now with the power of a devil inside him, Denji's become a whole new man-Chainsaw Man!


Why this caught my eye:

I mean.....c'mon. Look at it. Major points for the title design alone.



(W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Martin Simmonds

Cole Turner has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn't prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK assassination to flat Earth theory and reptilian shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of Truth? Bestselling writer JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) debuts his first Image ONGOING SERIES alongside breakout artist MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy)! JUL200012

Why this caught my eye:

It's been a while since I've read a decent conspiracy comic, and Tynion hits better for me when he's doing creator owned material. Simmonds art style feels like a solid fit for the subject matter as well.



(W) Evan Dorkin (A) Roger Langridge (CA) Evan Dorkin

After defeating the evil dictator De Nomolos in Bogus Journey in 1995, things aren't looking as excellent as they should for either Bill and Ted or Wyld Stallyns. There's tension in the band and worry at home. Bill and Ted's obsessiveness with writing the one song to bring peace to the world is affecting their playing and their relationships with their families. The band is losing favor with fans and the future isn't shaping up as they were all led to believe it would from past (and future) events. Desperate for a solution Bill and Ted burst in to announce their great idea to revive the band's fortunes: A world tour to spread the love-and the rock, and the love of the rock-to the world.


Why this caught my eye:

Dorkin and Langridge is sort of a dream team for me, so this looks like it will just be a lot of fun.



(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Dike Ruan, Philip Tan (CA) Jim Cheung

THE MASTER RETURNS! An ancient and evil secret society has stayed in hiding since the death of their leader, Zheng Zhu. But now his successor has been chosen to shift the balance of power in the world...Zheng Zhu's son, Shang-Chi! Witness the Marvel Universe's greatest fighter return to a world of death and destruction he thought he left behind long ago...and discover the secrets to Shang-Chi's past that will change his world forever.

Don't miss out on this epic tale of family, betrayal and justice as the incredible team of Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), Dike Ruan (SPIDER-VERSE, BLACK CAT) and Philip Tan (UNCANNY X-MEN) launch a new chapter in the legend of Shang-Ch!


Why this caught my eye:

Gene Luen Yang killed it with Superman Smashes The Klan this year, so I'm looking forward to what he can do with Shang-Chi. Also I just really really like that cover by Jim Cheung. It's like the dragon is like, "Brah, we got this."



(W) Daniel Kraus (A/CA) Chris Shehan

Following the death of her estranged mother, Kat Somerville and her daughter, Sybil, flee a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint--and possibly pernicious--town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire. From NY Times best-selling author, Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, Trollhunters, The Living Dead), and rising star Chris Shehan, comes a haunting vision of America's prettiest autumn.


Why this caught my eye:

Besides some nice previews of the art, this is part of the new Vault seasonal imprint line called Nightfall. Vault's been getting some good books out as of late (These Savage Shores, Heathen, Songs For The Dead) so it's worth keeping an eye out on their projects.



(W) James Otis Smith (A) Kadir Nelson

True stories from the Wild West, but not like you've seen in the movies. This graphic novel by JAMES OTIS SMITH celebrates the extraordinary true tales of three black heroes who took control of their destinies and stood up for their communities in the Old West.

Born into slavery in Tennessee, Mary Fields became famous as "Stagecoach Mary," a cigar-chomping, cardplaying coach driver who never missed a delivery. Bass Reeves, the first black Deputy US Marshal west of the Mississippi, was one of the wiliest lawmen in the territories, bringing thousands of outlaws to justice with his smarts. Bob Lemmons lived to be 99 years old and was so good with horses that the wild mustangs on the plains of Texas took him for one of their own.


Why this caught my eye:

More of this type of content, please. This is exactly the kind of material we need more of in schools and libraries. Toon Books does good work as well, so this should be top quality material.



(W) Mary Shelley (A/CA) Bernie Wrightson

Few works by comic book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson's illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983. A generation later, this magnificent pairing of art and literature is still considered to be one of the greatest achievements made by any artist in the field. This book includes the complete text of the original groundbreaking novel, and approximately fifty original full-page illustrations by Bernie Wrightson. Introduction by Stephen King.


Why this caught my eye:

This seems to come back into print every few years now, and I'm not sure if it has more or less than the previous editions, but $29.99 is an amazing price for 50 breathtaking full page illustrations by Bernie Wrightson.



(W) Eliot Rahal (A) Emily Pearson

Chicago, 1941. A blood bank is held up in a robbery, but no cash is taken-only blood. It's the latest in a string of similar crimes and FBI Agent Felix Franklin is certain it's part of a wider plot. But the truth is much more sinister than he could imagine. The four robbers-who call themselves The Vain-are vampires: immortal, physically powerful, and after decades of honing their skills, practically untraceable. But in a world that is rapidly changing, stealing blood is harder every day and with each decade that passes, Agent Franklin inches closer to the truth. Eliot Rahal, Emily Pearson, and Fred C. Stressing kick off a series that spans nearly a century of wild eternal youth and reckless abandon across history.


Why this caught my eye:

I just really like that pitch. Quick note, the cover I shared here is cover B, so if you're picky you'll want to pay attention to that when ordering.



(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Mike Spicer (A/CA) Ramon K. Perez

SERIES PREMIERE! Nobody dies. In the town of Stillwater, that's not just a promise. It's a threat. Join superstar writer CHIP ZDARSKY (THE WHITE TREES, Daredevil) and Eisner Award-winning artist RAMON K PÉREZ (Jim Henson's Tale of Sand, Jane) as they dive into a world of horror and intrigue in this new ongoing Skybound series.


Why this caught my eye:

Chip Zdarsky and Ramon Perez both get instant passes from me on all projects. I've loved all of their recentworks, especially when it's creator owned stuff.


That's it for this batch! I'm slowly catching up through the catalogs myself, so expect more soon!

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