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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Sci-Fi

This batch features space twins, a tribute to David Bowie, anthropomorphic squirrels, Western Steampunk, a double dose of Dredd, some Gorgo action, and the new Kelly Thompson/Meredith McClaren Image comics launch.



(W) Adam Rose (A) Gabby Metzler (A/CA) Robert Ahmad

In Corollary, everything comes in twos, even the people, and if your twin dies -- so do you. This is the way it's always been, so when Captain Andromeda's twin loses her life in a far-off military battle, and Captain Andromeda herself DOES NOT die, the universe demands answers. Answers that the Captain is willing to give ... to the highest bidder, of course.

Collecting the complete hit mini-series


Why this caught my eye:

The fun concept plus Ahmad's great art hooked me, plus this is giving me some early aughts indy comic vibes.



(W) Marco B. Bucci (A/CA) Riccardo Atzeni

It is the morning of January 10, 2016, and thirty-year-old Samuel is ready to leave the house and live another day of his ordinary existence. As soon as he arrives on the street, he learns about David Bowie's death. The news strikes him so hard that he is stunned, and his are not moments of bewilderment, but hours, days, years, and centuries...he finds himself catapulted across space and time.

He awakens hundreds of thousands of years later, in a society of the future-in the year 200016-not so different from his own, although he is surrounded by people dressed as dinosaurs, integrated biological technologies, and there is a global well-being. Is it perhaps the utopia of the future? Samuel will have to try to find out and find his own dimension in the process, without losing himself.

Red Lightning is a touching tribute to David Bowie. Six years after Bowie's death, Marco B. Bucci redefines science fiction with a graphic novel masterfully illustrated by the talented Riccardo Atzeni. Long live the White Duke!


Why this caught my eye:

Late on this one so you should be able to pick it up now. Loving Atzeni's style and this just sounds charming.



(W) Hans Rickheit, Krissy Dorn

When Delia receives mysterious radio signals from beyond the planet, her curiosity is sparked. The plucky young scientist teams up with the esteemed Professor Tak and his bohemian son Theodore to convince the skeptical citizenry that this is not all just some elaborate hoax. The implications of her discovery may shatter her world.

Set in an atmospheric '50s-era city in a parallel universe populated by anthropomorphic squirrels, Delia is a sprightly comics collaboration between cartoonist Hans Rickheit (The Squirrel Machine, Cochlea & Eustachia) and his wife, Krissy Dorn. This sci-fi adventure romp brims with dark humor, danger, and ominous allegorical undertones.


Why this caught my eye:

Another one I'm late on so should be available by now. Preview pages look pretty great.



(W) Angel Fuentes (A/CA) Nahuel Sb

The wonders of steampunk technology have reached the old west! It is 1879 and the world is about to meet Ranger ONE, the first self-aware automaton programmed to eradicate crime in the town of Steam's Eddy. But what happened in the next few years that made the federal government ban the existence of self-aware automatons? And whatever happened to the hero Ranger ONE? There are whispers of a grifter automaton named Screw Driver who's saving humans and automatons alike. He's a machine wanted by the law... functional or dismantled.


Why this caught my eye:

Fun sounding setup, and Sb's artwork looks interesting.



(W) John Wagner (A/CA) Colin MacNeil

America: Lost & Found - The Rediscovered Scripts takes you behind-the-scenes on one of the most important comic book stories of all time. Rediscovered by chance three decades after publication, John Wagner's surviving scripts for America are now presented with in-depth commentary from the writer, revealing for the first time the thinking and process behind this ground-breaking, morally-complex story. This is then followed by the story itself, with Colin MacNeil's beautifully fully-painted art remastered and still delivering its emotional gut-punches after 30 years. With new introductions from John Wagner and Garth Ennis, this is an absolute must-read for fans of Judge Dredd and those looking for insight into the politics and evolution of one of the most famous comic book characters of all time.


Why this caught my eye:

It's just generally interesting to see script material like this resurface, and this would make a nice companion to go with the core story which you can get in the Essential format.




The iconic Judge Dredd work of a master artist, from his earliest stories to his groundbreaking work on serials such as "The Cursed Earth" and "The Judge Child," this Apex edition of Mick McMahon's Judge Dredd work shows how his style constantly evolved and helped make him one of the greatest Dredd artists of all time. Featuring high-resolution scans of original artwork, this is a deluxe, over-sized facsimile edition that reproduces McMahon's original art pages at their actual size.

Complete stories such as "Frankenstein II," "The Wreath Murders," and "Dream Palace" are published alongside pages from "The Cursed Earth," "The Day the Law Died," "The Judge Child," "The Fink," and "Block Mania." This book ends with a section devoted to his color Dredd work from the early Eighties, including the complete "Pinboing Wizard" and several double page spreads from the legendary "The Vampire Effect."


Why this caught my eye:

The Apex editions are a rabbit hole I can't afford to go down, but damn if they aren't tempting.



(W) Joe Gill (A) Dick Giordano, Sam Glanzman, Charles Nicholas, Rocco Mastroserio, Bill Molno, Joe Sinnott (A/CA) Steve Ditko

After a seaquake, a huge lizard-like creature walked out of the ocean and almost destroyed a fishing village in Ireland. Fortunately for the village, the same quake that brought the 65 foot monster to land has also grounded a salvage ship, the crew of which proved up to the task of capturing the beast. The monster, dubbed Gorgo, was really just a youngster and its 200 foot tall mother was coming for him. After a pitched battle with the British army, Gorga's mother, Ogra, was able to free her child and they both went lumbering back to the sea! Steve Ditko's artwork just engulfs you in this Silver Age giant monster tale!

Collects Gorgo #1-5 (June 1961-January 1962).


Why this caught my eye:

It never hurts to get some more Ditko or more kaiju in your collection, plus these PS books never stay available for long.



(W) Kelly Thompson (A/CA) Meredith McClaren


Eisner Award-winning writer KELLY THOMPSON heads to Image for the first time with BLACK CLOAK, an all-new series with artist MEREDITH McCLAREN! Blade Runner style mixes with SAGA-esque drama in a delectable fantasy/sci-fi blend as two Black Cloaks try to solve the murder of a beloved prince in Kiros, the last city in the known world, before his murder tips the city into war. The mystery begins in a spectacular TRIPLE-LENGTH FIRST ISSUE for $4.99!


Why this caught my eye:

That's some great talent working together and the previews look great.


That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some fantasy material on the next round!

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