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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Sci-Fi

This batch of sci-fi titles includes some cyberpunk action, giant mechs, a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story with vinyl records, Brian Michael Bendis' new creator-owned title launch, and a tale of two robots trying to find their place in the world.

NIGHT HUNTERS TP

(W) Dave Baker (A/CA) Alexis Ziritt


Night Hunters is a pulsing cyberpunk classic that tells the tale of two brothers who have to navigate the futuristic dystopian world of Venezuela, 100 years in the future. AUG211787


Why this caught my eye:

Fans of Ziritt's Space Riders book from Black Mask will definitely want to give this a try, and I'm also just down for a good ol' cyberpunk dystopian world type of story.

GIGA THE COMPLETE SERIES TP

(W) Alex Paknadel (A/CA) John Le


Nobody knows why the skyscraper-sized mechs known as Giga fought their bitter, centuries' long war. All they know is that when the fighting finally stopped, the dormant Giga became humanity's new habitat and new gods in one. When disgraced engineer Evan Calhoun finds an apparently murdered Giga, his society and the fascistic tech-centered religious order that controls it are rapidly thrown into chaos.


From writer Alex Paknadel (Immortal Hulk: Time of Monsters, Friendo, Redfork) and rising star John Le comes a story about what happens after the mechs stop fighting. AUG212158


Why this caught my eye:

You had me at giant robots.

WHATS THE FURTHEST PLACE FROM HERE #1

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Tyler Boss


TRIPLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE!


A postapocalyptic coming-of-age story from 4 Kids Walk into a Bank's TYLER BOSS & MATTHEW ROSENBERG.


The world has ended. All that remains are gangs of children living among the ruins. But Sid believes there must be something more out there. When she disappears into the wastelands, her gang will risk everything to bring her home. A story about the things that matter most-your survival, your loved ones, and your record collection.

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Why this caught my eye:


I enjoyed 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, plus post-apocalyptic is generally my jam. It's worth noting for the record collectors that there is an "extremely limited Deluxe Edition, featuring an exclusive variant cover and a 7" record with two songs from some of today's best indie and punk bands, recorded especially for this project." The order code for that version is SEP210045.

UPDATE: Recent news has Image reporting over 95,000 orders have been placed so far prompting an encore printing and repressing. So if you have trouble hunting down the 1st print release, you can use code AUG218745 to preorder the 2nd print due to release in Feb 2022.

JOY OPERATIONS #1

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Stephen Byrne


Brian Michael Bendis, the New York Times bestselling and multi-Eisner Award winner, teams up with scorching hot comics sensation Stephen Byrne (Wonder Twins, Legion of Superheroes) for their very first creator-owned blockbuster series.


Fifty-five years from now. Joy is an EN•VOI. A special agent of one of the JONANDO TRUST. Trusts are corporate-owned cities that are the centerpiece of modern society. She rights wrongs for the trust. She is excellent. Perfection. Hard on herself. Driven. Almost legendary in some parts. Until one day a voice pops in her head trying to get her to betray everything she has ever believed.


All this and also an exclusive look behind-the-scenes and a look forward to other Jinxworld projects coming exclusively to Dark Horse.

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Why this caught my eye:

Bendis moving his Jinxworld properties to Dark Horse was an interesting move, so we'll see what he's got in store for his creator own properties. I'll be honest, I've been burnt out on his style for some time now, although I can still appreciate his sense of humor. This might be the change of pace in hiss work that could bring me back in.

CARBON SILICON HC

(W) Mathieu Bablet (A/CA) Mathieu Bablet


Carbon and Silicon are the first of a new generation of robots meant to care for the aging human population. Raised in the protective cocoon of a laboratory, they are eager to discover the outside world but are dramatically separated during an escape attempt. Lost and alone, they will gather three centuries' worth of experiences, observing the last gasps of humanity facing the ecological, economic, and social disasters that they themselves have created. Faced with this declining world, will Carbon and Silicon manage to find their place?

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Why this caught my eye:

Robots? Check.

Dystopian society? Check.

The end of humanity? Check.

Great looking art? Check.

All my favorite jams in one place. I was going to do the Kickstarter on this one but I had to pull back as there's simply too many great Kickstarters for me to keep up with financially. And while I sadly won't get the super fancy exclusive edition, I still want to give this a shot.

That's it for this batch, we'll hit fantasy titles on the next installment!

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