Alright… I’m back with my monthly look at upcoming products from the Diamond Previews Catalog. (Don’t ask me what happened last month regarding Eight to Anticipate In October.) This month we take a look at titles scheduled items to be released in November as featured in Vol. XVIII, #9. First up…
Gigantic #1 (Dark Horse Comics) — It was a beautiful spring day in downtown San Francisco before a gigantic armored alien appeared from out of nowhere and began smashing things all to hell! Who is this invader? Why is he being attacked by strange alien beings? And why is he so gigantic? A twist on The Truman Show, Gigantic focuses on a brainwashed, alien superhero deposited on Earth to be the spotlight of an intrusive, around-the-clock television program being filmed without his knowledge.
This sounds like an “out there idea” by writer Rick Remender. Giant alien warrior intergalactic reality programing. Kudos to Rick for getting it published. I might have to categorize this concept in the “dammit, why didn’t I think o fit first” file. This Definitely sounds worth checking out.
The Cleaners (Dark Horse Comics) — In the dark tradition of Los Angeles noir, The Cleaners is a terrifying new mystery series about a ragtag team of for-hire trauma-scene cleaners led by ex-surgeon Robert Bellarmine. Contracted with sanitizing some of the nastiest crime and accident scenes in the tri-county L.A. basin, the team battles against what could only be described as the grim, unknowable face of the supernatural. But by focusing on the scientific explanation, no matter how aberrant or extraordinary, they counteract centuries-old superstition to prove things are seldom what they seem . . . In this miniseries, the cleaners crew takes on a series of gruesome tasks starting with a bloodbath that covers an entire neighborhood. This investigation leads them toward uncovering a disturbing mystery involving missing children, which dates back longer than the history of the city itself.
Knowing writer Josh Fialkov the way that I do. This is probably going to be one effed up book — and I mean “effed up” in the best most bloody twisted way.
Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein (Top Cow Productions, Inc.) — Paul Dini’s Jingle Belle comes to Top Cow in a special “Halloween collides with Christmas” one-shot written by Dini and drawn by Stephanie Gladden (Powerpuff Girls, Chowder, Hopster’s Tracks). In years past, Santa has triumphed over a variety of enemies including the Devil himself. Now, St. Nick gets ready to face his greatest challenge ever in Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein! Inspired by Mary Shelley’s original novel (sort of), the story of Frankenstein’s monster takes a new twist when he is found by Jingle in the Arctic wastes and “rehabilitated” to fit in with the elves at Santa’s Workshop. All goes well until an ultra-PC city declares Santa Claus taboo and awakens Frankie’s monstrous side in a misguided attempt to help his friend. It’s up to an ailing Santa and a reluctant Jingle Belle to stop their monstrous “apprentice” before he destroys the town and ruins the reputation of Christmas forever! Cover A – Stephanie Gladden. Cover B – Greg Horn.
I’m kicking around my own “Santa Claus Vs.” story right now, so Dini’s got my interest there. Add the fact that I’m a sucker for this style of art, and that I’m very curious to see the Greg Horn cover — I’ll be checking it out.
Lulu & Mitzi Best Laid Plans TPB Vol. 01 (Amaze Ink / Slave Labor Graphics) — Imagine if Lucy and Ethel worked in the world’s oldest profession. Lulu and Mitzy are young, illegal immigrants trying to get by in San Francisco, even if that means pulling every scheme imaginable. It’s a rough and tumble existence filled with wannabe artists, sex workers, low-lifes, and the type of fringe elements that can only exist in San Francisco.
It’s the artwork that first attracted me to this title — kind of reminded me of the artwork on the Monopoly “Chance” and “Community Chest” cards. And then I found out it was about “working girls.” There’s just not enough material out there about the zany world of illegal immigrant prostitutes. Hopefully this title will change all of that.
H.P. Lovecraft’s Nyarlathotep (Boom! Studios) — BOOM! gives horror legend H.P. Lovecraft’s Nyarlathotep new life in this handsome hardcover, featuring illustrations by Chuck BB (Black Metal)! This is a must-have for Lovecraft fans. Lovecraft’s original prose poem is reprinted in its entirety and visually interpreted by one of comics’ most exciting new talents.
I’m not so much an H.P. Lovecraft fan as much as I’m a Chuck BB fan. I mean, I don’t have any original H.P. Lovecraft writings in my possession, but I do have original Chuck BB artwork hanging on my walls. This nifty hardcover will be worth checking out for the art alone.
Dynamite Pilot #1 (Data Red Publishing) — The death of an era begins! The end of the ‘Tens of Tens’ war comes to a violent end as a young man, the Dynamite Pilot, frees his alien civilization from an evil, foreign occupational army. A new comic from the from the creator of Space Sheriff and Happy Space Boy.
I know next to nothing about the title, but I’m intrigued. Delving a little bit deeper by checking out the review of it being a “Staff Pick” and I’m even more intrigued. “What if Hiyao Miyazaki had done Mad Max?” I’m looking forward to checking out this grim and violent tale with a touch of mysticism.
Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails #1 (IDW Publishing) — The infamous Captain Blacktail and his crew of swashbuckling rats set sail upon the high seas in search of a treasure equal to the ransom of kings upon kings. Many would-be plunderers have set forth to claim the treasure of the Cat O’ Nine Tails-only never to return. A young mouse known as Pip will find his life forever changed as he journeys to uncharted waters on an adventure with Captain Blacktail and the rat crew of the Vile Vermin.
What?! You didn’t think that I wasn’t going to plug my own book, did you? Look, no one has been anticipating the November release of this title more than yours truly — trust me.
Super Real Graphics Presents; The Wolves of Odin (Superrealgraphics.com) — From Lucasfilm artist Grant Gould (Star Wars the Clone Wars online) comes the story of the war between Vikings and werewolves in this debut graphic novella! The rise of Christianity amongst the north-men has frustrated Odin, Father of the Norse Gods. Out of jealousy and anger, he has transformed three of his most loyal berserkers into unstoppable beasts, and set them loose upon his traitorous “followers”. Thor, God of Thunder, takes it upon himself to challenge his father’s madness by aiding a loyal warrior of his own: the viking Tyr. Along with the help of a witch and two strangers, Tyr must face the wolves and realize his own destiny.
I’ve been a fan of Grant Gould’s art since the first time I laid eyes on it online. I met him briefly at San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and informed him that someday I want to work with him. Hopefully it won’t be to long. I dig his art!