June Previews: The Comics (and the Woman) of Tomorrow

Apr 26, 2021
Cover of Wonder Woman: Black and Gold #1

Once again the PCG have scoured the pages of Previews and DC Connect to pull out our choice items for June of this year (or thereabouts), and we present here a few words to let you know why each will be featuring on our lists. 

If you like what you see, don't forget that a quick message to your local comic book retailer will help them make sure you get your copy on time. 

Here's a run down of what gave us pause in issues due for release in June(-ish). 

Cover of Vinyl #1

Jo: The new series of The Old Guard: Tales Through Time is just about to land, but Greg Rucka is already 'presenting' another book from the same creative team (Robert Mackenzie, Dave Walker, Justin Greenwood), Compass #1. If Rucka's endorsement wasn't enough though, this story is set in the Islamic Golden Age and the hero of the tale is described as a 'scholar, cartographer, astronomer, mathematician, scientist, explorer, adventurer' - she sounds like my kind of gal!

Way back (well, four years or so ago) when I was a naïve young new comics fan, I had yet to realise what a treasure trove the horror genre of comics actually is. One of my first forays into this area was with Plastic, a story of love, gore and pink iced donuts, which left a lasting impression on me. The team who created this masterpiece return this summer with Vinyl #1, a story of sweet love, psychopaths and serial killers, and I am 100% in for that. 

James: I was sold on The Six Sidekicks Of Trigger Keaton #1 from the title alone, and then I saw who the creative talent involved was - it's written by Kyle Starks, the mind behind one of my favourite miniseries of last year, the brilliantly deranged Assassination Nation. This time, it's Chris Schweizer on art duties rather than Erica Henderson, and the pages in Previews look great. This series sees the former sidekicks of a hated action hero working together to solve his murder - the catch is, each one had the grounds to be the killer. Starks writes full-throttle tales that give you plenty of bang for your ($3.99) buck - this is the stand-out book for me this month. 

Matt: It's not a new book, but That Texas Blood #7 sees the start of a new story arc, and if it's as sizzling a slice of Southern Noir as the first arc then it's going to burn brightly. One of the best comics to appear last year, Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips' collaboration is a must for fans of hardboiled crime - the more the narrative unfurls, the more weird and wonderful characters start popping up, and while trying not to be repetitive, I have to say again that if you love Criminal, then this book should be on your pull-list.

Cover of Parasomnia #1

Jo: Parasomnia #1 is a creator double bill slam dunk for me - Cullen Bunn is the king of all things horror comic at the moment and having just watched The Empty Man movie, I'm wondering whether he's going to expand his kingdom to include other media too and, to add to the anticipation, art is in the skilled hands of Andrea Mutti - his work on the current Maniac Of New York series is excellent (I love it when an artist can render precipitation with confidence - rain, snow, subway steam, Mutti can handle the lot). A father lost in a nightmare dreamscape, a ruthless cult - oh, this one is definitely for me. 

Andy: It's time to return to the Cornish coastal town of Tredregyn as the second volume of Steeple goes into print. John Allison (Giant Days) has once again created an ensemble cast of characters that I can't wait to be reacquainted with. You can always count on great, witty, dialogue and plenty of things to spot lurking in the background. There were changes aplenty at the end of the first volume: has former curate Billie really sided with the Church of Satan? Is Maggie really a force for good? The battle between good and evil has never been so much fun. 

Cover of Bunny Mask #1

Jo: The cover was the initial draw for Out Of Body #1, with lurid colours and psychedelic patterns, but I stayed for Peter Milligan's writing and a catchy idea of a man who has almost  been murdered investigating his own murder via astral projection. Toss in a Dorian Grey connection and you have me fully intrigued. 

Andy: Writer Paul Tobin knows how to write some disturbingly creepy stuff - check out his excellent Colder series if you haven't already - now in Bunny Mask #1 he's back, with another slice of nightmarish horror. Locked away in a cave for eons, Bunny Mask is about to be released into the world. Bunny Mask? Sounds too cute to be scary but I'm sure Tobin and artist Andrea Mutti have some dark tricks up their creative sleeves. 

Jo: I have been enormously enjoying the output from AWA since the start of the pandemic, and Moths #1 is on my eagerly anticipated list, having been teased mostly temptingly in the first Resistance series last year. J Michael Straczynski has been the architect of AWA's loosely connected universe, and introduced the idea of the Reborns in the Resistance series - humans imbued with superpowers as a result of surviving a pandemic (!) - and the Moths as a special case - those whose powers burn hot and fast. AWA has hammered out a name for themselves astonishingly quickly with quality stories, artwork which has continued strong across multiple series and a publishing model which is persistently appealing: short series quickly followed by a very competitively priced trade. 

Cover of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow

James: Two words: Tom. King. Despite being a very old and grizzled comics fan, I can't say I've ever read a dedicated Supergirl comic. That's changing this month as the genius behind Mister Miracle, Batman/Catwoman and Rorschach begins an eight-issue miniseries, Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow, featuring Kara Zor-El as part of DC's Infinite Frontier. With art from Bilquis Evely, the book sees Supergirl and Krypto on a stellar adventure, but quite frankly, I'd get this if this was about Supergirl doing her online grocery shopping, as King makes everything he touches a must-read.

Matt: Garth Ennis hasn't scripted many tales for the Dark Knight outside of guest appearances in his Hitman series and a Legends Of The Dark Knight three-parter, and rarely gets involved with 'superheroes' these days (does the Punisher count?). He's also famously snooty about about many of the more recognisable 'Big Two' characters, so I have some trepidation approaching Batman: Reptilian #1, but then again Ennis is one of the greatest writers from the last few decades and the Liam Sharp artwork looks striking, so maybe Ennis will keep the cynicism down to a low for this one?

Cover of The Nice House on the Lake #1

Jo: The Nice House on the Lake #1 from James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martinez Bueno has caused a flutter on Twitter recently and it's a definite for my list - Tynion has been handling horror writing with huge originality in Something Is Killing The Children, a series which I keep expecting to fade and which has yet to miss a beat for me. Aside from having another 'I have to have that' title, the cover art is delightfully chilling and the premise - a group of friends accept a too-good-to-miss invitation from creepy Walter to spend a vacation at a beautiful lakeside house has me all a-tingle.

Matt: If you've been enjoying the anthology miniseries Batman: Black & White and Superman: Red and Blue then it's a bit of a no-brainer that Wonder Woman: Black and Gold #1 should be on your list. The previously mentioned titles have been providing brilliant showcases for writers and artists to tackle characters they may not be readily associated with, so we can expect the same for the third member of DC's 'Trinity' with this Wonder Woman series. Becky Cloonan, Amy Reeder, John Arcudi and more feature in this debut instalment. 


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