From Primordial To The Last Flight Out - It's September's Previews

Aug 5, 2021
The Darkhold Alpha #1

Our first in-person Previews night for over a year was a pretty special occasion, and our sacrifices to Thor were clearly appreciated as the weather (and the darkness) held off sufficiently for us to actually pore over physical copies of the Big Book Of Treasures To Come. 

Some real stand-out covers appear here this month, and there's plenty to look forward to in September as the nights start to draw in. 

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.

Primordial #1

IMAGE:
Kenny:
Primordial #1 is from the same team that brought us Gideon Falls, a title that passed me by, however, having glimpsed the absolutely beautiful artwork by Andrea Sorrentino on that book as well as Joker: Killer Smile, I'm on this train from the start. The design and attention to storytelling Sorrentino and writer Jeff Lemire bring to their collaborations is amazing. Previews shows that attention to detail is present in their new book Primordial but rather than Giallo-style horror this time they are dealing with science fiction and cold war espionage. I am determined to get in at the beginning of this trip.

Matt: Following the barnstorming two-punch delivered by the first two volumes of this graphic novel series it would be remiss of us not to mention the next instalment. Destroy All Monsters: A Reckless Book will no doubt be up to Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' usual high standards, and perhaps the decision to release regular original graphic novels rather monthly comics may be a sign of things to come, but for now this is a must buy and we waited with baited breath for whatever's next on their schedule.

Rewild TP

DARK HORSE:
James:
It's no secret around these parts that I'm a huge fan of Jeff Lemire, and have been a very vociferous cheerleader for his talents since I read Sweet Tooth #1. A new title from the Canadian master is always cause for celebration for me, and I'm thrilled to see that his first 'double shift' title (he's writing and illustrating) since Frogcatcher in 2019 is due this month. Mazebook #1 sees Lemire returning to some of his favourite tropes - the world of dreams, and differing planes of reality - to tell a tale of a building inspector trying to find his missing daughter via a labyrinthian journey through the city. As much as I admire Lemire's work when he's just writing, I particularly love his stuff when it's entirely his work - I'm really excited for this one!

Jo: Whilst stories about magic and fairies are generally not my bag, Yana Adamovic's cover of Rewild is so arrestingly lovely, so delicately drawn and filled with storytelling, that I will shelve my anti-fairy scepticism and give this a try. Devin Grayson's story hinges of the need for a park to be built to appease the fairy folk who have been angered by the rampant environmental destruction wreaked on the world by mankind, and the internal conflict this causes for the engineer tasked with saving the city and possibly the world. 

Dark Ages #1

MARVEL:
Matt:
Another Marvel event that may or may not be as consequential as the last Marvel event, where everything changes forever but nothing really changes at all? I've been a sucker for these crossovers every since Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars gave me the comic-collecting bug back in the mid-eighties so as long as the pitch is enticing enough, I'm usually on board, and I think Dark Ages #1 fits the bill. What if Marvel's heroes unite to face a deadly threat... and fail to stop it? What comes after that? Tom Taylor and Iban Coello think they've got the answers and I'm keen to find out what they are.

Jo: The Darkhold Alpha #1 might have to be an early addition to my Christmas list, weighing in as it does at $29.99, but there's just too many little hooks on this for me to skip it. The Darkhold popped up in a recent Marvel TV series, and fanned the flames of gossip regarding what this meant about future directions for the characters; Doctor Doom on the cover is a good way to sell me a book - and also Black Bolt, whom I still love as a popularity underdog in the Marvel Universe; finally the blurb promises Steve Orlando writing Scarlet Witch unleashing the inner darkness of the world's greatest heroes, well, it all just sounds too good to miss!

He Who Fights With Monsters #1

ABLAZE:
James:
 As someone with an academic background in philosophy, if I see a book with a title that's a quote from Nietzsche, well, I'm already halfway sold. Add to that, the fact that this is a World War 2-set tale - I'm fully on board. He Who Fights With Monsters #1 is illustrated by the artist of Something Is Killing The Children, (the magnificently named) Werther Dell'Edera, and is set amidst the struggle between the SS and resistance in Prague. This story promises supernatural forces and a tale to send a shiver up the spine - with ingredients that good, this is bound to be worth checking out.

Almost American #1

AFTERSHOCK:
Jo:
 It was the cover that grabbed me initially for Almost American #1 - Rus Wooton has employed a striking graphic art style which was enough to make me pause - but it's the descriptive statement on the front that really has me gripped: "Inspired by the true story of husband-and-wife Russian spies who typically wouldn't live long enough to tell such a tale" WOW. Ron Marz writes, but in close consultation with Janosh and Victorya Neumann and I'm interested to see how Marco Castiello's art - I have seen tightly detailed monochromatic work on Star Wars comics for example - will translate to representing true real life characters. 

AWA UPSHOT:
Jo: I'm finding myself getting deeper embroiled in the AWA Upshot universe, and I'm especially looking forward to Telepaths #1 as it's written by J. Michael Straczynski, the mastermind behind that universe. Straczynski's series have been among my favourites in the canon of this plucky little pandemic survivor and I'm looking forward to seeing how Epting realises this story with his cinematic art style. 

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series #1

DC COMICS:
Andy: While I enjoy the insanity and wacky take on the costumed characters of Gotham City, I wasn't sure I was ready for a comic version of Harley Quinn: The Animated Series #1. Then I saw just who was doing the art and suddenly it's a must have! Giant Days artist extraordinaire, Max Sarin, takes on Harley and Ivy. If anyone can capture the ever expressive Harley, it's Sarin. The comic follows on from events of the TV series as the Gotham girls go on the run... but who is chasing them?

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