MOST ANTICIPATED – 14th February 2018

Valentines Day is upon us and if like me (Neil) you see it as a cash cow for card companies, you probably have a disappointed partner ;0)

Not to worry, its NCBD so why not gift yourself a nice selection of comics. Let Comic Black Book community members Meli, Ox, Neil and Kirk make that choice a lot easier, with their MOST ANTICIPATED picks on sale 14th February.

DEATH OF LOVE #1

Ox picks Death of Love #1 on Image Comics

Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Donal Delay

Ox: I could easily talk about how Invincible no.144 is my most anticipated. Though I’ve not begun the series and the first trade sits upon the stack to read. I’m also intrigued by dipping my toes into DC for Sideways no.1 because Rocafort is doing the art and that’s a good enough reason for me. I’m also intrigued by Kickass no.1 – a new face under the family suit. I’ve caught glimpses of variant covers and seem to have an idea of who’s taking the mantle. It’ll be an interesting dynamic for Millar’s superhero world for sure.

All those can’t be my most anticipated because Death of Love comes out this week!! The PERFECT comic coming out on Valentine’s Day! A man gains the ability to see cupids and how they work to make love happen for couples. He gets drunk and decides it’s time to make a stand and fight back against love! He is going to have his hands full with this tirade…and not because Love can get messy, but because there’s a chainsaw involved…and if I know something about killing love, chainsaws are necessary!!

From the mind who wrote Luther Strode – it should be a hell of a good time!

THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #8

Melinoe picks The Black Monday Murders #8 on Image Comics

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Tomm Coker

Melinoe: I have to admit I’m not usually the type to read a series where I have absolutely no clue what’s going on for most of the book. (ala Morrison’s work) But the art of Black Monday Murders completely hooked me to give it a go.

When you first start reading you realize that Jonathan Hickman and Timm Coker put an insane amount of thought into this series. The other language alone causes you to just look and ponder what in the world it could mean. Each book is incredibly long and even has a table of contents, interlude, etc but somehow I never found myself thinking about the length. I’d find myself reading and realize that I had been so drawn into the world that I completely finished everything.

This is without a doubt a series that needs multiple read-throughs. But that actually has me excited to delve back into the world. I will say that Grigoria is one of my favorite characters of all time. I can’t wait to see where she ends up and to learn what’s the deal with her partner. So pick up this book if you’re interested in delving into a series about financial domination, sacrificial altars, real-life gods, ancient languages, and the terrifying question of What if a god is a reason the 1% control everything?

BABYTEETH #8

Neil picks BabyTeeth #8 on Aftershock

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Neil: Issue 8 is here. The issue that changes everything. From preview notes Cates states we get uncovered truths about the family and the cult. The assassin, racoon monster, the mum… and the OTHER mum. Shit is going to get even weirder.

The cover alone is intriguing as hell (pun intended). Do we finally get to see the demon who may have set Clark’s story in motion? Will the assassin get close to Sadie and Clark and cause harm to the family? God, I need to read this now! Never has a story that seems simple to tie up become even more layered as each issue is released.

Kudos to Cates on that one because his character writing is fantastic. Giving him the ability to introduce new characters at a whim, that we all become invested in. Add another Cates book to your lists, because this guy is on fire.

KICK-ASS #1

Kirk pick Kick-Ass #1 on Image Comics

Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: John Romita Jr

Kirk: 10 years later and we’re getting a new Kick-Ass series. Where Millar’s original run was one of the first titles to explore the idea of superheroes in the ‘real’ world (and may have heavily influenced the actual, honest-to-God costumed vigilante movement with personalities like Phoenix Jones appearing in Seattle), I’m very interested to see this new take on the character, if you can even call it that? Out is Dave Lizewski, the original high-school aged Kick-Ass. And in his place is Patience Lee, a war vet and single mother. This is intrinsically cool because the concept of this new series flips the original on its ear. A real hero dawning a superhero alias.

Back on art duties is JrJr who’s art is always recognizably fun and is few and far between seen in comics today. This team has always worked well together, especially considering that Millar’s stories tend to push the more violent limits of Romita’s art. I personally think it was a smart move to launch this new series with the original creative team to maintain the familiarity of the series for original readers as well as keeping up the excitement for the ones.

INVINCIBLE #144

Kirk picks Invincible #144 on Image Comics

Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Cory Walker
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn

Kirk: This is the final issue to one of the greatest superhero epics of the modern day and I will cry enough tears to fill the Pacific when it’s over. That is all.

That’s it for another week. Let us know what you picked up in the comments below.