MOST ANTICIPATED – 31st January 2018

Wow! Are we on the last day of January already!? From what started out as a slow month for comics really picked up towards the later weeks.

So what have the Comic Black Book community picked for their final MOST ANTICIPATED of January 2018? Read on and see what Ox, Kirk, Melinoe and Neil have for you.

HUNGRY GHOSTS #1

Melinoe picks Hungry Ghosts #1 on Berger Books

Writer(s): Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose
Artist(s): Alberto Ponticelli, Vanesa R. Del Rey

Mel: I never thought I’d say that I’m looking forward to a comic by Anthony Bourdain but by George, it’s happening! I have to admit I am a little biased because I’m a massive fan of anything that has to do with cooking. Anthony decided to create comic re-imagining stories about different types of ghosts that all revolve around food. I will say that I’m not exactly sure if this is going to work out considering we don’t have many examples (if at all) of food icons delving into the comic world but I have to admit the premise sounds exciting and I really hope that it turns out great. I’d love to see other icons delving into the works and getting more chef type comics.

Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Kirk picks Is This Guy For Real?
The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Writer: Box Brown

Kirk: Nope. I’m not suggesting a single comic this month. I’m suggesting an entire graphic novel by someone whose grasp of what the medium is capable of is one of the best in the business today. His last novel, Tetris: The Games People Play was an Eisner nominated piece last year that was as addictive to read as the game it was telling the story of. In a very sweet and analytically simple breakdown of the psychology that is behind the compulsive nature that is Tetris, was also the step by step history of how the game was developed, the incredible world-spanding bureaucracy that entailed bringing the game to the masses and the friendships that developed from that dysfunctional history that bore a pop sensation. Box seems to just hone in on telling stories that intrinsically matter only to him in the sweetest manner possible with words that are simple truth and whimsical art. His previous work includes an Andre the Giant biopic and currently a run on the Rugrats monthly. So the fact that he’s turning his attention to a story about Andy Kaufman in a time where we would assume that we know everything there is to know about the man is intriguing considering Box Brown’s knack for finding subjects that have been relatively left alone. But that passion that attracts him to the subject he’s telling a story about is impossible to ignore until it’s too late and you are invested for more.

SEVEN TO ETERNITY GIANT-SIZED ARTISTS’ PROOF EDITION #2

Ox picks Seven To Eternity Giant-Sized Artists Proof Edition #2 on Image Comics

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Jerome Opena

Ox: This time gonna do something a little bit different and out of the normal. If you’re an artist looking to see how the pros make their book, I can’t recommend this enough! This coming Wednesday sees the second Giant-Sized Artists’ Proof of Seven to Eternity. You get to see that glorious Jeremy Opena artwork in wonderful detail. Not changed by the colors and on the normal scale that artists work on! It has been worth it from a creator standpoint, but also cool as a fan of the series. This second one includes Issues 3 & 4 of the series. There are small details that you normally wouldn’t pick up on. Being one of my favorite series right now, this is definitely my most anticipated!

DARK ARK #5

Neil picks Dark Ark #5 on Aftershock Comics

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Juan Doe

Neil: Issue 4 of Dark Ark may have dropped the pace a little, but the last few pages certainly made me want issue 5 in my hands asap. This isn’t Bunn’s best work but the concept as a whole has been a fantastic read. I have no idea if this is the final issue or if it is going on hiatus as no date seems to be available for issue 6. That being the case, Bunn has his work cut out to end this arc (pun intended). Allegiances have been struck between beasts and humans but what will become of those allegiances once the flood has subsided. I just hope we move away from the rather un-interesting vampires and delve deeper into the arks depths with some of the other beasts. Let heaven and hell collide in issue 5.

That’s it for this week’s picks. Some rather interesting and altogether different choices, especially from Kirk and Ox.

Let us know in the comments below what you picked up this week.