Back again with Comic Black Book’s MOST ANTICIPATED picks for comics on sale 17th January 2018. This week we have Neil, Melinoe and Kirk. So let’s jump straight in.
DOCTOR STRANGE #384
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Cory Petit
Neil: Before I begin let me confess that I never completed Jason Aaron’s run on Doctor Strange. Yes, I’m a fool but I will eventually get round to it. Donny Cates took over the reigns from Jason Aaron back in #381 and blew us all away instantly. Why you might ask? Spoiler… Loki is now the Sorcerer Supreme of our realm. Madness!! I here you cry, but Cates has really done Loki justice in giving him this role. Each member of the creative team behind this title brings their A game. Cates writing is absurd but dynamic. Hernandez Walta’s art adds beautiful texture to every panel. Bellaire’s colours add stunning depth and warmth and Petit’s lettering gives a very blackletter feel. This could be the best creative team behind Doctor Strange we’ve ever had (personal preference).
As much as I am loving Cates writing of Loki as the Sorcerer Supreme, I cannot wait to see him write Stephen Strange back in his signature role, and not a veterinarian… Yes, a veterinarian!
ICE CREAM MAN #1
Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Martin Morazzo
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Melinoe: Ice Cream Man is a book that I’ve been hearing about for a while. At first glance, you think it’s going to be some sweet book maybe an all-ages series but then the tagline comes in. “Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy…there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery. “ As soon as I saw that I knew this was going to be my type of book. I’m not sure what exactly this is going to be but it reminds me of the movie Bang Bang Baby from 2014. That movie/musical was about a girl that wanted to be famous until everyone in town started mutating into monsters from a chemical spill. I’m hoping it has that type of weird quirky horror to it. I’m excited that Image is pushing the mold with their comics and letting ideas flow that wouldn’t normally be picked up.
DAYS OF HATE #1
Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Danijel Zezelj
Colorist: Jordie Belaire
Kirk: Ales has pitched his new series as a story about love… and killing Nazis. This is the part where I need to admit my bias and let you, dear reader, know that these are two of my favorite things to read about. This series is also following up Kot’s Generation Gone, which landed on my and many other best-of lists of 2017. As a writer who has been exclusively doing creator-owned titles for the last couple of years after he finished his Secret Avenger run for Marvel (a run that included an existential A-Bomb that discovered ice-cream in lieu of eradicating reality and explored if M.O.D.O.K was capable of love. It was mental. Go find it), I’m always looking forward to the genre-pushing art teams that he chooses to collaborate with to help bring his always frighteningly relevant stories to the page. This includes Jordie Belaire on colors who might be the hardest working colorist in comics at the moment and is so good that her name on a book will guarantee that I pick it up.
That’s it for another week! Let us know what you picked up in the comments below.