MOST ANTICIPATED – on sale 29th November 2017

Welcome to a new weekly feature on Comic Black Book where community members select their most anticipated comic (or two) of the week.

This week we have KirkFM, SamuraiOx, Melinoe, Stilt-Man and NeilTheGeekFather with their choices.

 MOON KNIGHT #198

KirkFM picks Moon Knight #189 on Marvel Comics

Writer: Max Bemis
Art: Jacen Burrows
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Kirk: Max Bemis’ 1st issue after taking over Moon Knight came out of nowhere as a macabre deconstruction of the title character. Which may seem redundant after following up Jeff Lemire’s run on the series in which he also deconstructed Moon Knight and stripped the character, along with his multiple personalities to the core only to build him up again. But Bemis pulls something special and gives us a glimpse of how becoming the walking avatar of an Egyptian God might have looked from the point of view of a new asylum- bound character born out of the same broken mental state as Moon Knight. The effect works so well, and is so instantaneously dark, that you don’t even realize that Moon Knight himself is never actually in the issue until the last panel. Issue #189 is the 2nd issue of the arc and with a story this good, I can’t wait to see what happens when Moon Knight actually shows up in his own comic.

JOHN WICK #1

Ox picks John Wick #1 on Dynamite

Writer: Greg Pak
Art: Giovanni Valletta
Publisher: Dynamite

Ox: Have you seen the John Wick movies and crave more?! The sophisticated dance of death Wick knows so well and executes perfectly (pun intended). If you’re still reading, I take that as a yes! A John Wick title coming up had me figuring it was just going to be the movie put to comic form, but alas I was mistaken. You get the origin of this killer many fear! You dive so much further and get to learn all about this world of shadows that John Wick has fully immersed himself inside of! I can’t wait to know the rules and conduct he must sustain and a deeper look into all this that keeps Wick intact. Coming from publisher Dynamite means it should be one hell of a ride too!

 

DARK ARK #3

NeilTheGeekFather picks Dark Ark #3 on Aftershock

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art: Juan Doe
Publisher: AfterShock Comics

Neil: There has been a glut of horror comics released recently, and at the forefront of that genre is writer Cullen Bunn. His horror writing is some of the finest and incredibly varied. Titles like The Unsound, Harrow County, Regression and Unholy Grail all see different ways of approaching the horror genre. Dark Ark takes the story of the Great Flood in Biblical lore and adds a second ark. An ark filled with creatures from the unnatural world. The first two issues of Dark Ark introduced us to sorcerer Shrae and his family, who’ve been tasked with piloting the ark, but for who and why we still do not know. The creatures of the unnatural world aren’t the most understanding of beasts, therefore power struggles and murder ensue. There’s a heap of morality issues going on within this comic, from the human characters and the beasts (poor Unicorns). So with Bunn’s proven track record when it comes to writing horror I am seriously intrigued to see where this one is going.

 

BLACK MAGICK #9

Melinoe picks Black Magick #9 on Image Comics

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Nicola Scott
Publisher: Image Comics

Melinoe: When I was growing up Charmed was my absolute favorite show. Looking forward to a new episode every week, that love kept growing with Witches of East End, Eastwick, The Good Witch, etc. On first hearing of Black Magick I didn’t know if it was for me. Since I don’t have a real interest in police dramas but I’ll admit, I felt drawn in from the get-go. This series has a certain comfort to it, from the partner aspect of her police work to the spells and wards aspect of her Witch life. The artist even manages to breathe life into a black and white world that you don’t normally see from colorless art but it fits this world so well. I talk about the comfort but there is a level of unease in the air when it comes to the creatures that are stalking our protagonist, Detective Rowan Black. They do a good job of making you feel like the “bad guys” are waiting around every corner. This series is like a blanket of childhood for me, so if you’re into anything witchy I definitely recommend picking this up. Warning though, there is language and nudity so age is a factor when it comes to this series.

KILL OR BE KILLED #14

Stilt-Man picks Kill or be Killed on Image Comics

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Art: Sean Phillips
Publisher: Image Comics

Stilt-Man: Kill or be Killed is the book that brought me back into the world of comics. Now 14 issues in, the story has taken many twists and turns, but the stakes have never been higher. Our protagonist Dylan must confront the Russian mob, and the demon that has been lurking in the shadows. The duo of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to not disappoint as another one of their great stories comes to the end of its third arc. Make sure to catch Kill or be killed #14! And if you haven’t been keeping up, issues 1-10 have already been collected in trade.

That’s it for this week. Let us know in the comments below what you are “most anticipating” this week.