Welcome to our weekly post where we tell you “What Comics to Watch For On Wednesday.” We are doing our best to recommend a few titles worth your time this week. It is good to note that we rarely suggest mid-run titles, because we try to provide good jumping on points or oddities that must be seen to believe. This week is kind of a light week, but for the sake of consistency…
This week’s offerings:
Rise Of The Black Flame #1
The Mignolaverse has long been menaced by a character called the Black Flame. Different incarnations have caused problems for Lobster Johnson, The BPRD, and even the Mignola’s seminal character, Hellboy. This new series, with Mignola listed as a creator, shows the origins of the Cult Of The Black Flame in Siam.
Jon Clark wrote and drew this creator-owned project from Gothic Press. It was winner of the Famous Monsters Silver Scream Fest Award for Best Graphic Novel! Dieting is a good thing, but can often make you feel weird and go to odd places. It’s interesting to see it discussed as a horror story.
Jon Clark’s Thin is the visceral and utterly disturbing story of a woman mired in obsession and guilt who desperately tries for a miracle cure, only to uncover a deadly horror. The ordinary world of dieting goes to very dark places in this special oversized first issue.
As a Ginger (that’s our word), I already feel like the sun is regularly burning my skin, but this book shows a world where that is really happening. This has a weird concept and I am intrigued.
Imagine if sunlight burned you alive. In the near future, a mysterious solar event has transformed the sun’s light into deadly immolating rays. The world’s few survivors now live in nocturnal cities. But a killer emerges who uses sunlight to burn his victims, and when he targets the daughter of a solar power mogul, it falls to a disillusioned solar engineer to protect her.
We love Jim Zub. His openness and honesty as a nerd and a creator set him apart from others that are a bit stodgier. He has written funny books and this looks to be a bit more serious.
Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water? something ready to exact revenge on the shallow celebrity-obsessed culture that’s led her astray. Fan-favorite JIM ZUB (WAYWARD, Thunderbolts) and newcomer DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN tear into the heart of Hollywood in GLITTERBOMB, a dramatic horror story about fame and failure. ‘A gut-punch of glitz and blood and starf**ked culture. You want to read this.’ –Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds)
This comic has been hyped and it should be. Frank Cho creator-owned stuff from BOOM! Very exciting! Art guaranteed to be gorgeous.
Mike Mignola’s The Amazing Screw-On Head & Other Curious Objects Artist Ed. HC
Mike Mignola is truly one of the greatest independent talents in comic books in the last decade. This is a little different than our usual recommendations (PRICE-WISE), but I love The Amazing Screw-On Head. You can save $30 if you buy it here!
~ Scott Deaux ~
Let me know what comics you are picking up or what you thought of these titles in the comments