Welcome to Catch it at the Comic Shop, where the Panel Patter team looks
at what's coming out at your favorite store or digital device this
week. Each one of us that participates picks up to five items due out
this week, with a little bit about why we like them. (NOTE: We use
solicitation material for this, so if we miss creators, please talk to your publisher!)
Sometimes we might only have a few items to share, other weeks, keeping
it to five will make for hard choices. Here's what the team wanted to
highlight this week...
And a big welcome to Kelli, our newest Patterer!
Even Though We Are Adults is an upcoming title from manga author Takako Shimura. Shimura is well known for her manga Wandering Son, a gentle, sometimes humorous, heart rendering exploration of gender. Shimura’s works tell the everyday stories of LGBTQ people in Japan. Expect their newest work to follow in the footsteps of their previous manga. Even Though We Are Adults is the story of two women who think they have adulting all figured out. The two meet by chance one night at a bar and there is an instant connection, but things are more complicated than they seem. Shimura’s art style is quite minimalistic. There’s a lot of negative space; often characters are drawn independent of background, framed only by screentone or nothing at all. The narrative is driven by the dialogue as opposed to the art. There has been a proliferation of LGBTQ manga on the North American market lately. Most of it for mature readers. Shimura’s manga are slow paced and thoughtful, so expect less smut [for that look to Seven Seas’ Ghost Ship imprint] and more conversations on the human condition.
Immortal Hulk #43 by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy Jose, published by Marvel Comics
You're probably already reading The Immortal Hulk, and if not, you've probably at least heard what a fantastic book it is. Well, I echo all of those sentiments, and there's probably not a lot I can say about this book that hasn't been said already. But one of the many things I love about this book is the incredibly detailed way in which writer Al Ewing has incorporated Hulk's continuity into the story here. The U-Foes are long-standing Hulk villains, and I love the idea that they will be brought in to act as heroes, in stopping the threat that is the Hulk. I last saw them at the beginning of Siege, causing the event (an explosion at a stadium in a fight with Volstagg) that was the pretext for the invasion of Asgard. Anyway, this is an incredible series, really a character defining run, and you should be reading it.
Luna #1 by Maria Llovett, published by Boom! Studios
I'm not really familiar with the work of Maria Llovet, but my fellow Patterers were very excited about this one, as they're singing Llovet's praises as an artist and writer. I have to say, I get the excitement. This was a very cool series debut. Llovet is a supremely talented artist, bringing the psychedelic, hazy world of the late 60's to life. And the story so far is very intriguing; it feels like the Manson family but with some supernatural elements thrown in. This book feels weird and psychedelic and erotic and a little freaky. I'm impressed, and I'm looking forward to reading more.
Luna 1 by Maria Llovett and published by Boom! StudiosLlovett is fast becoming one of my favorite creators. The stories she tells are always visually cinematic and erotically sensual. This new miniseries from Boom is no different. Luna is a story that begins in a desert in the late 60s. Every cliche that would come with that phrase transpires as expected but in luscious Maria Llovett style. The page layouts.. the colors.. the immediacy of character development.. and the tastefully seductive sensuality all combine to make one of the best debuts I’ve read in years. Seriously, folks, go get this book!
Spector Inspectors 1 by Bowen McCurdy, Kaitlyn Musto & Jim Campbell, published by Boom! BoxGhost hunters travel to Cape Grace to film their next episode at the Town Hall. Things go sideways fast and we discover the reasons for the why that is how people go missing from this haunted little town. I am unfamiliar with this creative team but I trust the Boom Box imprint with all-ages comics to introduce our little humans to widely palatable stories of fear. This was a fun first issue and I look forward to where the story goes.