Our picks from the March previews (for books coming out mostly in May)
May will be a huge month for superhero comics, with both Marvel and DC launching their requisite huge summer crossover events. But there are a number of sweet books that might get lost in the shuffle that we want to highlight from the Previews catalogues, which you can pick up free with purchase at Fantom. Check it out!
You might’ve seen this at SPX! A companion piece to Farel Dalrymple’s trippy, melancholy, science-fantasy, Lord of the Flies-esque The Wrenchies (maybe our favorite graphic novel of 2014), his webcomic It Will All Hurt will finally be collected in gorgeous print form, with this first issue comprising the first two chapters of the series.
The sequel to Chuck Palahniuk’s iconic 1996 novel is going to be a comic book! Not really sure where this one will go after the original’s pretty conclusive ending, but we trust the artwork of Cameron Stewart (Batgirl) enough to go along for the ride.
Coming back after a long hiatus, since Neil Gaiman is Neil Gaiman and he can do what he wants. We’ve got the entirety of the rest of Sandman in stock at the store, including all the original series and Overture #1-4, so your body can adequately prepare. Like usual, #5 will feature a cover by JH Williams (pictured) and another by Dave McKean.
Another book back after a year-long hiatus, we can’t wait to see more Rocket Girl. Future teen cop (from the year 2014) DaYoung Johansson is still stuck in 1986 New York City, and shenanigans are still happening. For anyone enjoying the current renaissance of teen girl superhero books, Rocket Girl should be right up your alley, and we’ve got the first trade paperback (collecting all five previous issues) at the store for $9.99.
Trees #9 - Warren Ellis & Jason Howard - May 20 (Image)
Yet another book back from hiatus (sensing a theme this month?), geopolitical sci-fi thriller Trees flew under a lot of people’s radar despite its creators’ pedigree, but after tackling it for one of our most successful Queer Book Clubs at the store—some of the protagonists are trans—we’re hoping a lot more people will jump on for the second story arc, “Two Forests.” If you missed it before, we’ve got the first trade paperback in stock, which collects all previous eight issues.
A-Force #1 - G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Jorge Molina - May 20 (Marvel)
Okay, we can’t contain our enthusiasm for an all-female superhero team book by two female writers! G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) and Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard’s Assassin) team up for what should be an explosive new series. If the main cover is a little too early-’00s for you, check out the sweet variants by Stephanie Hans and Russell Dauterman.
GRAPHIC NOVELS / TRADE PAPERBACKS
From Now On - Malachi Ward - May 27 (Alternative Comics)
Another artist you might’ve seen at SPX! Prophet alum Malachi Ward brings us a series of short, haunting stories in his distinctive metaphysical sci-fi style, collecting a bunch of his minicomics as well as new material. Malachi is definitely an artist to keep an eye on in the next couple years!
Apparently this quirky Hogwarts-in-Gotham, female-centric series has struggled to find an audience overall, but here at Fantom, it’s got nearly as many subscribers as Batman. Have we mentioned we have the best customers?
ODY-C vol. 1 - Matt Fraction & Christian Ward - May 27 (Image)
The psychedelic sci-fi gender-swapped Odyssey story gets its first collection—maybe just in time for us to hear cryptic details about all of Matt Fraction and his wife Kelly Sue DeConnick’s work to be turned into TV shows? Hopefully Fraction and Christian Ward’s names will get a better font for the final cover art.