Every week, hundreds of new books hit the stands, each with potential. We pick the ones we think have the best shot at heating up. Here are the picks of the week for delivery this Wednesday
Last week was the fifth week, but that turned out to be a great comic week. This is the first Wednesday of October, but really feels like the fifth week. Anyway, here is what is on tap for this week.
DC Horror Presents Soul Plumber #1 – Crazy new DC Horror comic, From the creators of The Last Podcast On The Left, exorcism just got a whole lot easier. After attending a seminar hosted in a hotel conference room by a mysterious group called the Soul Plumbers, Edgar Wiggins, disgraced former seminary school student, discovers what he thinks is the secret to delivering souls from the thrall of Satan. But after stealing the blueprints and building the machine himself, out of whatever he can afford from his salary as a gas station attendant, Edgar misses the demon and instead pulls out an inter-dimensional alien with dire consequences for all of mankind.
Dirtbag Rapture #1 – New stoner supernatural series might be worth checking out. She’s stoned. She’s selfish. She’s all that stands between us and the end of the world. Where do you go when you die? Kat, a stoner with a flexible moral code, can answer that, and the answer is: not very far. Unfortunately for Kat’s peace of mind, a near-death experience has left her with the ability to see and hear ghosts, as well as take them into her ‘mindscape’ so she can bring them to locations of their choosing, essentially playing transporter to the deceased. But when Kat discovers she’s the key to a demonic plan to screw up the whole world, she is forced to take an active role in the battle between good and evil. And she’s not thrilled about it.
Arkham City The Order Of The World #1 – Awesome looking new Batman spin-off series. The Jokers attack on Arkham Asylum left the long-standing Gotham establishment in ruin, most of the patients killed or missing, and only a handful of surviving staff—a few nurses, a gravely injured security guard, and one doctor. In the chaos of the assault, it is believed that several of the asylums patients escaped and scurried off into the dark nooks and crannies of Gotham City. Now, these Arkhamites walk among us, and its up to the Asylums one remaining doctor, Jocasta Joy, to round up her former patients. Meet these Arkhamites: a woman with no face, a pyggy in search of perfection, a man who feels nothing and burns everything, a woman who must devour life to save herself, a man unfit for the waking world who looks instead for Wonderland, a body with more than one soul, a being unbound from time who lives in the present and the past, a boy who seeks the comfort of vermin, and the twisted man who sees them all for who they are. And witness the avenging angel who stalks them. This fall, join writer Dan Watters and artist Dani on an odyssey through the deepest depths and darkest shadows of Gotham City and find all-new reasons to fear the night.
Menagerie #1 – small press sci-fi book, great covers. When a research outpost on the edge of the galaxy is captured, a team of lethal Space Operators heeds the call to rescue the who’s who of civilian scientists and researchers. But personal secrets and unexpected agendas bubble to the surface and a mutiny sends the rescue mission light-years off course to a new and unusual planet with unusual rules.
Righteous Thirst For Vengeance #1 – When an unassuming man stumbles upon a dark-web contract assassin’s vicious plot to kill an innocent target, he turns himself into one. The Professional meets Road to Perdition in this story of a family’s unlikely guardian being hunted by rich and powerful men who are used to getting away with everything. Join New York Times bestselling writer RICK REMENDER (DEADLY CLASS, BLACK SCIENCE) for a uniquely atmospheric murder mystery with sudden bouts of brutal violence.
Billy The Kit #1 – Friend of CHU Justin Gray’s new book. The Wild West has never been wilder! Introducing Billy the Kit, featuring a gunslinging rabbit seeking revenge against the Tornado God that killed his family. Why was this sickly, skinny rabbit spared such a gruesome fate? What makes him so special? With the help of Luther the Goat, a profanity-spewing martial arts master, Billy relies on faith, magical firearms, and Kung Fu to wage war against the pagan gods and monsters of a bygone era.
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Darkhold Alpha #1 – Just in time for halloween Marvel’s new supernatural themed crossover event book. A story that will delight and terrify! For hundreds of years, scholars and heroes alike have searched for the complete text of the Darkhold – A.K.A. the Book of the Damned, written by the elder god Chthon. Now one of the greatest sorcerers in the Multiverse has found it – and Chthon has found him. To save them all, the Scarlet Witch must gather the world’s greatest heroes… and unleash their inner darkness. Witness the Marvel Universe’s descent into chaos!
Intrusion #1 – Cool concept book from Heavy Metal – After being cast out of Canada, the Laguerre family is trying to build a new life in a ‘cursed’ Louisiana swamp in 1766. They fight to defend their homestead… even if that puts them on a collision course with a creature that dwells in the bayou. This 36-page horror comic, from creators Ethan Sacks and Marco Lorenzana, makes use of the flip-book format in an innovative way to tell the story through the eyes of both the human and the monster!
Halloween Pick of the Week
Willys Wonderland Prequel #1 – Prequel to the cult Nick Cage horror film, which was really fun, about, really, a cross between Chucky and Chuck E Cheese, just a demonic animatronic pizza place.
Small Press Pick of the Week
Chicken Devil #1 – This bat$#!+ crazy looking Aftershock book looks awesome. Mitchell Moss is about as regular as it gets. He’s married with two children, and co-owns a successful chain of Memphis Hot Chicken restaurants. It’s not the life that screams hero/vigilante…until he discovers that his business partner is in bed with the mob and owes them $2 million. Unfortunately, Mitch is ill-equipped to be a badass-he’s just a guy who makes really good chicken. Can he protect his family from cold-blooded gangsters? Absolutely not. But maybe the CHICKEN DEVIL can
Pick of the Week
Out #1 – great looking new book from AWA. Vampires and Nazis have been done before, but this looks like a fun ride, especially for the month of October.