Order These Comics! Coming October 2015
I haven’t done this for a while, but it’s a new site layout, and there are some comics worth paying attention to in the August Previews catalog, for books shipping October 2015 or later.
A new Finder story, “Torch”, by Carla Speed McNeil begins serialization in Dark Horse Presents #15 (AUG15 0042, due out October 21, $4.99). Here’s an online preview. It follows on from Third World (good, since that ended on a cliffhanger) and tells the story of Rachel Grosvenor “as she attempts to cash in her fifteen minutes of fame and glamour for a stable future in her society.” I read Finder in collections, since the stories are dense and I find longer periods of time spent in the world more rewarding, but seeing a new story start means another book will be here next year.
It seems that the revamped Prez (#5, AUG15 0203, October 21, $2.99) is now retroactively a miniseries. Good on DC for adding the note “Retailers: This title now will run six issues”, although it means sales will drop even more precipitously than they were. I’m not surprised, since the first issue didn’t bother explaining its premise to anyone who didn’t read the promo copy, but it’s kind of a shame that political satire seemingly has no place in serialized comics.
I would tell you how much fun the Jem and the Holograms series is, and how you should get the first collection, Showtime (IDW, AUG15 0389, October 14, $19.99), but I’m not going to do so, because I detest when publishers don’t bother to tell you which issues are reprinted in a trade. Luckily, I have the internet, where the charming writer, Kelly Thompson, said it was 6 issues (bigger than I thought!). The series is beautifully illustrated by Sophie Campbell, who has a real affinity for the colorful women in the band.
Lumberjanes launches its first special, Beyond Bay Leaf (Boom!, AUG15 1202, October 28, $4.99), and it’s written by Faith Erin Hicks! It’s a self-contained story illustrated by newcomer Rosemary Valero-O’Connell about, as expected, the scouts dealing with a monster attacking their camp.
I’ve already written about Pawn Shop (Z2 Comics, AUG15 1856, October 7, $19.99), a good example of the different kinds of storytelling comics can do.
In the manga world, October brings (among many other choices) Case Closed 56 (Viz, AUG15 1826, October 14, $9.99).
These recommended titles are offered again, so if you order them now, you can get them as early as next month. They tie into the two different promotional areas this month, except for Pretty in Ink: Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 (AUG15 1487, Fantagraphics, $29.99) and Zot! The Complete Black & White Stories 1987-1991 (AUG15 1555, HarperCollins, $24.95, the comic that changed my life).
Comics for Kids
- Amelia Rules: The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular (AUG15 1098, Atheneum Books, $10.99)
- The Meaning of Life… And Other Stuff (AUG15 1099, Atheneum Books, $10.99)
- Amelia Rules: Her Permanent Record (AUG15 1100, Atheneum Books, $10.99)
- The Dumbest Idea Ever! (AUG15 1544, Graphix, $11.99)
- Friends With Boys (AUG15 1701, Square Fish, $9.99)
- Little Mouse Gets Ready (AUG15 1742, Toon Books, $4.99)
- Owly & Wormy: Bright Lights and Starry Nights! (AUG15 2012, Books section, $15.99)
How to Make Comics
- Drawing Words & Writing Pictures (AUG15 1502, First Second, $34.99)
- Mastering Comics (AUG15 1503, First Second, $34.99)
- Understanding Comics (AUG15 1552, HarperCollins, $22.99)
- Reinventing Comics (AUG15 1553, HarperCollins, $22.99)
- Making Comics (AUG15 1554, HarperCollins, $23.99)
- Words for Pictures (AUG15 1969, Books section, $24.99)