FPI Most Wanted – Books to look for coming in December and January

Published On December 1, 2012 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, FPI's Most Wanted

Welcome to another look ahead. Quick reminder, the FPI Most Wanted is a simple little service, throwing the spotlight on the comics we’re looking forward to here at the FPI Blog this month and the next.

But comics being comics, sometimes shipping dates just slip, so please, no shouting if we’re wrong eh?!


The ones we’re all hoping for under the tree this December 25th….


Grandville Bete Noir – Bryan Talbot brings us the third volume of the tales of Inspector LeBrock (and we’re all looking forward to this one).

BPRD Hell on Earth Volume 4 : the Devils’ Engine & Long Death by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, James Harren, Tyler Cook (Joe and Zainab)

Lost in Fog by C.F.Ramuz and Matthieu Berthod (Joe and Zainab)

Grendel Omnibus Volume 2 : The Legacy by Matt Wagner and Diana Schutz, with art by Wagner, Tim Sale, Arnold Pander, Jacob Pander and Bernie Mireault. (Joe and Richard)

First up, me …. Richard


Journey Into Mystery – The Manchester Gods – Kieron Gillen’s tale of young Loki, consistently impressive stuff.

The Comics Journal 302 – Maurice Sendak’s final interview inside a brick sized volume of the usual

Nexus Omnibus Volume 1 – by Mike Baron and Steve Rude, a wonderful bit of nostalgia for me, Steve Rude’s art looking so very good, a genuine classic revisited.

Taking second spot this time round…. Zainab:


The Alliance of the Curious by Phillippe Riche:

Iron, or, the War After by Shane-Michael Vidaurri

Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights by Sergio Toppi


Godzilla Volume 1 by Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane

Saucer Country Volume 1 by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly

And finally it’s blog supremo Joe Gordon:


Susceptible Hardcover by Genevieve Castree

Popeye Volume 1 by Roger Langridge, Bruce Ozella, Ken Wheaton and Tom Neely – frankly Langridge had me just at the Action Comics classic cover spoof

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 2 : On Your Own by Andrew Chambliss, Scott Allie, Georges Jeanty, Cliff Richards, Karl Story, Andy Owens and Dexter Vines

The Boys Volume 12 : the Bloody Doors Off by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson – the end of the long-running series collected.


Ringing in the new year, let’s have a few great comics….

First up, a few things we’re all looking forward to

One Trick Rip-Off/Deep Cuts by Paul Pope (Richard and Zainab)

You’re all just jealous of my Jetpack by Tom Gauld (Richard, Zainab)


District 14 Hardcover by Pierre Gabus and Romuald Reutimann – Both Joe and Zainab put this one down – Joe included the frighteningly accurate comment: ‘I don’t know these creators but the minute I saw this book I just thought it would be something I’d want to read (and probably have to fight Zainab for!)

Young Avengers Issue 1 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie – If Phonogram 3 is going to be delayed this looks like being a very good reason. (James and Richard)

Now, over to Zainab for her choices…


Sumo by Thien Pham:

Calling Dr Laura by Nicole Georges

Animal Man 2: Animal vs Man by Jeff Lemire, Travel Forman, Steve Pugh,

Next up, here’s Joe Gordon


Dear Beloved Stranger by Dino Pai

Absolute Batman & Robin by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

Batwoman Volume 2 : to Drown the World Hardcover – by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman, Amy Reeder – can’t resist those astonishing JH Williams III’s art and layouts, plus great female leads


The Books Of Magic Deluxe Edition Hardcover by Neil Gaiman, John Bolton, Charles Vess, Paul Johnson, Scott Hampton. The original Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman, mixing folklore, myth and elements of the DC universe along with some gorgeous artwork.

Love and Rockets Companion : 30 Years (and Counting) by Marc Sobel (and of course … Los Bros Hernandez)
Los bros, comics gods, ’nuff said

Messages in a Bottle : Comic Book Stories by B Krigstein – Krigstein collection, just another reason why we love Fantagraphics

Now over to James Bacon


Captain America Issue 3 will be a make or break for me seeing if Rick Remender can continue to hold my interest. I am worried that following Brubaker and my apprecieation of his long run, that this may fall foul, but am enjoying the John Romita Jr artwork.

Peter Panzerfaust Issue 10, sees the end of that Arc, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins, it is really very good writing, and a nice take on War comics .

The Cape 1969 by Joe Hill & Jason Ciaramella and Nelson Daniel is quiet interesting and is being released as a collected hardback edition. Set in Vietnam, staring a US chopper pilot who gets shot down behind Viet-Cong lines but there is more to the jungle that the enemy.

Finally this month, here’s me – Richard


Judge Anderson Psi File Vol 3 – by Alan Grant, but more importantly, with art by Arthur Ranson, and the magnificent Steve Sampson.

Thor / Journey Into Mystery – Everything Burns by Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Alan Davis, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Barry Kitson and Stephanie Hans. The end of Gillen’s young Loki run on Journey Into Mystery, another one of those Marvel strips I’m being slowly drawn into, picking it up way, way after everyone else.

Global Frequency (Complete) by Warren Ellis et al. Previously only available as two volumes, this really was a great series, very Warren Ellis-y, perfectly cool adventure stuff, and some cracking artists – Garry Leach, Glenn Fabry, Steve Dillon, Roy A. Martinez, Jon J. Muth, David Lloyd, Simon Bisley, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Lee Bermejo, Tomm Coker, Jason Pearson and Gene Ha. See, cracking eh?

Right, that’s it for this month. Go, buy stuff.


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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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