FPI Most Wanted – Comics Coming Next Month – June 2014

Published On May 2, 2014 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, FPI's Most Wanted

This is where your FPI Bloggers get together and tell you what it is that they’re looking forward to in the next couple of months. Essentially this could be the only shopping list you need.

This is not a fixed in stone list, in some cases the shipping dates will slip and move around.

FPI Most Wanted comes to you each month in two flavours – Next Month (you’re looking at it!) and This Month (yesterday).  So here we go….. it’s time to look at June ….

JAMES

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Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #1 (of 5) by Maura McHugh and Kim Newman with art by Tyler Crook, Dark Horse.

Irish Comic writer Maura McHugh and Horror Novelist Kim Newman are both exciting connoisseurs in their respective fields, and this is on top of my buy list. Edward Grey is off to investigate a mysterious murder in the wetlands aroud the country town of Hallam, where the monsters of Unland will change his thinking on matters.

Red City #1 by Daniel Corey and Mark Dos Santos, Image Comics

Set in the pretty interesting science fictional setting of Mars, folowing a civil war in the system. Gumshoe style interplanetary investigator Cal Talmage has to find a missing person, just an ambassadors daughter, but it soon gets very complicated. I am going to give this issue a shot and see where it leads.

Outcast #1 by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, Image Comics

Kicks off with a double sized issue, for the normal price, a serious push from Image. This is billed as a horror series about demonic possession and although I do wonder if this will be a proper version of John Constantine, or how the series will capture the imagination in the way Walking Dead has, I will give this first issue a look

The Wicked + The Divine 1 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, Image Comics

This will no doubt attract a lot of attention, what with their huge following on Young Avengers, but the team that previously gave us Phongram is always worth looking at. This story sees them again looking at the music world, where Gods are incarnated as humans for 24 months every nintey years, and are pop stars. The lows and highs must be harder for the divine, as we’ve seen with herculean pop stars before.

Star Trek: Harlan Ellison®’s City on the Edge of Forever #1 (of 5) by Harlan Ellison, Scott Tipton & David Tipton and art J.K. Woodward, IDW

Could be amazing, or amazingly disappointing. The episode was a great piece of television, and I really enjoyed it. The unrevised first draft version of the TV script by Ellison has always been of interest to fans, it won The writers Guild of America Award, but it was the TV programme that won The Hugo Award that year, so how much better this version is, is yet to be seen, but at least we will have a visualised rendition. The Drug Dealing crewmate and different version of Edith Keeler may prove to be improvements.

COLM

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The Wicked and Divine #1 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (Image)

I love this creative team! Their Young Avengers run was FANTASTIC! And I regularly re-read Phonogram and give it to friends! Their take on Gods as pop stars has me hooked!

Velvet #6 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting (Image)

If you missed the first arc, this is the jumping on point for the 2nd arc- this series is so much fun and features some gorgeous noir art! I’m hooked from isssue 1 but 6 looks set to start something even bigger

New Avengers Annual #1 by Frank Barbiere and Marco Rudy (Marvel)

I’ve been picking up more and more f Barbiere’s work and he’s a solid writer but I’m mostly excited by Rudy’s arc for this- his work is so Mack-esque! And it’s Doctor Strange and magic other realms- oh yes!!!

The Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #5 by Rick Remender and Roland Boschi (Marvel)

The more Bucky I read, the more I love the character and Remender’s been telling this story really well- a cold war, 60’s pulpy, almost Bond-esque tale. I’m curious to see how this issue brings the big finish!

Green Arrow #32 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (DC)

RICHARD DRAGON!!! I love this character and this starts a new arc with him in center stage. Also this has consistently been 1 of the most enjoyable books month in and month out since Lemire and Sorrentino took over.

Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #2 by Mike Benson and Tan Eng Huat (Marvel)

I can’t be the only person excited for this title right? Shang Chi getting center stage? An old school 70’s style Action/Kung fu comic! This is gonna be so much fun!! Bring it Benson!!

JOE

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Special Exits by Joyce Farmer, Fantagraphics

Joyce Farmer’s autobiographical work details the latter years of her parents and their marriage, full of wry observations, as her mum and dad battle on against the inevitable decline of their bodies as they age, a situation we can all empathise with, observed in a touching happy-sad manner.

Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, Van Jensen, Dustin Higgins, Top Shelf

We all know that when the little wooden boy tells fibs his nose grows – and what could a never ending supply of sharpened pieces of wood have in a world swarmed by vampires? Yes, Pinocchio turns vampire slayer! The story has been out before but remarkably this is the first time the entire saga has been collected into one edition

Uncle Bob Adventures Volume 2 by Darryl Cunningham, Blank Slate Books

A second helping of these delightful all-ages flights of fancy adventures from one of our long-time favourites on the blog, Darryl Cunningham – equal fun for young readers or adults, or better still if you have kids or nephews and nieces, read it with them!

Judge Dredd : Day Of Chaos – Fallout byMichael Carroll, Laurence Campbell et al, Rebellion

Following the superb Chaos Day and Trifecta story arcs (some of the best Dredd sagas in years) the Big Meg isn’t quite so big – hundreds of millions dead, the remaining citizens have to deal with a shattered infrastructure and the badly weakened Justice Department struggles to hold what is left of their city together.

Dead Boy Detectives Volume 1 : Schoolboy Terrors, Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham, DC/Vertigo

Toby Litt becomes the latest prose writer to be recruited to comics and I have to say I have been surprised how much I enjoyed his take on Charles and Edward, the two schoolboys (now ghosts) who we first saw years back in the Sandman and who have made some other short appearances since then. This new take on our junior Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) is actually a lot of of fun, helped by art by the fab Buckingham

Petty Theft by Pascal Girard, Drawn & Quarterly

It’s not a good time for Pascal – he’s lost his job and his girlfriend then during one of his few pleasures, running, he injures his back and is forbidden from any more exercise. To relieve the boredom he loses himself in reading and during a bookstore visit he covertly watches a woman reading one of his books – when she sneaks out the shop without paying for it he feels compelled to investigate why

RICHARD

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House Party – Rachael Smith (Great Beast Comics)

Oh yes, Kickstarted a while back, this first graphic novel by Smith looks great and promises to be a fantastic book.

Bunny Vs Monkey Volume 1 Jamie Smart (David Fickling Books / Phoenix)

Von Doogan and the Curse of the Golden Monkey – Lorenzo Etherington (David Fickling Books / The Phoenix)

The first two of the Phoenix Books to be released, the first a rip-roaringly ridiculous and quite brilliant piece of complete madness from Smart, the second something altogether different, pushing the boundaries of comics as well – more puzzle illustration book than comics perhaps. Whatever you classify Von Doogan as though, it’s extremely good.

The Bad Doctor – Ian Williams (Myriad Press)

Williams’ work has come on in leaps and bounds over the years (see these from 2010) so a full length graphic novel looking at the comings and goings of a surgery from an ex-doctor should prove a grand read.

The Wicked & The Divine #1 – Kieron Gillen, Jamie Smart (Image Comics)

New series reuniting Gillen and McKelvie, ex of Phonogram and Young Avengers. Can anyone say ‘fine pedigree?’

Judge Dredd: Day Of Chaos – FalloutVarious writers and artists.

After the Day Of Chaos came the Fallout, collecting some of the tales from Dredd after MC-1 really went to hell. Not sure how this will all hold together, but there’s a number of great stories in here.

The Shadow Master Series Volume 2 – Andy Helfer, Marhall Rogers and Kyle Baker (Dynamite)

Oh yes. AT LAST. Getting Dynamite to release the first 6 issues of DCs 80s Shadow by Helfer and Sienkiewicz was good, but it was here that Helfer seemed to relax and really go nuts. Plus Kyle Baker artwork. Always a pleasure to say that.

Verity Fair: Custard Creams and Pink Elephants – Terry Wiley (Borderline Press)

Oh c’mon, you know how much I love Verity Fair. Fabulous, funny, real, madcap, weird. And yes, it features pink elephants of sorts.

The Beginner’s Guide To Being Outside – Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill)

We did an Upcoming piece on this back in March, so it’s good to be able to tell you it’s meant to be released in June – looks lovely, Gill Hatcher’s first longform work (40-ish pages) features a slightly troubled teen reconnecting (very, very reluctantly) with nature.

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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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