FPI Most Wanted: Coming This Month – April 2016
Ok, slightly late with this one this month, apologies, but here’s what us folks at the blog reckon you should be ordering for April 2016…..
Take Me Back To Manchester, Oliver East
Oliver East writing about another journey, another walk, but this time it’s not autobiographical but historical, tracing the famous Edinburgh to Manchester trip of Maharajah the elephant and keeper Lorenzo Lawrence in 1872. 200 miles over 10 days, all faithfully recreated recently by East.
As anyone who’s been reading the blog regularly over the last few years should know, East’s work is a delight, a wonderful challenge, and this looks very special indeed.
Batman Adventures Volume 4, Kelley Puckett, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Mike Parobeck, Rick Burchett, DC Comics
Now, seeing as I rate Mike Parobeck as one of the greatest Batman artists of all time and Dini and Timm’s Mad Love is possibly my favourite Batman story of all, how much do you think I’m going to be loving this one? Oh yes.
Giant Days Volume 2, John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Boom! Studios
Bad Machinery – The Case Of The Fire Inside, John Allison, Oni Press
A double John Allison month! This is great news. Not only do we get the second volume of the Allison written, Lissa Treiman drawn Uni caper of Giant Days we also get the latest in Oni Books’ excellent reprints of Allison’s Bad Machinery webcomics. Two for the shelves for sure.
Absolute Transmetropolitan Volume 2 Hardcover, Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, DC/Vertigo
Ellis and Robertson’s masterpiece now in the deluxe, oversized Absolute format, allowing us to drink in Darick’s art (and the many details he often tucks away into the background). Still for my money one of the best works to come out of DC’s Vertigo imprint.
Hellboy in Mexico, Mike Mignola et al, Dark Horse
It’s Hellboy, it’s the 1950s and he’s travelling around Mexico – tequila, a Frankenstein’s monster and naturally some vampire hunting with luchadores, because that’s what you do…
Airboy Deluxe Hardcover, James Robinson, Greg Hinkle, Image
This takes such a different path from what you would expect, avoiding a straight reboot of a now out of copyright WWII era character in favour of a drunken, drug-fuelled and debauched ride through the writer and artist’s nightmare of how exactly they deal with bringing back this character in a manner Hunter S Thompson would approve of.
Descender Volume 2, Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen, Image
The second collection of this excellent slice of scifi by the brilliant Lemire (always a creator to watch)
Paper Girls Volume 1, Brian K Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Image
A new series from Vaughan and Chiang, following a group of – yes, you guessed it, paper delivery girls, cycling round their hood in the late 80s, new girl being taken under the wing of the veteran (all of 12 years old!) when it turns from tween suburban drama into full blown scifi, with it being unclear just who is the good and who is the threat.
Apocrypha Now!, Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler, Top Shelf
I really enjoyed Russell and Wheeler’s God Is Disappointed In You, poking fun at some of the more odd and sometimes bizarre and contradictory parts of the Bible (although not in a mean way – apparently some religious instructors use it in their classes for opening up debate). Now they turn their attention to those many parts which were decided to be left out of the official Bible, the Apocrypha.
Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus Hardcover, Chester Brown, Drawn & Quarterly
I’ve just started reading an advance copy of this from D&Q, the brilliant Chester Brown returns after his painfully honest Paying For It, this time turning his attention to representations of women, sexuality, morality and prostitution in the Bible.
An Olympic Dream : the Story of Samia Yusuf Omar, Reinhard Kleist, SelfMadeHero
The excellent German creator Reinhard Kleist (who brought it the superb Johnny Cash graphic bio) returns, this time telling the tale of Samia Yusuf Omar, a young Somalian woman who struggled through so much just to reach the Olympic Games, standing there in her short leggings and baggy t-shirt to compete against the well-trained cream of athletics. Reinhard has a knack of bringing the real emotional, human essence out in his biographies, expect this to be very emotionally entangling. You can see a preview here on the blog.
Brit-Cit Noir, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Colin MacNeil, John Smith, Tom Foster, Rebellion
A nice trip across the Black Atlantic to the UK’s equivalent of Mega-City One, Brit-Cit, this time focusing on the weirder crimes with Brit-Cit’s own Psi-Division, the creators using the setting to allow for many references and homages to a number of classic British horrors to weave their way into the collection. You can read a review here on the blog.
Knight & Dragon, Matt Gibbs, Bevis Musson, Improper Books
An all-ages fantasy, this borrows from those surprise bestsellers of the 1980s, the choose your own tale fantasy, with multiple paths through the book to be chosen by the reader. Improper usually deliver some wonderful material, be it adult or here for all ages, and this looks like terrific fun! Have a week advance peek at it here on the blog.
Irmina Hardcover, Barbara Yelin, SelfMadeHero
German creator Yelin is new to me, but comes highly recommended by our friends at the Goethe Institut, and this work looks just absolutely gorgeous, following Irmina, a young German woman in 1930s London, who meets Howard, one of the first black undergrads at Oxford, and an unusual relationship develops, only for the rise of the the Nazis in her homeland, then the outbreak of war to tear them apart. Check out a preview we posted recently here.
Dickie en Espace (Boerke In Space) by Pieter De Poortere (Glénat)
After the world of movies and of fairy tales, our favourite agrarian leaves earth and takes to space! This book contains more of the absurd, malevolent and adolescent huh-huh humor that we’ve come to expect from De Poortere, drawn in his sweet, children’s book style. Little green men, Star Wars, anal probing – it’s all here. I’ve read most of these strips when they ran in Focus Knack and, baby, you’re in for a treat.
Choc 2: Les Phantômes De Knightgrave (Chock 2, The Phantoms of Knightgrave) by Colman and Maltaite (Dupuis)
Even though I’m not a fan of prequels or origin stories in general (The Killing Joke notwithstanding), I was pleasantly surprised with Colman and Maltaite’s treatment of the history of Choc, the ultimate villain in the Tif et Tondu universe. Who would have guessed that there’d be so much humanity in a caricature dressed in a tuxedo and knight’s helmet? Looking forward to part 2 very much!
Un Maillot Pour Algérie (A Kit for Algeria) by Rey, Galic and Kris (Dupuis)
This book tells the incredible story of twelve football players of Algerian descent who, in the middle of the run-up to the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, desert the French team to form a separate Algerian team and promote the cause for Algerian independence. Even though they had to travel in a clandestine way, and all their matches were considered friendlies, they contributed greatly to shortening a war of independence that would thousands more dead. I was dumbstruck by Kris’s (and Davodeau’s) Un Homme est Mort, which promises for this one.
Dolorès by Bruno Loth (La Boîte A Bulles)
Nathalie’s mother, suffering from frequent bouts of memory loss, suddenly starts speaking Spanish and insists on being called Dolorès. When she starts having nightmares about fleeing Spain and of the terror of Franco’s regime, Nathalie decides to dive into her mother’s past and discovers the forgotten history of tens of thousands Spanish children who fled to France during and after the Spanish Civil War. This promises to be a very timely book in this time of refugees.
Morgane by Simon Kansara and Stéphane Fert (Delcourt)
I love books that turn around the perspective of well-known stories and give an alternative view on events. This book tells the story of Morgane, who decides to become the most powerful of all witches after her brother, Merlin the Fool and his friend Arthur deprave her of her destiny as queen. She takes to battle against her brother, men in general and their new unique God, and does so in splenderous artwork by Stéphane Fert.
Mary Wept Over The Feet Of Jesus by Chester Brown (Drawn & Quarterly)
Continuing on the subject of his controversial and quite thought-provoking book Paying For It, Brown takes nine stories from the Bible to give his own interpretation of and critique on the biblical representation of prostitution. He tries to find parallels between the various stories and looks for root causes and origins of our “traditional” way of looking at sex work. Combined with Brown’s signature honesty and aversion of false emotions, this is set to be a book to think about.
Moon Knight by Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood (Marvel)
Lemire’s run on Hawkeye and Green Arrow are great! He really knows how to get to the core of a character- so I’m stoked to see what he and Smallwood will do with the Schizophrenic hero!
The Ultimates #6 by Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort
The change that Ewing and The UItimates made with Galactus was huge! A total game changer, but this issue looks to play with that even further and I can’t wait to see what they do here! Also, Rocafort’s art is just detailed and jaw dropping!
The Fix #1 by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber (Image)
I really liked how Spencer and Lieber worked together on ‘Superior foes of Spider-Man’ so I can’t wait to see how they’ll collaborate with the freedom of creator owned work!
Pretty Deadly vol.2 by Emma Rios and Kelly Sue Deconnick (Image)
I love this series, and it’s great to see it back on the shelves but it will work beautifully as a 2nd trade, and an inevitable collection!
Justice League #50 by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok (DC Comics)
Johns is great at telling Epic stories- large scale cinematic brawls he has excelled at since Green Lantern! This ‘Darkseid War’ story has been huge and Fabok’s art is perfect for it! So I can’t wait to see what the end of this oversized showdown is going to be!
Midnighter #11 by Steve Orlando and Aco (DC comics)
Since issue #1, Orlando has been teasing a story with Apollo and the break up with Midnighter and it looks like this issue will deliver! On top of that, Aco’s art has been wonderful, reminiscent of Aja, with each issue! Let’s have some more please!