FPI’s Most Wanted – Coming Next Month – September 2016
A round-up of all things worth spending your money on in September….
Largo Winch Volume 16: 20 Seconds by Jean Van Hamme and Phillipe Franq (Cinebook)
A guaranteed cracking read from Van Hamme, alongside gorgeous art from Franq, the LW books are never anything less than a thrill.
Mezolith Volume 2: Stone Age Dreams and Nightmares by Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank (Boom! Studios)
Way, way, way back this was a strip and subsequently a collection from the DFC Comic, and as such, this rather dark and disturbing tale of Stone Age Britain, felt at odds with the rest of the strips therein. However, it’s a beautiful, powerful work, focusing on the Kansa Tribe and following one boy’s journey into manhood.
Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele (Icon Books)
I’ve got a proof copy of this waiting on my shelf right now. I’ve skimmed it with a view to reading and reviewing in a while and all I can say is it looks pretty bloody brilliant. Not really a graphic novel, more a heavily illustrated guide to a history of Queer thought and LGBTQIA activism, it’s both immediately accessible and incredibly detailed. Covering every possible aspect of how we view gender and sexual identity, this should be essential reading for everyone.
Oh Joy Sex Toy Volumes 1 and 2 by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan (Oni Press)
You may have been following this online as a hugely popular webcomic, but at last you can get a print copy, courtesy Oni Press. Moen and Nolan’s Oh Joy Sex Toy is a very adult comic, but that’s adult in the very best way, a frank, funny and very honest portrayal of sexuality and experimentation, treating the pleasure of sex toys with a wit and positivity that makes it way more than a collection of reviews and user guides. And it’s incredibly well drawn and readable as well.
Trees Volume 2 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard (Image Comics)
A fascinating sci-fi tale from the brain of Ellis, a bizarrely inert alien invasion, a world coming to terms with the “trees” amongst them. Loved volume 1, imagine I’ll be just as happy with volume 2.
Mooncop by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
The last policeman living on the moon? That’s the idea behind Mooncop. All you really need to know is that it’s by the excellent Guardian cartoonist Tom Gauld, a class act if every there was one.
Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M Schulz by Various (Boom! Studios)
Mooncop, Tom Gauld, Drawn & Quarterly
Tom Gauld’s work has cropped up a fair few times on the blog, fair to say we’re big fans and I’ve been looking forward to this full-length new graphic novel from him. In fact I’ve now actually wangled an advance read as I’m talking to Tom about his new book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August (do come and join us!). I won’t spoil too much except to say it was a delight, with a sort of sad beauty to it and a retro longing for how the future used to look, which as a child of the Space Age appealed to me enormously.
Black Panther : A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Marvel
I picked up this new Black Panther partly because his appearance in the recent Captain America movie re-awakened my interest in the character, but mostly because Ta-Nehisi Coates was tapped by Marvel to pen it. It’s a fascinating tale, taking an incredibly troubled Wakanda, a kingdom disintegrating from without and within, faith in the Panther and the royal house failing, even some of the fabled female royal guards taking the law into their own hands when they system fails them. However this ends Wakanda will be changed by it, there’s a sense even if it turns out okay the people will simply not go back to the old ways.
Thor By Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman Volume 1 Hardcover, Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Marvel
I loved this female Thor right from the start, not just because it gave us a powerful female lead in a mainstream superhero tale, but because it really does delve into the inside, into what it is that actually makes a hero. It isn’t just mighty powers or even noble sentiments. When the Odinson finds himself unworthy of Mjolnir the hammer finds a new mistress. “There must always be a Thor” and the lightning cracks. Mjolnir has chosen the worthy successor, even if Odin wishes otherwise. Asgard is split, times are more troubled than ever, a hero is needed. But this hero, in her mortal guise is fighting cancer. And each time she transforms into Thor it destroys the hard-won benefits of her chemo treatment. And still she calls down the thunder when a hero is needed…
Wonder Woman : the True Amazon Hardcover, Jill Thompson, DC Comics
I’ve been champing at the bit to read this since I first heard about it – fully painted artwork, a new look at the genesis of the most famous woman in superhero comics, coming in this, her seventy-fifth anniversary year – and it’s by Jilly Thompson. Let me say that again, Jill Thompson writing and painting a standalone Wonder Woman tale. Do I have to say more than that??
My Favourite Thing is Monsters, Emil Ferris, Fantagraphics,
I really don’t know much about Emil Ferris’ work or this book in particular other than what was on the description from Fantagraphics, but sometimes certain books set of the old reading radar and I think there’s just something there that I really want a look at, and this is one of those books.
Bloom County Episode XI : A New Hope Hardcover, Berke Breathed, IDW
I was a huge Bloom County fan back in the day, and Bill the Cat can still reduce me to hysterics with just his pop-eyed expression and well-timed “ack, ack thhppptttt!” But it ran its course and he allowed it to go, then on Facebook in 2015 he started the first new Bloom County strips in twenty-five years, and now they get collected.
The One Hundred Nights Of Hero Hardcover, Isabel Greenberg, Jonathan Cape
I really admired The Encyclopedia of Early Earth and also had the delight of hearing Isabel speak about it at the Edinburgh Book Festival a couple of years ago, and frankly after that book I am pretty happy to have a look at any new work she’s bringing us
S’enfuir (Escaping) by Guy Delisle (Dargaud) – In his new book, the celebrated author of Pyongyang, Shenzhen and other reports of his travels, tells the story of Christophe André, coordinator of a medical organisation in the Caucasus who finds himself, in 1997, kidnapped by an unknown organisation. It is the start of 111 days in hell, and Delisle tries to imagine what goes on in the mind of a man who slowly sees any chance of freedom disappear.
Moon Cop by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly) – In this foray into science fiction, Gauld presents an age of space travel in decline. Lunar colonisation is no longer what it used to be and our hero, the Mooncop, becomes more and more aware of the futility of his actions and, hence, his existence. As its Goliath, this book promises to be pure poetry.
Toward A Hot Jew by Miriam Libicki (Fantagraphics) – This collection of graphic essays is based on Libicki’s experience in the Israeli military and as an art professor. Starting from her own autobiography, Libicki tries to define what it means to be Jewish in this day and age.
Martha & Alan by Emmanuel Guibert (Association) – The new episode in the memories fleuves of American soldier Alan Ingram Cope as told to his friend, Guibert. this book takes us back (once more) to Alan’s youth, and to his friendship, at the age of five, with Martha Marshall, a girl in his school. if Guibert takes on this story with all the sensitivity that he applied in the previous book, it will be another marvel.
Ma Vie De Réac (My Life as a Reactionist) by Morgan Navarro (Dargaud). A first collection of the weekly observational comics that Morvan creates on a weekly basis for the website for the French daily Le Monde. While looking at the world, Morvan tries to be rational and use common sense. But does that make him a conservative, a reactionist? Should have been translated a long time ago.
The Trial of Roger Casement by Fionnuala Doran (SelfMadeHero). This is the fascinating an tragic story of Roger Casement, who was knighted in 1911 for his humanitarian work, only to be condemned for being an Irish patriot and a homosexual, and hanged for treason five years later.