EDITOR’S NOTE: We hope you’ve had some time to look over the recent Previews catalog in print or online, and made a list in order to let your local comic shop know what books you want to purchase in two months. If you’re sitting on the fence about whether to order any new titles, give some consideration to these items we’ve highlighted for you . . . . . . . These are our final picks for books releasing in January 2017. See you next month!
Special thanks to PREVIEWS and DIAMOND COMICS DISTRIBUTORS for images and use of summary in some preview text
BLOOD BLISTER #1 ( January 2017 release) Writer: Phil Hester. Artist: Tony Harris. Inker: Eric Layton. Colorist: Guy Major. Letterer: Dave Sharpe. Standard cover: Tony Harris 32 pages. $3.99 Mature Readers
Reminds us of Portrait of Dorian Gray. From the summary in the PREVIEWS catalog: “Sin is a joke to Brandon Hull. Morality a crutch for the weak, laws mere tools to be abused. But when the corruption he scoffed at begins to manifest on his once-perfect body, Hull finds himself cast into a hidden world of unspeakable horror from which there is no escape. How can you be saved when the evil possessing you is your own soul?”
“Opening a jarring window on to a world of horror from the writer of THE COFFIN, FIREBREATHER and DEATHSTROKE and the Eisner Award-winning artist of EX MACHINA and STARMAN.”
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THE DREGS #1 (January 2017 release) Written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson. Illustrated by Eric Zawadzki. Standard cover by Eric Zawadzki. Cover B by Ryan Ferrier. 32 pages, $3.99 Mature readers.
Sounds like the beginning of an edgy noir epic: “A gentrified city. Its homeless population restricted to six square blocks called The Dregs. When people start disappearing, a drug-addled homeless man obsessed with detective fiction becomes addicted to solving the mystery. Equal parts Raymond Chandler and Don Quixote set in a thriving metropolis that literally cannabalizes the homeless, THE DREGS is the first homeless meta noir ever made.”
JAMES BOND: FELIX LEITER #1 of 6 (January 11 release date) Writer: James Robinson. Artist: Aaron Campbell. Standard Cover: Mike Perkins. 32 pages, $3.99 Teen +
This is the first time we’ve seen a comic devoted to James Bond’s friend from the U.S.A., Felix Leiter of the C.I.A. Can’t wait to see what Eisner Award-winning writer James Robinson does with this. Felix Leiter heads to Japan to track down a beautiful Russian spy from his past. The James Bond series from Dynamite have been very good.
THE SPIRIT #1: THE CORPSE-MAKERS #1 of 5 (January 18 release date) Writer / Artist / Cover: Francesco Francavilla. 32 pages, $3.99 Teen +.
This is the first-ever Dynamite series written and illustrated by Eisner Award-winner Francesco Francavilla (illustrator of Afterlife with Archie, Batman, writer/illustrator on Black Beetle, and artist of some of your favorite covers for various publishers).
The do-it-all creator says: “I couldn’t be more honored and humbled to have been asked to do a story with one of the icons of the comic universe. I’m not gonna lie - - tackling one of Maestro Will Eisner’s most famous creations and following in the steps of my dearest friends Darwyn Cooke and Matt Wagner is not gonna be an easy task, but I’ll make sure my love for the character, for those legendary creators, and for the medium will show. And I hope readers will be along with me on this new ride. Thanks again Eisner Estate and Dynamite Comics for inviting me to Central City — I think I’m gonna like living here for a bit :)” . . . Francesco Francavilla
DIVINITY III: ARIC #1 (January 18 release date) Writer: Joe Harris. Artist: David Lafuente. Standard cover by Clayton Crain. 32 pages, $3.99. One-shot. Teen +.
DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE is a fantastic concept and creation. The latest spin-off has X-O Manowar becoming the prime fighter of the CCCP. Let Valiant tell you more:
“From bustling urban centers to the collective farms of the countryside, men, women and children alike all idolize the same hero of the global Soviet republic: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION. Returned from the stars with the ultimate nuclear deterrent - - the indestructible X-O Manowar armor - - the champion of socialism has singlehandedly consolidated the state’s military and political superiority at home and abroad. But when a surprise attack from a little-known enemy shines an untoward light on the modern day Soviet Union’s darkest secret, will Aric pursue his mission . . or justice for the quiet dead of an empire’s oppression?”
GENERATION ZERO VOLUME 1: WE ARE THE FUTURE Trade Paperback (January 25 release date) Writer: Fred Van Lente. Art by Francis Portella with Derek Charm. Cover by Stephen Mooney. 144 pages, $9.99 Teen +. Collects GENERATION ZERO #1-5.
You can’t find a better way to catch up with new Valiant series, and at a reasonable price. All Volume 1 Valiant trade paperbacks sell for $9.99. We’ll let Valiant tell you the rest about this one:
“Years ago, the children of an experimental strike team known as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers. After years of taking orders, they have fought for and won their freedom. Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future . . . To fight for kids, just like them.
One of those kids is Keisha Sherman, whose boyfriend just turned up dead after a suspicious car crash in Rook, Michigan — a newly booming tech town that sprang from rags to riches seemingly overnight. When Keisha makes a desperate plea into her webcam, the local high school suddenly finds itself with several unusual new students. . . But, as word of Generation Zero’s presence spreads rapidly through the halls, this volatile band of teenage upstarts is about to discover that they’re far from the most extraordinary thing lurking behind Rook’s stainless-steel facade.”