FPI Most Wanted: Coming This Month – October 2015
FPI Most Wanted, a regular round-up from some of us here at the FPI Blog. Pick a few of these and we’re pretty much guaranteeing anything on here will tick the quality boxes.
This time it’s this month’s suggesting reading.
I’ve loved the wonderfully f**ked up king of Gonzo journalism since my teens, lured in by those Steadman covers, and the Top Shelf crew are behind this adaptation of his best known work by Troy Little, so you know it’s going to be top notch.
Ellis and Shalvey collaborating again, on this creator-owned series, this is one of those nicely weird series, mixing fantasy and science into an intriguing mystery
One of the best, most stylish and playful superspies of all time returns, now on our version of Earth and with no memory of his former self. Bloody brilliant
I don’t know any more about this one than what the publisher’s blurb says, but it is Moon and Ba, who brought us the brilliant Daytripper, and basically any collaboration between those two is going to command my attention.
Tomine is a creator I’m always interested in reading, and this new volume from D&Q takes the form of six interconnected short works. You can check out a wee preview here on the blog.
I’ve just started reading this now I’ve discharged my book festival duties – from the creators who brought us the amazing Logicomix, this is a look at the roots of democracy and people power in Ancient Athens. It seems all the more timely given recent events, when international creditors can overrule the democratic vote of the Greek people, the same people we like to hold up as the ones upon whom our whole Western culture is based…
Tyler charts her not always smooth relationship with her own father, a WWII veteran, and the cost the “greatest generation” paid for their efforts to protect freedom, and the cost on those around them and the generations who followed.
Legendary combat photo journalist Robert Capa is one of my photography heroes, and here his most astonishing work – shaky photos shot amid the bloody and death of furious battle during the D-Day landings, is the inspiration for this work. I have to read this.
Translated from the original French, I think this may be Bach’s first collection in English, following Estelle and her boyfriend Charles. There’s a wee preview you can check out on the blog here.
Sous le soleil de Minuit (Under the Midnight Sun) by Juan Díaz Canales and Ruben Pellejero (Casterman)
20 years after the death of creator Hugo Pratt, Corto Maltese, arguably one of the most iconic characters in European comics, sets off for new adventures again. Set in 1915, the 17-year old Maltese finds himself in Mantchuria, in the footsteps of his friend, Jack London. And whispers go that Rasputin will also come a-calling…
The Twilight Children 1 by Gilbert Hernandeze and Darwyn Cooke (DC/Vertigo)
Two of my favourite comics stylists join hands for an all-new science fiction adventure about an alien vessel arriving in a remote Latin American village. It features innocent childeren, a beautiful woman, pesky FBI agents and a young scientist. Am I the only one seeing some Fatima references here?
The Arab Of The Future by Riad Sattouf (Metropolitan Books)
Winner of the Fauve d’Or for the best book at the Angoulême Festival earlier this year, this excellent graphic novel tells the story of how Sattouf grew up in rural France but moved to Lybia (under the reign of Gaddafi) and later to Syria with his family, following his father in pursuit of the great Arab nation. Very timely.
Hyver 1709 (Winter 1709) by Nathalie Sergeef and Philippe Xavier (Glénat) – 1709 was the harshest winter in French history up to that point, and the country, still reeling after the war with Spain, suffered heavily from polar temperatures and famine. This is the setting of what looks to be an excellent adventure comic, written by Sergeef (Down Under) and with art by Xavier (Crusades, Astonishing X-men).
Le Crime Qui Est le Tien (The Crime That Is Yours) by Philippe Berthet and Zidrou (Dargaud) – After 27 years of rambling around, Greg returns to his home town of Dubbo City, New-South-Wales, which he left after being accused of murdering his wife Lee. On his death bed, his brother Ike wants to confess his own role in that crime… With the stylish artwork of Berthet and a story by master-storyteller Zidrou (remember Lydie?), this can’t go wrong.
(WARNING: All my picks are going to be Marvel)
Doctor Strange #1 by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo
I love Aaron’s ability to adapt and tell a wide array of stories so I’m excited to see his take on the Sorceror supreme! Plus bachalo art speaks for itself, the man is magnificent!
Karnak by Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffno
Ellis is at a stage where he is so choosy about what he works on, because he’s such a big name- so him taking a martial arts Inhuman character and telling a solo story is made for greatness!
Blade #1 by Tim Seeley and Logan Faereber
Blade was a character I really liked growing up and I dig Vampire stories so I can’t help but be excited for a Vampire fighter story by the creator of Hack/Slash
Invinicible Iron Man #1 by Brian Bendis and David Marquez
You gotta love Marvel right now- they are producing some quality comics and I can’t believe it has taken this long for Bendis to get on Iron Man! Throw in Marquez’s pencils and you’ve got a winner!
Uncanny Avengers by Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman
Deadpool on an Avengers team being led by Steve Rogers -’nuff said!
Oh but Ryan Stegman’s on art -SOLD!!
Extraordinary X-Men by Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos
Ramos’ art is some of my favourite and consistently he delivers on style! I can’t wait to see him continuously play with mutant powers on a monthly basis, all directed by Lemire’s keen sense of storytelling!
Chewbacca #1 by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto
Chewbacca was my favourite character in Star Wars growing up and now he gets his own series (a long time coming!!!) drawn by one of the most stylised but very cool artists in Phil Noto- I’m excited!!
SHIELD : Complete Collection Omnibus HC Steranko Cover, various (but most importantly Steranko), Marvel Comics
The entirety of all the Nick Fury that matters? Oh, yes please. And of course, this includes all that glorious Jim Steranko work. An essential.
Batman: Year 100 Deluxe Edition, Paul Pope, DC Comics
Still one of my favourite Batman tales of all time, Pope brings his hyper-kinetic style to the Dark Knight and it’s magnificent.
Batman Adventures Volume 3, Kelley Puckett, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Mike Parobeck, Rich Burchett, DC Comics
And if Batman Year One is one of my favourite Batman tales of all time, the whole Batman Adventures title is my favourite Batman thing. An absolutely perfect example of how simple is both incredibly hard to get right and so brilliant to read when it is done right.
Jaegir: Beasts Within, Gordon Rennie and Simon Coleby, Rebellion
Rennie and Coleby really deliver the goods here, Jaegir is a modern take on a classic 2000AD strip, taking the dead-end saga of Rogue Trooper and injecting new life by telling the story of the other side, all epitomised by Kapitan-Inspector Jaegir.
Injection Volume 1, Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, Image Comics.
Truth be told, right now, at the time of writing this, I’ve merely read the first issue of Ellis and Shalvey’s sci-fi tale. I have the issues waiting for me, a special treat once I get through the review list this summer. But just that one issue, all about five crazy people poisoning the 20th Century is enough to make me recommend this collection.
Evil Emperor Penguin Volume 1, Laura Ellen Anderson, DFB/Phoenix
There’s a penguin. And he’s a bit evil. Well, he’d be really, really evil, but fate (and lashings of ineptitude) always seems to get in the way. EEP is from the pages of The Phoenix Comic, and it’s one that’s totally grown on me and is now a sure fire hit.
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Romeo & Juliet, Zack Giallongo, First Second
Shakespeare, with a zoological twist; when the visitors leave the Stratford Zoo, the assembled animals put on a real show. First volume; Macbeth, proved excellent, original fun. Now it’s time for the greatest love story of all time!
Pablo & Jane & The Hot Air Contraption, Jose Domingo, Flying Eye Books
Yeah, this one looks so much fun. A picture book / graphic novel thing with an element of Where’s Wally about it, brilliant bits of detail in the pages, absolute joy in the preview pages I’ve seen. Yep, loads of fun.
Giant Days Volume 1, John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Boom! Studios.
Oh, c’mon, I’ve told you about this a couple of times already with issues 1-3, where John Allison revisits a few of his characters, extending their adventures of his characters as they head off to university. It’s classic brilliance from Allison, which you should expect by now. The only difference is that it’s not Allison on the art, but Lissa Treiman’s gorgeous art is a fine replacement.
Bad Machinery Book 4: The Case Of The Lonely One, John Allison, Oni Press.
Hoorah, double the John Allison goodness. Oni Press’ commitment to publishing the complete Bad Machinery is an excellent thing. Smart, witty, great storytelling, a perfectly quirky thing.