By Yue Lynn
Once upon a time, New York Comic Con may be done and dusted but comic book fans would still feel slightly giddy from the avalanche of comic book announcements made during the event. Ranging from the Big Two to independent publishers, the excitement towards the announced titles was palpable so we round up a collection of them right here!
Ever since its inception, Vault Comics has made a splash in the comic industry by publishing a diverse of exciting genres, thus gaining a small but loyal fanbase with their quality comics. And luckily for their fans (yours truly included), Vault announced a “shared universe — to be published under the banner “Cult Classic”. It is created and curated by writer and comedian Eliot Rahal — will eschew superheroes and more in favor of 1980s-inspired horror”, slated for release in early 2018. As Vault’s editor-in-chief Adrian Wassel put it, “featuring shorts, miniseries, on-goings, you-name-it, Cult Classic is a shared, creator-owned universe without a single superhero. It’s like Goosebumps in comics but bigger. It’s nostalgic. It’s spooky. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking.”
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Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, will be releasing a new ongoing comic book series soon, teaming up with Italian artist Lorenzo de Felici (this series would be his first American debut)! Described as “apocalyptic adjacent”, Oblivion Song “envisions a world where four square miles of Philadelphia swapped places with another dimension, trapping its inhabitants in a monstrous domain. For 10 years, a government-sanctioned organization has been trying to break into this dimension to bring back as many civilians as possible, but they’ve largely given up — except for Nathan Cole.” If that sounds right up your alley, you can keep a lookout for this series, which would be released on March 7, 2018.
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One of the biggest Marvel news from NYCC was the partnership announcement with Northrop Grumman and the subsequent cancellation of said partnership. Controversies aside, Marvel readily served up another serving of surprise by announcing The Weeknd’s Starboy comic, slated to be released in 2018.
With the return of classic Milestone characters, a new collaboration called Earth M will be making its debut in spring 2018. Straight outta the official DC Comics press release, “the launch book will be titled MILESTONE, and will create the foundation and over-arching storyline for future Earth M titles. The series, from writer Reginald Hudlin and artist Ken Lashley, will focus on Icon and Rocket and will feature other classic Dakota Universe characters from the ‘90s.”
Other titles under the Earth M imprint:
Static Shock, an ongoing series from Hudlin and Kyle Baker, focusing on 14-year-old Virgil Hawkins, a kid with a love of comics and science who develops dazzling, electric superpowers.
Duo, a new Earth M miniseries written by Greg Pak, introducing the twisted story of a couple sharing one body for eternity.
Love Army, a miniseries with story by Hudlin, about a secret army of women with amazing abilities and super-strength, sworn to protect the planet.
Earth M, an anthology featuring a mysterious new vigilante character.
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Vertigo has been steadily rising up the ranks with their books and unsurprisingly, they would have upcoming books for next year:
“Motherlands (by Si Spurrier and Rachael Stott) is a sci-fi series set in a future where universe-hopping bounty hunters are the new celebrities. A spotlight-shunning hunter named Tab finds herself in a race for her greatest prize yet, but to ID her target she’ll have to work with her fiercest rival and the most famous bounty hunter of all time—her mother. The six-issue series launches January 31.
“Deathbed (by Joshua Williamson and Riley Rossmo) follows a former adventurer turned recluse who has re-emerged 20 years later. When reporter Valentine Richards is hired to get his story, she soon finds herself in an insane world of violence and supernatural adventure. The six-issue series begins February 21.”
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Continuing DC’s finely assemble of announcements, DC’s Young Animal also has some neat tricks up their sleeves:
“Milk Wars will mash up DC’s Young Animal with characters from the DC Universe, beginning with a Justice League/Doom Patrol Special, followed by Shade, The Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special, Mother Panic/Batman Special, Cave Carson/Swamp Thing Special and Doom Patrol/Justice League Special. The weekly crossover adventure begins on January 31.
“Eternity Girl, the new miniseries from Eisner and GLAAD-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio and Eisner award-winning artist Sonny Liew follows Caroline Sharp, a former secret agent who can’t die. Her only solution? Destroy the universe first. This six-issues series will launch in March 2018.”
With the quote, “you are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages, good readers,” in mind for this 12-issue maxi-series, six pages of this highly anticipated series by writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank and colorist Brad Anderson was revealed during NYCC.
The Wormwood Saga “is an adaption of the popular digital series from Daniel Lieske and involves the adventures of a young boy who can enter the paintings that live in his grandmother’s attic. This series is slated to be released in May 2018.”
Based on Michael Uslan’s 1987 cartoon series, Dinosaucers (released under Lion Forge’s Roar imprint in June 2018) is a “story that imagines another Earth like planet where dinosaurs were never extinct and have developed into more advanced creatures.”
Upgrade Soul, the latest Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics award winner, “chronicles the story of an elderly couple who are guinea pigs in body modification procedure aimed at reducing toxins from their bodies. The experiment however, goes horribly wrong and the couple is left with severely disfigured (though intellectually superior) clones of themselves.” This books will be released in September 2018.