Comics We’re Excited About for 10/28/2015

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Comic shop patrons already know that the real treats will be handed out on Wednesday. Granted, you’ll have to go to a comic store and pay money for them, but they’re treats all the same. Among them, we get a spooky new series from Eisner-winner Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott called Black Magick, which follows a homicide cop immersed in the world of witchcraft. Also, we’re hoping to hear from Paste Comics contributor Steve Foxe before the end of the week: Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu is so in-line with his interests that we’re concerned with his heart’s ability to withstand an entire read-through.

Take a look at our picks in the gallery above, and as always, share your own favorites in the comments section.

Adventure Time 2015 SpOooktacular #1

Writer/Artist: Hanna K.
Publisher: KaBOOM!

Marceline stands as a microcosm of what makes the Adventure Time universe so dynamic and, quite frankly, a daring experience for kids. The domain of Ooo may be a pastel wonderland of never-ending D&D escapism, but it stands on an obscure history of war, turmoil and realism that always looms hazily in the subtext. Marceline is equally complex—an ancient emo teenager with an obscure background and a touching connection to the lecherous "villain" The Ice King.

In Adventure Time 2015 SpOooktacular, series storyboard artist Hanna K. Nyström escorts Marceline and her toy dog, Schwable, through the ruins of her past. This issue embraces the post-apocalyptic influences of the show that never quite creep out from the candy-colored palette, unveiling new facets of a character who can't help but suck us into her world. Sean Edgar

Angela: Queen of Hel #1

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artists: Aaron Kim Jacinto, Stephanie Hans
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Marvel's acquisition of this Neil Gaiman-created Spawn character will forever go down as a bizarre footnote in the company's history, but Angela's ensuing solo vehicles have been consistently better than they have any right to be. Angela has swapped subtitles while remaining a thought-provoking epic fantasy about a killer angel cutting a swath through her foes. This latest volume, which retains painter Stephanie Hans on short scenes and welcomes Aaron Kim Jacinto for primary art duties, sees Angela seizing control of Hel from the death goddess Hela. With Bennett still at the helm, Angela may just be, from a purely literary standpoint, Marvel's best-written title on stands—a fitting honor for a Gaiman creation. Steve Foxe

Art Ops #1

Writer: Shaun Simon
Artist: Mike Allred
Publisher: Vertigo/ DC Comics

Vertigo's fall slate (featuring the Halloween-appropriate Survivors Club and classic-in-the-making Twilight Children) has yet to yield a dud, and Art Ops isn't going to break that streak. Conceived and scripted by Neverboy writer Shaun Simon with a delightfully zany pop vibe from living legend Mike Allred, Art Ops follows Reggie Riot and his squad tasked with apprehending escaped figures from famous works of art. Like The Painting That Ate Paris meets recently concluded FBP, Art Ops promises to be trippy fun in a very Vertigo vein. Steve Foxe

Black Magick #1

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Nicola Scott
Publisher: Image

Image's Halloween offering in 2014, Wytches, wasn't too shabby from what we remember. This year looks full of promise, too, thanks to Eisner-winner Greg Rucka's otherworldly Black Magick. The series has been in the works since 2009, when Rucka dove head-first into learning about witchcraft and the occult, and the result is a noirish dive into a circle of witches. Black Magick follows detective Rowan Black, a homicide cop digging up her own dark history. Though I'll have to wait until tomorrow for the full issue, the previews we've seen thus far have been moody and spooky, but not without an injection of good humor. I have high hopes! Tyler R. Kane

Class Photo

Writer/Artist: Robert Triptow
Publisher: Fantagraphics

Creative sparks can come from anywhere, really, and Robert Triptow extends that idea to its furthest reach in Class Photo. The graphic novella contains stories based on the students in a class photo from 1937, which was unearthed by Triptow from a trash pile. Without any back story (even the school's name was a mystery), Triptow has free reign to explore each face within the photo in charming one-page stories—even if that means being morphed into an unapologetic pants-wetter. A must-buy for anyone looking for a refreshing change of scenery in their comic shop. Tyler R. Kane

Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Writer: Frank Barbiere
Artist: Brent Schoonover
Publisher: Marvel Comics

This All-New, All-Different launch hits just in time for Halloween with its misfit cast of Marvel monsters recruited to assist the omni-present world police agency S.H.I.E.L.D. in combatting supernatural threats. Writer Frank Barbiere made the most of "Time Runs Out" in his short Avengers World stint earlier this year and has been perfecting the supernatural action formula in his creator-owned Five Ghosts since 2013, while artist Brent Shoonover seems to be having a blast with the eclectic cast—from the pint-sized Hit Monkey to the classic Kirby behemoth Orrgo. While some members of the cast seemed destined to become cannon fodder, Howling Commandos is poised to be a rip-roaring creature feature. Steve Foxe

Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu Vol. 1

Writer/Artist: Junji Ito
Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Full disclosure: I interned for Kodansha, the publisher of Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, in 2011. Fuller disclosure: the universe could never hope to birth a comic more in-tune with my interests than this unsettling but ultimately affectionate account of cat ownership created by Japanese horror maestro, Junji Ito. Ito, best known here and abroad for epic feats of fear and body horror like Uzumaki, Gyo, and "The Enigma of Amigara Fault," maintains his ghastly expressions, perfect terror timing, and outsized sense of dread in this account of…bringing two cats together in his real-life household. There's a chance I'm getting this entire book tattooed on my body. Steve Foxe

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Writer: Ryan North
Artist: Erica Henderson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

With a cover blurb proudly proclaiming "Only Our Second #1 This Year!" Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is the epitome of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Marvel may have stumbled backwards into the formula of [obscure joke character] + [beloved offbeat indie talent] = critical darling, but bless them for embracing it. By now, it's erroneous and borderline insulting to call Squirrel Girl a surprise hit—former Adventure Time scribe Ryan North writes with a deliberate effort toward inclusive stories that attract new readers without ignoring the character's small—but dedicated—existing fan base, and artist Erica Henderson (who now splits her time between Doreen Green and Archie's Jughead relaunch) remains as upbeat and joyful as ever. Steve Foxe

The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting

Writer/Artist: Guy Delisle
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Canadian cartoonist Guy Delisle straddles the line of autobiographer, journalist and entertainer, offering a medley of emotions through his clean lines and devoted honesty. If his seminal 2012 masterpiece Jerusalem: Chronicles From The Holy City left you wandering more about mischievous fatherhood ordeals than political rhetoric, Delisle's A User's Guide To Neglectful Parenting and Even More Bad Parenting Advice showed that the author was just as invested in further exploring those domestic battlegrounds. Now Delisle escalates his self-condemnation with The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting, 204 pages of homebound antics that prove daddy doesn't always know best. At the very least, this slice-of-life hilarity should prove useful to Delisle's kids if they need therapy in a decade. Sean Edgar