Comics We’re Excited About for 7/15/2015

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With SDCC behind us, we’re headed back to our own personal comic shrines back home. Thankfully, this week has plenty of offerings for awesome additions to our collections. Kieron Gillen is set to wave goodbye to Marvel starting with Siege #1, while Dark Horse is set to launch a new name in horror with Death Head #1. Take a look at all the titles below, and share your own favorites in the comment section.



Black Canary #2

Writer: Brenden Fletcher
Artist: Annie Wu?
Publisher: DC Comics

Last month I had a great time with DC You’s Black Canary #1, which wasn’t much of a surprise. It’s a punk-rooted comic helmed by Brenden Fletcher, whose work on Batgirl and Gotham Academy marks some of DC’s most beloved titles. It follows Dinah, a superhero-turned-punk icon, and after a brief introduction to Dinah’s world—which doesn’t look that much different than Black Flag’s ‘80s heyday&. Now, we’re set to delve into, what else? A training montage for her bandmates. Black Canary remains true to two worlds I love a lot, so I’m on board for every issue. Tyler R. Kane



Death Head #1

Writers: Zack Keller, Nick Keller
Artists: Joanna Estep
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse has a long history of publishing chilling horror stories, from the consistently creepy Mignolaverse books to the can’t-look-away Colder series by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra. Death Head, from the relatively new-to-comics writing team of Zack Keller and Nick Keller and artist Joanna Estep, is the latest spine-tingler in Dark Horse’s publishing slate, with a premise that should be familiar to any horror movie fan: a family, alone in the woods, is stalked by an unknown presence. Given Dark Horse’s pedigree, this standard set-up is likely just the tip of the knife, and Estep’s solid linework should keep matters entertaining even if the story never deviates from expected tropes. Steve Foxe



Godzilla in Hell #1

Writer/Artist: James Stokoe
Publisher: IDW Publishing

To IDW and Toho’s credit, neither company is afraid to try new, seemingly outlandish things with the world’s most famous kaiju. This mini-series, launching as the long-running Rulers of Earth series comes to a close, sends Godzilla to a literal manifestation of Hell. The publisher couldn’t have picked a better talent to kick off the rotating creative team: Canadian cartoonist James Stokoe (Orc Stain; Wonton Soup) is responsible for one of the greatest Godzilla comics of all time, Half Century War, and his impressively detailed and gorgeously colored pages breathe atomic life into these giant rubber suits like few other artists can. Future issues of Godzilla in Hell will feature new creative teams running amok in the Dante-esque setting, but it seems doubtful that anyone else will fit the madcap premise quite as well as Stokoe.



Island #1

Writers and Artists: Brandon Graham, Emma Rios
Publisher: Image

For those looking for something completely new, check out Brandon Graham (Prophet, King City) and Emma Rios’ (Pretty Deadly) new ongoing collection, Island. The mega-sized collection appears to be just that: an island of short-form comic work. The ongoing series will launch with three stories, all 20-30 pages, along with zero advertisements and a text piece from Bitch Planet creator Kelly Sue Deconnick. Maybe a summer getaway isn’t in the cards for this writer, but Island looks like a pretty good substitute. Tyler R. Kane



Long Walk to Valhalla OGN

Writer: Adam Smith
Artist: Matthew Fox
Publisher: BOOM! Studios/Archaia

Comparing a book to Fun Home, Blankets, and I Kill Giants in solicitation materials sets a serious expectation of quality—and melancholy. Adam Smith and Matthew Fox’s debut graphic novel Long Walk to Valhalla delivers on both, with a Southern-set story of a man returning home and revisiting his past. Protagonist Rory is assisted in his reminiscing by a young girl named Sylvia who claims to be a Valkyrie sent by Odin to render him to Valhalla. Fox’s restrained blue palette and Smith’s down-home nuances make this a tearjerker without stumbling into saccharine territory. A powerful first collaboration from two new talents. Steve Foxe



Siege #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Filipe Andrade
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Siege is a sneaky entry in the grand scheme of Marvel’s mighty summer crossover Secret Wars event. Ostensibly a follow-up to the 2010 event comic of the same name, Siege serves double duty—and likely appeals most to fans—as writer Kieron Gillen’s temporary farewell to Marvel cape comics. Gillen has left an indelible impact during his time with the publisher, and Siege looks like a grab-bag of some of his favorite concepts: Miss America Chavez, S.W.O.R.D. director Abigail Brand, teenage Hawkeye Kate Bishop, all thrown together on the cusp of The Shield, the barrier between civilized portions of Battleworld and the chaotic lands beyond. In the more than capable artistic hands of Filipe Andrade, Siege probably won’t make a big impact on the Doom-related shenanigans of the core series, but it’s the last chance to experience Gillen’s Marvel mayhem before he focuses exclusively on Darth Vader and creator-owned series for the foreseeable future. Steve Foxe