Since we’ve had a good butcher’s at the Marvel and DC releases lined up for November, that must mean it’s time to look at Image, Dark Horse, IDW and all the other non-Big Two publishers. And we’ve put together quite a list for you this month, since there were quite a few titles worthy of mention!
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WILLOW WONDERLAND #1 (OF 5)
DARK HORSE COMICS
Written by Jeff Parker
Art by Brian Ching, Jason Gorder
With the disappearance of magic, Willow Rosenberg lost the very thing that made her tick. Armed with Buffy’s broken scythe, and fresh off an adventure with Angel and Faith, Willow is ready to find a solution on her own terms. The world can’t live without magic-and neither can she!
Dark Horse’s Buffyverse has established itself over the past year as a force to be reckoned with. Two excellent ongoing series — Buffy Season Nine and Angel & Faith — along with the recent start of a Spike mini-series have made for some of the best reading in comics. Great to see one of the all-time great Sunnydale characters have her own series!
JUDGE DREDD #1
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by Nelson Daniel, Paul Gulacy
In the 22nd century, crime runs rampant in Mega-City One, home to over 400 million citizens, robots, criminals and lunatics. The only line of defense between anarchy and chaos are… the Judges. And Judge Dredd is the toughest of them all. In this, Judge Dredd’s 35th anniversary year, IDW is proud to re-introduce Judge Dredd to America in this all-new ongoing series.
Awesome!! And a long time coming if you ask me. This Judge Dredd series from IDW will see NEW adventures from the legendary character — originally created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra for the lauded British anthology magazine 2000 AD — who has seen a long and storied career as one of comics’ most popular and enduring characters. The idea is to create new stories that will appeal to new Dredd fans — perhaps stemming from the movie — as well as long-time lovers of the rich world of Mega City One.
LOCKE & KEY OMEGA #1 (OF 7)
Written by Joe Hill
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
The Locke family’s story began in 2007 in Welcome to Lovecraft, and after five years of tension and terror, there are only seven issues left to their story. The beginning of the end starts here. Dodge has the Omega key, and nothing can stop him from using it…
It’s the final Locke & Key series! Just wanted to give it a shout because I know a lot of you out there love this title.
WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #1 (OF 6)
Written by Brandon Seifert
Art by Lukas Ketner
The breakout medical horror hit from ROBERT KIRKMAN’s Skybound imprint is back on call!
Even the world’s leading expert in supernatural disease needs to unwind sometimes. But when Dr. Morrow wakes up with no memory of what – and who! – he did last night, is it just a case of partying too hard… or something more malignant? (Hint: It’s the malignant one!)
Another fan favorite! And I’ll defer to our very own columnist David Lee for the authoritative word: "Writer Brandon Seifert has created a highly likable character in Vincent Morrow. Morrow has all the elements you expect from off kilter heroes these days. He is brilliant to the point of having trouble talking and relating to people. He is snotty and ultra confident even when he shouldn’t be. He is likable even when he isn’t. But beyond the main character Seifert manages to quickly build a believable world, back story, subplots and supporting cast… The mixture of hooky science and doctor lingo makes for a wildly entertaining read." What more do you need to know??
Written by Justin Jordan, Patrick Zircher
Art by Patrick Zircher
The next epic expansion of the Valiant Universe starts this November in a new ongoing series by comics superstar Patrick Zircher (Captain America, Thor: Ages of Thunder) and Harvey Award nominee Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Team 7)!
There’s a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become to only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power? The rebirth of a Valiant icon starts right here, when Shadowman strikes this November!
Can’t add much more to that! Except to say that the Valiant titles have overall been very, very good and this creative team is pretty potent.
WALKING DEAD #104
Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
If you won’t handle this… I will.
I don’t usually appreciate ultra-short solicits, because come on, guys, just give us a little something to go on here. But this was too good to pass up. Carl is about to handle some business! With an AK-47! (Or something. I don’t know my automatic weapons very well.) I’ll give you a guarantee here and now that this one makes the Best Covers column.
BATTLEFIELDS GREEN FIELDS BEYOND PT 1 #1 (OF 6)
Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Carlos Ezquerra
On the killing fields of Korea the Tankies find themselves back up the sharp end, as veteran Sergeant Stiles is finally given a tank that can take on any opposition. Unfortunately, the Chinese spring offensive of 1951 is on its way- leaving our heroes cut off, on their own and outnumbered ten to one. It’s British steel against massed Communist hordes, as the last Battlefields series begins with a bang.
We’ve long been fans of Garth Ennis’ war stories. In fact, they’re some of the best things the Northern Irish writer has ever done! It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from his Battlefields series, and this one appears to revisit The Tankies!
OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING COMICS SC VOL 01
Written by Robert M. Overstreet
From the team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide comes the first new Overstreet-branded book in more than a decade. How do you collect comics? How do you care for them? Grade them? Sell them? How do you turn your comics hobby into a job in the industry? Who have been the greatest comic creators? The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics offers answers and insights into these questions and more facing new collectors and experienced enthusiasts alike. The book is available in two editions, with a Spider-Man cover by renowned painter Joe Jusko and a PREVIEWS Exclusive edition with a Silver Age Justice League cover by the late Don Newton.
Definitely not something you would normally se in this column, but this looked too interesting to pass over! It could well be a valuable resource for Our Beloved Hobby.