Can you feel a nip in the air? We sure as heck can't, because it's still August and hotter than the Twilight Sword of Surtur the fire demon. But when the weather turns, these titles will be landing in your neighborhood comic shop.
What weirdness is coming out this fall? Alan Moore's collaboration with the manager of the Sex Pistols, Mike Allred drawing Ant-Man, Grant Morrison penning a blue pony, and much more.
For DC Comics, Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti pen a new miniseries starring a revamped Phantom Girl, whereas Marvel has Mark Millar's "Batman as a torture-porny supervillain" sequel Nemesis 2.
IDW's got two familiar science fiction releases on the docket — Brannon Braga co-scripts the miniseries Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive ("In the distant future the entire galaxy has been completely assimilated by Borg and it's king... Locutus! The only hope for the future lies in the past.") whereas Andy Diggle pens a new Doctor Who series starring the Eleventh Doctor.
One of the zaniest releases of the entire season has to be Alan Moore's Fashion Beast, the comic book adaptation of an unpublished, unfilmed screenplay he wrote with Sex Pistols svengali Malcolm McLaren. Avatar is publishing this miniseries — here's the synopsis:
Alan Moore's unearthed screenplay comes to life as an incredible comic book series almost three decades later! The mid-80′s were a stunning period of brilliance for Alan Moore, seeing him create true masterpieces including Miracleman, Watchmen –- and Fashion Beast! Working with Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols), Alan Moore turned his attention to a classic re-telling of a fable through his unyielding and imaginative vision. The two developed a story that redefined Beauty and the Beast in a dystopian future city dominated by a fashion house, which Moore then fully-scripted into a huge screenplay. Never previously published, this epic work is now adapted for comics by long-time Moore collaborator, Antony Johnston (Courtyard) preserving every scrap of Moore's original dialogue.
Finally, Image Comics is releasing Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson's Happy, which promises dark, high-concept weirdness:
Meet Nick Sax - a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas. By a tiny blue horse called Happy...
Finally, DC Comics is launching their "Third Wave" of New 52 titles in September: Talon, Team 7, Phantom Stranger, and Sword of Sorcery , which is written by Christy Marx of Jem fame. (Most of DC's superhero stable is releasing one-shot #0 prequel issues as well.)
And much like DC Comics did with the New 52 last fall, Marvel Comics is shuffling around their creative teams and renumbering their big books this autumn for their "Marvel NOW" initiative. The first title out the gate? Rick Remender and John Cassaday collaborating on Uncanny Avengers. The tagline:
Captain America begins his quest to create a sanctioned Avengers unit comprised of Avengers and X-Men, humans and mutants working together — so why is Professor Xavier's dream more at risk than ever?
For another high-profile Marvel project, there's the eight-part miniseries Daredevil: End of Days, which sees former Daredevil helmers like Brian Michael Bendis, David W. Mack, Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Alex Maleev write a Dark Knight Returns-style tale about the Man without Fear's last adventures:
In the near future, investigative reporter Ben Urich has one last story to write — what was Matt Murdock's final secret?
Other October debuts include the Mike Mignola-penned B.P.R.D.: 1948, Kelly Sue DeConnick's supernatural book Ghost, and the return of King City creator Brandon Graham's on-hiatus science fiction title Multiple Warheads for Image Comics:
Sexica and her Werewolf boyfriend Nikoli travel across a sci-fi, fantasy Russia smoking singing cigarettes. Meanwhile the organ hunter Nura is sent out with a severed head and instructions to find its body.
The Marvel NOW books come fast and furious this month. Here are some of the the plots and rejiggered creative teams:
● Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu pen The Indestructible Hulk. ("The Indestructible Hulk is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.")
● Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen are on All-New X-Men. ("The original five students of Professor X – Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and Beast – are plucked from the past and brought to the present.")
● Thor: God of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic. ("The God of Thunder unraveling the gruesome mystery of the God Butcher!")
● Captain America by Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. ("Thrust into a bizarre, inhospitable world far from home, the all-new, high-adventure, mind-melting, tough-as-nails, sci-fi, pulp-fantasy era of Captain America is now!")
● And the one we're most excited for, FF by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred:
In the absence of the Fantastic Four, a substitute Four, hand-picked by the real deal — Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk and Miss Thing — stand ready to guard the Earth and the nascent Future Foundation for four minutes. What could possibly go wrong?
Other Marvel NOW books out this month include Kieron Gillen and Greg Land's Iron Man; Si Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat's X-Men: Legacy; Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley's Fantastic Four; and Gerry Duggan, Brian Poeshn, and Tony Moore's Deadpool. (Some recent thoughts on Deadpool here.)
For Image Comics, we have Great Pacific (preview of that title here) and Witch Doctor: Mal Practice, a sequel to 2011's rather enjoyable horror/medicine monster mash. Dark Horse is publishing an adaptation of 47 Ronin illustrated by Usagi Yojimbo's Stan Sakai, the horror series Colder, and R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned (preview here).
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez also team up for the final Locke and Key miniseries, Locke and Key: Omega. Other first issues out this month include IDW's new Judge Dredd series and Masks, Dynamite's pulp team-up of The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Kato, and The Spider. Tom Kaczynski's urban analysis graphic novel Beta Testing the Apocalypse is out from Fantagraphics too. And finally two awesome graphic novels hit, the much-deserved Absolute edition of Top 10 by Alan Moore, Gene Ha, and Zander Cannon (above, which is somewhere on my own Top 10 list of favorite all-time comics) and Judge Dredd: The Complete Brian Bolland (because you can never have too much Brian Bolland).