IN SHOPS THIS WEEK:
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Johnnie Christmas
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Publisher: Shadowline/Image Comics
Description: Former fighter pilot Dillon Carpenter found everything he wanted when he returned from the Vietnam War. A loving partner; a dream career training with NASA to travel through space; and soon, he will learn, a prime candidacy for a secret mission, one that will forever change the world: First Contact. But as Dillon prepares, his war trauma returns and he’s haunted by dark visions of his future. There is but one constant; the voice whispering from the stars.
Our Take: Kurtis J. Wiebe is a big name right now and for good reason; his Rat Queens comic is a cutthroat satire that takes aim at the medieval fantasy genre but has the heart to be a truly enjoyable comic as well (as I said back in 2013), and his other comics are both diverse and quality. In particular, his psychological horror comic Green Wake is a criminally underrated one cruelly canceled too soon and Pisces looks to invigorate that by bringing on board artist Johnnie Christmas, whose work on Sheltered makes him the perfect choice for Pisces’ surreal, mind-bending terror.
IT CAME HC
Writer/Artist: Dan Boultwood
Publisher: Titan Comics
Description: Fans of B-movie hilarity all over the world have fallen for this love-letter to low-budget SF cinema! Enormous alien robot GRURK lays waste to the bucolic 1950s English countryside. When the British Army proves ineffective, only pipe-chomping space scientist Dr. Boy Brett and his assistant Doris Night (a lady) stand a chance of stopping it from sapping what remains of the British Blitz Spirit! How can they possibly prevail against this alien intelligence? Keep your upper lips stiff, your ties immaculately knotted, for the sake of the planet!
Our Take: My reviews here and here should pretty much say it all, but in case you’re TL;DR, IT CAME! is a distinctly British sci-fi parody that you don’t have to be the list bit British to appreciate. It’s goofy, silly, smart and irreverent in the vein of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra or MST3K, with art that perfectly suits the raucous, over-the-top mood. You don’t see much of this stuff, and even less with this quality, so if you need a charming break from the monotonous seriousness of comics, here’s just the thing.
Black River GN
Writer/Artist: Josh Simmons
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Description: Josh Simmons (The Furry Trap, House) returns with a full-length graphic novel about a bedraggled group making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of some sort of civilization. Along the way, they encounter fools, lunatics, murderous sadists and also visit a comedy club. All manner of terrors, in other words.
Our Take: Josh Simmons writes horror of a very different kind than what you might be used to seeing here at Destroy The Brain, but horror it is nonetheless. His debut solo comic, House, is an award-winning and completely wordless exploration of pure fear unlike anything else out there, a stark, utterly haunting ghost story, without the ghosts. With his new comic, Black River, he taps the vein of the post-apocalyptic trend, this time focusing on a group of survivors already struggling to retain their sanity in a destroyed world that seems bent on breaking them. Not for the faint of heart. In Shops: May 6th, 2015