Did you just pick up a new title at the comic shop and want to let people know about it? Here's a thread to tout your new faves.

I picked up two new #1s this week. 

The first, Fairlady, was a book I'd been looking forward to for a while. Written by Brian Schirmer, with art by Claaudia Balboni and Marissa Louise, each issue is a done-in-one mystery set in a fantasy world. The creative team pitches it as "Magnum PI, set after the War of the Rings." It's an accomplished first issue, with Jenner Faulds being  a "Fairlady" -- a private investigator in this postwar fantasy world. I'm looking forward to more. Published by Image. You can read a preview of the first issue here.

The second book, Orphan Age, was one I'd never heard of before it caught my eye in the comics shop. Published by Aftershock, it's written by Ted Anderson, with appealing art from Nuno Plati. It's set 20 years after a mysterious event instantly killed all of the adults on the planet -- the result is a world that the kids made up for themselves out of what remained of the old world. I expected this to be like "Y the Last Man, but with kids," but the 20-year time jump makes it more like The Walking Dead without zombies. Small communities, new customs coming from the old ways, and some communities are more aggressive than others. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this goes. There are some preview pages here.

Anyone else read these? What did you think? And what indy debuts have you picked up that might be flying under our radar?

  

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I've been on the fence about Flash Forward: One of my all-time favorite characters written by a writer who's not a favorite of mine (though I've certainly enjoyed some of his books) and pretty much my least-favorite artist in the business. With covers by one of my favorite artists. I...just...don't...know...!

I'll probably wait until I read some reviews, and then maybe buy it on Comixology. I've got too much paper in this house anyhow.

As for Archie 1955, that's DEFINITELY being bought on Comixology. I loved the previous, wartime series by Waid, Augustyn, and Peter Krause -- it's a melancholy gem -- and I'm sure to love this too.

Rob, I read the first couple of issues of Ignited, and I thought it was pretty good. Some interesting characters, with different powers. I have the fourth issue, but somehow my LCS didn't get the third one for me, so I will have to get it somewhere...

I didn't see ANY of the issues at my LCS -- it wasn't until I was at Midtown Comics in NYC that I was able to pick up the first three, as well as Omni 1. And then, miraculously, I saw my local shop had an single copy of 4, so I jumped on it. 

I'm going to pass on Flash Forward.  Big Flash fan, loved the Post-Crisis Wally West series, but I haven't liked anything I've ever read by Lobdell.  If Shaner was doing interiors and not covers, that might sway me.  Booth is pretty meh to me.  If I hear good buzz then maybe I'll also check it out on Comixology.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I've been on the fence about Flash Forward: One of my all-time favorite characters written by a writer who's not a favorite of mine (though I've certainly enjoyed some of his books) and pretty much my least-favorite artist in the business. With covers by one of my favorite artists. I...just...don't...know...!

I'll probably wait until I read some reviews, and then maybe buy it on Comixology. I've got too much paper in this house anyhow.

As for Archie 1955, that's DEFINITELY being bought on Comixology. I loved the previous, wartime series by Waid, Augustyn, and Peter Krause -- it's a melancholy gem -- and I'm sure to love this too.

“I'll probably wait until I read some reviews…”

“If I hear good buzz then maybe I'll also check it out…”

I’ll be buying the first issue of Flash Forward at least, and I’ll be sure to post something about it here (probaby on “What Comics Have You Read Today?”). This is one I’ll be buying for the character specifically, not the creative team.

Thanks, Jeff!

Aaaand.... I couldn't help myself. I bought Flash Forward. It's all setup, getting Wally from prison to his new mission in the Dark Multiverse, but it's not bad for what it does. Even Brett Booth's art seemed more restrained than usual. 

Also: The Tempus Fuginaut, from Sideways, is in the book. It's interesting to see what lasting effects the New Age of DC Heroes has in the current DCU. Seeing TF here, and Silencer in the most recent issue of Event Leviathan, gives me more hope that the whole line won't be swept under the rug. 

Sigh. It does bring me a little bit of solace that someone is trying to give Wally a positive spin after he tried to frame Booster Gold and Harley Quinn for murder in Heroes in Crisis. Well, more because of Booster, because let’s face it, Harley’s murder count is already climbing awfully high.

Vamp #1 from Mythos. This book was very atmospheric, dark, and gritty. It’s about a group of vampires who secretly run Las Vegas. The story focuses not only on the head vampire--a suit-wearing dandy proper gentleman, and his housekeeper who helps protect his secret. Not sure how long this will last, but I thought it was pretty good, and it was a lot of fun. (I’m not much of a prude at all, though—your mileage my vary).


Resonant #1-2 from Vault Comics. This is (yet another) post-apocalyptic book, but with this one, the apocalypse just keeps coming. Things called “Waves” keep coming, causing horrible terrors to happen throughout the world. This comic is about kids who, as far as I can tell, were born into this world. They have been separated from their father, and the story is about them trying to find their way back to him.


I like these characters. Little bugs (they appear to be cicadas) are alerted to these Waves, and they start chirping before they come. These “chirpers” are much-coveted commodities in this world. The art is really good here, and the writing is strong. Check it out if it sounds like your kind of thing.

It had been awhile since I had delved into a few indie-ish titles, so this was fun.

I finally read this, and I actually liked it in a way. Despite Tom King's best efforts, it seems DC isn't done with Wally yet. And although they have to change his place in the DC Universe as a result of his bad choices, it does at least give him a unique position.

Okay, not "unique", considering he shares his place with Sideways, the Justice League, and Young Justice. But he does have a place.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Aaaand.... I couldn't help myself. I bought Flash Forward. It's all setup, getting Wally from prison to his new mission in the Dark Multiverse, but it's not bad for what it does. Even Brett Booth's art seemed more restrained than usual.

Well, the two books that inspired this thread -- Fairlady and Orphan Age, have been cancelled. I was on the verge of dropping Orphan Age... it never quite lived up to the promise of the first issue (though things were looking up with the last, I thought)... but I'm really going to miss Fairlady. 

A new book from Dark Horse that I just picked up, Steeple, is a lot of fun. It's about a new, 20-something female priest (Episcopalian?) who arrives in a small town to assist a pastor...only to discover he spends his nights fighting supernatural beings. Also, the new priest doesn't realize her best friend in town, a bartender who gave her a lift into town when she arrived, is some sort of Satanic preist. (But also really nice & fun.) I'm expecting a teamup between them soon. Written and drawn by John Allison, colored by Sarah Stern. 

Here's the cover of issue 1:

You know, Rob, I saw Steeple in the store last week, and I passed by it. Your description makes me want to go back and grab it next time.

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