Elle Peterssen is young, wealthy, and beautiful - and there is a reason someone tried to kill her. Only, Elle doesn’t remember any of this. MIND THE GAP, the new series by the Eisner Award-winning writer JIM McCANN (Return of the Dapper Men), is a mystery with a paranormal twist. Elle, in a spirit form detached from her comatose body, must not only unravel the mystery of her attacker’s identity and motive but her entire life as well. Who can she trust, in both this word and in the gap she exists in that lies between life and death? Filled with twists and turns, Elle’s life isn’t the only one turned upside down by the attack on her life. Deceit, secrets, and hidden agendas are everywhere in a story where everyone is a suspect, and no one is innocent. USAToday hails it as an “anxiously anticipated modern thriller.”
TOMORROW (July 2nd, 2014 — so it might be TODAY when you read this or yesterday or years ago!) brings the release of Tech Jacket #1 the all-new series drawn by kharyrandolph, written by me, colored by David McCaig + Emilio Lopez and lettered by Russ Wooten, published by Image Comics’ Skybound, created by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and artist EJ Su!
This is Khary and me doing, as he’s put it, “a Saturday Morning cartoon with the budget of Akira.” This is our exponentially more-and-more-out-there science-fiction blockbuster. What happens when the Saturday Morning cartoon blockbuster grows up? We put Zack up against something his Tech Jacket is powerless to do anything about, something bigger than he’s ever dealt with before. Something older than our own galaxy.
This week also sees the release of the tradepaperback containing both the previous work by Kirkman, Aubrey Sitterson and EJ Su and the digital first mini-series Khary and I did. You can enjoy #1 without having ever read a comic book in your life, but if you read the previous work, there’s a lot of ground laid for the year of the sci-fi action book of our dreams to come.
The future is NOW! Tech Jacket #1 is IN-STORES!! Go go go!!!
Art up there by personal favorite royalboiler for the Elephantmen #43 cover.
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Jonah Chuang recommends Deadly Class #6
I’ve been really enjoying Rick Remender (rickremender) , Wesley Craig (wescraigcomics) and Lee Loughridge’s new series, Deadly Class. It feels like a cross between X-Men, Harry Potter, the Breakfast Club, and Game of Thrones in that it’s a school for exceptional teenage misfits to learn a special set of skills, but everyone’s either brutally killing or having sex with each other.
Deadly Class takes place in 1987 at a school for assassins. The students are the children of the most over-the-top caricatures of the world’s most violent archetypes— Neo Nazis, Cartel leaders, drug dealers, gangsters of all kinds— and they takes classes like Beheading, Poison and AP Black Arts. The main character, Marcus Lopez, is a crazy wreck that you can’t help but love, despite the terrible things he sometimes does. He’s a struggling, lost kid in a hostile world who’s in love with a girl who’s way out of his league. If twenty years of reading comics and watching TV and movies has taught me anything it’s that you can’t go wrong with this formula.
“But if it’s been done before, why should you care?” That’s a good point, reader. My response would be because it hasn’t been done exactly like this before. Marcus is no Peter Parker or Aladdin, he’s a desperate homeless kid with a horrifying past who gets high and kills people. Also, when you pick up early issues of Amazing Spider-Man you never get the sense that Flash Thompson will kill Peter Parker in the course of his bullying, but you don’t get that sense of security with Deadly Class. In this closing chapter of the first story arc, students are shot, stabbed, beaten and slashed on almost every page, so the stakes are noticeably higher.
Deadly Class is one of the most exciting, gripping and dynamic stories on the shelves today. Don’t let it slip through the cracks!
For fans of: action
Jonah Chuang is a production coordinator assistant at comiXology. He lives in Queens with his two rescue dogs, Baby J and Li’l Sebastian.
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Madeleine Lloyd-Davies recommends Trees #1
Trees tells the story of Earth’s first encounter with aliens, but it’s different from any other alien comic out there. Rather than coming to Earth to attack us, or give us knowledge, or even interact with us at all, the aliens are completely indifferent to our presence. How embarrassing for us! Writers generally imagine that we’d be very important to aliens in one way or another, but Ellis assumes that we’re of even less interest than another planet’s single-cell organisms would be to us.
I’m also excited about Jason Howard’s illustrations of these alien visitors (the titular “trees”). It has always been a pet peeve of mine that science fiction has so frequently decided that our basic bodily structure makes sense for life elsewhere—eyes, mouths, audible communication—I’m always impressed when someone can come up with something that isn’t recognizable as human.
In this issue, we’re introduced to a few key players for the upcoming story, and we get background on the original “invasion,” which happened ten years ago. I’m excited to learn more about these aliens, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a while before that happens. If you are interested in alien invasion stories, I would definitely give this series a shot.
For fans of: sci-fi
Madeleine Lloyd-Davies, comiXology’s Production Director, has wanted to work in the comics industry since she was seven years old, sitting cross-legged on the floor in CVS and reading Jughead comics.
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Mike Isenberg recommends Sex Criminals
by mattfractionblog and zdarsky
My recommendation for this week is Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky. And if I said that I wasn’t the least bit worried that recommending this book might make me look like some sort of a pervert or weirdo, I’d be lying. So it’s a testament to just how good the book is that I’m writing this recommendation anyways. And it definitely speaks to one of the major themes of the series, and exactly what makes Sex Criminals such a refreshing and interesting read.
Let’s get the basic premise out of the way, first. The book is about a woman named Suzie with the strange ability to freeze time around herself whenever she orgasms. When she meets a man, Jon, who has the same ability, they decide to use their power to go on a bank-robbing spree in order to save a library from foreclosure.
What makes Sex Criminals such a great read is the way it handles its subject matter (namely: sex and sexuality). It’s easy to see how the same premise, in the hands of lesser creators, could have been used to tell a titillating and exploitative story. Instead, Fraction and Zdarksy have used it to tell a deeply personal and human story of sexual awakening and discovery, in an incredibly funny, irreverent, and entertaining way.
Before they meet, Suzie and Jon both assume that they are alone in their orgasmic time-freezing ability. We see them as adolescents and young adults, trying to learn about their sexuality, and finding a world that doesn’t want to talk about it. While the rest of us may not have sexual super-powers, the story is nevertheless extremely relatable. The taboo around sexual discussion keeps people uninformed, confused, and ashamed about an intrinsic part of their own humanity. Sex Criminals tears away this taboo like a band-aid that has outstayed its welcome. And the way it does it is both endearing and laugh-out-loud funny.
Sexuality is universal, and yet so rarely is it openly discussed. It’s treated as a secret, something to talk about in whispers and keep in darkness. Sex Criminals shines a light on that darkness in a new and unique way. And standing in that light, I’m happy to recommend this book without hesitation. Go check it out!
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Kara Szamborski recommends The Wicked + The Divine #1
Once a century, gods walk among us. It’s 2014 and the heavenly characters in The Wicked + The Divine are giving the term “rock god” its intended meaning. Their performances are mesmerizing, their skeptics everywhere—but they’d better use their time wisely, for they only have two years until they die.
We barely have time to breathe as we race through the first addictive issue and catch a glimpse of this arresting world. The magic of kierongillen & mckelvie is that you almost believe it all while you’re reading. You believe that today, if divine beings were on Earth, they would be on stages instead of mountains, that they would try to educate and mock and sometimes care for the mortals they encounter.
Luckily, we have a mortal like us, Laura, as a guide just as intrigued and unknowing about these gods as we are. With her, we are enraptured with Amaterasu, we are more curious than afraid of Luci(fer), we are stunned by what should be impossible but is suddenly believable.
Internet-famous for their work on fan-favorite Young Avengers and the musically inclined Phonogram, Gillen & McKelvie pull together a fantastic concept that is sure to delight the casual reader as well as fans of mythology. Reminiscent of the Greek gods’ grand schemes in the latest Wonder Woman series and the Norse twists of Loki: Agent of Asgard, The Wicked + The Divine promises to mix the stories of all known deities into something new and unforgettable.
Kara Szamborski supervises the International Production team at comiXology. After reading The Wicked + The Divine #1, she got stacks of mythology books out from the library to tide her over until the second issue.