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Top Five Comics to which One Should Look Forward in 2009

Never let it be said I didn’t use proper grammar. Also, never let it be said that I didn’t blatantly steal ideas from my own readership. Wait. No. I want that said.

Anyhoo, this thread on our forum gave me an idea for a post. We’re all in our “Best of ’08” food comas by now, so it’s time for something else. Something hopeful for a hopeful nation (and their hopelessful friends from other countries who read this). Let’s look ahead, now, and guess at what’s going to end up on our Best of ’09 lists. Comics should be good, after all– these especially!

(And yes, we’re a month in. Well, I started this post weeks ago. Quiet, you.)

5. Vertigo’s Crime Line

This is the first of three Vertigo-published entries on this list. It will be a good year for the dazzling heights of mature-readers comics. (And there’s also Milligan’s Hellblazer, the first issue of which I think came out but I haven’t read it yet but feel free to tell me if it’s good or not in the comments kthxbye.)

I’m not sure when the first of these crime books is set to appear, but it’s something this annum, and it should be a good time. Ian Rankin’s writing one– starring the aforementioned John Constantine, of all characters– and you can see the cover to Azzarello’s above. What’s most exciting is that these books are coming out as original graphic novels, and, by the publication design, are clearly aimed at the discerning bookstore market. This could be a cool coup for Vertigo, and may push them to do further OGNs, rather than publish awesome but unsuccessful serials.

4. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century

New work from Alan Moore is always something worth anticipating, and even though I haven’t gotten around to buying LoEG v2 or the Black Dossier yet (I am totally waiting on the vinyl record), I will probably pick this up. Century will be comprised of three 80-page comics-with-spines, two of which are due out in 2009, and the first in April. Hurrah!

I’m interested to see how Moore’s literary protagonists handle the 20th century, and what works (books? film? TV? But… the public domain!) he’ll bring into the universe.

3. Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

The boys from Brazil (I know, I know) are teaming up again, this time for a 10-issue Vertigo series. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but it’s Moon, it’s Ba, it’s going to be awesome, buy the damn thing.

Here is a semi-explanation from this Newsarama interview:

The title “Daytripper” refers to the structure of the story, as readers will travel to different points in one person’s life. “We see how, as we go from age to age, where he is and how he’s dealing with different parts of his life — how he deals with his mother, his wife, his friends. And we light from issue to issue and check him out from various perspectives,” Schreck said, explaining the title. “It’s that we’re going from day to day. We go from age 32 to age 48 to age 18. So we’re tripping, sort of, through his various days. And really, each issue is a day. We get to see what he did when he was 18, then what he did when he was 32. So it’s ‘daytripping’ with this character.”

I am intrigued. And the art will be gorgeous.

2. Ignition City by Warren Ellis and Gianluca Pagliarani

Here’s a release from Avatar I’ve been stoked about for ages, every since Internet Jesus started playing around with the idea in his BadSignal newsletter. The high concept is basically “Flash Gordon meets Deadwood,” and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited. Also, it’s drawn by the dude who drew Aetheric Mechanics, which, as I’m sure you’ll all remember, was beautiful.

Supposed to bow in April. Here’s a bit of script to whet your appetite:

Pic 3
He awakens fully, realising what’s hit him. Because there’s a turd on his chest. He tries to focus on it, almost going cross-eyed.

YURI
No. Is-- is mouse turd.

YURI
You drop your baby turds on Yuri now?

Pic 4
He rages, standing shakily.

YURI
Lightning Bowman! Govnjúk! You are assfucker of pigs!

YURI
How dare you deploy your shitpot on greatest Russian ever in time!

YURI
I have more medals than you have scabs on your whoremonger’s cock!

Should be awesome, no?

1. Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye by Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart

Did you really expect anything else of me? I’ve been salivating for a salacious sequel to the scintillating Seaguy since the conclusion of the last mini, almost five years ago, now. And finally, finally, it’s here! And on April 1, no less! I must be dreaming! Da fug!

The way Morrison has spun it before, this second Seaguy series will be his “teenage rebellion” phase, after the “childhood’s end” type of story we had in the first mini. Did I mention the first mini is one of Morrison’s best works of all time? Right up there with Flex Mentallo, We3, and whatever else you might happen to think is totally awesome?

From the solicitation:

In Seaguy’s cartoon future world, everyone is a Super Hero and no one dies. It’s absolutely perfect…Or is it? In this follow-up to the cult 2004 miniseries, Seaguy resurfaces with a sinister new partner, a hatred of the sea and a rebel restlessness he can’t explain. Why are Doc Hero and his ex-archenemy Silvan Niltoid, the Alien from Planet Earth, whispering strange equations? Why is Death so useless? And can that really be the ghost of Chubby Da Choona mumbling uncanny warnings and dire prophecies of ultimate catastrophe?

And from Cameron Stewart’s blog:

Beautiful. Cameron Stewart is a helluvan artist, and more people should realize this. More pages at the link.

Looks like April is more “the awesomest month,” rather than the cruelest. Suck it, T.S. Eliot!

Stuff Other Cool People Are Probably Anticipating but I Am Not Fit to Comment On: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe

Stuff That May or May Not Come Out, for which I Vote for “May”: The next issue of the Next Issue Project! Corey Lewis’ Pinapl! More Casanova!

Reprints I’m Salivating Over: Jack Kirby’s Losers! Tales Designed to Thrizzle in hardcover! Showcase presents Doom Patrol by Drake and Premiani! More Herbie Archives!

So, readers! What are YOU awaiting in oh-niner?

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Holy crap, I totally forgot about Pinapl! Man, what ever happened to that? Is it still in the queue?

Also looking forward to Frankenstein’s Womb, Viking, Agents of Atlas, Secret Warriors, Marvel Assistant-Sized Spectacular, Warcop

Well, I’m looking forward to the return of Potter’s Field. And a number of issues in what I have decided is Marvel Comics’ unofficial “Dr. Doom Month” (March-ish, approximately).

Of course, when I’ll be reading any of these is a big question mark. This recession sucks. :o)

I’m waiting for the new ongoing Inhumans series we are bound to get after War of the Kings. Every single Inhumans mini(Secret Invasion, Silent War, Son of M, Young Inhumans, Marvel Knights Inhumans) has been of an extremely high quality so I would expect the ongoing series to be absolutely amazing.

I remember this post from when you began working on it, and I didn’t notice it had just now gotten up, so I was wondering, “Why are all these people replying now all of a sudden?” :)

FunkyGreenJerusalem

January 22, 2009 at 7:18 pm

This could be a cool coup for Vertigo, and may push them to do further OGNs, rather than publish awesome but unsuccessful serials.

Vertigo have started doing a lot more OGN’s already, and have stated that they want to do a lot more, aiming for one a month.
I’d say this is the first sign of them heading towards that goal rather than this possibly leading them to it.

But whatever, I just want more great OG’Ns!

FunkyGreenJerusalem

January 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Should be awesome, no?

I’d say…no.

Definitely the least exciting on the list.

Ellis has been slumming it for awhile now – Aetheric Mechanics was the best I’ve seen from him for ages – since Fell – and it was alright.

And I remember when ‘alright’ was in the minority of works compared to the majority which were AWESOME!

“Never let it be said I didn’t use proper grammar.”

There’s nothing wrong with ending a sentence with a preposition if it makes the sentence more clear and less awkward.

Hey, I’m waiting for the LoEG record, too! If it wasn’t in the Absolute Edition though, when the hell is it coming?

All this stuff sounds cool. Damn empty wallet, forced furlough week.

Hey everybody, subscribe to a Gannett newspaper so they don’t go completely in the toilet. Must… have… comics…

Great list! There’s some stuff on here I wasn’t really aware of.

“Hey, I’m waiting for the LoEG record, too! If it wasn’t in the Absolute Edition though, when the hell is it coming?”

I’m thinking never or at least if and when Top Shelf reprints all the League stories.

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. Great art and sounds like an interesting story.

The cool thing about the Black Dossier was that Moore used characters from films of the time as well as books. I imagine he’ll do the same thing with Century.

I thought Dossier was fun, but I liked it better when the characters were strictly public domain. The idea that copyrighted characters exist in these separate, distinct universes until they fall into this kaleidoscopic shared universe is cool.

Though I suppose Moore is just ahead of the curve then.

Really looking forward to Century.

I’ll be getting all of these, (Daytrippers, i’ll wait for the collection)

Also looking forward to the Avengers books, the Marvel Cosmics, Green Lantern mythos at DC, and more Conan from Dark Horse

“There’s nothing wrong with ending a sentence with a preposition if it makes the sentence more clear and less awkward.”

A fun example from David Crystal’s Encyclopedia of the English Language: Churchill’s secretary corrected him on this; he responded, “This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.”

Oh, and these all look good, but I’ll probably end up getting them second-hand sometime in 2011.

One of the other things I”ll be eagerly awaiting is Guy Davis’ Marquis reprinted by Dark Horse. And the english version of ‘I am Legion’ from Cassaday.

I’m very much looking forward to the ’Parker’ adaptations by Darwyn Cooke and ’Ten Against The World’ by Scott Morse. The latter is (and I’m quoting Morse himself here) “a 160 (or so) page Kirby/Toth-inspired monster comic set in the 1950’s, lots of comic book fun I’m certain Wertham would love.”

I read in David Mazuchelli’s bio for the recent ’Born Again’ hardcover that he’s working on an OGN, I have no idea what it is but I guess it’s ’Asterios Polyp’ as Jeremy posted here before me. Given his track record I’ll definitely check it out, the last work I read from him was his ’City Of Glass’ which I thought was very good.

It’s good to see Vertigo going forward with their OGN’s, I thought Grimm & Wimberly’s ’Sentences’ was one of the pleasant surprises of 2008 but noticed sparse buzz about online or in my LCBS.

And I’m right there with you on ’Daytripper’ and ’The Losers’ by Jack Kirby!

With you on LOEG…

Didn’t know about the Ellis book, so that’s going on the list…

I’m really looking forward to R.E.B.E.L.S. … Just because…

Planetary #27 (And Absolute Planetary volume #2) (and the fourth trade) go on by HOPE list every year…

My fifth I’ll keep ambiguous – The next surprise in 2000AD – i.e. a new story that leaps out and grabs me – whatever it may be…

I’m actually dreading the LoEG…I thought that ‘Black Dossier’ suffered greatly from using non-public domain material, as Moore had to be so veiled in his allusions that the book was nigh unto incomprehensible without the Jess Nevins guide. I consider myself fairly well-read and generally up to speed on pop culture, but that one left me scratching my head. And “Century” sounds like it could be even more confusing.

The simple fact that that SEAGUY thing will exist is likely to make me stab myself in the eye at some point today, just to show my disgust with Morrisonism in particular & reality in general. Oh, well.

With any luck, the vision in my remaining eye won’t suffer too much, & I’ll be able to enjoy POWER GIRL, SUPER HUMAN RESOURCES, AGENTS OF ATLAS, JOHNNY MONSTER & X-MEN: FIRST CLASS — FINALS when they start coming out. (Those aren’t necessarily the 4 I’m most looking forward to, but they’re the 5 that come to come to mind immediately, especially since I steadfastly refuse to have anything to do with PREVIEWS.)

Among upcoming reprints, I continue to look forward to the BLAZING COMBAT collection that Fantagraphics was supposed to bring out a month ago. I’m now hearing March. Here’s hoping!

*the 5 I’m most looking forward to,” that is. Typ(o)ing before waking up is fun!

Well, I’m looking forward to Larry Gonick’s Cartoon History of the Modern World Part II:From the Bastille to Bagdhad, roundabouts of March…

There’s nothing wrong with ending a sentence with a preposition if it makes the sentence more clear and less awkward.

Damn straight. From what I gather this idea that you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition comes from Latin – where it made sense – and has no place in the English language.

“The simple fact that that SEAGUY thing will exist is likely to make me stab myself in the eye at some point today, just to show my disgust with Morrisonism in particular & reality in general.”

Don’t make us a promise you’re not willing to keep.

Well, I think my use of *likely* gives me a bit of wiggle room …

I will be perfectly happy, however, to stab someone else in the eye.

Seaguy would be a lot better if it weren’t incoherent crap.

One man’s incoherent crap is another man’s ingenious sense-making piece of pop art.

“I’m actually dreading the LoEG…I thought that ‘Black Dossier’ suffered greatly from using non-public domain material, as Moore had to be so veiled in his allusions that the book was nigh unto incomprehensible without the Jess Nevins guide. I consider myself fairly well-read and generally up to speed on pop culture, but that one left me scratching my head. And “Century” sounds like it could be even more confusing.”

I followed it just fine and I’m not that well read. The Nevins annotations do enhance the experience.

According to Erik Larsen there’s two more Next Issue Project books in the works. They are going be 32 page books though.

I was hoping the Paul Pope’s The Total THB series would arrive this year but it sounds like that’s going to have to wait as well. Ditto Pope’s Battling Boy book.

I keep hearing Image is doing hardcover reprints of Simonson’s Starjammers and Art Adams Monkeyman & O’Brien series so I’m looking forward to those.

I think Fantagraphics is going to do the Pogo reprints this year.

Kurt Busiek said Astro Age Dark Ages Book Three is drawn and just waiting on Alex Ross to do the covers. He’s working on a two part story about Astra the First Family’s daughter in college. So looking forward to that.

The ASTRO CITY books Grant cites definitely go high up on my list, then. As do those NEXT ISSUE PROJECTs.

On the LOEG side, I thought “Century” took place just after the events of Book 2 (i.e. a good 40+ years before Black Dossier)…

Or is that just the first “Chapter” of Century?

Chapter 1 of Century takes place in 1910, Chapter 2 in the sixties and Chapter 3 in the present day.

Re: Black Dossier vinyl record

I think if DC had any plans of releasing this we would have seen it by now. I think they just scrapped that idea as an unnecessary expense.

As for Top Shelf possibly releasing it, a user over at the 4ColorHeroes message board posted this:

“I emailed Top Shelf on the subject of League: vol III: Century and got a speedy reply from Brett Warnock. He confirmed that the first issue of League III will be solicited at the upcoming month’s Previews (February ’09) and offered in coming April. On the subject of them releasing the Black Dossier vinyl, he said that the Black Dossier is entirely a DC/Wildstorm book and Top Shelf has no control over it.”

http://www.4colorheroes.com/forum/index.php?topic=45.45

I’ve given up hope of seeing this anytime soon, unless someone steals it from Alan and leaks it on the Internet.

Dang, it’s too bad about the League record being tied to DC. And the whole point is to get the VINYL RECORD, not just hear Alan Moore’s spooky basso profundo online.

I like about the Century solicits that each book is self contained, so that the shipping delays won’t affect it. Didn’t we first hear about Century, oh, 2 years ago? I guess O’Neill really is that slow.

I have to say I’m also excited about Jersey Gods and Man of Action books from Image.

Aha — I forgot about JERSEY GODS. That’s definitely on my list as well.

MAN OF ACTION I don’t believe I know anything about. Hmmm …

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