The Eisners have been announced. It’s been an incredible year for comics, and as such, it’s unsurprisingly strong across the board. They’re all here.
However, there’s actually some awards that are particularly relevant to us. Let me cut, paste and bold.
Best New Series
The Fade Out, by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips (Image)
Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)
Ms. Marvel, by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona (Marvel)
Rocket Raccoon, by Skottie Young (Marvel)
The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image)
Best Cover Artist
Darwyn Cooke, DC Comics Darwyn Cooke Month Variant Covers (DC)
Mike Del Mundo, Elektra, X-Men: Legacy, A+X, Dexter, Dexter Down Under (Marvel)
Francesco Francavilla, Afterlife with Archie (Archie); Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight (Dark Horse); The Twilight Zone, Django/Zorro (Dynamite); X-Files (IDW)
Jamie McKelvie/Matthew Wilson, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
Phil Noto, Black Widow (Marvel)
Alex Ross, Astro City (Vertigo/DC); Batman 66: The Lost Episode, Batman 66 Meets Green Hornet (DC/Dynamite)
Laura Allred, Silver Surfer (Marvel); Madman in Your Face 3D Special (Image)
Nelson Daniel, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Judge Dredd, Wild Blue Yonder (IDW)
Lovern Kindzierski, The Graveyard Book, vols. 1-2 (Harper)
Matthew Petz, The Leg (Top Shelf)
Dave Stewart, Hellboy in Hell, BPRD, Abe Sapien, Baltimore, Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder, Shaolin Cowboy, Aliens: Fire and Stone, DHP (Dark Horse)
Matthew Wilson, Adventures of Superman (DC); The Wicked + The Divine (Image), Daredevil, Thor (Marvel)
Yes, the MATT WILSON FOR THE EISNERS! worked a treat.
This is an incredible honour. None of us have ever been nominated for the Eisners before, and to happen in a year like is incredible. All the categories are strong as hell. Seriously, look at the Best New Series one. That’s an incredible array of books, all of which I’ve publicly raved about prior to this. I suspect The Fade Out is the best work of Ed and Sean’s career, Lumberjanes is a kids comic Sasquatch of awesome emerging from the 00s pop-alt forest, I’d say Ms Marvel is the 10s Spider-man but that makes its merits far too reflective of another work rather than its own (Honestly – I want to write essays precisely about why Miss Marvel work) and Rocket Raccoon was good enough for me to actually make jokes about in one of my own books, which is about my highest compliment. We’re in with them. Hell, all the nominees in all the categories are well worth exploring. Relevantly, Image are presently doing a Comixology sale of all their titles, so it’s an excellent opportunity to jump on.
Now we’re going to have to work out a way to get to San Diego. Man!
I’m going to try something new and basically do a single post with solicitations on here, which I update as solicits arrive. You can pre-order all these from your local shop.
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #12
STORY: KIERON GILLEN
ART / COVER: KATE BROWN, JAMIE McKELVIE, & MATT WILSON
COVER B: KATE BROWN
JULY 1 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
The aftershocks from the Fandemonium apocalypse are tearing the gods apart. Join us for a new arc of guest artists working alongside Team WicDiv, starting with KATE BROWN (Young Avengers).
COMMERCIAL SUICIDE starts with Kate re-joining us. Also, the second year’s cover designs.
MERCURY HEAT #1 REGULAR CVR
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Cover &Art: Omar Francia
MR, Color, 32 pages, ongoing monthly
Blasting out of the incredible Free Comic Book Day Mercury Heat Debut comes Kieron Gillen’s World-building space epic! This ongoing monthly is pure Gillen, Mercury Heat introduces the sci-fi world of the future where individuals are identified by genetic markers and personality types to fill roles in society, the troublemakers end up on Mercury. Luiza wanted to help people, she wanted with all her heart to be a police officer. But the automated Grapevine system had other plans for her. There are only a few legal options for someone branded with her neuroprofile. As an adult Luiza’s dream came true – just on Mercury where she enforces laws with extreme prejudice as a bounty agent in a world of hard-as-nails miners and cyborgs.
New series! Years in the making this, with a frankly Spinal-Tap-esque development that’ll make an excellent article at some point. This a Sci-fi cop story on Mercury. You can get your first taste at Free Comic Book day, where we have an issue for your entertainment.
SIEGE #1 & 2
KIERON GILLEN (w) • FILIPE ANDRADE (a)
CoverS by W. Scott Forbes
VARIANT Cover by Andrew Robinson
Ant-Sized Variant cover by TBA
MAOS Variant cover by TBA
THEY CAN’T EVER WIN. THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE.
• THE SHIELD is the only thing that protects the more civilized areas of Battleworld from the ZOMBIE HORDES, DEATH MACHINES, AND ANNIHILATION WAVES.
• Anyone who annoys Doom gets sent to The Shield. Anyone who gets sent to the Shield deals with ABIGAIL BRAND.
• Miss America, Lady Katherine, Kang the Conqueror, Leah Shieldmen, the Endless Summers Company, Leonardo Da Vinci and a cast of thousands will fight to the death to keep Battleworld safe. But don’t worry, Kieron Gillen is writing this book, so I’m sure everything will end happily for everyone.
• “Imagine NextWave as a tragedy,” says Kieron, if anyone asks him about it.
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)
New series! This will be a fun time.
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Cover & Art: Daniel Gete
MR, Color, 32 pages, 27 of 27
The final issue of Uber Series 1 is here! Kieron Gillen’s incredible altered history epic closes the chapter on the first Uber series with powerful revelations. To this point the war has ravage Europe and left a bloody trail as the Nazi’s inexorable march across the continent continued. But now, Hitler’s boldest stroke yet leaves the entire world trembling at the possibility of global annihilation. Daniel Gete illustrates the final chapter of the first book of Uber! You won’t believe the cliff-hanger here, with answers to follow in 2016’s Uber series 2!
Yes, we’re having a break. I’ll write more about when it’s all out there, but it seemed a good place to end the Volume, realign our engines, and then prepare for a relaunch in 2016. The plan remains for the two whole volumes to end up 50-60 issues.
DARTH VADER #8
KIERON GILLEN (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A)
Cover by ADI GRANOV
• Bounty Hunters on the attack—against the Empire!
• Darth Vader and Aphra continue their alliance – but how long will it last?
• Plus: Who is Tagge’s mysterious new agent?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #2
MARGUERITE BENNETT with KIERON GILLEN (w)
STEPHANIE HANS WITH Irene Koh (a)
Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
VARIANT Cover by Irene Koh
“IN WHICH WICKED SOMETHINGS THIS WAY COME”
• The hunt is on! The Faustians have made their deal with the Devil — er, Enchantress — but Angela isn’t going to take that lying down, is she? No, not by her psychic ribbons and very, very pointy weapons, no, she is not.
• Out into the wilds of the countryside, Angela and Sera collide with a wandering caravan of ne’er-do-well performers. (Hint: their name starts with a “G” and ends with an “Y” and has an “Uardians of the Galax” in the middle.)
• Pagan rites, dubious ethics, a deadly curse, and Kieron and Irene Koh being up to no good – who can resist the lure of the Faustians?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Plus for those of you who trade-wait, the first ANGELA trade is out.
And the last part of my run on Crossed Badlands. This is (er) dark, though perhaps that’s somewhat unsurprising.
My Crossed: Badlands arc with Rafa Ortiz starts today, which is my taking on Garth Ennis/Jacen Burrow’s extreme horror universe. That translates to as about as NSFW as it gets.
My much-teased story during Secret Wars. Essentially a spiritual sequel to my first marvel book, S.W.O.R.D, this is basically Game of Thrones’ Night Watch populated with characters from across the Marvel Multiverse. Lots more details here.
This is basically my hymn to the glory of the Marvel Universe, and lots of fun.
Firstly, it’s the Ananke/Cassandra deathmatch the world has been waiting for, plus Baphomet having a nice little mope and lots more. Very much a chance of pace from the last issue, while also… oh, it can wait for the Writer’s Notes. Also includes the biggest I-dare-you I-double-dare-you to the annotators.
Preview here. You can get it from your local comic shop, or digitally either from Comixology or direct from Image (When it uploads, anyway – I’m posting these a little earlier than usual due to Emerald City travel).
Secondly, the third issue of Darth Vader. The first two were about setting up the status quo, and the relationship between the three. This one we go off the grid, and introduce some new stuff. Apart from the cameo of Black Krrsantan, Aphra and the Droids are kind of my first new major characters.
Actually, before I start, I want to give a formal notice of sort.You may see this is the latest I’ve ever done a WicDiv notes. Asyou’ve seen all the other writer notes drop off, you may wonder if
this is a trend. In all honesty, it may be. As I’ve written before,
this schedule is utterly frenzied this year. It’s do-able, but it
also requires a lot of discipline – and at least part of that
discipline is not working too hard. I’m leaving space to recharge
batteries, as otherwise I know I risk burn-out.
(This all sounds quite bleak but it’s all just part of working as
Anyway – that means that a lot of things I’ve done which
basically tap the same emotional reserves as “work” are lower on
my priorities than last year. This would include the Writer Notes. As
fun as they are, they are very much a case in point in me just not
turning off. I had vague plans of perhaps reducing them to a
one-set-of-notes-per-arc sort of thing for other books, but as I
haven’t done anything yet, it’s probably telling.
In short: if there’s not many of these for the rest of the year,
I’m sorry, but it’s a casualty to the work. And on a personal level,
I’d appreciate if you don’t ask after them specifically. It stresses
me out, and I could do without that.
That level of self-centered woe-is-me bullshit out of the way,
let’s get on with it.
Time for Dionysus: The Dancefloor That Walks Like A Man.
If you’ve been following us all whining on twitter, this one almost killed everyone involved. That feedback so far has been overwhelming suggests it may have been worth it. Hope you dig it.
The second issue of Salva and me doing our best Darth Vader. Here Darth Vader entirely accepts his new position in the Empire, and doesn’t immediately bristle. Definitely not.
I haven’t written an enormous amount about my CROSSED: BADLANDSarc. I’m going to make amends now, as it’s available to pre-order inthe usual manner, so if you’re interested in pre-historic
post-apocalyptic horror, you may want to speak to your retailer about
securing yourself a copy.
I’ll talk at length under the cut. Trigger Warnings apply. As in,
pretty much any of them.
The big new one. Salva, Delgado and myself unleash our death star. I’ve done a bunch of press on this, but it’s an ongoing Vader book set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back, and is basically the Fall and Rise of Darth Vader.
Uber 22, which ends THE SHADOW WAR arc in the WW2 alt-history epic. What happens in Bletchley! What happens to Goebbels! What happens to Maria! And what’s happening next…
You can get it from your local shop and digitally.