Hardcore noir, a dark intersection between 1984 and beloved fairy-tales, and cartoon ponies: Here are three books we’re looking forward to reading tomorrow.
Andy Diggle and Jock (The Losers, team up once again on their first creator-owned series. And yes, Arrow fans, Diggle is named after Andy Diggle, and his ability to beat the s*** out of people. Seriously, Andy Diggle will end you.
Joking aside, the book seems to be one of the darkest things Diggle and Jock have gotten up to. A slacker working at the local FLCS stumbles across a smartphone… full of pictures of a recent homicide. Turns out a hitman owns the phone, and would like it back and his shiny new material witness dead.
Apparently, as these things do, it gets more complicated from there. And we can’t wait: Diggle and Jock are a great creative team.
Fairy Quest #1
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this book by Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos was inspired by Fables, but this Kickstarter success story did so well that Boom! is bringing the hardcover out as a two-parter.
Essentially, Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf have become close friends, something that puts them in danger courtesy of the tyrannical Grimm regime. So they’re looking for a way out… and may have found it.
The book is gorgeous and not what you’d expect, and it’s exciting that Jenkins and Ramos agreed to let Boom! publish it for the rest of us. Especially since this is a labor of love, and they both deserve for it to be a hit.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #3
Why are we looking forward to a book based on a cartoon largely aimed at girls? Because it’s a really, really funny comic book, that’s why.
There’s a lot about this book that’s completely unexpected. Katie Cook is a funny woman, as fans of her blog know, and Andy Price is a surprisingly dynamic artist for somebody who hasn’t had many major industry gigs, with hints of Sergio Aragones around the corners. Price and Cook also know how to play to the adults in the crowd, working in references to, say, David Bowie and Road House while expanding the show in a sensible way and working in dozens of visual gags. This is a book you can read and enjoy, and then hand to a kid who will also read it and enjoy it, and that’s rare.
This was always going to be a best-selling title, but Cook and Price go out of their way to make sure it’s a quality comic, and good for them for doing it.
Looking forward to something else? Here’s the full list: Let us know the one book you’re most looking forward to in the comments.