This week’s comic book releases include Superman and the Authority #1, Moon Knight #188, One Line #1, and more.
One Line is a comic book series. It was created by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Declan Shalvey. The series follows an unnamed protagonist who wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is or how he got there.
It’s nearly time for another new comic book day, which means new titles will be available in shops and online. Each week, the crew at The Weekly Pull spotlights the new releases that have us most eager for the next week of comics. Whether it’s from a major publisher or a small press, whether it’s brand new issues of ongoing series, original graphic novels, or collected editions of older material, whether it’s about capes and cowls or anything else, if it gets us excited about comic books this week, we’ll tell you about it in The Weekly Pull.
This week, Grant Morrison and artist Mikel Janin return to DC Comics for Superman and the Authority, Marvel debuts a new Moon Knight series, and a Game of Thrones actor becomes a comic book writer. A landmark Captain Marvel issue, a Thor Annual, a new Ray Fawkes graphic book, and more are among the highlights.
What comics are you most looking forward to reading this week? In the comments, let us know which new titles you’re looking forward to reading, and feel free to make some recommendations. Return tomorrow for our weekly reviews, and next week for a new episode of The Weekly Pull.
#30 of Captain Marvel
(Photo courtesy of Marvel Comics’ Marco Checchetto)
- Kelly Thompson is the author of this piece. Jamie McKelvie is a writer who lives in Scotland.
- Jamie McKelvie and Jacopo Camagni created the artwork.
- Espen Grundetjern created the colors.
- Clayton Cowles’ letters
- Marvel Comics is the publisher.
The conclusion of “Strange Magic” has arrived, and those who have been following Captain Marvel so far will be rewarded handsomely. Carol is exploring unknown terrain, both in terms of magic and morality, and Kelly Thompson continues to expand Carol’s universe and reveal new dimensions to her character. On the action front, Jacopo Camagni and Espen Grundetjern create some fantastic sequences that show the ruler of space at her finest, but we also get a bonus narrative from Jamie McKelvie to round things out, so you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you skip out on all the fun. Matthew Aguilar (Matthew Aguilar)
Mother of Madness #1 (M.O.M.)
(Image Comics photo by Jo Ratcliffe)
- Emilia Clarke and Marguerite Bennett penned the story.
- Leila Leiz’s artwork
- Triona Farrell did the coloring.
- Haley Rose-Lyon did the lettering.
- Image Comics is the publisher.
Since reading (and rereading) the first issue earlier this summer, I’ve been itching to spread the word about M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, and I’m thrilled to finally have the opportunity. Maya, a single mother and scientist who starts to take control of her unusual abilities in order to take down a child trafficking network, is the subject of a new Image Comics miniseries co-created by Game of Thrones and Solo: A Actress Wars Story star Emilia Clarke. The first issue has everything I love about comics: witty, unapologetically feminist dialogue, a sense of spectacle, beautiful art, and a mix of cool and sincerity. I really enjoyed the first issue, and I’m hoping that a lot of other people will as well. Jenna Anderson (@jennaanderson)
Moon Knight is the first book in the Moon Knight series.
(Photo courtesy of Marvel Comics’ Steve McNiven)
- Jed McKay is the author of this piece.
- Alessandro Cappuccio’s artwork
- Rachelle Rosenberg did the coloring.
- Cory Petit’s letters
- Marvel Comics is the publisher.
Moon Knight may become Marvel’s next popular character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a Disney+ series starring Oscar Isaac on the way. After all, he’s often compared to Marvel’s Batman, and Batman is a big character, right? That, however, is a reductive description. Yes, Moon Knight is a harsh, street-level hero who often participates in detective work, employs high-tech devices, and maintains a dubious devotion to brand consistency. Still, Moon Knight (who sometimes has many identities and acts as a champion of the old deity Khonshu) dwells where Batman sometimes ventures into the strange. Past creators have used that atmosphere of gritty crime-fighting, paranormal fantasy, and psychological horror to create ambitious, often short-lived tales that are remembered long after they have ended. It’s the ideal venue for writer Jed McKay and illustrator Alessandro Cappuccio, two brilliant up-and-comers on the verge of breaking through. Moon Knight allows these artists to take the Fist of Khonshu in a variety of ways, and it will be interesting to watch where they take it next. Jamie Lovett’s quote
Once & Future 3 is the third installment in the Once & Future series.
(Photo courtesy of BOOM! Studios’ Dan Mora)
- Kieron Gillen is the author of this piece.
- Dan Mora’s artwork
- Tamra Bonvillain did the coloring.
- Ed Dukeshire’s letters
- BOOM! Studios is the publisher.
It’s no secret that Once & Future is one of my favorite comic book series right now, and the next part of the narrative is now out in trade paperback. While the action on the ground level with Duncan, Bridgette, and Rose is as exciting as ever, Kieron Gillen ramps up the macro-level narrative, as we begin to discover how far up the food chain Merlin’s connections reach, putting everything our beloved team has been fighting for in danger. Dan Mora and colorist Tamra Bonvillain have brought the great narrative to life with some of the most beautiful work in comics throughout the series, and you can expect no less with Vol. 3, so if you haven’t found this book yet, do yourself a favor and do so as soon as possible. Matthew Aguilar (Matthew Aguilar)
(Photo courtesy of Oni Press)
- Ray Fawkes invented it.
- Oni Press is the publisher of this book.
I’ve been a fan of Ray Fawkes’ experiments with formalism since finding The People Inside in 2014, especially because of how they utilize tight restrictions and comics’ basic building pieces to create vivid human tales full of emotion. As a result, the publication of One Line, Fawkes’ newest book from Oni Press, is a moment of pure geeky joy. This narrative will grow to portray the epic history of 18 families over four centuries, similar to how One Soul, the release immediately before this one, recounted the journey of 18 people from birth to death. It’s a mammoth task in any medium, but maybe one that can only be accomplished via the straightforward, lyrical beauty of comics. Whatever happens with those tales and the result of this massive narrative experiment, I’m sure that the ambition and inventiveness on the page will amaze, as they do with every new comic Fawkes publishes. — Magnett, Chase
The Case Files of the Suicide Squad 1
(Photo courtesy of DC Comics)
- Written by a number of people
- Various Artists’ Work
- Colors by many artists
- Various did the lettering.
- DC Comics is the publisher.
The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters in just a few weeks, bringing one of the most diverse groups of DC Comics characters to the big screen. There’s a high chance you’re unfamiliar with certain members of the saga’s cast, and fortunately, The Suicide Squad Case Files 1 is an excellent place to start. Bloodsport, Polka-Dot Man, and The Thinker are just a few of the characters that make cameo cameos in this trade paperback. The issues in this collection are as diverse and intriguing as the characters themselves, from King Shark’s first complete appearance in Superboy #9 to Weasel’s battle with Firestorm in The Fury of Firestorm #38 to Amanda Waller’s debut in Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller #1. Regardless of how enthusiastic you are for The Suicide Squad, having a reprint collection with such a diverse range of comics is a reason to rejoice. Jenna Anderson (@jennaanderson)
The Authority and Superman #1
(Photo courtesy of DC Comics’ Mikel Janin)
- Grant Morrison penned the story.
- Mikel Janin’s artwork
- Jordie Bellaire did the colors.
- Steve Wands’ letters
- DC Comics is the publisher.
Grant Morrison is back to write Superman. If that isn’t enough to pique your curiosity, you haven’t been reading Superman comic books for the last 15 years. In All-Star Superman, Morrison and artist Frank Quitely portrayed Superman as a benign sun deity from 2005 to 2007. With the introduction of the New 52 in 2011, Morrison returned to Superman, presenting a younger version of the Man of Steel in Action Comics, restoring the Man of Steel to his working-class origins. In this issue, Morrison and DC superstar artist Mikel Janin offer an elder Superman, weathered by a never-ending struggle against evil and ready to lead a younger, more proactive generation of heroes eager to win the war. Any Superman fan should be excited to see how Morrison wraps off this trilogy. Jamie Lovett’s quote
Annual #1 (Thor)
(Photo courtesy of Marvel Comics’ Aaron Kuder)
- Aaron Kuder wrote the piece.
- Aaron Kuder and Cam Smith created the artwork.
- Chris O’Halloran did the colors.
- Joe Sabino’s letters
- Marvel Comics is the publisher.
Although I am not a fan of Marvel Comics’ 2021 annuals, which are an odd collection of Infinity Stones set-ups, I am a huge admirer of Aaron Kuder and the comics he produces, which makes Thor Annual (2021) #1 a must-buy issue. That’s particularly true given Kuder’s previous one-shot tie-in to a bigger event, King in Black: Immortal Hulk #1, which was a masterpiece in visual narrative and one of the greatest superhero Christmas specials ever produced. Even if this year’s Thor Annual falls short of the impossibly high standards Kuder has set for his own body of work, it will still be an Aaron Kuder comic. Whether you consider his skills as an artist or a writer, it’s a strong enough selling point to buck the trend with Marvel’s annuals; I’m looking forward to reading another fantastic one-shot starring the God of Thunder. — Magnett, Chase
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