1. Poetry is Useless – Anders Nilsen (Drawn & Quarterly)
Nilsen’s 2006 memoir, Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow told the story of his relationship with his fiancé Cheryl Weaver and her tragic death following illness and is one of the most profoundly beautiful comics I have ever read. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he has done with this so-called redefinition of the sketchbook which is at points a space for doodling and at others a travelogue of his journeys around the USA and Europe. (Out 14th July)
2. The Wicked and The Divine: Fandemonium – Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
The second arc of Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson and Cowles’ epic series is out on the 16th July and I cannot possibly recommend it enough. If you’ve managed to stay spoiler free for the last 4 or 5 weeks then I applaud your cunning, and if not then there is still plenty to enjoy as we follow Laura on her quest to resolve what happened at the end of the first arc.
After 13 years this series has come to an end and the final issues are collected here to be released on 28th July. This vast series has told the story of characters, beloved and less popular, from Fairy Tales and what happens when they are forced out of their homeland and into our world. If you haven’t read it I can strongly recommend picking up the first issues, I don’t think you’ll regret it. I’ve read Fables almost exclusively in trades so I have no idea what will happen in these pages but I am looking forward to sitting down with these old bookfriends at the end of the month and bidding them a fond farewell.
4. Long Walk to Valhalla – Adam Smith, Matthew Fox (Archaia)
I am rather excited about this new comic from Adam Smith and Matthew Fox. It has been compared to Blankets, Fun Home and I Kill Giants, which are pretty big comparisons to make, so I reckon this might just be excellent. It tells the story of Rory and what happens when a young girl turns up claiming to be a Valkyrie sent by Odin to bring Rory to Valhalla… I can’t wait! (Out 15th July)
5. CMYK – Various (Vertigo)
I love the concept of this book, a celebration of the four colours, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black that are the very basis of any colour comics. This book collects the four individual colour themed quarterlys Vertigo has released over the last year. These have seen dozens of artists take a colour palette inspired by the same shade in a whole host of exciting and inspiring directions. With comics from Fabio Moon, Amy Chu, Jeff Lemire, and Rachel Dearing the range of styles and tones is wide and I have squirrelled away some new creators I want to check out other work from. I have thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of this recently. (Out July 28th)
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