November brings visions of turkey and football, the first signs of winter and a time to be thankful — specifically, for new and exciting genre entertainment. This November offers up a loaded month, from the premiere of Christopher Nolan’s film “Interstellar” to the arrival of Disney’s Marvel-inspired animated “Big Hero 6,” to a metric ton of comic-related television vying for viewing time. Without a doubt, November is shaping up to be a good time to be a comic fan.
Add to all of that,the fact that November will be bursting at the seams with awesome projects from publishers including Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing and Image Comics, and you have a month to remember. So here are 10 books from Diamond’s premier publishers worth looking forward to after feasts and football binges, books that could have you awaiting the colder months with a manic sort of glee.
SPIDER-VERSE #1 (of 2)
WRITERS: DAN SLOTT, SKOTTIE YOUNG, ROBBIE THOMPSON & KATIE COOK
ART: HUMBERTO RAMOS, JAKE PARKER, DENNIS MEDRI & KATIE COOK
COVER: GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI, NICK BRADSHAW,
Promising more Spider-Men than you can shake a web at, from every corner of the multiverse, “Spider-Verse” #1 features a truly diverse lineup of some of the most unique talents in the industry. In addition to Katie Cook (“My Little Pony”) and the writer and artist of current best-seller “Rocket Raccoon” Skottie Young, “Supernatural’s” Robbie Thompson is spinning a tale of a steampunk Spidey while “Amazing Spider-Man” architect Dan Slott acts as master of ceremonies. People complain of event fatigue, but the idea of manga, cartoony and steampunk takes on a character as classic as Spidey, all in one story, sounds as fresh as it comes.
GRINDHOUSE: DRIVE IN, BLEED OUT #1 (of 8)
WRITER: ALEX DE CAMPI
ART: R. M. GUERA, GIULIA BRISCO
COVER: R. M. GUERA
What better way to bridge the gap between Halloween and the festive holidays than with a little mind-numbing, gruesome horror? Writer Alex De Campi returns to her blood-and-guts masterpiece with the artist of the pull-no-punches Vertigo opus “Scalped,” R. M. Guera, launching the second — and final — installment of “Grindhouse,” a comic that has become infamous for its willingness to push the envelope of good taste. The first “Grindhouse” mini set the bar for gruesome atrocity, and De Campi promises an even grimier experience this time around as she presents a “brutal holiday tale of revenge and supernatural terror in the driven snow!” Nothing beats some Thanksgiving leftovers and a side dish of soul-searing horror.
GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #1
WRITER: RAY FAWKES
ART: BEN TEMPLESMITH
COVER: BEN TEMPLESMITH, ANDREA SORRENTINO
Speaking of horror, Ben Templesmith (“30 Days of Night,” “Ten Grand”) arrives at DC to bring his terrifying visions to the world of Gotham City in “Gotham by Midnight.” Writer Ray Fawkes has been doing a bang up job on DC’s “Constantine” and as part of the writing team tackling “Batman Eternal,” and his penchant for telling compelling dark tales should combine nicely with Templesmith’s daring, dark vision. What terrors exist in Gotham at the midnight hour? We are almost afraid to ask, but the answers will arrive in November.
ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
WRITER: RICK REMENDER
ART: STUART IMMONEN
COVER: STUART IMMONEN, SARA PICHELLI, ALEX ROSS, CARLOS PACHECO, SKOTTIE YOUNG, KRIS ANKA
When fans thrilled to the Falcon’s high-flying exploits in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” it became clear to millions of moviegoers that he was just too cool to play second banana for long, and now it’s time for Marvel to deliver the goods. One of Marvel’s most underutilized characters for decades, Sam Wilson, is ready to shine as he takes up Marvel’s greatest legacy: the mantle of Captain America. With Ed Brubaker’s “Winter Soldier” arc fresh in their minds thanks to the movie, some fans way be a bit unsure about another Cap replacement story coming their way. But Rick Remender is not the kind of writer that flinches away from seismic change, and with Stuart Immonen on board as artist, you know it will all look fantastic. Fans may miss Steve Rogers under the mask, but it’s time for Sam Wilson to take to the spotlight. Plus, a new Nomad? HYDRA’s plans ramping back up to a new crescendo? Yeah — that sounds good to us.
SHADOW SHOW #1 (of 5)
WRITERS: JOE HILL, JASON CIARAMELLA
ART: CHARLES PAUL WILSON III
COVER: GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ
Any time famed horror writer Joe Hill lends his name to a comic, there is a reason to pay attention. Hill is one of the most exciting voices in genre fiction, and his comic book work from “Locke & Key” to “Capes” has been extraordinary. In “Shadow Show,” he pays tribute to one of the men who started it all, the legendary Ray Bradbury. Bradbury is one of the most important voices in the history of genre fiction and it will be a blast to see some of today’s greatest creators pay tribute to the master. Hill and his “Capes” and “Wraith” artists Jason Ciaramella and Charles Paul Wilson III kick it off with “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” the story of two young teens who find themselves thrust into a world that is pure Bradbury.
TOOTH & CLAW #1
STORY: KURT BUSIEK
ART: BEN DEWEY
Kurt Busiek returns to Image with a book described as “‘Conan’ meets ‘Game of Thrones’ meets ‘Kamandi’ in an original high-fantasy epic for mature readers.” As evident by his continuing work on “Astro City,” one of Busiek’s strengths is his ability to construct fascinating worlds. “Tooth & Claw” promises to continue that trend as Busiek delves into the world of high fantasy with artist Ben Dewey. Image has cemented its reputation as a place for cutting edge contemporary voices to do their creator-owned thing, so it’s exciting to see an entirely new project coming from them and such a talented veteran. With everyone and their mother trying to compare their fantasy projects to “Game of Thrones,” it’s a claim we now take with a large grain of salt. But when you hear it coming from a talent the likes of Busiek, it may be time to believe the hype.
AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #4-6 (OF 9)
WRITER: RICK REMENDER
ART: LEINIL FRANCIS YU, TERRY DODSON
COVERS: JIM CHEUNG, CLAY MANN, DAVID MARQUEZ, SARA PICHELLI, VALERIO SCHITI
Yes, we picked “Axis” as a buzzworthy book last month, but with the plot twist of switching the alignments of Marvel’s of heroes and villains in “Inversion,” we’re confident in picking it once again. “Axis” seems like it is going to be a crossover event made up of three high concepts, and “Inversion” looks like an arc where the bad guys will get to shine like never before. Just one look at the solicitations shows that the three issues available in November are truly packed: The introduction of the evil version of Hulk, KLUH; the departure of a founding member of the Avengers from the team; some always welcome Dr. Doom action; a new Sorceress Supreme; a battle between Iron Man and Daredevil; and the coming of the Astonishing Avengers are all happening in November.
Between “Axis” the new “Captain America” and his ongoing creator-owned series, it looks like November will also be Rick Remender month, and he always packs his books with high concepts while not being afraid to drastically alter classic characters. “Inversion” promises huge changes for both heroes and villains, and could be a major turning point for many fan favorite characters.
SAVAGE DRAGON #200
STORY: ERIK LARSEN & GARY CARLSON
ART: ERIK LARSEN, HERB TRIMPE, CHRIS BURNHAM, NIKOS KOUTSIS, FRANK FOSCO & TRAVIS SENGAUS
COVERS: ERIK LARSEN, JACK KIRBY
How many comics reach #200 these days? When “Savage Dragon” hits that landmark in November, we know Erik Larsen will be pulling out all the stops. Other than “Spawn,” “Savage Dragon” is the only original Image book still going, and it stands alone as the only one still being done by the original creator. Two hundred straight issues, in the era of reboots, restarts and rehashes? Mr. Larsen, take a bow. This is a huge comic with some of the greatest artists of yesterday and today joining forces to pay tribute to one of modern comics’ most enduring titles.
ANGRY BIRDS/TRANSFORMERS #1 (of 4)Â
WRITER: JOHN BARBER
ART: MARCELO FERREIRA, LIVIO RAMONDELLI
COVER: MARCELO FERREIRA
The AUTOBIRDS and DECEPTIHOGS! The most unexpected team up of all! The cute and permanently PO’ed Angry Birds meet the Transformers in a saga we didn’t know we wanted, but we cannot deny. Imagine, Optimus Prime using a giant slingshot to shoot an Angry Bird to take out Devestator, or one of those stupid, stupid piggies growing to giant size to take on Grimlock? This could be mayhem at its finest, and the type of madness that only comics can provide.
WONDER WOMAN #36
WRITER: MEREDITH FINCH
ART/COVER: DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Since the New 52 began, only one writer has penned Diana’s solo adventures, with Brian Azzarello guiding Wonder Woman since September, 2011, in one of the most dramatically different takes on the character we’ve ever seen. With Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang bidding farewell to Diana’s world, it’s time to welcome Meredith and David Finch as the creative time for the next era of “Wonder Woman.” With a first issue featuring an appearance by the Justice League, new supporting characters, new villains and a guest spot by Swamp Thing, it will be interesting to see how the Finches follow up Azzarello and Chiang’s wholly unique run on the series. The new creative team’s run on the series has been a controversial one, before the first issue — or even a preview — has been released, so all eyes will be on issue #36 in November to see what they’re bringing to the table.
STORY: MATT FRACTION
ART / COVER: CHRISTIAN WARD
Matt Fraction has been doing some of the best work of his creator-owned career at Image with “Sex Criminals” and “Satellite Sam,” and now he presents a futuristic, sci-fi take on Homer’s “The Odyssey.” Judging from fan and critical reaction to Fraction’s other books, there’s a solid chance “Ody-C” could make a splash at next summer’s Eisner Awards.
SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1
WRITER: TOM TAYLOR (W)
ART: YILDIRAY Ã‡INAR
Cover by MIKE CHOI
Variant Covers by YILDIRAY Ã‡INAR, SARA PICHELLI, SKOTTIE YOUNG
75th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT BY ALEX ROSS
Somehow, the events of “Inversion” have made Tony Stark “Superior.” Only the recently-arrived-at-Marvel Tom Taylor (“Injustice,” “Earth 2”) and artist Yildiray Ã‡inar know what secrets await to be uncovered as they usher in a new and dark era for Iron Man. We’re looking forward to seeing what happens in what seems to be the book most directly and immediately affected by “Axis.”