This week on Sequential Fiction, we’re talking Comics Previews, we’re talking Doctor Strange, we’ve got comic picks of the week, an update on the Forest City Comicon, and loads more!
This week Sequential Fiction is brought to you by The Forest City Comicon, November 5th and 6th at the London Convention Centre in London Ontario. With amazing guests, tons of vendors, comics, sci-fi, and video games featuring Project Play, the Forest City Comicon is Southwestern Ontario’s best comics and pop culture convention!
This year the show is two exciting days, and Sequential Fiction will be there! Come see a live recording of Sequential Fiction on Saturday November 5th at 1pm.
Brian and Liam’s Comic Picks of the Week:
MARK MILLAR & GREG CAPULLO join forces to create the smash hit sci-fi / fantasy story of the year: REBORN. Where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell; somewhere else. Somewhere you have to fight to survive. Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you-the good and the bad.
Our hero’s luck turns against him. What seemed like a risk-free gig that should have got him some easy cash turns into a fast-track to Hell for Tyler Cross. A hell called “Angola,” the biggest high-security prison in the United States, surrounded by swamps and crushed by the sweltering Louisiana sunshine. And then just to put the cherry on the cake, the Scarfo clan has put a price on his head, and there are a whole load of Sicilians among Tyler’s fellow inmates. If Tyler ever manages to get out of this penitentiary hell, it sure won’t be for good conduct.
Cover Story: Comics Previews
Our favourite comics from the All New Comics October Previews (for comics shipping February 2017).
Dark Horse Entertainment – Angel Catbird HC 02 Castle Catula – $14.99
The catcentric adventure continues, in the all-ages follow-up to best-selling novelist Margaret Atwood’s debut graphic novel. Genetic engineer Strig Feleedus, also known as Angel Catbird, and his band of half-cats head to Castle Catula to seek allies as the war between cats and rats escalates. o Volume 1 was on the top 10 list for Best Fall Graphic Novels by Publishers Weekly. o Foreword by G. Willow Wilson.
Dynamite Entertainment – Wonder Woman Bionic Woman 77 – $3.99
Party like it’s 1977 in this cross-over event fans have wanted for decades – but never thought possible! Now, Diana Prince meets Jaime Sommers… or should we say, Wonder Woman meets The Bionic Woman? In this action-packed mini-series, the two television titans team up to fight a rogue cabal bent on wreaking havoc and stealing deadly weapons. Can CASTRA be stopped before their real targets are revealed and lives are lost? With super powers, bionic enhancements, surprise villains, and an invisible plane, just about anything is possible!
Image Comics – Motor Crush – $3.99
The team behind the critically acclaimed revamp of Batgirl returns with an exciting sci-fi action-adventure series! By day, Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting ‘machine narcotic’ known as Crush. Featuring Part One of ISOLA: PROLOGUE by BRENDEN FLETCHER and KARL KERSCHL!
Image Comics – Rockstars (Mature) – $3.99
SERIES PREMIERE Fan-favorite JOE HARRIS (GREAT PACIFIC, The X-Files) and mega-talented newcomer MEGAN HUTCHISON deliver a new ongoing series exploring rock ‘n’ roll’s untold mysteries and secrets! ‘NATIVITY IN BLACKLIGHT,’ Part One When a pattern of unsolved ‘groupie’ murders from the 1970s resumes in present-day Los Angeles, nobody makes the connection except Jackie Mayer, a rock nerd with a strange connection to music’s urban legends and lost history. Together with muckraking music writer Dorothy Buell, they soon uncover a vast conspiracy involving a legendary band, demonic possession, and sacrifices to the dark gods of rock.
Marvel Comics – Civil War II HC – $50.00
When a new Inhuman emerges with the ability to profile the future, the Marvel Universe will be rocked to its core! While Captain Marvel harnesses Ulysses’ powers to prevent crime, Iron Man is violently opposed to the implications. As Tony Stark takes matters (and the law) into his own hands and declares war on the Inhumans, others are willing to fight – and even die – to stop him. And when one of the biggest heroes of all falls, the resulting trial of the century stokes the fire. Friendships crumble, teams are torn apart and the conflict goes galactic – but when the truth about Ulysses’ visions is revealed, all bets are off in one of the biggest battles in Marvel history! Collecting CIVIL WAR II #0-8 and material from FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2016 (CIVIL WAR II) #1. Rated T+
Hulk: JENNIFER WALTERS has survived the Civil War barely and having risen from the rubble, she re-enters the world a different kind of hero. Fueled by a quiet rage, she is determined to move forward, to go on with her life, but the pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger Jen’s transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over Rated T
Slapstick: Steve Harmon was an average teenager who had an average job as your average clown, living in average New Jersey. But after being zapped by weird and mysterious extradimensional energy, Steve became Slapstick, a living, breathing cartoon! Now, after joining, and then quitting, Deadpool’s Mercs for Money, Slapstick is striking it out on his own terms! Sure he’s gotta move back in with his parents, but these new business ventures take time. And anyways, he gets to team-up with the Amazing Spider-Man in his first issue. That seems like he’s doing pretty well to me! Parental Advisory
Now Rocket Raccoon: GROUNDED! From the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket has found himself stuck in the LAST place he wants to be-the backwards, no-class, pit of a planet called Earth. It’s where those dumb furry things people say he looks like are from! One thing is clear-it doesn’t matter who or what gets in his way he’s gotta get off this mudball, NOW. Easier said than done. Rated T+
Now Gamora: Before the Guardians there was Gamora! From screenwriter Nicole Perlman-co-writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy screenplay-and Marvel superstar artist Marco Checchetto comes a killer new ongoing series! Once upon a time she was Thanos’ heartless pet assassin and favorite daughter. Today, she is the backbone of the Guardians of the Galaxy, putting her life on the line to defend the innocent. What was it that transformed her from being used as a tool of her oppressor, to a champion of the powerless? Embark on a journey of revenge and redemption, and witness how Gamora earned her reputation as the Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy. Rated T
Valiant Entertainment – Divinity III Stalinverse – $3.99
Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.
“Russia takes over the world, in a sentence!” Matt Kindt said. “The true twist here is that no one is even aware that this isn’t how the world should be. That’s how far reality has been bent. No one even realizes that Russia hasn’t always ruled the Earth. Well, no one realizes except two people.”
Cover Story: Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange, the latest Marvel Movie is just a few weeks away from debuting, and we thought it would be a good idea to give a little Comics 101 on the good Doctor.
Dr Stephen Strange was a brilliant, gifted, and incredibly arrogant neurosurgeon. After a car accident horribly injures him, he is told he will never operate again. He then goes on a quest to heal his ruined hands, where he discovers that magic is real. After going on the hero’s journey, he becomes both a master of martial arts, and of the mystical arts, eventually becomes The Sorcerer Supreme, and is the guardian of magic in the Marvel Universe.
In addition to knowing powerful spells, his costume contains two powerful mystical artifacts. The Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto. Strange resides in the Sanctum Sanctorum in Grenwich village New York, with his friend and valet – Wong.
Doctor Strange got his start in Strange Tales in Strange Tales (July 1963), created by Steve Ditko, with stories written first by Stan Lee, then eventually solely by Ditko. Inspired by stories of Black Magic, Strange was created to bring mysticism to the Marvel Universe.
The series would be written by a sucession of writers including Bill Everett, Marie Severin, Dan Adkins and finally Roy Thomas, who wrote the book for roughly a year and a half before it would be cancelled.
Steve Ditko contributed some of his most surrealistic work to the comic book and gave it a disorienting, hallucinogenic quality. Dr. Strange’s adventures take place in bizarre worlds and twisting dimensions that resembled Salvador Dalí paintings. Inspired by the pulp-fiction magicians of Stan Lee’s childhood as well as by contemporary Beat culture, Dr. Strange remarkably predicted the youth counterculture’s fascination with Eastern mysticism and psychedelia. Never among Marvel’s more popular or accessible characters, Dr. Strange still found a niche among an audience seeking a challenging alternative to more conventional superhero fare.
Bradford W. Wright – Comic Book Nation
Brian’s Favourite Doctor Strange Story:
Collects Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment, Doctor Strange (1974) #57 and material from Astonishing Tales (1970) #8, Marvel Fanfare (1982) #16 and #43.
Every year on Midsummer’s Eve, Victor von Doom clashes with the forces of evil in a vain attempt to free his mother’s soul from Hell. Only when Doctor Stephen Strange — Master of the Mystic Arts and Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme — is convinced to join the fight, does the outcome have any hope of changing. But first these unlikely allies must journey to Mephisto’s infernal realm … where they find that the cost of one soul may be more than they are willing to pay!