What's in stores this week? A new science fiction series from the man who wrote Runaways, presidential candidates with alien problems, and other sundry good reads. Shall we?
Who's that goat-horned guy above? That's one of the protagonists of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's Saga, their new ongoing space opera series on Image Comics. This is the first comic project we've seen from the author in a spell, so sign us up:
Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war.
Another title we're particularly looking forward to is Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly's political science fiction book Saucer Country, which is about a presidential candidate plagued by extraterrestrial visions:
Arcadia Alvarado, the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States, says she was 'abducted by aliens.' As the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico, she's dealing with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She's about to toss her hat into the ring as a candidate for President in the most volatile political climate ever. But then…a lonely road and a nightmarish encounter have left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories. And now she has to become President. To expose the truth - and maybe, to save the world.
Also on the docket is the Lovecraftian-tinged Infestation 2: G.I. Joe (here's a preview) and Brian Michael Bendis' miniseries Avengers Assemble, which brings together the superheroic roster from the upcoming film.
Finally, Buckaroo Banzai screenwriter Earl Mac Rauch pens a new BB series, and Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows team up again to write Crossed: Badlands, so look forward to infected crazed humans wanking on bullets and other charming happenings.
There are also new issues of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Conan the Barbarian, Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E., Orchid, The Strain, Batwoman, Wolverine and the X-Men, Punisher, Adventure Time, Powers, The Unwritten, Locke & Key: Clockworks, and Incredible Hulk. You can also read a preview of the new issue of Superboy right here.
DC Comics is releasing a series of Flashpoint trades, including those that collect two of the better miniseries, Batman: Knight of Vengeance and Project Superman.
Jimmy Palmiotti's Kickstarter-funded graphic novel Queen Crab and a reprint of Hugo Pratt's first volume of Corto Maltese stories are out as well.
As for Marvel books, there's the X-Men: Season One graphic novel, which features art by Phonogram illustrator Jamie McKelvie, and the first bookshelf collection of rebooted Uncanny X-Men stories, which is penned by Phonogram scribe Kieron Gillen.