Good news, Pasty Walker, Hellcat! This week Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, a longtime faculty member at the Parsons New School of Design, makes his Marvel Universe debut in the pages of Models, Inc. #1. Surely he can answer any of your fashion-related questions.
Models, Inc. features a bunch of Marvel’s model characters, including Millie the Model, Chili Storm, Mary Jane Watson and Patsy herself, as they become embroiled in a murder case during Fashion Week. Paul Tobin and Marc Sumerak are writing, Jorge Molina and Vincenc Villagrasa are drawing, and Scott Clark and Phil Jiminez are providing the covers. I’d go with the Jiminez one (if I were gonna shell out $4 for a comic, which I’m not), as the Clark cover looks positively Landian.
The heavily promoted (by Gunn…on TV!) Models, Inc. aside, Marvel’s actually got a pretty big week. Let’s take a look at what they have coming out this week…as well as other books of note from a few publishers that aren’t Marvel, after the jump.
Oh and the more salient thing about Labor Day than whether or not it makes Moon Knight’s costume more of a fashion faux pas than it already is? It means comics should be delayed until Thursday, and Diamond delayed posting the updated shipping list until after I wrote this up, so the information below is even less reliable than usual.
All and Sundry: Uncollected Work 2004-2009: This 200-page, $30 hardcover collects uncollected work from artist Paul Hornschemeir, thus turning its own subtitle into bizarre paradox to be meditated upon. While you’re trying to wrap your head around a collection of uncollected work, check out the 12-page excerpt here.
Astro Boy Movie Adaptation #4: The fourth, $4 issue of IDW’s miniseries adapting the upcoming computer-animated movie comes out this week, as does the trade collection of the same. Weird. They’re by Scott Tipton and E.J. Su, and the trade is 105-pages for $18
Dead Space: Extraction: This $3.50 Image Comics one-shot is set in the same world as the previous Dead Space comic by Antony Johnston and Ben Templesmith. It’s apparently based on a zombies-in-space type of video game for the Nintendo Wii. I normally wouldn’t even mention it—how many good comics based on video games are there, anyway?—but it does feature Templesmith art, and hey, it’s a light week. We’ve got a nine-page preview here.
Captain Britain and MI13 Vol. 3: Vampire State: If you didn’t read Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk’s series in singles—and the fact that it’s cancelled seems to indicate that most of you didn’t—then here’s your chance to check out the best of the series’ three story arcs. Count Dracula and his vampire allies decide to conquer England and set it up as a new nation state for vampires, and it’s up to Pete Wisdom, Captain Britain, Blade and I think every English Marvel hero ever to stave them off. It’s a 175-page trade paperback, and costs $20.
Dark Reign: The List—Avengers #1: This is the first in a series of over-punctuated one-shots by rotating creative teams, each dealing with Norman Osborn attempting to tick a problem super-team or hero off his list. Better title? Norman Osborn’s $#!% List: The Avengers. Ah well. This one features the Avengers, New and Dark flavored, and is by the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Marco Djurdjevic and Mark Morales. It’s $4.
Fantastic Four: Lost Adventures by Stan Lee: This $25, 200-page trade paperback includes that “lost” issue Marvel released a while back, featuring never-before-seen art by Jack Kirby, and a smattering of other Lee-penned FF tales, including The Last Fantastic Four Story and some pieces from various anniversary issues. A who’s who of artists are involved, including John Buscema, Jerry Ordway, Al Milgrom, Barry Windsor Smith, Nick Dragotta and both John Romitas.
Giraffes in My Hair: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Life: The Great Carol Swain tells the story of her partner Bruce Paley’s life during the late 1960s, when he happened to be in the right place at the right time (or is that wrong the wrong place at the wrong time?) to experience some of the more pivotal events of those years. It’s a 140-page, $20 hardcover, and you can see download a preview of it here.
Kick-Ass #7: Oh hey, it’s a new issue of this thing. I was beginning to wonder if the movie would come out before this series wrapped up or not. If you like your Mark Millar Marvel comics more expensive, an extra dollar will get you Ultimate Comics Avengers #2, with Carlos Pacheco, which is also out this week.
Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #15: The Hulk and Tigra versus Mysterio, by Paul Tobin and Amilcar Pinna.
Nomad: Girl Without a World #1: It’s the triumphant return of writer Sean McKeever to Marvel Comics! McKeever is paired with artist David Baldeon for a four-issue, $4-per-issue miniseries about Rikki Barnes, the female Bucky from Rob Liefeld’s “Heroes Reborn” Capbomination. If her origins frighten you, don’t worry—Baldeon’s art looks like this.
The Shield #1: This title’s very existence kinda makes me sad. While DC’s decision to launch a Magog ongoing last week was truly confounding, I can kind of see how they might come to think that The Shield would be able to carry a title for a little while, but, come on, is a new book featuring an obscure Golden Age hero with no real fan base and a creative team with no hits on their resumes really going to last a year? Or two? Well, I guess we’ll see. This is one of DC’s $4, back-up-having books, with Eric Trautmann, Marco Rudy and Mick Gray’s Shield story in the lead slot, while Brandon Jerwa and Greg Scott’s Inferno is in the co-feature slot. Good luck guys!