September means the end of summer and going back to school. Now that chill autumn winds are on the way, there’s no better time to curl up with a comfy sweater and do some fun reading. Luckily, we at EW have our eyes on a few cool comics out this month that will make for great fall reading. Check out our list below.
Batman: Detective Comics #965 (DC)
James Tynion IV (writer), Eddy Barrows (artist)
Batman fans were left stunned by the apparent “death” of Tim Drake, a.k.a. Red Robin, last year. Even though they knew he wasn’t dead so much as spirited away to a cosmic jail by the mysterious Mr. Oz, his absence hurt. But with Doomsday Clock (the highly anticipated DC-Watchmen crossover to which Tim’s disappearance is connected) on its way this November, James Tynion and Eddy Barrows are finally circling back around to Tim’s fate. Even if Tim escapes his cosmic prison, however, he may not still want to be Robin when he returns. As Tynion told EW last year after first taking Tim Drake off the table, “This is the first step toward really big, really cool stuff I am really excited for everyone to see.” We’ll see it soon enough.
Marvel Legacy #1 (Marvel)
Jason Aaron (writer), Esad Ribic (artist)
Three words: Ghost Rider mammoth. In case you weren’t already interested in Marvel’s next big event Legacy, a mere glimpse of the prehistoric Avengers from Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s upcoming one-shot story should be enough to captivate you. It seems that back in 1,000,000 B.C., the Earth was still defended by a team of Avengers. But here Odin wields Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, a woman possesses the Iron Fist, and most importantly of all, Ghost Rider rides a mammoth.
Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 (Image)
Rob Williams (writer), Simon Fraser (artist)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters this month, but that’s not the only place to find new adventures featuring the world’s most debonair spy agency. Kingsman began as a comic (with the 2012 Mark Millar-Dave Gibbons series The Secret Service) and will continue as a comic, with a new miniseries launching this month from 2000 A.D. veterans Rob Williams and Simon Fraser.
“There is obviously a megalomaniacal villain. He’s got a fantastic base, which may or may not be right at the bottom of the ocean,” Williams teased to EW back in June. “It’s a case of Eggsy not just having to save the day and save the world, he’s got to find out who he is, really. I think he’s adrift at the start of this story, and he has to find himself again.”
Bloodshot Salvation #1 (Valiant)
Jeff Lemire (writer), Lewis Larosa & Mico Sayan (artists)
Like many of Valiant’s superheroes, Bloodshot has roots in the antihero craze that dominated comics back in the ’90s. But under the stewardship of Jeff Lemire, Bloodshot has become a fully fleshed-out character. Now that he’s built his own family — including a new daughter, Jessie, who seems to share both her father’s self-healing nanite blood and his taste for violence — Bloodshot’s violent lifestyle carries real consequences.
“I wanted to make him a human being, and once you do that, it adds a side of vulnerability,” Lemire told EW in July. “In the new series, he takes on a new role as a father. As soon as that happens to anyone, you’re immediately vulnerable because you’re no longer looking out for yourself, you’re looking out for your family. All this craziness and violence that surrounds him as Bloodshot is now a threat to them. He’s a danger to his family, and that’s something I’ll explore as the series goes on.”
The Little Red Wolf (Lion Forge)
Amélie Fléchais (writer & artist)
Comics fans are used to reboots; over the years, they’ve seen characters like Batman and the Joker redesigned over and over to meet changing cultural eras. But fairy tales pioneered the idea of reinterpreting classic stories for one’s own purposes, so it’s only natural that both combine in Amélie Fléchais’ reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood. Here the red-swathed child on the way to grandmother’s house is a wolf who ends up in the treacherous grasp of humans. Fléchais’ beautiful art conveys both the timelessness of the tale and the tragedy of her very modern telling.