The crisp air, the fields full of apples and pumpkins, the return of school buses on your daily commute . . . it’s fall, y’all!
This month, we take a look at the new Hard Case Crime title Gun Honey and check in with Max and Chloe in the finale of Life is Strange: Coming Home.
Titan Comics News and Announcements
September 2021 Release Schedule
Please note release dates are always subject to change.
- Life is Strange: Coming Home #2: September 1st
- Lone Sloane: Delirious Vol. 2: September 1st
- Elric: The Dreaming City #2: September 8th
- Blade Runner: Origins #6: September 15th
- Ryuko Vol. 1 and 2 (boxed set): September 28th
- ExtraOrdinary #4: September 29th
- Gun Honey #1: September 29th
Titan Comics November 2021 Solicitations
If you’re looking for a chance to get into (or back into) the Blade Runner universe, Blade Runner 2029 also kicks off a new arc on November 3rd. with issue #9, which sees Detective Ash up against a cult leader hell-bent on destroying Los Angeles. Blade Runner: Origins also continues in November, with issue #8 dropping on November 17th. Life is Strange: Settling Dust and Horizon Zero Dawn: Liberation also continue their runs, with their latest issues dropping on November 10th. Gun Honey (which we’ll have a review of the debut issue later on in this PUBWATCH), also sees its third issue drop on November 17th.
We also have advance solicitations for a new Robotech Archives collection coming on December 15th, and an English translation of Fabien Nury’s The Man Who Shot Chris Kyle for February 2022.. And there’s only one magazine out in November, but it’s a good one: the Star Wars Insider Souvenir Edition 2022. This is the title’s yearly annual full of interviews and highlights as well as some amazing covers celebrating The Mandalorian.
Please note release dates are subject to change.
Cowboy Bebop Cover Artists Revealed
3, 2, 1: Let’s jam.
If this past weekend’s Netflix event has you even more excited for the upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop, we have the full lineup of artists who will be doing covers for the debut issue. The main cover will be drawn by, Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau (who will also provide a black and white variant). Other artists on tap for covers include Doctor Who artist Claudia Ianniciello (which you can see above), Afu Chan (Outer Darkness), and Yishan Li (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer).
Cowboy Bebop will come to Netflix on November 19th. The Cowboy Bebop comic will drop on December 8th.
Titan Comics Movie/TV Humble Bundle
Want to get your hands on some of Titan’s movie and TV-themed comics? You have until October 1st to jump on the latest Humble Bundle, which features $500 worth of title for just $18! Series featured in this bundle include Penny Dreadful, Robotech, The Blacklist, and many more!
What I’m Reading
We check in with Max and Chloe and and get to meet Joanna Tan in our latest round of reviews.
(Note that our reviews may contain spoilers, so proceed carefully!)
Life is Strange: Coming Home #2
Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt (letterer) Andrea Izzo (colorist), Claudia Leonardi (artist), Richard Starkings (letterer), Emma Vieceli (writer)
August 4, 2021
It’s the end of October in Louisiana. Max and Chloe are having a playful, romantic snowball fight. Concerns about climate change aside, why is it snowing in Louisiana in October? It’s just Max jumping through timelines (pocket time, as she calls it) with Chloe. It doesn’t make sense to Chloe though, but she doesn’t care. But is it all a dream? That seems to be when Max and Pixie wake up, along with Chloe and Rachel. And in Chloe’s timeline, she also wakes up from a similar dream with Max. Along the way, Pixie and Tristan talk about Pixie’s new gift, which has Tristan wondering if there is a timeline where he belongs. The channels between worlds are starting to open up, and it may not be long before everyone finds the place where they need to be, including Tristan, a man without a world to call home.
After a slow burn over five volumes, it’s rewarding and heartwarming to see Max and Chloe finally reach across the parallel universes and connect. We know their story is ending when Life is Strange: Settling Dust comes in October. And Vieceli is starting to move her chess pieces into place to make this happen. One hallmark of this series, though, is personal growth, evident in the character of Victoria Chase, who went from mean girl to friend through the trauma of the destruction of Arcadia Bay. Perhaps the lesson for Max is in embracing grief, a truth she learns on her visit to a New Orleans cemetery and a conversation with a local. It’s a lesson so perfect and poignant for our pandemic times, as we all struggle with grief and loss that can be so hard to comprehend.
We haven’t had any chance to visually experience mysticism. That’s been left mainly to the script. Claudia Ianniciello and Andrea Izzo take us into these ideas visually in this issue, using butterflies and lights. The butterfly brings back the main theme of the Life is Strange video game, that butterfly effect. And in the final scenes, Max is surrounded by small lights. It’s a physical manifestation of her powers as she comes to grips with what she needs to do next. What beautiful visual representation of that personal growth!
There is a literal storm brewing in both worlds that could derail everyone’s carefully crafted plans. But I don’t think Max is going to let that get in her way.
Gun Honey #1
Charles Ardai (writer), Ang Hor Kheng (artist), David Leach (letterer), Asifur Rahman (colorist)
September 29, 2021
Meet Joanna Tan, gun runner to the most elite of criminals. Born and raised in Singapore, she lost both her parents in a bombing, But before becoming an orphan, she learned from Dad to be “fast, clever, small” — just like a mouse. Those capabilities allowed her to slip under the radar of law enforcement, but only for so long. When the feds bring her in, it’s surprisingly not for any of her past transgressions. This time, they want her help. Uncle Sam’s after one of the criminals her work was able to let free. Turning on someone very deadly no doubt will have grave consequences for Joanna, but so will going against Uncle Sam’s orders. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.
Ardai does a lovely job of making you feel sympathetic for Joanna. We find out her backstory growing up as an orphan, but do see moments of a tender father-daughter relationship. And she’s a cat mom, evidence that even the most ruthless have room for love in their lives. There isn’t much we find out in the way of the job that the government has for her. We get some idea that it’s an eco-terrorist group and that the situation parallels how she lost her parents (an attempt by the feds to gain her trust). Hopefully, we’ll know more in future issues just what made this ally who is now her target just so dangerous.
If there is anything I could have done without, it’s the presence and overuse of male gaze in art to introduce Joanna. Our introduction to her is on a beach in Greece where she’s wearing a very skimpy bikini. Other times we see her in the issue wearing low-cut tops or in shots from behind in her lingerie. They do nothing to expand on her character or the story — they’re there just to sell sex. If this is trying to homage pulp novels of the 1950s and 1960s, it does what it needs to do, but it’s quite excessive. The crosshatching on the artwork does a great job providing texture, though, and Asifur Rahman uses color beautifully to move between past and present.
There’s certainly an interesting story and character here at play, one that pays homage to other unconventional women in comic history, like Michael Tree. But overuse of sexualization has the potential to turn readers off just when things are getting started.