Director Jason Priestley was in action today, shooting Day 5 of (the as-of-yet-untitled) Episode 206. He’s a crew favorite for his infectious enthusiasm and dynamic pacing. Also, his heavenly shoulder massages. The grips and electrics skip lunch just so they can get him to work their tired delts!
Also seeing action today was this stylin’ fashionista, THE agent of the future: Tabor Calchek (played by David Hewlett). P.S. Check out the socks. This season, Tabor finds himself an unlikely guest aboard The Raza. And one of our crew members find themselves in the unenviable task of babysitting.
Uh oh. Design by Victor Mare.
Speaking of Victor, he stopped me in the hall yesterday to ask about the Dark Matter comic that (seemingly) started it all – and we got on the topic of other titles we’re reading. I promised to put together a list of some of my recent ongoing favorites – and here they are:
ARCADIA (written by Alex Paknadel, illustrated by Eric Scott Pfeiffer)
When 99% of humankind is wiped out by a pandemic, four billion people are “saved” by being digitized at the brink of death and uploaded into Arcadia, a utopian simulation in the cloud. But when Arcadia begins to rapidly deplete the energy resources upon which the 1% of survivors in the real world (aka “The Meat”) depends, how long will The Meat be able—and willing—to help?
The trade paperback, volume 1, will be available May 3, 2016.
LIMBO (written by Dan Watters, illustrated by Caspar Wijngaard)
A detective with no memory, no identity and no manners. A femme fatale seeking escape from a powerful crime lord. A voodoo queen with a penchant for mixtapes and hi-tops. A goat-eating TV… Welcome to Dedande City, where good people check under their beds at night and reality is never quite what it seems.
The trade paperback, volume 1, will be available June 7, 2016.
ROCHE LIMIT (written by Michael Moreci, illustrated by Vic Malhotra)
“Our destiny is the stars, and I will lead us there.” Twenty years after this promise, billionaire Langford Skaargard’s dream of cosmic exploration is no more. Roche Limit, a colony situated on the cusp of a mysterious energy anomaly, is a melting pot of crime and terrible secrets. When Bekkah Hudson goes missing, the search to find her will plunge her sister and a cadre of the colony’s underworld figures into an odyssey that reveals a grim future for mankind.
Trade paperbacks, volumes 1 and 2, available now.
THE VIOLENT (written by Ed Brisson, illustrated by Adam Gorham)
Meet Mason, an ex-con and former drug addict who’s trying hard to give up his old life. He’s got more important things to live for now: a wife struggling to contain her own addiction and a young daughter who needs them both. When threatened with losing his daughter, Mason falls into old habits, stumbling through a string of desperate criminal acts whose repercussions quickly become deadly serious.
Trade paperback, volume 1, coming your way July 12, 2016.
THE LAST CONTRACT (written by Ed Brisson, illustrated by Lisandro Estherren)
A retired hit man, known only as “The Man,” is forced back into the game when a list of his kills is leaked by a mysterious blackmailer. The list makes targets out of anyone associated with one of the The Man’s previous jobs, not to mention The Man himself. As he fights to protect those the list exposes, The Man sets off to uncover the identity of the blackmailer so he can move on with his new life once and for all, but will the truth ruin those chances forever?
PLUTONA (written by Emi Lenox and Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Emi Lenox)
Five kids discover the body of the world’s greatest super hero, Plutona, in the woods after school one day. This discovery sends them on a dark journey that will threaten to tear apart their friendship and their lives.
Trade paperback, volume 1, available May 24, 2016.
THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON (written by Tom King, illustrated by Mitch Gerads)
Baghdad, 2003. The War on Terror has been raging for two years. Iraq’s capital city has been devastated, and without a police force to keep its citizens safe. In an effort to establish some semblance of order in the war-torn city, Florida cop-turned-military consultant Chris Henry has been assigned to train a new group of cadets who will take up the cause of law enforcement. But even those with good intentions are not immune to the chaos found in the post-9/11 Middle East.
Trade paperback, volume 1, headed your way July 12, 2016.
VISION (written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta)
The Vision wants to be human, and what’s more human than family? So he heads back to the beginning, to the laboratory where Ultron created him and molded him into a weapon. The place where he first rebelled against his given destiny and imagined that he could be more -that he could be a man. There, he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Two teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They look like him. They have his powers. They share his grandest ambition -or is that obsession? -the unrelenting need to be ordinary. Behold the Visions!
Trade paperback, volume 1, available July 12, 2016.
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE (written by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, illustrated by Francesco Francavilla)
When Jughead’s beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his furry best friend—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he’s not the same… and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the gang to try to escape from Riverdale!
Trade paperbacks, volume 1, available now.
Start with these and let’s circle back next week!