Oni Press Solicits For May: Seven Titles Including The Finale To Chris Samnee’s ‘Jonna And The Unpossible Monsters’
by Richard Bruton
Time for the May 2023 Solicits from Oni Press, seven comics/books covering a host of subjects, leading off with the brilliant Chris and Joanna Samnee’s Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters Vol. 3…
Another set of rather interesting titles from Oni Press comes out in May. With seven titles to choose from that run the gamut from Rick & Morty comedy all the way to autobiographical tales of terrible illness and astonishing recovery.
You’ll find two different Rick & Morty series to come in May. Then we have the conclusion of Chris and Laura Samnee’s wonderful all-ages saga Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters. There’s found footage horrors to be found in the graphic novel Blink. We have the first of three issues of Lamentation bringing us theatrical terror and the first of three volumes of Joe Flood’s Knee Deep, telling a tale of a future and a young girl searching for her parents.
Finally, Oni are publishing Memento Mori by the celebrated Finnish graphic novelist Tiitu Takalo wherein she tells of her recovery from a sudden and unexpected cerebral haemorrhage.
Seven titles, plenty of breadth and depth. Time for a look at some cover art and a little company PR…
Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters Vol. 3
Written by Chris Samnee and Laura Samnee, art and cover by Chris Samnee
On sale 3rd May 2023
‘In the final arc of our incredible tale, we learn the origins of the strange creatures that have invaded the planet, draining it of resources—as well as that of fellow adventurers Gor and Nomi. All the threads converge inside the mysterious giant egg! With the fate of their family and possibly the whole world at stake, can Jonna and Rainbow rescue their dad, battle countless monsters, and tell each other how they really feel?’
Lamentation #1 (of 3)
Written by Cullen Bunn, art by Arjuna Susini, Colors by Hilary Jenkins. Cover A by Maan House, Cover B by Yanick Paquette, Cover C by Kyle Hotz.
On sale 3rd May 2023
From the mind’s eye of master storyteller Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Basilisk) and rising star Arjuna Susini (Made Men) comes a darkly glamorous tale of bone-splintering terror at the intersection of shadow and light… dream and nightmare… life and the grim specter of Death himself.
After weeks of grueling rehearsals, a new production is set to begin at the famed Requiem theatre: Razide’s Lament, three acts of gothic horror set inside a haunted castle with a story that some say is more than mere fantasy. Under the stern rule of a dedicated but temperamental director, the script seems to be ever-changing, and, more mysterious still, our lead actress has found herself cast in the role of a lifetime without so much as an audition.
Written by Christopher Sebela, art and cover by Hayden Sherman
On sale 17th May 2023
Wren Booker was three when she was found alone and covered in blood on the streets of New York. Since that day, she’s been haunted by the childhood she can’t remember…until decades later when she finds a cryptic website streaming multiple CCT feeds from strange rooms in a ruined building. Something clicks, setting off hidden memories that lead her back to a place she’s seen in lifelong nightmares. Hunting for answers, Wren breaks in and finds herself lost in the camera-filled dark mazes of a decayed social experiment known only as BLINK…which she quickly discovers is not abandoned at all. But what should be a foreign nightmare-scape feels all too familiar for Wren as she follows her obsession all the way down, piecing together the story of BLINK—as well as her own ties to it.
Eisner-nominated Christopher Sebela (Dirtbag Rapture), Hayden Sherman (Dark Spaces: Wildfire), and Nick Filardi (Rogue Planet) team up for a found-footage horror where uncovering your past will leave you trapped inside it.
Rick and Morty Presents: Maximum Overture #1
Written by Brockton McKinney, art and cover A by Jarrett Williams, cover B by Priscilla Tramontano
On sale 17th May 2023
Rick and Morty find themselves in the mad composer’s clutches and must weather Concerto’s orchestral onslaught while trying to figure out what any of this have to do with Rick. Can they survive this macabre musical death race, or will Concerto compose the Rick and Morty Requiem?
Rick and Morty #5
Written by Alex Firer, art and cover A by Marc Ellerby, cover B by Fred C. Stresing
On sale 24th May 2024
The all-new ongoing series continues. After Rick denied his friend request, hyper tech-bro Glug Vronksy took it personally and imprisoned our hero in fancy space jail. Meanwhile, Rick-less, slightly losing his mind, and somehow working for Vronsky, Morty continues the search for his lost girlfriend, Noelle, but is a bit preoccupied with cleaning a giant dog. Who will attempt to save Rick from space jail? Who?! S-Summer…it’s Summer.
Writer/Artist/Cover by Tiitu Takalo
On sale 24th May 2023
In Memento Mori, celebrated Finnish graphic novelist Tiitu Takalo chronicles her sudden, unexpected cerebral hemorrhage and the long road to recovery she had to travel.
It is a dramatic story about a life turned upside down overnight: a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, the days and nights spent in an intensive care unit, and the long, painful recovery that led the artist to reflect on her life both past and present.
Much more than a story of survival, Memento Mori is a philosophical and psychological journey told with exceptional honesty and compassion. A deeply moving and insightful graphic novel from a master of the medium that is also ultimately a celebration of life.
Knee Deep: Book One
Writer/Artist/Cover by Joe Flood
On sale 31st May 2023
Two hundred years in the future, the survivors of an environmental cataclysm took refuge underground. Their descendants now live in a literal sewer, the bowels of a subterranean city–an abandoned future utopia–that was never completed. These sewerfolk, a collection of scavengers, misfits, bandits, renegades, and mutants, eke out a living in this underground maze of tunnels and canals.
Life is hard enough, but an overzealous mining company, PERCH, wants to get their claws on this new underground frontier. And they won’t hesitate to bulldoze any sewerfolk that get in their way.
Caught in the middle is Cricket, a young girl desperately searching for her family that fled underground. Join Cricket as she explores this savage new world to find her parents and unlock the secrets of a past long forgotten in the three-part graphic novel series, KNEE DEEP.