Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease spread by cats that is usually asymptomatic in adult humans. Up to half of the population may be infected with it and not even know it. In Man Eaters, a new form of the parasite arises, called Toxoplasmosis X, which acts differently in females. At the onset of menstruation, it causes women to turn into ferocious big cats who literally eat humans alive. Paranoia spreads and women are forcibly treated with hormones to keep them from menstruating, but once in a while one of them slips through the net.
Man Eaters is written by best-selling author Chelsea Cain and illustrated by Kate Niemczyk and Lia Miternique. It's a feminist horror story with some gore and a hefty dose of satire. It'll probably appeal to fans of comics like Bitch Planet.
2. Farm Hand
Farmer Jedidiah Jenkins grows unusual crops. Through a top-secret process involving genetic engineering, he grows transplant-ready human organs literally on trees. His estranged son, Ezekiel, has moved back to the old family homestead with his wife and children, and is not too sure about what his father has done with the family business and whether the old man can be trusted. Meanwhile, industrial spies try to sneak into the farm laboratories to steal Jedidiah's secrets.
Farmhand is a new series by Rob Guillory, co-creator of Image Comids' Chew, and it shows in the art. From the first issue, it looks like grotesque, disturbing fun. I look forward to seeing what later issues bring.
3. Alabaster: Wolves
Alabaster is the story of Dancy Flammarion, a teenage albino girl who wanders Georgia, at the bidding of an angel (or perhaps a voice in her head), and killing monsters. She was first introduced in Caitlin R. Kiernan's novel Threshold and has subsequently appeared in a novel and several other short stories. In this series Dancy finds herself surrounded by werewolves out for revenge.
Alabaster has a dark, fairytale vibe to it. The angel isn't the warm, fuzzy, Touched by an Angel type of angel, but rather the flaming sword-wielding End of Days sort. Dancy isn't exactly warm and fuzzy herself, but I look forward to reading more of her adventures.