The cold, calculating machine-brain of Challengers, Dal's professional demeanor hides a heart that runs almost entirely on comics and graphic novels. In the trenches of comics retail for almost as long as Patrick, Dal's ready to debate the merits of today's most acclaimed creators and point out the hidden gems of the past. He also occasionally smiles. I saw it once. I think.
We’ve been waiting for a creator-owned comic by Tom Taylor for a long time, and one is finally available next week in the form of SEVEN SECRETS! There’s also 4 more EMPYRE comics and the latest issue of DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL with all its variant covers (on a related note, someone was just in looking for Death Metal #2, which they called “Scott Snyder’s Dark Metal,” and while we still have 3 different variant covers, the fact that we didn’t have the main cover was reason enough to make this gentleman say, as he was leaving, that this store is “bu!!$#!t”) and so many more new comics and graphic novels!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- SEVEN SECRETS #1 We're very excited for this book!! For centuries, the Order has trusted in Keepers and Holders to guard the Secrets in seven briefcases against all harm, but when their stronghold is attacked and the secrets put in peril, the entire Order must face their greatest fear-an enemy who knows too much and is willing to kill to get what he wants. Now, the Order's newest member, Caspar, must discover the truth of the Secrets before the enemy does, or risk losing everything. BIG GIRLS #1 When men become giant monsters hellbent on destroying the world, only girls can stop them-BIG GIRLS. Meet Ember-she writes poetry, loves to read, and she's a 300-foot-tall full-time monster killer! She and the other big girls are all that stand in the way of our world's complete annihilation! LOIS LANE AND THE FRIENDSHIP CHALLENGE From New York Times bestselling author Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes) and artist Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance) comes a new graphic novel about 13-year-old Lois Lane as she navigates the confusing worlds of social media and friendship. This book looks adorable!
Challengers! Come for the comics; leave abruptly because of the “bu!!$#!t”!
If, and we do mean IF, everything works out right, we’ll have 2 issues of BATMAN this week (#95 and #96). And we’ll have several EMPYRE tie-ins, and a DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL one-shot, the original ALIEN screenplay adapted into comics, a giant-size FANTOMEX book and so much more!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- ALIEN ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY #1 En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins . . . Adapted from the original 1976 screenplay by Dan O'Bannon BAD MOTHER #1 April Walters is a hit-and-run victim of life -- a middle-aged soccer mom whose inner fire has been snuffed out by her dreary suburban existence. When her teenage daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances, April embarks on a harrowing mission to find her. HORIZON ZERO DAWN #1 Aloy and Talanah return in a new story set after the events of the game! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new earth. MY LITTLE PONY TRANSFORMERS #1 When Queen Chrysalis casts a spell looking for more changelings, she accidentally interferes with a malfunctioning Spacebridge! What's this mean for our favorite fillies? There are suddenly a bunch of Autobots and Decepticons in Equestria! And as the dust settles, Rarity and Arcee find themselves teaming up against a hostile Decepticon force... THE DREAMING WAKING HOURS #1 One of Dream's heaviest responsibilities is the creation of nightmares-the beings that haunt our sleep and turn our thoughts toward darkness. In the form of Ruin, the nightmare of catastrophic failure, Dream was certain he'd built his next masterpiece... but Ruin can't help but live up to his name, sending every situation into a spiral of unexpected consequences. GIANT SIZE X-MEN FANTOMEX #1 A bred killer who choses the life of a gentleman super-thief, Fantomex has always defied expectations... For example, who would expect him to break into the World, the artificial realm of his creation? And then again? And then... again?
Welcome to another week of New Comics in the most frustrating period of comics retail that has ever been! Hooray! Why is it so frustrating? Who cares! Distract yourself with all these new comics!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- X-FACTOR #1 By the grace of The Five, the resurrection protocols can bring back any fallen mutant. But such a huge enterprise isn't without its problems and complications... When a mutant dies, X-Factor is there to investigate how and why to keep the rules of reincarnation. HEDRA In a glorious exploration of the comics medium with echoes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Flash Gordon, Chris Ware, and Moebius, a lone astronaut leaves a world ravaged by nuclear war in search of life. What she finds is beyond all explanation. LOST SOLDIERS #1 Vietnam, 1969. Juarez, forty years later. Three men tied by the war they left behind-on collision course with a new one. Written by Ales Kot. ADVENTURE ZONE VOL 03 PETALS TO METAL Clint McElroy and sons Griffin, Justin, and Travis hit the road again and have gone full-time at the Bureau of Balance. Their next assignment is a real thorny one: apprehending The Raven, a master thief who's tapped into the power of a Grand Relic to ransack the city of Goldcliff.
Here’s hoping we actually get all the books that are listed here this week!!
This is an X-MEN/EMPYRE/BATMAN week, for sure! 4 Bat-Family books; 4 Empyre books; 5 X-Men books. They are not messing around!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- BATMAN #95 It was always going to come to this. The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before, he's never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now his motivation has shifted. He has decided that one way or another, this will be the final chapter to their story. "Joker War" begins here! BLISS #1 There's a drug called Bliss wiping away memories in Feral City. A good-hearted young man, overwhelmed by a deathly sick child and distraught wife, makes a deal to become the personal hitman to three gods, killing those in their way and sending memories down the river of Oblivion in exchange for his family's well-being. Breaking Bad meets Neil Gaiman's Sandman in an urban fantasy unlike any you've ever seen. CHU #1 TONY CHU is a cibopath, able to get psychic impressions from what he eats. SAFFRON CHU is a cibopars, able to learn secrets from who she eats with. Tony is a cop. Saffron is a criminal. They are brother and sister, and they are on a collision course. Spinning out of the multiple Eisner Award-winning and New York Times bestselling series CHEW comes CHU, a felonious new food noir about cops, crooks, cooks, and clairvoyants. EMPYRE AVENGERS #1 With the threat from the stars now reaching Earth, Captain America sends out the call for heroes to meet its advance across the globe! But in the far-off Antarctic Savage Land, Ka-Zar and the Agents of Wakanda have located an enemy offensive that could change the course of the conflict! Which Avengers will answer the call to this remote area and will they be able to cope with the strangeness they find there? EMPYRE X-MEN #1 Plant people from outer space have come to Earth and, wouldn't you know it, they just happen to be here when millions of mutants rise as undead creatures hungry for human flesh. The X-Men return to Genosha in a tale so crazy, it's taking the entire writing crew of the X-Men line to tackle it! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SINS RISING PRELUDE #1 Who is the Sin-Eater, and why is it so terrifying that he's back? Nick Spencer pulls back the curtain on one of the most dangerous Spidey villains in history and puts him on a collision course with Spider-Man that will have you quaking in your seat.
And you’ll notice Marvel is no longer skipping weeks of single-issue comics. And we’re not skipping them, either.
Sure, it’s hot outside, but it’s even hotter INSIDE—inside the pages of this week’s New Comics, that is! Ugh, Sorry. That was bad.
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- EMPYRE #1 The Kree and the Skrulls have united under a new emperor - and their war fleet is on a collision course for our world. On the moon, the Avengers are ready to strike with the full power of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Approaching from outer space, the Fantastic Four are seeking a diplomatic solution. If the two teams can't work together to save the day, things can only get worse... ENGINEWARD #1 Earth is an ancient myth, long forgotten. Now, the word of the god-like Celestials is absolute, and they rule with brutal efficiency. When Joss, an Engineward, discovers and reactivates the head of an ancient ghoulem, she finds all is not as intended. Her destiny-and that of her world-lies somewhere far beyond the borders of her shantytown. GIANT-SIZE X-MEN MAGNETO #1 Krakoa may be only for mutants, but mutants still need to deal with the human world around them. Magneto has a plan for that. SACRED SIX #1 Four women are lured to rural Georgia as part of a mysterious scheme to defend an impoverished farming town which finds itself under siege by zealots. But this isn't just any impoverished farming town, and these aren't just any four women. The all-new Draculina, Pantha, Nyx, and Chastity have been brought together in Ashthorne in an effort to avert all-out war against nearby Sacred, Georgia. But Ashthorne has a deadly secret, Sacred has a deadly purpose, and lurking in the shadows is Lilith, the immortal sorceress and mother to Vampirella. SNAKE EYES DEADGAME #1 Written & drawn by Rob Liefeld. Snake Eyes has long been the most mysterious member of the Joes, but how long can he keep his past classified when he's forced to play his hand? Will he get a lucky roll? Or will the deadgame finally catch up to him? iWOLVERINE 2020 #1 In the wake of Arno Stark's crusade against A.I.s, no robot is safe. Fearing of Elsie Dee's safety in these tumultuous times, Albert, the robot Wolverine, goes to Madripoor to find her, but what he finds is a fight against Madripoor's criminal underbelly instead!
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