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.
Was May saving all of its biggest releases for the final week of the month? It sure feels that way! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED— BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 From the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the team that reinvented Batman from the emotional depths of "Court of Owls" to the bombastic power of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, DC Black Label is proud to present the bimonthly, three-issue miniseries BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH. Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane. And...he was never Batman. So begins this sprawling tale of the Dark Knight as he embarks on a quest through a devastated DC landscape featuring a massive cast of familiar faces from the DC Universe. As he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, he must unravel the cause of this terrible future and track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world as he knew it... SUPERMAN LEVIATHAN RISING SPECIAL #1 An all-star roster of writers and artists highlight the new threat of Leviathan, but also tees up new ongoing series for Jimmy Olsen by writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber, and Lois Lane by writer Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins, coming in June! As Leviathan enacts a plan to take down Superman, it's up to Lois, Jimmy and the heroes of the DC Universe to rescue the Man of Steel. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- SHE SAID DESTROY #1 Over millennia, Brigid, Goddess of theSun, has conquered and converted the entire solar system into worshipping her and her alone, save one space colony. The witches of Fey are the last believers of The Morrigan, Goddess of Death, Brigid's sister and the only other God left. As Brigid's forces prepare for one final battle, The Morrigan prepares to do what she does best: Destroy! VORACIOUS APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #1 Chef Nate Willner's dinosaur hunts in an alternate dimension reignited his passion for cooking and turned his life around. But traveling through time and space for prehistoric meat has consequences he never imagined. He's damaged another universe, fractured the trust of the people he cares for most, and unleashed a flesh-hungry monster on his hometown. Can Nate and his friends put aside their differences long enough to save Blackfossil? X-MEN GRAND DESIGN X-TINCTION #1 The series that has critics and fans raving returns for its final installment! The ruination of the X-Men revisited! Re-live the now-classic storylines like Mutant Massacre and The Fall of the Mutants. With appearances by Longshot, Cable, and The Marauders! Created soup to nuts by comic book superstar Ed Piskor in the Mighty Marvel Manner! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22, IMMORTAL HULK #18, DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10, HEROES IN CRISIS #9, ASCENDER #2, and CODA #12. We hope you rest up on Memorial Day, because May 29th is going to be an intense day for comics fans!
First and foremost, Dal would like you to know that there is a $1 reprint of POWER PACK #1 available this week. And now, we've got lots of great new Graphic Novels to tell you about! LEGEND OF KORRA RUINS OF EMPIRE PART 1 Korra must decide who to trust as the fate of the Earth Kingdom hangs in the balance! Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Michelle Wong (Goosebumps: Download and Die), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of the beloved television series! MIDDLEWEST BOOK 01 The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. The town of Farmington has been destroyed, sending an unwitting adventurer and his vulpine companion in search of answers-and to quell a coming storm that speaks his name. From author SKOTTIE YOUNG and artist JORGE CORONA comes the tale of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family's history. BLACK BADGE HC VOL 01 Meet the Black Badges, a top-secret branch of boy scouts tasked by the government to take on covert missions that no adult ever could. Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite-the best of the best. The missions they're tasked with are dangerous, and will only get worse as their leader's attention is split between their objective and tracking down a lost team member. A member who disappeared years ago...presumed dead. Black Badge is a haunting look at foreign policy, culture wars, and isolationism through the lens of kids who know they must fix the world that adults have broken. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER VOL 01 Go back to the beginning as Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined into a new era with new challenges, new friends... and a few enemies you might already recognize. But the more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang faces brand new Big Bads, and the threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High confirms what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell. STAR WARS AOR JABBA THE HUTT #1 Across the galaxy, Imperials, rebels and scoundrels alike speak in hushed tones of JABBA THE HUTT, the greatest gangster in the Outer Rim. Discover what makes the name of Jabba so feared, in a crime story that stretches from the casinos of Canto Bight to the deserts of Tatooine! WAR OF REALMS STRIKEFORCE LAND OF GIANTS #1 Thor is trapped in the land of Giants and it's up to Captain America to rescue him before all is lost! Taking up Thor's ax, Jarnbjorn, Cap and his team-Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage and Iron Fist-invade the Frost Giant realm in search of their fellow Avenger. But this rescue mission will cost far more than they expect. CLUE CANDLESTICK #1 Ripe with puzzles, secrets, and lies, in CLUE: CANDLESTICK everyone's a suspect! Cartoonist auteur Dash Shaw unleashes his murderous imagination on the quirky, thrilling and mysterious world of Clue! Visionary creator Dash Shaw re-imagines the world of Clue in this suspense-filled, murder mystery! Each extra-length issue also features brand new Clue game cards based on the comic! SECRET LIFE OF PETS #1 Ever wonder what your pets get up to when you're not home? Find out in this hilarious new kids comic series based on The Secret Life of Pets, the award-winning Universal Studios animated comedy! ...and there's plenty more where those came from! Hope to see you soon!
New Comics keep MARCHing onward! Ha! See what we did there? MARCHing? Because it’s Mar—wait, what? It’s APRIL? Already? The SECOND week of April?!? GAH! What is happening?!? --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED— SHE COULD FLY LOST PILOT #1 It's back! Luna has crash-landed back into her life after spending a year in a mental institution . . . but that might just mean she's closer to the edge than she's ever been before. After discovering clues about the Flying Woman's missing family, Luna's obsession reignites, threatening to again unravel her fragile mind. Meanwhile, a mysterious guru appears in the sewers of Chicago and a Russian mercenary seeks old secret technology, and the specter of violence begins to loom over everyone once more. Luna begins to wonder . . . will she even survive long enough to go insane? WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE CASTLE Emily Carroll, the creator of the bestselling Through The Woods, returns with a truly modern horror feast preying on the psyche of today's youth. Lushly illustrated, with especially deep, blood reds, and combining prose passages, in a nod to Gothic epistolary novels, When I Arrived at the Castle draws the reader into its dark corridors and singular vision. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- FAITHLESS #1 Faith. Sex. The Devil. Faith likes to dabble with magic. Her friends think it's cute-and not just a little off-putting, but it's part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she's a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She's right, of course. It just took a while for that magic, that temptation, that unknowable thing to find her . . . Written by Brian Azzarello. WAR OF REALMS JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #1 The creators of the blockbuster podcast The Adventure Zone bring their talents to Marvel for a wild romp through THE WAR OF THE REALMS! Earth is at war, besieged by an army of Frost Giants, Trolls and Fire Goblins - and the mighty Thor is nowhere to be found! But could it be that the key to turning the tide is...Thor's baby sister? Journey into Mystery with Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Wonder Man, and Balder the Brave as they go on an epic quest to save Earth's only hope! FAIRLADY #1 Every fantasy epic ends with a war. But what happens when the war is over? After posing as a man to join the army, Jenner Faulds returns home to The Feld for a new start as a "Fairman"-a specially licensed private investigator. But sexism didn't end on the battlefield, and as the only "Fairlady," Jenner gets stuck with the cases nobody else wants. This-and every-issue contains a complete 30-page story fpr only $3.99! SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 Set during the original "Black Suit Saga," this is an all-new tale that pits the wall-crawling wonder against that most mystifying of menaces...MYSTERIO!Everyone knows that Spider-Man's infamous black suit would someday become the wicked web-slinger called Venom - but what happened BEFORE Peter Parker discovered the black suit's sinister secret? ORPHAN AGE #1 One day all the adults died, all over the world, at the same time. Now it's twenty years later, and the children - all grown up - are still rebuilding the world. In the settlement of Dallastown, a stranger comes riding in one day, telling a story of escape from the New Church's unstoppable Firemen. The Church is on the march, and the world might burn again - Welcome to the Orphan Age. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- DETECTIVE COMICS #1001 (featuring the Arkham Knight), RONIN ISLAND #2, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19, BATMAN #68, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #43 (a War of the Realms tie-in), SUPERMAN #10, and the 2ND PRINT of LITTLE BIRD #1. Where does the time go? I don’t want to miss any of these great comics!!
Strap in, Fellow Challenger, as this is the week comic reading dreams are made of! SO! SO! MANY! Great new books are out this week!! For reals! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- ASSASSIN NATION #1 Two-time Eisner award winner ERICA HENDERSON (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) teams up with KYLE STARKS (RIck and Morty) for a hilarious twist on the hitman trope. The World's Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who's trying to off him. LITTLE BIRD #1 Director/screenwriter DARCY VAN POELGEEST boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to IAN BERTRAM's breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries LITTLE BIRD. LITTLE BIRD follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire. SHE COULD FLY TP An unknown woman flying at fantastic speeds and spectacular heights suddenly explodes mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Luna Brewster, a disturbed 15-year-old girl, becomes obsessed with learning everything about her while rumors and conspiracy theories roil. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman lead to the liberation of her troubled mind? Written by Christopher Cantwell (co-creator/showrunner of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire). --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- GOON #1 The next era in the legacy of The Goon starts here! This all new series marks The Goon's return to Albatross Funnybooks and is just in time to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the book. Eric Powell takes the series to its humor-based roots as Goon & Franky return from strange adventures abroad to find a horde of unsavory characters have filled the void left in his absence from Lonely Street. AGE OF CONAN BELIT #1 Her name alone conjures fear up and down the coasts of the Hyborian Age. And the sight of her ship, the Tigress, is an omen of despair for any town in the pirate queen's path! The AGE OF CONAN kicks off with one of Conan's most formidable - and memorable - female compatriots, in an all-new story revealing how she became the undisputed QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST! MAGNIFICENT MS MARVEL #1 Ms. Marvel is back! But it's not business as usual in Jersey City. Aliens are wreaking havoc in Kamala's corner of the world, and they seem weirdly interested in Ms. Marvel...and her family. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT, EXILES) and rising star Minkyu Jung (Batgirl, Nightwing) take the reigns of one of Marvel's most beloved new characters! You won't want to miss this shocking start of a new era! BATMAN WHO LAUGHS THE GRIM KNIGHT #1 Ripped from Batman's greatest nightmares, the Grim Knight is his world's most dangerous vigilante, unafraid to use any weapon and go to any lengths to stop those whom he deems worthy of death. Trained with the finest arsenal Wayne money can buy, learn the secret origin of the second-deadliest Batman, hand selected by the Batman Who Laughs to bring his dark plans to fruition. CALAMITY KATE #1 Kate Strand reboots her destructive life and moves to LA to be the superhero she always wanted to be-Calamity Kate: gun-toting monster killer. With her latest career change, she faces new challenges, relationships, and competition; desperate to show she's worth a damn in a world overrun by zombies, vampires, demons, goblins, and the ultimate monster bounty: the Seven Fabled Beasts of Yore. TRANSFORMERS #1 This is the Cybertron-- the planet Optimus Prime and Megatron vie for in this bold new origin-a world of seemingly endless peace! All that changes when Bumblebee and Windblade take a newly-forged Cybertronian on his first voyage through this world of wonders-they are confronted by the hard reality of the first murder to have occurred on Cybertron in living memory! VAMPIRONICA TP VOL 01 When Veronica Lodge is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her blood lust? Archie Horror's latest series paints Riverdale red in the vampiric first collection by siblings Greg & Meg Smallwood! RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #1 Take a deeper dive into some of the skeletons buried in and around Riverdale as well as hidden and unexpected connections to the Farm and the Game. Everyone is hiding something in this companion to the third season of the massive hit CW series Riverdale --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #3, SUPERMAN #9, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17, TMNT SHREDDER IN HELL #2, X-23 #10, WONDER TWINS #2, and LITTLE BIRD #1 (so good we’re mentioning it again!!). We hope you've been saving your pennies for this week!!
Well what do you know? We’re getting the first issue of DOOMSDAY CLOCK for 2019 and it’s only March! Clearly 2019 is already a year of miracles! --TITLES OF NOTE-- COSMIC GHOST RIDER DESTROYS MARVEL HISTORY #1 Written by noted comedian and podcaster Paul Scheer! The Cosmic Ghost Rider is stuck in the past, so he might as well have some fun with the origins of the Marvel Universe, right?! After going back in time and trying to kill Thanos as a baby, Frank Castle has sworn off trying to alter history. But when he arrives in Earth's past at the birth of the Fantastic Four, how can he resist jumping in on the fun?! DEATHSTROKE #41 A prelude to "The Terminus Agenda"! The road to the highly anticipated Teen Titans/Deathstroke crossover event starts here! Deathstroke's body count has grown even higher after murdering his therapist en route to escaping from Arkham Asylum, which prompts Commissioner Gordon to expose Slade's identity as Deathstroke to the public! Now the world's most wanted criminal, the walls are closing in on Slade Wilson, and a new threat, Damian Wayne's newest Teen Titans, waits around the corner. RONIN ISLAND #1 After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society. MORNING IN AMERICA #1 The year is 1983. A series of disappearances afflicts Tucker, Ohio following the opening of a mysterious new factory. But when the town finds itself under siege from strange monsters, it's up to intrepid girl gang of no-account teen delinquents to try and figure out what's happening-and save everyone's lives before it's too late. DOMINO HOTSHOTS #1 Domino and her pals Outlaw and Diamondback are caught between warring nations! And it'll take a whole new crew of international women of mystery to sort it out! Featuring the titanic talents of Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and David Baldeón (Spirits of Vengeance)! MEET THE SKRULLS #1 The Warners are your typical family. Dad works at Stark. Mom works in a senator's office. Jennifer and Alice are students at Stamford High School. The only thing that makes them different is that they're shape-shifting Skrulls and have infiltrated our society to pave the way for a Skrull invasion. A bold new look at the Skrulls that will test even YOUR loyalty. Yes, this is a real thing. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9, AVENGERS #16, PAPER GIRLS #26, A WALK THROUGH HELL #8,GREEN LANTERN #5, IMMORTAL HULK #14 and DIE #4. The next thing you’ll tell me is that SAGA will return in 2019! Here’s hoping!