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Here are some quick highlights for the week... •GRANT MORRISON returns to monthly comics with PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD! •The X-Men get teenage sidekicks in CHILDREN OF THE ATOM. •Spanish writer and artist GUILLEM MARCH draws 2 brand new #1’s this week, KARMEN and THE JOKER! •Zeb Wells and Chris Bachallo show us the Spider-Man does not stop in NON-STOP SPIDER-MAN! Spidey also gets a new costume this week in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. •There’s a brand new creative team starting on WONDER WOMAN #770!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- •PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD #1 Perfect for fans of Paper Girls and Die, visionary writer Grant Morrison (Klaus), Alex Child (BBC's Holby City) and Naomi Franquiz (Tales from Harrow County) present a chilling new horror series about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road - and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. •CHILDREN OF ATOM #1 When did the X-Men get sidekicks?? Don't miss the debut of the greatest teenage super hero team of all time! They've learned from the best, now they're ready to be put to the test! But who the heck are these kids, and where do they come from? Guest-starring the X-Men! •JOKER #1 James Gordon, facing retirement, realizes this is the manhunt of his life and the last piece of a storied career…but what mysterious and deadly forces are also in pursuit of The Joker? •KARMEN #1 An edgy new mini-series about a highly unconventional angel named Karmen and the young woman she takes under her wing when a case of heartbreak strikes hard. Packed with surprises and metaphysics, this gorgeously drawn series deploys tenderness and humor as it dives deep into topics that matter. Written and drawn by GUILLEM MARCH. •NON-STOP SPIDER-MAN #1 Get ready for the most action-packed, pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping comic OF ALL TIME! As the name implies, once you read page one, panel one, SPIDER-MAN DOES NOT STOP! A mystery at Empire State University thrusts Spider-Man into an adventure that starts in uptown Manhattan and will take him around the world, pitting him against Marvel Universe villains old and new and give you a Spider-Man adventure (and Spider-Man) the likes of which you've never seen. •BATMAN URBAN LEGENDS #1 Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky enters the world of Gotham City with artist Eddy Barrows for a six-part story chronicling Red Hood’s investigation of a new drug sweeping through Gotham. Also- Matthew Rosenberg picks Grifter up where he left off, continuing from the pages of Batman #101! Also- a Harley Quinn tale set just before the launch of her new series. Also- an Outsiders saga reuniting Black Lightning, Katana, and Metamorpho. •DEADPOOL NERDY 30 #1 Deadpool's turning 30! And to help celebrate, we've assembled some of his classic storytellers to tell tales of Wade Wilson birthdays past, present and future! A first birthday with time-traveling assassins! A sweet sixteen party that would make Molly Ringwald weep! A 100th birthday that could only be celebrated in grand Deadpool style! Blow out the candles! Pin the cybernetic arm on the Cable! And open this present, just for you! •BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS #1 A Tyrell Corporation scientist is DEAD - the victim of an apparent suicide. But when LAPD Detective Cal is called in to investigate, he uncovers secret documents revealing a new kind of replicant and a conspiracy that could change the world. •GOD OF WAR FALLEN GOD #1 After conquering Zeus and thwarting Athena, Kratos believes himself to be finally free from his bondage. He sets sail for the desert in an attempt to distance himself from his home and his shame only to find his rage and guilt follow close behind. •THOR AND LOKI DOUBLE TROUBLE #1 By Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru! They're brothers, gods and sons of Odin - but Thor and Loki just don't get along! Especially since Loki keeps tricking Thor into doing things that will get him in trouble. Even so, when Loki dares Thor to steal a powerful relic from Odin's vault, how can the God of Thunder say nay?
--DON’T OVERLOOK-- IMMORTAL HULK #44, RORSCHACH #6, SERIAL #2, DAREDEVIL ##28, and HOME SICK PILOTS #4!
And hey, have you checked out BRZRKR or ENIAC yet? Seriously, they are both very good comics (which is why we keep pushing them on you)!
This is it! THE BIGGEST New Release list of the YEAR! We don’t mean of the year so far, we mean of all of 2021! It’s the release of Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR! Yes, written by the man himself. We’ve read it and it’s GOOD! Think John Wick meets Old Guard. Plus, it’s really violent, as you’d expect those two things to be. Expect to see a LOT of copies of this on our shelves! It’s also the debut of BAD IDEA’s ENIAC #1! Unfortunately every Bad Idea destination store was severely allocated on their orders for this book, so we only have enough 1st Prints to fill pre-orders. But we’ll have plenty of “Not 1st Print” for the shelf. Scott Snyder and Tony Daniel have a new creator-owned Image #1 with NOCTERRA! And Chris Samnee writes and draws his own creator-owned monster-fighting, fun-for-the-whole-family series JONNA AND THE UNPOSSIBLE MONSTERS. And, just, really so many more new #1’s!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- BRZRKR (BERZERKER) #1 KEANU REEVES in his Must Read comic book writing debut alongside co-writer Matt Kindt in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior's fight through the ages. The man known only as Berzerker is half-mortal and half-God, cursed and compelled to violence...even at the sacrifice of his sanity. But after wandering the world for centuries, Berzerker may have finally found a refuge - working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, Berzerker will be granted the one thing he desires - the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence... and how to end it. ENIAC #1 On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki... Only President Truman wasn't the one who gave order. It was ENIAC the world's first supercomputer (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). In the Allies' determination to end the war, they had accidentally created the world's first autonomous machine intelligence... Now, 75 years later, an encrypted countdown has just been detected in Earth's satellite network and mankind only has three days left before ENIAC launches every weapon in the planet's nuclear arsenal simultaneously. With few options and even less time, the Secretary of Defense has just given two covert operatives the most important mission in human history: kill ENIAC. NOCTERRA #1 Ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous shades, the only way to survive is to stay close to artificial light. Enter Valentina "Val" Riggs, a skilled ferryman who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen wheeler. Legendary creators SCOTT SNYDER and TONY S. DANIEL unveil horrors beyond any shade in this extra-sized first issue. DC COMICS INFINITE FRONTIER #0 The next phase of the DC Universe starts here! Literally THE most important comic of the year if you buy any DC comics. This sets up everything for everyone. JONNA AND THE UNPOSSIBLE MONSTERS #1 The brand-new, original all-ages series written and drawn by Chris Samnee! Filled with action, adventure... and monsters! Rainbow has been searching for her sister, Jonna, for a year. The last time she saw Jonna was also the first time she saw one of the monsters that now roam the planet. They're big, ugly, and dangerous creatures, driving humanity to the brink of extinction. Though there isn't much hope for survival out in the wild, Rainbow knows that her sister is out there somewhere-and she'll do anything to find her.
AMERICA CHAVEZ MADE IN USA #1 America Chavez is incredible - her origins, her strength, her dimension-shattering star portals! But when the foundation of everything she believes is shaken, America will stand up and face the parts of herself she's been running from. From writer Kalinda Vazquez (Marvel's Runaways) and artist Carlos Gomez (Amazing Mary Jane) comes an explosive, brand-new story all about what made America Chavez who she is - and what she'll do to protect the ones she loves. CHARIOT #1 The Chariot was a Cold War-era secret government project to provide its star agent with a weapon unlike any other in the form of a supercharged muscle car. It sank into the ocean decades ago, and the agent along with it. Now, a petty criminal looking to reform his life has stumbled upon the Chariot, and he's about to find out that the agent's consciousness is still controlling it in this synthwave thriller. DEAD DOGS BITE #1 Twin Peaks meets Lady Bird. Cormac Guffin has gone missing. It's been three days and no one has seen hide nor hair of her. The police have nothing, and the townsfolk are acting more like a funeral procession than a search party. If Cormac has any hope of being found, it rests on the slouching shoulders of her best friend Joe. Joe will need her wits about her though, because, like any story worth hearing, nothing is what it seems. From Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank) comes the story of a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a candy wrapper. DEMON DAYS X-MEN #1 A wandering swordswoman with a psychic blade arrives at village that's being targeted by demons. One demon is black and white with a terrifying red tongue and another may be the strongest demon there is! A revolutionary reimagination of the Marvel Universe that could only come from oddly-popular cover artist Peach Momoko. Ready your katana and enter a mysterious world of demons, monsters, mutants, and magic!
--DON’T OVERLOOK-- MIKE MIGNOLA QUARANTINE SKETCHBOOK HC, AVENGERS #43, BATMAN #106, FIRE POWER #9, and POWER PACK #4!
Such an amazing week for debuts! We hope you have a healthy appetite for brand new series!
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Weather permitting, these are the New Comics and Graphic Novels you have to look forward to next week!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- STRAY DOGS #1 Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs. It’s scary being the new dog. Sophie can’t remember what happened. She doesn’t know how she ended up in this house. She doesn’t recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened, but she just…can’t…recall...WAIT! Where’s her lady? BY THE HORNS #1 Elodie hates unicorns. For nearly a year, she's dedicated her life to tracking down and killing them all for trampling her husband, Shintaro. Now exiled from her farming village of Wayfarer for selfishly neglecting her duties, Elodie and her half wolf/half deer companion, Sajen, search the continent of Solothus for clues to the whereabouts of unicorns. When they discover a lead in the port city of Lycus, their revenge mission suddenly takes a dangerous turn. DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH VOL 01 COLE TURNER has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn't prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK Assassination to Flat Earth Theory and Reptilian Shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of Truth? From bestselling writer JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) and breakout artist MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy)! Collects THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #1-5 for only $9.99! BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FAITH #1 With no Watcher, no idea how to harness the power in her and no idea where it came from, Faith has fallen back on old habits -and morals - to guide her. But what happens when those morals don't line up with the Council's... or with Buffy's? The origin of Faith is revealed here for the first time, with a shocking ending to this issue! FUTURE STATE SUPERMAN HOUSE OF EL #1 Centuries into the future, the bloodline of Kal-El continues. Meet a new generation of Kryptonian heroes as they stand against one of the greatest threats they’ve ever faced: a diabolical foe called the Red King. Get ready for the unexpected debuts of the twins known as Rowan and Ronan Kent, descendants of Jonathan Kent. GENERATIONS FORGED #1 Dispersed through time by the villain Dominus, our ragtag team of generational heroes—featuring 1939 Batman, Kamandi, Superboy, Steel, Starfire, Sinestro, Booster Gold, and Dr. Light—must find a way to restore the timeline…and what they ultimately discover is something far, far greater. You’ll have to read it to believe it as time dies…and generations rise! MARVELS VOICES LEGACY #1 Black Panther. Storm. Blade. Falcon. Ironheart. Luke Cage. Spectrum. And so many more. Marvel's incredible legacy of black heroes gets the star treatment in this action-packed special! New and established creators take on their favorite heroes in a dizzying array of stories designed to inspire and uplift! NUCLEAR FAMILY #1 Based on Philip K. Dick's short story Breakfast at Twilight. America, 1957. With the dark cloud of nuclear holocaust looming, Korean War vet Tim McClean's major concern is taking care of his family in the atomic age. When the first bomb does drop on an unexpecting Midwest city, Tim and his family find themselves plunged into a strange new world, where what's left of the Unites States has gone underground while continuing to wage war on Russia with unthinkable tactics. TWO MOONS #1 This ongoing horror series starts the long journey of a young Pawnee man named Virgil Morris - a.k.a. Two Moons.- fighting for the Union during the Civil War. When he is suddenly confronted with his shamanic roots, he discovers horrors far worse than combat as the ghosts of his past reveal the monstrous evil around him!
--DON’T OVERLOOK-- X-MEN #18, CROSSOVER #4, AMAZING SPIDER_MAN #60, DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #6, SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #15 and BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #3.
In this brutal weather going out for anything other than the necessities seems like a risk. Luckily New Comics are on the very top of the necessities list!!
Chicago! There’s a new comic this week based off of a true story set in 1930’s Prohibition-era Chicago! And it’s listed right below! Also, TMNT LAST RONIN #2 is also out!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- SHADOW DOCTOR #1 A TRUE Chicago crime story! Calloway, a Black man who graduated from medical school in the early 1930's. Unable to get work at any Chicago hospitals because he was Black, and unable to secure a loan from a bank to start his own practice because he was Black, he turned to another source of money in Prohibition-era Chicago: the Mafia, run by none other than Al Capone.
X-MEN LEGENDS #1 Break out the yellows and blues, fire up the Danger Room and snap on your pouches as legendary X-writers return to classic eras of the mutant super heroes in ALL-NEW, in-continuity stories set during their fan-favorite runs! Fabian Nicieza kicks off the series with a special saga of CYCLOPS and HAVOK, as the SHI'AR return to Earth in search of the FORSAKEN ONE! But what secret will the Summers brothers uncover, and how will its revelation change what you thought you knew about the X-Men? Love the concept! Do not love the art. YOUNG HELLBOY THE HIDDEN LAND #1 Stranded on a strange island after a mishap on their way to a South American dig site, Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm are confronted by all manner of monsters! But even when the stranger who rescues them turns out to be one of Hellboy's heroes, they aren't as safe as they think they are! IMMORTAL HULK FLATLINE #1 Declan Shalvey writes and draws an IMMORTAL HULK tale that gets to the heart of gamma! Every morning, Bruce Banner wakes up in a new place. The Hulk is trying to tell him something - but Bruce has had enough of his green-veined alters. When a new gamma-powered villain shows up in a small New Mexico town, Bruce is forced to confront the source of his anger... and it's not what you expect. SAVAGE #1 He's a savage. Classy, bougie, ratchet. Sassy, moody, nasty. Acting stupid, what's happening? Whoa, what's happening? He's a savage, yeah. TRUTH & JUSTICE #1 Mari McCabe is many things: superhero, model, activist, but can she add godkiller to the list? Vixen teams up with Dr. Mist and Impala of the Global Guardians to face down an ancient deity that’s taken over the body of a scientist investigating powerful magical artifacts. Vixen will need to dig deep and use all the abilities in the animal kingdom to face down this powerful primeval threat! HOLLOW HEART #1 EL used to be human. Now he's a jumble of organs in a bio-suit. EL is also in tremendous pain and has been for a very long time. Hope arrives in the form of Mateo, a mechanic brought in to work on EL's suit. Mateo sees LK in a way no one ever has. And what's more: Mateo offers EL an escape.
--DON’T OVERLOOK-- TMNT LAST RONIN #2! STILLWATER #6. THOR #12. HA HA #2. BATMAN CATWOMAN #3. WE LIVE #5. And FUTURE STATE NEXT BATMAN #4.
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