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.
The most anticipated X-Men book since House of X #1 is out this week in INFERNO #1, the start of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men swan song. Plus, collections for Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, The Good Asian and HAHA. And the return of DC’s Fables universe via a wolf in Gotham City!
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— •INFERNO #1 (Marvel) THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN'S X-MEN BEGINS HERE! "There will be an island-not the first, but the last..." Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Mastermind of the X-Men JONATHAN HICKMAN brings his plans to a head, joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with VALERIO SCHITI... as one woman follows through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground.
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL OF NOTE— •GOOD ASIAN VOL 01 (Image) COLLECTS THE GOOD ASIAN #1-4. Following Edison Hark-a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective-on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, THE GOOD ASIAN is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they're besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes. Highly Recommended!
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— •10 YEARS TO DEATH ONE-SHOT (Aftershock) The Shawshank Redemption meets The Sixth Sense, inspired by an eerily bone-chilling true story. A newly-hired prison guard, a notorious mass murderer finally incarcerated for his crimes, and the death that binds them together. What happens when the murdered becomes the murderer? A prestige format "One-Shock" by Aaron Douglas ("Chief" from the iconic TV series Battlestar Galactica), and drawn by Cliff Richards.
•BATMAN VS BIGBY A WOLF IN GOTHAM #1 (DC) Worlds collide as a Gotham mystery kick-starts a return to the world of Fables! Batman vs Bigby and the return of the Fables universe!
•DEATHSTROKE INC #1 (DC) After suffering too many losses, Slade Wilson decides it’s time for a change. When he’s enlisted to work with an ages-old secret organization called T.R.U.S.T. who want to take down the heavy-hitter villains, he’s all in. They’ll supply him with an all-new team and resources for his new mission into the depths of the weirdest parts of the DCU, including a new partner…Black Canary!
•ECHOLANDS RAW CUT ED #1 (Image) Each issue of ECHOLANDS will offer a Raw Cut Edition, featuring the art from J. H. WILLIAMS III as it looked leaving his work studio. And we've kept the lettering intact in a translucent form. ECHOLANDS is a landscape-format mythic-fiction epic where anything is possible-a fast-paced genre mashup adventure that combines everything from horror movie vampires to classic mobsters and cyborg elves to Roman demigods and retro rocket ships.
•HUMAN REMAINS #1 (Vault) Dax and Bisa love each other. But in this new and terrifying world, love is dangerous. Feeling anything is dangerous. Earth has new and terrible invader-monsters that deprive us of the very feelings that make us human. A shocking tale of pent-up emotions, perilously loud sex, and forced compsure in the face of unspeakable horror...from Peter Milligan and breakout horror artist Sally Cantirino.
•STRANGER THINGS TOMB OF YBWEN #1 (Dark Horse) It's January 1985 the Hawkins crew survived their battle with the mind flayer, but Will and Joyce are still reeling from the recent death of Bob Newby. Will's friends have been too busy with their girlfriends to notice how much he is struggling. After he and Mr. Clarke discover a mysterious map Bob left in a box of old nerdy memorabilia, Will rallies the crew to investigate.
Each month, dozens of new titles are available to order. We'd like to take this opportunity to provide you, our valued subscribers, with a list of some of our most anticipated new ongoing series, one-shots, mini-series, and graphic novels for the month of December 2021. If you see anything on the following list that you'd like to have added to your subscriptions, just let us know. Orders for these titles are due in by October 18th. After that point, we can't guarantee any orders placed, but we'll do our best to have them waiting for you. If you've got any questions, please let us know. Thanks!
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A new issue of NIGHTWING (the best super-hero comic on the stands today) is out this week; Reptil #4 has a sweet MARIA WOLF variant cover; Arielle Agbayani, the campus Captain America, debuts in UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #4; and so much more happens in all the other great NEW COMICS and GRAPHIC NOVELS of the week!
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— •HE WHO FIGHTS WITH MONSTERS #1 (Ablaze) From the artist of the bestselling Something is Killing the Children. On All Hallows' Eve during World War 2, a community struggles under the boot of the Nazi war machine when supernatural forces come to play a part in the conflict! With the ruthless SS tightening their grip on every street and neighborhood with overwhelming might, only one hope feeds the struggle. A crazy hope, which rests on the fragile foundations of an ancient, monstrous legend...
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL OF NOTE— •WRASSLE CASTLE BOOK 01 (Vault) Lydia Riverthane has always dreamed of being a professional wrassler, the greatest of all fighters in the kingdom of Grimslade. But when her brother is mysteriously arrested for treason, Lydia and her friends must find a way into the year-end tournament. There she can win back his freedom the only way she knows how...wrassling!
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— •AQUAMAN THE BECOMING #1 (DC) Jackson Hyde finally has it all. Well, he had it all—until half of the Atlantean palace got blown to kingdom come with Jackson in it. Now Jackson stands accused of wrecking the life he worked so hard to build. Aqualad’s going to need all of his skills, wit, and cunning just to prove his own innocence, let alone graduate from sidekick to Aquaman!
•BATMAN SECRET FILES MIRACLE MOLLY #1 (DC) Discover what led a regular Gothamite to reject their past, name, and humanity to embrace the promise of a blank slate—the promise of the Unsanity Collective! Batman series writer James Tynion IV teams up with rising superstar artist Dani to bring you all the way back to the beginning of Miracle Molly in this exciting and integral Fear State special.
•DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #1 (Marvel) Doctor Stephen Strange is the world's greatest neurosurgeon and Earth's Sorcerer Supreme. He defends our planet from the supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle. But what would happen if he unexpectedly died? Who would protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? And most importantly...who killed Stephen Strange?! The final chapter in the life of Doctor Strange starts here by Jed MacKay (Moon Knight, Black Cat) and Lee Garbett (Captain Marvel)!
•FRONTIERSMAN #1 (Image) Patrick Kindlon & Marco Ferrari retunite for an all-new ONGOING SERIES at Image! Classic Green Arrow-style adventure blends with the thoughtfulness of Concrete in a superhero odyssey for mature, but uncynical, readers! Frontiersman is coaxed out of retirement by an environmentalist group, only to find that being a spokesperson makes him a target for old and new enemies alike! For the superhero reader looking for more.
•IMPOSSIBLE JONES #1 (Scout) The grin gritty origin of comics' newest sensation! A thief gets powers, is mistaken for a superhero... and runs with it! With no intention of giving up her criminal ways, mind you! (With these powers? You crazy?!) All she has todo is fool all of the people all of the time! It's not impossible - it's Impossible Jones! Full throttle thrills by Karl Kesel (Harley Quinn) and David Hahn (Batman '66).
•STAR WARS ADV GHOST VADERS CASTLE #1 (IDW) Join Cavan Scott, Francesco Francavilla, and a host of classic Star Wars artists in the epic conclusion to the Vader's Castle saga! Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle is a horror-packed, star-studded, five-week event guaranteed to haunt your dreams. In issue #1, life is looking up for Lina and Milo Graf and Crater, but Milo has been having nightmares... about zombie droids! Find out what's causing these dreams and if Milo can handle being haunted by the GHOSTS OF VADER'S CASTLE.
•SUICIDE SQUAD KING SHARK #1 (DC) On leave from the Suicide Squad, King Shark and unfortunate tagalong the Defacer get swept into a mystical tournament for totemic animal spirits at the behest of King Shark’s father, the god of sharks! Now King Shark must battle brutal warriors like Queen Tiger, King Roach, Prince Nematode, Princess Peregrine, and the terrifying Man King to finally attain his destiny and make his dour dad proud!
•X-MEN ONSLAUGHT REVELATION #1 (Marvel) You have strayed from THE WAY OF X. The X-Men's greatest foe, mutantkind's primal evil, slithers in the minds of its most senior leaders... The kids whisper of the CRUCI-BALL: a party to end everything. The seals are broken, the trumpets have sounded; only a small band of eccentric mutants can hope to break the fall... Can Nightcrawler light the spark that will drive out the shadows... or will Krakoa slip into the abyss...?
If Primordial isn’t on your radar, maybe give it a look…
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— • PRIMORDIAL #1 (Image) In 1957, the USSR launched the dog, Laika, into Earth's orbit. Two years later, the USA responded with two monkeys, Able and Baker. These animals never returned. But, unbeknownst to everyone, they did not die in orbit...they were taken. And now they are coming home. Mind-bending sci-fi collides with Cold War thriller by the bestselling, Eisner-winning creative team behind GIDEON FALLS!
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL OF NOTE— • STRAY DOGS (Image) Collects issues #1-#5. It's Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs. Sophie 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? Now Sophie has to figure out where she is, what's happening, and how she's going to survive this. They say there's no such thing as a bad dog-just bad owners.
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— • ETERNALS THANOS RISES #1 (Marvel) They give it a #1 but it's just the next issue of Eternals. Eternals are created, not born. They have families, but their families make no new children. It's simply not what Eternals do. Some of them thought they could find a way to change that and believed it would be for the best. They were terribly, terribly wrong.
• HARLEY QUINN EAT BANG KILL TOUR #1 (DC) Harley and Ivy on the road trip of the century! Following the wedding disaster of the decade, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy end up on the run from Commissioner Gordon and the GCPD! But as fun as all that sounds, Ivy still worries over leaving Kite Man at the altar… Luckily, Harley’s got the perfect scheme to shake her out of her wedding-day blues!
• I AM BATMAN #1 (DC) In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence—the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed rebellion in the citizens of Gotham?! Can one man inspire a city?
• MAW #1 (BOOM! Studios) Dragged by her sister Wendy to a feminist retreat on the remote island of Angitia, Marion Angela Weber hopes to gain some perspective and empowerment... that isn't at the bottom of a bottle. But everything is horribly derailed after an assault on their first night there. The violent encounter awakens something in Marion she never imagined, triggering warped mutations in her body, and awakening a hunger she can't bring herself to name.
• STAR WARS BOUNTY HUNTERS BOUSHH #1 (Marvel) Before Princess Leia acquired his armor to infiltrate Jabba the Hutt's palace, Boushh roamed the galaxy as a bounty hunter. He and his team of lethal warriors were exiled from their homeworld; but what horrible event from Boushh's past doomed them all to wander with no hope of ever returning?
• TITANS UNITED #1 (DC) The Titans face their greatest challenge—their own powers! Nightwing, Donna Troy, Superboy, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and Red Hood kick off a thrilling new case that will lead one of their own to question not only their place on the team, but their very existence.
Look at this week! Three GREAT new titles from 3 great creators! Jeff Lemire (Mazebook)! Mark Guggenheim (Last Flight Out)! Mark Russell (Deadbox)! Any one of these would be Pick of the Week and we have all 3!!
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— • DEADBOX #1 (Vault) Welcome to the town of Lost Turkey, where the main source of entertainment is a cursed DVD machine that seems to know more about the fate of its citizens than they do.
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL OF NOTE— • MS MARVEL STRETCHED THIN (Graphix) An original middle-grade graphic novel starring breakout character (and New Jersey's own) Ms. Marvel! Kamala Khan (a.k.a Ms. Marvel) is stretched too thin-literally. She's tired and just barely keeping control, but she's handling it. Totally. But when a mysterious robot tries to infiltrate Avengers Tower, it'll be up to Ms. Marvel to (again, literally) pull herself together, learn to ask for help, and fix the mess she's made before anyone gets hurt!
—RECOMMENDED NEW COMICS— • LAST FLIGHT OUT #1 (Dark Horse) With Earth rendered uninhabitable, humanity has chosen to evacuate to the stars. But with just twenty-four hours left until the last ark-designed to evacuate Earth's residents-leaves forever, its designer's estranged daughter goes missing. Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, X-Men) and Eduardo Ferigato (Self/Made) tell the story of an absentee father trying to make amends with his daughter during the end of the world.
• MAZEBOOK #1 (Dark Horse) From Jeff Lemire! A lonely building inspector still grieving the loss of his puzzle-loving daughter receives a mysterious phone call one night from a girl claiming it's her and that she's trapped in the middle of a labyrinth. Convinced that this child is contacting him from beyond this world, he uses an unfinished maze from one of her journals and a map of the city to trace an intricate path through a different plane of reality to bring his daughter back home.