It’s the final New Comics week before Christmas? Is it naughty? Or Nice? --NEW TITLES OF NOTE— KLAUS AND CRYING SNOWMAN #1 The best holiday tradition in comics returns in the next chapter of the epic Santa saga by visionary Grant Morrison and Eisner Award-nominated artist Dan Mora! Klaus has to help an absentee dad-turned-snowman make amends before melting away for good. And probably before he's defeated by a pantheon of Norse Gods and their minions. All in a day's work for Santa Claus. SEASONS BEATINGS It's the most wonderful time of the year! And certainly the most eventful, as this cast of Marvel heroes soon find out as they engage in wacky hijinks to save the holiday season! LIVEWIRE #1 Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served - and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be...or will she be one at all? BETTY & VERONICA #1 Betty and Veronica go where they've never gone before-their senior year of high school! Only one school year stands between them and freedom, but when the two BFFs think they'll be attending the same college in the fall find out that their plans have changed, their senior year-and their friendship-is put to the test! DEFENDERS BEST DEFENSE The lost Atlanteans. The Train. The bedsheet man. Dead Steve. The Stock Exchange of Souls. Trust us, it all makes sense. In fact, it makes enough sense to destroy our entire solar system... Unless four very different heroes can come together to stop it. FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1 Twenty years after invading and occupying America, Germany wiped out all metahuman resistance, including the original Freedom Fighters. Fast-forward to the present day, and a new team of Freedom Fighters emerges to challenge the Nazi occupation once again. But if they're to have any chance of victory, they're going to need Uncle Sam-who disappeared after his original team was killed. HARDCORE #1 Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn any person into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can't. Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when he gets stranded in a body with only 72 hours to discover who's hijacked the Program, he'll have to pull out all the stops against an enemy who could be literally anyone. INFINITY WARS FALLEN GUARDIAN In the stunning climax of INFINITY WARS, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy makes the ultimate sacrifice. Look back at the life of a fallen Guardian and the empty space they leave behind in what's left of the universe. --DON’T OVERLOOK— BATMAN #61, GIDEON FALLS #9, CAPTAIN AMERICA #6, CATWOMAN #6, SPIDER-GEDDON #5, BLACK BADGE #5 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12. Here’s hoping plenty of great comics wind up in your stocking!
Such a good week! So many books we’ve been looking forward to! Let’s get to it! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- DETECTIVE COMICS #994 Batman's strangest case begins as the new creative team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke take over DETECTIVE COMICS! Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium-staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the Playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman-and it's using Joker Gas to do it! MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #1 Balancing his normal life, school, parents, etc...and super-heroing has never been easy, but when the Rhino and a cadre of mysterious criminals start plaguing Brooklyn, things take a dark turn. And Miles doesn't even know the half of it yet. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT) and Javier Garrón bring you the latest incarnation of the coolest character in the Marvel Universe! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 The Batman Who Laughs not only survived the fight with The Joker at the end of METAL, but now he is enacting a sinister plan across the Multiverse-something both terrifying and oddly familiar. But when Bruce Wayne realizes the only way to stop this madman is to kill him, he must consider violating the very rule Batman won't break...the same rule that created this insatiable villain-the Batman Who Laughs! GODDESS MODE #1 Don't miss the start of a new series by Hugo Award nominee Zoë Quinn and Spider-Gwen co-creator Robbi Rodriguez! In a near future where humanity's needs are provided for by a godlike A.I., it's one young woman's horrible job to do tech support on it. But Cassandra Price's life changes forever when she discovers a hidden digital world beneath our own, one where a group of super-powered women are locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality. HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 Three wintry tales featuring a Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck team-up for a New Year's Eve séance gone wrong when Hellboy visits a family's English home, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá revisit B.P.R.D.: Vampire with a new tie-in story, and Tonci Zonjic returns to write and draw Lobster Johnson. BLACK HAMMER CTHU-LOUISE From the pages of Sherlock Frankenstein comes this horrific tale of Lovecraftian teenage angst. Spawned by the emissary of a Cthulhu god, Cthu-Louise struggles and is teased at school due to her monstrous appearance. Finally fed up with the bullying and abuse, she decides she will do anything to make herself "normal." Ties directly into Black Hammer and is written by Jeff Lemire. FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL Guest-starring She-Hulk, Medusa, Crystal and more, it's the bachelorette party Alicia never expected-and one whose ribaldry will be interrupted by the arrival of a Surprise Super Villain! Meanwhile, the Thing has an unexpected meeting with his future father-in-law, the Puppet Master! I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES WORK ANIMATION This autobiographical how-to graphic novel explores the highest highs and lowest lows of pursuing a dream in animation. Brushed with a dose of humor and illustrated advice about salaries, studio culture, and everything in between, I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation is the unique insider experience you wonft find anywhere else. DEFENDERS DOCTOR STRANGE In a desolate, barren landscape, the Master of the Mystic Arts fights what may well prove to be his final battle-alone, unaided, friendless... except...what's in that bag that Stephen Strange is carrying with him? DEFENDERS SILVER SURFER Shall not the Judge of All the Earths do right? Norrin Radd is not so certain. But it falls to him who is the Silver Surfer to decide which planets will live...and which will feed the unending hunger of the world-devouring Galactus! A single honest person can tip the balance...if only the Surfer can find one in time! NEW TALENT SHOWCASE 2018 #1 The latest graduates from the DC Talent Development Workshops show off their skills by telling stories about some of DC's greatest characters including Batman, Catwoman, John Constantine, Wonder Woman, Zatanna and more! STAR WARS AGE REPUBLIC DARTH MAUL A living weapon of rage and bloodthirst, DARTH MAUL has stayed in the shadows of CORUSCANT waiting for his chance to strike against the JEDI ORDER! However, since tasting his first blood, the SITH lord struggles to contain his desire for destruction and questions the wishes of his methodically plotting master. Could Maul have had another path in life, or was he always fated to follow a dark road? Guest-starring DARTH SIDIOUS! MEGA GHOST #1 Can life get any weirder for junior occultist Martin Magus? Living in the haunted city of Dunwich Heights is strange enough for a kid investigating the unknown, but when he comes into possession of a bewitched ring, he discovers that he now has the power to summon Megaghost, a giant supernatural robot sworn to defend the world against the creepy things that go smash in the night! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BATMAN DAMNED #2, CEMETERY BEACH #4, WONDER WOMAN #60, MURDER FALCOM #3, AVENGERS #11, and WILLIAM GIBSON ALIEN 3 #2. Some great books to get for people as gift subscriptions, wouldn’tcha say?