You know we here at Challengers love Tom King, right? Well this is a banner week for us as he and Jorge Fornés (Batman) team-up once again for the 12-issue RORSCHACH maxi-series! Plus, another higher-than-normal-priced issue of Amazing Spider-Man in back-to-back weeks! Hooray!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- RORSCHACH #1 It's been 35 years since Ozymandias dropped a giant interdimensional squid on New York City, killing thousands and destroying the public's trust in heroes once and for all. And since that time, one figure in a fedora, mask, and trenchcoat has become a divisive culture icon. So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as an assassin trying to kill a candidate running against President Robert Redford? Who is the man behind the mask, and why is he acting this way? By Tom King and Jorge Fornés. WE LIVE #1 The year is 2084. Wracked by calamities and crawling with monsters, the last remaining humans face a dangerous existence. And now, the Earth has been sent a message from the deepest reaches of space - a dark countdown to the extinction of all humanity. But there is hope! Five thousand children will be rescued by these mysterious message-senders. TRUE LIVES FABULOUS KILLJOYS NATIONAL ANTHEM #1 After the Analog Wars, the Killjoys lost their way-and their memories. A rat chews through Mike Milligram's TV cord, and reality unravels. But when his Ramones records disappear, Mike remembers what the fabulous Killjoys and some toy rayguns can do. Gerard Way and Shaun Simon take it all back to their original concept, rebooting the Killjoys in present-day America. COMMANDERS IN CRISIS #1 The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds...taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on. A new twist on strange superhero comics, with a bleeding-edge eye on the modern moment. Five unexpected heroes come together to solve a murder unlike any other. The victim? Compassion itself...This is ideacide! DC THE DOOMED AND THE DAMNED #1 Tales of the macabre, the murderous, and the morbid abound in this spine-chilling special about monsters and mayhem! It's the DC Comics Halloween Special for 2020. DEVILS RED BRIDE #1 16th century Japan. The fates of warlords ebb and flow like tides of blood, none more than the Aragami Clan who follow their lord clad in the 'Red Devil' mask into every battle. But when Lord Aragami succumbs to illness, his daughter, the fierce Ketsuko, hatches a plot to save her people, no matter the cost... WARHAMMER 40K MARNEUS CALGAR #1 The saga of WARHAMMER 40,000 comes to Marvel Comics! MARNEUS CALGAR, the legendary Chapter Master of the Ultramarines, leads his elite Space Marines against humanity's greatest threats in a galaxy engulfed in endless war. X OF SWORDS HANDBOOK #1 This all-new collection of X-Men-related profiles will bring you up-to-date on Apocalypse, Wolverine (Logan), Magik (Rasputin), Meggan and more, just in time for X (TEN) of Swords!
Admit it, you never read this far, right? You just skip to the list of the new books? We don’t blame you.
Three chapters of X OF SWORDS! BATMAN #100! WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEYRE DEAD #2! A new NEIL GAIMAN comic! And… Marty McFly meets the Transformers! What a week!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- AMERICAN VAMPIRE 1976 #1 America is broken. Trust between the government and the American public has crumbled. Paranoia reigns supreme. Skinner Sweet has exhausted all efforts to regain his lost immortality. With his powers and purpose gone, he is now determined to go out with a bang. NEIL GAIMAN NORSE MYTHOLOGY #1 #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and Eisner Award-winning comics legend P. Craig Russell breathe new life into the ancient Norse stories by taking readers through the creation of the Nine Worlds to the epic origin and adventures of Thor, Odin, and Loki all the way to the end of life-Ragnarök. AMERICAN RONIN #1 War is over, democracy an illusion, real power now lies not with nation states but huge corporations engaged in a silent war for global domination. Their number one weapon: highly-skilled, technologically-enhanced operatives trained since childhood to pledge their allegiance to the corporate flag. But what happens when one such operative breaks free of his mental chains and decides to bring the whole system down? Can one "Ronin" make a difference? CHAMPIONS #1 A law is passed that goes against everything Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man founded the Champions for...But the world still needs heroes, even if the world doesn't want them right now. After Ms. Marvel makes an unexpected and emotional announcement that her team won't go down without a fight, a group of teen vigilantes gathers to plan their next move. But the C.R.A.D.L.E. task force is hot on their trail, and there's a spy in their midst... WALKING DEAD DLX #1 Read it again, but in color! Each issue will include a new installment of "The Cutting Room Floor," featuring ROBERT KIRKMAN's original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and things that may have changed along the way. This deluxe, definitive presentation of the story in full color will NOT be collected any time soon, so these single issues will be the only way to experience this. TRANSFORMERS BACK TO FUTURE #1 Marty McFly has just returned from the adventure of a lifetime to a new, better Hill Valley?-everything's looking up for him! That is, until Marty and his friend Doc Brown's time machine attracts the attention of the Decepticons! With one small mistake, Marty finds himself once again thrust into adventure to stop the Decepticon plot in the past, present, and future... all with the help of a new time machine... the Autobot, Gigawatt! Great Scott! STAR WARS ADVENTURES (2020) #1 Each issue in this monthly series will feature two stories starring all your favorite Star Wars characters! Between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, Poe and Finn have taken Rey to continue her Jedi training. But they're surprised to find that the First Order's reach extends far and wide. Plus, an all-new tale of Darth Vader!
Comics are always this great balance between continuing series and brand new series. And, of course, wonderful graphic novels.
Happy 6 months of the Pandemic? If you’re looking for a comic that sums up the mindset of 2020, look no further than The Department of Truth. The JFK assassination; Flat Earth theory; Reptilian shape shifters; they are all true. And why not?
--DO NOT MISS-- DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #1 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? Bestselling writer JAMES TYNION IV debuts his first Image series. --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- BATMAN THE JOKER WAR ZONE #1 Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the "war zone" with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox and see how they're fighting back in a city under siege! Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as Clownhunter! DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL MULTIVERSES END #1 Perpetua, mother of all existence, has culled all life and creation in the Multiverse, condensing all beings to one planet: Earth-Prime. In her quest for power and dominance, she rules absolutely and in totality, using her children-the Monitors and Anti-Monitors-as her heralds and destructors. But a group of heroes has banded together across multiple worlds in a last-ditch effort to stop her from destroying all of existence: Owlman, President Superman, Iris West, Guy Gardner and Captain Carrot! IMMORTAL HULK THRESHING PLACE #1 There's a monster raging in America's heartland - and it's not the Hulk. When a young girl goes missing on a Kansas farm, Bruce Banner gets the itch - the one that tells him gamma is on the loose. But this town doesn't take kindly to strangers - especially the big, green, violent kind. Can the Hulk save a child before it's too late, or is he about to take the blame for another massacre? SHANG-CHI #1 An ancient and evil secret society has stayed in hiding since the death of their leader, Zheng Zhu. But now his successor has been chosen to shift the balance of power in the world...Zheng Zhu's son, Shang-Chi! Witness the Marvel Universe's greatest fighter return to a world of death and destruction he thought he left behind long ago...and discover the secrets to Shang-Chi's past that will change his world forever. STRANGER THINGS SCIENCE CAMP #1 Dustin arrives at Camp Know Where to navigate the new social hierarchy without the support of his Hawkins adventuring party. While also faced with nerdy bullies, a new menace haunts the young scientists and camp counselors. A mysterious figure with sinister intent arrives to disrupt the serene woodland scene. The solution won't take rocket science, but Dustin will have to get on the same wavelength as the other campers before tensions reach a boiling point. WONDER WOMAN 1984 #1 Tales that tie in to the upcoming Warner Bros. movie Wonder Woman 1984, which will eventually be released. We're pretty sure...
Thank Kirby that there are such great comics to distract us for what’s going on in the ‘real’ world.