•Marvel Comics is now publishing ALIEN comics! Just like STAR WARS we’re sure so many more people will care than did with the previous publisher (sorry, Dark Horse).
•You thought we were done promoting KEANU REEVES’ BRZRKR #1? We're not. This week sees the release of the final 2 covers for the first print of #1 and they’re both FOIL COVERS!
•The Michael Cho Two-Tone Marvel covers continue this week with BLACK PANTHER and SAVAGE AVENGERS. And the PATRICK GLEASON “Web” covers continue with CARNAGE BLACK WHITE AND BLOOD #1.
•And there’s brand new creative teams starting on DC’s DETECTIVE COMICS #1034 (Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora), BATMAN SUPERMAN #16 (Gene Luen Yang and Ivan Reis) and HARLEY QUINN #1 (Stephanie Phillips and Riley Rossmo)!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- •ALIEN #1 Gabriel Cruz gave his life to Weyland-Yutani--In the case of an alien attack he barely survived, almost literally! Recently retired, Cruz is trying to patch things up with his abandoned son with the help of his friend, a Bishop-model android, but his re-entry into civilian life is not going smoothly...and his encounters with the deadly Xenomorph are far from over. •STRAY DOGS #2 Something doesn't smell right! None of the dogs know what happens behind that door at the end of the hallway. All they know is there's a punishment for sniffing around it. What secrets are hidden in the Master's Forbidden Room? •SEEN GRAPHIC NOVEL It's about being seen. Both for who you are, and who you hope you can become. History is a mirror, and all too often, the history we're told in school reflects only a small subset of the population. Meet Rachel Carson, the woman who changed the way America fought against the environmental crisis through her bestselling books, ultimately spurring the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. •HARLEY QUINN #1 Harley Quinn here to let everyone know that I got a brand-new monthly series here with a brand-new status quo. I’m coming back to Gotham City to make up for the sins of my past, and help the city recover from “The Joker War”! But there’s no welcoming committee waiting for me! •TEEN TITANS ACADEMY #1 Welcome to Teen Titans Academy! Packed with both new, super-powered teens and numerous dark secrets, Teen Titans Academy’s student body includes Shazam; a new Australian speedster; a trio of Goth(am) teen expatriates obsessed with Batman—and one member of this first class will become the deadly Red X. Original New Teen Titans including Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, and Beast Boy take on the role of teachers and mentors for superpowered teens. •WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEY'RE DEAD VOL 01 Captain Malik and the crew of the spaceship the Vihaan II are in search of the only resources that matter - and can only be found by harvesting the giant corpses of alien gods that are found on the edge of human space. But Malik's obsession with finding a living god will push his crew into the darkest reaches of space, bringing them face to face with a threat unlike anything they ever imagined, unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first... Collects issues #1-5.
•It’s the Battle of the James-es! JAMES STOKOE debuts ORPHAN AND THE FIVE BEASTS and JAMES HARREN presents ULTRAMEGA! •What a month for new Graphic Novels from local Chicagoans we’ve worked with! Last week it was ANDREA BELL and THE LEAK and this week it’s STEPHANIE MIDED and MARTIAN GHOST CENTAUR! Yay, Chicago peeps! •The Michael Cho Two-Tone Marvel covers continue this week with IRON MAN, SPIDER-WOMAN and THOR. •And there’s brand new creative teams starting on both NIGHTWING #78 (Tom Taylor) and JUSTICE LEAGUE #59 (Brian Michael Bendis)!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- ORPHAN AND THE FIVE BEASTS #1 A brand-new kung-fu epic from James Stokoe, the creator behind Orc Stain and Aliens: Dead Orbit! Spurred on by her master's dying words, the adopted warrior "Orphan Mo" seeks to find and kill five former disciples who now threaten the land with corruption from their demonic powers. ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #1 A cosmic plague has spread, transforming everyday people into violent, monstrous kaiju. Only the Ultramega - three individuals imbued with incredible powers - hold the line against this madness. Their battles level cities and leave untold horror in their wake. Now, the final reckoning approaches for the Ultramega... but is this a war they can even win? MARTIAN GHOST CENTAUR GRAPHIC NOVEL Drawn by Chicago's own STEPHANIE MIDED!! When Louie's dads' restaurant, Squatch Burger, starts to go under and fall prey to the town's new tech start-up, Louie and her best friend Felix decide they'll do whatever it takes to save the town from losing all the people and places that make it special. In hopes that convincing people the Sasquatch is real and to drive back tourism, Louie and Felix plan an elaborate hoax in hopes of saving the town from the dot-com takeover. TRIALS OF ULTRAMAN #1 Ultraman narrowly averted a catastrophe decades in the making. The world was saved - but, also, forever changed.Now...come the consequences. Much of the populace regard their defenders with suspicion. Enemies hide in plain sight, and even those closest to Shin Hayata don't necessarily have faith in the Giant of Light. But at last, a long-thought-lost comrade has mysteriously returned! BEQUEST #1 Welcome to the high fantasy world of Tangea! A land where wizards and warriors battle dragons in dark dank dungeons! Where thieves pillage ancient ruins and priests answer the au-dible words of their great gods! Welcome to Chicago, Illinois! Where the magical items from Tangea are being traded on the black market and are messing everything up.Written by our bestest friend TIM SEELEY! BLACK KNIGHT CURSE EBONY BLADE #1 Dane Whitman is the BLACK KNIGHT and wielder of the magical EBONY BLADE, but the blade's power comes at a terrible price. Dane forever bears the burden of its curse: an insatiable lust for blood and mayhem that constantly threatens to swallow its owner in darkness. Must that be Dane's fate? CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE #1 Captain America celebrates 80 years of battling tyranny this month! And what better way to celebrate than by having a cadre of Marvel's best artists redraw and modernize Captain America's origin and the debut of the Red Skull from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 as well as Cap's return in the Marvel Age from AVENGERS #4! The legendary stories that changed the course of comic book history are presented in an all-new way for the current generation of Marvel fans! KING IN BLACK SPIDER-MAN #1 "All webbed up with no place to go!" is the entire solicitation copy for this book. But I guess Marvel assumes you'll make your decision based off the title alone. MARIA LLOVETS EROS PSYCHE #1 From the artist of the bestselling Faithless series...comes Eros/Psyche. La Rosa's female boarding school is paradise for young girls...but only if you follow the rules. Because, if you disobey them, you can end up expelled, or even worse, dead. SUPERMAN RED & BLUE #1 This new series presents fresh new visions of the Man of Steel in his two signature colors of red and blue! Around the world, everyone knows that when they see a red and blue streak in the sky, it’s not a bird...it’s not a plane...it’s Superman. Featuring stories from John Ridley and Clayton Henry, Brandon Easton and Steve Lieber, Wes Craig, Marguerite Bennett and Jill Thompson, and Dan Watters and Dani.
--DON’T OVERLOOK-- RADIANT BLACK #2, IRON MAN #7, THOR #13, TMNT LAST RONIN DIRECTORS CUT #1 and the AMERICAN RONIN collection.
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)!