A new original Reckless graphic novel from Brubaker & Phillips, a new Marvel super-team from Kurt Busiek, a new, ongoing Robin series, and new Spider-Clones highlight this week’s new releases! Plus 3 Tom Taylor DC hardcovers!
—HIGHLY RECOMMENDED— • FRIEND OF THE DEVIL HC A RECKLESS BOOK Bestselling crime noir masters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are back with another new original graphic novel featuring troublemaker-for-hire Ethan Reckless. It's 1985 and things in Ethan's life are going pretty well... until a missing woman shows up in the background of an old B-movie, and Ethan is drawn into Hollywood's secret occult underbelly as he hunts for her among the wreckage of the wild days of the '70s.
—NEW BOOKS OF NOTE— •ROBIN #1 After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: winning the tournament and prove he is the greatest fighter in the DC Universe! But first he must find the secret island where it’s all going down! This brand-new solo Robin series will force Damian Wayne to find his own path away from both sides of his family! New mysteries! New supporting cast! First appearances of new characters! And lots of fights! •MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #25 It's Miles' turn to experience the classic Spider-trope... The Clone Saga! •THE MARVELS #1 Kurt Busiek (MARVELS, Astro City) is back, with the biggest, wildest, most sprawling series ever to hit the Marvel Universe, telling stories that span the decades and range from cosmic adventure to intense human drama, from the street-level to the cosmic, starring literally anyone from Marvel's very first heroes to the superstars of tomorrow. •20 FISTS #1 This is a comic about fist fights and bad romance. The No Names are new to the 20 Fists Fight League. As they begin to make a name for themselves the worst possible thing happens: their leader Chel falls for Billie, the leader of their rival crew The Big Jackets. Now, with their crews about to meet up for another battle, Chel and Billie need to decide... to make love or war? •CYBERPUNK 2077 YOU HAVE MY WORD #1 A new urban development proposal is being pushed through city council-a flagrant infraction on those safeguarded by the Valentinos gang. They enlist the service of three cyberpunks to discreetly and strategically terminate the project, but their subject is more than an ordinary target. •HELM GREYCASTLE #1 The last dragon prince has been abducted-kept prisoner by an unknown threat: AZTEC MEXICA! Helm Greycastle and his outsider comrades are here to save the prince-but are recruited by a resistance plotting to overthrow Montezuma. •MY LITTLE PONY TRANSFORMERS II #1 While using a modified Space Bridge to bring magic to Cybertron, the Decepticons end up unleashing a more powerful evil from Equestria than they ever could've imagined-looks like the only way out of this one is to team up! More ponies, more bots, and more magical mayhem as two worlds collide in the return of this hit crossover event! •SHADOWMAN (2020) #1 Jack Boniface is SHADOWMAN, a powerful protector who keeps humanity safe from the demons that claw at the fabric of our reality. The forces of darkness are awakening and they are hungry for life. Will Shadowman be able to save us all, or will the darkness devour the world as we know it? •STAR WARS EMPIRE 40TH COVER COLLECTION #1 All the Chris Sprouse "Empire Strikes Back" covers printed in story order. •SUMMONERS WAR LEGACY #1 Rai knows there's only one way out of her nothing town-to become a summoner! But when she's recruited by Abuus Dein as an apprentice, she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime and is thrust into a war for the fate of the world.
—DON’T OVERLOOK— BRZRKR #2 • BETA RAY BILL #2 • DETECTIVE COMICS #1035 • DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #8 (New Arc) • SILK #2 • CROSSOVER #6
We’ll tell you what, trusty comic-lover, as far as weeks of new releases go, this is absolutely one of them! Eleven new #1 issues? Check! Recurring favorites? Check! New graphic novels? Check! Local Chicago artist representation? Check! So come on by April 21 for all this goodness (but we do not accept checks).
—NEW BOOKS OF NOTE— •WAY OF X #1 Mutantkind has built a new Eden... but there are serpents in this garden. Some mutants struggle to fit in. Some mutants turn to violence and death. And the children whisper of the Patchwork Man, singing in their hearts...Only one mutant senses the looming shadows. Snared by questions of death, law and love, only NIGHTCRAWLER can fight for the soul of Krakoa. •ALICE IN LEATHERLAND #1 Alice, a young writer of children's story books, is hurtled out of her fairytale-like life when she discovers her girlfriend has been cheating on her! Charmingly defiant, she leaves her small forest town and leaps into a new adventure to seek love (and find herself) in the fast life of San Francisco. There, her concept of pure, magical love will be completely overturnedher biggest challenge won't be reckoning with other people's sexual drive, it'll be getting a grip on her own! •BATMAN FORTNITE ZERO POINT #1 A crack splits the sky above Gotham City... a tear in reality itself. This rift pulls the Dark Knight into a bizarre and unfamiliar world, with no memory of who he is or where he came from...Batman has been drawn into Fortnite! As our hero fights to recall his past and escape an endless loop of chaos and struggle, he'll come face-to-face with the likes of Renegade Raider, Fishstick, Bandolier, and more. •COJACARU THE SKINNER #1 Cojacaru the Skinner, the strange and enigmatic bane of Eastern European witches, has been dead many years. But from a bloodied French town in the throes of World War II, a plea for help carries across the winds of time. A desperate band of resistance soldiers and their white witch allies rest their fate in the hands of Cojacaru's ghost. And when she answers their call, it will be heard near and far. •GIRLS OF DIMENSION 13 #1 Four young women are brought together by a mysterious invitation to live in a creepy building in NYC. They soon learn that the building houses a portal to the other twelve known dimen-sions, and that a malevolent creature known as Abraxis has bound these dimensions together, enslaving them to his will. For centuries, the portal has been guarded by a gatekeeper to prevent the evil on the other side from gaining access to OUR dimension. Now the gatekeeper, Anna Nightlinger, is missing, and the only thing standing in Abraxis' way is a quartet of young women with powers and abilities they don't even know they have. •GODZILLA MONSTERS & PROTECTORS #1 When a coldly single-minded businessman uses an untested element to create clean energy for a profit, he inadvertently awakens the beast from the deep--Godzilla! Sensing the harm the new energy poses to the planet, Godzilla attacks the heart of the problem--humankind! It will be up to three intrepid middle-school students--with a little magic help from Infant Island--to show Godzilla that not all humans are bad... and that there is still hope for Planet Earth. •MANY DEATHS OF LAILA STARR #1 With humanity on the verge of discovering immortality, the avatar of Death is fired and relegated to the world below to live out her now-finite days in the body of twenty-something Laila Starr in Mumbai. Struggling with her new-found mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born... •MIGHTY VALKYRIES #1 Jane Foster believed she was the only Valkyrie left - but the fight against Knull, the King in Black, proved her wrong. Now the Valkyries must redefine their roles in a changing world - and Asgard's not going to make it easy. When Loki comes to Jane with rumors of a beast stalking the souls of Midgard, she leaps into action - but she's not the only one after the strange wolf's hide. •OLD GUARD TALES THROUGH TIME #1 The bestselling, critically acclaimed THE OLD GUARD, now a hit Netflix movie starring Charlize Theron, returns with all-new stories by writers GREG RUCKA, VITA AYALA, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, KELLY SUE DeCONNICK, MATT FRACTION, DAVID F. WALKER, and more, and artists LEANDRO FERNÁNDEZ, HORACIO ALTUNA, RICK BURCHETT, VALENTINE DE LANDRO, JUSTIN GREENWOOD, KANO, NICOLA SCOTT, and more! •WOMEN OF MARVEL #1 The future is female! Get in on the ground floor with this amazing assembly of writers and artists from all over entertainment. Louise Simonson, Nadia Shammas, Elsa Sjunneson, Sophie Campbell, Anne Toole, Natasha Alterici, Kei Zama, Eleonora Carlini, Skylar Patridge, Joanna Estep and more. With a cover by Chicago’s own Wolf Lopez! •YOU PROMISED ME DARKNESS #1 Approximately every 75 years, Halley's Comet orbits around the sun, and every time this happens people around the world are born with incredible abilities, special auras that grant them with supernatural skills, but those auras can also be cursed. Yuko and Sebastian, two siblings with special auras are constantly running from an evil being, known as the "Anti-everything," who feeds from these special auras, getting stronger with each intake.
--DON’T OVERLOOK-- NIGHTWING #79, ORPHAN & FIVE BEASTS #2, AVENGERS #45, RADIANT BLACK #3, JONNA AND UNPOSSIBLE MONSTERS #2, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #64 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #60.
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What a week! We’ve got 2 “A-List” writers taking on 2 “A-List” characters in 2 brand new alternate timeline mini-series; TOM TAYLOR with BATMAN THE DETECTIVE and CHIP ZDARSKY on SPIDER-MAN SPIDER’S SHADOW! Really excited for BOTH of these comics!!
—HIGHLY RECOMMENDED— •SPIDER-MAN SPIDERS SHADOW #1 Peter Parker once put on an alien suit that nearly destroyed his life - but what if he'd never taken it off? Ignoring every warning, Spidey embraces the dark symbiote! Haunted by terrible nightmares and exhausted by an endless barrage of bad guys, Peter can't seem to catch a break these days. So when the Hobgoblin attacks, he finds a hero at the end of his rope...and vulnerable to new dark impulses. Spider-Man is about to change his rules - but is it truly Peter who is in charge? Creative powerhouses Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry and Matt Hollingsworth bring you a terrifying tale of a Peter Parker possessed and on the edge! •BATMAN THE DETECTIVE #1 By Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert! A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight—one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! New villains! New allies! A thrilling overseas adventure begins for the Dark Knight, starting with an extra-sized 26-page story! •LOCKE & KEY SANDMAN HELL & GONE #1 The epic crossover between two of the most beloved fantasy universes in comics begins here. John "Jack" Locke is ten years dead, but that hasn't stopped him from posting the occasional letter home... from Hell. Now Mary Locke will do anything to save her brother's soul, including cut a deal with Roderick Burgess-the most evil man in England-to search for answers in the House of Mystery and risk the walking nightmare known as the Corinthian to find help in a disintegrating Kingdom of Dreams!
—NEW BOOKS OF NOTE— •BATMAN & SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES #1 It’s an all-new, all-ages series that teams the Dark Knight with Scooby-Doo and the sleuths of Mystery Inc.! When Batman discovers his original purple gloves have gone missing, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo travel back in time to Batman’s Year One era to solve the case! *FOR MATURE READERS* (just kidding) •CANTO & CITY OF GIANTS #1 In this special Canto series, our titular hero reunites with the Giant Guardians of Dis, Fra and Ba, as well as other friends and foes, to recruit the kingdom of Giants to his quest to defeat the Shrouded Man. •DARKHAWK HEART OF THE HAWK #1 Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the '90s hottest hero in three spectacular stories! First, an untold story from Darkhawk's early days by creators Danny Fingeroth and Mike Manley! Then explore the winged hero's cosmic years by Dan Abnett and Andrea Di Vito. Finally, find out what the future holds for Darkhawk by Kyle Higgins and more! •HOME #1 When a young boy is torn away from his mother while seeking asylum at the U.S. border, something begins to change in him, and it isn't just the trauma, anxiety, and guilt you'd expect. He doesn't know it yet, but it's the onset of superhuman abilities that will change his life forever. •JENNY ZERO #1 Meet Jenny Tetsuo, the hard drinkin', hard partyin' daughter of beloved superhero, Mega Commander Zero. After washing out as the military's top kaiju killer, "Jenny Zero" now lives the celebutante life with her hotel heiress and publicist best friend, Dana Sheraton. But when the massive creatures return, Jenny must decide if she can sober up and save the world! •JULES VERNE LIGHTHOUSE #1 At the edge of the galaxy, there is a giant supercomputer known as the Lighthouse. Three humans, one alien, and a nanny bot have manned the remote station for years in relative peace until the arrival of Captain Kongre and his band of cutthroat pirates threatens the future of civilization and reveals that each of the Lighthouse crew has been hiding a shocking secret. •PHANTOM ON THE SCAN #1 Twenty years ago, a comet fell to earth. Since that night, Matthew has been haunted - haunted by a spirit that gives him incredible psychic abilities. But these abilities come with a price...and payment is due. Every time Matthew uses his gifts, he draws closer to death, and other psychics - all of whom gained their powers on the night the comet fell - are dying in the most horrible of ways. To save himself, Matthew gathers a group of psychics to solve the mystery of their powers before it's too late. •CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER SONS #1 The sons of Batman and Superman are back in the spotlight and ready to give evil a good spanking. A mysterious woman from beyond time has appeared to the DCU’s favorite sons, and her arrival heralds certain doom (that’s a hint, everyone) of things to come! In fact...it seems she’s sent the boys on a bogus journey that they’ve already...returned from? Huh?
—DON’T OVERLOOK— JOKER #2, WOLVERINE #11, SERIAL #3, HOME SICK PILOTS #5, RORSCHACH #7, CHILDREN OF THE ATOM #2, KARMEN #2, PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD #2 and POWER PACK #5.