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.
—NEW BOOKS OF NOTE— • BERMUDA #1 Bermuda lives here. She's 16, scrappy, and living on this insane and wondrous jungle island-fighting at every turn to survive-is the only life she has ever known. She can handle the dinosaurs, the pirates, the crazed soldiers, dark magicians, and strange monsters. But the weird new kid who washes ashore just may be the biggest challenge Bermuda has ever faced-as he drags her along on a perilous rescue mission she wants no part of... and he's likely to be the death of both of them! By John Layman and Nick Bradshaw.
• BLUE & GOLD #1 Desperate to regain the spotlight, Booster Gold looks to attract the public’s (and Justice League’s) attention the same way any washed-up, second-rate hero would—social media. The not-so-tech-savvy hero from the 25th century enlists the help of his best friend, Blue Beetle, who possesses both the money and the brains to help his old pal navigate the scary world of internet influencers.
• DARK BLOOD #1 Alabama, 1955. Avery Aldridge is an ordinary young Black man. A decorated World War II veteran, Avery provides for his wife and daughter. But wounds of the past have a way of coming back, and Avery Aldridge will soon discover he is anything but ordinary... After a run-in awakens strange new abilities, Avery's about to become more powerful than he could have ever dared to dream... in a country and society that never wanted him to have any power.
• MOM MOTHER OF MADNESS #1 Game of Thrones superstar EMILIA CLARKE debuts an EXTRA-LENGTH, THREE-ISSUE MINISERIES! The mayhem begins with Maya, under-the-weather scientist by day, over-the-top superhero by night, and badass single mom 24/7. Deadpool action and Fleabag comedy collide when Maya activates her freakish superpowers to take on a secret sect of human traffickers. Mature readers only! Comedy and chaos await in the first of three 40-page issues by the glamorous artist of Horde, LEILA LEIZ!
• MOON KNIGHT #1 The mysterious Mr. Knight has opened his Midnight Mission, his people petitioning for protection from the weird and horrible. The Moon Knight stalks the rooftops and alleys marked with his crescent moon tag, bringing violence to any who would harm his people. Marc Spector, in whichever guise he dons, is back on the streets, a renegade priest of an unworthy god. But while Khonshu languishes in a prison that Moon Knight put him in, Moon Knight must still observe his duty: protecting those who travel at night.
• STAR WARS WAR BOUNTY HUNTERS JABBA HUTT #1 Jabba the Hutt is one of the most powerful and ruthless gangsters in the galaxy-and Boba Fett, his most trusted bounty hunter, has failed him. How will Jabba deal with betrayal? VIOLENTLY. And what does this have to do with a bounty hunter with ties to the High Republic?
• SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY #1 By GRANT MORRISON and MIKEL JANIN! Some tasks require methods and heroes that don’t scream Justice League. So Clark Kent, the Metropolis Marvel, seeks out Manchester Black, the most dastardly of rogues, to form an all-new Authority tasked with taking care of some business on the sly.
• SYPHON #1 When a fast-living EMT is entrusted with the power to sense and siphon pain from others, Sylas is presented with a new purpose: to ease the misery of those around him. But the more he uses this gift, the more it curses him with carrying the burdens of others' pain. And it soon attracts the attention of mysterious forces who covet the power for themselves, forcing Sylas to decide whether he will continue his mission or revert to his old ways.
• TALES FROM HARROW COUNTY FAIR FOLK #1 Harrow County returns with a brand-new story. Fresh off the loss of her goblin friend to a strange portal, Bernice must weigh her responsibilities as protector of Harrow County with her desire to get her companion back safe and sound. But the past weighs heavily and the fair folk use Bernice's and her memories against her. And something more disastrous than she could have feared may be around the corner to threaten both the worlds of humans and of haints.
THE comic of 2021 brings us its 2nd issue with the greatest comic book car chase ever drawn! How do you make a car chase work in a comic book? Find out in SIX SIDEKICKS OF TRIGGER KEATON #2!! Plus a bunch of other stuff is out this week, too.
—RECOMMENDED— •SIX SIDEKICKS OF TRIGGER KEATON #2 Someone murdered Trigger Keaton, the world's most famous TV action hero. But to be fair, everyone kinda hated him. Now the plot thickens, the sidekick numbers increase, and the STUNTMAN WAR ESCALATES! And no one is ready for the BEST CAR CHASE EVER put to page going down!
•NICE HOUSE ON THE LAKE #1 (2ND PRINT) One of the best horror comic books by one of today's best comic writers, James Tynion IV. Don't miss the start of this 12-part series (#2 is also available right now). Exceptional art by Alvaro Martinez Bueno.
—NEW BOOKS OF NOTE— •ALIENS AFTERMATH #1 It's been 35 years since the tragedy of the Hadley's Hope colony, but what happened to that ill-fated venture has been shrouded in mystery. A renegade crew of investigative journalists are heading towards the moon that Weyland-Yutani has wiped from all records, and they'll bring back the truth even if it kills them...and what remains in that bombed out site will try to do just that.
•BEYOND THE BREACH #1 Life sucks for Vanessa. Her mother just died and her boyfriend is cheating on her (with her own sister!). And then, THE BREACH hits. A bizarre anomaly in the sky plunges California into a nightmare-world populated with strange, extra-dimensional creatures. Now Vanessa, along with Dougie, an orphaned child, and Kai, a strange, fuzzball of a beast, must fight to survive if they ever hope to make it back home.
•CANTO III LIONHEARTED #1 The tiny clockwork knight in search of a heart has found his people's freedom and has saved them from the curse of the Shrouded Man, but is he ready to face his enemy on the battlefield? After making the ultimate sacrifice, Canto bears a weapon that could defeat the Shrouded Man and free all the inhabitants of the Unnamed World. Now, he races to find a hidden settlement of his former slavers to enlist them as allies in the coming war.
•CIMMERIAN MAN-EATERS OF ZAMBOULA #1 Discover the true Conan, unrestrained, violent, and sexual. Read the story as he intended! The Cimmerian in the land of a thousand and one nights!
•EXTREME CARNAGE SCREAM #1 Andi Benton has always been a fighter, and that's never been truer than since she bonded to the Scream symbiote a few months ago. But even after ABSOLUTE CARNAGE and KING IN BLACK, Andi has never had to fight like this - and, worse still, if she can't save her symbiote from whatever unseen force is affecting it, she might have to do it alone...
•MAN-EATERS CURSED #1 Man-Eaters: The Cursed reunites the original Man-Eaters creative team for another tale of adolescent feminist derring-do and supernatural hijinks. Maude, now 15, is sent to Craft Camp for the week. It goes south pretty quickly. Smart, laugh-out-loud funny, provocative, referential, scary, chock-full of ephemera, and compulsively re-readable. Plus, fairies. [ADVISORY: Do not read this book while you are actually camping.]
•MOUSE GUARD OWLHEN CAREGIVER #1 Which of life's biggest lessons can be learned from the smallest amongst us? A young mouse learns that compassion and kindness are the great virtues in "The Owlhen Caregiver." "Piper the Listener" finds a brave mouse venturing into wild country to learn the tongues of other beasts. And a grizzled oldfur shares the lesson of putting a whisker out too far in "The Wild Wolf." Three poignant tales mark creator David Petersen's return to his beloved Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series in this self-contained special.
•NINJAK #1 Out of the shadows and into the spotlight... the world's greatest superspy has been exposed! Colin King is Ninjak and he has a target on his back like never before. With enemies lurking around every corner, how will Ninjak survive when there's nowhere left to hide and the world is gunning for him? Jeff Parker and Javier Puildo are about to take you on a non-stop thrill ride.
•SAVAGE HEARTS #1 She's a brawny barbarian bruiser with a broken heart; he's a lonely beastman who talks to dinosaurs. What happens when they team up against an evil sorcerer? Action, comedy, and romance in this all-new jungle fantasy romcom from Aubrey Sitterson (No One Left to Fight, The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling) and Jed Dougherty (World's Finest, Harley Quinn, Justice League: Future's End). Includes the special print single issue-exclusive back-up No Kings, No Masters by Aubrey Sitterson and Goran Gligovic!
•SINISTER WAR #1 Doctor Octopus' got a new Sinister Six and if you think he's thought big in the past, think again. What Ock DOESN'T know is that the VULTURE has a sextet of his own: THE SAVAGE SIX! It's an all-out WAR between two of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe, and the only person they hate more than each other is SPIDER-MAN!
—DON’T OVERLOOK— INFINITE FRONTIER #2, SKYBOUND X #2, IRON MAN #10, BATMAN THE DETECTIVE #4, SILVER COIN #4, THOR #15 and SEVEN SCERETS #10.
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 September 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 July 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!
New week; new X-Men #1! With plenty of covers, we might add (some may even say TOO many…). And that’s not all by a long shot (that is not word play; as far as we know Longshot is NOT in X-Men #1). So we’ll stop yappin’ and let you see what’s new!
—RECOMMENDED— • X-MEN #1 The heroes of Krakoa are here to save the planet! Things might be complicated between the nation of Krakoa and the rest of the world, but to the X-MEN, things are simple - you do what's right, you protect those who need protecting and you save the world we all share. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Sunfire, Rogue, Wolverine, Synch and Polaris are the chosen champions of mutantkind, and they will not shrink from any battle for their home planet.
—NEW BOOKS OF NOTE— • BATMAN SECRET FILES THE SIGNAL #1 The Signal comes back as Gotham City’s daytime protector after his time with the Outsiders. But during his sabbatical from his hometown, everything about the city and the people closest to him changed. And the mystery of the White Market, a deadly source of weapons being trafficked into Gotham City that even Batman can’t track down, will only push the Signal further away from everything he knows and into a brand-new world of danger.
• CLANS OF BELARI #1 No person or Clan may exit the system. No person or Clan may do the Designated Work of another Clan. Clans may not merge. Any person that breaks a Primary Law shall be made Outcast.
• EXTREME CARNAGE ALPHA #1 Collectively called the Life Foundation, symbiotes SCREAM, PHAGE, RIOT, LASHER and AGONY have tried to reconcile the sometimes-noble intentions of their hosts with their often-bloodthirsty impulses. But they have an older sibling who may be reinvented in its own right: CARNAGE.
• FIGHT GIRLS #1 Ten hard-as-nails women face off in an ancient contest of champions where the winner truly takes all: the title of "Queen of the Galaxy." To win the challenge each contestant must survive the hazards of the planet's harsh landscape, the ferocious predators on and below its surface, and their fellow contestants. This edition of the contest has a twist: one of the contestants is an infiltrator who has her eye on something bigger than the prize. Who is she and what does she really want? Written and drawn by Frank Cho.
• HELLBOY & BPRD SECRET OF CHESBRO HOUSE #1 Hellboy works with a psychic to clear a haunted mansion for auction. But the ghosts in residence aren't quite ready to go gentle into that good night, and the answer may lie in a connection with the living world... Hellboy creator Mike Mignola teams with longtime collaborator Christopher Golden and artist Shawn McManus to bring you a brand-new frightful delight from the world of Hellboy!
• JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY #1 There is a being wandering the universe searching for its true purpose, but what it finds out on the farthest edges of the cosmos will change not just our universe, but many! Meanwhile, the war for the throne of Apokolips arrives on Earth, and the true ruler will only be decided one way: Who can destroy the Justice League?
• MAMO #1 Orla, the youngest in a long line of hedge witches, finds herself pulled back to her hometown after the death of her grandmother - Mamo. Without Mamo managing magical relationships between the townsfolk and the fae, the seas are impossible to fish, the crops have soured... and Jo Manalo's attic has been taken over by a poltergeist! Now, Orla and Jo will both be pulled into worlds they never wanted to be part of. Can the two girls work together to save the town?
• MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE REVELATION #1 The official comic book prequel to the Netflix show by Kevin Smith and Rob David and episode writer Tim Sheridan. Following a vicious Orlax attack on his father King Randor, He-Man learns the creature is linked to the origin of the sword of power. To save Randor and put an end to the chaos He-Man embarks on an epic journey that pits him against his longtime foes Skeletor and Evil-Lyn, and sees Teela take the reins of a powerful legacy.
• ORCS IN SPACE 2 IN 1 From Rick & Morty creator Justin Roiland! Gor, Kravis, and Mongtar are three Orcs trying to survive while on the run from everything and everyone on their homeworld. When the naive bureaucrats from StarBleep land on their planet, the orcs unwittingly steal the most advanced ship in the fleet and blast into the dankest reaches of the outer galactigon. Now the universe's most wanted, the Orcs befriend the ship's AI, D.O.N.A., in a bid to get free... but will that be enough to escape StarBleep?
• ORDINARY GODS #1 The Luminary. The Prodigy. The Brute. The Trickster. The Innovator. Five gods from a realm beyond our own, leaders in the "War of Immortals." Aleast, they were - before they were trapped, sent to a planet made into a prison, forced into an endless cycle of human death and reincarnation. Christopher is 22. He's got two loving parents and a 12-year-old sister. He works at a paint store. He's in therapy. He's one of the Five. Which means, in order to save everyone he cares about, Christopher will have to reconnect with his past lives and do the unthinkable: become a god again.
• SKYBOUND X #1 Each issue of this oversized, weekly series will kick off with a new chapter of a serialized THE WALKING DEAD story - RICK GRIMES 2000 - by ROBERT KIRKMAN & RYAN OTTLEY! In addition, we'll be debuting all-new series and characters every issue, starting with the first appearance of the most requested WALKING DEAD character of all-time: Clementine, star of the bestselling Telltale's The Walking Dead video game series! Did we mention new ULTRAMEGA and MANIFEST DESTINY stories?! If you want to know what to expect in Skybound's next 10 years, it all starts here!
• SLAY BELLS #1 Every Christmas Eve, little Bobby Hamilton and his father rise at dawn for an early morning hunting trip. It was their favorite tradition – until they accidentally killed a certain red-nosed reindeer. They should have known better. They shouldn’t have tried to cover it up. Because Santa Claus knows that they’ve been naughty...
• WWE NEW DAY POWER OF POSITIVITY #1 It's a New Day - Yes it is! Kofi. Xavier. Big E. Six-time. W.W.E. Tag. Team. Champions! The. Longest. Reign. In. W.W.E. History! You know the matches. You know the catchphrases. You think you know The New Day... but now discover the origins and struggles of these three WWE Superstars before that fateful day when they realized that they're stronger together than apart and seize their place in WWE history.
—DON’T OVERLOOK— WONDER GIRL #2, GEIGER #4, NICE HOUSE ON THE LAKE #2, AVENGERS #46, BASILISK #2, BATMAN #110, and AVENGERS #46, to name a few.
Remember when the 5th Wednesday of the month meant less new comics? Us, neither. This week’s list of New Comics and Graphic Novels is… Barbaric! Hahahaha! That’s hilarious! Get it? Barbaric #1 comes out this week! And it’s GOOD. AND we’re having writer/creator Michael Moreci in to sign it from 11am-1pm on Wednesday!
—RECOMMENDED— • BARBARIC #1 Owen the Barbarian has been cursed to do good with what remains of his life. His bloodthirsty weapon, Axe, has become his moral compass with a drinking problem. Together they wander the realm, foredoomed to help any who seek assistance. But there is one thing Owen hates more than a life with rules: Witches. Welcome to the skull-cracking, blood-splattering, mayhem-loving comic brave enough to ask: How can a man sworn to do good do so much violence? Hah! F***ing with you. It's just...BARBARIC. • UNITED STATES CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 A Captain America limited series written by Christopher Cantwell? Sign me UP! The shield has been stolen! No one understands the value of the shield like those who've wielded it, so Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson set out on a road trip across America to chase down the thief. But instead, they find the Captains, everyday people from all walks of life who've taken up the mantle of Captain America to defend their communities. And for some reason, the shield thief wants them all dead.
—NEW BOOKS OF NOTE— • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER TEA TIME #1 Rupert Giles has been many things - Sunnydale's foremost occult expert, high school librarian, mentor, and father figure - but Buffy and the Scooby Gang are totally unprepared for... Giles the vampire! • GREEN ARROW 80TH ANNIVERSARY An all-star lineup of Green Arrow creators, alongside some of the gifted creators of the modern era who have been inpsired by Oliver Queen, unite to pay tribute to the Battling Bowman. • INFINITE FRONTIER SECRET FILES #1 Take a look inside Director Bones personal database for stories featuring Jade and Obsidian, the children of the original Green Lantern; Psycho–Pirate, the scourge of many a Crisis on many an Earth; President Superman, the Mutliverse’s ultimate beacon of hope; Roy Harper, back from the dead; and just who are the Totality…? • MIGHTY CRUSADERS THE SHIELD America's first patriotic superhero, The Shield, has persevered through countless challenges and always manages to come out on top! But what happens when forces beyond anyone's control threaten The Shield's legacy of fighting for truth and justice? Follow Joe Higgins as The Shield (and get ready for some surprises!) in this new one-shot comic featuring art by Rob Liefeld. • PARASOMNIA #1 After his son disappears, a broken-down man braves a nightmarish dreamscape in order to find him-and battle the ruthless cult that seeks to rule the land of dreams as the barrier between realities starts to collapse. For fans of The Sixth Gun, Harrow County, and Locke & Key. • POWER RANGERS UNLIMITED EDGE OF DARKNESS #1 Answering Zordon's call, the Phantom Ranger investigates the aftermath of an Empyreal attack. Only to discover their connection to an ancient evil he encountered long ago... which may have finally returned to threaten the entire universe.
—DON’T OVERLOOK— DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #10, BETA RAY BILL #4, KAIJUMAX SEASON 6 #2, CROSSOVER #7 (written by and STARRING Chip Zdarsky!!), RED ROOM #2, and the final chapter of the Hellfire Gala, X-FACTOR #10.