Happy new comic book day Towelites! Some great new books hitting comic shops today so get down there and pick up your favorite funny book! Here are my pulls and highlights!
Book of the Week
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 (of 4) (Lemire Variant) (DC Black Label) Jeff Lemire , Dennis Cowan , Bill Sienkiewicz
For years, Vic Sage has worn the faceless mask of the Question to clean up the streets of Hub City by sheer force of will. He knows right from wrong. He knows black from white. But what happens when he is drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the heights of Hub City power to the depths of its underground tunnels? What happens when things stop being black-and-white and start getting a little gray? And what happens when, in a secret chamber deep beneath the city, Vic Sage meets his own end…and his new beginning? Eisner-winning writer Jeff Lemire joins forces with the legendary art team of Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz to resurrect Vic Sage, only to destroy him all over again…and again…
Aquaman #54 (Variant) (DC) Kelly Sue DeConnick, Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki
Black Manta and Mech Manta invade Amnesty Bay with one target in mind-Aqualad! Can Aquaman save his protégé from his deadly lineage? Or will the combined might of the Mantas finally be Arthur Curry’s undoing?
Batman #83 (Variant) (DC) Tom King , Mikel Janin , Francesco Mattina
It’s chapter nine of ‘City of Bane,’ and it’s time for a reckoning in Gotham City! Thomas Wayne has joined forces with Bane, and that alliance threatens to throw a monkey wrench into Batman’s plans. And as Bane’s evil army begins to crumble, the Caped Crusader must face the real force behind it all. As the end of this epic tale grows near, Batman and his allies have a choice: let Bane stay in power and guarantee the city’s survival, or risk everything to break free!
Batman Superman #4 (DC) Joshua Williamson (A) David Marquez (CA) Olivier Coipel
Even from prison, the Batman Who Laughs is staying two steps ahead of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel. His plan to infect heroes and turn them into the Dark Multiverse versions of themselves is starting to build steam, with Shazam and others already succumbing to his evil toxin. Batman and Superman are racing the clock to prevent the other three members of the Secret Six from being poisoned, but they realize they are too late when those three come looking for them instead-one of whom is a lot closer to Superman than expected and itching for a fight!
Batman White Knight Presents Von Freeze #1 (DC Black Label) Sean Murphy , Klaus Janson
The world of Batman: White Knight expands with this standalone tale! On the night of Bruce Wayne’s traumatic birth, Victor Fries must intervene to save the lives of Martha Wayne and the future Batman. As the evening unfolds, Victor distracts Thomas with the incredible tale of his own father figures-one a Nazi, the other a Jew-and their complex connection to Wayne Laboratories. As the Third Reich roars into power, the deep friendship and working relationship between the Baron von Fries and his research partner, Jacob Smithstein, is in crisis. Ordered by Himmler to speed development of their cryotechnology in service of world domination, Smithstein is forced to go into hiding and compromise his moral code in order to save his wife and infant daughter, Nora, from persecution and certain death. When the S.S. ramps up surveillance over the project, young Victor begins to question his father’s true allegiance. Both families are driven toward an impossible choice and a sinister standoff, and Victor makes a pact with Smithstein that will ripple through generations.
Flash Forward #3 (of 6) (DC) Scott Lobdell , Brett Booth , Evan Shaner , Norm Rapmund
The rift between the Multiverse and Dark Multiverse is growing wider, and evil dark energy is threatening all the planets in its path! It’s up to Wally West to journey to these worlds and purge them of this darkness, but the greater darkness is that from within. The destruction has now found its way to Earth-43, where Roy Harper is the world’s premier vampire hunter, and Wally’s only hope of surviving…
He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse #1 (of 6) (Fraga Variant) (DC) Tim Seeley , Dan Fraga , Richard Friend
The scourge of Anti-Eternia is unleashed on the Multiverse! Blazing a trail across the dimensions, he’s devastating each version of Eternia and stealing its power. Now it’s up to a ragtag team of surviving He-Men to recruit the one man in existence who might save them: Prince Keldor, the man who would be Skeletor! This all-new miniseries features the most iconic eras and beloved takes on the Masters of the Universe!
Justice League #36 (Kirkham Variant) (DC) Scott Snyder , Francis Manapul , Tyler Kirkham , James Tynion IV
How powerful is too powerful? Lex Luthor has assembled everything he needs to complete his plan of turning the world toward doom, including reviving the ancient goddess Perpetua and restoring her powers. But can he keep Perpetua from dragging the DC Universe into the abyss alongside the rest of the Multiverse? This is a question that hero and villain alike must ask, as the epic battle between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom across space and time comes crashing together. Everything that happens here sets the stage for the senses-shattering finale of the Justice/Doom War-and the fate of all existence hangs in the balance!
Metal Men #2 (of 12) (Rocafort Variant) (DC) Dan Didio , Shane Davis , Kenneth Rocafort , Michelle Delecki
The Nth Metal Man has arrived from the Dark Multiverse right into Dr. Klyburn’s research site-and it will destroy anything that stands in the way of it trying to stay in our world. As Magnus, Gold, Platinum, Iron, Lead, and Mercury rush to Dr. Klyburn’s aid, one of them will meet their fate at the hands of Nth Metal Man! But who? And how? How is even crazier! Read this issue to find out!
Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen #5 (of 12) (Oliver Variant) (DC) Matt Fraction , Steve Lieber , Ben Oliver
Jingles sell, Batman smells, A prank war goes astray, A Batmobile lost a wheel (literally), ‘Cause Jimmy stole it from the valet!
Canto #6 (of 6) (IDW) David M. Booher , Drew Zucker
The blockbuster finale to Canto’s first epic quest is here and… there’s no place like home! Atop the Emerald Tower, Canto faces the Shrouded Man to demand his beloved’s heart. Having finally made it to the end of his journey, will Canto learn the truth behind his people’s captivity? Can he battle the Shrouded Man… and survive to return home to tell the tale?
2099 Alpha #1 (Marvel) Nick Spencer, Viktor Bogdanovic, Patrick Gleason
80 years ago, the Marvel Universe was born. 80 years from now, will it die?! THE FUTURE IS IN PERIL! Events of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN have been leading to this for months. Something is happening in 2099 that spans Nueva York and beyond and will shake up the official Marvel Future forever. This is not a drill!
Amazing Spider-Man #34 2099 (Marvel) Nick Spencer , Patrick Gleason
Spider-Man 2099’s present is our crumbling future. But what chance do we have relying only on Peter Parker, Miguel O’Hara and… Victor Von Doom?! That’s right, Doctor Doom guest stars in the Mighty Marvel Manner, but what villain is so heinous that Doom and Spidey are on the same side?!
Captain America #16 (Marvel) Ta-Nehisi Coates , Jason Masters , Alex Ross
‘THE LEGEND OF STEVE’ CONTINUES! The killing of a cop sets off a powder keg in the New York streets-one that Steve Rogers and Misty Knight must fight to contain! But an old foe with a new face is at the heart of this situation! How will justice be served?
Fantastic Four 2099 #1 (Ron Lim Variant) (Marvel) Karla Pacheco, Steven Cummings, Ron Lim
THE FUTURE BELONGS TO DOOM! Heroes may be no more, but the legacy of Earth’s greatest family lives on against impossible odds. But as this new quartet of champions takes on the mantle, what does it mean to be called Fantastic Four in a future ruled by Doom?
Star Wars #75 (Marvel) Greg Pak , Phil Noto
FINAL ISSUE! IT’S A TRAP! • The epic REBELS AND ROGUES storyline reaches its explosive end! Can THREEPIO save the rock people of K43? • Is WARBA the master or the student? Which Champion falls? • And how much of LUKE’S desperate plan has DARTH VADER foreseen from the beginning? • The search for a new rebel base continues!
Bloodshot #3 (Valiant) Tim Seeley , Brett Booth , Declan Shalvey
Break out the popcorn before Bloodshot hits the big screen and witness the supersoldier unleashed! New York Times bestselling writer Tim Seeley (Grayson) and industry icon Brett Booth (Titans) let loose a can’t-miss chapter of their pulse-pounding new series! The origin issue of Eidolon, Bloodshot’s greatest nemesis in the making!
Rai #1 (Valiant) Dan Abnett , Juan Jose Ryp
Welcome to the 41st century: New worlds, new characters, new adventures. Valiant’s critically celebrated cyborg ronin named Rai embarks on a thrilling quest to save the future. Multiple New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) joins forces with breathtaking artist Juan José Ryp (X-O MANOWAR) to begin the essential sci-fi series of the next two thousand years!
Roku #2 (of 4) (Valiant) Cullen Bunn , Ramon Bachs , Viktor KalvachevIn order to save a life, the lethal weapon Roku is going to have to kill a lot of people. The first appearance of the Minister of Blades! The bloody thrill ride reaches new heights by New York Times bestselling writer Cullen Bunn (Venom) and stunning artist Ramón F. Bachs (Detective Comics)!
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