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New Comic Releases Jan 24 – Get Covered

There are a lot of great covers this week, I think… Two NICE Bill Sienkiewicz covers are coming (Raven and Legion), but there are some others of note, including a Tony Daniel “700” in Flash, a Jae Lee special in an Inhumans book, and more…

Also, Marv Wolfman is writing some Titans related books… Plus, we finally get to find out what Batwoman is up to in the pages of Detective Comics. It’s about time!

BOOM! Studios:

Abbott 1 – This one might fly right under the radar, but with the creative team of Hugo-nominated Saladin Ahmed, who also wrote Black Bolt and Sami Kivel, this could be a great book. Tabloid reporter investigating grisly crimes tied to the “dark occult forces… that took her hudband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.” Worth a look!

Three cover options – Taj Tenfold (A), Marcaela Dawn (B), and Tula Lotay (C).

Dark Horse:

Vinegar Teeth 1 – This one caught me from the first line – “LOVECRAFT MEETS LETHAL WEAPON!” I don’t read a lot of humor books, but when genres blend a bit and humor is thrown in, I really don’t mind when it’s done well. This looks to be more of the poor bastard in a bad situation type book, so incidental humor, which I like. The rest of the solicit reads as such, too.

“As a human being, Artie Buckle is a grade-A schmuck. But he’s a pretty damn fine cop. Good thing, because Brick City is under siege from its citizenry and only an unlikely partnership with a mysterious, tentacled, extra-dimensional being can put an end to the escalating crime problem. Thing is, there’s a danger far greater than cub scouts robbing banks . . . oh my! Across space and time lies a far greater threat, not only to Brick City but to the world! Holy crap! Can the two get past their differences and save the planet? Well, of course they can, but getting there is gonna be a helluva fun ride.”

DC Comics:

Batgirl 19 – This one looks like a one-shot with Batgirl looking at Pengiun as the cause of a storm plaguing Gotham, but something larger may be afoot. Based on the cover images, that’s the big question… Will she have to work with him by the end to solve the mystery?

Two cover options – Dan Mora (A) and Joshua Middleton (B).

Detective Comics 973 – “Fall of the Batmen” finaly, which will lead right into the “Trial of Batwoman”… What is she going to do in this issue? “With the team in disarray and facing their most powerful adversary yet, Batwoman must make a critical battlefield choice-one with the power to shatter everything Batman has built!” Do not miss this one…

Two cover options – Guillem March (A) and Rafael Albuquerque (B). <– Both covers are great this week, but I’m digging the Batwoman most, I think. I accidentally pre-ordered one of each, though, so… oh well!

Doomsday Clock 3 – No need to really say anything here except that issue 3 is coming out and that there are two Gary Frank covers, right?

Flash 39 – This is an anniversary issue done RIGHT. The 700th Flash take kicks off with Barry against Gorilla Grodd in “The Perfect Storm” part one! Also, “If Grodd’s shocking attack on Central City wasn’t enough, the reason why-and how it connects to everything The Flash has faced since the Speed Force Storm-will rock our hero to his core… and change everything he thought he knew!” The other anniversary issues landed in the middle of storylines, which was really a missed opportunity for jumping on points for new readers. This is PERFECT.

Two cover options – Carmine Di Giandomenico (A) and Tony Daniel issue 700 Variant (B). <– Because of the great jumping on point, I am a fan of the “700” cover, but that Gorilla Grodd cover is AMAZING.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 37 – “Power of Zod” part one… The Corps versus a “recovering” Zod. This can’t be good, can it? I mean for the Green Lanter Corps, of course. Yikes…

Two cover options – Rafael Sandoval / Jordi Tarragona (A) and Barry Kitson (B).

Raven Daughter of Darkness 1 – Marv Wolfman stepping into the shoes of one of the Titans yet again? Of course we have to check this out! Raven on her own facing “a new, otherworldly menace that is all too grounded in reality,” plus we get to see a glimpse into her personal life as her family struggles to save her soul.

Two cover options – Yanick Paquette (A) and Bill Sienkiewicz (B). <– I’m a sucker for Bill Sienkiewicz on this one.

Teen Titans 16 – A special one-shot written by legendary Marv Wolfman, focusing on Starfire. Again, like Raven this week, can’t help but take a look at this one, since Marv knows these characters better than anyone else around, right? “A unseen villain has taken over the citizens of San Francisco with one target in mind…Starfire! Can Kory and her teammates figure out a cure for the masses before they lose control of their minds and bodies forever?”

Two cover options – Sami Basi (A) and Chad Hardin (B). <– My favorite is the Chad Hardin here…

IDW Publishing:

Gears of War Rise of Raam 1 – Revisiting the world of the Gears of War franchise, we get to see the “swift and brutal ascent of… the bane of humanity… RAAM… the most iconic villian of the Gears of War universe.” I played the hell out of the first Gears of War game, and the back story in the series was awesome. Glad to see they’re doing more with it through comics! There are multiple covers to choose from, but let’s just focus on the Cover A from Ryan Brown.

Image Comics:

Dissonance 1 – This one looks to be a complex fantasy / sci-fi hybrid full of powerful human-spirits, a “devious group who secrety run[s] the world,” warrios guards, and more. It describes itself as “a fantasy drama set in a sci-fi world unlike any other.” If the book can get a foothold and has a chance to tell a long-form story, I’d bet it could get really interesting!

Monstress 13 – Here’s a jumping on point for the gorgeous series from Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda… New arc and an oversided issue. “Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life… is to make friends?”

Marvel Comics:

Amazing Spider-Man 794 – Threat Level Red Part 1 – “NEARLY ONE YEAR AGO Spider-Man hurled the dangerous madman called Zodiac a full year into the future. IN THIS ISSUE Spidey catches up to him, and Zodiac’s had a whole year to prepare for their rematch!” It sounds to me like if Spider-Man tossed this guy a year into the future, Spider-Man has had a year to prepare, not the other way around, but maybe I’m missing something… I guess we just need to read the book and see!

Two cover options – Alex Ross (A) and a Todd Nauck Avengers Variant (B). <– Alex Ross’ art is always to drool for, but Todd Nauck has done a great job recapturing the era-specific Avengers love, didn’t he?

Inhumans Judgement Day 1 – With the Terrigen depleted, the Royal Family has been trying to track down “Primagen, the element that birthed Terrigen,” in hopes to save the Inhumans from a slow extinction. But… they have to face the Progenitors to get it. “The fate of planet Earth once again sits in Black Bolt and Medusa’s hands. The Progenitors are here to end their experiment once and for all – and our world with it.” The Inhumans, when done right, are always an great tale. I was never a fan when Marvel forced the Inhumans on us as a Mutant replacement, but things have calmed down with that, thankfully, and I think we’re back to a bit more of a balance with a larger number of them, but a fair number of tales with a good character set. Hoping this is a good one!

Three cover options – Daniel Acuna (A), Marcos Martin (B), and a Jae Lee Wraparound TV Variant (C). <– I’m easy, I like the regular cover a lot, but can’t help but fall for that Jae Lee art!!!

Legion 1 – Peter Milligan writing a mind-bending X-Book… yeah, that’s about right. After doing X-Statix waaayyyyy back and Shade the Changing Man, this is right up his alley, and Legion is in more than capable hands! Legion… or David Haller… “has always had trouble containing the multiple personalities in his mind. And with each personality comes a wild and dangerous mutant power. But now, a terrifying new personality is threatening to absorb these powers and take over David’s mind and body.” Given the success Legion had in X-Men: Legacy and, of course his TV series, I’m hoping this book does really well and continues for quite a while.

Four cover options – Javier Rodriguez (A), Niko Henrichon (B), Bill Sienkiewicz (C), and TV Variant (D). <– For my part, I ordered the regular cover, the Niko Henrichon, and extras of the Bill Sienkiewicz, because I always see him at SDCC… and I LOVE the cover.

X-Men Blue Annual 1 – This is the kick-off of a Venom / X-Men Blue crossover. “Spinning out of the events of Venomverse, the Children of the Atom and the Lethal Protector team up to take down an extradimensional threat!” I don’t know if this is the team-up we’ve been asking for (like the solicit says), but it could be interesting… There are four cover options, but let’s just look at the Nick Bradshaw Cover A.

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