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New Comics Releases Jan 17-Batter Up!

I am more and more astounded by what I’m seeing on the DC side… As a long time Marvel guy, I’m always waiting for things to pick up, and I do see more going on, but DC has been keeping things going consistently for the last few months with a lot of noteworthy releases every week. I can remember for a long time when I would pick up only Vertigo books from DC or maybe one non-Vertigo book. These days, I’m following several titles and can’t wait, week-to-week, to see what’s coming. My ONLY complaint is that I wish they would do a better job on artist management. They juggle so many artists on single titles that, from issue to issue, the books are changing. So, you’ll have a few regular artists, but you may find a particular artist working once over three or four issues. From a continuity perspective, it can get a bit frustrating. At least they’re not using artists with drastically different styles, but it’s something to consider. In Avengers: No Surrender, it looks like they’re using an approach where they are juggling artists, but they’re far ahead, so they can have multiple artists working at the same time, each on chunks of issues, so they can have three or four issues in a row. I love the continuity of that, plus the cohesive covers.

I think part of what DC is doing successfully is managing their issue 1’s and storylines, so they are staggered VERY well. There is always something going on, week after week. So, Marvel and DC have around the same number of titles, new and existing, going on at all times, but the clumping of when new stoylines kick off was skewed by the Legacy re-launches at Marvel. They’re in part 3, part 4, part 5, part whatever of different storylines, while DC is intermixing self-contained issues and new storylines all the time, giving readers a chance to jump in constantly to their books. EVERY week, there are several titles, either new number 1’s or existing titles with jumping-on points to examine.

Anyway, let’s dig in!

Antarctic Press:

Teether 1 – I don’t know anything about this one aside from the description and cover, but the cover IS pretty intense, right?!?! For $3.99, it could be worth it just to see what’s in the pages…

Dillon Brown thinks he’s made a friend with new transfer student Lilly Quist. But when the grisly remains of local kids appear, he starts to suspect the new girl has something to do with it. Soon Dillon realizes that an ancient, endless hunger has come to Carol Hill, Indiana in the form of a 10-year-old girl. He and his classmates now have to stop Lilly’s vicious, gore-drenched feast before it’s too late. But the secrets behind Lilly’s rage might just be more terrifying than Lilly herself!

Cinebook:

Valerian Volume 20 / 21 – The Order of the Stones & The Time Opener GN’s – I noticed that Vol 21 was listed as “The conclusion of Valerian and Laureline’s adventures, the end of a 40 years saga!” Pretty crazy considering the influence the series has had on pop culture, unbeknownst to all of us, right? Though the movie did horrible in theaters, I’ve been pretty curious about the series itself. Starting at the very end? Ummm… I guess that’s one way to go!

DC

Batman 39 – This is listed as Superfriends Part three, but it’s almost like Superfriends II Part 1, since we’re focusing on the Batman/Wonder Woman dynamic for issues 39 and 40. Where the issues with Superman were done as a double-date, this one defines their relationship through dialogue, investigation, and combat, it appears… Should be good!!!

Two cover options – Mikel Janin (A) and Olivier Coipel (B).

Batwoman 11 – This issue appears to be a standalone, focusing on Professor Pyg, but should still (secondary plot) touch on whatever is going on with Kate, so if you’ve been following along, don’t forget to pick this one up. Also, there’s a GREAT Bill Sienkiewicz cover AND a Michael Cho variant… Bonus!

Damage 1 – Another book coming out of the “Post-Dark Nights Metal” world… This one is from tony Daniel, Robert Venditti, and Danny Miki. I know a lot of people have been looking forward to this one. With Damage, he’s a government-owned hero that is dropped into situations and unleashes holy hell on enemies – “the government’s own living, breathing, ticking time bomb… cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective.”

Harley Quinn 35 – Man-Batter Up part one… Here’s the debut of the new creative team on Harley Quinn, Frank Tieri, Inaki Miranda, and, as promised, Amanda Conner doing some cover work! There are some big shoes to fill, but I really doubt that DC would allow this book to slip through the cracks, and Frank Tieri just wrote issue 27 not too long ago, plus Harley Quinn and her gang of Harleys… He knows his way around the character!

There are two cover options – Amanda Conner (A) and a Frank Cho Variant (B).

Nightwing 37 – This could be a VERY good book to get this week… The past in the world of DC Comics (always retconning) gets murky, so when the books decide to touch on a characters history, traveling down memory lane, it can be a tricky prospect. In this “special flashback issue,” Nightwing is going to revisit his time as Robin, investigating a former costumed ally, AND it’s going to be illustrated by Klaus Janson. Klaus picking up art duties on the issue makes this a win in my book.

Two cover options – Jorge Jiminez (A) and a Yasmine Putri Variant (B).

Super Sons 12 – The aftermath of the Super Sons of Tomorrow storyline leaves an “emotional toll” on the sons’ relationship, “their parents and the Teen Titans. Meanwhile, the past rears its uglye head to haunt Damian Wayne-in the form of his mother, Talia Al Ghul!” If you have been picking up the Super Sons of tomorrow storyline, I’d consider this a must have issue to wrap everything up…

Two cover options – Giuseppe Camuncoli (A) and Dustin Nguyen (B).

Trinity 17 – New storyline… “No Home for You Here” part one… The Trinity (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) set off to help WW rediscover Themyscira, “but findinging Diana’s lost homeland proves more difficult than these three heroes expected.” Written by James Robinson, who handled writing duties on WW these days, this should be a great ride through some mythological misadventures trying to find Themyscira for the heroes, I’m thinking, starting with overcoming Deimos, “who will stop at nothing to seal off… the dread island of Skartaris… from the rest of the world forever.” Of course, at this point, the Trinity is marrooned on the island.

Two cover options – Patrick Zircher (A) and a Bill Sienkiewicz Variant (B).

IDW Publishing:

Star Wars Adventures 6 – This is more of an FYI for those who are interested… This issue is Rose’s first appearance in a comic book! Since Star Wars has been around for forty years now and will be around for… well… another countless number of generations, it stands to reason that Rose will amass a fan base over time. This being the first comic book apparance of the character may garnish a bit of attention over time. Just something to keep in mind. Also, for all ages, these are fun books. The A and C covers have Rose…

Three cover options – Derek Charm (A), Tim Levens (B), and a Chad Thomas Variant (C).

Image Comics:

Further Adventurs of Nick Wilson 1 – Down on their luck superhero stories can always be fun when handled properly… This new one, a five-parter, we’ll have to see. Will it be a guy sitting around reminiscing about his past, will he be a guy without powers getting them back, and need to figure things out again? No clue, but the description (albeit long) reads well, and the covers look great, so it could be a good pickup!

Two cover options – Pete Woods (A) and Ian Churchill (B).

Ice Cream Man 1 – One scoop stories in every issue, I suppose… “Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy… there’s a flavor for everyon’s misery.” This is described as “genre-defying,” which is quite a boast, but when the book can literally be about anything (one scoop, one story), I suppose it’s true. The Ice Cream Man himself sounds like our guide through full length issue anthology-style stories, more-or-less, but that isn’t a bad thing, unless you get tied to the characters in some way. Ony time will tell what the true story is behind this character and book…

Two cover options – Martin Morazzo / Chris O’Halloran (A) and Frazer Irving (B).

Legendary Comics:

Pacific Rim Aftermath 1 – Jaegers vs Kaiju… This series is being billed as a direct prequel to the new film in production, so if you loved the first film (which was awesome) and love Kaiju, this could be a fun ride!

Marvel Comics:

Venom Inc Omega 1 – The final chapter of Venom Inc is right here! If you have been following… “Maniac has seized control of all of New York’s major crime families, and he’s now got his sights set on the entire city! … he’s also got a cadre of super villains under his symbiotic spell.” Aside from the solicit really needing a bit of an edit, this sounds like it will be a great finale!

Two cover options – Ryan Stegman (A) and Gabriele Dell’Otto (B).

New Comics Releases Jan 10-Bye Puddin

Phew! It took me a while to get through everything this week! There were a few things I was really jazzed by, but still a lot of things coming that were new storylines. Not a lot of NEW books, though.

Also tossing in, as usual, some reminders of existing storylines you may have missed and/or should be checking out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

New Comics Releases Jan 10-Bye Puddin

BOOM! STUDIOS

Judas 2 – I’m only mentioning this one, because the first issue seemed to be such a hit with everyone. Don’t want you to miss out on issue two!

There are two cover options – Jakub Rebelka (A) and Jeremy Bastian (B).

DC COMICS:

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey 18 – In “Eco-Deadly,” Spyral tasks the team with infiltrating “an exclusive tech conference,” where they need to “uncover the mysterious plans for Weather Wizard’s missing wand before the City of Lights finds itself plunged into permanent darkness.” One-Short? New Arc? Not sure, but for fans of Huntress, Batgirl, and Black Canary, this is sure to be a good story and a chance to jump in or jump BACK in.

There are two cover options – Yanick Paquette (A) and Karmone Shirahama (B).

Detective Comics 972 – I’m not going to stop bringing this title up as we go through the “Fall of the Batmen” storyline. In part four, “Batman might have overpowered the Victim Syndicate, but they had one last surprise for him: a secret weapon that’s made up of one of his strongest rogues nearly unstoppable!” For me, I’m just waiting for what’s coming with the Batwoman. What is she going to do? What sneaky things is James Tynion IV sneaking into the story?

There are two cover options – Guillem March (A) and Rafael Albuquerque (B).

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 36 – This is it… the big showdown! In the “Twilight of the Guardians” finale, Hal, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Radner must “face down the Controllers to save Ganthet and the other Guardians from extinction. The fate of this battle decides who protects the universe or who controls it!” Large scale cosmic goodness!

There are two cover options – Francis Manapul (A) and Barry Kitson (B).

Harley Quinn 34 – Final issue of the Jimmy Palmiotti / Amanda Conner run… Wow! They’re going out with a bang it appears, though, so if you’re a fan, I’m sure this will be a must have issue, right? Oh yes, I’m sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Amanda Conner will still be around to do some covers, I read, but the team is on to do other things!

Two cover options – Amanda Conner (A) and Frank Cho (B). NOTE: Thanks to The Beat for the cover image for issue 34… couldn’t find that ANYWHERE.

Harley Quinn Be Careful What You Wish For Special Edition 1 – This oversized special collects a special Loot Crate exclusive story that was released a while back, plus eighteen pages of new content by Amanda Conner, sure to appease fans of Harley Quinn. Who else draws her better but Amanda Conner?

Two Cover options – Amanda Conner (A) and Chad Hardin (B).

Suicide Squad 33 – First part of a new arc, “The Chosen Juan,” kicks off with a great cover swipe from 1987 (the Eddy Barrows A Cover). “When an apocalyptic new threat threatens the safety of Earth, the Suicide Squad is called into action-and they bring in an all new member.” That would be Juan, of course. Apparently, “there is more to him than meets the eye,” so he must be a Transformer, right? No… guess not. good jumping on point for new readers!

Two Cover options – Eddy Barrows (A – Suicide Squad 1 [1987] Cover Swipe) and Whilce Portacio (B).

Titans 19 – This was something hinted at in the Previews solicits a couple of months ago, but we didn’t have all of the details in the Super Sons crossovers. This could be a sleeper, not positive, but it shines a light on inner struggles for Donna and could start her down a new path. “‘Who is Troia?’ The Titans attempt to regain their balance after their epic clash with Troia-Donna’s villainous future self-and look toward a brighter tomorrow. But the Justice League wants answers about Donna Troy’s true nature, and they’ll get them-even if it means shutting down the Titans for good!”

Two Cover options – Paul Pelletier / Andrew Hennesy (A) and Dan Mora (B).

Wonder Woman 38 – A new storyline kicking off, “Swan’s Song,” which is another chance to jump in with the new creative team working on WW… “Vanessa Kapatelis thought the world of Wonder Woman-nobody had treated her with more kindness after the accident that shattered her life. But tragedy wasn’t finished with Vanessa…and she’s come to believe that the woman she trusted most is the author of everything that happened to her!”

Two Cover Options – Paul Renaud (A) and Jenny Frison (B).

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:

Barbarella 2 – Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar are bringing chapter in the “spacefaring heroine’s” adventures… In this issue, Barbarella “may have been enlisted by Earth’s underground, but that doesn’t mean she trusts her new allies. On the run in an alien city, hunting for a doomsday device that might end the war, [she] has to choose a side and stick to it…” Sounds pretty straight forward, right? All I know is I’m picking it up.

Several cover options here, but you may need to hunt around to get what you need!
Marcos Martin (A)


Paul Pope (B)


Stephen Segovia (C)


Fay Dalton (D)


Kenan Yarar (E)


Stephen Segovia Black and White Variant (F)


Paul Pope Black and White Variant (G)


Marcos Martin Black and White Variant (H)

Battlestar Galactica vs Battlestar Galactica 1 – What happens when you pit two generations of sci-fi fandom together penned by an amazing writer? Well, I think this is it… BSG vs BSG… Something conceptually this epic seems like it would be hard to contain in six issues, but I’m confident if it can be pulled off, Peter David is the guy to do it, OR there’s something planned to spin it into another series if this one does well. There are a CRAZY number of covers for this one, regulars, variants, figures, virgins, etc (I count fourteen), so I’m just going to put the first, main cover, by John Cassaday.

Dejah Thoris 0 – I had NO CLUE what this was before writing this up… Now I know that this is a prequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “A Princess of Mars,” and is written by Amy Chu, so I know it will be a solid book! It’s leading into a new series and is a whopping $0.25 (not so on all of the variants,” but it will give you a good idea of what the story will be all about. Four cover options, including a J Scott Campbell “sneak peek variant”, but let’s just focus on the Jay Anacleto cover.

MARVEL COMICS

Avengers 675 – FINALLY! No Surrender kicks off right here… Three writers and one artist handling art duties every month, I think is how they’re handling it. I’m excited to see how they’re handling things in this weekly rip toward issue 700 as the Avengers are put through the wringer. Where the descriptions take me is back to around issue 250 of the Avengers and up to 300-ish, including all of the Annuals (and some of the events of West Coast Avengers of the time) when everything kept going WRONG for the Avengers – just hit on all sides again and again. Not a moment of peace for them. I know that’s how it always is for these teams, but things were pretty bad. This is before the spectacle of all of the deaths of characters in later years, when there was more weight in what was going on, in my opinion. My feeling is more of a return to form coming from Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub, and, coming out the other side.

There are nine cover options for this one – Mark Brooks (A – Lenticular), John Tyler Christopher (B – Trading Card), Julian Totino Tedesco Connecting Variant (C), Alex Ross Variant (D), Alex Ross Sketch Variant (E), Mike McKone Avenger Variant (F), Skottie Young Variant (G), David Acuna Party Variant (H), Secret Premiere Variant (H?).

Old Man Hawkeye 1 – Prequel series to Old Man Logan, the former avenger is among the wastelands going blind seeking revenge for his fallen friends.” “The super heroes have fallen. The country has been divided into territories controlled by super villains. Among the wastelands lives CLINT BARTON – one of the few Avengers to survive.” This could be an interesting return to the OML world, not only because it’s a prequel series, but because it’s from the Avengers’ perspective, not an X-Men. Different heroes, villains, and perspective. Let’s see where it goes!

Several cover options here – Marco Checcetto (A), Ron Lim (B), Steve McNiven (C), McNiven Sketch Variant (D), Greg Land (E), Barry Kitson Avengers Variant (F), Blank Variant (G).

X-Men Blue 19 – I’ve been looking forward to this issue since Art Adams first teased this as a “future cover” on his InstaGram feed months ago…. The original X-Men are finally re-united with Professor X in their “Cross-Time Capers” storyline, but will it be what they expect? Will they be meeting the Professor X from their original timeline, or the “new and improved” Professor from the pages of Astonishing X-Men… Can’t wait to find out, and his reaction to their exploits and changes.

X-Men Gold Annual 1 – It’s the 20th Anniversary of Excalibur Reunion! 30 years since the series started, 20 years since it ended. Wow! How time flies, right? Amazing Alan Davis homage to his original Excalibur 1 cover, but adding in a baby, a beard, and some costume changes. Can’t wait!

A collector’s past – What’s in the box?

What are the random things you find when you’re going through your boxes “around” your collection? This weekend, I was digging around, looking for “stuff” and found some of these things. Always fun to find comic-related goodies from my early years of collecting. The coloring books in particular are from when I went “all in” with comics in 1986.

Thinking about it, though, there’s a lot of history here. A lot of people these days, younger collectors, are buying books from this time, before and after, especially when you look at Image launch titles like Spawn, which are still around. Others, like Defiant (I liked it!!!), have come and gone. When you look at Spawn, it was originally solicited as a Malibu book, but they went ALL IN with advertising in Previews… How much of this was publisher-sponsored, and how much was Previews themselves talking to McFarlane, interviewing him, etc… Either way, this is really interesting.

At the time, we were really into collecting cards, too, so the insert for the latest Marvel line was GREAT!

Anyway, this is all a piece of history, just as much as any single comic issue. You might think, “oh, such and such is the first appearance of Spawn,” but… is it? Look at advertising, solicits, preview pages, etc…

Also, look at the other “fun” things young geeks were passed in comic book shops to entice them to purchase the next big thing. This is just the tip of the iceberg – just one tiny stack of things I pulled out randomly from a random box this weekend on a whim and took pictures of.

And, yes, I did color in the coloring books… The Storm was probably done by my sister or mom. I’m still not THAT good at coloring. I’m competing with my two-year-old these days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you get curious, check out my InstaGram account to see other pictures I take along the way – comics, posters, shirts, and other random things from my life – past and present.

https://www.instagram.com/ewhendrix/