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.
Hello! Here’s this week’s list of all the really great comic books and graphic novels that we’re lucky to be able to read. I say lucky because the world seems to be increasingly volatile both globally and locally, and now more than ever the future of some of these very comics are in doubt, so let’s revel in the fact that we have access to them now. Huzzah!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- MAESTRO #1 Almost 30 years after the landmark story Future Imperfect, legendary INCREDIBLE HULK scribe Peter David returns to the far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro - the master of what remains of the world. How did the world fall and the Maestro rise? What happened to the world's heroes in between? And where is the Hulk we know and love? BERNIE WRIGHTSON'S FRANKENSTEIN HC Few works by comic book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson's illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983. A generation later, this magnificent pairing of art and literature is still considered to be one of the greatest achievements made by any artist in the field. This book includes the complete text of the original groundbreaking novel, and approximately fifty original full-page illustrations by Bernie Wrightson.
Here’s to this week’s New Comics and to all the New Comics yet to come!!
We’ve been waiting for a creator-owned comic by Tom Taylor for a long time, and one is finally available next week in the form of SEVEN SECRETS! There’s also 4 more EMPYRE comics and the latest issue of DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL with all its variant covers (on a related note, someone was just in looking for Death Metal #2, which they called “Scott Snyder’s Dark Metal,” and while we still have 3 different variant covers, the fact that we didn’t have the main cover was reason enough to make this gentleman say, as he was leaving, that this store is “bu!!$#!t”) and so many more new comics and graphic novels!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- SEVEN SECRETS #1 We're very excited for this book!! For centuries, the Order has trusted in Keepers and Holders to guard the Secrets in seven briefcases against all harm, but when their stronghold is attacked and the secrets put in peril, the entire Order must face their greatest fear-an enemy who knows too much and is willing to kill to get what he wants. Now, the Order's newest member, Caspar, must discover the truth of the Secrets before the enemy does, or risk losing everything. BIG GIRLS #1 When men become giant monsters hellbent on destroying the world, only girls can stop them-BIG GIRLS. Meet Ember-she writes poetry, loves to read, and she's a 300-foot-tall full-time monster killer! She and the other big girls are all that stand in the way of our world's complete annihilation! LOIS LANE AND THE FRIENDSHIP CHALLENGE From New York Times bestselling author Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes) and artist Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance) comes a new graphic novel about 13-year-old Lois Lane as she navigates the confusing worlds of social media and friendship. This book looks adorable!
Challengers! Come for the comics; leave abruptly because of the “bu!!$#!t”!
If, and we do mean IF, everything works out right, we’ll have 2 issues of BATMAN this week (#95 and #96). And we’ll have several EMPYRE tie-ins, and a DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL one-shot, the original ALIEN screenplay adapted into comics, a giant-size FANTOMEX book and so much more!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- ALIEN ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY #1 En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins . . . Adapted from the original 1976 screenplay by Dan O'Bannon BAD MOTHER #1 April Walters is a hit-and-run victim of life -- a middle-aged soccer mom whose inner fire has been snuffed out by her dreary suburban existence. When her teenage daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances, April embarks on a harrowing mission to find her. HORIZON ZERO DAWN #1 Aloy and Talanah return in a new story set after the events of the game! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new earth. MY LITTLE PONY TRANSFORMERS #1 When Queen Chrysalis casts a spell looking for more changelings, she accidentally interferes with a malfunctioning Spacebridge! What's this mean for our favorite fillies? There are suddenly a bunch of Autobots and Decepticons in Equestria! And as the dust settles, Rarity and Arcee find themselves teaming up against a hostile Decepticon force... THE DREAMING WAKING HOURS #1 One of Dream's heaviest responsibilities is the creation of nightmares-the beings that haunt our sleep and turn our thoughts toward darkness. In the form of Ruin, the nightmare of catastrophic failure, Dream was certain he'd built his next masterpiece... but Ruin can't help but live up to his name, sending every situation into a spiral of unexpected consequences. GIANT SIZE X-MEN FANTOMEX #1 A bred killer who choses the life of a gentleman super-thief, Fantomex has always defied expectations... For example, who would expect him to break into the World, the artificial realm of his creation? And then again? And then... again?
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 many of the new one-shots, mini-series, and ongoing series available starting in October 2020. If you see anything on the following list that you'd like added to your subscriptions, just let us know. Orders for these titles are due in by August 19th. After that point, we can't guarantee any orders placed, but we'll do our best to have them here for you. If you've got any questions, please let us know. Thanks!
Welcome to another week of New Comics in the most frustrating period of comics retail that has ever been! Hooray! Why is it so frustrating? Who cares! Distract yourself with all these new comics!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- X-FACTOR #1 By the grace of The Five, the resurrection protocols can bring back any fallen mutant. But such a huge enterprise isn't without its problems and complications... When a mutant dies, X-Factor is there to investigate how and why to keep the rules of reincarnation. HEDRA In a glorious exploration of the comics medium with echoes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Flash Gordon, Chris Ware, and Moebius, a lone astronaut leaves a world ravaged by nuclear war in search of life. What she finds is beyond all explanation. LOST SOLDIERS #1 Vietnam, 1969. Juarez, forty years later. Three men tied by the war they left behind-on collision course with a new one. Written by Ales Kot. ADVENTURE ZONE VOL 03 PETALS TO METAL Clint McElroy and sons Griffin, Justin, and Travis hit the road again and have gone full-time at the Bureau of Balance. Their next assignment is a real thorny one: apprehending The Raven, a master thief who's tapped into the power of a Grand Relic to ransack the city of Goldcliff.
Here’s hoping we actually get all the books that are listed here this week!!