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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – September 19, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Return of Wolverine #1 (of 5)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Soule
Art: Steve McNiven

What it is: HE’S BACK, BUB. Parental Advisory

Why we love it: We all secretly suspected it all along, but now it’s official. Logan’s not actually dead! But where has he been? What has he been up to? And what’s up with those hot claws? The answers to these questions and many more will be answered, well probably not in this issue, but soon! Welcome back to the Marvel Universe Wolvie, hope you survive the experience! 

The Mainstream One: Venom First Host #4

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Mike Costa
Art: Mark Bagley

What it is: Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote have been SEPARATED, but Brock isn’t giving up without a fight! With a pair of unlikely allies, Brock takes the fight to his symbiote’s home turf…outer space! Rated T+

Why we like it: In a bizzarre twist in the previous issue, Eddie bonded with his symbiote’s baby blob. Although still weak and underdeveloped, the symbiote spawn has given Eddie a completely different powerset, which so far we know includes the ability to release aerosol pheromones that allow him to manipulate people’s thoughts and emotions. Plus he looks like a can of Monster energy drink.

The Indie One: Black Hammer: Age of Doom #5

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dean Ormstron

What it is: The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns with lots of revelations! Our heroes’ journey from Spiral City to the farm is finally revealed and will change them forever!

Why we like it: Finally, the issue I’ve been waiting for. We finally learn how the heroes of Spiral City became trapped in their rural prison. This series has been a great read. Love this cover too, not quite similar enough to be a Dark Knight Returns swipe but I’m definitely feeling that vibe to it.

The #1 One: Batman Damned #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Brian Azerrello
Art: Lee Bermejo

What it is: DC BLACK LABEL, the highly anticipated new imprint from DC Comics, starts here! The Joker is dead. There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery. Problem is, Batman can’t remember… and the more he digs into this labyrinthine case, the more his mind starts to doubt everything he’s uncovering. So who better to set him straight than… John Constantine? Problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people’s heads even more. So with John’s ‘help,’ the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered The Joker. BATMAN: DAMNED is a bimonthly super-natural horror story told by two of comics’ greatest modern creators-a visceral thrill-ride that proudly puts the ‘black’ in BLACK LABEL.

Why we like it: DC’s Black Label imprint is where DC is letting their top creative talent tell ground breaking stories that exist outside of the main DC continuity. Being out of continuity allows the writer to play with themes that just don’t work in the classic, long form comic book tradition. Themes like death (see Top of the Pile). It bothers me that these books will come in an oddly sized, prestige format, which will make them annoying to bag, board and store. That $7 price tag isn’t doing any favors either.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Batman #55

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Lee Weeks
Cover Art: Francesco Mattina

What it is: The KGBeast lives! The Russian super-assassin is back-but under whose orders? Does he have a specific mission, or is this simply some leftover Cold War mayhem? Nyet, comrade-it has to do with Bruce Wayne’s recent court case involving Mr. Freeze. Something is rotten in Gotham, and you can still smell it, even if it’s on ice!

Why we like it: Another week, another next-level cover by Francesco Mattina. Mattina has to be the current king of cover art and what’s especially impressive is that he’s doing it without the cheesecake.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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Comic Shop Talk Video Blog: September 2018

Hi Everyone!

The team is back at it again with another edition of Comic Shop Talk!  We cover a range of topics including The Return of Wolverine, the latest X-event called Xtermination, the latest Venom series, the crazy Rick and Morty/Dungeons and Dragon crossover, and some brief conjecture on the much-anticipated DC Heroes in Crisis storyline!

We hope you enjoy this latest video, which was a lot of fun to make, and be sure to look out for our September Pop Culture Video Blog coming soon!

-The Great Stories Team

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – September 12, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out. Pretty soft showing for new books out tomorrow. Had to dig deep to put together this week’s list.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Red Hood and the Outlaws #26

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy

What it is: Jason Todd’s about to take this vigilante game to a whole new level. His partners, Bizarro and Artemis? Gone! His mentor, Batman? Out! His base of operations, Gotham City? Abandoned. Cast out and alone, Red Hood embarks on a bold, brutal new mission, with a new costume, new weapons and a new plan to punish evildoers across the DCU. Plus, Pete Woods (JUSTICE LEAGUE) joins writer Scott Lobdell as this new era begins!

Why we love it: This issue marks a new direction for Jason Todd, aka Red Hood. After getting has butt womped by Batman repeatedly and losing his crew, Jason is breaking out the solo act and he’s got a new outfit to go along with it.

The Mainstream One: Fantastic Four #2

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Sara Pichelli

What it is: WISH YOU WERE HERE! What have Reed, Sue and the kids been up to all this time? What adventures have they been on? What strange new friends have they found along the way? What deadly new enemies have they made? And what are Franklin and Valeria’s new codenames? All these questions will be answered… just in time for ENTIRE UNIVERSES TO DIE! The return of Marvel’s First Family keeps getting more and more intense! Don’t you dare miss a single moment of the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine! Rated T

Why we like it: Fantastic Four #1 was a total tease, as we never actually see Marvel’s first family re-united. Sounds like we’ll get the proper reunion in issue #2 out this week.

The Indie One: Mech Cadet Yu #12

Publisher: Boom
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa

What it is: Stanford and the other cadets will rely on all their training to try and save the world in the final issue of the critically acclaimed, fan-favorite series.

Why we like it: This has been a fun mecha story with a giant, iron heart. Sad to see it end. Will be picking this up in trade when volume 2 is released.

The #1 One:  Cemetery Beach #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Warren Ellis
Art: Jason Howard

What it is: From the creators of the acclaimed TREES graphic novels, which are currently being adapted for television, comes something completely different. A professional pathfinder, his only ally a disaffected young murderess, breaks out of a torture cell in pursuit of his worst extraction scenario ever: escaping on foot across a sprawling and secret off-world colony established a hundred years ago and filled with generations of lunatics. WARREN ELLIS & JASON HOWARD ignite a high-speed new action serial.

Why we like it: Trees was a thoughtful, well crafted, sci fi series that I pulled for around 12 issues. I know that this is a strong creative team  that works well together, so I’m definitely going to check out their latest offering.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Catwoman #3

Publisher: DC
Words and Art: Joelle Jones
Cover Art: Stanley Artgerm Lau

What it is: The secret shot-caller who’s been borrowing Catwoman’s M.O. for a series of crimes steps out of the shadows in this issue, and her ‘secret origin’ is unlike anything Selina’s run into before! Meanwhile, the police close in on Catwoman as well, as they believe she killed a cop during one of the crimes she’s been framed for. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Catwoman’s running out of her nine lives fast!

Why we like it: Baby got back

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – September 4, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Thanos Legacy #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Gerry Duggan

What it is: ‘THANOS WINS’…AGAIN? Rising star Donny Cates returns to the Mad Titan to bring the story bridging the gap between his best-selling ‘Thanos Wins’ and the world-shattering INFINITY WARS! How did Thanos’ journey back from the future lead to the events of INFINITY WARS PRIME? Now it can be told! Rated T+

Why we love it: Marvel has clearly found a cash cow and they are milking every last drop. Donny Cates is back to his old tricks with more stories spinning out of his acclaimed ‘Thanos Wins’ run. What dastardly deeds does he have planned for Thanos this time? And will his good buddy Cosmic Ghost Rider make an appearance?

The Mainstream One: Avengers #7

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: Ed McGuinness

What it is: FEATURING GHOST RIDER 1,000,000 BC! If you thought you knew the beginnings of the Marvel Universe, you were wrong! Odin and his Prehistoric Avengers represent a period of Marvel history that’s never been explored. That exploration begins this issue with the origin of the very first Ghost Rider, one who rides a flaming woolly mammoth and battles a savage and familiar foe! Rated T+

Why we like it: If I read that correctly, this is a caveman possessed by the spirit of the Ghost Rider that rides a flaming woolly mammoth into battle. Sometimes you can’t tell if Marvel is even trying anymore.

The Indie One: Spawn #289

Publisher: Image
Words: Todd McFarlane
Art: Jason Shawn Alexander

What it is: The countdown to the giant-sized 300th issue begins here! Spawn catches his first victim as he continues to search for the men responsible for his wife’s death.

Why we like it:  For the first time in 20 years, I’ve got Spawn  on my pull list. I started picking up this title again when Francesco Mattina began his run on covers. It’s definitely not the Spawn of the 90’s but it’s still a fun read. 

The #1 One: The Dreaming #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Simon Spurrier
Art: Bilquis Evely

What it is: From the upheaval of THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 rises THE DREAMING-a kingdom in chaos. There is a place where stories are born. Today its walls lie slashed and bleeding. Dream has abandoned his realm, and until he is found, its residents must protect its broken borders alone. But the most senior storysmiths are tormented by invasive secrets, the warden Lucien is doubting his own mind-and beyond the gates something horrific waits with tooth and talon. Only Dora, the monstress, finds opportunity in madness, stealing dreams for the highest bidder. But she has no idea how deep the danger lies. Meanwhile, in Dream’s gallery, something new is growing…

Why we like it: The Dreaming was a bit dull and not at all what I was expecting. I mean Dream was hardly in it. And it’s looking like more of the same here. I hear Neil Gaiman is plotting the story, so I’m giving this series a long leash.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Deathstroke #35

Publisher: DC
Words: Christopher Priest
Art: Carlo Pagulayan
Cover Art: Francesco Mattina

What it is: In this corner: Deathstroke, suffering from a traumatic brain injury at the hands of Batman! In the other corner: Batman, with Deathstroke’s knife in his gut! All of this with the feds invading Wayne Manor-and now they’re in the catacombs under the mansion, which lead to the you-know-what-cave! If they’re going to escape, Batman and Slade are going to have to work together.

Why we like it: Mattina makes his second appearance on this week’s list. Truly a master.

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 29, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out. It’s the dreaded fifth Wednesday of the month. You know the drill, annuals, one shots, quality time with the family. Horrifying. But fear not because I dug deep to find you something good to read.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Hunt for Wolverine: Dead Ends #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Charles Shoule
Art: Ramon Rosana

What it is: THE HUNT IS OVER. The hunt for Wolverine is over… Now the time has come to put the pieces together and see what was learned. Kitty Pryde, Daredevil, Tony Stark and Sabretooth may have found what they were looking for…but it wasn’t what they expected. Where has Wolverine been? What has he been doing? And how does it lead into next month’s WOLVERINE #1? Parental Advisory

Why we love it: Dead Ends #1 is actually the last issue in the five-issue ‘Hunt for Wolverine’ mini (they were ridiculously all #1’s), leading into Return of Wolverine #1 (of 5), the final chapter of writer Charles Shoule’s  Death of Wolverine trilogy. Ol’ Canucklehead’s coming home. And I hear he’s got heat claws now? Can’t wait to hear this one. Killer Marco Checchetto cover.

The Mainstream One: Web of Venom Ve Nam #1 (1-shot)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Juanan Ramirez

What it is: SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF VENOM! As the United States of America struggled through the Vietnam War, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed a secret weapon – and when an ancient creature was discovered at an archaeological dig site, he was sure he’d found it. In reality, the discovery was an ancestor of the Klyntar symbiotes…and would become a waking nightmare for a platoon of American soldiers! Rated T+

Why we like it: Donny Cates’ run on Venom is a glorious piece of horror and off to an excellent start. This one shot will almost certainly be a beautiful, dark nightmare as well. You probably don’t need to be all caught up with the main series to appreciate this symbiote one-off, set during the nightmare that was the Vietnam War.

The Indie One: Rick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons #1

Publisher: IDW
Words: Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub
Art: Troy Little

What it is: When Morty needs to learn how to play D&D to keep up with the cool kids, his hard-drinking, old school-gaming, mad science-making grandpa is happy to teach him how to roll the dice, but neither of them is prepared for the saving throws they’re about to fail or the true quest yet to come. Strap on a +1 longsword and grab your 10-foot pole, because this is going to be a gaming gauntlet like no other! The world’s greatest role-playing game. Reality’s most dysfunctional family. What could go wrong?

Why we like it: RnM vs DnD. Somebody at IDW was wearing their helm of intellect when they pitched this series. I expect this one will be popular with the kids. Hoping I can find the Morty character sheet variant soI can see how he rolled.

The #1 One: Venom First Host #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Mike Costa
Art: Mark Bagley

What it is: MIKE COSTA AND MARK BAGLEY REUNITE FOR A VENOM STORY UNLIKE ANY OTHER! Before the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN…before VENOM… There was the FIRST HOST. And that First Host has returned in need of Venom’s help – only by reuniting can the two avert cosmic ruin! Can Eddie and the symbiote trust one another long enough to save the galaxy, or will the FIRST HOST prove to be Venom’s undoing?! Rated T+

Why we like it: And yet another Venom title. It must almost be movie time. This limited series explores the history of the Klyntar symbiote prior to Secret Wars and it’s first host. That’s right, before Eddie Brock and before Peter Parker, there was another.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Joker Daffy Duck Special #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Lobdell
Art: Norm Rapmund
Cover Art: Sanford Greene

What it is: When Daffy Duck pays a call to the Acme corporate headquarters in Gotham City, he finds the company long gone and their abandoned building now occupied by The Joker. With a hit in progress, Daffy tries to sneak away, only to find himself in the clutches of the Clown Prince of Crime. But Joker decides that there’s some potential in this manic bird and forces Daffy to join his gang. Will he find a way to escape…or will he become The Joker’s new right-hand duck?

Why we like it: A joker walks into a house with a duck under his arm…

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 22, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Venom #5

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Donny Cates
Art: Ryan Stegman

What it is: An ancient Klyntar has awakened on Earth, and with it, something has stirred in Eddie Brock’s symbiote. And while Venom would never do anything to hurt Eddie or an innocent person, the ancient symbiote has no such qualms… Rated T+

The Mainstream One: Black Panther #3

Publisher:  Marvel
Words: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art: Daniel Acuna

What it is: THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA CONTINUES! The rebels make their move! On the verge of liberating the Nameless, T’Challa, M’Baku and Nakia hunt for mysterious artifact that promises to turn the tide. What is the M’Kraan Shard? And will T’Challa find its acquisition worth the cost? Rated T

The Indie One: Black Hammer: Age of Doom #4

Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Dean Ormston

What it is: The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns with lots of revelations! All is revealed when Lucy makes her way back to the farm from Dreamland, confronting the mastermind of their current situation. The revelations here will alter the fate of the Black Hammer family forever!

The #1 One: Punisher #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Riccardo Buchielli

What it is: YOU CAN TAKE THE PUNISHER OUT OF THE WAR MACHINE… Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he retained his newly acquired taste for big game, and he’s hungry for more. However, the paths to such perilous pursuits are fraught with dangers bigger than any Frank has faced before, and this lone wolf could use otherworldly help on his way up to the world stage. MATTHEW ROSENBERG continues pushing the boundaries of the Punisher, and now joined by acclaimed artist RICCARDO BURCHIELLI (DMZ, Northlanders), this is the book Punisher fans will be talking about for years to come! Parental Advisory

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Detective Comics #987 

Publisher: DC
Words: Bryan Hill
Art: Miguel Mendonca
Cover Art: Mark Brooks

What it is: Then, the pulse-pounding ‘On the Outside’ storyline hurtles toward its cataclysmic conclusion! Batman has tasked Katana, Black Lightning, the Signal and Orphan (a.k.a. Cassandra Cain) with stopping a rogue operator using alien technology that can crack into any mind on Earth! What does this case have to do with the Brainiac Files seen in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1? And how does Amanda Waller factor in? Guess you’re ‘outside’ of Batman’s circle of trust… for now.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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Pop Culture Talk Video Blog: August 2018

Welcome to another edition of our Pop Culture Talk here at Great Stories!

This month Chris, Phil (Production Guy), and Tylor chat up the new Castle Rock series from Hulu, Ant-man & Wasp, the upcoming cross-over of Dungeons and Dragon with Magic the Gathering, and a couple other odds and ends.

We hope you enjoy the video!  Please comment on our Youtube page and let us know your thoughts, questions, and requests!

 

-The Great Stories Team

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 15, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Extermination #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Ed Brisson
Art: Pepe Larraz

What it is: Cyclops. Iceman. Angel. Beast. Marvel Girl. The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but were determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutantkind lies squarely in the hands of its past. Writer Ed Brisson (OLD MAN LOGAN, CABLE) and artist Pepe Larraz (UNCANNY AVENGERS, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) answer the biggest question of all: can the fate of the X-Men be changed? Rated T+

The Mainstream One: Batman #53

Publisher:  DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Lee Weeks

What it is: ‘Cold Days’ continues! The jury in the Mr. Freeze trial is hopelessly deadlocked because one man won’t vote guilty-and that man is Bruce Wayne. Freeze’s defense is that Batman used excessive force, making his arrest illegal, and Bruce is the one man who actually knows for sure what went down between Batman and his ice-cold nemesis. And if Bruce is right, that means everything he’s devoted himself to as the Caped Crusader is a lie; he is hurting more than helping. With Dick Grayson putting the Batsuit back on to keep Gotham City safe while Bruce is sequestered, could this be the out Bruce needs to discard the cape and cowl forever? The Eisner Award-nominated team of Tom King and Lee Weeks reexamine the relationship between hero and foe, as Batman relives not just that one violent night when he took down the King of Cold, but every time the two have come to blows.

The Indie One: Gideon Falls #6

Publisher: Image
Words: Jeff Lemire
Art: Andrea Sorrentino

What it is: ‘THE BLACK BARN’: Conclusion-Father Fred enters The Black Barn on a daring rescue attempt but nothing can prepare him for the horrors within. Meanwhile Norton and Angie delve deeper into Norton’s past and zero in on the secrets of the Barn. A 2018 Eisner Award nominee for Best Writer, JEFF LEMIRE!

The #1 One: Pearl #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Michael Gaydos

What it is: From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation. PEARL is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza. She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape. PEARL is a major series launch from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos that features their first brand-new original character since Jessica Jones. Fans of the Jessica Jones comic and TV show will be thrilled and delighted by this bold new direction the creative team has taken.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Aquaman #39

Publisher: DC
Words: Dan Abnett
Art: Vicente Cifuentes
Cover Art: Joshua Middleton

What it is: Guest-starring Task Force X, and continuing from SUICIDE SQUAD #45, also on sale this month! After Atlantis rises to the surface once more, Aquaman finds himself outnumbered and outgunned when Amanda Waller sends in the worst of the worst-the Suicide Squad-to send the Lost City straight to Hell in ‘Sink Atlantis!’ part two!

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – August 8, 2018

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Sandman Universe #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Si Spurrier
Art: Bilquis Evely

What it is: From the mind of New York Times #1 bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a new world filled with dreams, nightmares and wonderful characters living together in a shared universe for a new story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien’s library is discovered by a group of children in the waking world where it should not exist. Lucien calls for Matthew the Raven to seek out their master, Daniel, Lord of Dreams. As Matthew flies across the Waking World and others, he finds a young boy named Timothy Hunter who, in his dreams, has become the world’s most powerful magician-but in his nightmares he is the world’s greatest villain. A new House has appeared in the realm of the Dreaming: the House of Whispers, with its proprietor, a fortune-teller called Erzulie. And elsewhere, Lucifer has fallen again, only this time he might be trapped in a Hell of his own design. Spiraling out of this special issue will be four all-new series set in the Sandman Universe. It all starts here!

The Mainstream One: Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy

What it is: Batman versus Red Hood for the right to fight in Gotham-grab your ringside seat for the battle 25 years in the making! Jason Todd broke a promise to his mentor, and must now confront an angry and betrayed Batman. That means a good time for readers, but probably not so much for Jason: it’s likely going to take more than the Outlaws’ help in order for the Red Hood to avoid wearing an orange jumper in prison.

The Indie One: Hey Kids! Comics! #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Howard Victor Chaykin
Art: Don Cameron

What it is: SERIES PREMIERE! HEY KIDS! COMICS! takes its cue from nearly a century of turbulence and triumph, despair and drama in the comic book racket. Artists and writers, con men and clowns, ganefs and gangsters, create the foundations of today’s biggest entertainment business-or at least the tail that wags the dog. Some of it really happened, and the names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty… although in the end, everyone was guilty of something.

The #1 One: Fantastic Four #1

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Dan Slott
Art: Sara Pichello

What it is: FOUREVER Part One BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT – THE WORLD’S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE IS BACK! Since the end of SECRET WARS, there’s been a gap in the Marvel Universe. A void no other team can fill. And it’s time for the world to move on. But can it? A life-changing decision by the Thing! A momentous declaration by the Human Torch! A clarion call-to-arms that summons Doctor Doom! And a signal in the sky that heralds the return of hope to the Marvel Universe! All this, and Alicia Masters adopts kittens! So cute! Plus, the Impossible Man! AND BONUS STORIES ILLUSTRATED BY SIMONE BIANCHI AND SKOTTIE YOUNG! IF YOU READ ONLY ONE MARVEL COMIC THIS MONTH, THIS IS THE ONE! Rated T

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Flash #52

Publisher: DC
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Christian Duce
Cover Art: Gabrielle Dell Otto

What it is: On your mark, get set and go for part one of ‘Grips of Strength’! Barry Allen races to the House of Heroes at the center of the Multiverse to meet with the Flashes of 52 worlds for info on the new forces he’s recently encountered. Meanwhile, back in Central City, Trickster’s turning informant against Warden Wolfe, but that brings about a sneak attack that Barry and the time-lost Commander Cold must team up to stop-if they can quit butting heads long enough to do so.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!