This is the last Comics Guide for now.

I like doing the Comics Guide, as I feel as if I'm keeping a Comics Buyer's Guide tradition alive, plus it keeps me up to date on comics I don't read. And it's fun! But I feel that lately the cost/benefit ratio has been out of whack, that it's too time-consuming for the interest it receives. So for the time being, I'm giving it up in favor of more reviews, which is probably a better use of my time. The Guide could return someday if there's enough interest, but for now it's on indefinite hiatus.

Moving on to this week's offerings:

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR LIFE AND DEATH #1 (of 4)

Publisher: DARK HORSE

Writer: DAN ABNETT

Art: BRIAN THIES

Colors: RAIN BEREDO

Cover: DAVID PALUMBO

Variant: SACHIN TENG

30th Anniversary Variant: CARLOS D’ANDA

FC, 32 pages $3.99 Miniseries

Battle Lines Are Drawn!

The Predators arrive on LV-223! The question is: Are they here to finish the fight with the Colonial Marines, or will they join the marines in the battle against the Aliens? And who will Ahab—the Predator from the Fire and Stone story cycle—side with?

ASSASSIN'S CREED: ASSASSIN'S #14 ​

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writers: ANTHONY DEL COL, CONOR MCCREERY

Artist: NEIL EDWARDS

Cover A: ANTONIO FUSO

Cover B: SIMON MYERS

Cover C: ABIGAIL LARSON

FC • 40pp • $4.99

FINAL ISSUE!

Charlotte's plan begins to unravel as the she realises she may be completely out of her depth. It's time for her to sink or swim, but can she keep it together long enough to get what she needs from Consus -- and Erudito?

BRIGADA

Publisher: MAGNETIC PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ

$19.99

From world famous master-illustrator Enrique Fernández comes BRIGADA, a spectacularly gorgeous and psychedelic series of fantasy graphic novels. Set in a vibrant magical world where a strange and dangerous myst has settled over the land. Anyone who wanders into the myst are transported to different and faraway lands, with no rhyme or reason. 

BRIGADA tells the story of Ivro, Dwarven Captain of a legendary brigade of cold-hearted, cut-throat Dwarven convicts who answer only to him. On the eve of a great battle, Ivro and his brigade are overtaken by the myst, which separates them into small groups, and throws them all into different, strange and alien lands. Now, Ivro and the remaining members of his brigade must wage a new and different war, for their own survival. But where did this myst come from, and what terrible secret lies at its heart? Will Ivro be able to reunite his brigade and lead them to safety while this strange land grows ever stranger ...

CIVIL WAR II #8

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by DAVID MARQUEZ

Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ

Variants: TBA

48 PGS. • Rated T+ • $4.99

It’s the story that has the world on the edge of its seat as heroes stand on opposite sides and fight to preserve the security of the future. And if you thought it couldn’t get bigger – you thought wrong! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce the expansion of the blockbuster Civil War II event with CIVIL WAR II #8 – coming to comic shops later this year!

Legendary creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez will extend their stay in the trenches of battle for one more unforgettable issue. Cracks are starting to immerge in the predictive visions of the new Inhuman, Ulysses, and the foundation where our heroes once stood is starting to fracture.

“First of all, the response from fans over Civil War II has been so heartwarming,” says Bendis. “Secondly, over the summer I thought of a different, hopefully better, way to tell our ending.  It’s not a different ending but a different way to tell it and I am so happy that Marvel gave us this chance to do our thing.  Some fans already know that a lot is going to change in the Marvel Universe post-Civil War II but we’ve kept some secrets secret and issue #8 is chock full of them.”

Will the heroes of the Marvel Universe wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future or battle to protect tomorrow? The additional issue of Civil War II will bring the explosive event to its powerful conclusion, but with an Inhuman at the center of the conflict with the ability to see what’s to come, has the future already been foretold or can it be changed?

 “As the events of Civil War II continued to unfold across the Marvel Universe we saw that the stakes kept rising,” says David Gabriel, Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing. “By providing retailers and fans an additional issue, Bendis and Marquez are given the added freedom to present a story that is going to bring the war to a cataclysmic ending with seismic changes to the Marvel Universe.”

Ideologies have been challenged, alliances have been tested, and battle lines have been drawn. What will be the end result as the final vision from Ulysses is revealed to the heroes of the Marvel Universe and which side will stand triumphant over the other? Join Marvel this fall as Iron Man and Captain Marvel gather their sides and come head-to-head for the epic confrontation in CIVIL WAR II #8!

DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #7 (OF 8)

Written by FRANK MILLER and BRIAN AZZARELLO

Art by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON

Minicomic art by FRANK MILLER

Cover by ANDY KUBERT

1:10 Robin variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

1:25 variant cover by KLAUS JANSON

1:50 variant cover by WALTER SIMONSON

1:100 variant cover by FRANK MILLER

1:500 variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS

RESOLICIT • 32-page comic  6.375” x 10.1875” • 16-page minicomic  5.5” x 8.5”  FC  $5.99 U.S.

Batman and Superman are back together again—but is their reunion too late?

 

DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 (of 4 )
Publisher: VALIANT COMICS

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art by CLAYTON CRAIN

Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN

Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM

Cover C by GREG SMALLWOOD

Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE

Variant Cover by KANO

$3.99 US • 32 pgs. • T+ • ONE-SHOT

First Look: DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 Fights Freedom with Jeff Lemire & Clayton Crain in December!

The world you know is gone. … Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade!
Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – the first of four essential, one-shot specials chronicling the history behind the brave new world that has reordered the Valiant Universe as we know it in the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE! On December 28th, find out how Valiant’s blood-stained icon marched to the forefront of the global Soviet war machine as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Death of X) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) re-assign the KGB’s deadliest covert operative from Mother Russia to the mountains of Colorado to eliminate a freedom-fighting terror cell charged with spreading the infection of American patriotism!

He’s put down protests, led the purge of political undesirables, and executed dozens of traitors to the Soviet super-state. His name is Komandar Bloodshot…and his existence is a hushed whisper among the terrified populace of the 21st century’s global Soviet Union. But just who is this unrelenting enforcer of state superiority… and what is the shocking truth about his power, his allegiances, and his true identity?

Be there as Jeff Lemire and Clayton Crain lead Komandar Bloodshot out of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) and into a gut-wrenching mission in the middle of the American heartland. Valiant’s first reality-shattering event explodes outward as the Stalinverse transforms its greatest heroes into agents of the Iron Curtain, only in DIVINTY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – featuring covers by Clayton Crain (Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE) and Kano (Daredevil)!

Not a dream … not an alternate reality … this is the Valiant Universe of today, and the Stalinverse’s subversive spread continues in DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1 on Jan. 18! In the wake of DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1, join acclaimed writer Joe Harris (Snowfall, The X-Files: Season 10) and Valiant-exclusive superstar David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man) as they reveal what happens when Valiant’s leading legend – the unstoppable X-O Manowar – becomes the supreme fighting force of the CCCP in the next must-read one-shot torn from the past and present of the Stalinverse!

GENERATION ZERO #5

Publisher: VALIANT COMICS

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Art by FRANCIS PORTELA and DIEO BERNARD

Cover A by STEPHEN MOONEY

Cover B by TOM MULLER

Character Design Variant by ANDRÉS GUINALDO

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+

Variant Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (OCT161988)

Valiant Cat Cosplay Cover Also Available (OCT161986)

We live for destruction!

Generation Zero has finally pinpointed the silent evil that has infiltrated Rook High School…but it’s not going down without a fight! Now, every corner of this idyllic techtown is about to become a war zone as Cronus, Telic, Animalia, and Cloud hit back with the force of four walking hydrogen bombs and show the world why this one group of reformed commandos aren’t just dangerous… They’re disorderly!

Generation Zero’s first field mission is about to come crashing down…but not before New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and breakout artist Francis Portela (FAITH) send them hurtling toward their next target!

G.I. JOE #1

Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING

Writer: AUBREY SITTERSON

Art: GIANNIS MILONOGIANNIS

Cover: ARIEL OLIVETTI

Subscription Variant: AARON CONLEY

Variant: ANDREW GRIFFITH (C)

Blank sketch

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE IS BACK! In the wake of IDW’s Revolution crossover event, G.I. JOE’s mission has become a global one–they aren’t just Real American Heroes, they’re Real Earth Heroes. Get ready for an explosive, innovative take on Joe, as writer Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter x G.I. Joe) and artist Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet, Old City Blues) bring you the crown jewel of the Hasbro Universe: lasers, intense sci-fi action, and the return of Scarlett, Roadblock, Snake Eyes and more!

• Spinning directly out of the events of IDW’s Revolution event!

• Writer Aubrey Sittersonbrings his unique take on the G.I. JOE characters and mythos!

• Featuring stunning, updated character designs by series artist Giannis Milonogiannis!

• With an explosive cover by international superstar artist Ariel Olivetti (Venom: Space Knight)!

• Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew and Paul Pope!

 

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #1

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writers: JOE BRUSHA, RALPH TEDESCO

Cover A: DAVID FINCH

Cover B: ERIC BASALDUA

Cover C: GREG HORN

Cover D: TALENT CALDWELL

Cover E: BURNS

Cover G: DAVID FINCH

SRP: $3.99

New Series Launch!

Grimm Fairy Tales is Back!

The world of humans has forever changed and the Grimm Universe has been shaken to its core. It started with the Age of Darkness and now with the death of Sela Mathers, earth's long time guardian, the Realms of Power have fallen into chaos. But Sela left behind one thing that may be able to save the world...her daughter, Skye. Don't miss this new chapter in Grimm Fairy Tales that takes the series back to its roots.

FUTURE QUEST #8

Written by JEFF PARKER

Art and cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER

Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON

32 pg • FC • $3.99 U.S. • RATED T

The time of reckoning is here—Omnikron, the interstellar destroyer, has come to Earth! The Impossibles race to help a barely living Space Ghost, while Mightor and Birdman battle the massive entity—and the scientists who understand it are trapped in the secret base of F.E.A.R. As the heroes face a force beyond anything the world has seen, the kids they left safely behind hatch a bold plan…

HULK #1

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art by NICO LEON

Cover by JEFF DEKAL

Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA and DALE KEOWN

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH

Classic Variant by JUNE BRIGMAN

Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG

ICX Variant Also Available

32 PGS. • Rated T • $3.99

Jennifer Walters has survived the Civil War, but not unscathed. This December, she rises from the rubble, re-entering the world as a different kind of hero in the all-new HULK #1! Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) makes her Marvel debut alongside rising star artist Nico Leon (Spider-Man) to chronicle the ongoing adventures of Jennifer Walters – and bring you a Hulk book for Marvel NOW! the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Following the traumatic events of Civil War II, Jen is determined to move forward, to go on with her life. But there is something bubbling under the surface. A quiet rage. The physical and mental wounds are still fresh. The pain of the past and all she’s lost is always there – an undercurrent, a pulse, waiting to quicken and trigger her transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over … the HULK!

“The title Hulk implies all of the baggage that comes with that comic’s 50-plus year history – the ongoing battle with the monster within – and that’s why it’s more appropriate for this series,” says Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, speaking with The AV Club. “Jen went through major trauma in Civil War II, and Mariko and Nico’s story will deal with the fallout of that trauma – the anxiety and anger, sometimes self-destructive, that comes along with it. If there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, Jen is going to have to search hard for it, and she’s going to have to battle with some pretty big monsters – including the one within – to find herself again.”

Jennifer Walters’ greatest battle is about to begin. One that will pit her against the monster inside. Can she control the rage that consumed her cousin Bruce for so long? Or will she succumb to it? Find out when Tamaki and Leon bring you the can’t-miss HULK #1 this December!

JAMES BOND #12

Publisher: DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: WARREN ELLIS

Art: JASON MASTERS

Cover: DOM REARDON

32 pages Teen + $3.99

EIDOLON, CHAPTER 6: The explosive conclusion to the second JAMES BOND 007 story -- Eidolon are in the open, British Intelligence is cracked and in disarray, friends are dead and enemies seem unstoppable -- can James Bond intercept the most direct strike of all, from the dead hand of SPECTRE to the heart of British government?

LOVE IS LOVE

Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING

Contributors: PHIL JIMENEZ, CAT STAGGS, STEVE ORLANDO, DENNIS COWEN, PAUL DINI, MING DOYLE, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, EMMA VICELLI, ED LUCE, KIERON GILLEN, JAY EDIDIN and many, many more!

Cover: ELSA CHARRETIER

FC • 144 pages • $9.99

COMICS INDUSTRY UNITES WITH LOVE IS LOVE BENEFIT BOOK

IN SUPPORT OF ORLANDO TRAGEDY

IDW Publishing, with the support of DC Entertainment, will honor the victims of Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub tragedy by publishing LOVE IS LOVE, an anthology graphic novel curated by writer Marc Andreyko (BATWOMAN, WONDER WOMAN ’77). In the wake of this devastating event, Andreyko assembled a group of fellow comic book creators to contribute to the benefit project. Andreyko received an overwhelming response across the comic book community and beyond, with over 200 writers and artists lending their talents to LOVE IS LOVE, a collection of over 100 short graphic stories. All material has been donated by the writers, artists, and editors, with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families via EQUALITY FLORIDA.

LOVE IS LOVE will debut in comic book shops and bookstores this December. The anthology graphic novel is a 144-page love letter to the LGBTQ community containing moving and heartfelt stories—some using iconic DC characters—from some of the greatest talent in comics, including Phil Jimenez, Steve Sadowski, Paul Jenkins, Mike Carey, Matt Wagner, Marguerite Bennett, Aneke, Damon Lindelof, Patton Oswalt, Steven Orlando, Rafael Albuquerque, Jason Aaron, Jason Latour, James Asmus, Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, Cecil Castellucci, Brandon Peterson, Jesus Saiz, Olivier Coipel, Leinil Yu, Elsa Charretier, and many more to be announced.

“When tragedy happens, art responds. And after the Pulse massacre, the comics community responded quickly, decisively, and with open hearts,” said project organizer and writer Andreyko. “I could not be more proud of this book, or to be a member of the comics community. The talent and emotion on every page is staggering. LOVE IS LOVE mourns the 49 lost, honors the survivors, and celebrates love in all forms.”

“When Marc brought this project to me, there was no hesitation about us getting involved,” said IDW Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall. “To echo Marc’s sentiments, we are proud of the hard work and talent that has gone into this project and to be involved in any way to support the survivors and their families in the face of tragedy.”

“We’re deeply thankful to all the participants who donated their work to LOVE IS LOVE,” said Sarah Gaydos, Group Editor for IDW Publishing. “The outpouring of emotion from their work honors the LGBTQ community, and helps express the grief we’re all feeling.”

“Marc's heartfelt passion for this cause and this project has inspired everyone involved in LOVE IS LOVE,” explains Jamie Rich, Group Editor of DC’s Vertigo imprint. “As an editor on the book, I continue to be moved every day by the expressions of hope and love the contributors have put forth, and can only imagine the profound impact the book will have on readers, as well.”

The contributors behind LOVE IS LOVE have banded together to send a powerful message through their art that they stand with the victims of this national tragedy. Help spread the love this December and become part of this historic comics event.

ROCKET RACCOON #1

Publisher: MARVEL: COMICS

Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG

Art by JORGE COELHO

Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA

Variant Covers by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

And TOM ANGLEBERGER

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Hip-Hop Variant by MIKE DEODATO

ICX Variant by WILL SLINEY

32 PGS. • Rated T+ • $3.99

GROUNDED! Your First Look at ROCKET RACCOON #1!

New York, NY—December 2nd, 2016 — This December, everyone’s favorite space-faring rodent is getting GROUNDED! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside ROCKET RACCOON #1 – the new series from rising comic stars Matthew Rosenberg (Kingpin, Secret Warriors) and Jorge Coelho (The Haunted Mansion)! Rocket has found himself stuck in the very LAST place he wants to be – the backwards, no-class, pit of a planet called Earth. It’s where those dumb furry things people say Rocket looks like are from. He is NOT a raccoon! So help you if you call him a raccoon. One thing is clear, it doesn’t matter who or what gets in his way, he’s gotta get off this mudball, and he’s gotta do it now! Easier said than done. Be there when Rocket’s quest to return to the stars begins on December 28th, in ROCKET RACCOON #1!

SAVAGE #2 (of 4)

Publisher: VALIANT COMICS

Written by B. CLAY MOORE

Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA

Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA

Cover B by JARED FLETCHER

Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA

Variant Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ

B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA

$3.99 • 32 pgs. • T+ • VALIANT PRESTIGE

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – the next bone-splintering chapter of the year’s most intense, must-read first appearance! In the wake of DIVINITY and BRITANNIA, join acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and explosive artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) on December 28th as they unleash Valiant’s next prestige-format epic…and initiate in the brutal origin of the award-winning publisher’s next major hero!

Marooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. With no shelter, no weapons and no escape, the Savauge family is about to come face to face with the cruelest laws of nature – in the form of the lethal dinosaurs that somehow stalk the impossibly ancient island that has become their home of last resort.

Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

On Dec. 28, hone your killer instincts as B. Clay Moore, Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa tear into the searing comics origin story of 2016! Calamity, carnage and claws await, only in SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa (Punisher MAX), Jared Fletcher (Paper Girls), and Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin)!

SHUTTER #25

Publisher: IMAGE COMICS

Writer: JOE KEATINGE

Art/Cover: LEILA DEL DUCA & OWEN GIENI

Image Comics 25th Anniversary Brunc Variant: BRANDON GRAHAM

32 PAGES • FC • M • $3.99

MILESTONE SHUTTER ISSUE FEATURES RARE CROSSOVER OF LEGENDARY IMAGE CHARACTERS

25th anniversary event hits popular creator-owned storyline by Keatinge and del Duca

Critically-acclaimed ongoing series SHUTTER by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca will feature a rare crossover event to incorporate legendary Image Comics characters from the classic series SPAWN, created by Todd McFarlane; GLORY, created by Rob Liefeld; WITCHBLADE, created by Marc Silvestri, editor David Wohl, writer Brian Haberlin and artist Michael Turner; SAVAGE DRAGON, created by Erik Larsen; INVINCIBLE, created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker; and SHADOWHAWK, created by Jim Valentino.

SHUTTER #25 is a landmark issue for the popular pandimensional adventure series, but it will also celebrate Image Comics’ 25th anniversary with this exceptional moment in Image Comics history.

“Image Comics is why I write comics,” said Keatinge. “After a lot of soul-searching, I felt the best way to express my gratitude on the Image partners' momentous anniversary is to unite our characters over eating eggs and drinking mimosas.”

“It's been a dream come true, drawing characters that were created and brought to life by the Image founders,” said del Duca. “SHUTTER may not have existed if it weren't for those seven men who left work-for-hire comics to make creator-owned stories. I loved spending time with their characters, incorporating them into our storyline, and having them interact with our own characters, Kate, Alain, and Alarm Cat. I had so much fun!”

Fans dare not miss the terrifying biscuits-and-gravy secret no one will see coming in SHUTTER #25. Here, SHUTTER will kick off 2017 with these founding heroes meeting up with the cast of SHUTTER’s beloved character ensemble for what may prove to be one of their most delicious adventures yet.

“The SHUTTER team found a great way to celebrate the history of Image Comics—and the universal love of two of the most important meals EVER combined into the best meal (Eat it, Dinner)!” added Brandon Graham (KING CITY, PROPHET), artist of SHUTTER #25’s special variant cover.

SMITE: THE PANTHEON WAR (GN)

Publisher: DARK HORSE

Writers: JACK BANISH, JOHN JACKSON MILLER

Art/Cover: EDUARDO FRANCISCO

Colors: WES DZIOBA, AND STEFANI RENNEE

FC • 88 pages • $14.99 • TP • 7” x 10”

Dark Horse to Publish “SMITE” Graphic Novel

The online game “SMITE: Battleground of the Gods” comes to comics!

Dark Horse proudly announces the newest video game comic book in its long line of best-selling titles with SMITE: The Pantheon War!

From veteran games writer John Jackson Miller (Star Wars, Mass Effect), cowriter Jack Banish, and artist Eduardo Francisco (Eve: Valkyrie, Captain Midnight), SMITE: The Pantheon War collects the three-part digital comic series telling the tale of the looming war between the pantheons!

It is an age where gods live among the mortals over which they rule. The worship of mortals is needed by the gods to maintain their divinity -- but the number of gods has swelled, and there are fewer mortal faithful for the individual gods in each pantheon. Only the gods who maintain worshipers will survive, and so tensions are rising among the pantheons. There is an uneasy peace … but peace is not desired by all!

Hi-Rez Studios’ SMITE (PC, Xbox One, PS4) is a free-to-play, team-based action game with a global community of more than fourteen million players. With more than seventy playable mythological gods, players battle for domination across six intense game modes.

Praise for SMITE: Battleground of the Gods:

SMITE is invigorating.” -- PCGamesN

“Decidedly different gameplay, a quirky and lighthearted take on classic mythology and a variety of interesting modes.” -- Game Informer

“Makes the MOBA more approachable with smart tweaks to the formula and action RPG-inspired combat.” -- PC Gamer

SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER #1

Publisher: DC COMICS

Written by MARIKO TAMAKI

Art and cover by JOELLE JONES

PRESTIGE FORMAT • 48 pg, FC, 1 of 4, $5.99 U.S. • RATED T

A Coming-of-Age Story for the Girl of Steel From Caldecott Honor Winner Mariko Tamaki and Acclaimed Artist Joëlle Jones

DC Entertainment announces a brand-new miniseries with an invigorating twist on the Supergirl we know and love! The Girl of Steel returns in a story not only about being super, but also the trials and tribulations of being 16. A coming-of-age story with superhero flair, SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER comes from the creative minds of Caldecott Honor and Eisner Award winning young adult author Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and superstar artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer).

"I've had so much fun working on this project with DC and Joëlle,” says Tamaki. “Clearly, I'm a writer with a devoted interest in adolescence, so it’s been a thrill having the opportunity to explore the alien side of 16."

Jones, who is creating content solely for DC and Vertigo after being announced at San Diego Comic-Con, will be providing both interiors and covers for the series."Working with Mariko on this book has been great! The format is giving me a chance to do something very different and I feel lucky that DC is giving us the freedom to really play with this character,” says Jones. “I hope fans have as much fun reading it as I have had drawing it!”

Imagine this: You’re an alien. You have super powers. You are SUPERGIRL. But you’re also 16, a teenager just trying to survive the day-to-day life of high school. The upside is, yes, you can fly, you can crush diamonds with your bare hands. The downside is that being super can be a super complicated and super confusing thing to be, especially when the whole being super thing is a secret.

This is the story of Kara Danvers, known to her home planet of Krypton as Kara Zor El. On the one hand, Kara is a typical teen, navigating relationships, friendships, and classes, on the other she's a being with immense power and potential, with the added responsibility of managing her developing super powers. As if transitioning into adulthood wasn’t hard enough!

As Kara turns 16, her powers begin manifesting in bizarre hot flashes, glowing zits, symptoms that are becoming harder to control. That's right, two words, ALIEN ZITS. This new series is more than just heroics. It is the action-packed and heartfelt story of Kara Danvers and her attempts to balance the roles of teenager and hero.

This is a fresh take on Supergirl full of passion and ingenuity, with some added teenage irony. The first issue of the new series will debut December 28th, with subsequent issues being released every other month. Each issue is super-packed with 48-pages of story, in prestige format.

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"This is the last Comics Guide for now."

Aw, I'm sorry to hear that. I do read them every week, even though I might not post a comment every week. Still, I understand if you feel the "cost/benefit ratio [is] out of whack." I will look forward to more reviews and try to provide feedback to keep the discussion moving.

I agree with Jeff: sorry that the Comics Guide is on hiatus; I have read it every week; have not posted very often (because by the time I buy and read the books my comments are out of date); but, understand your decision.  Look forward to any pending Reviews.  I would find your pick(s) for: "Best of the Week/Month/Whenever (you have time)" to be helpful.  At any rate, Thanks for all the Comics Guides!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"This is the last Comics Guide for now."

Aw, I'm sorry to hear that. I do read them every week, even though I might not post a comment every week. Still, I understand if you feel the "cost/benefit ratio [is] out of whack." I will look forward to more reviews and try to provide feedback to keep the discussion moving.

You're welcome!

I'll miss this as well Cap.  I do read them every week and enjoy your comments, but I've found it best if I don't comment too often.

I enjoyed them as well Cap.  Sorry to see them go.

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