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ALL NEW FIREFLY #5

THE KILLER: AFFAIRS OF STATE #5

MAGIC: HIDDEN PLANESWALKER #3

MIGHTY MORPHIN VOL 4 TPB

SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #24

WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEY’RE DEAD #11

DARK HORSE COMICS

THE AIRLESS YEAR TPB

Story: Adam P. Knave | Art/Cover: Valentine Barker | Young Readers | $14.99

For Kacee, a queer Black girl in middle school, everything feels like a struggle. When she fails a class as a result of her stress and ends up in summer school, she starts to wonder why she even bothers trying — and ultimately begins to discover her own power to improve the things in her life she can control, and try to let go of what she can't.

From writer Adam P. Knave (The Once and Future Queen) and artist Valentine Barker, with letters by Frank Cvetkovic (Punch-Up), The Airless Year is a story of self-discovery and empowerment about taking control where you can, and learning to let the rest go.

COLLECTOR UNIT 731 #3

LONESOME HUNTERS #1 (OF 4)

Story/Art/Cover: Tyler Crook | $3.99

From Russ Manning award-winning and twice Eisner-nominated Harrow County co-creator Tyler Crook, and Dark Horse Comics, comes The Lonesome Hunters — a supernatural fantasy about loss, power and destiny.     

An old and out-of-practice monster hunter in hiding crosses paths with a young girl that forces him to confront these chaotic creatures. As the beasts invade their tenement, they set off on a supernatural road trip to stop these ancient evils in a story that explores the ways that youth informs adulthood and how early traumas can haunt us in old age.

“I started thinking about The Lonesome Hunters almost 10 years ago,” said creator Tyler Crook. “It’s the sort of idea that I just kept coming back to, again and again. Because it’s the kind of story I want to read. One that deals with generational trauma and the various ways people cope with the pain and confusion of being human — but ya know, with a cool magical sword and weird monsters and stuff.”

Praise for Harrow County:

“Deftly written, beautifully drawn, thoughtfully imagined — Harrow County already feels like a classic.” — Michael Chabon

“A necessary purchase for any self-respecting horror fan, the series is hauntingly gruesome, visually stunning and downright creepy. ... This is illustrated horror at its best. The world of Harrow County is dark, dense and deserves its status as a modern horror classic.” —Big Comic Page

“A rare thing — both wonderfully charming and genuinely disturbing.” — Mike Mignola

  • Looks interesting.

NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT II TPB

SHAOLIN COWBOY: CRUEL TO BE KIN #2

SNOW ANGELS VOL 2 TPB

 

DC COMICS

AQUAMAN & THE FLASH: VOIDSONG #1 (OF 3)

Story: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly | Art: Vasco Georgiev | Covers: Jay Anacleto, Vasco Gierogev | $6.99

They descend suddenly from the stars, in monumental ships like floating cathedrals. They are touched by a dark and terrible force from beyond our reality, silent but for the one note they emit that freezes all motion. Their mission: to drain the Earth of all its kinetic energy and leave it a lifeless husk. They never expected anyone could escape their song — but the Flash was in the Speed Force when they struck, and Aquaman was in the deepest ravine far below the ocean’s floor. These heroes have little in common. They’ve rarely even fought side by side without their fellow Justice League members. Now they must find a way to work together against impossible odds to save the world and the people they love.

  • Aquaman's last solo series ended with issue #66 in 2021. Now he's teamed with Kaldur'ahm/Jackson Hyde in Aquamen, which started four or five months ago. But also in the last two years DC has published Aquaman: The Becoming (six issues), Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target (seven issues), Aquaman: Andromeda (two issues) and now Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong (three issues).  You'd think Aquaman has a successful film franchise or something.
  • Also, everyone knows Namor has been wielding the Trident of Poseidon (or Neptune) since the mid-1960s, right? Aquaman didn't start doing that until, what, New 52? It's criminal that Aquaman is the better-known Sea King, when Namor was first (and usually better) in almost every way.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: WORLD’S FINEST #4

BATMAN: THE KNIGHT #6 (OF 10)

BLACK ADAM #1

Story: Christopher Priest | Art: Rafa Sandoval | Covers: Irvin Rodriguez, Rafa Sandoval, Lucio Parillo, Mikel Janin | $3.99

There is no forgiveness for Black Adam. This is the reality Teth-Adam, immortal man of indomitable will, must face when he discovers he has been infected with an incurable plague destroying his immortality. Haunted by the specter of centuries of dark deeds, Black Adam transfers his powers to a worthy successor who will redeem Adam’s legacy and defend their ancestral homeland of Kahndaq, only to subsequently become mystically handcuffed to him when Adam’s plague is arrested, giving birth to perhaps the most volatile and dysfunctional super-team in DC history! Powered by stunning art by Rafa Sandoval (Justice League) and breathtaking painted covers by Irvin Rodriguez (Detective Comics), writer Christopher Priest (Deathstroke, Justice League) brings his trademark wit and skill for character deconstruction to an entirely fresh examination of the man you love to hate! Get ready to ride the lightning!

  • Wow, who knew Black Adam would ever get his own comic book! Maybe this will lead to a Black Adam movie!
  • Oh, wait, I got that backwards, didn't I?

CATWOMAN #44

DARK CRISIS: YOUNG JUSTICE #1 (OF 6)

Story: Meghan Fitzmartin | Art: Laura Braga | Covers: Max Dunbar, Todd Nauck | $3.99

Crises have always had devastating impacts on the generation of heroes that make up Young Justice, and Dark Crisis will hit them even harder. Tim Drake, Impulse, and Superboy go missing during the Justice League’s funeral. The only person concerned enough to find them? Cassie Sandsmark, a.k.a Wonder Girl. But ... the three boys of Young Justice aren’t on this Earth anymore ... they’re on the world of their dreams, one they may never want to leave!

  • This brought me up short, and I had to think to realize why. And it's this: Young Justice came into being during a period when there was no Teen Titans title to feature sidekicks and legacy characters. It ran for a while, then the team disbanded (in "Graduation Day"), which re-launched both Titans and Teen Titans. The purpose of the team (in comics) had reached its logical endpoint.
  • So why does it exist? Looking at the cover, I came to the conclusion that it's because DC has a surplus of legacy characters. Two active Robins (plus Dick Grayson and Jason Todd), two active Wonder Girls (plus Donna Troy), Kid Flash and Impulse (plus Wally West), a superfluous Superboy, etc.
  • And yet, with all the Batgirls (Barbara Gordon, Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown), none of them have been members of either the Teen Titans or Young Justice! (Bette Kane was a member of short-lived Teen Titans West  in the '70s, but I can discount that for a variety of reasons.) I guess the Bat-slot is always filled by a Robin.

DUO #2 (OF 6)

Story: Greg Pak | Art: Khoi Pham, Scott Hanna | Covers: Dike Ruan, Takeshi Miyazawa | $3.99

Kelly Vu and David Kim, partners in both life and science, miraculously survived a horrible attack … but Kelly’s body was sacrificed in the process! Now both their consciousnesses live within David’s brain, and things only get more complicated as a detective begins investigating David for Kelly’s murder. Far above their heads, powerful forces lie in wait for the right moment to finish what they started — and end David and Kelly once and for all.

  • This is a new Milestone title that, unfortunately, sounds a lot like Valiant's Doctor Mirage, only with the genders reversed. Even the variant cover below is uncomfortably close to a Doctor Mirage cover:

  • It's all in the execution, though, right? Man-Thing and Swamp Thing started out roughly the same, but went in different directions. Ditto X-Men and Doom Patrol. So I won't pass judgment until I read it. Here's a preview for you to make up your own mind.

EARTH-PRIME #6 (OF 6)

Story: Jeff Hersch, Thomas Pound | Art: Will Robson | Cover: Kim Jacinto | 48 pages | $5.99

As DC’s EARTH-PRIME crossover event spotlights the superheroes of the hit shows from The CW, a threat looms in the background, setting the stage for the final issue of the crossover. Today, DC has revealed the cover and title to the sixth issue of EARTH-PRIME, EARTH-PRIME: Hero’s Twilight. This 48-page finale pits DC’s television superheroes against the supervillain Magog, making his very first appearance in The CW canon. Magog was first introduced to comic book fans in 1996’s groundbreaking miniseries Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

Across time and universes, Magog has been amassing forces to finally free humanity from their dependency on so-called “heroes.” In his eyes, all they do is bring about pain and destruction everywhere they go, solving no problems and bringing no peace to the world. Magog and his allies plan to change everything and help society bring the superhero community to its knees, helping society reach its true potential, once and for all.

Featuring a main cover by artist Kim Jacinto, EARTH-PRIME #6: Hero’s Twilight is co-written by Jeff Hersh and Thomas Pound (The CW’s The Flash) with story art by Will Robson, making his DC debut.

  • Gog returns! Sort of. I'm not sure if you count a one-issue appearance in a six-issue spinoff miniseries that is out of continuity from the TV shows that spawned it, themselves out-of-continuity adaptations of various comics.
  • IOW, this never happened anywhere but in the very small parallel universe that is this specific miniseries.

FABLES #152 (OF 162)

  • Looks like Fables isn't going to be ongoing. This revival is going to be the moral equivalent of a 10-issue miniseries.

FLASH #783

MILESTONES IN HISTORY #1 ONE-SHOT

Story/Art: Various | Covers: Chriscross,Doug Braithwaite | 96 pages | $9.99

DC and Milestone Media today announced new details on their groundbreaking anthology, Milestones In History.

This 96-page non-fiction one-shot spotlights real-world icons from Black history across the ages. These stories will combine well-known comic book artists with writers from the fields of entertainment, literature and social activism. The anthology embraces the Milestone universe with these stories being told through the eyes of the heroes of Dakota.

“Denys and I have been wanting to do a book like Milestones in History for a long time,” said Hudlin. “Some of our favorite comic books have been about the real-life superheroes of the Black community throughout history, and with all of the amazing writers, artists and scholars we know, we knew we could create a book that would be history making in itself.”

More than just an anthology, Milestones in History also serves as a springboard into the next phase of this new iteration of the Dakotaverse; the book features an ending that will serve as the catalyst for the first big “event” in Milestone, something most fans will never see coming.

“In developing Milestones In History with DC, it was important that this not be another book about the commonly known names in American Black history, as important as they are,” said Milestone Partner Reggie Hudlin. “Our goal with this anthology has always been to identify great storytellers from different background to celebrate Black history beyond the borders of America, and beyond the confines of slavery and oppression. While Black History is certainly all of that, it really is so much more.”

  • It's probably churlish to note that two of the "Black" historical figures below weren't very Black, and probably weren't considered so during their lifetimes. Alexandre Dumas had exactly one Black ancestor, his grandfather. Alexander Pushkin also had one Black ancestor, a great-grandfather.
  • Also, assigning Blackness to Hannibal is a bit of a stretch. Carthaginians were ethnically Pheonician, deriving from Canaan, today's southern Levant. Their descendants are the modern-day Lebanese. Busts of Hannibal depict Greco-Roman or Semitic features, as you'd expect.
  • Still, if bigots can still cite the "one drop of blood" argument, then that argument should be available to more generous-minded people for more benign interpretations.

Milestones In History includes:

“Born in Africa – Mother of the World”

Rocket chronicles the history of “Lucy,” the collection of Australopithecus Afarensis hominid fossil bones discovered in Ethiopia in a story by New York Times best-selling novelist Alice Randall and artist Eric Battle.

“The Brilliant Black Russians: Pushkin and His Family of Genius”

Alice Randall tells the story of Russian poet and novelist Alexander Pushkin with art by Don Hudson, José Marzan Jr. and Andrew Dalhouse.

“The Many Queens of Sheba”

Virgil Hawkins (Static) has a tough time keeping his mind on his school project when he’s paired with his high school crush Raquel Ervin (Rocket) as they discuss competing origins of The Queen of Sheba, in a story from Writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Cycle of Life and Death, DC Festival of Heroes) and artist Maria Laura Sanapo (Sensational Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace, DC Comics Bombshells)

“You Will Follow A Great Man”

The history of military commander and statesman Hannibal Barca is told by award-winning sci-fi, mystery and fantasy writer Steven Barnes, with art by comic book vets Ron Wilson and Mike Gustovich.

“The Dumas Legacy"

Icon and Rocket recount the history of the family of The Three Musketeers writer Alexandre Dumas in a story by award-winning author and educator Tananarive Due, with art by Jamal Yaseem Igle and Chris Sotomayor.

“Ace”

The story of trailblazer Eugene Bullard, the first African American to fly in combat and the only African American pilot in World War I, is told by television and film writer Pat Charles (The CW’s Black Lightning) and comic book artist Arvell Jones.

“Spirit Step”

The life of anthropologist, activist, dancer and creator of the Dunham Technique of dance, Katharine Dunham, is highlighted in a story by writer Karyn Parsons (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), with art by Francesco Francavilla.

“Controversy”

Writer and activist Touré and artist Ray-Anthony Height celebrate the life and career of musical icon Prince.

“The Sky’s The Limit”

Horror and Sci-Fri writer Melody Cooper and artist Domo Stanton (The Sandman Universe/House of Whispers) celebrate two more aeronautical pioneers in Bessie Coleman, stunt pilot and the first Black female to earn a pilot’s license, and physician, engineer and former NASA astronaut Mae Jemisin, the first Black woman to travel into space.

"Things to Come"

Featuring an introduction from the heroes of the Dakotaverse, by Reggie Hudlin with art from Janhoy Lindsay, Milestones In History also includes a what’s next for the superheroes of Milestone, by Reggie Hudlin and Leon Chills, with art by Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan.

NIGHTWING #93

NIGHTWING: FEAR STATE HC

SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU? #116

SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN’S BOSS PERRY WHITE #1 ONE-SHOT

Story/Art: Various | Cover: Steve Lieber | 48 pages | $4.99

Perry White’s long career in the papers deserves a big celebration, and who better to help than his favorite colleague? No, not Lois Lane. No, not Clark Kent … or that super-guy they all write about. It’s Jimmy Olsen! Yes, the same Pulitzer Prize-winning Jimmy Olsen who’s sometimes a giant turtle! Just don’t call him Jimberly — that’s a reference only Batman’s supposed to know about!

Are we burying the lede? Yes. Yes we are. See, this isn’t a Jimmy Olsen announcement. We know you love the guy, and the Jimmy Olsen Fan Club is buzzing with activity now that we’ve got your attention, but this press release isn’t an announcement of a new Jimmy Olsen comic, or a Clark Kent comic, or a Lois Lane comic, or even a Steve Lombard comic (deep cut, but worth it). This release is to announce a Perry White comic! As Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet, he’s worth the headlines!! We just added in hyperbole and name-checked Batman (and Superman, but mostly Batman) for the SEO.

In a new one-shot comic, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen’s Boss Perry White #1, to publish everywhere comics are sold this June, revisit the Daily Planet and read a new seven-page Fraction/Lieber short story, then see Perry White’s career throughout the years with reprinted stories by Elliot S. Maggin & Curt Swan, Neil Kleid & Dean Haspiel and Brian Michael Bendis & Ivan Reis!

And in case you breezed right past it (we told you ledes were buried!), this announcement doubles as the return of Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber, Nathan Fairbairn and Clayton Cowles to their Ringo and Eisner Award-winning Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen? run! You begged for more from this team, and they’re back!

Are Fraction, Lieber, Fairbairn and Cowles back for good? Or for bad? Or just for the laughs? Pick up Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen’s Boss Perry White #1 in June to find out!

  • It's about time! Editors need love, too!

 

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

THE BOYS OVERSIZED OMNIBUS VOL 1 HC

  • Collects the first 30 issues, which corresponds to the first four (of six) collections. The second omnibus will have the rest of the series plus Herogasm and Dear Becky. I have the main series and Herogasm already, but half in HC and half in TPB, and no Dear Becky. So I'm tempted to start over in omnibus. I'll decide when I see how much Instocktrades is charging.

ELVIRA IN HORRORLAND #2

JOHN CARTER OF MARS #3

SAMURAI SONJA #1

Writer: Jordan Clark | Art: Pasquale Qualano | Covers: Lucio Parrillo, Lesley "Leirix" Li, Clayton Henry, Paulina Ganucheau, Cosplay | 32 pages | Teen+ | $3.99

AN ALL-NEW SONJA!

The Sengoku period of Japan: A time of near-constant civil war. Sonja, daughter of a slain samurai, is eager to prove herself worthy of her family's glorious history. But in a desperate moment, Sonja will make an awful deal with a dreaded sea goddess: She will be gifted magical armor and weapons capable of slaying mythical beasts! But if she falls in battle, her bloodline will be erased, her family's name no more.

  • I didn't see this one coming, but I guess I should have. We'll have dino-Sonja before it's all said and done.

SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #7

 

IDW PUBLISHING

CANTO VOL 3 LIONHEARTED TPB

JOHNNY BOO VOL 13 JOHNNY BOO GOES TO SCHOOL HC

MY LITTLE PONY #2

TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS #17 (OF 17)

USAGI YOJIMBO: LONE GOAT & KID #6 (OF 6)

 

IMAGE COMICS

ARROWSMITH #6

BEWARE THE EYE OF ODIN #1 (OF 4)

Story: Doug Wagner | Art/Cover: Tim Odland, Michelle Madsen | $4.99

Vinyl and Plastic creator Doug Wagner teams up with artist Tim Odland and colorist Michelle Madsen for a tale of Vikings, trolls, frost giants and Valkyries in the upcoming Beware the Eye of Odin.

“I can’t wait for people to see this book. This whole thing started with Tim and I sitting at a Taco Bell trying to come up with something for he and I to work on together," said Wagner. "He spouted out he’d like to do something with Vikings and monsters (Tim is actually descended from real life Vikings by the way). I was like, ‘I’m in, but only if we get to put our own spin on all those Norse monsters, creatures and especially dwarves. I want my crack at dwarves.’ We didn’t leave Taco Bell for four hours after that.”

Beware the Eye of Odin follows a Viking prince who, when he discovers the Eye of Odin, must embark on a harrowing quest to return it to its rightful owner — or face a death of boils and decay. By his side are a one-armed warrior past his prime and a female warrior convinced she’s a Valkyrie. Monstrous mayhem ensues.

Odland added: “This was a lot of fun for me! It was the perfect opportunity to revel in the world of Norse mythology and pay tribute to those Ray Harryhausen adventures that I love so much."

The perfect epic fantasy for fans of The Witcher and Andrew MacLean’s beloved comic book series Head Lopper.

  • Boy, Odin's eye really gets around. I remember when it was floating around the campfire at Marvel Comics, telling Roy Thomas stories to Thor.
  • Here's a preview

BLOOD STAINED TEETH #3

DEADLY CLASS #53

GRRL SCOUTS STONE GHOST TPB

GUNSLINGER SPAWN #9

HELLCOP #8

HOME SICK PILOTS #15

I HATE THIS PLACE #2

Story: Kyle Starks | Art/Cover: Artyom Topilin, Lee Loughridge | $3.99

Today Skybound unveiled a first look at I Hate This Place #2, the buzzed-about new supernatural horror series from the superstar team of Kyle Starks (Assassin Nation, The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton), artist Artyom Topilin (Ice Cream Man Presents Quarantine Comix Special), colorist Lee Loughridge (Deadly Class, The Good Asian), and letterer Pat Brosseau (Birthright, Manifest Destiny).

 Gabby and Trudy are trapped. It’s literally Hell on Earth. But the true monsters may not be who they seem ...

 “I want to sincerely thank the retailers and the fans for the huge early success of I Hate This Place. It's the biggest launch of my career and that is entirely thanks to all of you,” said Starks. “This is just the start of what, I assure you, is going to be wild, fun, monstrous ride of a series completely worthy of your support, even with a curse word in the title. I promise I most likely won't do it again.”

In order to provide retailers and fans with options, each issue of I Hate This Place will have open-to-order covers by Topilin with clean and explicit cover options, featuring the standard series title and the explicit version of the series’ original title, Fuck This Place.

I Hate This Place is an exceptional debut that firmly establishes its world and characters, making for an immediately engaging and enthralling story.” — CBR 

I Hate This Place #1 is an excellent first issue, one that draws from more horror tropes than it seems would be possible, ultimately creating something wholly excellent and wholly new.” — Comics Bookcase

I Hate This Place #1 is a truly mesmerizing addition to comics’ horror canon, and shouldn’t be missed.” — Comic-Watch

NEWBURN #8

NOCTERRA #11

RADIANT RED #4

ROGUE SUN #5

SILVER COIN #11

ZVRC: ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS CLASSIC #4

 

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL 1 HC 4TH PTG

GHOST RIDER: RETURN OF BLAZE TPB

IMMORTAL X-MEN #3

KNIGHTS OF X #3

MAESTRO: WORLD WAR M #4

MARVEL SUPERHERO CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS GALLERY EDITION HC

MARVEL'S VOICES: PRIDE #1

Introduction: Alex Phillips | Covers: Nick Robles, Amy Reeder, Jen Bartel, Stephen Byrne, Olivier Coipel | Teen+ | $9.99

Marvel Comics will celebrate Pride Month with a new giant-sized one-shot spotlighting LGBTQIA+ creators and characters! A queer-centered anthology brought together by an amazing lineup of writers and artists from all walks of life, MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 will feature eight extraordinary adventures, an introduction by Vice President of Television at Bad Robot Productions Alex Phillips, and more!

“Permanent Sleepover”

Story: Charlie Jane Anders, Art: Ro Stien & Ted Brandt | Colors: Tamra Bonvillain

As part of Marvel’s ongoing Marvel’s Voices series, readers everywhere will soon meet ESCAPADE in MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1! Joining fellow LGBTQIA+ Marvel heroes this June, Escapade will debut in the book’s central story, written by acclaimed author Charlie Jane Anders and drawn by artist duo and Eisner-nominated cartoonists Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, with colors by Tamra Bonvillain.

Escapade, whose real name is Shela Sexton, is a trans mutant who can instantaneously switch physical locations with another person or trade any specific physical or abstract attribute such as possessions, organizational status, skills, superhuman powers and even situations! Escapade is only able to maintain the power for a few hours at a time and must be within 7 feet of her target, and the more complex the switch, the higher the chance of a mishap. Luckily for Escapade, she has an invaluable partner at her side, her tech-savvy best friend Morgan Red, along with a tool belt containing an arsenal of stolen tools and devices. Together, Escapade and Morgan tear through the Marvel Universe as professional thieves, stealing from criminal and corrupt organizations … until a meeting with Emma Frost and Destiny changes the course of Escapade’s life forever.

"I have loved the Marvel Universe for as long as I can remember, and may or may not sing the Spider-Man cartoon theme in the shower on a regular basis. So I was so thrilled to be able to introduce a brand-new hero to stand alongside all of my favorites,” Anders said. “I hope that Escapade and Morgan Red will inspire trans and non-binary people everywhere to believe that they, too, can fight for justice with the power of creativity and chosen family."

“Now more than ever, we need a hero like Shela Sexton for people to look up to,” Brandt explained. “It was a real honor and a privilege to be a part of her creation process!”

“It’s very exciting to be part of bringing a new character into Marvel comics,” Stein added. “Working with Charlie Jane’s script was a lot of fun, and I hope people enjoy reading about Escapade as much as we did putting together her first outing on the page.”

The 20-page adventure in MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 will introduce Escapade and reveal her career as a super hero/thief, as well as explore her life as a trans mutant in the Marvel Universe. MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 only marks the beginning of Escapade’s saga as she becomes entangled with the X-Men and a deadly prophecy is unveiled in her future. Fans can look forward to Escapade’s return in the fall in a special story arc of NEW MUTANTS guest-written by Anders.

“Over The Rainbow”

Story: Ira Madison III | Art: Lorenzo Susi | Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg

Valkyrie Rúna puts on the first ever Asgard Pride celebration in the Marvel Comics debut of television writer and podcaster Ira Madison III and artist Lorenzo Susi.

“Ancient & Modern”

Story: Andrew Wheeler | Art: Brittney L. Williams | Colors: José Villarrubia

Shuster and Eisner-winning writer Andrew Wheeler makes his Marvel debut alongside PATSY WALKER artist Brittney L. Williams in an action-packed story about Marvel’s newest power couple — Hercules and Marvel Boy!

“Stay Outta My Mind Turf, Jack

Story: Christopher Cantwell | Art: Kei Zama | Colors: Rico Renzi

Rev up your engines for a heart-bending story across space and time in a Moondragon story by IRON MAN scribe and lauded TV showrunner Christopher Cantwell and artist Kei Zama.

“All My Exes In The Nexus”

Story: Alyssa Wong | Art: Stephen Byrne

Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus-award winner Alyssa Wong and fan-favorite artist Stephen Byrne reunite the Young Avengers in a story guaranteed to please fans new and old! Byrne will also depict the team in one of the issue’s variant covers!

“Lgbt-D”

Story: Grace Freud | Art: Scott B. Henderson | Inks: Lee Townsend | Colors: Brittany Peer

Comedy writer Grace Freud (Rick and Morty, the Eric Andre Show) brings her talents to Marvel with a story about the power of responsibility featuring the Marvel Universe’s favorite gay ginger, D-Man! She’s joined by Eisner-nominated artist Scott B. Henderson in his first work for Marvel!

“Perfectly Scene”

Story: Danny Lore | Art: Lucas Werneck | Colors: Michael Wiggam

And writer Danny Lore and artist Lucas Werneck revisit the legacy of Taku and Venomm, two Black Panther characters long left in the closet, in a tale of love and redemption!

  • One of the covers below looks like Peter Parker's in a threesome. Pretty sure that's not something they meant to suggest. Heck, they went out of their way to keep him a virgin until after Gwen Stacy died!

MARVEL VOICES: PRIDE TPB

  • Collects last year’s Marvel's Voices: Pride one-shot as well as gay-themed moments from throughout Marvel Comics history such as Northstar’s wedding, the debut of Aaron Fischer in United States of Captain America, and more.

MILES MORALES AND MOON GIRL #1

Story: Mohale Mashigo | Art: Ig Guara | Covers: Alitha Martinez, Peach Momoko | Teen | $4.99

Moon Girl is back to take the entire Marvel Universe by storm! This summer, Lunella Lafayette — aka Moon Girl — and her trusty T-rex sidekick, Devil Dinosaur, will star in a series of new one-shots that will pair the super genius with some of Marvel’s biggest heroes. These action-packed adventures will see the fan-favorite hero on a grand tour of the Marvel Universe as she uses her intellect to save the day alongside the Avengers, the X-Men and more. With a brand-new solo series on the horizon, these one-shot issues will further cement Moon Girl’s prominence in the Marvel mythos while also providing perfect entry points for readers curious to learn more about the young hero. It all kicks off in June’s MILES MORALES AND MOON GIRL #1 by acclaimed novelist Mohale Mashigo and artist Ig Guara!

“Writing Moon Girl is a dream come true,” Mashigo said. “Lunella is fun, quirky, smart and full of energy. I've enjoyed seeing her get out of her comfort zone and shine even brighter.”

MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #39

MILES MORALES VOL 7: BEYOND TPB

  • Miles has really become a cottage industry, hasn't he?

MOON KNIGHT #12

NEW FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (OF 5)

Story:  Peter David | Art: Alan Robinson | Cover: Nick Bradshaw | Teen | $4.99

In 1991’s FANTASTIC FOUR #347, comic book legends Walter Simonson and Arthur Adams introduced an unforgettable iteration of Marvel’s premier Super Hero team when they teamed up WOLVERINE, SPIDER-MAN, GHOST RIDER, and HULK as the NEW FANTASTIC FOUR. Though their time as the FF was brief, this unlikely group of heroes left a big impact, and now fans will get to return to this special moment in Marvel history in a new limited series kicking off in May. Written by comics great Peter David and featuring the Marvel Comics debut of artist Alan Robinson, NEW FANTASTIC FOUR will be set shortly after the events of the fan-favorite group’s first appearance, taking readers back to a classic era with a brand-new tale in the same vein as hit titles like X-MEN LEGENDS, MAESTRO, and SILVER SURFER REBIRTH.

Wolverine, Hulk (aka Joe Fixit), Ghost Rider and Spider-Man have reunited to investigate a surge of violence in Las Vegas. And with demonic masterminds pulling the strings, they’re going to need some extra help. … This all-new adventure will feature surprise guest stars aplenty, including the original FF and a series of mystery villains that you’ll never see coming!

"Although their original stint was extremely short-lived, the alternate version of the FF has had its fans for years, including myself,” David said. “I am fortunate Marvel has given me the opportunity to revisit with them and take their battles to new heights in a new location with new allies and new enemies."

"Talk about debuting with a big bang in Marvel Comics!” Robinson added. “With characters such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Ghost Rider and Wolverine, and written by the awesome Peter David, no less! This is a dream come true for me as an artist and as a fan, and the story gets richer with each page. A total blast!"

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THE TRICK IS TO INVENT A WAR WORTH FIGHTING.

  • Finn Fratz knows that if you want people to hate each other, a Banner cannon in the right pair of hands goes a long way. The aging war profiteer earned his spot on the Punisher's kill list well before he adopted the moniker Hate-Monger, but he has proven an elusive man.
  • Now, with the Hand at his disposal, Frank Castle is ready to smoke him out. But not only has Hate-Monger gone to ground, he's fighting back. Good for him. It's not going to change anything but the death toll.
  • Torunn Gr nbekk and Lan Medina join forces to bring you the first of three thrilling tales from between the pages of PUNISHER, exploring Frank's new modus operandi through some of his deadliest missions yet ...
  • Here's a preview.

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A conflict is brewing between some of the Marvel Universe’s major players and in the end, all will be JUDGED. This summer, the Avengers, the Eternals and the X-Men find themselves at war in A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY, a new crossover event by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Valerio Schiti, and fans should look no further than current and future issues of AVENGERS, IMMORTAL X-MEN, X-MEN and ETERNALS for the reason why. Mutantkind’s newfound immortality, the Eternals discovery of long-hidden truths about their species and the Avengers’ recent crimes against the Celestials will all come to light and unleash a reckoning! The Eternals’ purpose cannot be denied, mutantkind’s future will not be threatened and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes efforts to de-escalate a potentially apocalyptic battle may be hopelessly futile.

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Story: Gerry Duggan | Art/Cover: Pepe Larraz

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  • X-Men #12 is apparently a big issue. Here's another press release that leads with it:

MARVEL COMICS: DESTINY OF X

Prepare to enter the DESTINY OF X, the radical next era for your favorite X-Men titles! Ushering in the second age of Krakoa, DESTINY OF X will see the emergence of new enemies, the formation of new X-Teams and bold paths for your favorite characters. It all kicks off later this month and right now, fans can peek ahead to discover what’s to come this June in their most anticipated X-Men ongoing series!

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Story: Gerry Duggan | Art/Cover: Pepe Larraz

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  • Wait, a Daddy mummy and a daughter mummy, but no Mommy mummy? That's a crime against puns!

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  • From the frequency of her appearances, I'd guess Robyn Hood is Zenescope's most popular character.

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The epic villainy of Insurrectus and his monstrous progeny extends beyond the known universe. Only those willing to take a stand can stop him. In separate stories from across the Infinityverse, meet The Trust — outlaw superheroes who fight the supernatural, Captain Skargrave, intergalactic space pirate who sails the haunted galaxy macabre; Lady Gunfighter, wild west loner armed with demonic guns and a bad attitude; and Captain Death, who opposes the monsters during 1945's World War Hell as a Satanus invades Europe (told in a ‘60s Marvel style). There can only be two outcomes — victory or total Deathocalypse!

  • OK, Lady Death as Captain America, as drawn by Jack Kirby? That's ... a lot to take in.

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PIZZA AND TACO VOL 4: TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL GN

PUP DETECTIVES GN BOX SET #2

SLOTH SLEUTH VOL 1 GN

SMURF TALES VOL 4 GN

STICK AND STONE: EXPLORE & MORE GN

TRASH & CAN IT DISPOSABLE HEROES #4 (OF 4)

WARRIORS: EXILE FROM SHADOWCLAN GN

"Looking at the cover, I came to the conclusion that it's because DC has a surplus of legacy characters."

It strikes me that a legacy is something to be passed on to someone else. As long as DC keeps introducing new "legacy" characters without retiring the old ones, the situation you describe is only going to persist and worsen over time. 

To me, the disconnect is legacy characters such as Kyle Raynor. He is (or was) the replacement Green Lantern in the JLA, but also he was contemporary with a previous version of the Titans. 

And I thought Superboy ditched that leather-jacketed look a long time ago. "Everything old is new again," I suppose (plus the creators likely grew up on that version of the character). 

"This revival is going to be the moral equivalent of a 10-issue miniseries."

I haven't read any of Fables, but Tracy has read all of it. When this "revival" was launched I asked her if she was interested and she wasn't. I'll ask her again when it's collected in trade.

SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN’S BOSS PERRY WHITE #1 ONE-SHOT: I hadn't heard anything about this until just now! Judging a (comic) book by its cover (and the copy), this one-shot promises to be similar in tone to 2019's Jimmy Olsen series, which I quite enjoyed. 

That's got me thinking about 2019's Lois Lane series, of which I'm still missing an issue due to fanboy speculation. I don't even know what was supposed to have been so collectable about it (#8, I think); the introduction of a new character or something. Thanks a lot, speculators!

And while I'm here... "#1 ONE-SHOT"? Does that get on your nerves as much as it does mine? I have also noticed that DC is numbering its annuals as "2022 Annual #1." Is there going to be a "2022 Annual #2"? (Wouldn't that be "2023 Annual"?) Then drop the number!

HOMAGE: I would classify the cover of Immortal X-Men #4 is anotgher one of those "thematic tributes," meant in this case to evoke the image of Marylin Monroe's pictorial from Playboy #1 (except instead of lying atop the satin sheet, Emma Frost is beneath it... mostly). Too much of a stretch?

"Do we have any TwoMorrows collectors on the board? Do I need to do a heads up on magazines like these?"

I'll tell you, I have been waiting for TwoMorrows "Old Gods & New" since March 2020. Initially postponed due to COVID, it has been solicited no fewer than four times. (Currently it is expected to ship on July 13.) I'm keeping my eyes peeled for that one (although it should be in my P&H because I pre-ordered it). I don't buy every issue of Back Issue; just certain ones that particularly interest me. I see you have listed #135 shipping this week; it is #136 I am waiting for: comic book characters featured in comic strips. Speaking for myself, I have more interesting in TwoMorrow's fare than in any of those manga solicits you post.

1) You make a good point on legacy characters. But we both know they're never going to retire, say, Bruce Wayne. They couldn't even keep Barry Allen dead, although Wally West was selling well enough as The Flash. (And I was one of those who missed Barry's approach to crimefighting, which was more cerebral than most characters. LIttle did I know that when he returned they'd ditch his Silver Age propensity for finding clever ways to use his speed. I guess they could bring Barry back from the dead, but not John Broome.)

I never cared much for Kyle Rayner, so I wouldn't care if he went on a mission in space forever. I'm sure Kyle Rayner fans say the same thing about Hal Jordan. Horse races, etc.

The dour New 52 Superboy is so different from the reckless Superboy who wore the leather jacket in "Reign of the Supermen" and his mid-'90s series that I actually thought they were two separate characters until someone on the board corrected me. Maybe by wearing the jacket he's going back to his "roots."

2) I read and enjoyed Fables enough that I got the whole series in HC. I will undoubtedly get the 10-issue extension in HC when it is offered. Someday, in my dotage, maybe I'll do a re-read.

3) I also enjoyed the Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen maxiseries, and have it in TPB (for reference for the book). J.O. really works best as comedy relief. Also Lois, which I have not yet read, but I hope will depict her as formidable.

4) I dutifully put the "#1 one-shot" description on a book if that's how Diamond lists it. But yeah, it does seem redundant. It bothered me until I realized that publishers will never fail to slap "#1" on a cover if there's any excuse to do so, and maybe they need to do so to make a profit. Since this practice will never change, I don't waste any time worrying about it.

5) I thought the Marilyn Monroe reference on Immortal X-Men #4 so obvious I didn't bother to mention it. (I keep forgetting not everybody is as old as me.) But, no, I don't think it's a stretch at all to call it a thematic homage! It's clearly what they intended.

6) A vote for listing TwoMorrows. Copy.

7) I list everything that Diamond does in their comics section, plus DC (from its distributors). That includes manga. There are manga readers on the board (Hi, Bob!), so I not only list manga but include the covers and descriptions for first issues and one-shots. I figure manga readers already know if they like a book with issue #2 and onward, and don't need a description. I dunno, maybe I'm wrong, but since I'm not an expert I don't know what else to do.

8) I don't expect anybody is interested in comics for kids, but I list them out of completeness. Meanwhile, TwoMorrows and such are listed under magazines and books at Diamond, which I don't list unless someone expresses interest.

DARK CRISIS: YOUNG JUSTICE #1 (OF 6)

So why does it exist? Looking at the cover, I came to the conclusion that it's because DC has a surplus of legacy characters. Two active Robins (plus Dick Grayson and Jason Todd), two active Wonder Girls (plus Donna Troy), Kid Flash and Impulse (plus Wally West), a superfluous Superboy, etc.

Either that or to trademark the name “Young Justice” and some characters they haven't published recently.

MAGAZINES

BACK ISSUE #135

JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #83

  • Do we have any TwoMorrows collectors on the board? Do I need to do a heads up on magazines like these?

You could, but once I started getting some things from them they have been steadily keeping me informed by email.

TALES OF THE COFFINVERSE #1

The epic villainy of Insurrectus and his monstrous progeny extends beyond the known universe.

Does Insurrectus look like anyone we know?

(And I was one of those who missed Barry's approach to crimefighting, which was more cerebral than most characters. LIttle did I know that when he returned they'd ditch his Silver Age propensity for finding clever ways to use his speed. I guess they could bring Barry back from the dead, but not John Broome.)

Did Broome retire or was he purged when creators were looking for pensions and health insurance? Truly a favorite writer of mine.

I never cared much for Kyle Rayner, so I wouldn't care if he went on a mission in space forever. I'm sure Kyle Rayner fans say the same thing about Hal Jordan. Horse races, etc.

When I returned to comics in 1989, Hal Jordan was Parallax and I kinda liked Kyle Rayner’s style. Hal sacrificed himself to reignite the Sun (!). How do you top this with a character?

(As an aside, as our tribute month to George Perez’s cover art continues, it seems to me that the only character that doesn’t look right to me is Hal Jordan. Maybe George wasn’t crazy about the character?)

I read and enjoyed Fables enough that I got the whole series in HC. I will undoubtedly get the 10-issue extension in HC when it is offered. Someday, in my dotage, maybe I'll do a re-read.

I bought every issue when it came out and then got the Deluxe HC books. I’ll likely get the Deluxe on this also. I won’t be getting an Omnibus if there is no Deluxe. I’ll settle for a TPB.

"Did Broome retire or was he purged when creators were looking for pensions and health insurance?"

According to his bio: "John Brome retired from comic books in 1970 to travel the world and to teachEnglish in Japan. He passed away in 1999."

Richard Willis said:

As an aside, as our tribute month to George Perez’s cover art continues, it seems to me that the only character that doesn’t look right to me is Hal Jordan. Maybe George wasn’t crazy about the character?

I don't know about that, honestly. But I do remember that in Avengers/JLA (or JLA/Avengers), he drew Thor with a pug nose. I appreciate that he was trying to differentiate between a lot of characters, so they wouldn't all have the same face/build. But a pug nose on Thor? It didn't look right then, and still bugs me now!

BLACK ADAM #1 - I probably would have picked this up anyways, but Christopher Priest was a huge selling point for me.

This is a new Milestone title that, unfortunately, sounds a lot like Valiant's Doctor Mirage, only with the genders reversed. Even the variant cover below is uncomfortably close to a Doctor Mirage cover:

You're probably more correct, but my first thought was another Firestorm.

Wait, a Daddy mummy and a daughter mummy, but no Mommy mummy? That's a crime against puns!

Maybe they'll unwrap the Mommy mummy idea in a later issue.

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