New Comic Book Day – 8th January 2020 – Trying to catch your heart…

Cover to the comic book Star #1


Marvel are dropping their latest superhero this week, as Star #1 (Kelly Thompson, Javier Pin) hits the racks; but can this Kree-created, Infinity-Stone-infused hero overcome her past and take a hold of her own destiny…? If you need a primer on how Star appeared, check out Captain Marvel: Falling Star (Kelly Thompson, Annapaola Martello, Carmen Nunez Carnero), the second volume of the fan-favourite ongoing series.

Cover to the trade paperback Captain Marvel vol. 2 - Falling Star
She’s a star, but she’s not falling…

Also in new number ones for Marvel this week is Marvel X #1 (Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, Well-Bee), the tale of the last human boy on Earth and a prequel to the Earth X trilogy, and the end is in sight for Spidey, as Miles Morales: The End #1 (Saladin Ahmed, Damion Scott) sees humanity making it’s last stand in Brooklyn. As a tie in to the forthcoming video game there is Marvel Avengers Thor #1 (Jim Zub, Robert Gill) in which Thor helps out Iron Man with the unexpected consequences that lead him to take on… the Hulk?! Also dropping is Ruins of Ravenscroft: Carnage (Frank Tieri, Guiu Villanova, Angel Unzueta) in which the latest sanctuary of the Marvel universe is being rebuilt, but there are still secrets to be uncovered.

One of the events of the summer is collected in Absolute Carnage (Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman), in which the psychotic offspring of Venom goes on a killing spree, and his target is everyone that has ever worn a symbiote suit! If that isn’t enough for you there is also Absolute Carnage vs Deadpool (Frank Tieri, Emily Lerner, Marcelo Ferreira) where the Merc with a Mouth takes on Carnage – and his friends!

Taking on the mantle of hero is confusing work for the Trickster God, as Loki (Daniel Kibblesmith, Oscar Bazaldua) takes on new found responsibilities following the War of the Realms, and Black Panther vol. 8 (Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuna) sees T’Challa finally learn what it means to be king, just in time to lose his kingdom! 

Cover to the trade paperback Dr Strange vol. 4 - Choice
I love this Ariel Olivetti cover, but the uneven number of arms upsets me…

Plus there is action galore in Black Widow (Richard K. Morgan, Bill Sienkiewicz) as the deadliest woman in the Marvel Universe tries to get out of the spy-game once and for all – but you know that it won’t be that easy for her! Meanwhile over in Hell’s Kitchen the Man Without Fear is taking on some of his deadliest enemies in Daredevil Omnibus hardcover vol. 1 (Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev). Also dropping this week is Dr Strange vol. 4 (Mark Waid, Jesus Saiz, more) which sees the Sorceror Supreme back on Earth and hoping that the Multiverse is done with him…

In The Art of Declan Shalvey (John Rhett Thomas, Declan Shalvey) you can see why this Irishman is fast becoming one of the most sought after artists on the Marvel roster. and finally from Marvel there is Marvel: New Avengers (Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch) in which the newest iteration of the Avengers joins together for the first time!


DC are also bringing out some big guns, as they drop Batman: Arkham: Black Mask (everyone ever), a trade paperback collection tracing the origins and greatest hits of the super-villain, as well as Batman by Neal Adams (Neal Adams, Dennis O’Neil, Len Wein, Frank Robbins, Dick Giordano), a collection of 1970s top comics. 

Cover to the trade paperback The Dreaming vol. 2
Tiffany Turrill on the stunning cover art to one of the best books of 2019

Injustice: Gods Among Use: Five Year Collection (Brian Buccellato, Iban Coello, Mike S. Miller, Tom Derenick, Xermanico, Marco Santucci, Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran) looks at the war between Batman and Superman, Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Collection vol. 2 (David Michelinie, Bob Haney, Gerry Conway, Martin Pasko, Nestor Redondo, Keith Giffen, Jim Aparo, Michael Netzer, Murphy Anderson, John Celardo, Fred Carrillo, Joe Rubinstein, Bob Wiacek (A/CA) Ernie Chan) is a collection of 1970s tales and The Dreaming (Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely, Abigail Larson) follows the story of of the new Lord of Dreams as he takes on Morpheus mantle.

Over at the DC Black Label Hill House imprint the latest title to drop is Daphne Byrne (Laura Marks, Kelley Jones), the tale of a 14 year old struggling to deal with the grief of her fathers death and the appearance of a strange figure called Brother – who may be all in her mind – against the gas-lit backdrop of late 19th century New York.  


Cover to the comic book The Clock #1
It’s ticking…

Indie wise, new Image series Clock (Matt Hawkins, Colleen Doran) imagines a world in which thousands of people contract a viral outbreak of aggressive cancer and one man races against time to stop the world descending into chaos. For fans of the hit Netflix show there is Strangers Things: Into the Fire (Jody Houser, Ryan Kelly, Le Beau L. Underwood) a new four part mini-series that follows two escapes of Dr Brenner’s laboratory as they search for a powerful former friend. For a longer read there is Unearth vol. 1 (Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, Baldemar Rivas) in which master of horror Bunn gives us a group of scientists trying to take on a flesh-ravaging diseased striking a small village in Mexico, but there is more to this than first meets the eye, and something is lurking in the nearby caves…

Cover to the OGN British Ice
Dark secrets come to light when the past and the present collide in this OGN from IDW


Meanwhile IDW are taking on the monster that is British colonial history, as they release British Ice (Owen Pomery), a tale of a man posted to a remote British outpost in the Arctic that still suffers from the weight of it’s founders past. Also looking at the weight of history is League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest (Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neil), the fourth and final volume of the long-running series that ties up the loosest of threads from the preceding titles.


Cover to the hardcover omnibus Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt
Gillen’s version of a love song is looking pretty good

Dynamite are blowing up the shelves with the oversize hardcover of Peter Cannon Thunderbolt (Kieron Gillen, Caspar Wijngaard), and darkly funny homage to the superhero genre from the master of British comics, alongside Queen Sonia omnibus vol. 1 (Luke Lieberman, Arvid Nelson, Joshua Ortega, Mel Rubi, Joshua Ortega) which collects 15 sinle issues worth of tales of the Barbarian warrior-woman.


Meanwhile there is Firefly: Outlaw (Greg Pak, Davide Gianfelice) sees Mal hand himself in to the Alliance, only to be disappointed by their reaction, and lastly from Boom! there is Rocko’s Modern Afterlife (Ryan Ferrier, Ian McGinty) which collects the 4 issue mini series in which all your favourite characters take on a horde of zombies in O-Town!

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