Buckle in folks, this is going to be a long one, as the new slate of DC books continues to drop this week…
Together, Jonathan Kent and Yara Flor, man of science and woman of myth, have the potential to become something powerful, but that’s only if they can learn to get along! Can the two fledgling heroes put their differences aside long enough to save the world they have sworn to protect? The story starts in Future State: Superman / Wonder Woman #1 (Dan Watters, Leila Del Duca)
Future State: Dark Detective #1 (Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora) is the story of a Batman pushed to the brink – with nothing left to lose. Future State: Green Lantern (Ryan Cady, Ernie, Altbacker, Geoffrey Thorne, Clayton Henry, Tom Raney, Sami Basri) sees all new stories of John Stewart, Jessica Cruz and Guy Gardner.
There is a new era beginning in Future State: Justice League (Joshua Williamson, Ram V, Marcio Takara, Robson Rocha) with Jonathan Kent as Superman, Yara Flor as Wonder Woman, Jo Mullein as Green Lantern, Andy Curry as Aquawoman, a new Flash from the Multiverse and Tim Fox as Batman!
Returning to the site of their greatest failure, Nightwing, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Cyborg join Raven to plot a course to face off against the evil that destroyed their team and school in Future State: Teen Titans # 1 (Tim Sheridan, Rafa Sandoval), featuring the first comics appearance of this Red X, previously seen only in the hit animated TV series Teen Titans Go!
Meanwhile Kara Zor-El, has finally found peace and purpose away from Earth and its heroes. Now known as Superwoman, she watches over the Moon and the refugees from across the galaxy who have congregated there. But all of that is about to change when a spaceship piloted by a runaway alien crash-lands and turns Kara’s world upside down! Does this fugitive come in peace? Or does this arrival bring war to our hero’s front door? Find out in Zara Zor-El: Superwoman (Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage).
Join the ultimate heist at 20,000 feet in Future State: Robin Eternal #1 (Meghan Fitzmartin, Eddy Barrows) as Robin and Spoiler hijack the sky convoy that could mean the end of freedom in Gotham forever-if the emotional baggage between Tim and Stephanie doesn’t do them in first!
Holy Grail Batman! Well, that could be the reason that a stream of baddies is headed to Bruce Wayne’s door when we receives a mysterious artefact in Batman: The Chalice (Chuck Dixon, John Van Fleet), collected for the first time with the addition of The Ankh, which sees some of Gotham’s wealthiest citizens start vanishing without a trace along with some Egyptian artefacts.
NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS. What’s the point of an eternal battle?
For millions of years, one hundred Eternals (Kieron Gillen, Esad Ribic) have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares. But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
BEFORE THE SKYWALKER SAGA! THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE JEDI! MORE EXCITED SHOUTING! A new era of Star Wars storytelling begins in Star Wars: The High Republic #1 (Cavan Scott, Ario Anindito). It is centuries before the Skywalker Saga. The Jedi are at their height, protecting the galaxy as Republic pioneers push out into new territories. As the Frontier prepares for the dedication of majestic Starlight Beacon, Padawan Keeve Trennis faces the ultimate choice – will she complete her Jedi Trials or rescue the innocent from disaster? New Jedi! New ships! New evils to fight!
Celebrate one mans enormous impact on your favourite Marvel comics of the past five decades with Chris Claremont Anniversary Special (Chris Claremont, Brett Booth, Bill Sienkiewicz, more), and all new story in which Dani Moonstar is drafted for a mission across time and space for an incredible psychic showdown against the Shadow King-joining forces with characters created and defined by the pen of Claremont!
Gwen Stacey enters the fray against the King in Black as Gwenom Vs Carnage #1 (Seanan McGurie, Flaviano) hits the racks this week, and also tying in to the event are Planet of the Symbiotes #1 (Clay McLeod Chapman, Frank Tieri, Guiu Vilanova, Danilo Beyrouth) and Return of the Valkyries #1 (Jason Aaron, Torunn Gronbekk, Nina Vakueva) in which Jane Foster must rebuild the Valkyries to help stop him -starting with Hildegarde, a warrior from Asgard’s own hallowed halls, and X-Man Dani Moonstar, a former Valkyrie herself. Finally from the King In Black this week is Thunderbolts #1 (Matthew Rosenberg, Juan Ferreyra), which sees an army of evil space dragons attack Earth – starting with New York.
The unlikely romance between the Vision and the Scarlet Witch is one of the most famous Avengers story-lines of all! Now, witness what happens when the two heroes finally get married and settle down in the suburbs in Vision and Scarlet Witch (Steve Englehart, Bill Mantlo, Don Heck, more) – just in time to for the new Disney+ series.
Felicia Hardy steals one of Tony Stark’s suits in Black Cat vol. 3 (Jed MacKay, Joey Vazquez, Carlos Villa, Juan Gedeon, Natacha Bustos, Patrick Gleason) and he is not happy about it – but was that really her target…? Plus you can catch up on the adventures of Earths Mightiest Avenger in Marvel-verse: Captain Marvel (Kelly Sue DeConnick, Margaret Stohl, Terry Dodson, Marcio Takara, Brent Schoonover).
Zoe has been 10 years old for 50 years. Most of her life has been spent on the run fighting the demon that lived within her, kept her young and turned her into a serial killer. Now free of the demon, Zoe discovers her childhood friend is the latest victim in a string of murders. Determined to put an end to the reign of terror, Zoe uses her own deadly skills to stalk the predator and avenge her fallen friend. Serial #1 (Terry Moore) featues Zoe, the irrepressible star of Rachel Rising and Five Years. Don’t miss the premier issue of a her solo series!
Don’t like clowns? Best avoid Haha #1 (Maxwell Price, Vanesa R. Del Rey), a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool – but these ain’t your typical jokers. Space Bastards #1 (Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson, Darick Robertson) is about ruthless intergalactic postmen, because of course it is.
A weekend getaway on a resort planet goes south when four friends run afoul of the planet’s working class. Stranded in the wilderness of a strange planet, surrounded by danger on all sides and relentlessly pursued by vengeful locals, they must test their bonds of friendship in order to survive in Mann World #1 (Victor Gischler, Niko Walter)
It’s the one time of the year when the witch known as Cailleach hunts the children of the village – so Saoirse, a brave and reckless young girl, decides this is the perfect opportunity to defy her father and discover the secrets of the witch’s tower! But when the Cailleach captures Saoirse and her brother Brahm, their lives are forever changed in ways they never expected in The Last Witch #1 (Conor McCreery, Vv Glass)
Years after a nuclear apocalypse, a new society has risen from the ashes…and their bible is an old Ranger Scout manual: Scouts Honor #1 (David Pepose, Luca Casalanguida). But is there more to the new world order than there seems?
Stay warm inside and get cozy with Betty and Veronica Friends Forever: Winterfest (Various) an anthology of stories from the nicest kids in town.Plus there’s extra goodness with The World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #1 (Jamie L Rotante, Brittney Williams, various).
The African savannah. Sengi, the little mouse, finds himself alone after the death of his mother and must learn to survive. Tembo, the old elephant, feels that his life is coming to an end. So he decides to leave his herd to try to reach the “Land without beginning,” a mythical place accessible by a secret passage to the west. For a few days, this pragmatic mouse and even-tempered elephant will join paths in Sengi and Tempo #1 (Guiseppe Falco)
The She-Devil With A Sword has battled barbarians, scuffled with sorcerers, and managed magical creatures of all sizes. But when a collective of superheroes from The Project enter her world, will Sonja know how to adjust to their foreign ways, before they all kill each other? Find out in Red Sonja / The Superpowers #1 (Dan Abnett, Jonathan Lau).
What happens when a time-travelling assassin and a spy from 1944 try to kill each other? Find out in the collected Artemis and the Assassin (Stephanie Phillips, Francesca Fantini, Meghan Hetrick), a sci-fi pulp romp which looks at what happens when you change the course of history.
Sheriff Joe Bob Coates questions his effectiveness as the ageing lawman of Ambrose County, Texas as chaos descends following an explosive highway confrontation and the mysterious death of local rogue Travis Terrill in That Texas Blood vol. 1 (Chris Condon, Jacob Phillips)
Luther Strode is just your average geek until he sends for an exercise course from the back of an old comic book. What he gets is the instruction manual from a murder cult as old as mankind that does everything that it promised and more in The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore)
The collection The Complete Witchblade vol. 1 (Warren Ellis, Brian Haberlin, David Wohl, Christina Z., David Finch, Marc Silvestri, Tony Daniel, Nathan Cabrera, Brian Finch, Billy Tan, Michael Turner) equips streetwise cop Sara Pezzini with the mysterious Witchblade, a weapon of prehistoric origin and untold power.
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