New Comics Day 24th February 2021- The Truth Is Out There

Cover to the trade papeback The Department of Truth

Welcome back folks, after a couple of weeks of weather based disturbances we are back with the new releases for this week…


Cover to the comic book Marvel Voices: Legacy #1
Loud and proud

Black Panther. Storm. Blade. Falcon. Ironheart. Luke Cage. Spectrum. And so many more. Marvel’s incredible legacy of black heroes gets the star treatment in Marvels Voices: Legacy #1(Various) an action-packed special! New and established creators take on their favorite heroes in a dizzying array of stories designed to inspire and uplift! The Marvel’s Voices program is your #1 stop for “the world outside your window” – don’t sleep on this one!

A team of heroes fights a stirring battle for the safety of the planet. A young woman struggles with desperation and despair, trying to cope in the modern world. But that’s only the beginning. Marvel: Snapshots – Captain Marvel #1 (Mark Waid, Colleen Doran) tells a tale of inspiration within inspiration, as we see how the world’s marvels have inspired others – and how they’ve been inspired themselves. Featuring Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and a few surprises.

Cover to the comic book Marvel Snapshots: Captain Marvel #1
Higher, Further Faster More…

It’s Moraleses vs. monsters as the Ultimatum saga reaches its chaotic conclusion! Miles is taking on his biggest responsibility yet: babysitting his new little sister, Billie in Miles Morales – Ultimate Spider-Man vol. 4 (Saladin Ahmed, Cory Smith, more). Meanwhile in Spider-Man: Bloodlines (J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams, Sara Pichelli) the horrific villain Cadaverous takes a huge bite out of Spider-Man’s life but what will it mean for Peter Parker’s family? What will it mean for…his son?! Years after a terrible tragedy, teenage Ben Parker is facing his own share of high school drama, from standing up to a bully to meeting the love of his life. But now Ben is about to find out that his dad was Spider-Man – and that the fiend who changed everything for their family is back…and out to get him!

The Marvel Universe is no more! The interdimensional Incursions have eliminated each and every alternate universe one by one. And now – despite the best efforts of scientists, sages and superhumans – the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe have collided…and been destroyed! All that exists in the vast empty cosmos is a single, titanic patchwork planet made of the fragmented remains of hundreds of devastated dimensions: Battleworld! And the survivors of this multiversal catastrophe all bend their knee to Battleworld’s master: Doctor Doom! What strange creatures inhabit this world? Which familiar faces will return? And what happens when Battleworld’s domains go to war? The Marvel Universe is dead – and the victors of the Secret Wars (Various) will determine what comes next!


Carrying on their slate of alt-world tales, Future State: Superman – House of El #1 (Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Scott Godlewski) introduces a new generation of Kryptonian heroes as they stand against one of the greatest threats they’ve ever faced: a diabolical foe called the Red King. Get ready for the unexpected debuts of the twins known as Rowan and Ronan Kent, descendants of Jonathan Kent. Rowan is the new Superman of Earth, while his sister is a Blue Lantern. Also on board are Theand’r Ban-El, whose mother was Tamaranean, and other heroes-all led by the original Man of Steel himself! Plus, don’t miss an appearance by the Black Racer! See how the future of the Superman Family comes together in this wild, extra-size special!

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, DC are dropping another tie in to their Dark Knights: Death Metal series, as Generations Forged #1 (Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, Robert Venditti , Bryan Hitch, Mike Perkins, Bernard Chang) lands this week. Dispersed through time by the villain Dominus, a ragtag team of generational heroes—featuring 1939 Batman, Kamandi, Superboy, Steel, Starfire, Sinestro, Booster Gold and Dr. Light—must find a way to restore the timeline…and what they ultimately discover is something far, far greater.

Plus there is also Tales from the DC Dark Multiverse (Various) which features five collected stories from some of DC’s biggest talents, all set in the other-worldly Dark Multiverse.

In Catwoman vol. 4 (Rav V, Fernando Blanco) Selina Kyle has taken up residence in Alleytown. But when she finds that her old stomping grounds have been taken over by drug-running mobsters, she hatches a plan to take the town back! But unbeknownst to her, she’s being tracked by a terrifying new foe: a hit man in priest’s clothing known only as Father Valley, who carries a bag of bibles around as trophies from each of his victims. Which begs the questions why are they carrying a bible around, and would leaving it at home keep them safe…?


Cover to the comic book Faith #1
Well I guess it would be nice…

George Michael was right, you gotta have Faith #1 (Jordie Bellaire, Jeremy Lambert, Eleonora Carlini). Springing from the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this new one-shot sees alt slayer-Faith with no Watcher, no idea how to harness the power in her and no idea where it came from. She has fallen back on old habits – and morals – to guide her. But what happens when those morals don’t line up with the Council’s… or with Buffy’s?

Sophie can’t remember what happened. She doesn’t know how she ended up in this house. She doesn’t recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened, but she just… can’t…recall… WAIT! Where’s her lady? Find out in Stray Dogs #1 (Tony Fleecs, Trish Forstner), where Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs.

Cover to the comic book Stray Dogs #1

Two Moons (John Arcudi, Valerio Giangiordano) starts the long journey of a young Pawnee man named Virgil Morris – a.k.a. Two Moons.- fighting for the Union during the Civil War. When he is suddenly confronted with his shamanic roots, he discovers horrors far worse than combat as the ghosts of his past reveal the monstrous evil around him!

Elodie hates unicorns (she is clearly a monster, right?!). For nearly a year, she’s dedicated her life to tracking down and killing them all for trampling her husband, Shintaro. Now exiled from her farming village of Wayfarer for selfishly neglecting her duties, Elodie and her half wolf/half deer companion, Sajen, search the continent of Solothus for clues to the whereabouts of unicorns. When they discover a lead in the port city of Lycus, their revenge mission suddenly takes a dangerous turn in By The Horns #1 (Markisan Naso, Jason Muhr).

Chasing the Dragon #1 (Denton J. Tipton, menton3) explores a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons. When two young slaves discover a terrible secret that could change the course of the world, will a meek alchemist’s apprentice and a drug-addled concubine survive long outside their cages?

America, 1957. Elvis dominates the airwaves and apple pie is served after every meal. But, with the dark cloud of nuclear holocaust looming, Korean War vet Tim McClean’s major concern is taking care of his family in the atomic age. When the first bomb does drop on an unexpecting Midwest city, Tim and his family find themselves plunged into a strange new world, where what’s left of the Unites States has gone underground while continuing to wage war on Russia with unthinkable tactics. Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story Breakfast at Twilight, Nuclear Family #1 (Stephanie Phillips, Tony Shasteen) is Cold War era science fiction at its most timely and terrifying.

Cover to the comics book Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1
We’re all going on a summer holiday

Head back in time to the youth of everyone favourite horned demonspawn in Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1 (Mike Mignola, Tom Sniegoski, Craig Rousseau). Stranded on a strange island after a mishap on their way to a South American dig site, Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm are confronted by all manner of monsters! But even when the stranger who rescues them turns out to be one of Hellboy’s heroes, they aren’t as safe as they think they are!

You’ve seen the fights on the news and heard about the crazed bargain hunters, but what if there was something more sinister behind the headlines? Black Friday #1 (Jon Clark, Travis Williamson) is the biggest shopping day of the year. Millions of Americans pack the aisles of retail outlets all over the country battling for the best bargains. While an unlucky clean-up crew deals with the aftermath of the latest Black Friday frenzy, they discover that years of pent-up negative energy has released something very evil and dark into their superstore, which is just the way corporate wanted it.

Just picked up for TV, The Department of Truth vol 1 (James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds) reveals that all of the conspiracy theories you’ve ever heard are true, and one organisation has been working to hide the truth for years – but what happens when one new employee wants to find out the real truth?

We know that time has seemed a little skewed recently but somehow it’s already November (Matt Fraction, Elsa Charretie)?! In a city where unseen and incomprehensible forces conspired to bring three strangers together over the course of one insane and violent night, daylight breaks and the fate of those strangers finally arrives. The conclusion to this noir quartet of graphic novellas.

Cover to the trade paperback Disaster Inc.
Geiger counters at the ready

In 2011, the worst earthquake in Japan’s history breached the coastal Fukushima Daiichi power plant, causing three of its four nuclear reactors to melt down. Officials were forced to set up an “Exclusion Zone,” effectively sealing off the land for what may well be the rest of human history. But money and power can get you anything that you want, even trips to off-map attractions typical tour groups aren’t usually allowed – enter Disaster Inc. (Joe Harris, Sebastian Piriz).

On the eve of their retirement, two hitmen – Cosmo and Arthur Pryce – drive through the Texas countryside with the infamous Little Harkness in the trunk of their car. The brothers are meant to deliver Harkness to their boss, but matters become complicated when Arthur’s recklessness jeopardises Cosmo’s retirement plans and puts a target on their backs. Write It In Blood (Rory McConville, Joe Palmer) is a tragicomic crime tale of family loyalty and broken dreams

Faithless vol. 2 (Brian Azzarello, Maria Llovet) see Faith descends into the world of dark magic and the even darker corners of the human sou, as she takes her partners to Turin and deeper into the dark art world – with hellish consequences.

Cover to the OGN Courtney Crumrin vol 7
Magical times

A landmark of journalism and the art form of comics. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, Palestine (Joe Sacco) is a major work of political and historical nonfiction.

Courtney Crumrim vol. 7 (Ted Naifeh) sees warlock Aloysius heading off on a mission with Alice Crisp to track down rogue witches and warlocks and strip them of their power. But he doesn’t count on falling in love… which proves more dangerous than anything he could face.

If you are looking for tales of bravery and heroism – and dragons – look no further than The Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly (Jordan Quinn) as volumes 1 & 2 hit the shelves this week. Ruskin is a pampered pet who has never faced adversity, but when a stranger comes to court asking for help, his life will change forever.

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