The dog days of August have arrived! There is no shortage of great reading material this month. If you are looking for more, take advantage of our back issue blow out bonanza! Let’s get right to all the great books coming out this month starting with:
SPAWN #309 IMAGE COMICS (W) Todd McFarlane (A) Ken Lashley (CA) Francesco Mattina "CONSEQUENCE OF SIN" PART 2
New Heroes! New Villains! New War!
The MYSTERIOUS and DANGEROUS army of Spawns continues to grow. First She-Spawn and Reaper! Then Medieval Spawn! Now Gunslinger Spawn has made his presence known. But who is a hero and who is a villain? And is Al Simmons strong enough to control them all? Maybe his new armor will help! TODD McFARLANE and KEN LASHLEY continue their epic tale!
ALIEN ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY #1 (OF 5) DARK HORSE COMICS (W) Cristiano Seixas (A/CA) Guilherme Balbi En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins . . . o Just in time for Alien Day (April 26, 2020) o Adapted from the original 1976 screenplay by Dan O'Bannon (author of Moebius's The Long Tomorrow, cowriter of Total Recall, writer/director of The Return of the Living Dead). o Variant covers by Walter Simonson!
BATMAN THREE JOKERS #1 (OF 3) DC COMICS
Thirty years after Batman: The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Three Jokers reexamines the myth of who, or what, The Joker is and what is at the heart of his eternal battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, the writer/artist team that waged the "Darkseid War" in the pages of Justice League, reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker! After years of anticipation starting in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, the epic miniseries you've been waiting for is here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. It's a mystery unlike any Batman has ever faced! PRESTIGE FORMAT.
BATMAN #96 JOKER WAR DC COMICS (W) James TynionIV (A) Guillem March (CA) Tony S. Daniel Reeling from the effects of the worst Joker toxin attack ever, Batman is on the run through Gotham City, pursued by the dark shadows and voices that haunt his past and present! As The Joker's plan materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness...is Harley Quinn?! Plus, who is the mysterious new figure known as Clownhunter?
BATMAN #97 JOKER WAR DC COMICS (W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez The Joker's army is growing hour by hour, with weapons beyond anything the Clown Prince of Crime has ever used before. Batman must hold his mind together so he can strike the final blow and take back his city-but how can he heal the rifts he's created in his life to get the help he needs? And while all this is happening, the villains of Gotham City are waiting out the carnage Joker has unleashed-and Catwoman assembles an army of her own!
BATGIRL #48 JOKER WAR DC COMICS (W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Robbi Rodriguez (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli "The Last Joke" part one! Spinning out of the catastrophic history of the Gordon family, Babs is forced to relive the most traumatic events of her life. James Gordon Jr. is back, and he's on a mission to run the Gordons out of Gotham City-and as we all know, anything involving James Jr. is bad news for Babs and the commissioner. But is her brother capable of tormenting his family on his own? Or has he teamed up with a certain Clown Prince of Crime?
DETECTIVE COMICS #1026 DC COMICS (W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy (CA) Andrew Hennessy, Brad Walker As "The Joker War" rages on, the casualties are mounting, and the underground residents of Gotham City must deal with the devastating effects of the Joker toxin that's been pumped into the old city's tunnel system. Batman must risk everything to guide them to safety, but a familiar face has mobilized these forgotten souls to rise up in anger...and Killer Croc takes no prisoners!
NIGHTWING #73 JOKER WAR DC COMICS (W) Dan Jurgens (A) Ronan Cliquet (CA) Travis Moore The Joker knows Dick Grayson is Nightwing-and the plans The Joker has set in motion in this summer's event "Joker War" will haunt Batman forever. Under the control of The Joker's new henchperson, Punchline, Nightwing must battle the people he once loved most: Batgirl, the Robins, and... himself.
EVENT LEVIATHAN CHECKMATE #3 (OF 6) DC COMICS (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev Green Arrow's team of super-spies - including the Question, Manhunter, Lois Lane, and Talia al Ghul - has infiltrated Leviathan - and that officially makes them members of Leviathan! Along the way, they learn that one of their own is actually a secret Leviathan agent who betrayed the new Checkmate from the start! Plus, Superman flies onto the scene to shake things up even further! From the award-winning creative team that brought you last year's Event Leviathan comes the next surprising chapter in DC's most dangerous saga.
ACTION COMICS #1024 DC COMICS (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) John Romita, Klaus Janson The city of Metropolis has been rocked by Luthor's latest attack and the drama surrounding Superman's truth, and that gives the invisible mafia a new foothold to change the City of Tomorrow forever. Meanwhile, the Daily Planet is under siege! The fallout from Superman: Villains continues as Clark Kent steps out into the world as a reporter for the first time.
BATMAN SUPERMAN #11 DC COMICS (W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Clayton Henry It's Superman versus Batman as the deadly machinations of the Ultra-Humanite crash to their end! The Dark Knight has been transformed into a human atomic bomb, all in the name of wiping Superman from the face of the Earth! As Batman struggles against the urge to kill his friend, Superman must undo the damage done and help the other victims of the Ultra-Humanite's experiments. It's the thrilling conclusion to "Atomic" that will reverberate across the DC Universe for months to come!
SUPERMAN #24 DC COMICS (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Kevin Maguire Superman's legendary susceptibility to magic is about to turn his life inside out and upside down. A mysterious new villain has come into Superman's world to pit him against the most powerful sorcerer and agent for the Lords of Order: Doctor Fate! I
TMNT THE LAST RONIN #1 (OF 5) IDW PUBLISHING (W) Kevin Eastman & Various (A) Kevin Eastman, Andy Kuhn (CA) Andy Kuhn, Kevin Eastman It's the TMNT event of 2020! Springing from the minds of TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comes an epic like you've never seen before! In a future NYC far different than the one we know today, a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. Kinetic layouts from Eastman, moody inks from Andy Kuhn and a thrilling script full of surprises from longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz all combine to make this one of the most memorable TMNT stories you will ever read!
Oversized in both format and page count, this is a perennial TMNT tale that can't be missed!
TMNT ONGOING #108 IDW PUBLISHING (W) Sophie Campbell, Ronda Pattison (A/CA) Nelson Daniel Shipping bi-weekly, the Summer of TMNT starts now! The Turtles are trapped by a fearsome new mutant foe with seemingly no way of escape. Their friends make a last-ditch attempt to save the Turtles, but will secrets in City Hall spell salvation or doom?
TRANSFORMERS #23 IDW PUBLISHING (W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova (CA) Joana Lafuente "We Have Deceived You." Cybertron has suffered. The world is in chaos. The situation on the ground truly is a crisis. Sentinel Prime, head senator and leader of the Autobots, will denounce the Ascenticons, the Rise, and anyone he thinks is an enemy of Cybertron's security. But to do it, he'll have to get through Senator Megatron first.
TRANSFORMERS 84 SECRETS & LIES #4 (OF 4) IDW PUBLISHING (W) Simon Furman (A/CA) Guido Guidi The epic conclusion to Secrets and Lies! On Earth, Grimlock stands alone against... Megatron?
Meanwhile, on Cybertron, The Wreckers take on their very first mission! The secret history of Earth and Cybertron is revealed!
STAR WARS ADVENTURES ANNUAL 2020 (C: 1-0-0) IDW PUBLISHING (W) Cavan Scott, Nick Brokenshire (A) Nick Brokenshire, Franchesco Gaston (CA) Mauricet Framed for a crime he didn't commit, Jaxxon finds himself at odds with the Empire, the Rebellion, and his ex-partner Amaiza Foxtrain! Co-starring Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie in the days leading up to The Empire Strikes Back! Plus, an all-new tale of everyone's favorite droid bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back-IG-88! (With apologies to 4-LOM.)
MAESTRO #1 (OF 5) MARVEL COMICS (W) Peter David (A) German Peralta, Dale Keown (CA) Dale Keown THE STORY YOU'VE WAITED DECADES FOR: THE ORIGIN OF MAESTRO! Almost 30 years after the landmark story Future Imperfect, legendary INCREDIBLE HULK scribe Peter David returns to the far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro - the master of what remains of the world. With astounding art from HULK veteran Dale Keown and up-and-comer Germán Peralta, Maestro will answer questions that have haunted Hulk fans for years - and inspire some new ones. How did the world fall and the Maestro rise? What happened to the world's heroes in between? And where is the Hulk we know and love? Find out here! Rated T+
EMPYRE CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 (OF 3) MARVEL COMICS (W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Mike Henderson • Earth's defenses are being overrun! • With his back against the ropes, Captain America reaches out for aid... • ...but is there anyone left to hear the call?
EMPYRE CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 (OF 3) MARVEL COMICS (W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Mike Henderson A mountain of trouble arises for Captain America and his ground forces - literally! Will Captain America and his allied soldiers be able to stop this terrain behemoth... ...or will they find themselves buried in an early grave in this shocking series conclusion? Rated T+
FANTASTIC FOUR ANTITHESIS #1 (OF 4) MARVEL COMICS (W) Mark Waid (A) Neal Adams, Neal Adams The first full-length Fantastic Four story ever illustrated by classic creator Neal Adams! An unstoppable meteor of unknown origin has just erupted from hyperspace--and unless the Fantastic Four can find a way to stop it from hitting Manhattan, millions will die! Rated T
CAPTAIN AMERICA #21 MARVEL COMICS (W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Alex Ross ALL DIE YOUNG continues as the time when Steve Rogers must pick up the shield and the stripes once more draws nigh! Rated T+
CAPTAIN AMERICA #22 MARVEL COMICS (W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Alex Ross "All Die Young" continues! For Peggy Carter to live again, must Sharon Carter pay the price? Rated T+
DEADPOOL #6 MARVEL COMICS (W) Kelly Thompson (A) Kevin Libranda (CA) Greg Land DEADPOOL INVADES THE X-MEN! • When the X-Men won't return Deadpool's calls for a Krakoa portal on Monster Island, Wade decides to drop by for a visit. • Apparently, the new X-Men home isn't taking visitors. RUDE. • It's an entire nation of biological weapons and mutant warriors versus a merc with a mouth. GAME ON! Parental Advisory
EMPYRE #4 (OF 6) MARVEL COMICS (W) Al Ewing, Dan Slott (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jim Cheung THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER... • Tensions mount as the action heats up! • As the attack on Wakanda intensifies, the heroes find themselves under attack from their enemies - and their allies! • In a war where nobody can be fully trusted, betrayal cuts deep - as the alien invasion claims its first casualty! • In this issue: The shock ending you never expected! You'll want to frame it for your wall, True Believer!
EMPYRE X-MEN #2 (OF 4) MARVEL COMICS (W) Gerry Duggan & Various (A) Lucas Werneck (CA) Stephen Segovia Plant people from outer space have come to Earth and, wouldn't you know it, they just happen to be here when millions of mutants rise as undead creatures hungry for human flesh. The X-Men return to Genosha in a tale so crazy, it's taking the entire writing crew of the X-Men line to tackle it! Rated T+
EMPYRE X-MEN #3 (OF 4) MARVEL COMICS (W) Ed Brisson & Various (A) Andrea Broccardo (CA) Eduard Petrovich ALIENS! PLANT-MEN! MUTANTS! ZOMBIES! OLD WOMEN! DEMONS! EXPLOSIONS! These issues have more than you ever dreamed to ask for. And then some. Rated T+
EMPYRE X-MEN #4 (OF 4) MARVEL COMICS (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Jorge Molina ALIENS! PLANT-MEN! MUTANTS! ZOMBIES! OLD WOMEN! DEMONS! EXPLOSIONS! These issues have more than you ever dreamed to ask for. And then some.
FANTASTIC FOUR #22 EMP MARVEL COMICS (W) Dan Slott (A) Paco Medina (CA) Nick Bradshaw The return of the new Fantastic Four?! • The events of EMPYRE threaten all life on Earth and the future balance of power throughout the cosmos! • And the secret mission that the FF have placed into Valeria and Franklin's hands requires some big-league help! Rated T
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 MARVEL COMICS (W) Al Ewing (A) Juan Cabal (CA) Ivan Shavrin • Moondragon is a hero. With her wife at her side, she came to our reality from a dimension of heroes - to save us all from evil. • But our reality already had a Moondragon, and she can't be a hero all the time. The DRAGON OF THE MOON has returned... • ...and it won't leave until it's fed on a soul. • Didn't we say it could always get worse? Rated T+
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #46 MARVEL COMICS (W) Nick Spencer "SINS RISING" PART 2! • The Lethal Legion returns to threaten the Big Apple , and only the Sin Eater can save us? • How can Spider-Man stop the murderous vigilante and... should he? Rated T
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #47 MARVEL COMICS (W) Nick Spencer (A) Marcelo Ferreira (CA) Josemaria Casanovas "SINS RISING" PART 3 • Sin Eater has leveled up and is looking for more sins to eat. • His new target? A place with plenty of sins to go around: Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane. • Spider-Man faces a conundrum he hasn't faced before, and it is messing him up. • We are one month from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN LGY #850 and it is going to be a doozy. Rated T
CAPTAIN MARVEL #19 EMP MARVEL COMICS (W) Kelly Thompson (A) Cory Smith (CA) Jorge Molina THE ACCUSER GOES ROGUE! Captain Marvel has stepped into the role of accuser in the newly unified Kree/Skrull Empire. But when she's tasked to accuse a renegade soldier responsible for heinous crimes, she finds herself torn between two worlds. Don't miss the revelation of the year - one that will not only change Carol's whole world, but the shape of the galaxy! Rated T+
CAPTAIN MARVEL #20 EMP MARVEL COMICS (W) Kelly Thompson (A) Cory Smith (CA) Jorge Molina THE ACCUSER CORPS! Captain Marvel recruits some of her closest allies to unravel the mystery of the Universal Weapon - and the woman she's meant to accuse. But is Carol splitting her power just when she'll need it most? And how is the united Kree/Skrull Empire going to react to three more HUMAN Accusers?!
EMPYRE AVENGERS #2 (OF 3) MARVEL COMICS (W) Jim Zub (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Paul Renaud Earth's Mightiest Heroes fight an intergalactic foe on three fronts! In New York, a villain from the past has been super charged with alien energy. In Mexico, old hatreds turn allies into enemies. And in the Savage Land, the soul of the jungle has been stolen and Shanna the She-Devil's life hangs in the balance. It's mystery, magic and mayhem, in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Rated T+
EMPYRE AVENGERS #3 (OF 3) MARVEL COMICS (W) Jim Zub (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Paul Renaud Earth's Mightiest Heroes are caught in a conflict against nature itself as the soul of the Savage Land hangs in the balance. Guest-starring Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil and the macabre Man-Thing!
IMMORTAL HULK #36 MARVEL COMICS (W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Alex Ross • NO HAPPY ENDINGS. Rated T+
STAR WARS DARTH VADER #4 MARVEL COMICS (W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) In-Hyuk Lee WHO HUNTS THE HUNTER? • DARTH VADER continues his terrifying quest for vengeance against everyone who hid the existence of his son from him. • But on NABOO, the DARK LORD OF THE SITH faces a deadly new challenge as his focus turns from LUKE to PADMÉ, the wife of the man Vader used to be. • And what secrets lie in the tomb of PADMÉ AMIDALA? Rated T
X-FORCE #11 MARVEL COMICS (W) Ben Percy (A) Oscar Bazaldua (CA) Dustin Weaver RED DAWN! After taking on the Flower Cartel, Logan has brought back valuable intel to the mutant CIA. The non-treaty nation of Russia is working to undermine Krakoa - and may be aligned with Xeno. Beast wants Colossus on their side as the first drumbeats of war begin to sound. Parental Advisory
X-MEN GOD LOVES MAN KILLS EXTENDED CUT #2 (OF 2) MARVEL COMICS (W) Chris Claremont (A) Brent Anderson (CA) Phil Noto The Uncanny X-Men. Magneto, master of magnetism. The bitterest of enemies for years. But now they must join forces against a new adversary who threatens not only mutantkind, but all of humanity beside it...in the name of God. The members of the Stryker Crusade are poised to cleanse the Earth, no matter how much blood stains their hands. Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson's influential X-Men story is re-presented with all-new pages from the legendary creators themselves! Rated T+
AVENGERS #35 MARVEL COMICS (W) Jason Aaron (A) Javi Garron (CA) Matteo Scalera THE AGE OF KHONSHU! An empowered, godlike Moon Knight has just saved the world from fiery ruin. Now an army of mummies and moon priests begins to reshape the world in the image of ancient Egypt. But where does that leave the Avengers? Broken, imprisoned - or on the run in the moonlit streets of New Thebes City.
CABLE #3 MARVEL COMICS (W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Phil Noto REUNITED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME! Deadpool considers Cable one of his oldest and best friends. Cable hasn't met Deadpool, yet. He's in for a treat. Rated T+
WOLVERINE #4 MARVEL COMICS (W) Ben Percy (A) Viktor Bogdanovic (CA) Adam Kubert THE RED TAVERN! After getting dressed down by the Quiet Council for rogue activity, Wolverine escapes through his own secret gate to the Red Tavern, a snowbound, backwoods watering hole where he only wants to guzzle whiskey in peace. But Logan soon discovers that peace isn't possible as a twist-and-turn murder mystery unfolds - and at the heart of it all is an enemy from the past. Parental Advisory
2020 IWOLVERINE #2 (OF 2) MARVEL COMICS (W) Larry Hama (A) Roland Boschi (CA) Juan Jose Ryp Murder in Madripoor! • Albert may have recovered Elsie-Dee, but the bloodshed isn't over yet... • When the two androids attempt to get revenge, they'll find that their enemies aren't the only things at risk for permanent deletion! Rated T+
IRON MAN 2020 #6 (OF 6) MARVEL COMICS (W) Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (A/CA) Pete Woods Throw out the rest of your stupid, worthless flesh-bag calendars. 2020 is over, man! The moment Arno Stark has been preparing for is here: the end of all human and artificial life as we know it! All this time you thought he was just some egomaniacal jerk; well, who's laughing now? Well...no one really. We're all about to die. Rated T+
THOR #6 MARVEL COMICS (W) Donny Cates (A) Nic Klein (CA) Olivier Coipel THE DEATH OF KING THOR! The Black Winter has the power to reveal the means of any person's demise - and if the vision is true, Asgard is going to need a new Odinson to take the throne! But Thor is no mere herald or king - and even the death of all existence should fear his coming wrath. Rated T+
X-FACTOR #2 MARVEL COMICS (W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Ivan Shavrin DANCE OF DEATH! The team gets their first case - investigating the disappearance of a mutant dancer at a prestigious ballet academy...in the Mojoverse! Rated T+
X-MEN #11 EMP MARVEL COMICS (W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu THE TREES ARE KILLING THE CHILDREN! Rated T+