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                    Pick(s) of the week- December 1, 2021  

                             MARVEL:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #80
MARVEL PRH
(W) Cody Ziglar (A) Mike Dowling (CA) Arthur Adams
• Kraven's trap is sprung, and Spider-Man is sent into a hallucinatory spiral that will test his sanity like never before.
•  For Spider-Man to get through this, he's going to have to do the impossible. That's Spidey's M.O., but is Ben Reilly up to it?
RATED T+

AVENGERS #50
MARVEL PRH
(W) Jason Aaron, Christopher Ruocchio (A) Aaron Kuder, More (CA) Ed McGuinness
COMMEMORATING LEGACY #750!
Supersize extravaganza of Earth's mightiest action and surprises!
Witness the jaw-dropping conclusion of "World War She-Hulk!" Learn the true purpose of the prehistoric Avengers! Uncover the shocking secret of the Iron Inquisitor! Behold the most powerful collection of super-psychopaths that any Earth has ever seen! Watch the Avengers recruit some shocking new members! And follow the Ghost Rider on a quest for vengeance across the Multiverse that will spark an all-new era in Avengers history!
Plus: A bonus story featuring Thor by Christopher Ruocchio and Steve McNiven!
RATED T+

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE SPIDER MAN #1
MARVEL PRH
(W) Jed MacKay (A) Marcelo Ferreira (CA) Greg Land
• This ain't Ben Reilly's first rodeo as Spider-Man, but he's never had to deal with the death of the Sorcerer Supreme and what it does to New York City.
•  Part of Strange's will and testament was to ask Spidey to deal with particular problems... Is BEN up to it?
•  Black Cat isn't a big Ben fan, so is she riding shotgun because she owes Strange to keep an eye on Ben, or to sabotage Ben?!
RATED T+

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE WHITE FOX #1
MARVEL PRH
(W) Alyssa Wong (A) Andie Tong (CA) R1c0
LAST OF HER KIND! LAST HOPE FOR EARTH!
AMI HAN is the last of the mystical shape-shifting KUMIHO. As the WHITE FOX, she's defended Earth from every threat and proven herself again and again alongside the Agents of Atlas and Tiger Division. But the DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE will test her like never before. Something (or someone) is murdering innocents and the only suspect who fits the profile is White Fox! She'll have to clear her name and uncover the dark secrets from her mysterious origin while the very planet is under siege. Ami can have the answers she so desperately seeks, or she can save her friends. Guest-starring SWORD MASTER and TIGER DIVISION!
RATED T+

                                       DC:

BATMAN 2021 ANNUAL #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Batman #107-111 have featured an epic, brutal tale of Batman’s frenemy Ghost-Maker in the backup stories…and the senses-shattering conclusion to the saga is here! Ghost-Maker has fought his way across Devil Skull Island, and he’s about to face every single villain from his rogues gallery…at once? Can even this legendary warrior survive the onslaught?

BATMAN FEAR STATE OMEGA #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Riccardo Federici (CA) Jamal Campbell
As Gotham’s Fear State comes to a close, a new day dawns on the city…one without Batman. But the Dark Knight’s absence does not mean the city is without heroes. Join James Tynion IV and Riccardo Federici as they bring "Fear State" to its conclusion and introduce a new status quo that will reverberate throughout the DCU for years to come.

GOTHAM CITY VILLAINS ANNIVERSARY GIANT #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Lee Bermejo
Written by Danny DEVito, Wes Craig, G. Willow Wilson, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Joshua Williamson, Stephanie Phillips, Dan Watters, Nadia Shammas, and Mairghread Scott Art by Dan Mora, Wes Craig, Emma Rios, Riccardo Federici, Max Raynor, Max Fiumara, Skylar Patridge, Ariela Kristantina, Khary Randolph, Jill Thompson, Christian Ward, Gabriel Walta, and others Gotham City may be protected by the Dark Knight, but this major metropolitan destination is also plagued by some of the deadliest, most nefarious villains in the DC Universe! In this oversize anniversary giant, DC Comics proudly presents tales of Batman’s deadliest foes written and drawn by some of the biggest, most exciting names in comics! 2021 marks an anniversary year for the Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, the Mad Hatter, Killer Moth, and the original Red Hood, and Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 brings these baddies to life in some big ways! Also featuring the anniversary celebration of the Penguin, written by none other than the man who brought Oswald Cobblepot to life in Batman Returns, star of the silver screen Danny DeVito!

DETECTIVE COMICS 2021 ANNUAL #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Matthew Rosenberg (A) David Lapham (CA) Viktor Bogdanovic
"We don’t choose who we save, Bruce. You treat the patient who needs your help."—Thomas Wayne "Shadows of the Bat" begins here! In the prelude to January’s epic new Detective Comics event, Mayor Nakano has signed off on the construction of a new Arkham Tower in the heart of Gotham City, and the Bat-Family is torn. Batman has long seen Arkham as a necessary, if flawed, cog in the gears of Gotham City—a temporary solution to larger problems that in many ways mirrors his approach as Batman. Nightwing, however, who grew up watching Arkham mutate into a villain factory, believes a different approach is needed. But Bruce and Dick will need to see eye to eye on more than just Arkham Tower, as a new villain known as THE MAEGER MAN wreaks havoc in the streets and becomes the embodiment of Gotham’s broken system!

JOKER 2021 ANNUAL #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Francesco Francavilla
His first year of being GCPD police commissioner was an intense challenge for James Gordon. He battled corruption in the ranks, his marriage was in shambles, and the vigilante Batman was clearly welcoming new recruits with the appearance of Batgirl. And The Joker picked his moment to unleash hell!

                    INDEPENDENTS:

TMNT ONGOING #123
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Jodie Nishijima
Leonardo stumbles across an underground fight ring in Mutant Town that caters to both humans and mutants. When Casey Jones convinces Leo to join in, he's startled to find that one of his opponents is someone of grave importance to him! 

TRANSFORMERS SHATTERED GLASS #4 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Danny Lore (A) Dan Khanna, Priscilla Tramontano (CA) Alex Milne
Shattered Glass isn't your average Transformers tale... "Shards" is the story of the ongoing battle between the power-hungry Autobot autocrats and the freedom-fighting Decepticon laborers. Join author Danny Lore (James Bond, King in Black: Captain America, Champions) in exploring this fractured alternate universe just before it shatters.

In issue #4, Goldbug, a vicious warlord formerly known as Bumblebee, must become the leader that Optimus Prime failed to be as he fights Decepticons and commands Autobots to extract information from Statscreamm.

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            Pick(s) of the week- November 24,  2021 

                              MARVEL:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #79
MARVEL PRH
(W) Cody Ziglar (A) Mike Dowling (CA) Arthur Adams
• The aftershocks of the Morbius incident are still fresh in Ben Reilly's mind, and he's faced with KRAVEN THE HUNTER!
•  A corporate-sponsored Spider-Man is more than Kraven can bear, and the hunter is going to test his prey like never before. The trap is
set, and the bait is ready. Now it's just time to wait and watch.
RATED T+

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #3 (OF 5)
MARVEL PRH
(W) Jed MacKay (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Kaare Andrews
MEET THE THREE MOTHERS!
With no Sorcerer Supreme, Earth is left entirely defenseless against the mother - MOTHERS - of all mystical threats. Meet the Three Mothers: the Wyrd, an alien mage-priestess; the Crown, a powerful warrior-queen; and the Crawling, a monstress composed of acid-mouthed worms. Will they be the Marvel Universe's undoing? And were they the ones who killed Stephen Strange?! In the vein of the Black Order, don't miss the first appearances of the next great Marvel villain team!
RATED T+

HULK #1
MARVEL PRH
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
"MAD SCIENTIST" PART 1 OF 6
The uncontrollable rage of the Hulk has reached an all-new level, and nobody - including the Avengers - is prepared to handle it. But is it really the Hulk that people should be afraid of, or is there something missing to this puzzle? Join the superstar creative team of Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley as they look to the stars for the next era of HULK!
RATED T+

WOLVERINE #18
MARVEL PRH
(W) Ben Percy (A) Paco Diaz (CA) Adam Kubert
KRAKOA COMPROMISED!
You've seen some action in Benjamin Percy's WOLVERINE, but never quite like this! It's a life-or-death protection mission as WOLVERINE goes on the run with his friend C.I.A. Agent Jeff Bannister when a secret surveillance device is discovered on Krakoa - and its owners are willing to kill to get it back! But who would go so far as to betray the mutants? Featuring the return of some unexpected adversaries!
PARENTAL ADVISORY

                             DC:

ACTION COMICS #1037
DC Comics
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Shawn Aldridge (A) Miguel Mendonca, Adriana Melo (CA) Daniel Sampere
The Warworld Saga, Part II, and THE FACE-OFF YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY finally face MONGUL and his champions head-on! The fates of Warworld and all who live under Mongul’s rule hang in the balance…but He Who Holds All Chains is better prepared than Superman knows. Not everyone walks away from this one!

BATMAN FEAR STATE OMEGA #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Riccardo Federici (CA) Jamal Campbell
As Gotham’s Fear State comes to a close, a new day dawns on the city…one without Batman. But the Dark Knight’s absence does not mean the city is without heroes. Join James Tynion IV and Riccardo Federici as they bring "Fear State" to its conclusion and introduce a new status quo that will reverberate throughout the DCU for years to come.

BATMAN 2021 ANNUAL #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Batman #107-111 have featured an epic, brutal tale of Batman’s frenemy Ghost-Maker in the backup stories…and the senses-shattering conclusion to the saga is here! Ghost-Maker has fought his way across Devil Skull Island, and he’s about to face every single villain from his rogues gallery…at once? Can even this legendary warrior survive the onslaught?

DC VS VAMPIRES #2 (OF 12)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Otto Schmidt
The war for the very survival of the human race has begun! A mysterious new vampire lord has already put a plan in motion to conquer the Earth, and the first step is—destroy the Justice League! But the World’s Greatest Detective might be Earth’s last hope, and it’s time for the Bat-Family to hunt!

DETECTIVE COMICS 2021 ANNUAL #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Matthew Rosenberg (A) David Lapham (CA) Viktor Bogdanovic
"We don’t choose who we save, Bruce. You treat the patient who needs your help."—Thomas Wayne "Shadows of the Bat" begins here! In the prelude to January’s epic new Detective Comics event, Mayor Nakano has signed off on the construction of a new Arkham Tower in the heart of Gotham City, and the Bat-Family is torn. Batman has long seen Arkham as a necessary, if flawed, cog in the gears of Gotham City—a temporary solution to larger problems that in many ways mirrors his approach as Batman. Nightwing, however, who grew up watching Arkham mutate into a villain factory, believes a different approach is needed. But Bruce and Dick will need to see eye to eye on more than just Arkham Tower, as a new villain known as THE MAEGER MAN wreaks havoc in the streets and becomes the embodiment of Gotham’s broken system!

GOTHAM CITY VILLAINS ANNIVERSARY GIANT #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Lee Bermejo
Written by Danny DEVito, Wes Craig, G. Willow Wilson, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Joshua Williamson, Stephanie Phillips, Dan Watters, and Mairghread Scott Art by Dan Mora, Wes Craig, Emma Rios, Riccardo Federici, Max Raynor, Max Fiumara, Skylar Patridge, Ariela Kristantina, Khary Randolph, Jill Thompson, Christian Ward, Gabriel Walta, and others Gotham City may be protected by the Dark Knight, but this major metropolitan destination is also plagued by some of the deadliest, most nefarious villains in the DC Universe! In this oversize anniversary giant, DC Comics proudly presents tales of Batman’s deadliest foes written and drawn by some of the biggest, most exciting names in comics! 2021 marks an anniversary year for the Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, the Mad Hatter, Killer Moth, and the original Red Hood, and Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 brings these baddies to life in some big ways! Also featuring the anniversary celebration of the Penguin, written by none other than the man who brought Oswald Cobblepot to life in Batman Returns, star of the silver screen Danny DeVito!

JOKER 2021 ANNUAL #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Francesco Francavilla
His first year of being GCPD police commissioner was an intense challenge for James Gordon. He battled corruption in the ranks, his marriage was in shambles, and the vigilante Batman was clearly welcoming new recruits with the appearance of Batgirl. And The Joker picked his moment to unleash hell!

SUPERMAN 78 #4 (OF 6)
DC Comics
(W) Robert Venditti (A) Wilfredo Torres (CA) Brad Walker
Superman tries to assimilate into his new life in the bottled city of Kandor, but his heart lies elsewhere. Can Superman put his old life behind and find joy in what would’ve been his home, or can Lois Lane and Lex Luthor make contact with the Man of Steel and give him hope to return to his adoptive world?

WONDER WOMAN BLACK & GOLD #6 (OF 6)
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Lee Bermejo
Written by Marguerite Sauvage, Liam Sharp, Christos Gage, Sheena Howard, and more! Art by Marguerite Sauvage, Liam Sharp, Kevin Maguire, Jamal Campbell, and more! Nothing gold can stay including this remarkable celebration of Wonder Woman beautifully presented in her signature colors! It all concludes, featuring our hero saving a life that will in turn save thousands, a superhero climate crisis, a body swap with one of her greatest villains, and more!

                          INDEPENDENTS:

TRANSFORMERS #37
IDW PUBLISHING (W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova (CA) Aline Herzpalter Baumgartner "War Stories." 2000 years ago, the War of the Three-Fold Spark came to a close, ending an unprecedented era of violence on Cybertron and clearing a way for a bold new era. But two kilocycles is practically nothing to the incredibly long-lived Cybertronians, so what answers can Cyclonus and Pyra Magna find in their past to help them survive the new battles of the present?

TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS #10
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Erik Burnham (A) Josh Burcham (CA) Anna Malkova
"Maximals Strike Back," Part One! The Maximals have been on the defensive since the crash, but no more! Optimus Primal's got a plan to take the fight to the Predacons in a way they would never expect! With their ranks bolstered with a new member of the crew, the Maximals launch a plan that could bring their war to a close... as long as nothing goes wrong.

TRANSFORMERS KING GRIMLOCK #4 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Ilias Kyriazis
King Grimlock's rampage continues! As the Golden One's grip grows tighter on Menonia, Grimlock realizes he must take the fight to the realm's evil ruler-even if he has to do it alone! But when Grimlock comes face-to-face with the Golden One's new enforcer, has the Dinobot king met his match?

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           Pick(s) of the week- November 17, 2021:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #78.BEY
MARVEL PRH
(W) Jed MacKay (A) Eleonora Carlini (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
• The Daughters of the Dragon are Spider-Man's trainers, and they are kicking his WEBBY BUTT!
•  But is even their skill level enough for the mission that Beyond sends them on?
•  Who is the new villain OBSIDIAN STAR and how will Misty and Colleen possibly take him down?
•  Don't miss this pivotal issue!
RATED T+

DARK AGES #3 (OF 6)
MARVEL PRH
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT - STRANGE THINGS LURK WITHIN THE DARKNESS!
The Earth has been plunged into darkness, and Avengers and X-Men have begun vanishing in the night. They have been taken and twisted by Apocalypse to serve an evil older than the world. A group of heroes will assemble to travel across the dark planet in a desperate attempt to rescue their friends and save a civilization already on its knees.
RATED T+

DARKHOLD WASP #1
MARVEL PRH
(W) Jordie Bellaire (A) Claire Roe (CA) Paul Renaud
INTRODUCING THE IRREDEEMABLE WASP!
Renowned colorist and writer Jordie Bellaire makes her Marvel writing debut with a story that will make you shrink in fear! Bidden to draw forth five archetypal heroes, the Scarlet Witch chose Janet Van Dyne as "the artist" - the hero whose ingenuity and strength of will could prove the lynchpin in the coming battle against Chthon. To enter Chthon's dimension and face his darkness head-on, the Wasp read from the ill-fated Darkhold text...and it drove her insane. Now her entire life is subject to question. Janet is no stranger to mental illness; she spent years trying to redeem ex-husband Hank Pym despite his violent breakdowns. But now, she has the power to reclaim her story...and fight back. Bellaire brings you the most twisted comic you'll read this year!
RATED T+

X-FORCE #25
MARVEL PRH
(W) Ben Percy (A) Robert Gill (CA) Joshua Cassara
A DEADLY TURN OF THE TIDE TO MARK 25 ISSUES OF X-FORCE!
The island paradise of Krakoa has no shortage of beautiful vistas, but WOLVERINE'S tastes run toward the coves with the deadliest waves in the world! It will take more than a healing factor to survive this thresher as a previously unknown threat to mutantkind splashes down! Plus: A sea change for KID OMEGA and PHOEBE CUCKOO!
PARENTAL ADVISORY

                                         DC:

BATMAN #117  (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad (A) Jorge Jimenez, Jorge Corona (CA) Jorge Jimenez
As the full scope of the Scarecrow’s plans is revealed, a bloodied Dark Knight fights for his life, and all the lives in Gotham City, against an unrelenting, unstoppable opponent. The shocking conclusion to "Fear State" is here…Will Batman ever be the same? Backup: After what happened in the Magistrate’s Skybase-01, nowhere is safe, and the Batgirls hide out in a hotel room until Babs arrives offering a plan for their future. Seer, the "Anti-Oracle," is revealed here! And who they are will make you question everything you see moving forward in Gotham

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #7
DC Comics
(W) Brandon Easton (A/CA) Karl Mostert
In "Catechism," Batman heads to Rome to stop Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins from getting their hands on an ancient artifact that they want to use to increase the power of the Lazarus Pits. What Batman doesn’t know is that the artifact is already under the protection of the Order of St. Dumas, specifically Azrael! From the creative team of critically acclaimed writer Brandon Easton and rising-star artist Karl Mostert

ROBINS #1 (OF 6)
DC Comics
(W) Tim Seeley (A/CA) Baldemar Rivas
The five heroes to have donned the Robin cape and mask find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne come together to discuss the big thing that binds them together: Was being Robin, and Batman’s sidekick, the best choice they could’ve made? But before they can get to the heart of the matter, they’re ambushed by an unknown assailant with a bone to pick with them. She claims to have been the first Robin, and she’s out to prove Batman should’ve never trained any of them. Winner of DC’s Round Robin tournament, as chosen by you, the readers!

                             INDEPENDENTS:

KING SPAWN #4
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Sean Lewis (A) Javier Fernandez (CA) Jason Shawn Alexander
Spawn locates Kincaid and the two finally face off. But was that his plan the entire time? Meanwhile, Jessica and Medieval continue their globetrotting hunt for superpowered terrorists!

              Pick(s) of the week- November 10, 2021

                               Marvel:

ALIEN #8
MARVEL PRH
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Marc Aspinall
BLOOD HARVEST!
•  The xenomorphs overtake the settlement.
•  A last stand is made.
•  A terrible truth is learned.
PARENTAL ADVISORY

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #78
MARVEL PRH
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Arthur Adams
• Ben Reilly's second real outing as Spider-Man pits him against MORBIUS, and it DOES NOT GO WELL!
•  The full support of Beyond gets tested as Morbius puts the hurt on Spidey in a big way.
RATED T+

VENOM #1
MARVEL PRH
(W) Al Ewing, Ram V. (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
AN EPIC NEW ERA FOR THE SINISTER SYMBIOTE STARTS HERE!
Hot off the heels of VENOM #200 and EXTREME CARNAGE, we're closing out 2021 with one of the most ambitious books in symbiote history - an all-new VENOM from some of comics' greatest talents! Marvel mainstay AL EWING, who himself has just ended a character-redefining run on IMMORTAL HULK, is being joined by RAM V, a horror maestro all his own, to craft a mind-bending and gut-wrenching tale of symbiosis the likes of which the Marvel Universe has never seen! AS IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH, they've been joined by industry legend BRYAN HITCH, who is leaving IT ALL ON THE PAGE! We haven't led you astray yet, have we? So trust us when we tell you that you have NEVER seen a VENOM like this!

                                          DC:

BATMAN THE IMPOSTER #2 (OF 3)  (MR)
DC Comics
(W) Mattson Tomlin (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Detective Blair Wong set her sights on Bruce Wayne as a source of information about the Batman—but neither of them was ready for the sparks that flew when they met. Unfortunately for their relationship, the imposter Batman has killed again, and the pressure is mounting to close the case…immediately!

BATMAN URBAN LEGENDS #9 (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Khary Randolph
Written by Brandon Thomas, Alyssa Wong, Dan Watters, and Sam Johns Art by Cian Tormey, Vasco Georgiev, Nikola Cizmesija, and Karl Mostert Outsiders story: "FEAR STATE" TIE-IN! The Fearful has turned the Outsiders against each other! Tim Drake has entered the fray to save the manipulated team, but it won’t be enough. The future of the Outsiders depends on the Signal, but he’ll need help…from the world of Future State. Signal, meet Future State Duke Thomas, and listen to every warning he has to deliver! Batwoman story: "FEAR STATE" TIE-IN! Batwoman now has the help of her sister, Beth, who is currently disguised as Red Alice to hit the underground network of villains in order to trace where the Anti-Oracle is. The only problem is, all of this is too familiar for Beth…and as old habits die hard, so might this be for Beth in keeping Red Alice at bay. Azrael story: Dead criminals are walking the streets of Gotham City, and Azrael’s faith is shaken. Is the rapture truly upon us, and will this avenging angel be called home? Or is there a more sinister and human force at work, and what warrior has been stalking Jean-Paul Valley without him noticing? Threats to Azrael’s body and soul are here, and he’ll need more than a flaming sword to stop them. Tweedledee and Tweedledum story: After their last job with the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum took their money and decided to live a quiet life…but a quiet life can be just as dangerous. Tweedledee has fallen ill, and Tweedledum will find out quickly that a pile of stolen money isn’t enough to survive in Gotham City. Will his wickeder ways prevail and see him turn to a life of crime to save his cousin’s life?

ROBIN & BATMAN #1 (OF 3)
DC Comics
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dustin Nguyen
The legendary story of Batman and Robin has reached nearly mythic proportions: the crime-fighting Dynamic Duo, always one step ahead of the criminals they pursue and never meeting a case too big. This isn’t that story. This is the story of a young Dick Grayson, newly orphaned, struggling to find his way in a strange, difficult, dark new world…This is the story of Robin and Batman. The bestselling creative team behind the Eisner-winning Descender, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, reunite in Gotham City to tell the story of a remarkable young man learning to navigate an incredible new world!

                        INDEPENDENTS

TRANSFORMERS WRECKERS TREAD & CIRCUITS #2 (OF 4)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) David Mariotte (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Alex Milne
Wreckers divided! Thunderclash leads the team on an investigation to reveal the true alliances of the other Speedia 500 racers-and discover if any of them are working for the terrorist group, Mayhem! Meanwhile, Circuit, the Wreckers' camerabot, finds himself face-to-face with Security Operations! With Mayhem on the move, which Wrecker won't make it to the starting line?!

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                Pick(s) of the week- November 03, 2021

                                   Marvel:

AMAZING FANTASY #4 (OF 5)
MARVEL PRH
(W/A/CA) Kaare Andrews
THIS. IS. WAR. Teenage Spider-Man, WWII Captain America and spy school Black Widow fight to survive their Amazing Fantasy!
RATED T+

X-MEN LEGENDS #8
MARVEL PRH
(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) Billy Tan
ENTER: OMEGA RED!
•  WOLVERINE's hunt for the missing mutants goes from bad to worse!
•  Following LADY DEATHSTRIKE and the mysterious JIE JIE to Shanghai, where HINO-CHAN and JUBILEE have been taken, Logan will have to keep YUREI safe while dealing with the Hand. But who invited OMEGA RED to the battle?
•  It's Omega Red vs. Wolverine in an all-new tale, making this one of their earliest bouts in continuity (betcha weren't counting on that)!
RATED T+

                                      DC:

BATMAN #116  (FEAR STATE)
DC
(W) James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad (A) Jorge Jimenez, Jorge Corona (CA) Jorge Jimenez
The only thing standing between an insane, heavily armed Peacekeeper-01 and a high body count in Gotham City is Batman. Their first bout didn’t go well for the Dark Knight, but the city is on the line and he can’t let the Scarecrow’s master plan come to fruition…and whose side is Miracle Molly truly on? The penultimate chapter of "Fear State"! Backup: With the Bat comms unreliable, Oracle has instructed the Batgirls to stay in the Clock Tower while she and Nightwing investigate who’s behind the Oracle Network hacks. But with the Magistrate’s forces instructed to attack the Clock Tower, will the Batgirls make it out before it’s too late?

BATMAN NOEL HC
DC
(W/A/CA) Lee Bermejo
Inspired by Charles Dickens’s immortal classic A Christmas Carol, Batman: Noel takes the Dark Knight on a journey into his own past, present, and future as he battles villains from campy 1960s rivals to dark modern menaces. While Batman fights for his soul in a frozen Gotham landscape, his supporting cast take up recognizable roles analogous to Dickens’s original holiday tale. Written and drawn by comic book superstar Lee Bermejo (Batman: Damned), Batman: Noel offers a beautiful and unexpected retelling of a beloved classic.

DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL #1 (OF 12)
DC Comics
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Yasmine Putri
An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems… From worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Superman: Son of Kal-El) and acclaimed artist Yasmine Putri comes a generational tale of good and evil within a brand-new DCU!

BATMAN SUPERMAN AUTHORITY SPECIAL #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Trevor Hairsine, Jonathan Glapion, Ben Templesmith (CA) Rodolfo Migliari
Following Mongul’s brazen attack on Earth, Superman’s world has been turned upside down: conflict between Atlantis and the surface world, the discovery of an immensely powerful new element, dead refugees with mysterious ties to Krypton, and expulsion from the Justice League! When Superman re-forms the experimental, antiestablishment Authority to join him in liberating Warworld, Batman comes to them with a request: join him for one unorthodox, off-the-books mission first, one he could never ask the Justice League to be a part of…and one he doesn’t expect everyone to come back from.

                           INDEPENDENTS:

STAR TREK MIRROR WAR #2 (OF 8)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A) Gavin Smith (CA) J. K. Woodward
Return to the Mirror Universe of The Next Generation with this brand-new series from writers David & Scott Tipton!
When one of Picard's secret supply caches is raided by "The Obnoxious Okona"-putting an obstacle in the way of the crew getting to Faundori-the Captain vows revenge. Meanwhile, Worf remains on their trail...

TMNT BEST OF APRIL O NEIL (C: 1-0-0)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) VARIOUS (A) Various (CA) James Biggie
The Turtles' best friend April is always ready to uncover new danger and help her mutant pals! Dig into this oversized collection and discover the very best April stories from across multiple TMNT publishers!

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                       Pick(s) of the week- October 27, 2021

                                    MARVEL:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #77
MARVEL PRH
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Arthur Adams
• Kelly Thompson and Sara Pichelli pick up the baton to define this new era for Spider-Man.
•  The Beyond Corporation has retuned and this is your chance to meet the people who've brought you the new (and improved) Spider-Man.
•  There's a target on Spider-Man's back and one of his classic villains is out for blood.
RATED T

DARKHOLD BLADE #1
MARVEL PRH
(W) Daniel Kibblesmith
THE KING OF DEATH!
Are you fanged, or are you food? The world is divided into humans and vampires - and Blade, the one who walks between them both... and kills with equal impunity. After reading from the cursed Darkhold, Blade and a cadre of other heroes were meant to enter Chthon's
dimension and stop the ancient god from destroying the Multiverse. But reading the book has changed all their lives and histories... and for Blade, the consequences are far-reaching. Vampires rule the world, and he rules over them all. But there are some heroes left - and Blade is not as omniscient as he thinks.
RATED T+

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE AVENGERS #1
MARVEL PRH
(W) Alex Paknadel (A) Ryan Bodenheim (CA) Steve Skroce
EARTH'S WEAKEST HEROES!
•  With Doctor Strange gone, the Avengers are the only ones who
can stop a rampaging Juggernaut-like monster from wrecking all
of Manhattan!
•  But what does this mystical creature want?
•  And how does the magic-skeptical Iron Man hold the answer?
RATED T+

WOLVERINE #17
MARVEL PRH
(W) Ben Percy (A) Lan Medina (CA) Adam Kubert
WHO CAN YOU TRUST? MAVERICK returns to team up with WOLVERINE! Meanwhile, C.I.A. Agent Jeff Bannister has just uncovered a secret surveillance device aimed at
Krakoa. Now someone wants their bug back and Bannister out of the picture. Nowhere on or off Krakoa is safe.
PARENTAL ADVISORY

                                            DC:

BATMAN FORTNITE #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Scott Snyder, Christos Gage, Donald Mustard (A) Joshua Nixson (CA) Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
Directly from the bestselling, groundbreaking Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point miniseries, comes an oversized one-shot that brings the action from the island to Gotham City. If you thought the Batman/Fortnite saga was over, think again...it only gets bigger from here!
Includes a bonus digital code for an outfit in Fortnite.

BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Jeph Loeb (A/CA) Tim Sale
Twenty-five years ago, you thought you knew the whole story of Batman: The Long Halloween. Now, legendary creators Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale return to Gotham City to reveal that no secret remains buried forever! Join us for the return of the Batman Halloween specials and a mystery that could destroy Batman, Commissioner Gordon, Two-Face, and…well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

DC VS VAMPIRES #1 (OF 12)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Otto Schmidt
The Justice League has long protected Earth from all manner of foreign and alien invaders over the years, always keeping a vigilant eye to the skies for the next threat. But what if the threat was already walking the Earth…hiding in plain sight…watching…waiting for their moment to strike… In the tradition of DCeased comes a terrifying new series from the twisted minds of James Tynion IV (Nice House on the Lake; Something is Killing the Children), Matthew Rosenberg (The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox; 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank; Hawkeye), and Otto Schmidt that will tear the Justice League apart in their war with the undead!

DETECTIVE COMICS #1044  (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Stephanie Phillips (A) Dan Mora, David Lapham (CA) Dan Mora
When the terrorist organization known as THE RED CROWN took control of Mayor Nakano’s personal security detail, only the Batman could protect Gotham’s highest-ranking city official from certain death! But when the pair is thrust into the sewers below, a much more sinister threat lurks in the darkness. Better look sharp, Batman, because a hundred thousand eggs with a hundred thousand little monsters inside are about to hatch…and they look HUNGRY… Back-up: Arkham Asylum may have been decimated during A-DAY, but its legacy lives on. Now, Mayor Nakano has given the green light for a brand-new ARKHAM TOWER to be erected in the heart of Gotham City, and some strange and horrific things are going down at the construction site. Don’t miss this epic kick-off to a story arc that will shape the Batman universe for years to come!

WONDER WOMAN BLACK & GOLD #5 (OF 6)
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Writers: Kurt Busiek, Sanya Anwar, Sherri L. Smith, Trung Le Nguyen, And More! Artists: Ben Dewey, Sanya Anwar, Colleen Doran, Trung Le Nguyen, And More! Prepare to be whisked away with an Amazon fairy tale, flown back to World War II, swept up in a nautical ghost story, and blasted by a bitter space princess! Don’t miss the penultimate issue of this golden moment for Diana and her legacy!

                                   INDEPENDENTS:

TRANSFORMERS #36
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Anna Malkova
"Sea of Rust", part three! The Autobots are outnumbered and surrounded in Termagax's base with Decepticons on one side and the most deadly Cybertronian environment on the other. With an incredibly powerful artifact on the line--one that could turn the tide of the war in their favor--can the Autobots withstand the siege?

TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS #9
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
"Thicker Skin". The Predacons begin their hunt for other fallen protoform pods, containing potential reinforcements in their quest to crush the Maximals. But Skold, the Predacon powerhouse, is left behind because she'll slow the mission down, at least according to Terrorsaur. When Skold encounters a pod on her own, it'll be up to her to bring it to the Predacon's side... or put it down for good.

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                    Pick(s) of the week- October 20, 2021 

                                      Marvel:

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #2 (OF 5)
MARVEL PRH
(W) Jed MacKay (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Kaare Andrews
REST IN PEACE STEPHEN STRANGE!
With the Sorcerer Supreme gone, so too are Earth's magical defenses! Now the rest of Earth's heroes have their hands full with multiple invasions from other dimensions. Some are familiar...but some are new... and frightening! Meet the Three Mothers!

PHOENIX SONG ECHO #1 (OF 5)
MARVEL PRH
(W) Rebecca Roanhorse (A) Luca Maresca (CA) Cory Smith
STRAIGHT OUT OF HER TRANSFORMATION IN AVENGERS, ECHO GETS AN
EXHILARATING SOLO SERIES FROM BESTSELLER REBECCA ROANHORSE!
Against all odds, one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Universe chose Maya Lopez, a deaf street fighter, as its new avatar. And the burning question on everyone's minds is: WHY?! But Echo is the last person to answer. Still learning her new cosmic abilities - and struggling with the Phoenix's overwhelming personality - Echo strikes out to return to her roots. But the reservation has even fewer answers. And where power goes, evil follows. Someone wants Echo to fail - and unleash a power only the greatest heroes in
history have been able to control. Avengers artist Luca Maresca joins superstar writer Rebecca Roanhorse for a story that will light the universe on fire!
RATED T+

X-MEN TRIAL OF MAGNETO #3 (OF 5)
MARVEL PRH
(W) Leah Williams (A) Lucas Werneck (CA) Valerio Schiti
JUDGE, JURY AND HEXECUTIONER!
•  The truth won't stay buried.
•  Nor will other things...
•  Who lurks in the shadows, and what do they know?
RATED T+

                                  DC:

BATMAN #115
 DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad (A) Jorge Jimenez, Bengal, Jorge Corona (CA) Jorge Jimenez
Batman and Miracle Molly are all that stands between Gotham City and absolute insanity! But an unhinged Simon Saint brings all the resources of the Magistrate to bear on the Dark Knight…is victory at hand for the Scarecrow? Back-Up: Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown have each other’s backs no matter what—even if it means punching some Magistrate soldier butt, and putting an even bigger target on their backs. Meanwhile, a mysterious Anti-Oracle character finally makes contact directly with Babs and has a few things to say about the unethical nature of Oracle’s powers, and what they think should be done about it.

BATMAN SECRET FILES PEACEKEEPER-01 #1 (ONE SHOT)  (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Ed Brisson (A) Joshua Nixson (CA) Tyler Kirkham
Picking up after the events of Fear State: Alpha, follow Sean Mahoney, a.k.a. Peacekeeper-01, in the wake of his exposure to highly potent Fear Toxin at the hands of the Scarecrow! Now, dosed with terror and facing a lifetime of fear and insecurity, Mahoney has found himself frantically reflecting on his past as a GCPD officer, and then as a prison guard at Arkham Asylum—all while desperately attempting to keep his mind from fracturing. Will Peacekeeper-01 give into fear…or become terror incarnate?

BATMAN CATWOMAN #8 (OF 12) (MR)
DC Comics
(W) Tom King (A) Liam Sharp (CA) Clay Mann
Pulled apart and torn together! Setting new boundaries in their relationship leads to conflict at home and on the mean streets of Gotham for Batman and Catwoman. With opportunists like the Penguin waiting in the wings to strike, our hero becomes more vulnerable than ever. Meanwhile, Phantasm locates her target—The Joker!

GREEN LANTERN #7
DC Comics
(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Tom Raney, Marco Santucci (CA) Bernard Chang
Rescue the Lanterns! The mystery of the Dark Sectors begins to unravel. To rescue Kilowog and his squad of surviving Lanterns, John enters the realm of the Golden Centurions and their mysterious master, the Lightbringer! Meanwhile on Oa, Keli lies in a coma, while Jo’s team closes in on those responsible for the destruction of the power battery, but a surprise arrival takes a key investigator off the board!

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #6
DC Comics
(W) Becky Cloonan, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Dike Ruan, Cian Tormey (CA) Dike Ruan
Two Gotham City horror stories! One following a possessed Solomon Grundy and the other a story where Batman is forced to join forces with Killer Croc!

                               INDEPENDENTS:

GUNSLINGER SPAWN #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Todd McFarlane, Ales Kot (A) Brett Booth & Various (CA) Brett Booth
Introducing the launch of the second new monthly title spinning out of the SPAWN UNIVERSE, with one of the most popular characters in the entire SPAWN mythology! This book contains three
separate GUNSLINGER stories, each taking a look at his journey through time - from the wild, wild west to the 21st century.
Will his 200-year-old past come back to haunt him as he navigates the strange world of 2021? Get ready for the past and present to collide in this new ongoing title!

KING SPAWN #3
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Sean Lewis (A) Javier Fernandez (CA) Jonathan Glapion
New fan-favorite creative team LEWIS & FERNANDEZ continue their dark trek into a world beginning to come undone at the seams. Enemies have begun to unite as the battle for the gates of Hell continues to escalate. And Kincaid is back, but what does he want, and what
role does he need Spawn to play in his creation of a new world?

STAR WARS ADV GHOST VADERS CASTLE #5 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Francesco Francavilla
Join Cavan Scott, Francesco Francavilla, and a host of classic Star Wars artists in the epic conclusion to the Vader's Castle saga! Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle is a horror-packed, star-studded, five-week event guaranteed to haunt your dreams.
In the final Vader's Castle tale, Lina, Hudd, Skritt, and Jaxxon race to Mustafar to save Milo and Crater. Will the group be able to fight the ghosts that still haunt the castle, or will the galaxy forever be bound to suffer from the wrath of the GHOSTS OF VADER'S CASTLE?

TMNT ONGOING #122
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Jodie Nishijima
The fallout from the confrontation between the Mutanimals and the TMNT continues with many questioning what direction Mutant Town is headed for. While the Turtles discuss their new path forward, Hob begins to set his sights on a new target: Baxter Stockman!

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                  Pick(s) of the week- October 13, 2021:

                                  MARVEL:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #76
MARVEL PRH
(W) Zeb Wells (A) Patrick Gleason (CA) Arthur Adams
• The unthinkable has happened.
•  Zeb Wells and Patrick Gleason will remind you why you love (and hate) comics.
RATED T

DARKHOLD IRON MAN #1
MARVEL PRH
(W) Ryan North (A) Guillermo Sanna (CA) Valerio Giangiordano
Ryan North turns his talents to a brand-new genre! Called forth to face the dread god Chthon, Iron Man reads from the ancient ill-fated text the Darkhold... and it changes the course of his entire life. The armor that has saved him countless times is about to become a prison - one whose only escape is a fate worse than death. The brilliant comedic mind behind The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Dinosaur Comics brings you the body-horror tale of the century!!
RATED T+

ETERNALS FOREVER #1
MARVEL PRH
(W) Ralph Macchio (A) Ramon Bachs (CA) Todd Nauck
IKARIS, AGENT OF THE DEVIANTS?!
The Deviants have captured Ikaris! Now under their control, Ikaris has been brainwashed into assassinating Ajak! It's up to Gilgamesh and Sprite to stop him and prevent all-out war between the Eternals and the Deviants!
RATED T+

IMMORTAL HULK #50
MARVEL PRH
(W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Alex Ross
THE GIANT-SIZED FINALE!
•  Down in the Below-Place, the Hulk searches among the ghosts of the past for the answers to all his questions.
•  The One Below All, the Green Door, Samuel Sterns, Jackie McGee and Bruce Banner. It's all been leading here.
•  This is the last issue of THE IMMORTAL HULK.
RATED T+

                                           DC:

BATMAN THE IMPOSTER #1 (OF 3) (MR)
DC Comics
(W) Mattson Tomlin (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Bruce Wayne’s mission as the Batman has only been underway for a year or so, but he can tell he’s making a difference. Unfortunately, he’s made some powerful enemies. All the traditional power brokers of Gotham resent the disruption the Batman has brought to town…and it seems one of them has a plan to neutralize him. There’s a second Batman haunting Gotham’s rooftops and alleys—and this one has no qualms about murdering criminals, live and on tape. With the entire might of the Gotham City Police Department and Gotham’s rich and powerful coming down on his head, Batman must find this imposter and somehow clear his name…but how can you prove your innocence from behind a mask? Director and screenwriter Mattson Tomlin (Project Power, Little Fish) has teamed up with Eisner-winning suspense and horror artist Andrea Sorrentino (Joker: Killer Smile, Gideon Falls) to create a wholly new version of Gotham City, informed by grim reality, where every punch leaves a broken bone and every action has consequences far, far beyond Batman’s imagination!

BATMAN URBAN LEGENDS #8 (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Colleen Doran
Written By Alyssa Wong, Brandon Thomas, Dan Watters, And Christian Ward Art By Vasco Georgiev, Cian Tormey, Nikola Cizmesija, And Christian Ward  Batwoman: FEAR STATE TIE-IN! Someone has hacked into the Oracle Network and has started spreading information around Gotham—Batman is dead, Cassandra Cain Batgirl is a killer, Fear Toxin is in the air. Which is true and which is false? Batwoman will find out with the help of Commissioner Renee Montoya and…Kate’s sister Beth, AKA Red Alice?! Outsiders: FEAR STATE TIE-IN! Scarecrow has stirred Gotham City into a panic, and it’s awakened one of his first students he experimented on, a man turned into a monster known as THE FEARFUL! The Outsiders will have to reunite with the Signal in order to stop the Fearful and keep the city at peace. But a message from the world of FUTURE STATE reaches the Signal and changes everything. Azrael: Azrael, the last acolyte of the Order of St. Dumas, has returned to the streets of Gotham City after serving with the Justice League in the stars. He’s convinced he’s strayed too far from his purpose, too far from his teachings, and needs to reassert himself. But he’ll be met with a city that’s changed forever, a city that will shake his faith. Professor Pyg: Just in time for Halloween, a tale of Super Hero horror from fan-favorite creator Christian Ward, writing and drawing a story of Batman hunting down Professor Pyg in order to find the victim of a kidnapping. Batman will dig back into his memories of youth to track down Pyg and save a child’s life.

BATMAN THE AUDIO ADVENTURES SPECIAL #1
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Dave Johnson
Story By Dennis McNicholas, Bobby Moynihan, Heidi Gardner, Paul Scheer, And More Art  By Leonardo Romero, Juni Ba, And More Ah, you hear that beautiful racket? That’s the music of Gotham City—the largest city in the world, the big gargoyle, the treasure of the night—anyone who calls it a crime-infested hellhole is dead wrong. No way hell has such great pierogies. So join us here (hear?) as we bring you the stories behind the stories behind the hit HBO Max scripted original podcast with this sensational prequel one-shot, written by the very creators and talent who lent their voices to the show. And unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that after years of rumors we find out not only is the Batman real, not only is he one of the good guys, turns out, he’s gonna be a cop! With special appearances by King Scimitar, Stoveplate Sullivan, Billy Wristwatch, and others directly from the podcast, this oversize special brings you deeper into the mysteries behind Batman: The Audio Adventures!

BATMAN 89 #3 (OF 6)
DC Comics
(W) Sam Hamm (A/CA) Joe Quinones
As the fire rages at Royal Auto, Harvey Dent lies trapped inside, unconscious and in danger. Can Bruce Wayne get to Harvey in time, or will the district attorney leave burned—in more ways than one?

JOKER #8
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Sam Johns (A) Guillem March, Sweeney Boo (CA) Guillem March
Jim Gordon was warned, to "head back to the light while you still can," but his quest to apprehend The Joker is taking him deeper into darkness. Could The Joker actually be innocent of the attack on Arkham Asylum? Punchline Back-Up: It’s a jailbreak as Bluebird must escape from Blackgate before Punchline and her gang can murder her!

JUSTICE LEAGUE LAST RIDE #6 (OF 7)
DC Comics
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Miguel Mendonca (CA) Darick Robertson
The JUSTICE LEAGUE is stranded on an Apokolips that’s deadlier than ever, with Earth in its crosshairs! And while the League battles with hordes and the clock, they’re presented with the ultimate quandary—protect the galaxy’s most ruthless bounty hunter LOBO, sacrifice him, or do something…more unspeakable! Even worse, they must do all of this while dealing with a TRAITOR IN THEIR MIDST! Will they be too late, since all roads lead…to Darkseid?

                                  INDEPENDENTS:

STAR TREK MIRROR WAR #1
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A) Gavin Smith (CA) J. K. Woodward
Return to the Mirror Universe of The Next Generation with this brand-new series from writers David & Scott Tipton, where familiar faces and exciting new surprises await around every corner!
To conquer the Mirror Universe, Captain Picard must first seize control of the ship-building planet of Faundori! The only problem? Faundori is inside Klingon-Cardassian Alliance territory

STAR WARS ADV GHOST VADERS CASTLE #4 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Cavan Scott (A) Francesco Francavilla, Chris Fenoglio (CA) Francesco Francavilla
Join Cavan Scott, Francesco Francavilla, and a host of classic Star Wars artists in the epic conclusion to the Vader's Castle saga! Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle is a horror-packed, star-studded, five-week event guaranteed to haunt your dreams.
In issue #4, Lina's dreams are visited by the ghost of the galaxy's most threatening villain! The GHOSTS OF VADER'S CASLTE are looming closer...

TRANSFORMERS KING GRIMLOCK #3 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Bryan Lee
King Grimlock rampages on! Confronted by the ghoulish host of the Red Wizard's Army, Grimlock leads a band of villagers into a war against their ruler. But all is not what it seems near the Red Wizard's compound. Will Grimlock lead them to freedom... or destruction?!

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                             Pick(s) of the week- October 6, 2021

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #75
MARVEL PRH
(W) Zeb Wells (A) Patrick Gleason (CA) Art Adams
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is back to thrice-monthly because this story is pure jet fuel. Ben Reilly has returned to NYC and has fully taken back the mantle of Spider-Man, but what does this mean for Peter Parker? The greatest team of web-writers has come together with the most epic arachnid-artists ever assembled to bring you a Spider-story that will shake up Spider-Man's 59th year in ways you CANNOT PREDICT!
RATED T+

DARK AGES #2 (OF 6)
MARVEL PRH
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
It has been years since the age of technology ended in a single moment, like a switch had been flicked to off for an entire planet. Now Earth's heroes attempt to bring humanity together in the darkness. X-Men and Avengers, vigilantes and villains all work together to create something better. But something darker than the night is descending on the world. Our post-apocalyptic world is about to face Apocalypse.
RATED T+

                                                 DC:

ARE YOU AFRAID OF DARKSEID #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Dan Hipp
Story By Elliott Kalan, Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Jeremy Haun, Kenny Porter, Calvin Kasulke, Terry Blas, Ed Brisson, And More. Pencils And Inks By Max Dunbar, Mike Norton, Jesús Hervás, Chris Mitten, Garry Brown, And More. Gather ’round the fire, fellow campers, because it’s time for that most terrifying of traditions—campfire stories so scary you’ll never sleep without a night-light again! The Teen Titans guide those brave enough through tales of Batman and the hidden killer, Superman and Lois Lane and the killer in their back seat, Harley Quinn and Darkseid versus a furious Bloody Mary, and four more stories so hair-raising you’ll call your momma to come pick you up. So toast your marshmallows, pull up a s’more, and answer the only question that matters this Halloween: Are you afraid of Darkseid?

BATMAN #114  (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas (A) Jorge Jimenez, Jason Howard (CA) Jorge Jimenez
Batman is racing against time to stop Gotham City from tearing itself apart as the Scarecrow’s long game is revealed. The Dark Knight has bigger problems though, as an insane Peacekeeper-01 is on a murderous rampage through the streets of Gotham! Can Peackeeper-X stop him?! Back-Up: Clownhunter has been doused with Fear Toxin at the hands of the Scarecrow, and he is living out every anxiety, moment of pain, and heartbreak he’s ever had. Will he find his way out and resume his goal of being Gotham’s protector from clowns? Or will he succumb to Scarecrow’s greatest mind game yet?! See the end of this epic story that will change Clownhunter’s trajectory in Gotham City forever!

BATMAN THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE SEASON II #5 (OF 7)
DC Comics
(W) Paul Dini, Alan Burnett (A) Rick Burchett (CA) Jamal Campbell
An old face returns to Gotham when former Mayor Emerson Mayfield steps out of retirement, looking to once again rise to power. But Batman isn’t thrilled with the Mayor’s homecoming after his run-ins with him during his early years as the caped crusader. Can Batman deduce what Mayfield’s plan for Gotham is before it’s too late?

JOKER PRESENTS A PUZZLEBOX #3 (OF 7)
DC Comics
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Jesus Merino, Dominike Domo Stanton, Juni Ba (CA) Chip Zdarsky
The puzzle gets more complicated…and deadly! The Joker continues story time with two more terrifying tales of this twisted treasure hunt. First, Black Mask is out for revenge, but when he crosses paths with one of the world’s greatest assassins, things don't go as planned. Then, Killer Moth must team-up with Man-Bat if he hopes to survive the riddle of Master Engine.

WONDER WOMAN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Yanick Paquette
Story by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Jordie Bellaire, Mark Waid, Tom King, Steve Orlando, G. Willow Wilson, Amy Reeder, and more! Art by Jim Cheung, Paulina Ganucheau, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Amy Reeder, Evan Doc Shaner, Isaac Goodheart, Gabriel Picolo and more! Put on your tiaras and prepare your indestructible bracelets! DC is inviting you to join us for a one-of-a-kind special showcasing Wonder Woman’s past, present, and future to celebrate the legacy she has created and those she will continue to inspire with her adventures for years to come. This oversize super spectacular features work from some of the very best in the comic industry along with bright young stars ready to share the spotlight with Diana. You won’t want to miss these new stories that capture timeless messages of hope and empowerment presented together in this gorgeous keepsake issue!

                                       INDEPENDENTS:

STAR WARS ADV GHOST VADERS CASTLE #3 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Cavan Scott (A) Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack (CA) Francesco Francavilla
Join Cavan Scott, Francesco Francavilla, and a host of classic Star Wars artists in the epic conclusion to the Vader's Castle saga! Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle is a horror-packed, star-studded, five-week event guaranteed to haunt your dreams.
   In issue #3, catch up with Hudd and Skritt! Hudd has been dreaming of the Spirit of the Swamp, a gilled monster that terrorizes Dagobah! The GHOST OF VADER'S CASTLE are in all corners of the galaxy...

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                       Pick(s) of the week- September 29, 2021

                                       MARVEL:

AMAZING FANTASY #3 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W/A/CA) Kaare Andrews
EXPERIENCE THESE HEROES LIKE NEVER BEFORE!
On this amazing island of fantasy, World War II Cap, teenaged Spidey and spy school Black Widow have found their tribes. They must now meet on the battlefield of death. The stage is set. The actors are in place. All that's left is WAR. Or is there one last chance to stop it all?
Rated T+

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Patrick Gleason, More (CA) Patrick Gleason
• It's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #875, and the whole ASM team is coming together to bring you a massive issue that is the culmination of three years of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!
•  It's all lead to this... "Hunted," "Sins Rising," "Last Remains," "King's Ransom," "Chameleon Conspiracy," "Sinister War"...and so much more all led to this climax and conclusion to Nick Spencer's landmark run on the best comic book in the world.
•  What will happen with Peter and MJ, Mysterio, J. Jonah Jameson, Norman Osborn, Aunt May and Kindred?! FIND OUT HERE!
Rated T+

INFERNO #1 (OF 4)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jerome Opena
THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN'S X-MEN BEGINS HERE!
"There will be an island-not the first, but the last..." Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Mastermind of the X-Men JONATHAN HICKMAN brings his plans to a head, joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with VALERIO SCHITI... as one woman follows through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground.

WOLVERINE #16
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Ben Percy (A/CA) Adam Kubert
THE SOLEM TRUTH!
The game is nearly over... but when SOLEM is involved, that's just an excuse to change the rules. Did you figure out the mystery before WOLVERINE?
Parental Advisory

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ACTION COMICS #1035
DC Comics
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Sean Lewis (A) Daniel Sampere, Sami Basri (CA) Daniel Sampere
Superman keeps the abandoned Warworld weapon out of the hands of anyone who might misuse it. But now the Justice League questions his judgment. It’s time for Clark Kent to put up or shut up. In "Tales of Metropolis," the Guardian comes to the city. Is this another step toward Future State?

BATMAN REPTILIAN #4 (OF 6)
DC Comics
(W) Garth Ennis (A/CA) Liam Sharp
The monster—revealed! Trailing behind the mysterious reptilian menace savaging Gotham, Batman hits the streets hard searching for answers but finds only more questions. The Dark Knight takes his search beneath the streets and into the sewers to seek out Killer Croc. But when he finds the reptilian rogue, he quickly realizes that this may be the strangest case of his career.

BATMAN SUPERMAN #22
DC Comics
(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Paul Pelletier (CA) Ivan Reis, Danny Miki
SERIES FINALE! Mr. Mxyzptlk resurrecting Calendar Man from his death during A-Day is causing some reality-rattling consequences. If Superman and Batman are going to prevent a fifth-dimensional god-being from compartmentalizing all of existence, they’re going to need to turn to some unlikely allies.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1043 (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Dan Mora, Darick Robertson (CA) Dan Mora
Fear State grips Gotham City! When Mayor Nakano’s city hall office finds itself under siege, the only hero who can help the embattled local official is the man Nakano pledged to rid from Gotham: Batman. The top vigilante in the city must protect the man who’s fought so hard to put an end to masked heroes in an action-packed car chase that culminates in a shocking ending that’ll give readers nightmares. Backup: Wait, how did Red Hood end up in Deb Donovan’s apartment? And what the hell gives him the right to eat all her frosted cereal? As Gotham’s troubled son and the city’s toughest reporter set out to uncover the mystery of the missing A-Day corpses, they run into more answers than they bargained for culminating in a deadly shoot out that renders Red Hood down for the count! Can Deb Donovan make it out alive to tell the tale of her harrowing adventure? And what will Red Hood's capture mean for the Bat-Family? It all leads to next month's terrifying new chapter in Gotham history: TASK FORCE Z!

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #5
DC Comics
(W) Brandon Thomas (A/CA) Giannis Milonogiannis
The Calendar Man’s new obsession lies with the Martian calendar. He’s committing horrific new crimes to appease a Martian death god and take on its power. For Batman to solve these crimes and bring down Calendar Man, he’ll need to call in the Martian Manhunter for help.

SUPERMAN 78 #2 (OF 6)
DC Comics
(W) Robert Venditti (A) Wilfredo Torres (CA) Ben Oliver
After a battle with a rampaging robot, Superman enlists an unlikely ally to crack the code behind who sent it. He needs an intelligent technological genius, and that can only mean one person: Lex Luthor!

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GROO MEETS TARZAN #3 (OF 4)
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragones (A/CA) Sergio Aragones, Tom Yeates
As Mark navigates through the dangers of Comic-Con International, Sergio-still lost in the Chula Vista Safari Jungle Land-meets snakes, vultures, and more lions! Meanwhile, Groo decides to help Tarzan defeat the slavers he's been tracking-if only Tarzan knew Groo's potential for disaster. Tarzan artist Thomas Yeates jams with Sergio Aragonés! Also-Rufferto the dog continues to entertain in his marvelous backup strips!

STAR WARS ADV GHOST VADERS CASTLE #2 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Cavan Scott (A) Francesco Francavilla, Megan Levens (CA) Francesco Francavilla
The epic five week event miniseries Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle continues!
   In issue #2, Lina searches for the now missing Milo and Crater and runs into... Jaxxon! He reveals that he, too, has been having nightmares, but of vicious Wookiees bigger than mountains! It seems the GHOSTS OF VADER'S CASTLE are haunting everyone's dreams...

TRANSFORMERS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Dan Watters (A) Bethany McGuire-Smith (CA) Nicole Goux
Whispers of a disembodied spark howling alone in the desert are floating around
  Cybertron. Whispers of Starscream's loyalty to Megatron's cause are also
floating around. Frustrated and needing some space to clear his head, Starscream
visits the desert and is surprised to actually hear the rumored screams. He follows
the sound and is met with a creature that makes him question what it means to be
a cybernetic being. Starscream faces off with this grotesque experiment in "I Have
No Mouth And I Must Starscream," by Dan Watters (Home Sick Pilots, Lucifer, The Sandman Universe).

TRANSFORMERS SHATTERED GLASS #2 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Danny Lore (A) Dan Khanna (CA) Alex Milne
Shattered Glass isn't your average Transformers tale... "Shards" is the story of the ongoing battle between the power-hungry Autobot autocrats and the freedom-fighting Decepticon laborers. Join author Danny Lore (James Bond, King in Black: Captain America, Champions) in exploring this fractured alternate universe just before it shatters.
  In issue #2, Megatron is the only bot who can stop the three Autobot warlords from acquiring information that could reignite the war, but can he forgive his past mistakes and take up the mantle of Deception leader again

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              Pick(s) of the week- September 22, 2021

                                  MARVEL:

ALIEN #7
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Marc Aspinall
THE SEARCH FOR SANCTUARY BEGINS!
•  A small colony of "Spinners," looking to lead a simpler life, have nearly completed terraforming a moon.
•  A ship crashes into their Eden from the heavens.
•  A terror is unleashed.
Parental Advisory

DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #1 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jed MacKay (A) Lee Garbett (CA) Kaare Andrews
DEATH COMES FOR THE SORCERER SUPREME!
Doctor Stephen Strange is the world's greatest neurosurgeon and Earth's Sorcerer Supreme. He defends our planet from the supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle. But what would happen if he unexpectedly died? Who would protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? And most importantly...who killed Stephen Strange?! The final chapter in the life of Doctor Strange starts here by Jed MacKay (Moon Knight, Black Cat) and Lee Garbett (Captain Marvel)!

X-MEN #3
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Pepe Larraz
EVOLUTION IS THE ENEMY!
The X-Men are no strangers to being targeted for their genes...but when the High Evolutionary returns with his brand of unnatural selection, the survival of the whole planet is at stake!
Rated T+

X-MEN LEGENDS #7
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) Billy Tan
WOLVERINE. JUBILEE. HAMA.
Any way you slice it, the ultimate team-up is back, bub! Comics legend Larry Hama returns to his run on WOLVERINE, with the start of an all-new adventure that will pit the man formerly known as WEAPON X, and fan-favorite JUBILEE, against a host of their deadliest foes!
When two young mutants disappear, our heroes set off for Japan to track them down. But LADY DEATHSTRIKE and THE HAND have their own designs on the duo, and it'll take no small measure of blood, sweat and adamantium to change their minds! Illustrated by the incomparable Billy Tan, get set for the start of a deadly international mutant conflict!
Rated T+

X-MEN ONSLAUGHT REVELATION #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Si Spurrier (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
YOU HAVE STRAYED FROM THE WAY OF X. THE ONSLAUGHT IS UPON YOU!
•  The X-Men's greatest foe, mutantkind's primal evil, slithers in the minds of its most senior leaders...
•  The kids whisper of the CRUCI-BALL: a party to end all parties. A party to end everything.
•  The seals are broken, the trumpets have sounded; only a small band of eccentric mutants can hope to break the fall...
•  Can Nightcrawler light the spark that will drive out the shadows... or will Krakoa slip into the abyss...?
Parental Advisory

                                             DC:

BATMAN #113 (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas (A) Jorge Jimenez, Max Dunbar (CA) Jorge Jimenez
Ghost-Maker reveals a dark revelation about his past connection to Jonathan Crane while Batman puts together the pieces of Scarecrow’s master plan. Using the Unsanity Collective’s technology, the villain plans to detonate a "Fear Bomb" in Gotham City! Backup: Clownhunter has been dosed by the Scarecrow with a deadly fear toxin and is now traveling through his greatest nightmare of Gotham City. Will the Clownhunter center himself and strike back at Scarecrow? Or will he succumb to all his worst fears?!

BATMAN THE DETECTIVE #5 (OF 6)
DC Comics
(W) Tom Taylor (A) Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope (CA) Andy Kubert
Equilibrium unmasked! Falling further behind the villainous Equilibrium, Batman enlists the help of the European Alliance of the Bat in hopes of turning the case around! With Squire in tow, the Dark Knight attempts to thwart a mass execution in Belgium in brutal, epic fashion!

BATMAN SECRET FILES MIRACLE MOLLY #1 (ONE SHOT)  (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Dani (CA) Little Thunder
Since Miracle Molly’s explosive first appearance in the pages of Batman, people have been clamoring to know more about the colorful transhumanist vigilante! Now the wait is over—the history of Gotham’s latest breakout star is revealed! It’s a story so secret even Miracle Molly doesn’t remember it! Discover what led a regular Gothamite to reject their past, name, and humanity to embrace the promise of a blank slate—the promise of the Unsanity Collective! Batman series writer James Tynion IV teams up with rising superstar artist Dani to bring you all the way back to the beginning of Miracle Molly in this exciting and integral Fear State special.

SUPERGIRL WOMAN OF TOMORROW #4 (OF 8)
DC Comics
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Bilquis Evely
Supergirl sets her sights on the Brigands, a group of dastardly nomads hell-bent on slaughtering all they come across. Now she must follow their path of destruction to find the fugitive they've been hiding who set her on this intergalactic journey in the first place!

                                    INDEPENDENTS

STAR WARS ADV GHOST VADERS CASTLE #1 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Cavan Scott (A) Francesco Francavilla, Megan Levens (CA) Francesco Francavilla
Join Cavan Scott, Francesco Francavilla, and a host of classic Star Wars artists in the epic conclusion to the Vader's Castle saga! Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle is a horror-packed, star-studded, five-week event guaranteed to haunt your dreams.
   In issue #1, life is looking up for Lina and Milo Graf and Crater, but Milo has been having nightmares... about zombie droids! Find out what's causing these dreams and if Milo can handle being haunted by the GHOSTS OF VADER'S CASTLE.

TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS #8
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Erik Burnham (A) Winston Chan (CA) Andrew Griffith
"Pod," part two! Blackarachnia has made her way to the Maximal ship, the Axalon, and encountered her first Maximal, Cheetor. Now she's gone missing again and it's up to the whole crew to find the mysteriously disappearing spider... before she finds them! 

TMNT THE LAST RONIN #4 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W/A/CA) Kevin Eastman & Various
With a few key allies, the Ronin takes on the greatest risk yet to infiltrate Baxter Stockman's tech island! What happened many years ago to set the Ronin on this quest for vengeance? Find out in this action-packed penultimate issue!

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                 Pick(s) of the week- September 15, 2021

                                       MARVEL:

ETERNALS THANOS RISES #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Dustin Weaver (CA) Esad Ribic
• Eternals are created, not born. They have families, but their families make no new children.
•  It's simply not what Eternals do.  
•  Some of them thought they could find a way to change that and believed it would be for the best.
•  They were terribly, terribly wrong.
Rated T+

EXTREME CARNAGE AGONY #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Alyssa Wong (A) Fran Galan (CA) Skan
ENTER: AGONY! As the odds (and symbiotes!) stack against our heroes, is there any way they can win against Carnage?
Rated T+

FANTASTIC FOUR #35
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Dan Slott, Mark Waid (A) John Romita, More (CA) Mark Brooks
A TITANIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang's final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surprise guest stars as John Romita Jr. returns to Marvel and joins forces with writer Dan Slott for this celebratory adventure! Marvel's First Family will literally never be the same again!
Plus: Mark Waid and Paul Renaud deliver dramatic new insights into the origin of the fabulous foursome in an all-new anniversary tale!
Rated T

FANTASTIC FOUR LIFE STORY #4 (OF 6)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Mark Russell (A) Sean Izaakse, Francesco Manna (CA) Daniel Acuna
Against the backdrop of the freewheeling 1990s, Ben Grimm reflects on love and loss as the Fantastic Four prepare to do battle against Galactus.
Rated T

STAR WARS WAR BOUNTY HUNTERS BOUSHH #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Alyssa Wong (A) David Baldeon (CA) Mahmud Asrar
THE SECRET ORIGIN OF BOUSHH! A "WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS" TIE-IN!
Before PRINCESS LEIA acquired his armor to infiltrate Jabba the Hutt's palace, BOUSHH roamed the galaxy as a bounty hunter. He and his team of lethal warriors were exiled from their homeworld; but what horrible event from Boushh's past doomed them all to wander with no hope of ever returning? Desperate to survive, Boushh takes a suspicious job from a shadowy organization to assassinate DOMINA TAGGE, the leader of the powerful Tagge Family - a galactic dynasty stretching back countless generations. But Domina is the most dangerous enemy Boushh has ever faced, and the desperate exile has the most difficult choice of his life to make! ALYSSA WONG and David Baldeón'S one-shot is the third of four action-packed "War of the Bounty Hunters" tie-ins about the criminal underworld's most notorious hunters and scoundrels, all told by the best STAR WARS writers and illustrators in the galaxy.
Rated T

X-MEN TRIAL OF MAGNETO #2 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Leah Williams (A) Lucas Werneck (CA) Valerio Schiti
HABEAS CORPSES!
•  Heroes of the Marvel Universe came to Krakoa for a memorial. Now they've got a fight.
•  Magneto pushes Krakoa and the Council to the brink!
•  Also... there's something wrong with the body...
Rated T+

                                       DC:

BATMAN 89 #2 (OF 6) DC Comics
(W) Sam Hamm (A/CA) Joe Quinones
A showdown in Burnside leaves both Batman and the Gotham borough reeling. As the community rallies together behind Harvey Dent, can Bruce find a way forward for both Batman and the city?

BATMAN URBAN LEGENDS #7
DC Comics
(W) Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Various (A) Max Dunbar, Various (CA) Francesco Mattina
The legend of Batman only begins with Bruce Wayne! For centuries to come different people will take up the mantle of Batman and defend the times they’re living in from all forms of villainy. See four of the finest Bats the future may offer! In Neo-Gotham, Bruce Wayne lies murdered in the Batcave. Terry McGinnis—Bruce Wayne’s final protégé—will travel into the dark heart of Neo-Gotham to find who killed the greatest hero the city ever knew. In Future State, Cassandra Cain just wants a moment to enjoy a hot meal but the Magistrate’s pursuit of her is relentless! In a blasted future, the Dark Knight stands alone against a murderous gang threatening his ruined city…and their mysterious leader will be a shocker! In the 853rd century, Batman One Million is a warden that must contain the galaxy’s criminals, but today there’s a breakout on Pluto.

BATMAN THE WORLD HC
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Lee Bermejo
BRIAN AZZARELLO (writer)/ LEE BERMEJO (artist) - USA MATHIEU GABELLA (writer)/THIERRY MARTIN (artist) – France PACO ROCA (writer/artist) – Spain ALESSANDRO BILOTTA (writer)/ NICOLA MARI (artist) – Italy BENJAMIN VON ECKARTSBERG (writer)/THOMAS VON KUMMANT (artist)- Germany STEPAN KOPRIVA (writer)/MICHAL SUCHANEK (artist) – Czech Republic TOMASZ KOLODZIEJCZAK (writer)/PIOTR KOWALSKI, BRAD SIMPSON (artists) – Poland ERTAN ERGIL (writer)/ ETHEM ONUR BILGIC (artist) – Turkey ALBERTO CHIMAL (writer)/RULO VALDES (artist) – Mexico CARLOS ESTEFAN (writer)/PEDRO MAURO (artist) – Brazil INPYO JEON (writer)/ JAE-KWANG PARK , KIM JUNG JI (artists) – Korea, XU XIAODONG, LU XIAOTONG (writers)/QIU KUN, YI NAN (artists) – China Writers: KIRILL KUTUZOV , EGOR PRUTOV (writers)/ NATALIA ZAIDOVA (artist) OKADAYA YUICHI (artist/writer) - Japan
DC takes Batman’s war on crime worldwide in a new hardcover anthology, Batman: The World. This 160-page book will feature Batman stories by creative teams from across the globe, taking place in their home countries. This original Batman project launches worldwide on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 and the complete anthology will be localized to the following international territories: North America, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, China, Korea, and Japan. This global collaboration is the first of its kind for DC, so join us for this phenomenon, proving that Batman is a true pop culture icon–and that the call for justice knows no borders.

RORSCHACH #12 (OF 12)
DC Comics
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
The end to the mystery is here! It’s been a long road to get here, and there have been a lot of dead bodies along the way, but the detective is very near closing the case. All the disparate threads lead back to the crime itself, to the assassination attempt that claimed the lives of the would-be assassins. Find out how it all went wrong for the comic book artist who put on a mask and declared himself Rorschach.

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GODZILLA RIVALS VS MOTHRA
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Mary Kenney (A) SL Gallant (CA) E. J. Su
The Monster in the Lake! Nature can't be contained in this brand-new issue of Godzilla Rivals!
Something is trapped in Lake Ikeda-Mothra, the ancient and beautiful guardian of nature and humanity! But when one kaiju awakens, Godzilla is sure to be close behind...

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                   Pick(s) of the week- September 8, 2021

                               MARVEL:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #73 SINW
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Federico Vicentini (CA) Mark Bagley
• We can't tell you a single thing that happens here without spoiling just about every issue that comes out between the time you're reading this and when ASM #73 comes out.
Rated T+

EXTREME CARNAGE TOXIN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Gerardo Sandoval (CA) Skan
TOXIN RETURNS! Bren Waters, the new host of TOXIN, enters the fray! Will he be enough to turn the tide?
Rated T+

DEFENDERS #2 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Javier Rodriguez
THE MOTHER OF GALACTUS?
The Defenders find themselves in the birthplace of Galactus - but the Devourer is not the man they remember. Meet Taaia, Omnimax and more as Al Ewing and Javier Rodríguez expand the cosmos - and put Doctor Strange's makeshift magical team in extreme jeopardy!
Rated T+

STAR WARS WAR BOUNTY HUNTERS #4 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Charles Soule (A) Luke Ross (CA) Steve McNiven
THE WAR CONTINUES!
•  The true machinations of the theft of HAN SOLO from BOBA FETT become clear, as one-time love of Solo QI'RA has returned her terrifying criminal organization, CRIMSON DAWN, to the galaxy.
•  Qi'ra used Han to bring the most powerful players in the galaxy together, and now the pieces are moving toward their endgame.
•  DARTH VADER, LUKE SKYWALKER, LEIA ORGANA, VALANCE, APHRA, THE HUTTS - all are vying for the ultimate prize, while Boba Fett's stuck in the middle, a simple man just trying to get what's his!
Rated T

                                    DC

BATMAN #112 (FEAR STATE)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas (A) Jorge Jimenez, Max Dunbar (CA) Jorge Jimenez
A story over a year in the making and set into motion with Infinite Frontier #0, Fear State begins! Batman played into the hands of the Scarecrow, who has unleashed a coordinated attack on Gotham City through his manipulation of Simon Saint and Peacekeeper-01! But there are other forces at work with the emergence of an Anti-Oracle spreading fake news across all channels and inciting terror and violence on the streets of Gotham! Backup: Clownhunter has turned down help from Batman, Leslie Thompkins, the Red Hood, and everyone else who has offered it to him, thinking that he can handle being a vigilante on the streets of Gotham City by himself. But when he takes a shot at fighting the Scarecrow one-on-one, he’ll learn very quickly how much in this city he’s not ready for yet. NEW HERO - PEACEKEEPER X!

BATMAN CATWOMAN #7 (OF 12) (MR)
DC Comics
(W) Tom King (A) Liam Sharp (CA) Clay Mann
When Batman begins to doubt Catwoman’s allegiance, it leads to trouble on the streets of Gotham. Who does Selina support: Joker, Phantasm, or the Dark Knight? Well, he’ll soon find out that some questions are better left unasked. If he’s going to test her loyalty, she’s going to test his mettle. Thus, Bruce Wayne finds himself locked in a bank vault with the Gotham PD knocking on the door!

GREEN LANTERN 2021 ANNUAL #1
DC Comics
(W) Ryan Cady (A) Sami Basri (CA) Bernard Chang
Once an agoraphobic scared to even leave her room, Jessica Cruz overcame her fear to become a Green Lantern and face the darkest and deadliest threats in the universe. But now, Jessica’s gone from overcoming fear to using it as a weapon. When Yellow Lanterns attacked the Green Lantern Sector House she took refuge in when the Central Power battery was destroyed, Jessica turned the tables on them, giving them something to be afraid of, as she beat them one-by-one. But now that she’s been offered a place in the Sinestro Corps, will she accept?

INFINITE FRONTIER #6 (OF 6) DC Comics
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Xermanico (CA) Bryan Hitch
One story ends and the next phase of the DC Multiverse begins. We have one name for you: DARKSEID. Our heroes knew that someone had been pulling the strings this entire time, but are they prepared for it to be the biggest bad of all? As President Superman, Alan Scott, Roy Harper, and the rest converge for a showdown, the secret of Omega Planet is revealed. Plus, Barry Allen is put on a path he may never get off!

 JOKER PRESENTS A PUZZLEBOX #2 (OF 7)
 DC Comics
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Jesus Merino, Keron Grant, Dani (CA) Chip Zdarsky
The mystery grows! With The Joker still in police custody for a murder he didn’t commit, it’s the perfect time for him to continue his tales of the twisted treasure hunt with Black Mask’s sojourn to the Siberian Sea and Harley Quinn bringing her over-the-top adventure underground.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #67
DC Comics
(W) Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V. (A) Phil Hester, Sumit Kumar (CA) David Marquez
It’s the Justice League versus the United Order as the truth that gives power to this new cosmic super team crosses a line that the Justice League cannot allow. Will there even be a United Planets after this thunderous clash of intergalactic superpowers? Also, Green Arrow must come to terms with his responsibilities to both Checkmate and the League. Ollie may have to pick which path to follow, but what does it mean for the future of the League if the guy paying the bills has to bail? The Silent School used their magic for years to protect Atlantis from all kinds of invaders, but nothing prepared them for the most powerful sorcerer ever…Merlin! Luckily, the Justice League Dark arrives to turn the tide of the battle. However, they’re not fighting at full strength. Zatanna is harboring a dark secret, and if she unleashes her magic, it could drown everyone!

SUICIDE SQUAD GET JOKER #2 (OF 3) (MR)
DC Comics
(W) Briaz Azzarello (A) Alex Maleev, Matt Hollingsworth (CA) Alex Maleev
After turning the tables on the Suicide Squad, The Joker gained control of the device that could detonate the bomb implanted in each of the team members’ heads. Now forced to do The Joker’s bidding, Red Hood, Harley, and the rest of Task Force X find themselves hunted by a newly formed Squad with a single mission: kill the previous Squad and take over hunting The Joker.

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STAR TREK MIRROR WAR #0
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A/CA) Carlos Nieto
Get caught up with the Mirror Enterprise-D before its crew-helmed by Jean-Luc Picard-faces new threats and challenges in the upcoming Mirror War event!
Following the failure of the attempt to steal ships from the Prime Universe, Picard and the Mirror Crew are called back to Earth to report to the Emperor personally... so long as they can survive the trip!  

                Pick(s) of the week- September 1, 2021

                                    MARVEL:

AVENGERS #48
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Javi Garron
"WORLD WAR SHE-HULK" Continues!
After being taken prisoner by the Russian Winter Guard and sent to the notorious assassin-training academy known as the Red Room, She-Hulk has been transformed into something terrifying. And now the Winter Hulk has been unleashed upon the world. And the only one who can stop her... is Gorilla-Man?
Rated T+

DARK AGES #1 (OF 6)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
This is what the Watcher has been watching for!
•  A danger older than the Earth threatens everything. For once, the heroes who have saved the planet so many times are almost powerless in the face of it.
•  X-Men and Avengers assemble. Spider-People and Fantastic Four come together. Heroes for Hire fight alongside Champions.  
•  None of it will be enough.
•  The lights are about to go out.
•  The world outside our window...is about to end.
•  An all-new saga of the Marvel Universe as you've never seen it before from Tom Taylor and Iban Coello!
Rated T+

SINISTER WAR #4 (OF 4)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Bryan Hitch
• Things just got worse for Spider-Man. IT Didn't seem possible, but it's true.
•   If you think you have seen Spider-Man take a beating, you haven't seen anything this brutal.
Rated T+

                                         DC:

AQUAMAN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
story by DAN JURGENS, GEOFF JOHNS, BRANDON THOMAS, CHUCK BROWN, STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, MICHAEL MORECI, MARGUERITE BENNETT, DAN WATTERS, JEFF PARKER, SHAWN ALDRIDGE, AND FRANCIS MANAPUL!
art by STEVE EPTING, PAUL PELLETIER, VALENTINE DE LANDRO, HENDRY PRASETYA, POP MHAN, TRUNGLES, MIGUEL MENDONÇA, EVAN “DOC” SHANER, TOM DERENICK, FRANCIS MANAPUL, AND MORE!
After defending the seven seas for eight decades, it’s time to throw Aquaman a party! This all-star-filled anthology spans across the ocean king’s legacy, not just celebrating his own triumphs, but also those of his greatest allies and enemies. We look at his ongoing romance with Mera, his bitter rivalry with Black Manta, his brotherly conflict with Ocean Master, and the inspiration he lends to younger heroes like Tempest and Jackson Hyde, the newest Aqualad. It would not be an Aquaman celebration without also looking at how he’s changed over the years, including a brand-new tale of Bombshells Aquaman. This special brings together Aqua talent past, present, and future, including reuniting fan-favorite creative teams such as Geoff Johns and Paul Pelletier, Dan Jurgens and Steve Epting, alongside Dan Watters and Miguel Mendonca. Plus, two of the stories are prequels to two new Aquaman miniseries launching in September, kicking off another 80 years of undersea adventure!

BATMAN FEAR STATE ALPHA #1 (ONE SHOT)
DC Comics
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Riccardo Federici (CA) Ben Oliver
The event over a year in the making begins Fear State settles upon Gotham City, and no one is safe! Overwhelmed by the dual threat of the Scarecrow and Peacekeeper-01, Batman and his allies have been one step behind since the events of Infinite Frontier #0 and with the arrival of a mysterious anti-Oracle and the return of Poison Ivy, Batman might have more than he can handle!

BATMAN SUPERMAN 2021 ANNUAL #1
DC Comics
(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Paul Pelletier, Francesco Francavilla (CA) Bryan Hitch
The epic epilogue to the Archive of Worlds saga! In his pursuit of perfection, the godlike Auteur.io sought to create and destroy worlds with the wave of a hand and a flair for the dramatic. But against all odds...the World of the Knight and the World of Tomorrow live on! The Batman of the noir-tinged streets of Gotham City finds himself stranded in the sunny, retro-futurist World of Tomorrow—and Superman discovers himself in the opposite predicament. With their home worlds in decay and only one chance to save them, the key to preserving their very existence is but the flip of a coin. Or the flip of this book! This special flip book is two times the story, with one full comic on one side and one full comic on the other, meeting in the middle! Follow Superman’s journey on one side of this epic flip book annual, and turn the adventure over to crusade with the Batman and his trusty sidekick, Robin!

INFINITE FRONTIER #5 (OF 6)
DC Comics
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Xermanico, Paul Pelletier, Jesus Merino (CA) Mitch Gerads
Roy Harper finds himself forced to do things on his own. He’s been through a lot since he was Green Arrow’s sidekick, and usually, the only person he can count on is himself. Hence, he’s hiding the fact that he’s back from the dead from his old friends. He comes across Jade, who has also been stranded by herself—can he help her while letting her help him? Because neither of them can handle Darkseid all by their lonesome. Meanwhile, Barry Allen sends out a call: it’s time for all the heroes exploring the Infinite Frontier to come to the Omega Planet!

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TRANSFORMERS #34
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova (CA) Winston Chan
"Sea of Rust," part one! Megatron has learned that his former mentor, Termagax, holds a key artifact that could tip the scales of the war firmly in the Decepticons' favor, eliminating the Autobots once and for all. The first order of business, of course, is finding Termagax's House, a mobile building on the run. And as tensions erupt between Megatron's Decepticons and his old mentor, the Autobots put themselves in the crossfire!

TRANSFORMERS KING GRIMLOCK #2 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Alex Horley
King Grimlock rampages on! As Grimlock sets off to find his place in this strange new world of men, beasts, and magic, he finds himself in the maw of a beast big enough to swallow a Dinobot! It's a fight of incredible strength between the Cybertronian T-Rex and the monster--and someone is taking lessons from Grimlock that may spell his doom!

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                             Pick(s) of the week- August 25, 2021

                             MARVEL:

ALIEN #6
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
IT ALL COMES CRASHING DOWN!
•  Epsilon Station is losing its orbit.
•  Gabriel Cruz is losing his son.
•  Can anything be saved?
Parental Advisory

AMAZING FANTASY #2 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W/A/CA) Kaare Andrews
EXPERIENCE THESE HEROES LIKE NEVER BEFORE!
Each of our heroes from across time and space seem to have found their tribes in this strange new land of wonder. But World War II Cap, Teenaged Spidey and Spy-School Black Widow soon discover that every paradise has its own costs and, eventually, everyone must pay! Is there a way to avoid the coming war? Or is fate the flute that leads us to our inevitable end? Our Amazing Fantasy continues!
Rated T+

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #72 SINW
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Marcelo Ferreira, More (CA) Mark Bagley
• Over in Sinister War, Spider-Man is facing two Sinister Sixes.
•  But, then, what is he doing HERE?
•  Just want to say, trying not to spoil - you don't quite understand how intense and impossible this situation is for Peter Parker.
Rated T+

AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 INFD
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jed MacKay (A) Travel Foreman, Juan Ferreyra (CA) Federico Vicentini
"INFINITE DESTINIES" CONCLUDES!
The last secret of the Infinity Stones and Infinity Stone-Bearers is revealed here. Meet the new character who beats Captain America and Iron Man within an inch of their lives. What saves them? This character's other desires.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: The conclusion of "Infinite Fury"!
Rated T+

SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY ANNUAL #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Chip Zdarsky
A Special Encore Return to the World of SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY by the Original Creative Team!
SPIDER-MAN. He's a threat. He's a menace. And J. JONAH JAMESON will do whatever it takes to make the world see it! But in this companion piece to last year's hit miniseries SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY, will the decades of his obsession bear fruit for Jonah...or be his destruction?
CHIP ZDARSKY and MARK BAGLEY reunite for this story told in a world where Marvel's beloved characters aged in real time!
Rated T

WOLVERINE #15
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Ben Percy (A/CA) Adam Kubert
BLACKMORE'S FIGHT!
WOLVERINE comes face-to-face with Arakkii pirate crime lord SEVYR BLACKMORE!  But will their fight lead Logan to the clues he needs to catch SOLEM, or put him right where the manipulative mutant wants him?
Parental Advisory

                                            DC:

ACTION COMICS #1034
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad (A) Daniel Sampere, Michael Avon Oeming (CA) Daniel Sampere
The Warzoons make their way to the doorstep of the Fortress of Solitude and only Lois Lane and the alien girl Thao-La are there to defend it. That’s because Superman is halfway around the world trying to stop the U.S. from declaring war on Atlantis. The Man of Steel must make a tough choice, and odds are, no one walks away happy. Elsewhere in Metropolis, Midnighter moves closer to the center of Trojan’s empire in the penultimate chapter of his back-up adventure. The story finishes later this month with the Midnighter 2021 Annual.

BATMAN REPTILIAN #3 (OF 6)
(W) Garth Ennis (A/CA) Liam Sharp
It got the Riddler. It got the Penguin. It got Deadshot, Hugo Strange, Two-Face, Tweedledee, and Tweedledum. It has left carnage in its wake as it moves through Gotham’s villainous underworld, and Batman finds himself vexed by one very important question: Just what on Earth is it? Now the Dark Knight’s search for clues has him tracking The Joker. But wouldn’t it be funny if the mysterious creature stalking Gotham got to the Clown Prince of Crime first?

BATMAN SUPERMAN #21
(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Ivan Reis (CA) Rodolfo Migliari
The dimension-shattering Archive of Worlds saga ends here—and reverberations from this titanic tale last long after the dust settles! As the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel work to halt the villainous Auteur.io’s plan here on Earth-0, the Batman and Superman of their respective archive worlds must team up with Alanna of Rann and El Diablo himself to save what’s left of their homes. Etrigan and his demon hordes rain Armageddon down on their pocket universes—and the fate of the World of Tomorrow and the World of the Knight hang in the balance!

DETECTIVE COMICS #1042
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Viktor Bogdanovic, Max Raynor (CA) Dan Mora
Batman rampages through the underworld of Gotham! Driven to a violent madness courtesy of the Jury’s Vile serum, the Dark Knight crushes bones, makes a scene, and gives costumed vigilantes in Gotham a very bad name. But will the Jury’s plan backfire? Can a violent rage-machine packed with money, weapons, and an insatiable bloodlust possibly end well for Mr. Worth and his Jury? That giant plunge from a building might be the answer... Backup: Countdown to Task Force Z: Part Two! When Red Hood shows up in your apartment, you know you’ve done something drastically wrong. Jason Todd teams up with Deb Donovan to uncover the mysterious disappearances in Gotham, and their search brings them to the missing body of Bane! Look alive because death seems to be knocking at the door.

SUPERMAN 78 #1 (OF 6)
(W) Robert Venditti (A/CA) Wilfredo Torres
Fly into director Richard Donner’s Superman once more in Superman ’78! Written by Robert Venditti (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) and drawn by Wilfredo Torres (Batman ’66), Superman ’78 tells a brand-new adventure in the world of the beloved film. A bright, shining day in Metropolis is interrupted by a mysterious drone that crash-lands in the city and starts wreaking havoc. This looks like a job for Superman! But where did the metallic menace come from, what is its purpose, and who is Brainiac?

SUPERMAN VS LOBO #1 (OF 3)
(W) Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie (A/CA) Mirka Andolfo
What happens when an indomitable force meets an irritating object? That’s what readers find out when Superman runs into Lobo. Think of it like a boy scout joining a biker gang. What will be worse, the damage Lobo causes on his own, or the chaos of trying to stop him? I smell a team-up, fanboys! Numen is the most popular being in the universe, a god clogging all social channels. And he does not like competition. This means Superman and Lobo must go. Further complicating things is Dr. Flik, a scientist determined to study the last sons of Krypton and Czarnia respectively. What can she glean from the hero who lost everything as a baby and the bad, bad boy who made it all go away just for the heck of it? From writers Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie the team behind the indie hit Money Shot and Punchline artist Mirka Andolfo comes a hilarious new superhero epic!

WONDER WOMAN BLACK & GOLD #3 (OF 6)
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Jae Lee
story by JANET HARVEY, ANDREW MACLEAN, PAULA SEVENBERGEN, PETE TOMASI, AND AIMEE GARCIA
art by MEGAN LEVENS, STEVE EPTING, INAKI MIRANDA, CHRISTIAN ALAMY, AND SEBASTIAN FIUMARA
You’ve been waiting for a Wonder Woman series like this! Our celebration of Diana continues with talent from all over the world paying homage to one of DC’s most iconic characters. This time around, our hero struggles with the memory of a lost love, battles a cult, loses her lasso, and more! You won’t want to miss this issue packed with timeless stories, just in time for the Princess of Themyscira’s 80th anniversary!

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KING SPAWN #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Sean Lewis, Todd McFarlane (A) Javier Fernandez & Various (CA) Puppeteer Lee
A historical NEW ongoing SPAWN series begins!
The launch of this book, nearly three decades in the making, further expands the SPAWN UNIVERSE with a growing presence of Hell, Heaven, and Heroes here on Earth.
A classic villain from Spawn's past has begun asserting his powers on Earth by corrupting as many souls as possible. And only Spawn knows that he even exists. Continuing the dramatic battles from SPAWN'S UNIVERSE #1, this is where it all begins!!!!!
Don't miss out...the last time a new ongoing SPAWN series launched was in 1992.

TRANSFORMERS SHATTERED GLASS #1 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Danny Lore (A) Guido Guidi (CA) Dan Khanna
Shattered Glass isn't your average Transformers tale... "Shards" is the story of the ongoing battle between the power-hungry Autobot autocrats and the freedom-fighting Decepticon laborers. Join author Danny Lore (James Bond, King in Black: Captain America, Champions) in exploring this fractured alternate universe just before it shatters.
In issue #1, many kilocycles after the Cybertronian War has destroyed Earth, Blurr, an evil Autobot Seeker, hunts his newest bounty who holds a piece of information that could reignite the war.

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                                         MARVEL:

KANG THE CONQUEROR #1 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Mike Del Mundo
THE ORIGIN OF KANG!
The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror.
But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path...
Rated T+

SINISTER WAR #3 (OF 4)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Bryan Hitch
• You haven't read the end of SINISTER WAR #2 yet, but when you do, YOU WILL BE VERY MAD YOU HAD TO WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THIS!
•  Things have never been worse for Spider-Man, and it'll be a MIRACLE if he makes it through this alive.
Rated T+

X-MEN TRIAL OF MAGNETO #1 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Leah Williams (A) Lucas Werneck (CA) Valerio Schiti
THE STORY THAT WILL SHAKE KRAKOA TO ITS CORE!
A horrific murder. A shocking revelation. A trial that will divide the new mutant nation. Leah Williams and Valerio Schiti bring you a new epic that threatens the Reign of X and will upend the world of mutants. The truth is hidden, the danger is far from over, and the trial has begun
Rated T+

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BATMAN CATWOMAN #6 (OF 12)
(W) Tom King (A) Clay Mann (CA) Jim Lee, Scott Williams
As mysteries deepen, so do resentments. Throughout her life, Catwoman’s actions have caused many close to her to doubt her motivations. Bruce Wayne, Phantasm, and now her daughter have all had their suspicions about her deals with The Joker. And when she killed the old clown, did it trigger this feline’s ninth life? Or maybe it was really over all those years ago, the first time Phantasm drew her blood and Batman had to face a harsh truth. There are big revelations waiting to be found here at the halfway point in Tom King and Clay Mann’s final word on the Bat/Cat romance!

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #4
(W) Stephanie Phillips (A/CA) Max Dunbar
At the turn of the 20th century, Gotham City’s most prominent businessmen were being murdered by a serial killer known only as the West End Wrath. Their cases were never solved. Over a hundred years later, Bruce Wayne comes into possession of a box of clues that will shine a light on who the West End Wrath was and what motivated the killings. But some people in Gotham want the secret of the murders to never come to light, including Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. the Penguin! The Penguin leads an all-out assault on Wayne Manor while Batman steps back into Gotham history to try and solve this cold case in what promises to be a stellar stand-alone issue from the rising-star creative team of Stephanie Phillips (Harley Quinn, Infinite Frontier) and Max Dunbar (Batman: Urban Legends).

SUPERGIRL WOMAN OF TOMORROW #3 (OF 8)
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Bilquis Evely
Supergirl’s journey across the cosmos continues! Her hunt to bring the killer Krem to justice brings her and the young alien in her care to a small planet, where they discover that there are still some very small minds, even on the outer edges of the galaxy. The cold welcome the locals give the Woman of Steel makes her suspicious enough to go looking for secrets they want to keep buried, and what she finds is nothing short of horrifying. Can she and Ruthye get off the planet alive now that these deadly sins have been exposed?

SUPERMAN RED & BLUE #6 (OF 6)
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Evan Doc Shaner
story by TOM KING, MATT WAGNER, SOPHIE CAMPBELL, REX OGLE, AND DARCIE LITTLE BADGER
art by PAOLOE RIVERA, MATT WAGNER, SOPHIE CAMPBELL, STEVE PUGH AND MORE!
It’s the final issue of this free-form anthology, featuring the Metropolis Marvel in new stories, bedazzled in his signature colors. It’s the only place to see Superman chasing down headlines in a classic style and taking pause to reflect on growing up on a farm in Smallville. Not to mention, the return of Streaky the Supercat by superstar cartoonist Sophie Campbell (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)!

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GODZILLA MONSTERS & PROTECTORS #5 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
Rise Up, Part 5! The time has come to see if the world is worthy of saving! Can our heroes-with a little help from the Shobijin-show Godzilla that mankind is capable of hope? Or will the Priestesses' frightening vision of the future come to pass?

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                 Pick(s) of the week- August 11, 2021

                                 MARVEL:

AVENGERS TECH-ON #1 (OF 6)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu
When the Red Skull wields a strange new power that strips heroes of their powers and threatens the entire world, the Avengers turn to Tony Stark's experimental new technology to save us all. Here come the Iron Avengers - Avengers Tech-On!
Sleek high-tech power suits bristling with energy and amped-up attack power face off against super villains enhanced to match. It's mechs and mayhem in the Marvel Mighty Manner!
Avengers Tech-On is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff "Chamba" Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!
Rated T

CHILDREN OF ATOM #6
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Vita Ayala (A) Paco Medina (CA) R. B. Silva
NO ONE LIKES GOODBYES!
•  The Hellfire Gala is here! A.K.A. the most important party of the YEAR!
•  The truth finally comes out for the COTA kids.
•  Plus: A heartbreaking goodbye...maybe, forever?
Rated T+

DEFENDERS #1 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Javier Rodriguez
SUPERSTARS AL EWING & JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ REUNITE FOR A COSMOS-COLLIDING JOURNEY!
When existence itself faces extraordinary threats, it needs an extraordinary defense! That's when you call...THE DEFENDERS!
DOCTOR STRANGE and the MASKED RAIDER take a non-team of Marvel's weirdest, wildest heroes on a mission that will uncover the hidden architecture of reality itself! This cosmos was not the first to exist...but if the DEFENDERS can't track Marvel's oldest villain through the deepest trenches of time - it might be the last!
Rated T+

X-MEN LEGENDS #6
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Peter David (A/CA) Todd Nauck
WOLFSBANE UNLEASHED!
Renegade mutants have taken hostages at the Latverian embassy...and DR. DOOM isn't happy about it! And with one of X-FACTOR'S own in their clutches, it's going to be a super-powered battle on multiple fronts as innocent lives hang in the balance!
Experience these villains' first battle in the dramatic conclusion to this all-new adventure set during Peter David's original X-FACTOR run!
Rated T+

                                   DC:

BATMAN 89 #1 (OF 6)
(W) Sam Hamm (A/CA) Joe Quinones
Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies! Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets. As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!

BATMAN URBAN LEGENDS #6
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Nicola Scott
story by CHIP ZDARSKY, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, MEGHAN FITZMARTIN, AND MATTHEW ROSENBERG
art by EDDY BARROWS, MARCUS TO TREVOR HAIRSINE, BELÉN ORTEGA, AND CHRIS SPROUSE
Red Hood: The epic Cheer story line reaches its conclusion, and Red Hood’s alliance with Batman will be forever changed. Will the former Dynamic Duo get the Cheerdrop drug off the streets for good? Or will they forever be at the mercy of the villain who created it? And will Red Hood find a new home for Tyler, the boy he’s sworn to protect? Tim Drake: Tim Drake is in the den of the Chaos Monsters with the other kidnapped teenagers of Gotham City. In order to free himself and the other teens, Tim will have to embrace help from his friend Bernard and hear something about himself he never knew. A brand-new chapter of Tim Drake’s life starts here, and you won’t want to miss it! Black Canary: Oracle locates some Batman weaponry, missing since The Joker War, and calls in her old friend Dinah Lance to help retrieve it! Fists will fly, the Canary will scream, and a stunning new mission begins. The ending will leave readers in shock and awe! Zealot: The HALO Corporation sent their top field agent, code name Zealot, to hunt Maxwell Lord. But the villain has a guardian angel in the form of...Wonder Woman?! A throw down for the ages will ensue!

DETECTIVE COMICS #1041
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Dan Mora, Darick Robertson (CA) Dan Mora
As Gotham’s Dark Knight of vengeance, Batman is seen by many (mostly criminals, let’s be honest) as judge and executioner of the city’s vilest villains. Well, it’s time for him to meet the Jury! In a last-ditch effort to avenge his daughter’s death, Mr. Worth has teamed with the Penguin’s criminal empire, the Party Crashers gang, and the Falcone crime family to form the kind of villain team-up that would leave a Boy Wonder sweating in his booties. Backup: Countdown to Task Force Z: Part One! Deb Donovan is on the trail of some weird happenings in Gotham...missing bodies from the morgue...tales of shady criminal activity the likes of which Gotham has never seen...and the person trying to keep her quiet is...Batman?

INFINITE FRONTIER #4 (OF 6)
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Xermanico, Paul Pelletier, Jesus Merino (CA) Mitch Gerads
President Superman finds himself in the wrong world, and it isn’t looking good. Bones and Chase attempt to stop super-powered heroes and villains from crossing Multiversal lines. If they can shut down the President of Steel, they think that it will serve as a signal to all to not mess with Earth-0! This is only a distraction, however, as Injustice Incarnate begins to show them the worst the Multiverse has to offer, and only Flashpoint Batman is there to lend the heroes backup.

JOKER #6
(W) James Tynion IV, Sam Johns (A) Guillem March, Sweeney Boo (CA) Guillem March
After barely surviving in the jungles of Belize, The Joker flees to Europe! Jim Gordon pursues the madman, but the seeds of doubt begin to sprout...if The Joker didn’t gas Arkham Asylum, who did? And what’s the next move for Vengeance, daughter of Bane? Backup: Punchline’s takeover of Blackgate Penitentiary continues as her most insidious goal becomes clear: find a woman she used to call her friend in her college days and make her pay for her betrayal. On the outside, Harper Row tries to pull her brother, Cullen, back from the brink of Jokerized radicalization!

RORSCHACH #11 (OF 12)
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
To solve the attempted murder, the detective on the scene must first solve an actual murder. Before Rorschach and Laura can carry out their ill-fated plan to kill a presidential candidate, they first have to find a way into his political rally. Once that detail is uncovered, the rest should snap into place— especially if it turns out that their inside man was part of the rival campaign. The only problem is that man is dead, potentially killed by the very people he was trying to help, and as everyone knows, dead men tell no tales. Thank goodness, then, that crime scenes do! There’s only one more issue to go after this. Don’t miss out on one of the most intriguing comics of the year!

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                    Pick(s) of the week- August 4, 2021

                                      MARVEL:

AVENGERS #47
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Javi Garron
"WORLD WAR SHE-HULK" Rages On!
The Red Room is the secret furnace where some of the world's greatest assassins and super-killers have been forged. And now She-Hulk is its newest recruit. As the Avengers race to rescue Jen Walters from the Russian Winter Guard, is it too late to save She-Hulk...from going red?
Rated T+

IMMORTAL HULK #49
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Alex Ross
• This is the gate into the city of suffering. To the hurt that never ends. This gate is for the lost.
•  The gate is a thing of divine power - a thing of forever. But even for the strongest one there is, it bears the warning:
•  ABANDON HOPE, ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE.
Rated T+

SINISTER WAR #2 (OF 4)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Bryan Hitch
Spidey's classic problem has been multiplied by two and you don't even know the HALF of it. Twelve of Spidey's greatest villains are out for blood: Spider-Man's and each other's! Ock and Vulture make their big plays this issue that are going to shake up NYC in ways you didn't think were possible!
Rated T+

STAR WARS WAR BOUNTY HUNTERS 4-LOM ZUCKUSS #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Daniel Jose Older (A) Kei Zama (CA) Mahmud Asrar
ZUCKUSS BATTLES 4-LOM! WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS TIE-IN!
Together, lethal droid 4-LOM and Gand Findsman Zuckuss make an unparalleled bounty hunting team. Yet a brutal battle with Boba Fett has divided them. Lost and alone on the crime-infested streets of Nar Shaddaa, Zuckuss faces down an utterly transformed 4-LOM...but why is his old friend out for blood? The answer may lie in the past, from an early mission that helped forge their formidable partnership. Daniel José Older and Kei Zama's one-shot is the second of four action-packed "War of the Bounty Hunters" tie-ins about the criminal underworld's most notorious hunters and scoundrels, all told by the best STAR WARS writers and illustrators in the galaxy.
Rated T

X-MEN #2
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Pepe Larraz
ALWAYS BET ON X!
As threats hurtle toward the Earth from all sides, the fearless X-Men fight a seemingly unstoppable wave of annihilation...but even more dangerous threats lurk in the darkness, ready to strike in secret.
Rated T+

                                             DC:

BATMAN #111
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Jorge Jimenez, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (CA) Jorge Jimenez
Mayor Nakano announces a crackdown on masked vigilantes just as the Magistrate moves against the Unsanity Collective. Batman attempts to avert a bloodbath, while the Scarecrow makes his final move...Fear State is about to begin! Backup: Ghost-Maker faces his most gruesome adversary yet...the horrific Razorline!

GREEN LANTERN #5
(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Tom Raney, Marco Santucci (CA) Bernard Chang
As Far Sector’s Jo Mullein begins to investigate the suspects most likely responsible for the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps, she winds up face-to-face with one of its greatest enemies—Sinestro. Was this the former Green Lantern’s plan all along? Did he destroy the Green Lantern’s Central Power Battery so his Sinestro Corps could take over the empty sectors of space? While Jo searches for answers, John Stewart attempts to fight his way out of the uncharted and unregulated dark sectors of space—with no ring to help protect or guide him. Searching for the other missing Lanterns, John realizes they may not all make it home.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #66
(W) Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V. (A) Phil Hester, Sumit Kumar (CA) David Marquez
The Hall of Justice has been invaded by the cosmic threat of the Synmar Utopica, and it will take the full force of the United Planets, led by Superman, to defeat it without destroying Earth in the process. Meanwhile, the secrets of Checkmate are being whispered among the Justice League, and that spells trouble for Green Arrow and Black Canary. All this, and guest star Deathstroke! Meanwhile in Gotham, Batman stands watch as the Eternal Knight continues her quest through the maze of Randir Singh’s mind. And she’s not the only one lost within it! But where is the Justice League Dark in all of this? Under the sea in the lost city of Atlantis! Merlin is ready to rule, and it’s up to Aquaman and this band of magical misfits to save the entire kingdom!

JOKER PRESENTS A PUZZLEBOX #1 (OF 7)
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Jesus Merino, Joshua Hixon (CA) Chip Zdarsky
It’s story time! The G.C.P.D. discover a mysterious corpse, a magical box, and a murderer’s row of the city’s most dangerous villains sitting in a jail cell. Now all they need to figure out is what exactly happened. Fortunately, one suspect is willing to talk. Unfortunately, it’s The Joker. Now, superstar writer Matthew Rosenberg, magnificent artist Jesus Merino, and a multitude of rising-star artists invite you to spend a night in the Gotham Central interrogation room for a dozen tales of murder, mayhem, and mystery as told by the Clown Prince of Crime himself. Can you solve this puzzle before the sun comes up?

SUICIDE SQUAD GET JOKER #1 (OF 3)
(W) Brian Azzarello (A) Alex Maleev, Matt Hollingsworth (CA) Alex Maleev
Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Batman: No Man’s Land) collaborate for the first time in this three-issue, oversize, Prestige plus format Suicide Squad series pitting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly, and more of DC’s most villainous criminals against The Joker. When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror.

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TRANSFORMERS KING GRIMLOCK #1 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Cary Nord
KING GRIMLOCK BEGINS! Grimlock, the beloved powerhouse T-rex with an attitude and one of the strongest Cybertronians in existence, finds himself magically transported to a world of fantastical beasts and strange powers! In this savage world, where the strong rule with sword and iron, Grimlock finds a new opportunity to prove he's the strongest there is... but as Grimlock and the human barbarian, Arko, will learn, sometimes brute strength isn't enough.
Written by Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Justice League of America) with art by Agustin Padilla (Dungeons & Dragons, Suicide Squad), King Grimlock features the iconic Transformers character in a solo adventure through a world of swords-and-sorcery unlike anything you've ever seen!

TMNT BEST OF CASEY JONES
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) VARIOUS (A) Various (CA) James Biggie
Goongala! Is Casey Jones a disturbed vigilante or the Turtles' best pal? Why not both? Featuring stories from across multiple publishers, dig into this collection of the best stories of the TMNT's unpredictable ally!

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