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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!

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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+

                                          DC:

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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            Pick(s) of the week- July 28, 2021

                      MARVEL:

AMAZING FANTASY #1 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W/A/CA) Kaare Andrews
EXPERIENCE THESE HEROES LIKE NEVER BEFORE!
Red Room Black Widow, teenage Spider-Man, World War II Captain America - the most iconic versions of your favorite Marvel characters from across time and space all wake up on an island of intrigue, darkness and...Amazing Fantasy. Are they dead? Are they dreaming? Or have they truly been transported to another fantastical realm? And is there any way for them to return home?
This isn't just a love letter to your favorite Marvel eras, it's a reinvestment in the seminal characters you've always loved, plucked from their quintessential timelines. Brought to you by KAARE ANDREWS, this is the one you've been waiting for, True Believers... It's one Amazing Fantasy for the ages!
Rated T+

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #71 SINW
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Federico Vicentini (CA) Mark Bagley
SINISTER WAR CONTINUES!
Two of the most deadly villain teams are fighting both Spidey and each other, but what is Kindred's role in all this?
Rated T+

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN CROSSROADS #1 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Peter David (A/CA) Greg Land
PETER DAVID AND GREG LAND DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!
After three sense-shattering series, Peter David, Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Frank D'Armata - the entire SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN crew - RETURN! This time, they're taking Spider-Man down the road less traveled to the supremely psychedelic CROSSROADS DIMENSION! In their most ambitious series yet, the SYMBIOTE team puts Peter Parker and his alien costume on a collision course with none other than THE INCREDIBLE HULK, in a story set just before Peter David's landmark run on the Hulk series!
Rated T

WOLVERINE #14
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Ben Percy (A/CA) Adam Kubert
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS!
Stolen goods. A torched ship. A missing sword. Wolverine's on the case, but what mind games is Solem playing?
The new X-villain comes into his own in this arc!
Parental Advisory

                                    DC:

ACTION COMICS #1033
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad (A) Daniel Sampere, Michael Avon Oeming (CA) Daniel Sampere
Atlantis is under attack! Taking in the Warworld refugees also means taking possession of the deadly Warworld tech they brought with them, and holding that much power makes the undersea kingdom a threat to the rest of the world. Can Superman move fast enough to prevent all-out war? Doing so may mean taking the power into his own hands… Meanwhile, some of the escaped Warworld prisoners have found the Fortress of Solitude…and along with it, Lois Lane! In our second feature, Midnighter has gone deep into the Trojan compound and found a very unexpected guest whose path he crossed in Future State—none other than Mister Miracle!

BATMAN REPTILIAN #2 (OF 6)
(W) Garth Ennis (A/CA) Liam Sharp
Batman hits the streets in search of the creature terrorizing Gotham’s underworld—and hits them hard. First stop is the lair of the Penguin, but Oswald Cobblepot is at death’s door (which is better off than the beast left many of his cronies). The mangled rogue has no answers for Batman, but his blood—and the surprising secrets that it holds—will send the vigilante ever deeper into darkness...

BATMAN SUPERMAN #20
(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Ivan Reis (CA) Ivan Reis, Danny Miki
The Man of Steel and the Dark Knight need time to recover from their manic melee through the Archive of Worlds, but the heroes won’t rest for long! Despite the efforts of new friends El Diablo and Alanna, Auteur.io, the cybernetic architect of these alternate realities, seems to have the upper hand! And to make matters worse, the Archive of Worlds unleashes its most horrific story ever put to magic-infused celluloid: the dark and twisted tale of that demon from the depths: Etrigan!

DETECTIVE COMICS #1040
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Dan Watters (A) Dan Mora, Kyle Hotz (CA) Dan Mora
When the cops brought Bruce Wayne in for questioning last month, a giant money-man with a bazooka and a mustache for days blew the place up. So what’s that mean for Gotham’s ex-favorite son? Well, it means Bruce Wayne has to spend a weekend in lockup! Can Batman’s alter ego go the weekend without getting stabbed? (I suppose to be fair, he’s stabbed on the reg as Batman anyway...) PLUS: A major Batman villain meets his death in a story that will rock the world of Gotham City in a monstrous way! Do not miss: The Night [REDACTED] Was Killed by Dan Watters and Kyle Hotz!

INFINITE FRONTIER #3 (OF 6)
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Xermanico (CA) Mitch Gerads
Barry Allen’s history with the Psycho-Pirate isn’t pleasant. The Flash encountered this mind-bending villain all the way back in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, and it did not end well for the Scarlet Speedster. For the first time since his death and rebirth, Barry runs afoul of this foe—hopefully it will go better this time around! That is, if the even bigger villain behind the Pirate stays out of the fray, or if President Superman of Justice Incarnate sticks around to help win the day.

SUPERMAN SON OF KAL-EL #1
(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) John Timms
Jonathan Kent has experienced a lot in his young life. He’s traveled the galaxies with his Kryptonian grandfather and lived in the future with the Legion of Super-Heroes, who were intent on training him for the day his father, Clark Kent, could no longer be Superman. There is a hole in the Legion’s history that prevents Jon from knowing exactly when that will happen, but all signs point to it being very soon. It’s time for the son to wear the cape of his father and bear the symbol of hope that has told the world who Superman really is. Join writer Tom Taylor (Nightwing, DCeased) and artist John Timms (Infinite Frontier) as they usher in a whole new era for the House of El!

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GROO MEETS TARZAN #1 (OF 4)
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragones (A/CA) Tom Yeates, Sergio Aragones
The team behind the hit Groo the Wanderer series goes to Comic-Con, finding inspiration not only in their enthusiastic fans but in their fellow creators, too-especially those working on Tarzan comics. Sergio Aragonés finds a way to introduce the two characters to each other, and so Tarzan, the lord of the jungle, is set on a path that will lead him to Groo, the master of cheese dip. Also includes the return of the Rufferto backup strips!
Groo and Tarzan return to Dark Horse in this exciting crossover!

TMNT ANNUAL 2021
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Tom Waltz (A/CA) Casey Maloney
For millennia, the Pantheon family have played a deadly chess game with humanity, willingly sacrificing innocent and guilty alike in their twisted pursuit of victory. But now, one member of the family sees the opportunity to end the eternal contest once and for all -- a final, crushing triumph over his immortal siblings and all of human- and mutant-kind. The time has arrived for the Rat King to make his most chaotic and destructive moves yet. The time has come at last for... THE ARMAGEDDON GAME! Written by Tom Waltz and illustrated by XXX XXX, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2021: "The King's Gambit" is the official prelude to the major TMNT event years in the making.

TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS #6
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
"Savage Landing", Part 6! It's a siege on the Axalon as the Predacons attempt to end the Beast Wars before they even begin by bringing down the Maximals and their base! As Megatron and his loyal (?) troops launch their assault, one bot on Optimus Primal's ship decides to put it all on the line to help the others turn the tide.

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                 Pick(s) of the week- July 21, 2021

                                  MARVEL:

ALIEN #5
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
ENTER THE ALPHA!
•  The creature that almost killed Cruz is back to finish the job.
•  Everything Cruz has dedicated his life to hangs in the balance.
•  And with his son's life on the line, terrible decisions must be made.
Parental Advisory

EXTREME CARNAGE PHAGE #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Gerardo Sandoval (CA) Skan
FLASH THOMPSON IS BACK!
After the shocking revelations of EXTREME CARNAGE: SCREAM, Carnage sets its sights on the PHAGE symbiote. Carnage isn't the only familiar face on the board though! After a rendezvous with his student, Andi Benton, FLASH THOMPSON is back and ready for a fight!
Rated T+

STAR WARS WAR BOUNTY HUNTERS JABBA HUTT #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Justina Ireland (A) Luca Pizarri, More (CA) Mahmud Asrar
JABBA NEVER FORGIVES! JABBA NEVER FORGETS!
JABBA THE HUTT is one of the most powerful and ruthless gangsters in the galaxy-and BOBA FETT, his most trusted bounty hunter, has failed him. How will Jabba deal with betrayal? VIOLENTLY. And what does this have to do with a bounty hunter with ties to the HIGH REPUBLIC? Justina Ireland and Luca Pizzari's hutt-sized spectacular is the first 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

STAR WARS DARTH VADER #14 WOBH
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Greg Pak (A) Raffaele Ienco (CA) Aaron Kuder
"THE BLADE BEHIND THE CURTAIN"
•  For decades, no figure has stood as close to the EMPEROR with so much mystery surrounding her.
•  Who is the UMBARAN? What is her role within the EMPIRE and in the WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS? And what happens when she emerges from the darkness to challenge Darth Vader himself?
•  Featuring an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Emperor's inner circle - and the return of IG-88!
Rated T

                                       DC:

JUSTICE LEAGUE #65
(W) Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V (A) Steve Pugh, Sumit Kumar (CA) David Marquez
The Justice League heads to deep space, on the trail of the most dangerous new criminal in all the galaxy. The biggest threat to the United Planets is on the loose, and no one in the cosmos is safe. Meanwhile, on Earth, Checkmate breaks into the Hall of Justice looking for clues to Black Canary’s secret affiliation. What secret affiliation, you ask? It’s a secret, duh! All this, and Black Adam declares himself leader of the League. Plus, as the Justice League Dark plans their next move, Batman makes his in Gotham. An ally from Etrigan’s past holds the key to saving the present, but to retrieve it, the League and the Eternal Knights must venture deep into his twisted dreams. Little do they know, Randu Singh’s mind is a maze that they could end up trapped in for good!

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #3
(W) Darick Robertson (A) Darick Robertson (CA) Darick Robertson, Diego Rodriguez
Bad Night, Good Knight draws to its epic conclusion! Time runs out, and Riddler’s new partner, Quiz, captures Batman. The Dark Knight must make a deal with this deadly duo to escape and stop the mysterious gas-masked salesman disrupting the Gotham underground from selling to one of the city’s most dangerous villains...the Scarecrow!

SUPERGIRL WOMAN OF TOMORROW #2 (OF 8)
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Bilquis Evely
After the shocking conclusion of last issue, Supergirl and her new friend Ruthye find themselves stranded with no way to pursue Krem, the murderous kingsagent. Each moment this fugitive roams free, the more beings become dangerously close to dying by his hand. There is no time to lose, so our heroes must now travel across the universe the old-fashioned way…by cosmic bus! Little do they know, their journey will be a dark one filled with terrors that not even the Maid of Might is prepared to face! Can Kara Zor-El lie low long enough to ensure their safe passage?

SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY #1 (OF 4)
(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Mikel Janin
Sometimes even Superman finds a task almost impossible. Sometimes even the Last Son of Krypton needs to enlist help. Some tasks require methods and heroes that don’t scream Justice League. So Clark Kent, the Metropolis Marvel, seeks out Manchester Black, the most dastardly of rogues, to form an all-new Authority tasked with taking care of some business on the sly. Not only will Black know the right candidates for the team, but if Superman can make him behave himself and act in service of the greater good, then he’ll prove literally anyone can be a hero! They’ll have to move quickly, however, as the Ultra-Humanite forms his own team to take out the Man of Steel. This new limited series helps launch an all-new Superman status quo, setting up story elements that reverberate across both Action Comics and Superman: Son of Kal-El in the months to come. And not only is Superman putting together a superstar team, but it takes superstars to tell the tale: Grant Morrison (The Green Lantern, All-Star Superman) and Mikel Janin (Batman, Future State: Superman: Worlds of War)!

SUPERMAN RED & BLUE #5 (OF 6)
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Amanda Conner
stories by JUDD WINICK, G. WILLOW WILSON, BRANDON THOMAS, MARK BUCKINGHAM, AND DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON
art by IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA, VALENTINE DE LANDRO, BERAT PEKMEZCI, MARK BUCKINGAM, AND DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON
There’s no dog in the Multiverse quite like Superman’s real best friend, Krypto! Join us this month for an epic retelling of Superman’s canine companion’s origin story, along with four additional tales about the Man of Steel, including one that proves that even in his secret identity Clark Kent is just as super. While Superman is known for his larger-than-life heroism, in this issue we tell the story of a delicate infant rocketed through the unforgiving universe! Also, meet for the first time the man rescued by Superman more often than anyone else in the Multiverse. And follow Pa Kent as he learns what it really means to be the father of a superhero. You won’t want to miss the penultimate issue of this star-studded anthology celebrating the Man of Steel!

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GODZILLA MONSTERS & PROTECTORS #4 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
Rise Up, Part 4! The Shobijin twins, with a little help, continue their mission to seek out proof that mankind is worth saving! But they have to work fast as Godzilla and Biollante gear up for another showdown-can Cedric, Anderson, and Emily help convince these kaiju that the world shouldn't be destroyed?!

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                       Pick(s) of the week- July 14, 2021

                                         MARVEL:

ALIENS AFTERMATH #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Ben Percy (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Phil Noto
FOR ALIENS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY, A RETURN TO HADLEY'S HOPE!
It's been 35 years since the tragedy of the Hadley's Hope colony, but what happened to that ill-fated venture has been shrouded in mystery. A renegade crew of investigative journalists are heading towards the moon that Weyland-Yutani has wiped from all records, and they'll bring back the truth even if it kills them...and what remains in that bombed out site will try to do just that. Benjamin Percy and Dave Wachter imagine a terrifying possible future for LV-426 in this celebration of the 35th Anniversary of one of the most influential science fiction films of all time!
Parental Advisory

EXTREME CARNAGE SCREAM #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Clay McLeod Chapman (A) Chris Mooneyham (CA) Skan
SCREEEEEAM!
SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE writer Clay McLeod Chapman returns to the character to lend his lethal sensibilities to EXTREME CARNAGE!
Andi Benton has always been a fighter, and that's never been truer than since she bonded to the Scream symbiote a few months ago. But even after ABSOLUTE CARNAGE and KING IN BLACK, Andi has never had to fight like this - and, worse still, if she can't save her symbiote from whatever unseen force is affecting it, she might have to do it alone...
Rated T+

SINISTER WAR #1 (OF 4)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Bryan Hitch
DOCTOR OCTOPUS IS BACK! AND THE SINISTER WAR HAS BEGUN!
Ock's got a new Sinister Six and if you think he's thought big in the past, think again. What Ock DOESN'T know is that the VULTURE has a sextet of his own: THE SAVAGE SIX! It's an all-out WAR between two of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe, and the only person they hate more than each other is SPIDER-MAN! Spidey's in deep trouble with the toughest battle that he's ever faced. Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley team up for this epic Spider-Man story guaranteed to shock readers everywhere!
Rated T+

SPIDER-MAN SPIDERS SHADOW #4 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Pasqual Ferry (CA) Phil Noto
WHAT IF PETER PARKER BECAME VENOM?
Peter is finally free...or so he thought. The Fantastic Four are now in trouble, with Reed Richards in the crosshairs of the symbiote - and it's more dangerous than ever before! A brutal penultimate chapter, featuring guest stars galore and twists you'll never see coming!
Rated T+

STAR WARS WAR BOUNTY HUNTERS #2 (OF 5)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Charles Soule (A) Luke Ross (CA) Steve McNiven
THE BIGGEST COMC EVENT OF THE STAR WARS GALAXY CONTINUES!
•  Notorious bounty hunter BOBA FETT has tracked his missing prize - heroic smuggler HAN SOLO, frozen in carbonite - to the remote, frozen world of JEKARA.
•  But representatives from many of the galaxy's most powerful factions have gathered, and they all want the same thing - Solo.
•  Things go from bad to worse, as Boba Fett realizes that he himself has become almost as valuable to the galaxy's hunters as Han Solo, and he must turn to the least trustworthy person in the galaxy for help...DOCTOR APHRA...
Rated T

                                              DC:

ACTION COMICS 2021 ANNUAL #1
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Siya Oum (CA) Scott Godlewski
The return of Future State’s House of El! It’s time to head back to tomorrow, as Superman’s descendants face a threat from today. This special tale connects to “Warworld Rising” as the actions of Clark Kent in the present reverberate, leaving long-lasting changes...and a deadly threat for the House of El to reckon with. Can Brandon Kent, the Superman of his era, stop the danger from hurting the next generation? Also, for those wanting to know more about Brandon’s relationshop with Theand’r, the Tamaranean queen, prepare yourself for a little romance as well.

BATMAN THE DETECTIVE #4 (OF 6)
(W) Tom Taylor (A) Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope (CA) Andy Kubert
Bruce Wayne is facing charges for the attempted murder of former mentor and teacher Henri Ducard and faces a grueling Interpol interrogation. Nothing is as it appears, however, as the Gotham expatriate charges into a lion’s den of mystery and duplicity without the benefit of Batman’s tools. Will the onetime Dark Knight escape unscathed?

BATMAN URBAN LEGENDS #5
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) David Finch
Story by CHIP ZDARSKY, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, MEGHAN FITZMARTIN, AND MARGUERITE BENNETT
art by EDDY BARROWS, MARCUS TO, RYAN BENJAMIN, BELÉN ORTEGA, AND SWEENEY BOO
Red Hood: Meet Cheer, the villain behind the insidious Cheerdrops altering the citizens of Gotham. When confronted with a man responsible for taking the lives of so many, including Tyler, the kid Jason Todd swore to protect, will Red Hood be able to stop himself from taking vengeance for a whole city? Grifter: Through four chapters of blood, bullets, and Batman, the true reason for Cole Cash emerging in Gotham City reveals itself at last…but it’s not what you think! Tim Drake: Tim is determined to find his friend Bernard, who was taken by a Chaos Monster before his very eyes. But this case is different from any Tim has taken on before, and the cracks are starting to show. Batgirls: Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown are just two teenagers breaking into Wayne Manor so they can play some video games. But when Oracle gives them a mission, the Batgirls suit up and head to an abandoned arcade to investigate.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1039
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Tristan Jones (A) Viktor Bogdanovic, Tristan Jones (CA) Dan Mora
Looks like someone brought a batarang to a bazooka fight! As the explosive battle royal between Batman and Mr. Worth roars to a climax, Huntress is on the trail of the other major threat plaguing Gotham City: violence parasite Vile! By the end of this battle, one character will be dead, one avenged, and even more holding on for dear life! Do not miss this epic issue that leads directly into the Batman Secret Files: Huntress special! PLUS: In The Vile Truth, catch a glimpse into the secret origin of Detective Comics break-out villain Vile through the lens of writer/artist Tristan Jones!

INFINITE FRONTIER #2 (OF 6)
(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Xermanico (CA) Mitch Gerads
What secrets and changes lurk inside the newly expanded Multiverse? The devious Director Bones of the D.E.O. re-forms a ragtag team to keep the new worlds at bay, but was highly skilled agent Cameron Chase recruited because the director needs her help, or because he wants a patsy when things go south? Meanwhile, Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, takes drastic measures to find his missing daughter. Someone has kidnapped Jade, and Alan’s going to find out why and bring her home. Plus, the resurrection of Roy Harper gives the former Teen Titan some unexpected and unpredictable new powers.

JOKER #5
(W) James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg, Sam Johns (A) Francesco Francavilla, Sweeney Boo (CA) Guillem March
The never-before-seen tale of The Joker’s first night in Arkham Asylum is finally revealed! When a lunatic in a clown suit tries to poison Gotham City’s reservoir and is placed in Arkham Asylum before his trial, Detective Jim Gordon realizes something’s different about this new inmate that could forever change the future of Gotham. Backup: Rising-star artist Sweeney Boo joins the series as things get worse and worse for Punchline and Bluebird. Punchline’s prison war against the Queen of Spades escalates, and no prisoner at Blackgate Penitentiary will be exempt from choosing sides. And after barely escaping death at the hands of Punchline’s former accomplice, will Bluebird have the will to continue her investigation and find the mysterious woman from Punchline’s past who has the answers she’s looking for?

RORSCHACH #10 (OF 12)
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
Who would have benefited from the assassination of a presidential candidate? Rorschach and Laura didn’t operate in a vacuum. Their actions touched a lot of different people. In his continued efforts to unravel how the pair got from their stark beginnings to almost killing Governor Turley and derailing an election, the detective on the case starts to look at what other law enforcement agencies have uncovered, and any potential links back to the Oval Office. To do that, it’s time to relive the crime that almost was. Things are heating up as this miniseries set in the Watchmen universe nears its conclusion!

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TMNT ONGOING #119
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Nelson Daniel
April is on the run after discovering a scheme with dire consequences for Mutant Town. Meanwhile, the Mutanimals take drastic steps that will put them on a collision course with the TMNT!

TRANSFORMERS #32
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova (CA) Dan Schoening
"Lords of Misrule: Test Flight II". Jumpstream's expanded teleporting powers have left her stranded and alone. She has only one option to return home, but is she willing to do it? Plus, her adventures herald the return of Cybertron's Lord of Misrule. But who are they and how will they change Cybertron's future?

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                      Pick(s) of the week- July 07, 2021

                                     MARVEL:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #70 SINW
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Federico Vicentini (CA) Mark Bagley
SINISTER WAR PRELUDE!
The Sinister War turns Spidey's life upside-down, but the fact that KING'S RANSOM and CHAMELEON CONSPIRACY already did that, might give you an idea of how hard this is going to be for Peter Parker.
Rated T+

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2 INFD
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Karla Pacheco, Jed MacKay (A) Eleonora Carlini, Juan Ferreyra (CA) Sergio Davila
SPIDER-MAN VS. STAR!
The next can't-miss installment of the "Infinite Destinies" saga is here! Spider-Man thinks he knows reality warpers - but he's never met Ripley Ryan. Mass murderer and occasional Thunderbolt, Star is still searching for her own path...and the power to shape her future however she wants. But can the wielder of the Reality Stone really go up against a hero who's fought gods?! Find out here - and get the next piece of the Infinity Stone puzzle!
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: Part 4 (of 8) of "Infinite Fury"!
Rated T+

EXTREME CARNAGE ALPHA #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Manuel Garcia (CA) Dave Rapoza
VIOLENCE RUNS IN THE FAMILY!
As the dust continues to settle after the species-redefining KING IN BLACK saga, Eddie Brock and his son, Dylan, won't be the only ones learning to adjust to a new normal. Collectively called the Life Foundation, symbiotes SCREAM, PHAGE, RIOT, LASHER and AGONY have tried to reconcile the sometimes-noble intentions of their hosts with their often-bloodthirsty impulses.
But the Life Foundation symbiotes aren't the only ones with a part to play in this story, and they aren't the only symbiotes who find themselves reinvented after KING IN BLACK. They have an older sibling who may be reinvented in its own right: CARNAGE.
Rated T+

X-MEN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Pepe Larraz
THESE X-MEN ARE... FEARLESS!   
The heroes of Krakoa are here to save the planet! Things might be complicated between the nation of Krakoa and the rest of the world, but to the X-MEN, things are simple - you do what's right, you protect those who need protecting and you save the world we all share. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Sunfire, Rogue, Wolverine, Synch and Polaris are the chosen champions of mutantkind, and they will not shrink from any battle for their home planet. Writer Gerry Duggan (MARAUDERS, DEADPOOL, UNCANNY AVENGERS) reteams with superstar artist Pepe Larraz (HOUSE OF X, X OF SWORDS, UNCANNY AVENGERS) to chart the course of the X-Men in a world of the Reign of X!
Rated T+

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ACTION COMICS 2021 ANNUAL #1
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Siya Oum (CA) Scott Godlewski
The return of Future State’s House of El! It’s time to head back to tomorrow, as Superman’s descendants face a threat from today. This special tale connects to “Warworld Rising” as the actions of Clark Kent in the present reverberate, leaving long-lasting changes...and a deadly threat for the House of El to reckon with. Can Brandon Kent, the Superman of his era, stop the danger from hurting the next generation? Also, for those wanting to know more about Brandon’s relationshop with Theand’r, the Tamaranean queen, prepare yourself for a little romance as well

BATMAN FORTNITE ZERO POINT #6 (OF 6)
(W) Christos Gage, Donald Mustard (A) Reilly Brown (CA) Mikel Janín
It all comes down to this! Batman and Catwoman have one chance to get back to their own world...but to do so, they'll have to return to the nonstop battle on the Island and retrieve someone who is the key to their escape...Harley Quinn!
But she's not going to go quietly. And who's behind the world-shattering events of our story? You'll find out...and the implications for both Fortnite and the DC Universe will be huge.
Each print issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point will include a redeemable code for bonus DC-themed Fortnite digital items, inspired by the events in the comic.
Fans who redeem all six codes will also unlock a new Armored Batman Zero Outfit for their Fortnite character.

BATMAN #110
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Jorge Jimenez, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (CA) Jorge Jimenez
Main: Batman’s bloody, no-holds-barred fight with Magistrate enforcer Peacekeeper-01 rages on in epic fashion! Simon Saint’s master plan comes to fruition as his Magistrate program makes its move on Gotham City, and things are about to heat up! (Not in a good way!) Backup: The Instigator versus Ghost-Maker in a kung fu showdown! Need we say more?

BATMAN THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE SEASON II #2 (OF 7)
(W) Alan Burnett, Paul Dini (A) Ty Templeton (CA) Kris Anka
Thanks to some magical help from Zatanna, Batman can now see Deadman. Joining forces, the Dark Knight and the death-defying specter hatch a plan to apprehend the treacherous Talon. But the mysterious assassin gets the upper hand and captures Hamilton Hill Jr.! Can Batman and Deadman track the regeneration formula components and find the sinister Court of Owls’ secret passageways, or will Gotham finally fall under the Court’s full control?!

GREEN LANTERN #4
(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Tom Raney, Marco Santucci (CA) Bernard Chang
Improve. Adapt. Overcome. The same lessons John Stewart learned in the Marine Corps help him begin his quest to find the other lost Lanterns in the dark sectors of space. Meanwhile, back on Oa, one of the Corps’ newest members, Jo Mullein, alongside Young Justice’s Teen Lantern and Simon Baz, tends to the wounded and investigates who or what caused the source of all Green Lanterns’ power to go nuclear and wipe out the Corps.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #64
(W) Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V (A) Steve Pugh, Sumit Kumar (CA) David Marquez
Introducing…the United! This all-new all-star group of alien warriors represents all voices in the newly formed United Planets. A galactic Justice League, if you will. The first Legion of Super-Heroes? Sort of. The United comes to the new Justice League for help because the biggest threat to the universe is on the loose, and all roads lead to…Superman. All this, and Aquaman has some surprising news. This big, bold, universe-spanning story serves as a perfect hopping-on point for fans curious where their favorite DC heroes go next! Plus: While the Justice League Dark regroups after hitting the books (literally), all eyes turn toward Gotham, where Merlin’s followers gather to protect a mysterious weapon. Now it’ll take not one knight but two to infiltrate the cult and save reality. Batman guest-stars as the Eternal Knight’s new squire in this action-packed tale!

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TRANSFORMERS ESCAPE #5 (OF 5)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Brian Ruckley (A/CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
The Arks are prepped and ready... or should be. With thousands of lives on the line, Hound, Wheeljack, Glyph, Tap-Out, Road Rage, and the rest have to fend off a swarm of enemies threatening to sabotage the launch, and a traitor in their midst in the thrilling conclusion!

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