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                             Pick(s) of the week- December 19, 2018

                                                        MARVEL:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
• Turns out Spider-Man isn't the only one getting attacked, as JJJ himself is in deep trouble. BUT WHO IS ATTACKING HIM?
•  And what more will we learn about the mysterious bandaged figure circling Spider-Man?!
Rated T

DEFENDERS BEST DEFENSE
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Ron Garney
"THE BEST DEFENSE" FINALE!
•  The lost Atlanteans. The Train. The bedsheet man. Dead Steve. The Stock Exchange of Souls. Trust us, it all makes sense.
•  In fact, it makes enough sense to destroy our entire solar system... Unless four very different  heroes can come together to stop it.
Rated T+

INFINITY WARS #6 (OF 6)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Deodato
INFINITY'S END.
Rated T+

MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH #4 (OF 6)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Vita Ayala, Donny Cates (A) Joshua Cassara (CA) Geoff Shaw
• What has changed the world around them?
•  Who has taken their memories of who they were, and why?
•  And why are they all haunted by the same ghost?
•  Only one man can find the answers. A man who once ruled a nation!
•  But even with no homeland, no fortune and no weapons, T'Challa is still the most dangerous man alive!
Rated T+

OLD MAN HAWKEYE #12 (OF 12)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Sacks, Ethan (A/CA) Marco Checchetto
BEYOND SIGHT!
•  HAWKEYE reaches the end of his quest...
•  ...as his sight fails him for good!
•  The final showdown and Hawkeye's last grasp for redemption-it's all here in the dramatic conclusion to 2018's breakout hit maxi-series!
Parental Advisory 

                                                                DC:

BATMAN #61
DC COMICS
(W) Tom King (A) Travis Moore (CA) Tony Daniel
What happened to the boy who wanted to be Bruce Wayne? The young criminal mastermind orchestrates his own parents' deaths to emulate his hero and was carted off to Arkham when Batman exposed his crimes, but that is not the end of the story. Tom King reteams with Nightwing artist Travis Moore to create a sequel to their masterpiece of dark horror from Batman #38.  

JUSTICE LEAGUE #14
DC COMICS
(W) James TynionIV, Scott Snyder (A) Stephen Segovia & Various (CA) Jim Cheung
Let's take a trip to "Hawkworld" in part one of a new Totality-related storyline! Martian Manhunter, John Stewart and Hawkgirl avoided "Drowned Earth" with a detour to Thanagar-Prime: J'onn looks to tap into the ancient Martian mental database, GL struggles while practicing his new UV powers, and Kendra searches for answers about her connection to the Totality.

                                                INDEPENDENTS:

TMNT ONGOING #89
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Michael Dialynas
Bah humbug! When Splinter forgets the true meaning of the holidays, it takes a visit from the Turtles of Christmas Past, Present and Future to remind him that nothing is as important as family.

A look into the past, present, and future helps Splinter see what matters most. 

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                               Pick(s) of the week- December 12, 2018:

                                                        MARVEL:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
• J. JONAH JAMESON has a new job as a shock jock, but is the world ready for a pro-Spider-Man JJJ?
•  More importantly, is Spider-Man ready? His post-secret-identity relationship with Jonah was already complicated, but this very public embrace may put him over the edge!
•  Spidey's definitely not ready for the Enforcers to come at him harder than ever!
Rated T

AVENGERS #11
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
THE AVENGERS WORLD TOUR COMES TO A SHATTERING CONCLUSION!
To deal with the fallout from last month's world-shaking issue #700, the Avengers organize an international super hero summit, gathering heroes from the most powerful nations on Earth. But no one was expecting the shocking new representatives of the United States. The world is about to become a far more dangerous place. Especially for the Avengers. Plus Hulk and Thor try to go on a date.
Rated T+

FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Gail Simone & Various (A) Laura Braga & Various (CA) Carlos Pacheco
Come and celebrate the impending nuptials of the Thing and Alicia Masters with a Ladies Night Out as only the First Family of Comics can do it! Guest-starring She-Hulk, Medusa, Crystal and more, it's the bachelorette party Alicia never expected-and one whose ribaldry will be interrupted by the arrival of a Surprise Super Villain! (And no, we don't mean Johnny Storm!)  Meanwhile, the Thing has an unexpected meeting with his future father-in-law, the Puppet Master! Plus, Hembeck! The Fantastic Four family tree! And more! R.S.V.P. at your local comics retailer this December, and don't forget to kiss the bride!
Rated T 

MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Javi Garron (CA) Brian Stelfreeze
Balancing his normal life, school, parents, etc...and super-heroing has never been easy, but when the Rhino and a cadre of mysterious criminals start plaguing Brooklyn, things take a dark turn. And Miles doesn't even know the half of it yet. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT) and Young Gun Javier Garrón (ANT-MAN & THE WASP) bring you the latest incarnation of the coolest character in the Marvel Universe!
Rated T 

                                                                   DC:

BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 (OF 6)
DC COMICS
(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
Left rattled by the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the nightmares spawned from the Dark Multiverse. But even though evil devoured evil in the collapse of Challengers Mountain, the Dark Knight still has his doubts. He discovers that the Batman Who Laughs not only survived the fight with The Joker at the end of METAL, but now he is enacting a sinister plan across the Multiverse-something both terrifying and oddly familiar. But when Bruce Wayne realizes the only way to stop this madman is to kill him, he must consider violating the very rule Batman won't break...the same rule that created this insatiable villain-the Batman Who Laughs!

BATMAN ANNUAL #3
DC COMICS
(W) Tom Taylor (A) Otto Schmidt (CA) Bryan Hitch
"THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PENNY!" Alfred Pennyworth has been Batman's most trusted ally and confidant since the Dark Knight first hit the streets of Gotham City. Now, witness Batman's battle for justice from Alfred's perspective and learn how harrowing that journey has been as Batman experiences one of the worst nights Gotham City has ever seen-a night that will push Alfred to the breaking point! Best-selling writer Tom Taylor presents an epic tale that promises to be one of the most Alfred stories ever told!

BATMAN DAMNED #2 (OF 3) (MR)
DC COMICS
(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Lee Bermejo
As Batman's descent into the madness of Gotham City's decadent underbelly continues, he must try to exorcise some of his demons...and who better to help than the Demon, Etrigan himself. And where there's demons, there's also a Deadman, a Spectre, an Enchantress and a host of other supernatural friends and foes-it's a veritable Grand Guignol!

SUPERMAN #6
DC COMICS
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
It's the moment you never thought you'd see-Superman must team with General Zod to defeat Rogol Zaar or risk banishment for all three in the cold prison of the Phantom Zone forever. Whatever you do, do not skip to the last page-the end of this issue changes the lives of Superman and his family forever as the Unity Saga continues!  

                                                  INDEPENDENTS:

TMNT MACROSERIES #4 RAPHAEL
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Kevin Eastman (A) Kevin Eastman, Ben Bishop (CA) David Petersen
Raphael is pushed to his breaking point as he is separated from his brothers and forced to endure an onslaught from the nefarious Bishop unlike anything he has experienced in the past!

Oversized action from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, who scripts and does layouts, with inks by Ben Bishop!
An important turning point for Raphael that will have long-lasting repercussions!

An epic battle that's not to be missed!

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                                  Pick(s) of the week- December 5, 2018:

                                                           MARVEL:

DEFENDERS IMMORTAL HULK
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Al Ewing (A) Simone Di Meo (CA) Ron Garney
"THE BEST DEFENSE" STARTS HERE!
•  Stephen Strange is dead. A charred skeleton in an abandoned barn on the edge of a deserted town.
•  Bruce Banner wants to know why. And he won't stop until he has the truth in his hands...
•  ...with or without THE IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

DEFENDERS NAMOR
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Ron Garney
"THE BEST DEFENSE" PART TWO!
•  The Monarch of the Oceans has declared war once more on the surface world in the pages of AVENGERS. And if this is a war that Namor means to win, he is going to need allies to stand beside him!
•  The Sub-Mariner's quest for a lost tribe of sea-dwellers carries him further than he ever thought possible-and to a reckoning both strange and wonderful!
•  And hey, what's up with that weird apparition in the sheet, anyway?
Rated T

MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH #3 (OF 6)
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Donny Cates, Tini Howard (A) Damian Couceiro (CA) Geoff Shaw
• Bruce was happy in his life. At peace.
•  But that was before the notes came every night.
•  Scrawled in a childlike hand. Driving him to seek out others like him.
•  The blind man. The law officer. The self-defense instructor.
•  Together, they must probe the very darkest parts of the soul on a quest for identity.
•  A mystery that can only be unraveled...a threat that can only be challenged...by Knights.
Rated T+

STAR WARS AGE REPUBLIC QUI-GON JINN
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jody Houser (A) Cory Smith (CA) Paolo Rivera
JEDI ORDER...OR CHAOS?
Considered one of the greatest Jedi Knights or the one who led them to their doom, maverick QUI-GON JINN is one of STAR WARS' most controversial heroes. The JEDI MASTER is known to bend the rules and it's gotten him into plenty of trouble with the COUNCIL. Now, in the face of a mission that goes awry, he's forced to confront his conflicting beliefs. What will Qui-Gon uncover about his loyalty to the Jedi vs his loyalty to the FORCE? Guest-starring MASTER YODA!
Rated T

                                                      DC:

BATMAN #60
DC COMICS
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Mikel Janin
Batman takes on a new partner, and it's...the Penguin? After rejecting Bane's crime-boss co-op, Cobblepot finds himself in the crosshairs of some very teed-off villains. The feathered felon turns to his old foe to snitch on Bane's scheme, but has to prove his intentions to avoid a Bat-beatdown. Along the way, this Gotham odd couple begins to bond-could there be a new bird joining the Bat-Family? Not if Bane has anything to say about it...


GREEN LANTERN #2
DC COMICS
(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Liam Sharp
Someone is transporting a mysterious cargo out of the Great Void, and it spells trouble for the universe at large! Hal Jordan interrogates a member of the Spider Guild for answers and uses his pheromones as an interrogation tool, but can he extract the info in time?! Meanwhile, Volgar Ro makes a play for Earth while its emerald protector is off-world! 

SHAZAM #1
DC COMICS
(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham
The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham reunite to launch the first all-new SHAZAM! monthly title set in the DC Universe in almost 20 years! (What took you guys so long?!)
Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a shocking secret deep within the Rock of Eternity, it challenges everything he knows about the worlds of magic and his family's future as its champions! Also, witness the bizarre team-up of Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind as they set off to build a society all their own! Don't miss the start of an epic run in the making as "Shazam and the Seven Realms" begins!

                                                   INDEPENDENTS:

STAR WARS ADVENTURES DESTROYER DOWN #2 (OF 3)
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Scott Beatty (A) Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva (CA) Derek Charm
Swallowed by the shifting sands of Jakku, the Imperial Star Destroyer Spectral has been lost for two decades, giving rise to rumors of hauntings and buried treasure. But an epic sandstorm has revealed the ruins of the starship, and renowned scavenger Rey now leads the race to claim whatever lies within!

Three-issue miniseries set during the days before The Force Awakens!
Includes a backup story depicting the Battle of Jakku, revealing how the Star Destroyer Spectral met its fate during the last days of the Empire!

An epic battle that's not to be missed!

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