Coffee & Heroes | Belfast Comic Store and online shop https://www.coffeeandheroes.com Belfast based Comic Store in Northern Ireland Tue, 06 Apr 2021 18:30:55 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/cropped-heroes-large-32x32.jpg Coffee & Heroes | Belfast Comic Store and online shop https://www.coffeeandheroes.com 32 32 Shadecraft #1 – One of the best #1’s this year! https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/shadecraft-1-one-of-the-best-1s-this-year https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/shadecraft-1-one-of-the-best-1s-this-year#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:45:09 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=108790 Shadecraft #1 (W) Joe Henderson (A) Lee Garbett The new Image Comics title from the creative team behind Skyward! A title that gives new meaning to the idea of ‘being afraid of your own shadow…’ Shadecraft arrives with a lot of fanfare and expectation, solely due to the fact its live action rights were picked […]

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Shadecraft #1

(W) Joe Henderson (A) Lee Garbett

The new Image Comics title from the creative team behind Skyward!

A title that gives new meaning to the idea of ‘being afraid of your own shadow…’

Shadecraft arrives with a lot of fanfare and expectation, solely due to the fact its live action rights were picked up by Netflix before Issue 1 had even arrived!  I unfortunately saw the bad side of comic fandom as I had ordered big on the title, hoping to help people get it at cover price once word inevitably spread.  I put them on the website, and because there is no limit on our website for how many copies of something you can buy, one person bought up our entire stock of it (aside from one variant) at cover price, no doubt hoping to make money down the line.

Maybe I should put a cap on how many copies someone can buy?  Oh well, at least I have plenty of the second print for #1 ordered for those interested!

So, what’s it about?  In Shadecraft, our main character is Zadie Lu, a teenager in High School.  For years, she has always been jealous of her older brother’s popularity and felt overshadowed, no matter what her achievements, and to top it all off, she has a fear of shadows, an irrational one right?  Well…

I enjoyed the hell out of these guys previous Zero Gravity effort, Skyward (and may have even indulged in an oversized hardcover collection…) so knew we would be in safe hands here.

The characters are instantly engaging, and Zadie is an interesting character from the off.  Just witness her embarrassment when she thinks her best friend is coming on to her and she reciprocates.  Except he wasn’t, so she runs off embarrassed into the night.  Probably not the best idea for someone with issues with the dark. But we all felt that embarrassment as teenagers and can understand.

We’re only a couple of pages in but this is one stunning looking book.  I find it slightly reductive to compare art styles sometimes as every artist in the world of comics brings their own style.  But it was hard not to think of the clean lines and great colouring from Saga’s Fiona Staples when reading this title.  I can offer Lee Garbett on art and Antonio Fabela on colours no higher compliment than that.  The world feels rich and lived in, but also has that small town horror movie vibe and constant atmosphere.

As she walks home alone after her awkward encounter, she almost feels as if her shadow is watching her.  As the reader, we can see something threatening behind her, but is it all just in her head?  Is she indeed the ‘Crazy Zadie’ she anoints herself as?

Well, wonder no longer as that slow burn becomes an over-the-top attack as her shadows erupt into a massive figure that surrounds her until her mother turns on the porch light.  We also get the information at this point that something happened to her golden boy brother, but we’re not sure just what.

What’s great here is that she doesn’t attempt to keep it to herself like most characters in these types of stories.  Even as she tells her friend the story of what happened on the porch, she doesn’t care if it sounds crazy, she has the holes in her jacket from when the shadow attacked her as proof.  She even says to her friend that she’s talking about it because people, not just her, could be in danger.  Again, she comes across really well as a sympathetic character who we can root for.

She even tries to move past the awkwardness of the misunderstood kiss from the night before by hugging Josh tightly in the lunch hall, proclaiming she is glad he’s not dead!  Despite the fantastical nature of her attack, of course her other friend is more interested in the kiss.  Teenagers huh?

We then find out that Mr Popular of the family, Zadie’s brother Ricky, is in a coma, and she comes to his bedside to talk to him.  We don’t know what has caused the coma just yet.  This is what was so great about this first issue, it is establishing lots of characters, and moving the story forward, but also laying breadcrumbs to be picked up upon later.  She runs out of his room after her mother challenges her, and screams ‘That Ricky’s never coming back’.

Which leads to the end of the issue and confrontations in the spooky woods, shadow monsters, beautiful single and double splash pages, Zadie losing her own shadow at one point and even an emotional beat thrown in for good measure.  I won’t reveal any more as this deserves to be discovered on its own terms.

One of the best Issue 1’s this year for me, and I can’t recommend enough that you don’t sleep on it.  This is a title very different from most, if not all books on the shelf right now, and it’s all the better for it.  Keep an eye out for those 2nd prints folks…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Each month, we like to go through the Previews books, and pick out all of the titles that we believe are not to be missed!  We will always do a podcast on our choices as well that can be found elsewhere on the website!  And now?

We will have a monthly article right here on the website for you to have a peek at.  For those who don’t know, the comic industry is built on a pre-order system.  We will have the Previews books sent to us, and then we place an order for upcoming titles two months in advance.

This advance monthly order is the only way to 100% guarantee that we can source specific books for our customers, so the earlier we receive preorders the better!

So if any of the following recommended titles appeal to you, do get in touch and let us know if you’d like them added to your pull list.  Don’t have a pull list?  Get in touch and we can guide you through it.  At Coffee & Heroes, we have no minimum or maximum books required in order to set up a pull list with us.

If it’s on your pull list then you’re guaranteed that title on release day and at cover price. So allow us to guide you through the best of the best from the April 2021 Previews Books, due for release in June 2021!

DC COMICS

BATMAN: REPTILIAN – FROM THE CREATOR OF THE BOYS COMES BATMAN’S DARKEST TALE YET!

written by Garth Ennis
art by Liam Sharp
cover by Liam Sharp

What strikes fear into the hearts of those who terrorize Gotham? It used to be Batman, but something far more frightening than a mere man stalks the shadows—and it’s after Gotham’s villains. How savage must a monster be to haunt the dreams of monsters? Pick up this dark and bone-chilling tale by comics legends Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp to find out!

BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE – SEASON 2 #1 – THE COURT OF OWLS ARE INTRODUCED INTO THE WORLD OF BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES! 

written by Alan Burnett and Paul Dini
art by Ty Templeton
cover by Riley Rossmo

Gotham City is changing. After Mayor Hill is killed by a mysterious assailant, Batman finds himself tracking down an ancient order that’s long been buried under the streets of Gotham: the Court of Owls. But what does this group have to gain from the death of Mayor Hill, and how can Deadman help the Dark Knight?

THE NICE HOUSE ON THE LAKE #1 – FOLLOWING IN THE STEPS OF SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN, COMES A BRAND NEW HORROR TITLE FROM JAMES TYNION IV!

written by James Tynion IV
art by Álvaro Martínez Bueno
cover by Álvaro Martínez Bueno

Everyone who was invited to the house knows Walter—well, they know him a little, anyway. Some met him in childhood; some met him months ago. And Walter’s always been a little…off. But after the hardest year of their lives, nobody was going to turn down Walter’s invitation to an astonishingly beautiful house in the woods, overlooking an enormous sylvan lake. It’s beautiful, it’s opulent, it’s private—so a week of putting up with Walter’s weird little schemes and nicknames in exchange for the vacation of a lifetime? Why not? All of them were at that moment in their lives when they could feel themselves pulling away from their other friends; wouldn’t a chance to reconnect be…nice?

With Something Is Killing The Children and The Department of Truth, James Tynion IV has changed the face of horror in modern comics — now get ready for his most ambitious story yet, alongside his Detective Comics partner Álvaro Martínez Bueno!

BATMAN / FORTNITE: ZERO POINT #1 – THE WORLDS OF GOTHAM AND FORTNITE COLLIDE!

story consultant and concept by Donald Mustard
pencils by Reilly Brown
inks by Nelson Faro DeCastro
cover by Mikel Janín

A crack splits the sky above Gotham City…a tear in reality itself. This rift pulls the Dark Knight into a bizarre and unfamiliar world, with no memory of who he is or where he came from…Batman has been drawn into Fortnite! As our hero fights to recall his past and escape an endless loop of chaos and struggle, he’ll come face to face with the likes of Renegade Raider, Fishstick, Bandolier, and more. While the World’s Greatest Detective strives to make sense of this strange new world, he’ll uncover the shocking truth about the Island, what lies beyond the Loop, and how everything is connected to the mysterious Zero Point. Uncover secrets never before revealed in the game or anywhere else! Every fan of Batman, Fortnite, stunning art , and edge-of-your-seat excitement won’t want to miss the Caped Crusader facing off against Fortnite champions on the Island in a desperate attempt to save not only himself, but other familiar faces from the DCU…and perhaps the Multiverse itself!

Each print issue includes a redeemable code for a bonus digital cosmetic in Fortnite inspired by the comic. Get the new Rebirth Harley Quinn Outfit with issue #1. Digital issues of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point downloaded from DC UNIVERSE INFINITE (US only) will also include these bonus digital codes.

INFINITE FRONTIER #1 – FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HEROES WHO RETURNED AFTER THE EVENTS OF DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL!

written by  Joshua Williamson
art by Xermanico
cover by Mitch Gerads

When our heroes saved the Muliverse from Perpetua in Dark Nights: Death Metal, everything was put back where it belonged…and we do mean everything. All the damage from all the Crises was undone, and heroes long thought gone returned from whatever exile they had been in. Most of them, at least. Alan Scott, the Green Lantern from the Justice Society of America, has noticed some of his allies are still missing in action, and he’s determined to find them. There are others, though, who would rather remain hidden than explain themselves, like Roy Harper, a.k.a. Arsenal, a man who should be dead but now is not. Plus, what does all this mean for the DCU’s place in the Multiverse? On opposite sides of a dimensional divide, both Barry Allen and President Superman ponder this question. Not to mention the Darkseid of it all! Or a team of Multiversal heroes called Justice Incarnate!

SUPERGIRL: WOMAN OF TOMORROW #1 – TOM KING TACKLES THE ADVENTURES OF KARA ZOR-EL!

written by Tom King
art by Bilquis Evely
cover by Bilquis Evely

Kara Zor-El has seen some epic adventures over the years, but finds her life without meaning or purpose. Here she is, a young woman who saw her planet destroyed and was sent to Earth to protect a baby cousin who ended up not needing her. What was it all for? Wherever she goes, people only see her through the lens of Superman’s fame. Just when Supergirl thinks she’s had enough, everything changes. An alien girl seeks her out for a vicious mission. Her world has been destroyed, and the bad guys responsible are still out there. She wants revenge, and if Supergirl doesn’t help her, she’ll do it herself, whatever the cost. Now a Kryptonian, a dog, and an angry, heartbroken child head out into space on a journey that will shake them to their very core.

DC PRIDE #1 – TO COMMEMORATE PRIDE MONTH IS AN ANTHOLOGY TITLE CELEBRATING DC’S AWESOME LIBRARY OF LGBTQ+ CHARACTERS!

PRIDE INTRODUCTION

The DC Universe is visually represented as a kaleidoscope of color, encompassing the courage, empathy, strength, and passion that’s left an indelible mark on DC’s storytelling for the past 85+ years. DC’s comic books call to mind the world around us, which makes the characters and their adventures equal parts entertaining, inspiring, and meaningful to audiences of every generation across the globe. These may be Superheroes and super-villains, but the more you get to know them, the more you realize they can’t be boxed in by those binary labels. Like all of us, there’s a humanity present, which includes perfections, faults, successes, failures, doubt, pride, and everything in between. We welcome everyone to find and celebrate their places in the ever-expanding DC Universe! #DCPride

DC Pride #1

written by James Tynion IV, Mariko Tamaki, Steve Orlando,
Vita Ayala, Nicole Maines, Danny Lore, Sam Johns,
Sina Grace, and Andrew Wheeler
art by KLAUS JANSON, AMY REEDER, STEPHEN BYRNE, TRUNG LÊ
NGUYEN, LUCIANO VECCHIO, LISA STERLE, RACHAEL STOTT, RO STEIN,
TED BRANDT, SKYLAR PATRIDGE, AND MORE!
cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Tamra Bonvillain

DC celebrates Pride Month with nine all-new stories starring fan-favorite LGBTQIA+ characters Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Midnighter, Extraño, Batwoman, Aqualad, Alan Scott, Obsidian, Future State Flash, Renee Montoya, Pied Piper, and many more! This anthology will also feature:
—The thrilling introduction of new hero DREAMER in the DCU
(as seen on The CW’s Supergirl)!
—A pinup gallery with art by Travis Moore, Kris Anka, Kevin Wada, Sophie Campbell, Nick Robles, and more!
—Six exciting new profiles of DCTV’s LGBTQIA+ characters and the actors who play them!

GREEN ARROW – 80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION #1 – A 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR FOR THE EMERALD ARCHER!

written by Jeff Lemire, Benjamin Percy, Mike Grell, Phil Hester,
Mariko Tamaki, Stephanie Phillips, Tom Taylor, Ram V,
Vita Ayala, Brandon Thomas, Devin Grayson, and Larry O’Neil.
art by Andrea Sorrentino, Otto Schmidt, Mike Grell, Phil Hester,
Javier Rodriguez, Christopher Mooneyham, Nicola Scott, Jorge
Corona, Laura Braga, Christopher Mitten, and Jorge FornÉs
cover by Dan Mora
decade variant covers by Michael Cho, Daniel Warren Johnson
Neal Adams, Derrick Chew, Gary Frank, Howard Porter, Jen Bartel
AND Simone Di Meo

CELEBRATING THE EMERALD ARCHER’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY! For the last eight decades Green Arrow has been one of the premier (and loudest) characters in the DCU, always at the forefront of where the superhero genre is headed. This over-sized anniversary issue follows in those footsteps, as an all-star lineup of Green Arrow creators, alongside some of the gifted creators of the modern era who have been inpsired by Oliver Queen, unite to pay tribute to the Battling Bowman. See what the past, present and future have in store for Oliver Queen, Black Canary, Connor Hawke, Arsenal, Red Arrow, Speedy, and more in this epic special!

MARVEL COMICS

PREDATOR #1 – THE GALAXY’S GREATEST BOUNTY HUNTER COMES TO MARVEL!

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Kev Walker

Hunt. Kill. Repeat.

In the near future, a young girl sees her family slaughtered by the deadliest and most feared hunter in the universe: a Predator. Years later, though her ship is barely holding together and food is running short, Theta won’t stop stalking the spaceways until the Yautja monster who killed her family is dead… or she is.

Ed Brisson (Iron Fist, Ghost Rider) and Kev Walker (Dr. Strange, Doctor Aphra) forge a violent, heart-breaking, unforgettable new chapter in the Predator saga not to be missed!

DEMON DAYS: MARIKO #1 – PART 2 OF PEACH MOMOKO’S EPIC REINTERPRETATION OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!

(W/A) Peach Momoko

In the shadow of kirisaki mountain… a secret history comes to light!

The Demon Days saga by Stormbreaker Peach Momoko continues!

Mariko Yashida hears mysterious voices and has strange dreams that feel real. Her redheaded maid who dresses all in black might know more than she lets on. What is the connection between Mariko, the creatures called Oni and Kirisaki Mountain? Find out in the next installment of this tale of magic, monsters and Marvel characters like you’ve never seen them before, beautifully rendered by Peach Momoko!

Book two of five of the Demon Days saga!

THE UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 – A CAP TALE 80 YEARS IN THE MAKING!

(W) Josh Trujillo, Christopher Cantwell (A) Dale Eaglesham, Jan Bazaldua

The shield has been stolen!

No one understands the value of the shield like those who’ve wielded it, so Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson set out on a road trip across America to chase down the thief. But instead, they find the Captains, everyday people from all walks of life who’ve taken up the mantle of Captain America to defend their communities. And for some reason, the shield thief wants them all dead. Can Sam and Steve get to them first?

Christopher Cantwell and Dale Eaglesham lead a can’t-miss miniseries to celebrate Captain America’s 80th Anniversary, joined by a rotating series of creative teams to tell the stories of each new Captain – starting with Aaron Fischer, the Captain America of the railways, brought to life by Josh Trujillo and Jan Bazaldua!

GAMMA FLIGHT #1 – A SPIN OFF FROM AL EWING’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED IMMORTAL HULK SERIES!

(W) Al Ewing, Crystal Frasier (A) Lan Medina

Spinning out of Immortal Hulk, Bruce Banner’s Gamma-powered allies go on the run!

Gamma Flight had one job: Find and stop the Hulk. But when push came to smash, they sided with the Green Goliath – and the human world intends to make them regret it. Puck, Absorbing Man, Titania, Doc Sasquatch, Dr. Charlene McGowan and a horribly changed Rick Jones are fugitives from every known authority – but a team that full of gamma is bound to break before long.

Al Ewing, Crystal Frasier and Lan Medina mastermind a whole new world of gamma!

HEROES REBORN: AMERICAN KNIGHTS #1 – INTRODUCING COMMISSIONER LUKE CAGE!

(W) Paul Grist (A) Chris Allen

Backed by the Squadron Supreme, Commissioner Cage thinks he’s bulletproof. He’s dead wrong.

And it’ll take a Saint to prove it. Someone is cleaning up criminals who’ve escaped justice – and leaving a bloody trail in their wake.

This is the Squadron’s world, and the age of vigilantes is over. Police Commissioner Luke Cage has one job: Find the scum and eliminate them – before ambition takes them beyond the city streets.

HEROES REBORN: MARVEL DOUBLE ACTION #1 – OLD SCHOOL MARVEL IN THE HEROES REBORN UNIVERSE!

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Dan Jurgens

A tale from the Squadron’s past!

Years ago, Nighthawk and his trusted partner, the Falcon, protected the streets of Washington, DC, from the vile criminals that lurked in the dark. But that all changed one fateful night…

Re-presenting for the first time ever: The Night Sam Wilson Died!

PLANET SIZE X-MEN #1 – A ONE SHOT SET DURING THE MASSIVE UPCOMING X-MEN EVENT – THE HELLFIRE GALA!

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Pepe Larraz

They came to slay!

The Hellfire Gala rages on, but bigger things are afoot a world away.

Make no mistake – this is an X-Men book drawn by superstar artist Pepe Larraz. It is absolutely the most important issue of the month.

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS #1 – THE FIRST CROSSOVER EVENT FOR MARVEL’S STAR WARS LINE STARTS HERE!

(W) Charles Soule (A) Steve McNiven

At war for the greatest prize of all: Han Solo! The hunt begins!

Nobody. Steals. From Boba Fett! The notorious bounty hunter will not stop until he gets what’s rightfully his. For the thief, no corner of the galaxy is safe. Good thing for them that the Rebel Alliance, the Empire and every bounty hunter in the galaxy is standing in Boba’s way.

With a last-page reveal that will blow this Death Star-sized story wide open, Issue #1 is just the beginning. The biggest crossover in Star Wars history will continue raging through the pages of the War of the Bounty Hunters event miniseries and tie-in to Star Wars, Doctor Aphra, Darth Vader and Bounty Hunters through October.

Only one hunter will be left standing, and the Star Wars galaxy will never be the same!

INDIE COMICS

JUPITER’S LEGACY: REQUIEM #1 – MARK MILLAR’S SUPERHERO FAMILY EPIC RETURNS JUST IN TIME FOR THE NETFLIX ADAPTATION!

(W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Tommy Lee Edwards

SPECIAL DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE!
The next chapter in 2021’s Netflix global phenomenon begins here as MARK MILLAR returns for the sequel to one of his most critically acclaimed series. Chloe and Hutch have gotten married and had more children. The superheroes are working in harmony with humanity and creating a perfect world. But all is not well in the Garden of Eden as the Sampson family gets ripped apart and the secrets of the Netflix show’s mysterious island begin to be revealed. Order big, as this will be a juggernaut!

SPAWN’S UNIVERSE #1 – A NEW ERA FOR TODD MCFARLANE’S ANTI HERO BEGINS HERE!

(W/A) Todd McFarlane (A) Jim Cheung, Stephen Segovia, Marcio Takara

It’s here: the official introduction to the long-awaited “Spawn’s Universe!”

A double-sized issue that begins a storyline so huge that three new Spawn-related monthly titles will spill out from it, including…

A new Spawn title.

Gunslinger Spawn monthly.

And a new team book bringing a handful of these characters together in their own book.

With this one-shot… the world of Spawn changes forever! New heroes. New villains, and more importantly, new titles coming to a comic shop near you. Join this list of artists as we unveil a historic moment in the mythology of “Spawn’s Universe”: Jim Cheung; Todd McFarlane; Stephen Segovia; Marcio Takara.

THE SIX SIDEKICKS OF TRIGGER KEATON #1 – THE NEW TITLE FROM THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CREATOR OF ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN!

(W) Kyle Starks (A/CA) Chris Schweizer

For fans of CHEW and ASSASSIN NATION comes a new action-mystery series from Eisner Award nominees CHRIS SCHWEIZER (Crogan Adventures) and KYLE STARKS (SEXCASTLE).

The world’s most unlikable action star has been found dead, and his previous TV sidekicks are looking to solve the mystery. But how can you catch a murderer when almost everyone hated the victim? Now these sidekicks are going to learn what it means to be the stars of the show…that is, if any of them survive the STUNTMAN WAR!

PARASOMNIA #1 –  A NEW FANTASY HORROR TITLE FROM Cullen Bunn AND THE ARTIST OF MANIAC OF NEW YORK?  YES PLEASE!

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Andrea Mutti

From Cullen Bunn (Harrow County) and Andrea Mutti (Prometheus, Starship Down), comes a new dark fantasy tale of two worlds split between dreams and reality.

After his son disappears, a broken-down man braves a nightmarish dreamscape in order to find him-and battle the ruthless cult that seeks to rule the land of dreams as the barrier between realities starts to collapse.

o For fans of The Sixth Gun, Harrow County, and Locke & Key.

GOOD LUCK #1 – A NEW BOOM! STUDIOS TITLE FROM POWER RANGERS WRITER MATTHEW ERMAN!

(W) Matthew Erman (A) Stefano Simeone (CA) Jorge Corona

What if Luck was quantifiable, and something everyone was born with?

Everyone, except the Unfortunates – teenagers born with absolutely zero luck. Now with the world mysteriously plunged into chaos and reality itself threatened, they will be our only hope to save the world.

Our last hope is those with no chance of success… the only thing anyone can wish them is Good Luck.

A bold new original series for fans of Seven Secrets and Runaways from Matthew Erman (Long Lost, Power Rangers: Sins of the Future) and Stefano Simeone (Mega Man: Fully Charged) about defying fate against impossible odds.

BASILISK #1 – THERE’S THAT MAN CULLEN BUNN AGAIN WITH ANOTHER ORIGINAL HORROR SERIES!

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Jonas Scharf

Who Can Stop The Chimera?

Five individuals bound by a cult-like hivemind, they terrorized small towns with their horrifying supernatural sense-based powers, leaving death and destruction in their wake.

Regan, one of the Chimera, escaped and has been in hiding, with her murderous eyes bound, overcome with guilt.

Until now… when a victim from her past forces her to hunt down the other four of her kind.

New York Times bestselling horror writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County) and artist Jonas Scharf (Avengers Of The Wasteland) reunite to unleash a supernatural horror series for fans of Killadelphia and Stillwater rooted in the way we process the world – our senses.

BETTER PLACE OGN – IF PIXAR WROTE COMIC BOOKS…..

(W) Duane Murray (A/CA) Shawn Daley

This sidekick misses his superhero… After hearing that his grandfather has gone to a “better place,” a boy sets off on a grand adventure to find him, dressed as his favourite comic book character.

Dylan just moved to a new house, with no friends, and a mother who doesn’t have time for him. Luckily, he has his grandad. Together, they are Red Rocket and Kid Cosmo, who save the world from evil every day with the power of imagination! But one day, Dylan learns that his grandad is suddenly gone…  to a “better place.” Now, Kid Cosmo will have to save the day, all by himself.

Debut author Duane Murray joins artist Shawn Daley (Samurai Grandpa) for a touching story about family, grief, change, and growth.

OUT OF BODY #1 – A NEW AFTERSHOCK SERIES FROM THE WRITER OF AMERICAN RONIN!

(W) Peter Miligan (A/CA) Inaki Miranda

When Dan Collins wakes to finds his life hanging by a thread, he must use his astral projection to discover who tried to kill him. Who is the beautiful mystic who tries to help him? Why does August Fryne want Dan’s soul – and what does it have to do with a demon who seems to be Do-rian Gray?  A weird, occult detective thriller about life, death – and whatever lies in between.
From award-winning comic book writer Peter Milligan (X-Force, X-Statix) and artistic sensation Inaki Miranda (WE LIVE, Harley Quinn) comes an awesome new dimension in horror and mystery!

TALES TOLD IN TECHNIHORROR #1 – A NEW HORROR ANTHOLOGY FROM SCOYR COMICS CARAVAN IMPRINT!

(W) Kiyarn Taghan (A/CA) Christian DiBari

Black Caravan Imprint: Tales Told In Techni-Horror is a biennial horror series that blends the best in horror sub genres (body shock to grindhouse and more).

Each issue contains five short stories from the dark minds that brought you Provenance of Madness. Includes  a mini pinup gallery of horrors.

And there you have it, our picks from the April Previews Book!  Any titles appeal to you, just get in touch and we’ll make sure you never miss an issue!

 

 

 

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Each month, we like to go through the Previews books, and pick out all of the titles that we believe are not to be missed!  We will always do a podcast on our choices as well that can be found elsewhere on the website!  And now?

We will have a monthly article right here on the website for you to have a peek at.  For those who don’t know, the comic industry is built on a pre-order system.  We will have the Previews books sent to us, and then we place an order for upcoming titles two months in advance.

This advance monthly order is the only way to 100% guarantee that we can source specific books for our customers, so the earlier we receive preorders the better!

So if any of the following recommended titles appeal to you, do get in touch and let us know if you’d like them added to your pull list.  Don’t have a pull list?  Get in touch and we can guide you through it.  At Coffee & Heroes, we have no minimum or maximum books required in order to set up a pull list with us.

If it’s on your pull list then you’re guaranteed that title on release day and at cover price. So allow us to guide you through the best of the best from the March 2021 Previews Books, due for release in May 2021!

DC TITLES

MISTER MIRACLE: THE SOURCE OF FREEDOM #1 (OF 6) – A NEW MINISERIES SPINNING OUT OF FUTURE STATE!

Spinning out of DC: Future State, the story of how Shilo Norman became the Mister Miracle of tomorrow starts here.

The Mister Miracle show used to be the hottest ticket in town, whether you caught him onstage escaping from perilous traps or spotted him on the streets of Metropolis taking out bad guys. What Shilo Norman forgot is the first rule of both showbiz and super-heroing: always leave them wanting more. Now it’s time to start showing the world what a miracle man can do.

Showbiz/superhero rule #2: timing is everything. There’s a new performer in town who wants to knock Mister Miracle off his pedestal and stake a claim to his famous moniker! Can Shilo break free of this trap? (Why yes, that is a clue.)

WONDER GIRL #1 – THE STORY OF YARA FLOR!

Raised in the faroff land of Boise, Idaho, Yara Flor has always felt something was missing from her life — and now she is headed to Brazil to find it. Little does she know her arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her return has been prophesied, and with that prophecy comes the undivided attention of benevolent gods from pantheons beyond. Danger lurks around every corner — but is this young hero ready for her journey?

Spinning out of the bestselling Future State: Wonder Woman, acclaimed writer/artist Joëlle Jones makes a triumphant return to the character to officially introduce her into the DC Universe.

You think you know Wonder Girl, but you have never seen her like this!

FUTURE STATE: GOTHAM #1 – THE BEST DC FUTURE STATE FAMILY OF COMICS CONTINUES IN THIS BRAND NEW SERIES!

The event that was DC: Future State continues in its own ongoing title starring the Bat-Family, beginning with the epic story “Hunt the Batman.”

Disaster strikes Gotham City, and all evidence points to the Next Batman! Red Hood must choose justice over his family and allies when the corrupt Magistrate enlists him to bring in the new Batman dead or alive!

Featuring the entire cast from the popular Future State: Batman titles, this new series kicks off the next chapter in this forbidding world of tomorrow, and does so in brilliant, monochromatic storytelling!

This black-and-white series will showcase the brutal world that’s around the corner in Future State Gotham!

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1 – THE ICONIC BATMAN IMPRINT RETURNS WITH NONE OTHER THAN THE BOYS CO-CREATOR DARICK ROBERTSON TAKING THE REINS!

The iconic series Legends of the Dark Knight is back! Comics icons and rising stars alike will tell stories across the Batman mythos, beginning with comics legend and co-creator of The Boys Darick Robertson writing and drawing an epic three-issue super-villain crime drama!

A new player has arrived on the scene in Gotham City and is selling deadly chemicals to the worst villains in town: Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, and even The Joker! It’s up to Batman to stop the villains, track down the supplier, and save Gotham City once more!

And in upcoming issues, look stories and art by Stephanie Phillips, Brandon Thomas, Becky Cloonan, Matt Rosenberg, Brandon Easton, Cian Tormey, Giannis Milonogiannis, Karl Mostert, and many more!

MILESTONE RETURNS: INFINITE EDITION #0 – A RETURN FOR A LEGENDARY IMPRINT!

At last, it’s the return of the legendary Milestone Comics!

This one-shot features twenty-four all-new pages chronicling the events of the Big Bang: the police-brutality protest gone wrong that changed the face of the city of Dakota forever by unleashing a wave of superpowers across its population!

As the world watches, a bullied teenager will become the hero known as Static… a framed scientist will go on the run as the superweapon Hardware… and a stranded alien will meet an ambitious young woman who will transform his life, and remake the pair as the all-powerful Icon and Rocket!

Also included is the 17-page primer story originally released online during the world-famous DC Fandome event, further expanding on our heroes’ origins and where they’re going next… and setting up an entire world of allies, enemies, and surprises!

The original Milestone changed the face of superhero comics forever, introducing the industry to a wave of Black talent who still shape the conversation… and the new Milestone intends to raise the bar!

This is the perfect jumping-on point — don’t miss out!

JUSTICE LEAGUE: LAST RIDE #1 – ANOTHER NEW ZDARSKY TITLE TO LOOK FORWARD TO!

Once the most powerful group in the world, the Justice League was destroyed by tragedy and time, disbanding under a veil of mistrust and anger. Now, on the eve of the universe’s greatest murder trial, the League must come together one last time… but can Superman and Batman bury the past before the cosmos’s greatest villains bury them?

Learn the shocking truth in this new adventure by writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Miguel Mendonça!

MARVEL COMICS

HEROES REBORN #1 – AN AWESOME NEW EVENT FROM SOME OF MARVEL’S BIGGEST AND BEST CREATORS!

A world without Avengers!

Welcome to a world where Tony Stark never built an Iron Man armor. Where Thor is a hard-drinking atheist who despises hammers. Where Wakanda is dismissed as a myth. And where Captain America was never found in the ice because there were no Avengers to find him. Instead this world has always been protected by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Squadron Supreme of America. And now the Squadron faces an attack from some of their fiercest enemies, like Dr. Juggernaut, the Black Skull, the Silver Witch and Thanos with his Infinity Rings. But why is the Daywalker Blade the one man alive who seems to remember that the entire world has somehow been… reborn?

FANTASTIC FOUR: LIFE STORY #1 – MARVEL’S FIRST FAMILY GETS THE LIFE STORY TREATMENT IN ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED TITLES OF THE YEAR!

In the tradition of Spider-Man: Life Story, and in celebration of the FF’s 60th Anniversary, comes this series setting the lives of the fabulous foursome in real time across the years!

Amid the backdrop of the Cold War and the Space Race, a terrible accident gives the Fantastic Four great powers, a terrible secret, and entangles them in the history of their planet.

IMMORTAL HULK: TIME OF MONSTERS #1 – THE ORIGINAL HULK (?!?) RETURNS!

Al Ewing and Alex Paknadel introduce the original Hulk!

Ten thousand years ago, something green and glowing comes to poison the ancient ground of the Fertile Crescent – and the hearts of its people. One boy is left to bear the consequences – and, for the first time…to open the Green Door.

Plus: Bruce Banner faces a challenge unlike any he’s seen before as writer David Vaughan makes his Marvel debut!

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS #0 – THE BIGGEST EVER STAR WARS COMIC EVENT BEGINS HERE!!

The Star Wars comic event you’ve been waiting for!

The notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett has finally landed his greatest prize – Han Solo, frozen in carbonite for easy transport. Fett will bring the smuggler to Tatooine to collect the massive bounty placed on Solo’s head by the fearsome crime lord Jabba the Hutt.

Sounds easy. What could go wrong?

X-CORPS #1 – A BRAND NEW X-TITLE LAUNCHES FROM ONE OF THE CO-WRITERS OF THE ICONIC X OF SWORDS EVENT!

Krakoa is for Closers!

The deals have been made. Mutantkind is safe on Krakoa.

As the Reign of X continues, what are the wants of the mutants who have everything? Leading the charge is X-Corporation, headed by CXOs Monet St. Croix and Warren Worthington, a duo as cutthroat and ruthless in the boardroom as they are on a battlefield. But X-Corp needs more than just its figureheads.

As Monet sets out to staff their team with some of the brightest and most deviant minds in Mutantkind, Warren finds himself in a tense meeting with one of Krakoa’s first allies who wants to know the truth: on Angel’s wings, will X-Corp crash or soar?

SHANG-CHI #1 – BEFORE THE MOVIE HITS, THE MARVEL LEGEND TAKES ON THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!

Shang-Chi versus the Marvel Universe!

Shang-Chi and his family are back. And this time, they’re colliding head-to-head with the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes!

Shang-Chi has finally taken his place as the leader of the Five Weapons Society. But using an evil secret organization as a force for good won’t be easy. And it’s about to get a lot harder when Shang-Chi’s fellow super heroes, like the Amazing Spider-Man, start to see him as the bad guy!

Gene Luen Yang and Dike Ruan return to bring you the next chapter of this Marvel legend!

INDIE PUBLISHERS

THE GOOD ASIAN #1 – 1930’S NOIR?  WE ARE IN!

Writer Pornsak Pichetshote’s long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed Infidel with stunning art by Alexandre Tefenkgi (Outpost Zero)!

Following Edison Hark – a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective – on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, The Good Asian is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.

TIME BEFORE TIME #1 – A TIME TRAVELLING EPIC FROM THE MINDS OF IRELAND’S BEST CREATORS!

The year is 2140, and to escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to a better life. After working for the Syndicate for years, Tatsuo and Oscar decide to steal one of their boss’s time machines – but soon find that the one thing you can’t run from is your past.

Time Before Time is a brand-new ongoing series where writer/artist Declan Shalvey (Bog Bodies) joins forces with the Write It in Blood team of Rory McConville and Joe Palmer.

Looper meets Saga!

THE WITCHER: WITCH’S LAMENT #1 – GERALT’S NEXT ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE!

Flames rise as a witch is burned at the stake.

As Geralt searches for his next job, disturbing issues of the fatal persecution appear before him, bringing an ominous warning.

EVE #1 – FOR FANS OF UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY AND LITTLE BIRD!

A new adventure series from award-winning author Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer) and rising-star artist Jo Mi-Gyeong (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal) about a dangerous journey across a future dystopian America to save the world.

When the ice caps melted, most of humanity was lost to the hidden disease that was released. Now, a mysterious girl named Eve has awoken in secret and must deal with a world that’s nothing like the virtual reality she was raised in.

In order to save her real father, Eve must embark on a deadly quest across the country, but she has no idea of the threats that await her – or the price she will pay to restore life to a dying planet…

WYND #6 – ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE SERIES FROM 2020 RETURNS WITH A BRAND NEW ARC!

* James Tynion IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) and Michael Dialynas’ (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) hit series returns as Wynd, Oakley, Thorn, and Yorik take the next step in their dangerous quest.
* But what is the secret behind Wynd’s terrifying visions?
* Meanwhile, back in Pipetown, the dying King Yossar does the unthinkable in his attempt to bring Yorik home – letting Vampyres into the city for the first time in generations.

BLUE FLAME #1 – A NEW CREATOR OWNED SERIES FROM ONE OF MARVEL’S RISING TALENTS!

The Blue Flame is a cosmic hero. The Blue Flame is a DIY vigilante that fights crime on the streets of Milwaukee. The Blue Flame is a blue collar HVAC repairman named Sam Brausam. In the wake of a horrific tragedy, the boundaries of the Blue Flame’s identity blur even further.

Now, before a universal trial, the Blue Flame must prove that humanity is worth saving. But in order to do that, Sam Brausam has to save himself. Can he?

MARJORIE FINNEGAN: TEMPORAL CRIMINAL #1 – A NEW GARTH ENNIS TITLE.  NEED WE SAY MORE?

She’s Marjorie Finnegan. She’s a temporal criminal. What more do you need to know? Oh, all right then…

All Marj wants to do is race up and down the time-lanes, stealing every shiny-gleamy-pretty-sparkly she can lay her hands on. But her larcenous trail from the Big Bang to the Ninety-Fifth Reich has drawn the beady eye of the Temporal PD, whose number one Deputy Marshall is now hard on our heroine’s tail – and taking things extremely personally. Worse still, Marj’s worthless creep of an ex and his even scummier partner have seen an angle of their own in all this, and now intend to use her time-tech to change history for their own benefit. Marj’s only ally? A guy called Tim. And he’s just a head. I mean come on, what use is just a head…?!

SILVER CITY #1 – DEFINITELY ONE OF THE MOST INTRIGUING AND IMAGINATIVE SOUNDING TITLES THIS MONTH!

When a young roughneck lands in Silver City, the gritty, purgatorial metropolis of the afterlife, she must adapt to her new existence, while attempting to uncover how and why she died. Her mission is derailed, however, when she rescues a newly dead girl from a mysterious kidnapping attempt, and discovers powerful, kinetic abilities.

Welcome to Silver City, where the sun never rises and nothing ever changes… until now.

FREAK SNOW #1 – POSSIBLY OUR PICK FOR INDIE TITLE OF THE MONTH!  LOVING THIS NEW SMALL PUBLISHER, BEHEMOTH COMICS!

A frozen apocalyptic story in the spirit of Mad Max, Fallout, and Borderlands meets Tarantino!

It begins with Berny, a psychedelic addict surviving in a glacial wasteland. A fight with brutal gunslingers ensues and crazy hallucinations lead our weird hero on a quest to find the hole of truth… Yeah, a mystic hole that tells the truth.

The only thing we can promise is: a lot of death!

QUINCREDIBLE TP – FROM THE CO-CREATOR OF KILLADELPHIA COMES AN ALL NEW CREATOR OWNED SUPERHERO TALE!

When meteors fell to Earth, Quinton West was gifted with the power of invulnerability. Seeing others take up hero identities, Quinton decided to help his city of New Orleans in his own way. Using his smarts, creativity, and a bit of training from his mentor Glow, Quinton is on his way to becoming Quincredible, hero of New Orleans!

But even superheroes must do homework, and Quinton’s newest assignment is to learn the history of New Orleans and Voodoo. An assignment leads him to the mysterious Madame Adelaide, who gives him a new task to fulfill for the good of New Orleans. Is Madame Adelaide a spirit? An enhanced human? And what is the evil that threatens New Orleans that Quinton must stop?

MARK SCHLTZ: XENOZOIC TP – A BRAND NEW PRINTING FOR ONE OF KEITH’S ALL TIME FAVOURITE COMIC SERIES!

Welcome to the Xenozoic Age, a post-apocalyptic landscape where dinosaurs roam freely…and humanity is the endangered species! Forced into hiding by a global ecological cataclysm, humans emerge from their underground warrens half a millennium later to discover that the Earth has been totally transformed. All of the familiar flora and fauna are gone, replaced by a radically altered natural order populated by rampaging dinosaurs and strange new creatures. It takes guts, grim determination, ingenuity and a whole lot of old-fashioned luck just to survive, much less thrive, in this alien wilderness!

This 352-page Xenozoicbook is a collection of all the classic Xenozoic Talescomic stories and features a new cover.

And there you have it, our picks from the March Previews Book!  Any titles appeal to you, just get in touch and we’ll make sure you never miss an issue!

 

 

 

 

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Each month, we like to go through the Previews books, and pick out all of the titles that we believe are not to be missed!  We will always do a podcast on our choices as well that can be found elsewhere on the website!  And now?

We will have a monthly article right here on the website for you to have a peek at.  For those who don’t know, the comic industry is built on a pre-order system.  We will have the Previews books sent to us, and then we place an order for upcoming titles two months in advance.

This big order is the only way to 100% guarantee that we can source specific books for our customers, so the earlier we receive preorders the better! So if any of the following recommended titles appeal to you, do get in touch and let us know if you’d like them added to your pull list.  Don’t have a pull list?  Get in touch and we can guide you through it.  At Coffee & Heroes, we have no minimum or maximum books required in order to set up a pull list with us.

If it’s on your pull list then you’re guaranteed that title on release day and at cover price. So allow us to guide you through the best of the best from the February 2021 Previews Books, due for release in April 2021!  Orders are due by Friday 22nd January!

DC TITLES

ROBIN #1 – A NEW ONGOING SERIES FOR DAMIAN WAYNE!

(w) Joshua Williamson (a) Gleb Melnikov

After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: winning the tournament and prove he is the greatest fighter in the DC Universe!

But first he must find the secret island where it’s all going down! This brand-new solo Robin series will force Damian Wayne to find his own path away from both sides of his family! New mysteries! New supporting cast!

First appearances of new characters! And lots of fights!

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1 – EASILY ONE OUR MOST ANTICIPATED TITLES OF 2021!

(w) Tom Taylor (a) Andy Kubert

An epic tale begins that will take Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert!

A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight, one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a difficult investigation and unheard-of adversaries and find the assistance of a partner once more, all in the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium! New villains! New allies!

A thrilling overseas adventure begins for the Dark Knight!

NEXT BATMAN: SECOND SON #1 – THE FUTURE STATE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS!

(w) John Ridley (a) Tony Akins

The Next Batman: Second Son is a new miniseries, launching weekly digital chapters beginning February 23. The first three digital chapters will be collected into the debut print issue, available at comic book stores on April 6.

Now that the world knows Tim Fox is behind the mask fighting against The Magistrate in Gotham City, what’s the truth behind his origin and his connection to the current DC Universe? Featuring art by Tony Akins (Jack of Fables), Travel Foreman (Animal Man, Birds of Prey) and Mark Morales (Justice League, Deathstroke, REPRESENT!/”It’s A Bird”) this miniseries answers the questions behind Tim’s estrangement from Lucius Fox and the rest of the Fox family and his evolution from man of mystery to Gotham’s newest guardian.

CHALLENGE OF THE SUPER SONS #1 – THE FAN FAVOURITE DUO RETURN IN PRINT!

(w) Peter J. Tomasi (a) Max Raynor

The boys are back! Picking up where the sensational ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS left off, the son of Batman and the son of Superman are back in the spotlight and ready to give evil a good spanking. But are Robin and Superboy in over their heads this time?! A mysterious woman from beyond time has appeared to the DCU’s favorite sons, and her arrival heralds certain DOOM (the’s a hint, everyone) of things to come!

HARLEY QUINN: BLACK, WHITE & RED – SOME OF THE INDUSTRIES BEST CREATORS CONTRIBUTE TO THIS ANTHOLOGY FOR HARLEEN QUINZEL!

(w) Various (a) VArious

One of the crown jewels of the DC library is the inimitable BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE – innovative short tales of the Caped Crusader, told purely in primal black and white ink. Unfortunately, now Harley Quinn wants in on the action…and she’s got her red pen, and some NOTES.

In HARLEY QUINN: BLACK & WHITE & RED, 14 tales of Gotham City’s craziest clown princess are presented in nothing but black, white, and bold splashes of red. See how Harley’s story unfolds in worlds beyond the DC Universe, in the alternate timelines of Batman: White Knight, Harleen, and the Harley Quinn animated series! Witness her darkest hours and her happiest moments! Wait, did she just…win an underground rap battle?!

An incredible array of award-winning talent from across the comics industry have put their reputations in jeopardy to bring you these stories—so show a little gratitude, will ya?

BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE TP – RETURN TO THE GREATEST SUPERHERO CARTOON OF ALL TIME WITH BRAND NEW TALES!

(w) Alan Burnett, Paul Dini (a) Ty Templeton

From Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, the visionary producers of Batman: The Animated Series, comes a collection of all-new stories and adventures that turn Batman’s world upside down!
Starting off with an attack on S.T.A.R. Labs in Gotham City by a giant robot that steals an entire room of the laboratory! Batman is going to have to stop it before it can cause more harm…and with Lex Luthor freshly back in Gotham, he knows where to start his search. Will Batman be able to topple the billionaire before he leaves Gotham?

Collects Batman: The Adventures Continue #1-8.

MARVEL COMICS

VENOM #35 (LEGACY #200) – THE END OF CATES AND STEGMAN’S EPIC RUN IS HERE!

(w) Donny Cates (a) Ryan Stegman

The Final Chapter in the Book of VENOM by Donny Cates & Ryan Stegman!

This is it, Venomaniacs! The landmark 200th issue starring the most sinister symbiote in the Marvel Universe arrives – and after this, NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME!

From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, and a who’s who of artists from the issues that tore Eddie Brock’s life asunder and brought the KING IN BLACK to Earth, comes the first chapter of the rest of Venom’s life. But in Knull’s wake, what even remains of the Lethal Protector?

THE MARVELS #1 – BRAND NEW STORIES SPANNING DECADES FROM THE HOUSE OF IDEAS!

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA) Alex Ross

ALL-NEW, ONGOING SERIES!

Kurt Busiek (MARVELS, Astro City) is back, with the biggest, wildest, most sprawling series ever to hit the Marvel Universe, telling stories that span the decades and range from cosmic adventure to intense human drama, from the street-level to the cosmic, starring literally anyone from Marvel’s very first heroes to the superstars of tomorrow. This first issue includes an invasion from orbit, a picnic in Prospect Park, super hero sightseeing in Manhattan, the All-Winners Squad in 1947, Reed Richards during his time in military intelligence, cosmic beings beyond space and time- and that’s only for starters.

Featuring Captain America, Spider-Man, the Punisher, the Human Torch, Storm, the Black Cat, the Golden Age Vision, Aero, Iron Man and Thor, and introducing two brand-new characters, all beautifully drawn by Yildiray Cinar (X-MEN, Legion of Super-Heroes, IRON MAN) in the opening act of a thriller that’ll take us across the Marvel Universe…and beyond. Plus: Who (or what) is KSHOOM? It all starts here. And it goes…everywhere.

THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES #1 (of 5) – JASON AARON RETURNING TO  THE WORLD OF THOR AGAIN? HELL YEAH!

(W) Jason Aaron, Torunn Gronbekk (A/CA) Mattia De Iulis

JANE FOSTER GETS A FRESH START – AND ALLIES BOTH NEW AND OLD!

Jane Foster believed she was the only Valkyrie left – but the fight against Knull, the King in Black, proved her wrong. Now the Valkyries must redefine their roles in a changing world – and Asgard’s not going to make it easy. When Loki comes to Jane with rumors of a beast stalking the souls of Midgard, she leaps into action – but she’s not the only one after the strange wolf’s hide. She’ll need backup…but her ancient coworker has other priorities.

Years ago, the warrior made a promise to a woman she loved. And now, it’s time to follow through. Get the real story behind the Marvel Universe’s newest star – and don’t miss the start of an all-new epic adventure from powerhouses Jason Aaron, Torunn Gr nbekk and Mattia de Iulis!

DARKHAWK: HEART OF THE HAWK #1 – THE ULTIMATE 90’S MARVEL HERO!

(W) Danny Fingeroth, More (A) Mike Manley, More (CA) Logan Lubera

• Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ’90s hottest hero in three spectacular stories!
•  First, an untold story from Darkhawk’s early days by creators Danny Fingeroth and Mike Manley!
•  Then explore the winged hero’s cosmic years by Dan Abnett and Andrea Di Vito.
•  Finally, find out what the future holds for Darkhawk by Kyle Higgins and more!

SPIDER-MAN: SPIDER’s SHADOW #1 (of 4) – A BRAND NEW WHAT IF FROM THE CREATOR OF SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY! OUR BIGGEST MARVEL RECOMMENDATION THIS MONTH!

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Pasqual Ferry (CA) Phil Noto

WHAT IF PETER PARKER BECAME VENOM?

Peter Parker once put on an alien suit that nearly destroyed his life – but what if he’d never taken it off? Ignoring every warning, Spidey embraces the dark symbiote! Haunted by terrible nightmares and exhausted by an endless barrage of bad guys, Peter can’t seem to catch a break these days. So when the Hobgoblin attacks, he finds a hero at the end of his rope…and vulnerable to new dark impulses. Spider-Man is about to change his rules – but is it truly Peter who is in charge? Creative powerhouses Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry and Matt Hollingsworth bring you a terrifying tale of a Peter Parker possessed and on the edge!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #13 – A BRAND NEW JUMPING ON POINT FOR READERS!

(W) Al Ewing (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Brett Booth

A NEW AGE OF SPACE STARTS HERE!

They were soldiers, misfits, mercenaries, thieves and a family. They were heroes… but times have changed. The galaxy no longer needs heroes.

It needs super heroes! Now, when the call goes forth – whether it’s from a stranded team of planetary explorers or Emperor Hulkling and his Kree/Skrull Alliance – the Guardians of the Galaxy answer!

The New Age of Space brings a new artist! New headquarters! New costumes! New teammates! And an all-new enemy you’ll have to see to believe! Get on board, true believer – it’s going to be the ride of your life!

INDIE COMICS

GEIGER #1 – THE BRAND NEW COMIC SERIES FROM THE WRITER/ARTIST TEAM ON DOOMSDAY CLOCK!

(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank

Industry heavyweights GEOFF JOHNS (Superman, Green Lantern, Batman: Three Jokers) and GARY FRANK (Superman, Supergirl, The Incredible Hulk) of DC’s DOOMSDAY CLOCK reteam for what will be one of the most anticipated new series of 2021 in the forthcoming GEIGER. This mind blowing new series will take local comic shops by storm in April from Image Comics.

Who are the scavengers of a dying earth? GEIGER is set in the years since a nuclear war ravaged the planet, desperate outlaws battle for survival in a world of radioactive chaos. Out past the poisoned wasteland lives a man even the Nightcrawlers and Organ People fear. Some name him Joe Glow, others call him The Meltdown Man. But his name… is Geiger.

THE OLD GUARD: TALES FROM TIME #1 – A RAFT OF SUPERSTAR CREATORS GET TO PLAY IN THE IMMORTALS SANDBOX!

W) Greg Rucka, Andrew Wheeler (A) Jacopo Camagni (A/CA) Leandro Fernandez

A STAR-STUDDED ANTHOLOGY EVENT!

The bestselling, critically acclaimed THE OLD GUARD, now a hit Netflix movie starring Charlize Theron, returns with all-new stories by writers GREG RUCKA, VITA AYALA, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, KELLY SUE DeCONNICK, MATT FRACTION, DAVID F. WALKER, and more, and artists LEANDRO FERNÁNDEZ, HORACIO ALTUNA, RICK BURCHETT, VALENTINE DE LANDRO, JUSTIN GREENWOOD, KANO, NICOLA SCOTT, and more!

Andromache the Scythian-a warrior over six thousand years old, who has fought more battles than she cares to remember-has kept one constant companion through her long lifetime of combat…her labrys. Andy’s battle axe takes many forms, and many lives, in its centuries at her side, a story told by THE OLD GUARD creators GREG RUCKA & LEANDRO FERNÁNDEZ.

Meanwhile, Nicolo “Nicky” di Genova and Yusuf “Joe” al-Kaysani, lovers since they tried (and failed) to kill each other in the First Crusade, spend an evening at Berlin’s famed Eldorado nightclub in the twilight era of 1932, sharing drinks with drag queens and fistfighting Nazis in an all-new story by writer ANDREW WHEELER (Another Castle: Grimoire) and JACOPO CAMAGNI (NOMEN OMEN)!

THE SILVER COIN #1 – A UNIQUE HORROR ANTHOLOGY WITH A DIFFERENT WRITER EVERY ISSUE!

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A/CA) Michael Walsh

Eisner-winning artist MICHAEL WALSH (Star Wars, Black Hammer/Justice League) teams with an all-star lineup of collaborators-CHIP ZDARSKY (STILLWATER), KELLY THOMPSON (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), ED BRISSON (Old Man Logan), and JEFF LEMIRE (GIDEON FALLS)-on a new horror anthology miniseries for mature readers. Each issue will tell a tale of terror in a shared supernatural world. The story starts in 1978 with a failing rock band whose fortune suddenly changes when they find the mysterious Silver Coin. Little do they know that fame comes with a cost, and a curse is always hungry.

MIDDLEWEST: THE COMPLETE TALE – AN EPIC HARDCOVER COLLECTION OF ONE OUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE SERIES OF RECENT YEARS!

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Jorge Corona

When a violent storm levels his sleepy Middlewest town, Abel and his childhood companion, Fox, must hastily flee into a world of mystical carnies and soothsayer hobos, bridge trolls and wilderness spirits, endless forests and forgotten children.SKOTTIE YOUNG (Strange Academy, I HATE FAIRYLAND) and JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, Feathers), with colorist JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAULIEU and letterer NATE PIEKOS, collect the complete Eisner Award-nominated tale of Abel, a boy who must navigate a strange and mysterious land in order to discover who he can become.

Collects MIDDLEWEST #1-18, with exclusive bonus features!

THE MANY DEATHS OF LAILA STARR #1 (of 5) – A NEW SERIES FROM OUR PICK FOR WRITER TO WATCH OUT FOR MOST IN 2021 – RAM V!
(W) V. Ram (A/CA) Filipe Andrade

* A powerful new series for fans of The Wicked + The Divine  and The Dreaming from Ram V (Justice League Dark) and Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) that explores the fine line between living and dying in Mumbai through the lens of magical realism.

* With humanity on the verge of discovering immortality, the avatar of Death is fired and relegated to the world below to live out her now-finite days in the body of twenty-something Laila Starr in Mumbai.

* Struggling with her new-found mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born…

* But will Laila take her chance to permanently reverse the course of (future) history…or does a more shocking fate await her?

PHANTOM OF THE SCAN #1 – A NEW HORROR/SCI-FI MYSTERY FROM AFTERSHOCK COMICS!
(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Mark Torres

Twenty years ago, a comet fell to earth. Since that night, Matthew has been haunted – haunted by a spirit that gives him incredible psychic abilities. But these abilities come with a price…and payment is due.

Every time Matthew uses his gifts, he draws closer to death, and other psychics – all of whom gained their powers on the night the comet fell – are dying in the most horrible of ways. To save himself, Matthew gathers a group of psychics to solve the mystery of their powers before it’s too late.
CANTO & THE CITY OF GIANTS #1 (of 3) – OUR FAVOURITE TIM KNIGHT RETURNS FOR A THREE ISSUE SIDE QUEST!
(W) David M. Booher (A/CA) Sebastian Piriz
Canto has surprised, delighted, and moved readers with tales of the clockwork hero-fighting for love, his people, and hope! In this special Canto series, our titular hero reunites with the Giant Guardians of Dis, Fra and Ba, as well as other friends and foes, to recruit the kingdom of Giants to his quest to defeat the Shrouded Man.
Canto co-creator David M. Booher and artist Sebastián Piriz (Headspace, Disaster Inc.) bridge Canto II: The Hollow Men and the upcoming Canto III!
RADIO APOCALYPSE #1 – THE TEAM BEHIND BLUE IN GREEN BRING YOU ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING LOOKING TITLES OF THE YEAR!
(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Anand Radhakrishnan

Long after the rock out of space struck the world and turned it all to dust, in Bakerstown stands the last Radio Station on the planet. Radio Apocalypse broadcasting into the unknown, a beacon in the dark for those who wander the lost places. Now change is coming to Bakerstown.

Among the refugees flocking into an already precarious settlement, an orphan boy Rion, caught in an indiscretion, will twine his fate with the Radio Station. And in doing so, begin this mixtape of love and heartbreak and interminable hope. This soundtrack to the end of the world.
HARD MELODY HC – AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL BY ONE OF ASIA’S MOST RESPECTED CREATORS!
(W) Lu Ming (A/CA) Lu Ming

Three middle-aged friends reunite in Beijing to reflect on their high school dreams of becoming rock stars if their dreary adult lives hadn’t gotten in the way. Now they seek to turn their disillusionment into purpose with plans of one more gig to show the world what they are capable of.

And there you have it!  Our picks from the February 2021 Previews Book!

 

 

 

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Quick Comic Review – Haha #1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-haha-1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-haha-1#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 20:10:09 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=106914 HAHA #1 (w) W. Maxwell Prince (A) Vanesa Del Rey One of the breakout hits from Image comics in the last few years has been the universally acclaimed Ice Cream Man.  An anthology horror series, it regularly appears on Best Of lists and in awards categories.  So it was with much excitement that I looked […]

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HAHA #1

(w) W. Maxwell Prince (A) Vanesa Del Rey

One of the breakout hits from Image comics in the last few years has been the universally acclaimed Ice Cream Man.  An anthology horror series, it regularly appears on Best Of lists and in awards categories.  So it was with much excitement that I looked forward to HAHA, another new anthology series from the writer of Ice Cream Man, W. Maxwell Prince.

Ice Cream Man’s artist Martin Morazzo is not along for the ride this time, as each issue will feature a different artist, and first up is the stellar work of Vanesa Del Rey (who has worked on titles such as Scarlet Witch, The Empty Man and Redlands)

Instead of an exploration of a creepy Ice Cream Man, here we are introduced to another childhood fear (or wonder depending on your preference), that of a Clown.  We are introduced in Issue 1 to Bart, a working clown who has a wife and two kids.  It’s clear from the outset that his family consider his career to be a joke, and not the funny kind.

Things go from bad to worse as he loses his job as Funville, his place of work, is not faring well in the modern world.  People are just not flocking to the circus and amusement parks anymore, preferring to bury their heads in the latest technological fancy instead.  His boss comes across as a nice enough guy and even pays him a severance, but a few dodgy individuals have their eye on that check…

Bart is an optimistic guy to the point of parody.  Nothing is going to deject him.  Not being robbed, not the lack of respect from his family, not even the lights going off.  But is he optimistic as his sunny demeanour suggests, or is he just rejecting reality?

The saying goes, everyone is just one bad day away from going crazy….

There is so much to sink your teeth into in this book.  It is by turns bleak and hopeful, has madcap but dark humour, and an everyman who you are rooting for but maybe just can’t quite shake the feeling that it’s all going to end badly for him. He is the personification of that American Dream – the stable life, the wife and two kids, the house and maybe just a bit of respect.

But the world he inhabits won’t let him have even that, beating him down at every opportunity, and surely there is only so long he can keep a smile on his face, painted on or otherwise.

Del Rey’s art is fantastic as always, expressive, emotive and just plain great to look at.  And Chris O’Halloran continues to do his best to steal Jordie Bellaire’s crown as the busiest colourist in the industry, already working on Immortal Hulk, Ice Cream Man, Black Panther, Scarenthood and Write It In Blood to name but a few.

Brilliant first issue, highly recommended.  And it’s just gone back to second print…

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Quick Comic Review – Always an Invader HC https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-always-an-invader-hc https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-always-an-invader-hc#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 19:38:15 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=106911 Always an Invader HC (w) Chip Zdarsky (A) Carlos Magno & Butch Guice This is a title that was continuously in our picks of the week and honourable mentions.  It coincided with Marvel’s 80th Birthday celebrations, and even though they released an oversized single issue – Marvel #1000 – to mark the occasion, we always […]

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Always an Invader HC

(w) Chip Zdarsky (A) Carlos Magno & Butch Guice

This is a title that was continuously in our picks of the week and honourable mentions.  It coincided with Marvel’s 80th Birthday celebrations, and even though they released an oversized single issue – Marvel #1000 – to mark the occasion, we always though that Invaders was more fitting tribute to Marvels deep and storied history.

It was a title I was brought onto because of Chip Zdarsky.  As always, follow the creator and you will be rewarded.  I have never been a massive Invaders guy so the title wasn’t what tempted me to the series.  But I may just have to check out some Invaders runs from the past….

Namor, the Sub Mariner, the true monarch of Atlantis, has declared war on the surface world, and is determined this time that nothing will get in the way of his mission.  Not even his former brothers in arms, Captain America, The Human Torch and the Winter Soldier.  But how can they stop him when he knows how they think, against someone who knows all their strategies and fighting tactics.

We have the modern-day conflict but also delve into the secret history of Namor and learn more about him.  We learn more about his volatile rage, what drives him and how he never truly left the War they faced all those years ago.

At its heart, this twelve-issue miniseries (collected here along with a one shot Namor: The Best Defense) is about the bonds of brotherhood between Namor and Captain America.  That the events happening in the modern day are a result of something going wrong that needs to be explained.  These were men who fought side by side in World War II, and Captain America always sees the best in people.  He knows that despite Namor’s actions that there is a good man in there.  Cap has always been an idealistic man while Namor is the opposite.

However, they have an abundance of respect for each other, even if they don’t always agree on a course of action.  And Cap is determined to give Namor one last chance to see the error of his ways.

The art duties are shared by Carlos Magno and Butch Guice.  Usually when a series has two alternating artists, alarm bells start ringing.  But they are used cleverly here with each artist tackling a different era.  Butch Guice draws the events of the past, while Carlos Magno handles the action in the present.

This is a fact paced, exciting book but also full of character exploration and development.  An absolute must for any Marvel fan and another home run for our boy Chip.

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Quick Comic Review – Batman Annual #5 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-batman-annual-5 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-batman-annual-5#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 19:25:10 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=106908 Batman Annual #5 (w) James Tynion IV (A) James Stokoe The issue takes place after the last encounter Batman had with Ghost Maker and has Clownhunter crossing paths with long-time Gotham stalwart Leslie Thompkins.  There’s a lot of time spent developing this relationship as well as showing us how Bao became Clownhunter. First of all, […]

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Batman Annual #5

(w) James Tynion IV (A) James Stokoe

The issue takes place after the last encounter Batman had with Ghost Maker and has Clownhunter crossing paths with long-time Gotham stalwart Leslie Thompkins.  There’s a lot of time spent developing this relationship as well as showing us how Bao became Clownhunter.

First of all, this issue is absolutely beautiful.  The art by James Stokoe is always worth the price of admission alone.  His art style is somewhere between classic comic and Manga.  It is highly stylized and always has beautiful unique colouring.

The opening scene is wonderful as Leslie’s importance and reputation is underlined.  There is an attempted mugging, and she is saved not by Batman, but by a local neighbourhood heavy called Big Henry.  He explains to the mugger that Leslie has saved so many in the district via her free clinic.  The mugger is scared off and Leslie heads to the clinic.

There she hears a crash and finds the wounded Clownhunter, who tells her that Batman always said to come to this clinic if he needed help.

When it comes to the story, there are lots of interesting themes at play.  Clownhunter is losing faith in the Justice system, and in Batman in general.  For Leslie, this is almost a second chance, as she has been trying to help Bruce for decades and has never gotten fully through.  She is able to get Bao to open up and explain what happened in his past to lead him down this dark path.

His origin in a sense is very close to Bruce’s, though instead of a chance mugging, it is The Joker making an impromptu visit to Bao’s parents’ restaurant.  They do everything they can to please him but this being The Joker he kills them anyway for his own amusement.  It’s therefore understandable to see how this drove Bao over the edge and to a point where he saw only violence as the answer, especially once The Joker War starts and Batman is nowhere to be seen.

We also understand his feelings more towards Harley as she was present the night his parents are killed.

There are lots of nice touches to the past, including Leslie coming across Clownhunter in Crime Alley, which just seems to attract traumatised souls!  Just the appearance of Leslie alone is most welcome as she is always on hand to provide wisdom and experience in a rotten city that she tries to heal on a daily basis in her own ways.

Batman appears at the very end, thanking Leslie for getting through to Bao, as that is something he has found difficult to achieve himself.

Wonderful one shot story, beautiful art and fulfils the job completely that any good Annual should do.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FROM JANUARY’S PREVIEWS BOOKS – RELEASES DUE IN MARCH 2021 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/recommendations-from-januarys-previews-books-releases-due-in-march-2021-2 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/recommendations-from-januarys-previews-books-releases-due-in-march-2021-2#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 17:57:32 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=106905 Each month, we like to go through the Previews Books, and pick out all of the titles we believe are not to be missed!  We will always do a podcast on our choices as well that can be found elsewhere on the website! And now? We will have a monthly article right here on the […]

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Each month, we like to go through the Previews Books, and pick out all of the titles we believe are not to be missed!  We will always do a podcast on our choices as well that can be found elsewhere on the website! And now?

This big order is the only way to 100% guarantee that we can source specific books for our customers, so the earlier we receive preorders the better! So if any of the following recommended titles appeal to you, do get in touch and let us know if you’d like them added to your pull list.  Don’t have a pull list?  Get in touch and we can guide you through it.  At Coffee & Heroes, we have no minimum or maximum books required in order to set up a pull list with us.

If it’s on your pull list then you’re guaranteed that title on release day and at cover price. So allow us to guide you through the best of the best from the January 2021 Previews Books, due for release in March 2021!  Orders are due by Friday 22nd January!

DC TITLES

  • INFINITE FRONTIER #0 – ESSENTIAL ONE SHOT!

Written by SCOTT SNYDER, GEOFF JOHNS, JAMES TYNION IV, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, GEOFFREY THORNE, PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, BECKY CLOONAN, MICHAEL W. CONRAD, JOËLLE JONES, and TIM SHERIDAN
art by JOHN TIMMS, HOWARD PORTER, JOËLLE JONES, JORGE JIMENEZ, ALITHA MARTINZEZ, DAVID MARQUEZ, STEPHEN BYRNE, JAMAL IGLE, DEXTER SOY, RAFA SANDOVAL, ALEX MALEEV, JOHN ROMITA JR., and others
ONE-SHOT |

The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it’s time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe.

In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe—it’s the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns!

This oversized, all-star issue kicks off the next great era of storytelling and excitement as top writers and artists reveal what’s next for the World’s Greatest Heroes and opens the door to some of the greatest stories of 2021.

  • BATMAN: URBAN LEGENDS #1 – NEW SERIES!

written by CHIP ZDARSKY, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, and BRANDON THOMAS
art by EDDY BARROWS, MARCOS TO, RYAN BENJAMIN, LAURA BRAGA, and MAX DUNBAR
cover by HICHAM HABCHI

Batman may be the biggest name in Gotham City, but there are lots of other heroes—and villains—who will get a turn to shine in Batman: Urban Legends, a brand-new monthly series tying into the biggest events in Gotham City. The series begins with these can’t-miss tales:

• Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky enters the world of Gotham City with celebrated Detective Comics and DC Future State: Robin Eternal artist Eddy Barrows for a six-part story chronicling Red Hood’s investigation of a new drug sweeping through Gotham. It’s a night that will change his life forever—and put him in Batman’s crosshairs.

• Writer of the DC Future State “Grifters” story Matthew Rosenberg picks up where he left off, continuing from the pages of Batman #101! Superstar artist Ryan Benjamin joins the team as we learn why Cole Cash is in Gotham in a tale that hints at what Halo might be…and we also get Batman vs. Grifter—round two!

• New Harley Quinn writer Stephanie Phillips and DC Future State: The Next Batman artist Laura Braga join forces for a Harley tale set just before the launch of her new series. Harley’s determined to sort out her history with Poison Ivy—but first, she’ll have to find her!

• Coming off the DC Future State “Outsiders” tale, writer Brandon Thomas begins a three-part saga reuniting Black Lightning, Katana, and Metamorpho. But this reunion quickly turns into a confrontation with a figure from Katana’s past, in a story drawn by fan-favorite artist Max Dunbar (Champions, Dungeons and Dragons, Judge Dredd)!

  • THE JOKER #1 – NEW SERIES!

written by JAMES TYNION IV
backup story written by JAMES TYNION IV and SAM JOHNS
art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH

Following the events of Infinite Frontier #1, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world! But the Clown Prince of Crime is several steps ahead of law enforcement—and he’s on the run overseas. James Gordon, facing retirement, realizes this is the manhunt of his life and the last piece of a storied career…but what mysterious and deadly forces are also in pursuit of The Joker?

And in the backup story, following the events of the smash hit Punchline #1, DC’s most controversial new villain navigates the infrastructure of Blackgate Penitentiary—while on the outside, Harper Row takes up the mantle of Bluebird to stop her brother from falling under Punchline’s influence.

  • SWAMP THING #1 (OF 10) – NEW SERIES!

written by RAM V
art and cover by MIKE PERKINS

Swamp Thing returns in a new 10-issue series that stars Levi Kamei as the next Guardian of the Green. Unable to control his transformation into the monstrous Swamp Thing, Levi is thrust into the harsh, unforgiving mystery of grisly murders committed by a supernatural desert legend. Levi must revisit past events in his homeland of India and face the deadly reality of a ravenous new villain in order to comprehend what he is truly, and horrifyingly, becoming. A new era of global action and horror blossoms here, and Swamp Thing will be at the root of it!

  • DETECTIVES COMICS #1034 – GREAT JUMPING ON POINT!

written by MARIKO TAMAKI
art and cover by DAN MORA

DC FUTURE STATE may be over—but the present looks tense! With the loss of his fortune and manor, the election of Mayor Nakano, and the growing anti-vigilante sentiment in Gotham, Bruce Wayne must rethink how to be Batman…or risk being left behind by his own city. To make matters worse, a catastrophic crime wave has taken hold of the city, culminating in a murder mystery that hits close to home—the suspects mount, the clues multiply, and the trail of bodies hasn’t ended yet! Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and superstar artist Dan Mora begin an exciting, surprising, and death-defying new chapter of Detective Comics.

Plus, in the second and concluding chapter of “Demon or Detective,” Damian Wayne meets a startling new faction from his family’s checkered past…but what is the League of Lazarus?

  • ACTION COMICS #1029 – GREAT JUMPING ON POINT!

written by PHILIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
art and cover by PHIL HESTER

As Superboy desperately tries to save Superman’s life from the leviathans of the Breach, Superman discovers the Breach’s shocking origins. But with his powers mysteriously fading, he is utterly outmatched. Can Superboy change the course of history and save his father’s life? Don’t miss this prelude to DC’s MASSIVE Superman event!

Plus, in another all-new backup “Tales of Metropolis” story, writers Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad join forces with Michael Avon Oeming to continue the Midnighter story that Cloonan and Conrad started in DC Future State. But is the DC Universe ready for Trojan Industries?

  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #59 – GREAT JUMPING ON POINT!

written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
backup story written by RAM V
backup story art by XERMANICO

Writer Brian Michael Bendis reunites with artist David Marquez (Miles Morales, Iron Man, Batman/Superman) for a new, star-studded Justice League featuring Superman, Batman, the Flash, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Hippolyta, new DC powerhouse Naomi, and…is that Black Adam?! Superman is leading the charge to reinvent the Justice League—and at the same time, a new, cosmic-powered threat arrives from Naomi’s homeworld to rule the Earth!

And in the backup story, dark days lie ahead for the new Justice League Dark. Zatanna and John Constantine take a road trip, only to discover horror around the bend as a friend—and sometime foe—is reborn in fire! A legend is destroyed, and another takes a terrible turn, as Merlin reveals the beginning of a new, blood-drenched plot for all humankind. So begins writer Ram V’s new journey into the abyss with the Justice League Dark and artist Xermanico!

  • SUPERMAN: RED AND BLUE #1 – NEW SERIES!

In the spirit of DC’s iconic Eisner Award-winning Batman: Black & White anthology series, DC proudly announces Superman: Red & Blue, a new six-issue DC comic book mini-series presenting fresh new visions of the Man of Steel, featuring an incredible slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers creating comics pared back to Superman’s two signature colors of red and blue (magenta and cyan for the color nerds)!

Around the world, everyone knows that when they see a red and blue streak in the sky, it’s not a bird…it’s not a plane…it’s Superman!

To start things off in March’s Superman: Red & Blue #1, Academy Award-winning writer of DC Future State: The Next Batman John Ridley joins artist Clayton Henry (Batman/Superman) to tell a story of Clark Kent as he confronts a villain who still haunts him, in a story that shows what Superman can mean to a whole country. Then, Brandon Easton (DC Future State’s Mister Miracle) and Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen) take readers to the streets of Metropolis to show how one hero can mean so much to an individual in pain.

  • NIGHTWING #78 – GREAT JUMPING ON POINT!

written by TOM TAYLOR
art and cover by BRUNO REDONDO

Nightwing is back—and his drive to keep Blüdhaven safe has never been stronger! But his adopted city has elected a new mayor with the last name Zucco. When Nightwing enlists Batgirl’s help in investigating the politician bearing the same name as the man who murdered his parents, she unearths details that will shock and fundamentally change the hero.

The New York Times bestselling team of writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Injustice) and artist Bruno Redondo (Injustice, Suicide Squad) are about to take Nightwing to the next stage of his evolution as a hero!

MARVEL TITLES

  • BETA RAY BILL #1 (OF 5) – NEW MINISERIES FROM THE CREATOR OF WONDER WOMAN: DEAD EARTH!

written by, art and cover by  Daniel Warren Johnson

FROM THE PAGES OF DONNY CATES’ THOR AND SPINNING OUT OF THE EVENTS OF KING IN BLACK!

The second-most famous wielder of Mjolnir. The right-hand man to the god of Thunder. And now, a warrior without his best weapon. Beta Ray Bill is tired of playing second fiddle to Thor – and with Bill’s famous hammer, Stormbreaker, recently destroyed at the new All-Father’s hands, tensions are higher than ever. The Korbinite must strike out in search of a new weapon…and a new destiny. Assuming he can first defeat a Knullified Fin Fang Foom! Writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity, Murder Falcon) and colorist Mike Spicer take Beta Ray Bill on a journey beyond the shadow of a god! Plus: This oversize first issue contains an exclusive conversation between Johnson and Beta Ray Bill’s creator, the legendary Walter Simonson!

  • BLACK KNIGHT: CURSE OF THE EBONY BLADE #1 (OF 5) – NEW MINISERIES!

written by Simon Spurrier
art by Sergio Davila
cover by Iban Coello

THE GREATEST KNIGHT OF THEM ALL RIDES AGAIN!

Dane Whitman is the BLACK KNIGHT and wielder of the magical EBONY BLADE, but the blade’s power comes at a terrible price. Dane forever bears the burden of its curse: an insatiable lust for blood and mayhem that constantly threatens to swallow its owner in darkness. Must that be Dane’s fate? Following the battle against the KING IN BLACK, a reinvigorated Dane has a greater sense of purpose than ever before. But his sword is the key to a new enemy’s evil plan and only the Black Knight can prevent the coming death and destruction. This conflict spanning mythical Camelot to modern-day NYC will test Dane like never before and challenge everything he believes about himself, the Ebony Blade, and the entire history of the Black Knight! Guest starring the AVENGERS!

  • ALIEN #1 – NEW SERIES!

written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
art by Salvador Larroca
cover by Inhyuk Lee

THE ICONIC CINEMATIC TERROR MAKES ITS MARVEL DEBUT!

Gabriel Cruz gave his life to Weyland-Yutani–In the case of an alien attack he barely survived, almost literally! Recently retired, Cruz is trying to patch things up with his abandoned son with the help of his friend, a Bishop-model android, but his re-entry into civilian life is not going smoothly…and his encounters with the deadly Xenomorph are far from over. Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Salvador Larroca team up to tell an all-new tale of the titan of horror and science fiction that has scared audiences for decades. No one is safe. No one is innocent. And no one can hear you scream…

  • KING IN BLACK: GHOST RIDER #1 – SPINNING OUT OF KING IN BLACK!

written by Ed Brisson
art by Juan Frigeri
cover by Will Sliney

THE WAR FOR HELL’S THRONE MEETS THE KING IN BLACK!

All Ghost Rider wants is to destroy Mephisto, round up an army of escaped demons, and secure his seat on the throne of hell. Is that so much to ask? But now a dark god from space has shown up to throw the world into chaos, and some of Johnny’s old friends have come to ask for his help. It may take everything they’ve got to stop this madness. Maybe even…the devil himself?

  • CARNAGE: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD #1 (OF 4) – NEW MINISERIES!

written by Donny Cates, Ben Percy, Tini Howard
art by Ken Lashley
art & cover by Sara Pichelli

CARNAGE RULES!

Witness the cerebral chaos caused by CARNAGE, brought to life by some of the greatest creators at Marvel!

But beware, True Believers, true to their titular character’s namesake, these spine-chilling tales are not for the faint of heart and presented in BLACK, WHITE AND BLOOD!

  • Captain America: ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE #1 – CELEBRATION ONE SHOT!

written by Joe Simon, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
art by Various
cover by Steve McNiven

Captain America celebrates 80 years of battling tyranny this month! And what better way to celebrate than by having a cadre of Marvel’s best artists redraw and modernize Captain America’s origin and the debut of the Red Skull from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 as well as Cap’s return in the Marvel Age from AVENGERS #4!

The legendary stories that changed the course of comic book history are presented in an all-new way for the current generation of Marvel fans!

  • NON STOP SPIDER-MAN #1 – NEW SPIDEY SERIES!

written by Joe Kelly
art by Chris Bachalo, Dale Eaglesham

Get ready for the most action-packed, pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping comic OF ALL TIME! As the name implies, once you read page one, panel one, SPIDER-MAN DOES NOT STOP! A mystery at Empire State University thrusts Spider-Man into an adventure that starts in uptown Manhattan and will take him around the world, pitting him against Marvel Universe villains old and new and give you a Spider-Man adventure (and Spider-Man) the likes of which you’ve never seen.

THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, SO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE READING!

INDIE TITLES

  • NOCTERRA #1 – NEW SERIES FROM SCOTT SNYDER!

written by Scott Snyder
art & cover by Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey

“FULL THROTTLE DARK,” Part One-Ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous shades, the only way to survive is to stay close to artificial light. Enter Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled ferryman who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen wheeler.

This March, legendary creators SCOTT SNYDER (Dark Knights: Death Metal, WYTCHES) and TONY S. DANIEL (Batman, Deathstroke) unveil horrors beyond any shade in this extra-sized first issue.

  • FRIEND OF THE DEVIL: A RECKLESS HC – FOLLOW UP TO ONE OF THE BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2021!

written by Ed Brubaker
art by Sean Phillips
colours by Jacob Phillips

The next book in the red-hot Reckless series is here!

Bestselling crime noir masters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are back with another new original graphic novel featuring troublemaker-for-hire Ethan Reckless.

It’s 1985 and things in Ethan’s life are going pretty well… until a missing woman shows up in the background of an old B-movie, and Ethan is drawn into Hollywood’s secret occult underbelly as he hunts for her among the wreckage of the wild days of the ’70s.

Another hit graphic novel from the award-winning creators of PULP, MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, CRIMINAL, and KILL OR BE KILLED -a must-have for all Brubaker and Phillips fans!

  • THE FALL TP VOL 1 – TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME!

written by Jared Muralt
art & cover by Jared Muralt

“Readers who found themselves gripped by the apocalyptic adventure of Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD and who were moved by the emotion in Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD will not want to miss Jared Muralt’s THE FALL.

After just losing his wife, one father will have to face a world in freefall; shaken to its core by an economic, social, political and health crisis without precedent. Facing seemingly unreal and very unexpected dangers, he will do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones in a country on the brink of collapse. In this internationally acclaimed series, Jared Muralt not only tells the story of one family struggling to survive, but also questions the very reasons that brought mankind to this apocalypse. Collects THE FALL #1-6.

  • FIREFLY: BRAND NEW ‘VERSE #1 – NEW SPINOFF SERIES!

written by Josh Lee Gordon
art by Fabiana Mascolo
cover by Qistina Khalidah

Set 20 years after the events of Firefly, Serenity soars the ‘Verse once again with a new captain – Emma, the daughter of Wash and Zo !

The old crew of Serenity has gone their own way and now Emma is working to prove herself to Zo , alongside a new crew of castaways and misfits just trying to stay afloat.

But when Serenity takes a job from a familiar face, they discover that their new, living, breathing cargo    is far more than they bargained for…and might bring them into conflict with Alliance once again!

Josh Lee Gordon (Firefly: Bad Company) and Fabiana Mascolo (Yasmeen)  begin a new era for Joss Whedon’s Firefly with First Appearances of an all new cast, new adventures and shocking new surprises!

  • PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD #1 – NEW INDIE SERIES FROM GRANT MORRISON!

written by Alex Child, Grant Morrison
art & cover by Naomi Franquiz

Perfect for fans of Paper Girls and Die, visionary writer Grant Morrison (Klaus), Alex Child and Naomi Franquiz (Tales from Harrow County) present a chilling new horror series about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them.

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie have organized a “Spook Tour” with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams.

When their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students… before the town tears them limb from limb.

Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road… along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America.

  • THE DOWN RIVER PEOPLE OGN – HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL!

written by Adrian Smith
art & cover by Matt Fox

For fans of Stillwater and Essex County comes a new graphic novel reuniting writer Adam Smith and artist Matt Fox, the duo behind the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated Long Walk to Valhalla, for a riveting story about a man attempting to survive the complicated and dangerous web of his family’s criminal ties with his soul intact.

Myers Carpenter is a bootlegger who just inherited his family’s bar and must turn to his estranged mother – who he hasn’t seen since he was a boy – for help.

Myers learns the secrets of his new family’s lodge, but he may not escape the dark cult thriving just under the surface of opulence.

  • UNDONE BY BLOOR OR THE OTHER SIDE OF EDEN #1 – SEQUEL TO THE AFTERSHOCK COMICS SMASH HIT!

written by Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
art & cover by Sami Kivela

The early 1930’s: The height of the Great Depression and beginning of the Dust Bowl. Silvano Luna Del Rio works as a postman in Buttar, Texas. Reeling from a tragic past, with only a gun and a Western novel to his name, Silvano sets out to take back from the country that took so much from him by robbing the first skyscraper West of the Mississippi. But acts of retribution are never as simple as they seem, as his target is home to an eccentric fraternal brotherhood hiding their own dark secrets.

By Silvano’s side is an old west novel featuring famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As both stories unfold simultaneously, in true UNDONE BY BLOOD fashion, the mythic Western informs choices in reality, for better or worse.

From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs, X-Men, HER INFERNAL DESCENT) and artist Sami Kivelä (Abbot, Tommy Gun Wizards) comes the next story in the critically acclaimed neo-western series that depicts the hard truths of seeking vengeance in the real world.

  • CHARIOT #1 (OF 5) – HOTLY ANTICIPATED NEW MINISERIES FROM AWA STUDIOS!

written by Bryan Hill
art by Priscilla Petraites
cover by Jeff Dekal

The Chariot was a Cold War-era secret government project to provide its star agent with a weapon unlike any other in the form of a supercharged muscle car. It sank into the ocean decades ago, and the agent along with it. Now, a petty criminal looking to reform his life has stumbled upon the Chariot, and he’s about to find out that the agent’s consciousness is still controlling it in this synthwave thriller.

  • ORPHAN & THE FIVE BEASTS #1 (OF 4) – INCREDIBLE LOOKING NEW MINISERIES FROM ACCLAIMED CREATOR JAMES STOKOE!

written by, art & cover by James Stokoe 

A brand-new kung-fu epic from James Stokoe, the creator behind Orc Stain and Aliens: Dead Orbit!

Spurred on by her master’s dying words, the adopted warrior “Orphan Mo” seeks to find and kill five former disciples who now threaten the land with corruption from their demonic powers. Part Five Deadly Venoms and part surreal grindhouse, James Stokoe brings his knack for ultra-detailed fantasy imagery and over-the-top violence to this classic tale of revenge.

“His artwork is astonishingly detailed, with an infectious, monstrous energy and dynamism that needs to be experienced by every fan of comic books.”-SyFy Wire

  • DEAD DOGS BITE #1 (OF 4) – NEW MINISERIES FOR FANS OF TWIN PEAKS!

written by, art & cover by Tyler Boss

Cormac Guffin has gone missing. It’s been three days and no one has seen hide nor hair of her. The police have nothing, and the townsfolk are acting more like a funeral procession than a search party. If Cormac has any hope of being found, it rests on the slouching shoulders of her best friend Joe. Joe will need her wits about her though, because, like any story worth hearing, nothing is what it seems.

From award-winning cartoonist Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank) comes the story of a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a candy wrapper.

Described as Twin Peaks meets Lady Bird.

  • CANTO II: THE HOLLOW MEN TP – ONE OF OUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE TITLES RETURNS IN A NEW VOLUME!

written by David M. Booher
art & cover by Drew Zucker

The fan-favorite all-ages comic fantasy continues with book two! Once, a little tin slave with a clock for a heart broke all the rules-he found love, took a name, and escaped his masters to go on an epic journey to save his beloved. Along the way, he met strange allies and terrifying enemies and, ultimately, though his adventure didn’t turn out as planned, he returned to his people and led them to freedom.

The freedom that Canto won so desperately is in danger, as he discovers his people’s clocks will stop unless they return to captivity. He and his friends Falco, Rikta, and Veratta embark on a new adventure to save the lives of all their people. On their quest, they’ll encounter old friends, relentless monsters, and the village of the mysterious Hollow Men. Will Canto and his friends lift the curse and save their people before time runs out? Collects Canto II issues #1-5 plus the Clockwork Fairies one-shot.

  • James Bond: AGENT OF SPECTRE #1 – A BRAND NEW ORIGINAL 007 SERIES!

written by Christos Cage
art by Luca Casalanguida
cover by Steve Epting

AGENT OF SPECTRE Part 1! There’s a civil war brewing within SPECTRE. An upstart American member of the international criminal organization is attempting a coup, threatening to depose Ernst Stavro Blofeld. She’s on guard against Blofeld’s men, so to take her out, Blofeld recruits a wild card – James Bond! With Blofeld threatening the life of Bond’s friend Felix Leiter as leverage, Bond agrees…but he has a plan to use this internal strife to bring SPECTRE down once and for all. Will he succeed, or is this a dark path from which even 007 can’t return?

  • JONNA AND THE UNPOSSIBLE MONSTERS #1 – BRAND NEW CREATOR OWNED SERIES FROM FIRE POWER ARTIST CHRIS SAMNEE.  AN ALL AGES TITLE TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2021…

written by Chris Samnee, Laura Samnee
art & cover by Chris Samnee

Don’t miss the brand-new, original series written and drawn by Eisner-winner Chris Samnee! Filled with action, adventure… and monsters!

Rainbow has been searching for her sister, Jonna, for a year. The last time she saw Jonna was also the first time she saw one of the monsters that now roam the planet. They’re big, ugly, and dangerous creatures, driving humanity to the brink of extinction. Though there isn’t much hope for survival out in the wild, Rainbow knows that her sister is out there somewhere-and she’ll do anything to find her.

  • WITCHBLOOD #1 – NEW HORROR SERIES!

written by Matthew Erman
art & cover by Lisa Sterle

A modern, Wild West road trip about a witch named Yonna cruising the Southwest as a band of bloodthirsty biker vampires, The Hounds of Love, hunt her scattered coven for the source of all magic: witch blood. From the critically acclaimed creators of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck and Long Lost comes WITCHBLOOD, a blend of action, lore, and Americana-perfect for fans of Buffy and American Gods.

And there you have it!  Our picks from the January 2021 Previews Book!

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Quick Comic Review – Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-dark-nights-death-metal-the-last-stories-of-the-dc-universe-1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-dark-nights-death-metal-the-last-stories-of-the-dc-universe-1#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 00:43:32 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=105827 Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1 Writers: Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Mariko Tamaki, Gail Simone, Christopher Sebela, Cecil Castellucci, and Mark Waid Artists: Travis Moore, Rafael Albuquerque, Daniel Sampere, Meghan Hetrick, Christopher Mooneyham, Mirka Andolfo, and Francis Manapul Death Metal has certainly been a hit and miss event, even […]

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Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

Writers: Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Mariko Tamaki, Gail Simone, Christopher Sebela, Cecil Castellucci, and Mark Waid

Artists: Travis Moore, Rafael Albuquerque, Daniel Sampere, Meghan Hetrick, Christopher Mooneyham, Mirka Andolfo, and Francis Manapul

Death Metal has certainly been a hit and miss event, even for this died in the wool DC fan.  When it has been good it’s been great (Multiverse’s End, Speed Metal, Trinity Crisis, Infinite Hour Exxxtreme) and there are tie-ins that have felt the very definition of filler (Multiverse Who Laughs, Rise of the New God).  But The Last Stories of the DC Universe is an absolute triumph.  It’s that book that every event title should aim to be – for the fans.

For anyone who is a fan of the Teen Titans, their illustrious history and their many incarnations, this is a love letter to you.  For anyone who is a fan of Mark Waid’s take on Superman, all hope, country bumpkin and optimist for the future, this is a love letter to you.  For everyone who wants to see resolution for Nightwing and Batgirl, this is a love letter to you.  And that’s before we even get to Gail Simone’s Green Arrow/Black Canary Story….

Essentially, all of the stories contained within are set the day before the DC Universe as we know it could end.  This is the last night these characters have before their world ends.  There are no time for regrets, for things left unsaid, for missing the opportunity to forgive, for having those that mean the most to you in the world to be close to you.  It’s last orders time, so best to bare your soul and leave it all on the line.

It is the calm before the inevitable storm.

The Teen Titans story which bookends the title (Snyder, Tynion IV and Williamson – Travis Moore on art) is one the best short stories of this or any other year.  It takes the form of a Titans beach party, and if you’ve ever been a Titan, then you’re invited.  If you’ve been a member of the Titans, it will have inevitably been from a young age, and then suddenly the weight of the world has been thrust upon your young shoulders.  This is an opportunity to do what was taken away from them by that responsibility – to hang out with your friends and relax.

Everyone from every era is here, some of which are even represented in art inserts lifted straight from the Golden Age.  The first part of the story ends with Wally showing up, and Donna Troy looks none too happy.  Understandable given recent events in the DC Universe involving Wally.

We then have a great Hal Jordan story by Jeff Lemire and Rafael Albuquerque.  As well as being absolutely gorgeous, it tells a great story and delves into Hal’s regrets, his father issues and even his relationship with Sinestro.  The themes of forgiveness and broken bonds being reforged are explored here to great effect.

We then have a Wonder Woman tale, focusing on a dark night (see what I did there?) of the soul for Diana.  She questions why The Batman Who Laughs still lives and has been able to evolve given she cut him in half?  She questions herself and whether she’s truly ready to fight for a future that has very little chance of existing beyond the next day.  But as always, with Diana, there is hope…

Another standout is Gail Simone and Meghan Hetrick’s ‘Dust of a Distant Storm’.  Talk about encapsulating decades worth of thoughts and feelings between Green Arrow and Black Canary into ten pages!  We are even introduced to a daughter of theirs from one of the destroyed earths, who wants to fight alongside her ‘parents’, a hopeful symbol of what the future could hold for the two of them should they survive this.  There’s even time for a new, cool oath to be created for them to say before going into battle (Dinah has always been jealous of the Lantern’s oath…).

And then we come to Cecil Castelluci and Mirka Andolfo’s Bat Family tale.  Get this creative team onto a Bat Book post Future State!  Quite simply a beautiful looking tale as Bruce calls round the entire Bat Family for one last pep talk.  He thinks about what they all mean to him and how they are the ones who saved him.  And he returns part of that favour by marrying Batgirl and Nightwing even if ‘it doesn’t stand if we live’….This story really hit the emotional sweet spot and again provided hope before their darkest battle.

But then we have the absolutely triumphant return to Superman of Mark Waid.  Arguably one of Supes best ever writers, it has really been too long.  With Francis Manapul providing exquisite art, this is a story about what every single Superman story should be about – Hope.  It is essentially a story of how Superman is able to overcome his one weakness, the ability to be everywhere he is needed at the same time.  This entire story just had me smiling the whole way through it.  The artwork, the message, the dialogue, everything about it was just perfect.

And then the best way to finish the entire book, Donna forgives Wally, and gives him the warmest of embraces.  Forgiveness, togetherness, a united front to face evil.   A perfect end to this book and it has me so hyped for Death Metal #6.  And that last page of art….

All in, just an absolutely brilliant book and a timely reminder of how strong the DC Universe can be when creators are firing on all cylinders.

Essential.

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Quick Comic Review – Batman / Catwoman #1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-batman-catwoman-1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-batman-catwoman-1#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:56:16 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=105820 Batman / Catwoman #1 (w) Tom King (a) Clay Mann (c) Tomeu Morey I had been waiting for Bat/Cat for a long time.  Ever since we had the pleasure of hosting Clay in store in October of last year, and heard him talk of how the title was very special to him, and how he […]

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Batman / Catwoman #1

(w) Tom King (a) Clay Mann (c) Tomeu Morey

I had been waiting for Bat/Cat for a long time.  Ever since we had the pleasure of hosting Clay in store in October of last year, and heard him talk of how the title was very special to him, and how he asked DC to delay it so it could fully have his art from issues 1 through 12, including covers.

It’s also no secret that I am a huge fan of King’s run, and was a little bummed he couldn’t make it to 100 issues as originally planned.  This always felt like a way to keep the fans happy, giving King his finale while also letting him operate within his preferred format – the 12 issue maxiseries.

So of course, after all this waiting, this was a week when our delivery arrived late and it was an absolute nightmare getting it sorted.  What would normally arrive on Tuesday, didn’t come through the door until Thursday.  But, after listening to my whining all day on Tuesday, Vicki actually ran round to Forbidden Planet and gave me a copy just to shut me up and allow me to read it.

And it was worth the wait.

First of all, it is absolutely gorgeous.  We’ve been big fans of Clay’s art for years, and given how hard he fought to include Phantasm (I believe he convinced King to put the character into his run and it was originally going to be in a one and done issue), he was never going to disappoint.  He also fought to include Tomeu Morey as his colourist, and this lead to perfect synergy between the two.  Each page is a triumph.

From the opening double page spread ‘advent calendar’ which showcases the title – ‘Silent Night’, to the splash pages, to the inevitable 9 panel pages, you will struggle to find a better looking book this year.  It is so unbelievably cinematic and an absolute pleasure to look at.

But this would all be a shame if it didn’t have an interesting story to back it up.  And again, for me, it certainly does not disappoint.  I do feel that if you are not a Tom King fan, I’m not 100% sure this will convince you otherwise.  He has a very defined style – use of songs/poetry to set the mood and themes to the book; a non linear structure; and even a reading of his previous work, while not essential to enjoy this, would be recommended, as there are layers of storytelling at work here.

So what’s it about?

King employs a ‘True Detective’ style narrative here, with three defined time points.  We have Catwoman back when she was a Criminal, before she entered into a relationship with Batman; then there’s the two of them together as a couple, investigating the disappearance of one Andrea Beaumont’s son; and finally a story in the future after Bruce has died, and an older Selina is tying up some loose ends.

I have heard of a few people saying this structure was difficult to follow but I didn’t find that.  I’m happy to take my time with a book like this, and Clay employed a very easy guide – Just look at Catwoman’s costume.  Black in the past when she was a criminal; Grey in the present where she tows the line of criminal/crimefighter (operating in a grey area); and then a civilian dress sense when she’s older.

And so to Andrea Beaumont.  A character that fans of Batman the Animated Series will be more than familiar with, appears here asking Bruce for his help in locating her missing son.  Andrea of course is well known as The Phantasm, and the seeds are sown in this issue for an appearance of that character down the line.

We’re also introduced to the Sewer King, a character who also first appeared in the Animated Series.  As well as a love letter to the lore of Batman/Catwoman, it works in elements to the Animated series and Kings original run (Alfred is sadly still gone in this issue, though does make an appearance).

A special mention also goes to the last few pages which genuinely gave me goosebumps – between the reveal in the future and Andrea sitting in silence, a familiar mask beside her.

It was everything I wanted it to be and more.  Please don’t let there be a delay in my delivery the week #2 comes out…..

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