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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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Punchline – A Standout https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/punchline-a-standout https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/punchline-a-standout#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 21:52:18 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=105413 For a change I thought I’d swap the film news (which at this point all but ceases to exist) in favour of talking about what this site was built on – comic books. In particular one character who has really stood out to me these past few months. And her name is Punchline. First appearing […]

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For a change I thought I’d swap the film news (which at this point all but ceases to exist) in favour of talking about what this site was built on – comic books. In particular one character who has really stood out to me these past few months. And her name is Punchline.

First appearing in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3, her origin was then explored in a story within the Joker 80th annual special as a crazed college kid with an obsession for the clown prince of crime it’s Batman #92 through #100 (the Joker War arc) where we really get a feel for how sadistic this girl can be.

Now without spoilers for those of you who perhaps aren’t caught up with the current Batman run there’s several standout performances, you could say from Punchline, ranging from multiple encounters with Harley Quinn to run ins with Batman himself, all of which are beautifully illustrated by the exceptionally talented Jorge Jimenez (with fill in art in issues also provided by Guillem March), with amazing stories penned by James Tynion IV.

Having only jumped on Batman at #92 (which there is a particularly beautiful variant cover of Punchline provided by the every brilliant Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau) I instantly fell in love with the character.  She’s more wild and unpredictable than Harley ever was which is saying something, not so much obsessed with the Joker as a person but more his fundamentals and ideologies of a world gone mad.

Also I feel its worth pointing out that there’s no need for alarm with my fascination for fictional serial killers and mass murderers, for those of you who know me you’ll know I’m absolutely sane…

There are several tie in stories to the Joker War arc as well that spread across the standalone Harley Quinn series (including a fantastic variant cover by Natali Sanders on Harley Quinn #75) plus a few issues of Nightwing, Red Hood, Detective Comics and Batgirl as well.

And topping all of that off is the recent one shot that dropped earlier this month is also sensational, again without spoilers its a must read for fans of current Batman run and character, again penned by Tynion IV and with a great looking cover and interior art by Mirka Andolfo.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of this sensational character come the new year and where they take her, but for now for those of you who still haven’t got yourselves acquainted, I suggest you get on it.

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A Live Action Spider-Verse? https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/a-live-action-spiderverse https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/a-live-action-spiderverse#respond Sun, 25 Oct 2020 21:31:32 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=105376 Back in 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released to critical acclaim, cementing its place as one of the greatest animated films of all time. With an impressive voice acting cast including Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry, as well as an incredible story which focuses on Miles Morales having to […]

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Back in 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released to critical acclaim, cementing its place as one of the greatest animated films of all time. With an impressive voice acting cast including Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry, as well as an incredible story which focuses on Miles Morales having to quickly come to terms with living up to the mantle of Spider-Man, it’s a touching story with a lot of heart.

And now, 2 years later it’s being heavily rumoured that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are in talks to return as their incarnations of Spider-Man alongside the current Spider-Man (Tom Holland) for the third standalone MCU Spider-Man film. It is also heavily rumoured that this third outing will feature the Sinister Six after Sony’s failed attempt at this back in 2014 with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

(What could be?)

I know what you’re thinking, these are only rumours so why get our hopes up and you’re absolutely right, but let’s look at some of the facts as to how these rumours came about.

In the trailer for Sony’s Morbius film, starring Jared Leto as the Living Vampire, we see him at one point in the trailer running past a poster of Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man with the word “Murderer” spray painted on it. This would appear to be an indication that it’s set within the MCU timeline, as (spoiler) Mysterio frames Spider-Man for his death at the end of Far From Home, leaving Spiderman in quite a difficult situation. Also in the Morbius trailer towards the end we see Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture who was the main antagonist of Spider-Man Homecoming.

So we have Vulture, Morbius, Shocker (he was never apprehended by the police in Homecoming), Scorpion (Matt Gargan) who also appears in Homecoming which is 4 out of 6 members already. Mysterio potentially a 5th member (he’s so good at manipulating reality is he really dead?).  That would leave only one other spot if this is indeed the path they’re taking. And that 6th spot could go to anyone from Green Goblin to Rhino to Dr Octopus to Kraven the Hunter (which again was rumoured to be the villain for the 3rd film). It’s certainly a lot to take in and discuss in the coming months as we await more concrete details and confirmation. One thing is for sure, if this were to all be true that would one hell of a line up for the film.

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Quick Comic Reviews – Crossover #1 – An Advance Review from Guest Reviewer Paddy Steele https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-reviews-crossover-1-an-advance-review-from-guest-reviewer-paddy-fegan https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-reviews-crossover-1-an-advance-review-from-guest-reviewer-paddy-fegan#respond Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:36:51 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=105348 At Coffee & Heroes, we like to push community above all else.  It's what we strive for in store on a daily basis, with endless comic book and pop culture discussions where everyone's opinions are welcome.

With the website, we like to try and continue that ethos, and regularly welcome content from in store regulars and contributors.  We were fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of CROSSOVER, Donny Cates latest creator owned title, and sure to be one of the biggest comics of the year.

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At Coffee & Heroes, we like to push community above all else.  It’s what we strive for in store on a daily basis, with endless comic book and pop culture discussions where everyone’s opinions are welcome.

With the website, we like to try and continue that ethos, and regularly welcome content from in store regulars and contributors.  We were fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of CROSSOVER, Donny Cates latest creator owned title, and sure to be one of the biggest comics of the year.

And Paddy was someone who was very excited to read it.  So continue on for his spoiler free take on why you should be adding CROSSOVER #1 to your pull list asap!

Crossover #1

(W) Donny Cates (A) Geoff Show

Image Comics – Due for Release 4rth November

CROSSOVER is the latest title from the massively unknown/upcoming writer Donny Cates.. Joking, we all know who Donny Cates is.

There probably isn’t a writer on as much as a hot streak as Cates is now. His work on Thor & Venom is outstanding, and with that, the bar was set pretty high for his new original story CROSSOVER.  In Issue 1, not only does he reach that bar, he flies right over it with consummate ease.

It can be hard sometimes in the comics industry to really get people excited about an upcoming book, because trying sum up or review CROSSOVER without any sort of spoilers is difficult.

We have all read a comic at one point in our lives and thought “Can you imagine if this happened in the real world?”. Well that folks, at its base level, is the premise of CROSSOVER.

The story looks set to follow Ellie, an employee of one of the last standing comic shops in the U.S…. And that’s about all I can give you without any other spoilers.

I’ll be honest, and I know I will upset a lot of people with this, but when I’m reading a comic, I don’t overly pay attention to the art (ducks from objects getting thrown). I’m more about the story & the characters, but the art in this really stood out. The art by Geoff Shaw and colours by Dee Cunniffe don’t so much jump of the page, but blend in perfectly with the story.

There is one panel in particular that stands out for me. A genuine moment when I forgot everything else on the page and focused completely on that drawing.

Where the story goes from the end of issue one, I have no idea. The groundwork is laid for a fantastic story with outstanding, interesting characters.  Alan and I have our theories about what’s going to happen and come 4th November you will to.

My only regret about issue 1 is now waiting until early December until issue 2.

ADD IT TO YOUR PULL TODAY!!!!

Following on from the Coffee & Heroes mantra to follow creators rather than characters, the last two pages of the book are future titles that Cates has launching next year. The first is WEREWORLD which has an awesome teaser image…

and second is the mysterious FLOOD…


With VENOM, THE KING IN BLACK, THOR, CROSSOVER, FLOOD, WEREWORLD and who knows what else he is working on, 2021 is going to be the year of Donny Cates.

– Paddy

(* Alan’s 7 word review – CROSSOVER is going to be very big…..)

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Quick Comic Reviews – Batman #100 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-batman-100 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-review-batman-100#respond Wed, 14 Oct 2020 20:12:05 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=105338 Batman #100 (W) James Tynion IV (A) Jorge Jimenez (Part One) Carlo Pagulayan (Part Two) Guillem March (Part Three) A fantastic conclusion to an awesome Batman event. I don’t think it can be underestimated what James Tynion IV has achieved with his Batman run (He’s tripled the amount of people who have Batman on their pull list […]

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Batman #100

(W) James Tynion IV

(A) Jorge Jimenez (Part One) Carlo Pagulayan (Part Two) Guillem March (Part Three)

A fantastic conclusion to an awesome Batman event.

I don’t think it can be underestimated what James Tynion IV has achieved with his Batman run (He’s tripled the amount of people who have Batman on their pull list in our store) .  In the first arc, he created new characters aplenty and created a compelling story with ‘Their Dark Designs’ (available in trade very soon).  During that run, he was also able to sow the seeds that would grow into Joker War.  And boy, it did not disappoint.

All the tie-ins certainly added texture, with particular praise reserved for Batgirl and Nightwing, but it was in the flagship title that this storyline soared, both in terms of writing and in art, which seemed to get better with every issue.

And so we arrive to #100, an oversized issue that arrived with a pleasing lack of variant covers (unlike Detective #1027 and all of the DC 80th anniversary specials).  It is an issue that can be broken down into three separate parts, which are at turns linked and at others, their own tale.

Part One is the main body of the issue as Batman faces off against The Joker (in his own take on the Batsuit).  But before we even get to the two old foes, we get a very crowd pleasing moment of Barbara Gordon relinquishing her Batgirl persona and adopting that of Oracle, Batman and the rest of the Bat-Family’s eyes over the city, and calming voice in the ear during the tensest moments.  There’s even time for a reunion of sorts between Babs and Dick Grayson.

Nightwing in particular shines in this issue, providing humour and ass-kicking aplenty, and it bodes well for Batman’s own future that the eponymous sidekick is clear headed and refocused after his recent sojourn into the land of Ric Grayson.

But onto that face off between Batman and Mister Jay, it is by turns horrifying, graphic, brutal and psychological.  Joker uses all the tricks at his disposal including Alfred, and Bruce’s guilt over not being there; trying to belittle Batman’s mission and pointing out the absurdity of it; and even the painful reminders of the death of Bruce’s Parents (though I am relieved to report there is not a panel with a broken pearl necklace in sight…)

The fight ends with Harley stepping in and offering Batman a choice.  Stay and save The Joker, or chase after her and defuse a bomb strapped to her chest.  Harley has been another emerging star in the Bat Books recently, with great turns in Suicide Squad, Harleen and here in Batman itself.  She even gets in a good shot at The Joker which may alter his appearance for the foreseeable future.

The first part even ends with the introduction of a new character, and a set up for what to look forward to with Tynion’s run.  And I have to say, the future looks bright…

And that’s without mentioning the second part which delves into the character of Clownhunter, and then Part Three, well….I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

I also cannot overstate just how good Jorge Jimenez’s art has been through this run, and I’m delighted to see him announce that he’ll be sticking around on Batman for some time to come.  Genuinely career best work, and it’s going to take some topping.  I’ll look forward to seeing him try.

Suffice to say, pick up Batman #100, I’d even recommend it as a starting point given the set up for future storylines as well as the conclusion of Joker War.

James Tynion IV, when you were announced as writer for Batman after Tom King?  You had our curiosity.  Now, you have our attention….

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Quick Comic Reviews – Seven Secrets #1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-reviews-seven-secrets-1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-reviews-seven-secrets-1#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:24:02 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=105311 Seven Secrets is an original creator owned project by Tom Taylor (yes, him again...) and Daniele Di Nicuolo, whose work I was previously unfamiliar with (MMPR: Pink, Mirrors Edge), but is a name I will be looking out for from now on.

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(W) Tom Taylor (A) Daniele Di Nicuolo – Released 12th August 2020

Seven Secrets is an original creator owned project by Tom Taylor (yes, him again…) and Daniele Di Nicuolo, whose work I was previously unfamiliar with (MMPR: Pink, Mirrors Edge), but is a name I will be looking out for from now on.

It is published by Boom Studios, who continue to knock it out of the park with new, original titles.

All you need to know is that it is about an Ancient Order dedicated to keeping Seven Secrets (which could reshape or even destroy the world), well, secret.  The members of this Order are all highly skilled and trained, and dedicate their lives to this sole purpose.  It is essentially a noble life.  But what happens when love occurs within the order, and that love leads to the birth of a child?

There are some structural similarities to the likes of Saga.  Forbidden love.  A child the product of that love.  The narration device used.  Yet this all manages to feel fresh and new.  The structure may be similar but the setting and mythology could not be more different.

And just like Saga, with Fiona Staples stellar artwork, Di Nicuolo’s elevates this title even higher.  It is fast paced, action packed and almost Manga-esque.  Special mention also to Walter Baiamonte and Katia Ranalli’s colours and Ed Dukeshire’s letters.  Everything meshes together brilliantly and it has more of the feel of a European, cosmopolitan comic than an American one.

And that last page?  Tom Taylor, you continue to break our hearts you brilliant bastard.

Simply essential.

 

 

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Quick Comics Reviews – Dark Nights: Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comics-reviews-dark-nights-death-metal-legends-of-the-dark-knight-1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comics-reviews-dark-nights-death-metal-legends-of-the-dark-knight-1#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:04:42 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=105291 The first of the Dark Nights: Death Metal Tie-Ins, this was an anthology format with 6 individual titles of varying quality.  But when it was good, it was very good.

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(W & A) Various  – Released 5th August 2020

The first of the Dark Nights: Death Metal Tie-Ins, this was an anthology format with 6 individual titles of varying quality.  But when it was good, it was very good.

The Two Standouts for me were Peter J. Tomasi and Riley Rossmo’s origin story for the Robin King in the short story ‘King of Pain’.

Flat out horror, a hint of dark humour and a terrifying creation in the Robin King.  This was the main reason I recommended people picking this up (and one of the main reason the issue struck such a chord with comic speculators!)

The other standout was Frank Tieri and Francesco Francavilla’s ‘This Man, This City’, which involved satanic rituals aiding Batman in literally becoming Gotham City.

The idea was brilliantly executed and the artwork is absolutely incredible.  Francavilla continues to be one of my personal favourite artists.

The other stories were generally cool, but these were the two that elevated this issue for me.

 

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Quick Comic Reviews – DCEASED Dead Planet #2 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-reviews-dceased-dead-planet-2 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/quick-comic-reviews-dceased-dead-planet-2#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2020 11:50:07 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=105265 What an issue!  It's sometimes a negative as a comics retailer, to get your comics early before everyone else can get reading them.  I'd been wanting to talk to everyone about this issue before anyone else managed to get their hands on it!

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(W) Tom Taylor (A) Trevor Hairsine – Released 5th August 2020

(Minor spoilers ahead)

What an issue!  It’s sometimes a negative as a comics retailer, to get your comics early before everyone else can get reading them.  I’d been wanting to talk to everyone about this issue before anyone else managed to get their hands on it!

I sometimes feel like a broken record, routinely gushing over Tom Taylor’s output, but for me, he continues to be one of the most versatile and consistent creators around.  In DCEASED (every issue released so far including Volume 1, Unkillables, and now Dead Planet), he somehow manages to present horrific scenarios, but in a playful tone of voice and with moments of genuine hope.

However, this is horror at its base level, so inevitably these hopeful moments can prove to be fleeting.

Traditionally, in any end of the world scenario, the emergence of a cure is a massively lauded moment.  ‘We’re saved!’, everyone will cry.  But he is even able to twist this idea and instead have the heroes realise how many of their friends they have killed over the years as opposed to finding a way to keep them alive in the hope that they’ll be able to bring them back.  It’s a small but powerful moment in an otherwise frantically paced book, and it humanises our heroes.

There’s a great focus on the Shadowpact in this issue – Constantine, Blue Devil, Zatanna, Detective Chimp, Ragman, Red Hood and Ravager.  Again, Taylor does some of his best work using ‘lesser’ characters.

Their fate in this issue of one of THE standout moments in comics this year.  It must have been so much fun for Trevor Hairsine to draw and he really does bring his A-game here.  As an aside, the art seems to get better with every issue.

It’s a moment that reminded me of the famous Star Wars line – ‘That’s no moon….’ and it may be the best use if Plastic Man in a modern comic book.

Overall, just an absolutely stellar issue (again) and DCEASED continues to be one of DC’s very best series.

(So please, can the UK release of DCEASED #3 and #4 be sorted as soon as possible, we need it!)

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