Coffee & Heroes | Belfast Comic Store and online shop https://www.coffeeandheroes.com Belfast based Comic Store in Northern Ireland Sat, 08 Jan 2022 19:39:07 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.8 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 Newburn #1 Review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/newburn-1-review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/newburn-1-review#respond Sat, 08 Jan 2022 19:39:07 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=111118 (W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Jacob Philips Another case of following creators leads to another quality title.  We talk enough about Chip and Jacob at this point for you to recognise their names, though this is the first time they have worked together.  And they have kicked off with another strong title. Newburn follows Easton Newburn, […]

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(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Jacob Philips

Another case of following creators leads to another quality title.  We talk enough about Chip and Jacob at this point for you to recognise their names, though this is the first time they have worked together.  And they have kicked off with another strong title.

Newburn follows Easton Newburn, a retired cop. He now works as an investigator and problem solver for all of New York’s organized crime families while using their information to hand low-hanging fruit over to the NYPD.  It’s quite the tightrope for any character to walk, but it comes across as second nature to Easton.

In the first issue, Carmine Albano has been murdered in his apartment after stealing ten kilograms of cocaine from his own family. The evidence doesn’t clearly indicate anyone obvious, and a gang war and desperate grab for power may ensue if the murderer is not found. Before that can happen, Newburn is brought in to provide impartial clarity.  He is an investigator in the classic mould.  Sees details other may miss.  Won’t resort to violence quickly but not afraid to indulge when called upon.  He doesn’t have a horse in the game so doesn’t have any personal feelings towards any victims or suspects.

This is a police procedural, played straight and with interesting characters.  As we’d come to expect from the artist and co-creator of That Texas Blood, this is right in Jacob Phillips wheelhouse, and the art fits the store perfectly.

Another great title from Zdarsky as well, and a bit different from his normal work.  Another genre conquered by Chip?  Keep this up for the following issues and it may just be.

 

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The Magic Order 2 #1 Review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/the-magic-order-2-1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/the-magic-order-2-1#respond Mon, 03 Jan 2022 23:15:43 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=111099 (W) Mark Millar (A) Stuart Immonen The Magic Order was a cracking series that lived up to its premise of Goodfellas meets Harry Potter, with some great storytelling, brutal, beautiful art and great world building.  Coming from the team of Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel, I was always hoping for a sequel.  It has now […]

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(W) Mark Millar (A) Stuart Immonen

The Magic Order was a cracking series that lived up to its premise of Goodfellas meets Harry Potter, with some great storytelling, brutal, beautiful art and great world building.  Coming from the team of Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel, I was always hoping for a sequel.  It has now arrived, and although there was a little disappointment that Coipel is no longer on art, the series barely misses a step with Stuart Immonen.

A new threat is rising against Cordelia and her family, the established top family in the world of magic.  It’s almost as if they’ve gotten a little too comfortable, an early scene at a children’s birthday party, and a one night stand establishing that things are all a little too under control in their world.  Or so they think.

Before too long we are introduced to the Korne family, from Bucharest, who are powerful magicians, and they are not afraid to show that power or to wield it in despicable ways.

This is an excellent first issue setting the tone for another great magic romp from the mind of Mr Millar.

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Batman: The Long Halloween Special #1 Review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/batman-the-long-halloween-special-1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/batman-the-long-halloween-special-1#respond Mon, 03 Jan 2022 14:23:58 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=111096 (W) Jeph Loeb (A) Tim Sale Just as I’d mentioned the pairings of Brubaker/Phillips and Condon/Phillips as being a mark of quality, you can certainly have Loeb/Sale in that list. The Long Halloween was one of the first Batman maxiseries I ever read, and since that time, has remained firmly in my top 5 Batman […]

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(W) Jeph Loeb (A) Tim Sale

Just as I’d mentioned the pairings of Brubaker/Phillips and Condon/Phillips as being a mark of quality, you can certainly have Loeb/Sale in that list.

The Long Halloween was one of the first Batman maxiseries I ever read, and since that time, has remained firmly in my top 5 Batman stories of all time.  A series that managed to incorporate everyone in Batman’s rogues gallery effortlessly into the story, while exploring the dynamic between Batman, Harvey Dent & Commisioner Gordon, it also manages to focus on the crime families in Gotham as well as introduce a new villain.  It was all absolutely effortless, brilliant writing weaving the tale and career best art from Sale as he presented a noir tinged, stylised version of Gotham.  It’s no surprise that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was so heravily influenced by the book.

So when I see we’re returning to this world, with the original creators, to tell a one shot tale, I approached it with massive excitement but also with a tinge of trepidation.  Could it possibly match up to the original masterpiece?  Would it add anything new?  Was there any point?

I’m glad to say it was a big fat yes on all counts, as this was one of my favourite single issues of 2021.  The set up alone was brilliant.

In The Long Halloween, Batman was chasing a killer who always committed the acts on holidays.  So a murder takes place on Halloween, on Thanksgiving, on Christmas etc.  In Batman lore, the obvious suspect was Calendar Man. However, it was not him, but someone who would take on the moniker of The Holiday Killer.  I won’t reveal who that killer was, as trying to work it out is one of the big pleasures of a first read through.  However, it has always grated on Calendar Man that someone essentially stole his gimmick so to speak, so this special starts out with him essentially trying to reclaim his name, by committing criminal acts in the lead up to Halloween.

Harvey Dent/Two Face has also resurfaced, Robin is kicking around, and the relationship between Gordon and Batman is as strong as ever.

Considering this is only a 48 page special, there is so much great storytelling here.  It feels longer.  Jeph Loeb has slid brilliantly back into this world and it’s like he’s never missed a beat.  There’s a brilliant central mystery and noir sensibility driving the story, but there’s also some levity and humour.  Barbara Gordon wanting to go trick or treating with Robin (who of course is much younger here than Batman), and she dresses up as Batgirl right in front of her father to do so?  Fantastic stuff.

Sale’s art, while not quite as sharp and detailed as the original tale (though to be fair, not many people could reach that standard in their prime let alone 25 years later), still connects to this world, and his character design remains fantastic.  The colours from Brennan Wagner perfectly conveys the film noir feel Loeb and Sale are going for and letterer Richard Starkings shines, using different fonts from when Harvey speaks or Two Face speaks, adds a subtle touch that just adds to the overall atmosphere of the book.

The ending is both definitive but also open ended.  If it all came to an end her then this was a perfect, unexpected send off.  Though a thread or two remains, so if Loeb and Sale ever wanted to revisit this world, they would have my money.  A thoroughly brilliant one shot title.

And if you haven’t read the original The Long Halloween, stop reading this right now and go do yourself a favour and grab it right away.  In fact, talking about it, I may just indulge in a re-read myself over the weekend…

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DC vs Vampires #1 Review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/dc-vs-vampires-1-review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/dc-vs-vampires-1-review#respond Fri, 31 Dec 2021 10:47:17 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=111092 (W) Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV (A) Otto Schmidt A new supernatural DC event from the creators of Hawkeye Freefall, with Tynion thrown in for good measure?  Sign me up.  Hopes were understandably high for this one, and I’m glad to say that it didn’t disappoint! These are always great titles to enjoy for the […]

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(W) Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV (A) Otto Schmidt

A new supernatural DC event from the creators of Hawkeye Freefall, with Tynion thrown in for good measure?  Sign me up.  Hopes were understandably high for this one, and I’m glad to say that it didn’t disappoint!

These are always great titles to enjoy for the simple fact that no-one is safe in these Elseworlds tales, as evidenced by the character deaths straight out of the gate in issue 1.  There’s always something great about taking the safety blanket away in terms of knowing your heroes will always come out on top, and win in the end, surviving to see another day. Titles such as this, and DCEASED, take that feeling of safety away and replace it with a feeling of dread…

Bringing back Andrew Bennett, the protagonist from the absolutely brilliant and criminally underrated I, Vampire series from the New 52, is an inspired choice, as is suggesting that these plans for the undead to overthrow civilisation have been in the works for a while.  This is no sudden occurrence, or change to the status quo brought about by an apocalyptic event.  Vampires have always been there in the background, and you don’t know who they’ve got to, or which of the heroes we can trust.

This is always a great set up, similar to John Carpenter’s The Thing, one of my favourite movies, because it engulfs this horror tale with a mystery as well, and a large sense of distrust.  We find out in issue 1 that a longtime legacy character is in league with Vampires, and it’s quite a shocking moment.

This was simply a fun ride, and a maxi-series of 12 issues seems the perfect length for this tale, in which there’s enough time to flesh out the story and characters, but that it won’t outstay its welcome.

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That Texas Blood #11 Review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/that-texas-blood-11-review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/that-texas-blood-11-review#respond Fri, 31 Dec 2021 10:42:45 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=111089 (W) Chris Condon (A) Jacob Phillips Time for our monthly mention of one of Image’s very best ongoing titles… When it comes to noir comics (one of my favourite genres), atmosphere is everything. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are the masters of this.  And Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips are fast becoming masters in their […]

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(W) Chris Condon (A) Jacob Phillips

Time for our monthly mention of one of Image’s very best ongoing titles…

When it comes to noir comics (one of my favourite genres), atmosphere is everything. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are the masters of this.  And Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips are fast becoming masters in their own right.  I mean, just look at the cover alone of this issue, dripping with atmosphere.

We are approaching the end of the second arc with issue 11, with Joe Bob and Eversaul locating and getting ready to confront the Cult of Night.  A thunderstorm rages; a couple of guys getting ready to do the right thing, when they should clearly wait for backup; a young girl in danger; a promise made by a man to a mother that he will save the child; a ticking clock.

All these tropes and staples are utilised, and because of how great the character work is, both from a writing and artistic viewpoint, we are invested.  We are genuinely fearing for these characters, and there may just not be a happy ending.

We’ve said it many times, but will happily say it again.  If you are not on this, you are missing out on one of the great modern comic runs.  Whatever these guys are working on, I’ll be picking it up day one every time.

 

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Time Before Time #6 Review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/time-before-time-6-review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/time-before-time-6-review#respond Fri, 31 Dec 2021 10:38:15 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=111085 (W & A) Declan Shalvey It was a shame we had to rearrange the Declan Shalvey signing.  It was for very understandable reasons and hopefully we can reschedule for January so we can tell him face to face just how good this issue was. Time Before Time has been another great series from Image Comics […]

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(W & A) Declan Shalvey

It was a shame we had to rearrange the Declan Shalvey signing.  It was for very understandable reasons and hopefully we can reschedule for January so we can tell him face to face just how good this issue was.

Time Before Time has been another great series from Image Comics so far, and now the first collected trade is available, which contains the first 5 issues.  With this one, Shalvey is taking the reins on art for one issue to tell a standalone story in this universe, which is a treat for us single issue readers given that this won’t appear in the trade collections.

This one-shot focuses on just how lucrative a business that time relocation has become, and the desperate lengths that some people will go to in order to escape their past and get that elusive fresh start.

The bulk of the action is set in 1994, as a family has bent some rules to get relocated from 2140.  The courier who helped them bend those rules is on the run from his employers, and we also spend some time with members of The Syndicate, who are chasing this agent who went against the rules.

I’m all for this one shot format as a way for the creators to take a break from the main narrative and build upon the mythology they are establishing.  This is a great start for these one shots with a story that’s exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time.  Regular series artist Joe Palmer is great on the main series, but it’s always a treat to see Shalvey’s noir sensibility in sequential art.

Highly recommended, as is the trade paperback to get you caught up in this world.

 

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Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #1 Review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/nita-hawes-nightmare-blog-1 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/nita-hawes-nightmare-blog-1#respond Wed, 29 Dec 2021 19:12:33 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=111078 (W) Rodney Barnes (A) Jason Shawn Alexander & Patric Reynolds Back when we chatted to Rodney Barnes, (Check out episode 117 in the podcast section of the website), he had mentioned that the world of Killadelphia was getting bigger.  If this was the kind of quality he was talking about for tie-in series, then we are […]

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(W) Rodney Barnes (A) Jason Shawn Alexander & Patric Reynolds

Back when we chatted to Rodney Barnes, (Check out episode 117 in the podcast section of the website), he had mentioned that the world of Killadelphia was getting bigger.  If this was the kind of quality he was talking about for tie-in series, then we are in for a treat.

We have always talked about the quality of Killadelphia on the podcast, and although a reading of that series is preferable (and highly recommended), you could jump into this series cold and still be absorbed into this world.

Whereas Killadelphia focuses on Vampires, Nita Hawes Nightmare Blog focuses on ghosts and demons.  The titular character is Nita Hawes, a former lover of Jimmy Sangster and now a teacher in Baltimore (Rodney Barnes really does love The Wire…), and the most prominent spectre she sees is her little brother, Jason, who died tragically young.  He appears to her to warn her of an impending supernatural invasion.  Other story threads introduced include two detectives investigating gating a grisly murder, and a nurse at a rest home who fears one of her patients may be possessed.

This is everything a great first issue should be.

The writing by Barnes is tight and sharp, with enough time given to every individual story thread to make them matter and draw you in.  The art by Alexander and Reynolds is both haunting and emotive, with some great creature design.  And Luis NCT is on board as colourist, which is a great thing given the great work he does in Killadelphia.

For sure a title to watch, and an excellent companion piece to an already great main series.

 

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Deadly Class #47 Review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/deadly-class-47-review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/deadly-class-47-review#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 23:23:05 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=110372 (W) Rick Remender (A) Wes Craig I’m sure everyone is bored at this point with me waxing lyrical constantly about this title.  But there’s a very good reason why I do.  It is one of the most consistent titles on the shelves and will go down as one of THE great all time comic series. […]

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(W) Rick Remender (A) Wes Craig

  • I’m sure everyone is bored at this point with me waxing lyrical constantly about this title.  But there’s a very good reason why I do.  It is one of the most consistent titles on the shelves and will go down as one of THE great all time comic series.
  • Coming from Rick Remender and Wes Craig, as indeed has every single issue so far, issue 47 is at turns absolutely brilliant but also worrisome.
  • I say worrisome, because we have been dealing with some time jumps in this particular arc, and I’m not sure the series is going to continue much longer.  Now while there has been no official confirmation to back up my worries, that number 50 definitely looms large on the horizon…..
  • With Issue 47, we are catching up with Saya who, like many of her foirmer Kings Dominion classmates, has fallen on hard times. The story jumps ahead to 2001 (you have to remember Deadly Class kicked off originally in 1987), where Sya is sans a hand, and addicted to stealing to fund her drug habit.  But the narration is always heartbreaking, having Saya’s thoughts openly on display detailing regrets for the road not taken.
  • The early years were all about the coolness of being a teenager, having your whole life ahead of you, having opportunities at every turn.  The middle arc focused on that transition to adulthood, and now we’re firmly in the realm of realising you were never as prepared for the world as you thought you were.
  • But you know what?  This issue ends with the best of things – hope.
  • The writing has always been strong in Deadly Class, bristling with commentary on Generation X and the punk movement, but this title has always been a two man show.  Without Wes Craig’s frenetic, vital, dynamic, but also in this issue, wistful art, this title would not be the masterpiece it is.
  • I will always try to stay away from recommending Deadly Class a pick of the week, because this is a series that needs to be enjoyed from the start.  There are no jumping on points.  But maybe if I keep eschewing its virtues, you will know that this is a title that not only is consistent from issue 1, but arguably is able to get better the longer it goes.
  • If I can convince you of one thing, it’s not to pick up Issue 47, but it’s to pick up that first trade and enjoy one of the best indie comics of modern times.  And before you know it, you’ll reach issue 47 and understand why it’s such a special issue, and such a special series..

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Blue & Gold #1 Review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/blue-gold-1-review https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/blue-gold-1-review#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 23:21:12 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=110369 (W) Dan Jurgens (A) Ryan Sook An excellent first issue for two of DC’s more under-utilised characters – Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. Coming from the team of writer Dan Jurgens and artist Ryan Sook, it’s no surprise this is a witty first issue and that it looks absolutely gorgeous. Ted Kord (Blue Beetle) is […]

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(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Ryan Sook

  • An excellent first issue for two of DC’s more under-utilised characters – Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.
  • Coming from the team of writer Dan Jurgens and artist Ryan Sook, it’s no surprise this is a witty first issue and that it looks absolutely gorgeous.
  • Ted Kord (Blue Beetle) is semi retired after the chastening experience of the recent Suicide Squad run when he was mistaken for the big bad guy, and some health issues.
  • Michael Carter (Booster Gold) is the ultimate opportunist superhero and has fully embraced social media and  broadcasts live streams of all his battles, though they don’t always go the way he would hope! But as the issue opens, he may be the Justice Leagues last hope…
  • But he’s gonna need to get the band back together and seeks out Ted to join him on his quest as the Blue Beetle…
  • There’s just something pleasingly old school about this title. Good old fashioned four colour adventures with a buddy cop dynamic, daring adventures and last minute escapes. All framed by the constant social media reactions to the action on the page.
  • Great start to a very promising miniseries.

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Recommendations from June’s Previews Books – Releases Due in August 2021 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/109673-2 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/109673-2#respond Wed, 09 Jun 2021 15:50:39 +0000 https://www.coffeeandheroes.com/?p=109673 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 […]

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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 June 2021 Previews Books, due for release in August 2021!

Alan’s Picks

Batman: Fear State Alpha #1

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Riccardo Federici

This August, the Scarecrow is sending Gotham City straight to Hell, and it’s up to Batman and his allies to stop it!

Fear State is a horror-themed Gotham City event that unifies plot threads started in DC’s 2021 publishing events, DC Future State and Infinite Frontier. Fear State not only continues the Scarecrow’s vision of a fear-controlled Gotham, but also Mayor Christopher Nakano’s mission to protect the city with his ground-breaking deal with the Magistrate.

The event over a year in the making begins…Fear State settles upon Gotham City, and no one is safe! Overwhelmed by the dual threat of the Scarecrow and Peacekeeper-01, Batman and his allies have been one step behind since the events of Infinite Frontier #0…and with the arrival of a mysterious anti-Oracle and the return of Poison Ivy, Batman might have more than he can handle!

The Joker Presents: Puzzlebox #1

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Jesus Merino

You can call the Joker a lot of things—psychopathic, murderous, disturbed, obsessed, anarchic, maybe even genuinely funny. But one thing no one would call him, regardless of what side of the law you may fall on, is dependable. The Joker will double-cross his own partners on a whim, let alone anyone trying to stop him. He’s stabbed Harley Quinn in the back, played the Legion of Doom for fools and shown that he can’t even be trusted not to turn on himself (in last year’s Batman: Three Jokers). You can’t take the Joker at his word, not even when it comes to his own history. As he’s famously said, if he’s going to have a past, he prefers “it to be multiple choice.”

Yet, when it comes to solving one of the strangest, most perplexing mysteries to ever hit Gotham, the Joker’s word is about all that you have.

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox is one of the more unique comic books to see print in years…if not ever. A mystery with the most unreliable narrator in the DC Universe, this seven-issue miniseries finds Commissioner Gordon and the rest of the GCPD with a headline-grabbing crime on their hands, a suspect list that includes just about every villain in Gotham and the only the Clown Prince of Crime’s testimony as a lead. But how much of what the Joker says can you believe? Was he behind the crime, or just a witness? Is that red stain on his shirt just a little strawberry jelly like he claims, or is it something more sinister? And why isn’t anyone else willing to talk?

Batman: The World HC

DC takes Batmans war on crime worldwide in a new hardcover anthology, Batman: The World. This 160-page book will feature Batman stories by creative teams from across the globe, taking place in their home countries.

This original Batman project launches worldwide on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 and the complete anthology will be localized to the following international territories: North America, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, China, Korea, and Japan.

This global collaboration is the first of its kind for DC, so join us for this phenomenon, proving that Batman is a true pop culture iconand that the call for justice knows no borders.

The Defenders #1 (of 5)

(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Javier Rodriguez

SUPERSTARS AL EWING & JAVIER RODR GUEZ REUNITE FOR A COSMOS-COLLIDING JOURNEY!
When existence itself faces extraordinary threats, it needs an extraordinary defense! That’s when you call…THE DEFENDERS!
DOCTOR STRANGE and the MASKED RAIDER take a non-team of Marvel’s weirdest, wildest heroes on a mission that will uncover the hidden architecture of reality itself! This cosmos was not the first to exist…but if the DEFENDERS can’t track Marvel’s oldest villain through the deepest trenches of time – it might be the last!

Eat The Rich #1 (of 5)

(W) Sarah Gailey (A) Pius Bak (CA) Kevin Tong

What unspeakable horror eats away at the heart of Crestfall Bluffs?

With law school and her whole life ahead of her, Joey plans to summer with her boyfriend Astor in his seemingly perfect hometown of Crestfall Bluffs.

It’s a chance to finally meet Astor’s family and childhood friends, all while enjoying a vacation with every need attended to by servants.

But beneath the affluent perfection lies a dark, deadly rot… will Joey discover the truth before it’s too late, and if she does, can she survive to tell the tale?

The bold, horrifying psychological thriller from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey (The Echo Wife, Magic For Liars) with artist Pius Bak (Firefly, The Magicians), perfect for fans of Stillwater and Nailbiter!

Vicki’s Picks

The Me You Love in the Dark #1 (of 5)

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

Writer SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, Deadpool, Strange Academy) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, Super Sons, Feathers) follow up their critically acclaimed series MIDDLEWEST with a brand-new haunting tale. An artist named Ro retreats from the grind of the city to an old house in a small town to find solace and inspiration without realizing the muse within is not what she expected. Fans of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman will enjoy this beautiful, dark, and disturbing story of discovery, love, and terror.

Killer Queens #1

(W) David M. Booher (A/CA) Claudia Balboni

Meet Max and Alex. Reformed intergalactic assassins for hire. On the run. Also super gay. Their former boss-a fluffy monkey with a jetpack-is hot on their tail to take back his stolen ship. They gotta eat, so they take a mission from Alex’s old flame. Your standard no-kill, casualty-free kidnapping recovery from a nearby moon. Only complication? Half the moon is ruled by a fascist dictator hostile to foreigners. They’re the Killer Queens, so what could possibly go wrong?

Join rising star David M. Booher (Canto, Alien Bounty Hunter) and an all-LGBTQ creative team as they tackle issues of love, xenophobia, and the terror of fascist dictatorships in this hilarious sci-fi epic.

Not All Robots #1

(W) Mark Russell (A) Mike Deodato (CA) Rahzzah

In the year 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. An uneasy co-existence develops between the newly intelligent robots and the ten billion humans living on Earth. Every human family is assigned a robot upon whom they are completely reliant. What could possibly go wrong? Meet the Walters, a human family whose robot, Razorball, ominously spends his free time in the garage working on machines which they’re pretty sure are designed to kill them in this sci-fi satire from Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Second Coming) and Mike Deodato Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man,The Resistance).

Once & Future #19

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Dan Mora
Brand New Story Arc!  Jumping On Point!

Is it possible that King Arthur and Merlin can save England from…King Arthur(s) and Merlin(s)?!?! A very strange war is a brewin’ indeed.  The Otherworld and our world have collided and England is ground zero for the chaos!

Bridgette has spent her whole life fighting to prevent this future from happening, but now that it’s arrived she’s at a loss. Fortunately, she has Duncan by her side, and he’s not about to let Gran give up.

The House TP

(W) Phillip Sevy (A/CA) Drew Zucker

During the Battle of the Bulge, a squadron of US soldiers is caught in a blizzard while patrolling through the woods. Seeking refuge from the impending white out, they stumble across an abandoned manor, seeking shelter and safety. Once inside, however, the doors disappear, rooms begin to morph, exits become entrances, and they quickly realize there is no safety to be found! As their eyes deceive them, their minds descend into madness, panic, and paranoia. Is this real? Or is there more to this labyrinth than what resides within the walls? Secrets are revealed, history is retold, and death is the only mercy.

Keith’s Picks

Fantastic Four #35

(W) Dan Slott, Mark Waid (A) John Romita, More (CA) Mark Brooks

A TITANIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang’s final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surprise guest stars as John Romita Jr. returns to Marvel and joins forces with writer Dan Slott for this celebratory adventure! Marvel’s First Family will literally never be the same again!
Plus: Mark Waid and Paul Renaud deliver dramatic new insights into the origin of the fabulous foursome in an all-new anniversary tale!

Darkhawk #1

(W) Kyle Higgins (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Iban Coello

Who is the ALL-NEW DARKHAWK?
Connor Young is a seventeen-year-old star basketball player with the world ahead of him, until a surprising medical diagnosis changes everything. But what happens when a mysterious amulet finds him and gives him powers beyond belief? What will he do with these new abilities? Get in on the ground floor as KYLE HIGGINS (RISE OF ULTRAMAN, Radiant Black) and JUANAN RAM REZ (WEB OF VENOM) start a new era.

Spider-Man: Life Story Annual #1

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Chip Zdarsky

A Special Encore Return to the World of SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY by the Original Creative Team!
SPIDER-MAN. He’s a threat. He’s a menace. And J. JONAH JAMESON will do whatever it takes to make the world see it! But in this companion piece to last year’s hit miniseries SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY, will the decades of his obsession bear fruit for Jonah…or be his destruction?
CHIP ZDARSKY and MARK BAGLEY reunite for this story told in a world where Marvel’s beloved characters aged in real time!

Echolands #1

(W) J. H. Williams, Haden Blackman (A) Dave Stewart (A/CA) J. H. Williams

A MAJOR IMAGE COMICS 2021 EVENT.

The story of Earth’s last war starts with Hope’s sticky fingers…

The multiple award winning BATWOMAN team JH Williams III (Promethea, The Sandman: Overture, Batman) and W. Haden Blackman (Star Wars, Elektra) reunite for an all-new ongoing series! They’re joined once again by colorist supreme Dave Stewart and master letterer Todd Klein.

In a bizarre future world that has forgotten its history, a reckless thief Hope Redhood holds the key to excavating its dark strange past – if only she and her crew can escape a tyrannical wizard and his unstoppable daughter. But fate will send them all on a path leading to a war between worlds.

ECHOLANDS is a landscape format mythic fiction epic where anything is possible; a fast-paced genre mashup adventure that combines everything from horror movie vampires to classic mobsters and cyborg elves, to Roman demigods and retro rocket ships. It’s going to be a helluva ride!

Each issue of the series will offer a Raw Cut edition, featuring the art from J H Williams III as it looked leaving his work studio.

Star Trek: The Mirror War #0

(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A/CA) Carlos Nieto

Get caught up with the Mirror Enterprise-D before its crew-helmed by Jean-Luc Picard-faces new threats and challenges in the upcoming Mirror War event!

Following the failure of the attempt to steal ships from the Prime Universe, Picard and the Mirror Crew are called back to Earth to report to the Emperor personally… so long as they can survive the trip!

Roddy’s Picks

Second Chances #1

(W) Ricky Mammone (A/CA) Max Bertolini

Second Chances Hotline – call now and get a new identity! All you need is some cash, a proper referral, and a very good reason to start over. When Leblanc, the man behind the hotline, is approached by a shady figure from his past, he’s forced to accept a new client who doesn’t meet any of the requirements – a client with chemically induced amnesia in desperate need of protection. Up-and-coming writer RICKY MAMMONE and artist MAX BERTOLINI  (The Witcher, Nathan Never) explode onto the scene with this psychedelic, action-packed, bizarre noir that feels like John Wick punching through an existential French New Wave fever dream.

Transformers: King Grimlock #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Cary Nord

KING GRIMLOCK BEGINS! Grimlock, the beloved powerhouse T-rex with an attitude and one of the strongest Cybertronians in existence, finds himself magically transported to a world of fantastical beasts and strange powers! In this savage world, where the strong rule with sword and iron, Grimlock finds a new opportunity to prove he’s the strongest there is… but as Grimlock and the human barbarian, Arko, will learn, sometimes brute strength isn’t enough.

Written by Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Justice League of America) with art by Agustin Padilla (Dungeons & Dragons, Suicide Squad), King Grimlock features the iconic Transformers character in a solo adventure through a world of swords-and-sorcery unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

God of Tremors #1

(W) Peter Milligan (A/CA) Piotr Kowalski

A 19th Century gothic horror of exorcism, demonic worship and epilepsy.

When Aubrey has his first seizure, he’s pulled out of school and hidden away in the family’s remote country estate. His father – a high-ranking English priest – tries to chase the “devil” out of Aubrey – but maybe the devil lurks in the grotesque pagan effigy that dwells on the grounds. And maybe the devil will turn out to be Aubrey’s only ally…

A singular tale of nightmarish terror and creeping enlightenment told against a backdrop of ignorance and brutality, GOD OF TREMORS springs from the fertile imagination of award-winning writer Peter Milligam (OUT OF BODY, Shade the Changing Man, X-Force) with illustrations from Piotr Kowalski (JOIN THE FUTURE, Sex).

Deadbox #1

(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Ben Tiesma

Welcome to the town of Lost Turkey, where the main source of entertainment is a cursed DVD machine that seems to know more about the fate of its citizens than they do.

Maria Llovet’s Porcelain #1

(W) Maria Llovet (A/CA) Maria Llovet

First ABLAZE brought you the surreal, bewitching tale of Maria Llovet’s Eros/Psyche…now comes Porcelain.
Beryl’s life in the desert, living with her aunt and her cat, is relatively simple…until the day she finds and enters the Dollhouse.
Stuck inside an ever-changing mystery house that hunts children and turns them into dolls, Beryl goes on a psychedelic journey where she must face the notion of her own limitations and move past them…before she becomes the building’s newest prey.
PORCELAIN is a labyrinth of a psychologically thrilling experience told in a way that only acclaimed creator Maria Llovet (Faithless, Heartbeat, Loud, Eros/Psyche) can tell it.

And there you have it, our picks from the June 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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