With Free Comic Book Day, right around the corner, publishers are pulling no punches this week. This Wednesday, we are getting an iconic Batman comic where Batman meets Thomas Wayne. The Secret Empire is finally revealed in Secret Empire #1 (Hail Hydra!) Lots of new number ones this week with Jean Grey, Bane, Black Bolt, and even the Funko TMNT getting their own comics. What a great week to be a comics fan!
Also, just to throw it out there, if you’re not reading The Old Guard, you’re missing out on a comic masterpiece. We have new printings of issues 1 and 2 this week to help you catch up.
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DC: THE BUTTON” part three! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
AREA 52: Batman meets his father for the first time… in a long time.
MARVEL: It’s been building for months, across a bevy of titles! But now, the moment has arrived for Steve Rogers to step into the light and declare his allegiance to Hydra! How can the heroes of the Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted figure among them? And what will this mean for the world? The map of the Marvel Universe changes in ways nobody will expect – TRUST THE SECRET EMPIRE!
AREA 52: This is the first Marvel event in quite a while that has some teeth. This one is a big issue, and highly recommended.
DC: The co-creators of Bane make a triumphant return to the character, with a twelve-issue series that will push him to the limit! Bane is seeking to create a global criminal empire with the help of his original gang, Bird, Trogg, and Zombie. The Man Who Broke The Bat moves beyond Gotham to find new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush. He won’t stop until he stands at the top of the world of crime! For Bane, it’s all about CONQUEST.
IMAGE: Not so long ago, Thea was an artist. She had a family. Now she is consumed by vengeance. However, Brynjar is a hunter by nature, and will not be easy prey.
AREA 52: The store favorite returns with a new issue!
MARVEL: When a teenage JEAN GREY traveled through time and arrived in the present, she learned the terrible fate that befell her predecessor: Possessed by a cosmic entity called the Phoenix, Jean was trapped in an endless cycle of life and death. Determined to escape that future, Jean set out to write her own destiny. But now, she’s visited by a premonition that the Phoenix is coming for her…and in this new ongoing series by DENNIS HOPELESS (ALL-NEW X-MEN, SPIDER-WOMAN, X-MEN: SEASON ONE) and VICTOR IBANEZ (EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN, STORM), she’s going to fight tooth and nail to escape becoming its next victim!
MARVEL: A NEW ERA OF COSMIC ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE! Double ships every month!
The Guardians of the Galaxy have taken off into space once more, on their biggest and weirdest misadventures yet! Kicking things off with the biggest heist they’ve ever tried, we join Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and company as they blast their way through the galaxy, the peacekeepers of the Nova Corps hot on their tails. And once they find themselves caught in a war between The Collector and The Grandmaster, there will hardly be time to explain why Groot can’t grow any bigger, what Gamora is searching for or why Drax has sworn off violence! But don’t worry, we will – with a new twice-monthly schedule, All-New Guardians of the Galaxy has space for ALL your Marvel Cosmic needs!
DC: The all-new prequel to the highly anticipated Injustice 2 video game begins here! Original INJUSTICE writer Tom Taylor continues the story from the hit series INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US. Superman is imprisoned, and it’s up to Batman to put the world back together. But with Superman’s iron-fisted regime eliminated, other forces rise up to fill the void. And Batman doesn’t have a lot of allies left to help stop them.
AREA 52: The first series was better than any comic based on a video game had any right to be. There’s no reason not to expect more of the same here. Injustice 2 should be a great run!
IDW: The Funko craze comes to TMNT! Funko-style TMNT get wind of a new Shredder-inspired cereal and go to the source to investigate the bad-guy based breakfast! An absurd and hilarious adventure awaits!
• Inspired by the Funko toys based off the original TMNT cartoon!
• Part of this month’s big FUNKO UNIVERSE event!
IMAGE: Eisner-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, BLACK MAGICK, Wonder Woman) and critically acclaimed artist LEANDRO FERNANDEZ (THE DISCIPLINE, Deadpool, Punisher: MAX) team up together to introduce THE OLD GUARD, the story of old soldiers who never die…and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia – “Andy” – and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find-and afford-their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.
AREA 52: This book is so good, I’m posting the 3rd printing here. This one may be the best book on our shelf this year. Great writing. Amazing art. Everything about The Old Guard is quality. This week, we have reprints of issues 1 and 2. If you’re looking for a great comic to jump on at the beginning, THIS IS IT.
And that’s not all of course. Check below for the full list of new releases!
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