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New Comic Book Day 23rd June 2021 - New Heroes are Spawn

Spawn spawns more characters, Ennis does Batman, new British Sci-fi, Sonic hits his 30s and we get a raft of other indie releases - Another week of great books!

Spawn's Universe #1 (Various) is a double-sized issue that begins a storyline so huge that three NEW Spawn-related monthly titles will spill out from it! With this one-shot...the world of Spawn changes forever! New heroes. New villains, and more importantly, a historic moment in the mythology of Spawn's universe.

What if Luck was quantifiable, and something everyone was born with? Everyone, except the Unfortunates - teenagers born with absolutely zero luck. Now with the world mysteriously plunged into chaos and reality itself threatened, they will be our only hope to save the world. Our last hope is those with no chance of success... the only thing anyone can wish them is Good Luck #1 (Matthew Erman, Stefano Simeone), a bold new original series about defying fate against impossible odds.

Black Hammer: Reborn #1 (Jeff Lemire, Caitlin Yarsky); it's twenty years later, and Lucy, and the world, have moved on. Living in the suburbs of Spiral City, Lucy is married and has children. But all is not blissful. Her marriage is falling apart, her job has reached a dead end, and for mysterious reasons, she hasn't picked up the hammer in years.  But, as her domestic life begins to crumble, the secrets of the last twenty years, and the reasons Lucy really gave up being Black Hammer, begin to resurface, threatening her family, and the peace she has tried hard to find for herself.

Spacewarp #1 (Pat Mills, Ian Ashcroft, Mike Donaldson, Ade Hughes, James Newell, Gareth Sleightholme, Bruno Stahl), is a British Science Fiction comic of great new hero comic strips for the Science Fiction world we live in today. Featuring Special Forces One at war with Giant Viruses! Jurassic Punks versus Dinosaurs! Xecutioners: authorised to terminate Aliens! Slayer - one Robot in a Galactic war against a million Space Knights. Hellbreaker escapes from Hell to punish the Living. Fu-tant - a terrifying school for Mutants!  Space Cops! Mutant secret agents! Killer robots! Virus armies! Alien invasions! All interacting in a unique Spacewarp Universe! Inventive, action-packed, heartfelt, heroic, humorous, fast-paced and fantastic value for money - as only the Brits know how. Aimed at ordinary readers of all ages.

Vinyl #1 (Doug Wagner, Daniel Hillyard, Dave Stewart) is an unsettling tale of psychopaths, sweet love, and a serial killer named Walter. When Walter's best friend, the FBI agent charged with his capture, is kidnapped by a death cult of all-female sunflower farmers, Walter finds himself deep within an underground labyrinth filled with secrets and monsters... but are their monsters more horrific than his?

While on a job in Denmark with her fellow Wyrders, Imogen of the Wyrding Way  (Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Peter Bergting) hears some odd news; hundreds of refugees fleeing the spread of Nazism are travelling into the nearby forest, and never returning. Helping a young man find his refugee family will bring Imogen face-to-face with some of the worst that war can inflict upon those in need-and make her ask the difficult question of what she's really fighting for.  

V. E. Schwab returns for a new anti-villain story in ExtraOrdinary #1 (V.E Schwab, Enid Balam)! This new title eExpands deeper into the world of Schwab's critically acclaimed Villains novels: After surviving a deadly crash, Charlotte Tills becomes "ExtraOrdinary," gaining the ability to foresee a person's death. But when she looks into her own future, only the face of notorious EO killer Eli Ever stares back!

Jump in the unique world created by legendary artist Run following Angelino and his flaming-skull pal Vinz, who live in a gang and cockroach infested dystopian metropolis called DMC, a city that hides secrets even weirder than its inhabitants. MFKZ  #1 (Run) brings the Netflix distributed hit movie by Studio 4°C to comics with an over-sized #1 event!

After 30 years of going fast, it's time for fans to celebrate the speediest hedgehog of all time! It's an unbelievable birthday celebration for Sonic the Hedgehog with his first Classic Sonic special collecting three all new stories: Sonic The Hedgehog: 30th Anniversary Special (Various)!

The villagers talk about the crazy old hermit, Lontar, who lives in the caves. They say he stands guard against dragons that will never come, creatures that exist only in his mind. Young Claire is the only one who believes him and has befriended the old outcast. She doesn't realize that he has been training her to fight, and telling her the ancient stories for a very special reason. Lontar wants Claire to take his place and save the ungrateful people who mock them both. Soon their laughter will be replaced with cries for help, and one brave girl, armed with only her fighting staff, will be the villagers' last hope: Claire and the Dragons #1 (Wander Antunes).

Dune: House Atreides vol. 1 (Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Dev Pramanik) hardcover: Welcome to the far future on the desert planet Arrakis where Pardot Kynes seeks its secrets. Meanwhile, a violent coup is planned by the son of Emperor Elrood; an eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho seeks to escape his cruel masters; and a young man named Leto Atreides begins a fateful journey. These unlikely souls will come together as renegades and soon discover that fate has decreed they will change the very shape of history.

Here comes the Ice Cream Man vol. 6 (W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo) for another helping of bitter sweets: four more cavity-inducing stories of suffering and surviving-with unlimited sundae toppings. Just try not to rot your teeth on these sickly sequential morsels, which, if you're not careful, could lodge themselves under the gums, deep into the roots, far beyond the reach of even the best dentist.  Now, open wide...

Hope: Hope Under Fire (Guy Adams, Jimmy Broxton) is the second volume of the dazzling debut mixing Hollywood noir and occult magic! In an alternate post-war 1940s Los Angeles, where dark magic is a fact of life, Mallory Hope is a private detective haunted by his past... and by the occult forces he uses.

The office queen of karaoke meets her match when Retsuko's favourite band reunites for a special concert. The Brides of Resonance return, but why do they want to take over the karaoke bar? Retsuko and friends have to fight for their right to party in a METAL vs. METAL vocal battle that pits Retsuko against a shadowy enemy. Will Gori survive a night of metal and moshing? Is Haida truly in love? Find out in Aggretsuko: Little Rei of Sunshine (Brenda Hickey) the third volume in the tv-show tie-in!

Relishing their newfound feelings for each other, Korra and Asami leave the Spirit World... but find nothing in Republic City but political hi-jinks and human vs. spirit conflict! A pompous developer plans to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. What's more, the triads have realigned and are in a brutal all-out brawl at the city's borders - where hundreds of evacuees have relocated! In order to get through it all, Korra and Asami vow to look out for each other first, they've got to get better at being a team and a couple! Legend of Korra: Turf Wars (Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh) is the official continuation of The Legend of Korra.

Will Crumrin needs help adapting to the mortal world after spending a hundred years in the realm of faeries, so his big sister Courtney makes him a glamour charm to ensure he will be loved by everyone in his new life in The Crumrin Chronicles vol.1 (Ted Naifeh). Eventually, Will finds his endless popularity more a prison than a plus when his friends' affections turn to infighting and Courtney turns to other magic to save him. But her use of magic draws the attention of Emil Gorka, an ancient vampire disguised as the most powerful corporate CEO in town. Now it's Will who must create magic of his own to fight for his sister's life and save her from eternal servitude and the unquenchable hunger of an undead monster.

Enter the magical worlds of Disney as featured in the hit game series: Kingdom Hearts: Ultimania - Before KHIII (Square Enix)! This hardcover tome meticulously showcases each of Kingdom Hearts' unique worlds, characters, and equipment, encompassing all the games predating Kingdom Hearts III. Explore character profiles from icons like King Mickey and Goofy, to modern favourites like Tron or Captain Jack Sparrow. Study detailed summaries of each games story, along with rare concept designs and storyboards!

What strikes fear into the hearts of those who terrorise Gotham? It used to be Batman, but something far more frightening than a mere man stalks the shadows-and it's after Gotham's villains. How savage must a monster be to haunt the dreams of monsters? Pick up the dark and bone-chilling Batman: Reptilian #1 (Garth Ennis, Liam Sharp) to find out! 

Just in time for Wonder Woman's 80th anniversary, DC Comics proudly presents a new anthology series starring the Amazon Princess embellished in the the colour of her famous lasso: Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1 (Various). You won't want to miss this thrilling series celebrating the woman who inspires us all...and that's the truth! A whole slew of DC creative talent combines to bring you a wealth of new tales of Diana Prince and her alter ego.

From the award-winning creative team behind last year's Event Leviathan comes the next surprising chapter in DC Comics' deadliest saga. Leviathan has agents and acolytes all over the world-but what is the secret behind its power? The planet's last, best hope to infiltrate Leviathan may be this motley collection of spymasters, now teamed up to try to take back the world that was stolen from under us all! Green Arrow, the Question, Talia al Ghul and other unlikely allies converge to tackle Leviathan as members of the new Checkmate-but who is the surprise hero behind this team? Big clues to the future of the DC Universe start in Event Leviathan: Checkmate #1 (Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev)!

When our heroes saved the Muliverse from Perpetua in Dark Nights: Death Metal, everything was put back where it belonged...and we do mean everything. All the damage from all the Crises was undone, and heroes long thought gone returned from whatever exile they had been in. Most of them, at least. In Infinite Frontier #1 (Joshua Williamson, Xermanico) Alan Scott, the Green Lantern from the Justice Society of America, has noticed some of his allies are still missing in action, and he's determined to find them. There are others, though, who would rather remain hidden than explain themselves, like Roy Harper, a.k.a. Arsenal, a man who should be dead but now is not. Plus, what does all this mean for the DCU's place in the Multiverse? On opposite sides of a dimensional divide, both Barry Allen and President Superman ponder this question. Not to mention the Darkseid of it all! Or a team of Multiversal heroes called Justice Incarnate!

Marvel Comics is proud to present its first ever queer-centred anthology, Marvel Voices: Pride (Various)! Ring in Pride Month with an amazing assembly of writers and artists from all walks of life. Wiccan and Hulkling! Iceman! Mystique and Destiny! Karma! Akihiro! Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean! Celebrate these and so many more legendary characters from across the Marvel archive! New and fan-favourite creators tell their Pride stories - stories of inspiration and empowerment, stories that illustrate "the world outside your window" in full colour. Plus, some of Marvel's biggest LGBTQ+ moments get a special reprinting. Don't miss an extraordinary new chapter in Marvel history!

Heroes Return (Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness) is an epic, oversize slugfest between the Squadron Supreme and an otherworldly group of Avengers for the final fate of the whacked-out world of Heroes Reborn. Meanwhile Heroes Reborn: Marvel Double Action (Tim Seeley, Dan Jurgens) is a tale from the Squadrons past! Years ago, Nighthawk and his trusted partner, the Falcon, patrolled the streets of Washington, DC, from the vile criminals that lurked in the dark. But that all changed one fateful night...  Re-presenting for the first time ever: the Night Sam Wilson Died!

Spinning out of the pages of The Immortal Hulk, Gamma Flight #1 (Al Ewing, Crystal Frasier, Lan Medina) had one job: Find and stop the Hulk. But when push came to smash, they sided with the Green Goliath-and the human world intends to make them regret it. Puck, Absorbing Man, Titania, Doc Sasquatch, Dr. Charlene McGowan and a horribly changed Rick Jones are fugitives from every known authority-but a team that full of gamma is bound to break before long.

The Ultimate Universe's newest Spider-Man, is back in action with a new status quo and a new outlook on life, in Miles Morales: Ultimate End (Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez)! But now Miles must face the worst nightmare of the Spider-Man legacy: Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin - the man who killed Peter Parker! Or did he...? Even as new villains start coming out of the woodwork, Miles finds himself with - a girlfriend! Her name is Katie Bishop, but she has a secret...and it's bad news for Spider-Man! As Miles makes a life-changing decision, he discovers a mind-blowing truth about his family! But what does it have to do with S.H.I.E.L.D.? Doctor Doom steps from the shadows, and Spider-Man gathers the mighty Ultimates - but no matter what happens next, this might be the end of the world for Miles Morales!

Finally from Marvel this week is Star Wars: Darth Vader vol. 2 (Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco). Darth Vader failed to turn his son, Luke Skywalker, to the dark side. Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all these years...and in doing so nearly betrayed his master. It did not go unnoticed by Palpatine...and now it is time for Vader's next lesson. Now, left battered and broken by his punishment, the Dark Lord drags himself across the scorched surface of Mustafar with vengeance on his mind! But as Vader closes in on the key to Palpatine's greatest secret, the deadly assassin Ochi of Bestoon stands in his way. Vader and Ochi are in for the fight of their lives, with the fate of the Emperor in the balance - but how much of this deadly scenario is Palpatine's grand plan?

First up for Manga fans this week is JoJo Bizarre Adventure part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable (Hirohiko Araki)! Josuke, Koichi, Okuyasu, Jotaro, Rohan, and their newfound friends have been searching Morioh for any trace of the serial killer and Stand user Yoshikage Kira. After much effort and many battles against enemy Stands, they've found their prey! But does Kira have the upper hand after all? This is it! Witness the final battle of Yoshikage Kira and Josuke Higashikata, as Deadly Queen and Shining Diamond go head-to-head!

Shirayuki is headed to Lilias to work as an herbalist and researcher, and she can't hold back the tears when she realises how much she'll miss everyone. Luckily, Zen knows just what to say to her! And later, Obi makes a stunning confession to Zen as Snow White With The Red Hair vol. 13 (Sorata Akiduki) lands.

Ruby and Sapphire find out that Archie and Maxie, the leaders of evil Team Aqua and equally evil Team Magma, are using the Blue Orb and the Red Orb to control two Legendary Pokémon, Kyogre and Groudon. As the two Trainers struggle with their opponents, they also discover a mysterious connection between their own memories of the past. Can they figure out the secret in time to awaken three Pokémon that can save the day? Find out in Pokémon Adventures vol. 7 (Hidenori Kusaka, Satoshi Yamamoto ).

There's plenty more to tempt you also hitting the shelves this week so dive in below to see all this week's new releases!


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