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New Comic Book Day 28th April 2021 - Robin Frankenstein

Before we look at this week's new books just a quick shout out to let you know that FREE COMIC BOOK DAY IS BACK! Jumping from May to August 14th this year we have a great roster of gratis books on their way, so save the date and keep an eye out for more news on this exciting day. Now the new books!

Elizabeth Kleve is a brilliant young medical student, attracted to the waspish, charismatic surgeon James Frankenstein. He wants to further medical science... by all means necessary. So how far is Elizabeth prepared to go? The Modern Frankenstein #1 (Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli) is a twisted horror/romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear, whilst asking questions about how far you would go for your job, and for the people that you love.

The greatest crossover that you never knew you needed is back, as My Little Pony / Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron #1 (Various) lands this week! While using a modified Space Bridge to bring magic to Cybertron, the Decepticons end up unleashing a more powerful evil from Equestria than they ever could've imagined-looks like the only way out of this one is to team up! More ponies, more bots, and more magical mayhem as two worlds collide!

From the favelas of Central America, all the way to the scalp of your favourite A-List actress or IG Crush (you know the one I'm talking about), Snatched is a hardcore voyage into the bloody, treacherous, violent, unfiltered, uncompromising, and always unforgiving world of human hair trafficking. Following three parallel storylines, Snatched #1 (Sheldon Allen, Mauricio Campetella) examines how racism, misogyny, and unchecked capitalism lead the pursuit of one of the world's most visible and lucrative, yet unspoken commodities: hair weave. If you thought the drug game was deadly, wait until you see what goes down in the hair trade.

The last dragon prince has been abducted-kept prisoner by an unknown threat: Aztec Mexica! Helm Greycastle and his outsider comrades are here to save the prince-but are recruited by a resistance plotting to overthrow Montezuma. Will Greycastle help save the people of Mexica...or rescue the dragon prince and flee? Pick up Helm Greycastle #1 (Henry Barajas, Bryan Valenza, Rahmat Handoko) to find out.

A new urban development proposal is being pushed through city council-a flagrant infraction on those safeguarded by the Valentinos gang. They enlist the service of three cyberpunks to discreetly and strategically terminate the project, but their subject is more than an ordinary target, as Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #1 (Bartosz Sztybor, Jesus Hervas) drops this week.

Dejah Thoris has saved her world from the catastrophic End Winter, in the cleverly titled Dejah Thoris: Winters End (Dan Abnett, Roberto Castro) one shot.. Now she must help rebuild Barsoom to its former greatness! But certain factions see benefit in keeping Barsoom cold and dark. Dejah will need help, and she may find it in the return of her true love...John Carter!

Mae Everhart inherits an old horse from her long lost mother, only to discover a strange nub on the horse's forehead hidden beneath a fly bonnet. Searching for answers, Mae explores her mum's abandoned veterinary office and finds a secret book her mother hid just for her, its title... Unikorn Guide! Join Mae and Percy on a journey of healing in Unikorn #1 (Don Handfield, Joshua Malkin, Rafael Loureiro).

Galactic Rodents of Mayhem #1 (Gilbert Deltrez, Sebastian Navas) is a love letter to the Saturday morning cartoons of the 80's and 90's! A group of capybara galactic bounty hunters - Bash, Ripple, Mona-Lisa, and their father figure, a gunslinging gecko named Gan-Gon - find themselves on the run when a huge interstellar bounty is placed on their heads! Facing everything from viper snipers, armed armadas, and even a hulking robo-shark, can the heroic crew of capybaras come together as a family before it's too late?

Dive into the wondrous world of Summoners War: Legacy #1, the popular mobile game where magical monsters are summoned in a never-ending battle of good vs. evil! Rai knows there's only one way out of her nothing town-to become a summoner! But when she's recruited by Abuus Dein as an apprentice, she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime and is thrust into a war for the fate of the world.

A greater evil has been slipping into the Grimm Universe lately, and not one corner of it will be left safe. Belle is going to find out firsthand as she comes face-to-face with one of the most vicious and deadly creatures in all of all of existence, in new one shot Belle: King of Serpents (Dave Franchini, Igor Vitorino)!

Few works by comic book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson's illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983, which vividly presented the timeless, terrifying tale of one man's obsession to create life - and the monster that became his legacy. This new edition of Bernie Wrightsons Frankenstein includes the complete text of the original groundbreaking novel and approximately fifty original full-page illustrations by Bernie Wrightson that continue to stun the world with their monumental beauty and uniqueness. It also contains introductions by Stephen King and author Mary Shelley, as well as supplemental material including a history of the novel, a chronology of Mary Shelley's life and work, and the historical context of Frankenstein for readers.

There's a hardcover double header for pulp fans as two new Brubaker / Phillips books drop in the form of Friend of the Devil: a Reckless book (Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips): 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. Plus there is second volume of the Criminal deluxe hardcover, collecting Bad Night, The Sinners and The Last of the Innocent - along with short stories, behind-the-scenes pieces, art and articles, all previously uncollected. 

As all the universes of "Gideon Falls" finally converge, can the combined forces of this rag-tag band of adventurers be enough to stop the Laughing Man and his limitless legions of evil?! Find out the answers to all your questions in Gideon Falls vol. 6 (Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino)! This volume include loads of behind-the-scene extras from this ground-breaking series.

Lost in the mists of time, home-grown British super-heroes once entertained and enthralled millions of kids... Now, the likes of Adam Eterno, Blake Edmonds, Thunderbolt the Avenger, and The Leopard from Lime Street are back for a new generation of readers, as The Vigilant (Simon Furman, Simon Coleby, Dani, Henrik Sahlstrom, Warwick Fraser-Combe, Staz Johnson) hits the trade shelves.

The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds...taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on. A new twist on strange superhero comics, with a bleeding-edge eye on the modern moment, Commanders In Crisis (Steve Orlando, Davide Tinto) follows in the footsteps of Doom Patrol and Thunderbolts as five unexpected heroes come together to solve a murder unlike any other. The victim? Compassion itself...This is ideacide!

More of the secret history of the vampires is revealed in Redneck vol. 5 (Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherre) as we find out who the first vampire was and how the human-vampire war began. Speaking of bloodsuckers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Legacy Edition vol.4 (Various) is set during the sixth season of the Buffy the Vampire television series, and it's time for the tragic - and violent - pasts of Giles and Angel collide! But Sunnydale has more problems - Dawn has disappeared, Willow and Tara just wanna enjoy a peaceful weekend, and Spike and Dru broke up, which won't be good for anyone.

Learn the secret stories and hidden pasts of your favourite characters in Rick and Morty Presents vol. 1 (Various)! These four oversized comics, collected here for the first time, focus on fan-favourite characters and storylines, with writing and art from today's top talent!

After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: winning the tournament to prove he is the greatest fighter in the DC Universe! But first he must find the secret island where it’s all going down! This brand-new solo series kicks off in Robin #1 (Joshua Williamson, Gleb Melnikov) and will force Damian Wayne to find his own path away from both sides of his family! New mysteries! New supporting cast! First appearances of new characters! And lots of fights!

RWBY/Justice League #1 (Marguerite Bennett, Aneke) introduces fans of manga and superheroes to the Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent and Diana Prince of Remnant, fighting with Team RWBY. A new Grimm is running rampant across the island of Patch, and Ruby and Yang must team up with a young red and blue-clad farm boy to stop it! Meanwhile, Blake meets a mysterious woman who’s suddenly appeared on Menagerie, but her purpose for being there remains a secret. And why does she act like she hasn’t been around modern society?

A billionaire mysteriously falls out of the sky and is gruesomely skewered on a church spire. Even stranger, they have angel wings attached to their back. More bodies soon follow, raining death and causing widespread panic. Detective Aisha Bukhari is stumped by the phenomenon, until she's visited by her childhood friend, occult investigator John Constantine in the hardback edition of Constantine: Rise and Fall (Tom Taylor, Darick Roberston).

The end of the world was just the beginning! After a corrupted Anti-Life Equation turned billions into monsters—including the World’s Greatest Heroes—our planet was as good as dead. Years later, a distress call brings Damian Wayne, Jon Kent and Cassie Sandsmark—the Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman of Earth-2—back to a dead planet...but what will this new Justice League find waiting for them? If life still exists on Earth, who—or what—is lying in wait for these heroes? But it isn’t just the anti-living our heroes have to worry about, because John Constantine, Swamp Thing and Zatanna are about to discover another evil growing... DCeased: Dead Planet (Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine)

The Marvels #1 (Kurt Busiek, Yildiray Cinar) is the biggest, wildest, most sprawling series ever to hit the Marvel Universe, telling stories that span the decades and range from cosmic adventure to intense human drama, from the street-level to the cosmic, starring literally anyone from Marvel's very first heroes to the superstars of tomorrow. This first issue includes an invasion from orbit, a picnic in Prospect Park, super hero sightseeing in Manhattan, the All-Winners Squad in 1947, Reed Richards during his time in military intelligence, cosmic beings beyond space and time- and that's only for starters. Featuring Captain America, Spider-Man, the Punisher, the Human Torch, Storm, the Black Cat, the Golden Age Vision, Aero, Iron Man and Thor, and introducing two brand-new characters, all beautifully drawn by  in the opening act of a thriller that'll take us across the Marvel Universe...and beyond. Plus: Who (or what) is KSHOOM? It all starts here. And it goes...everywhere.

Man-Thing's supernatural abilities have been pirated thanks to Harrower, a zealot intent on clearing humanity off the board so a new species can get a shot at the top. The world burns and fear is the accelerant as The Amazing Spider-Man: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 (Steve Orlando, Marco Failla) crashes on to the racks! Meanwhile, Spider-Man races across New York desperate to avert disaster and find the one man that just might be able to get through to Man-Thing...his former colleague Curt Connors, aka the Lizard! But deep within the Man-Thing's psyche, it's Spider-Man that discovers something he never expected: a devilish secret, and a doctor seeking redemption.

You've never seen Empire quite like this! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the all-time great cinematic sequels, Marvel asked enthusiastic artist Chris Sprouse to retell The Empire Strikes Back in a stunning series of variant covers! Month by month, across multiple Star Wars series, the film's unforgettable moments played out through Sprouse's exquisite artwork. Now the whole story of the resurgent Empire targeting the Rebel Alliance's icy base on Hoth - and every momentous event that follows - is collected in a single celebratory issue, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - 40th Anniversary Special!

For manga fans this week we have Destiny Lovers vol. 6 (Kai Tomohiro, Kazutaka), and a man awaiting his first lover becomes a prisoner of lust in this Mature-rated thriller. Long ago, Fujishiro Kosuke declared his love to his childhood friend, Sayaka-chan. But his pledge to save his first sexual experience for her takes a shocking turn when he's suddenly abducted and thrown into a secret prison run by beautiful women in fetish gear. His seductive kidnappers will use every kink at their disposal to try to rob Kosuke of his virginity. Who are these women, and why are they trying to break Kosuke's solemn promise to Sayaka-chan?

Also incoming is the Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition vol. 16 (Hiromu Arakawa), the story of an alchemical ritual gone wrong, in which Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armour. They seek answers in the north but are blackmailed into aiding a terrible plot that threatens to destroy the entire country.

Dive in below to see all this week's new releases!



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