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New Comics Book Day 2nd June 2021 - Not Enough Horror Comics Lakely?

Before we kick off this week just a reminder that there's a Bank Holiday this week, so your books will be arriving later than usual - pull lists will be ready Weds afternoon - Just to add extra excitement Diamond are changing the couriers they use to deliver to us, so all of this is pending them knowing how to move comics around the country safely!

So back to the terrible pun at the top - Tynion has been pushing out hit after hit recently (Dept of Truth, Something is Killing the Children) so check out his next dark tale...The Nice House on the Lake #1. Everyone who was invited to the house knows Walter - well, they know him a little, anyway. Some met him in childhood; some met him months ago. And Walter's always been a little...off. But after the hardest year of their lives, nobody was going to turn down Walter's invitation to an astonishingly beautiful house in the woods, overlooking an enormous sylvan lake. It's beautiful, it's opulent, it's private - so a week of putting up with Walter's weird little schemes and nicknames in exchange for the vacation of a lifetime? Why not? All of them were at that moment in their lives when they could feel themselves pulling away from their other friends; wouldn't a chance to reconnect be...nice?

It's a big week for fans of a galaxy far, far away, as the summer hottest crossover event kicks up a notch with the release of Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 (Charles Soule, Luke Ross). At was for the greatest prize of all: Han Solo! The hunt begins... Nobody. Steals. From BOBA FETT! The notorious bounty hunter will not stop until he gets what's rightfully his. For the thief, no corner of the galaxy is safe. Good thing for them that the REBEL ALLIANCE, THE EMPIRE and every bounty hunter in the galaxy is standing in Boba's way.  With a last-page reveal that will blow this Death Star-sized story wide open, Issue #1 is just the beginning. The biggest crossover in Star Wars history will continue raging through the pages of the event miniseries and tie-ins through October. Only one hunter will be left standing, and the STAR WARS galaxy will never be the same!

Plus there is a 40th anniversary special edition celebrating Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. This deluxe collector's edition presents interviews, features and unseen images from the fan favourite movie.

Sticking with events, Heroes Reborn: American Knights (Paul Grist, Chris Allen), is an epic, oversize slugfest between the Squadron Supreme and an otherworldly group of Avengers for the final fate of a whacked-out world! Plus Heroes Reborn:Marvel Double Action (Tim Seeley, Dan Jurgens) presents a tale from the Squadron's 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!

Learn the true origin of Loki as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with Marvel Tales: Trials of Loki (Various)! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favourite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel's most impressive talent from the past eight decades. Thor's archenemy and Marvel's most unpredictable villain takes centre stage! He is the lie-smith. He is the shape-changer. He is the fire that burns. The God of Mischief and Trickery, Loki. Meet the mirthful, beloved young man that made all the Asgardians laugh - until the first time he killed. Discover the gnarled roots of his twisted, unrelenting hatred for the Asgardians - and learn the chilling truth of why Loki will never be stopped!

It is Iron Man versus Quantam in Iron Man Annual #1 (Jed MacKay, Ibraim Roberson)! When Iron Man learns about the strange people who kidnapped and tortured Miles Morales, he HAS to look into it. What he finds out about the Assessor and especially Quantum will shock him and you! Don't miss this in depth look at some of the coolest new villains and the groundwork laid for major future Marvel stories!

Discover the many faces of the Moon Knight (Various)! Mercenary. Werewolf hunter. Super hero. Millionaire playboy. Cab driver. Ghost? Moon Knight is many things to many people, with the multiple personalities to match! Follow the Fist of Khonshu as he battles to find his place in the Marvel Universe in this collection of his earliest appearances. From his startling debut as a nemesis of Werewolf by Night to an unlikely stint with the Defenders, from encounters with Spider-Man and the Thing to the solo adventures that shaped a legend. Relive the rise of the moon's specter of vengeance!

In Guardians of The Galaxy vol. 2 (Al Ewing, Marcio Takara, Juan Cabal) and the new age of space is here! In the wake of Empyre, the political map of the galaxy is being radically redrawn - and now it's time for a nice, peaceful diplomatic conference. As the ambassador for the Utopian Kree, Marvel Boy makes a solemn promise to be on his best behaviour. So how come his fellow diplomats are being murdered one by one - and it looks like he's the killer? Meanwhile, everyone thinks Peter Quill is dead. Instead, he journeys through a mythic world on the other side of reality. But is he still Quill - or is he the legendary Star-Lord? Plus: Knull and his symbiote dragons target Spartax, and the Guardians cannot save it alone! And the Olympian gods return to our universe - but they're taking their exile very personally!

Road trip - to space in Spider-Woman vol. 2 (Karla Pacheco, Pere Perez)! After learning some startling secrets about her family, Jessica Drew goes on a mission to find the one person who might know more: the High Evolutionary! But she's going to need her BFF by her side - and that means it's Captain Marvel team-up time! Before long though, those closest to Spider-Woman will abandon her. Only one person will come to her aid: Octavia Vermis! Octavia has a cure for Jessica, and the prescription is crime! Is Jess willing to resort to theft to gather all the tools needed to fix what's wrong? In the shadow of Knull's invasion, Spider-Woman must put everything on the line - and then cross it! Even if Jess can find the cure for what ails her, will she still have a life worth saving?

Meanwhile in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: Bad Buzz (Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder, Natacha Bustos) the Silver Surfer arrives in Manhattan warning of an ancient cosmic menace on a collision course with Earth and, Lunella Lafayette must step up and solve the impossible! But without Devil Dinosaur by her side, Lunella joins forces with some new friends who are missing their own pals: the Human Torch and the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing! You don't want to miss the debut of the Fantastic Three! But who will make it a truly awesome foursome? Then, it's time to cry S.O.S. - that means Save Our School, from New York City's new mayor, Wilson Fisk! But who is Princess Fisk, and what is her tragic past? Plus: Lunella's cousin comes to visit...meet Devin Dinosaur! But who invited the Wrecking Crew?

It's daddy issues galore from DC this week, and in case anyone was wondering, Crush is doing just fine, actually. Sure, she recently walked away from her classmates at the Roy Harper Titans Academy and effectively quit being a
Teen Titan in a blaze of glory. And okay, her relationship with her too-good-to-be-true girlfriend Katie is kind of on the rocks, if you want to get all technical about it. Oh, and she recently found out Lobo's in space jail, but that's cool, because he's the worst. OKAY, maybe Crush has some STUFF, but that doesn't mean she's gonna DO anything about it, like actually go to space and confront her dad and all her problems, because everything is FINE... Right? Find out in Crush and Lobo #1 (Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan).

Speaking of issues, in Harley Quinn: Black and White and Red (Various), 14 tales of Gotham City s craziest clown princess are presented in nothing but black, white, and bold splashes of red. See how Harley's story unfolds in worlds beyond the DC Universe, in the alternate timelines of Batman: White Knight, Harleen, and the Harley Quinn animated series! Witness her darkest hours and her happiest moments! Wait, did she just win an underground rap battle?! An incredible array of award-winning talent from across the comics industry have put their reputations in jeopardy to bring you these stories so show a little gratitude, will ya?

The terrifying debut of the tie-in to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It begins in DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: Love Story #1 (David L. Johnson-McGoldrick, Garry Brown), a story that’s bursting at the seams with clues about the new film. Meet Jessica. Jessica just returned to her freshman year of college after winter break, bringing with her the anxieties of last semester’s poor grades, the awkwardness of facing a boy she wishes she’d never slept with, and an undeniably unnerving feeling of being watched. She soon comes to realise that something evil made her its target, and it will not rest until it has her in its unholy grip. But why did this sinister presence set its sights on a seemingly normal college freshman? Read this nerve-racking tale, creepily crafted, with heart-stopping art and chill-inducing covers!

When Dan Collins wakes to finds his life hanging by a thread, he must use his astral projection to discover who tried to kill him. Who is the beautiful mystic who tries to help him? Why does August Fryne want Dan's soul - and what does it have to do with a demon who seems to be Dorian Gray?  A weird, occult detective thriller about life, death - and whatever lies in between. Out of Body #1 (Peter Milligan, Inaki Miranda) presents an awesome new dimension in horror and
mystery!

In Moths #1 (J. Michael Straczynski, Mike Choi ) Emily Kai has immense power inside her. However, the moment she taps into it a clock starts. She will have only six months to live. As Emily enters into this journey, she contemplates how to use her gifts to bring beauty into the world in the limited time she has to use them.

Van Louise retired to the ice coast so she could quietly find a way off planet from a world on the wrong side of societal collapse. She biohacks a dead leviathan to orchestrate passage away into the universe, but her plans are about to get chewed up by a mounting war between the Warlords - violent gatekeepers for the global ruling party - and the Bloom - those who risk extinction living out on the water - as well as a family reunion with her son who she hasn't seen since he died in her arms when he was a child. Everfrost #1 (Join Ryan K Lindsay, Sami Kivela, Lauren Affe) is an absolute bomb of sci fi insanity and heartbreaking emotion.

The pin-up queen... of adventure is back! Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents: Bettie Page in "The Curse of the Banshee" #1 (Stephen Mooney, Jethro "Jet" Morales). Utilising several clues found at the ancient Key Artifact site in the Middle Americas, McKnight and Bettie surmise that the Key Artefact has been relocated to an ancient burial site in rural Ireland. They give chase!

A dirty cop, a drugged-up back-up dancer, and an angsty adolescent god; the absolute worst dudes in the galaxy are on a raunch-filled hunt for a missing pop star. The Worst Dudes #1 (Aubrey Sitterson, Tony Gregori) is a hilarious, aggressively weird, willfully vulgar detective story.

While humanity grapples to survive on Mars, the Ministry of Exploration pins mankind's last hope of resurgence on an astronaut who's scared of space. Red Shift #1 (H.S. Tak, Brent David McKee) sees Hellener and his team of explorers hunt for a new home while civil war threatens to obliterate the last bastion of human life.

North Force #0 (Erik Larsen) - "a new force to be reckoned with!" - Because you demanded it: Savage Dragon #259 reworked and reformatted to spotlight this all-new Canadian super-team! Letters pages and funnies have been replaced with bios for team members. The Canadian super-team North Force is looking to recruit a new member to their team: Malcolm Dragon.

Who Can Stop The Chimera? Five individuals bound by a cult-like hivemind, they terrorised small towns with their horrifying supernatural sense-based powers, leaving death and destruction in their wake. Regan, one of the Chimera, escaped and has been in hiding, with her murderous eyes bound, overcome with guilt. Until now in Basilisk #1 (Cullen Bun, Jonas Scharf)... when a victim from her past forces her to hunt down the other four of her kind.

The Legends from the battle royale video game find themselves pulled together to rescue the city from Mad Scientists, brutal assassins, and the sudden and sinister grip of the  Syndicate, a corrupt cabal attempting to "fix" arena outcomes in their favor. Will the Legends hold up to their celebrity status and be the heroes Solace needs in Apex Legends: Overtime #1 (Jesse Stern, Neil Edwards)?

When Rick and Morty buy the greatest hat in all the multiverse, it attracts an evil so banal that even our intrepid adventurers may not be able to stop it. In true comics-event tradition, this one features everyone from Rick and Morty to Mr. Poopybutthole, Pickle Rick, and MORE. Rick and Morty: Ricks New Hat #1 (Alex Firer, Fred Stresing) is a faux-crossover event from the evil geniuses behind Rick and Morty Presents: Birdperson!

For the kids this week comes Misadventurers #1 (Joseph A. Michael, Nicolas Touris). Thrown to the outer realms of Nether-Earth, Jimminy, a young show-off wizard apprentice, teams up with a gruff Viking princess, Marius. This awkward alliance must outwit oddball villains as they struggle to return home, but they're not alone. Will the mysterious presence secretly trailing them turn out to be friend or foe?

At the end of every horror movie, one girl always survives...in this case, Cassie Hack not only survives, she turns the tables by hunting and destroying the horrible slashers that would do harm to the innocent! Alongside the gentle giant known as Vlad, the two cut a bloody path through those who deserve to be put down...hard! Read the story of the ultimate final girl in the Hack/Slash Omnibus vol. 1 (Tim Seeley, Dave Crosland, Skottie Young, Stefano Caselli).

There's a double whammy for Trekkies this week, as both Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken (Scott Tipton, David Tipton,  J. K. Woodward) and Star Ttek: Year Five vol. 3 (Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Jim McCann, Jody Houser, Angel Hernandez, Silvia Califano, J. K. Woodward) hit the trade shelves.

In The Pride, FabMan is sick of being seen as a joke. Tired of the LGBTQ+ community being seen as inferior to straight heroes, he thinks it's about damn time he did something about it. Bringing together some of the world's greatest LGBTQ+ superheroes, the Pride is born to protect the world and fight prejudice, misrepresentation and injustice-not to mention a pesky supervillain or two. The Pride omnibus (Various) brings a whole host of extra, self-contained stories and adventures starring the heroes of the Pride! See the team members face down crazed shooters, invasions, and even a sixty-foot-tall drag queen!

Travel back to the world of Black Hammer in Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy (Jeff Lemire, Tonci Zonjic), as Spiral City finds itself trapped in a vicious cycle of crime, corruption, and violence. With the heart of the city at stake, a vigilante rises in Skulldigger. However, when the nefarious Grimjim escapes from prison, will Skulldigger and his ward, Skeleton Boy, be enough to save Spiral City?

The Down River People (Adam Smith, Matt Fox) is a riveting story about a man attempting to survive the complicated and dangerous web of his family's criminal ties with his soul intact

Welcome to Crab's Eye. A small town where magic is real and gossip can kill. Not all the witches burned during the Salem Witch Trials-and the ones that survived did so together, protecting the ancient secrets entrusted to them for generations. They call themselves the Ravens. An Unkindness of Ravens (Dan Panosian, Marianna Ignazzi) to be precise. Wilma is the new girl in school, and she plans to go completely unnoticed-except that she bears an eerie resemblance to the Raven member Waverly, who just went missing. The truth behind Waverly's disappearance will put the entire coven in danger-and Wilma will have to rely on power she never knew she had if she wants to save her new friends!

A weekend getaway on a resort planet goes south in the Mann's World (Victor Gischler, Niko Walter) trade paperback, when four friends run afoul of the planet's working class. Stranded in the wilderness of a strange planet, surrounded by danger on all sides and relentlessly pursued by vengeful locals, they must test their bonds of friendship in order to survive.

When did Rasputin find his calling to bring about Ragna Rok? How did the Visitor stay hidden on Earth for so long? And where did the legendary Sledgehammer armour really come from? These questions and more are answered in this new collection from the world of Hellboy! Three stories of instrumental side characters are explored in full, collected for the first time in a handsome hardcover perfect for any Hellboy fan's library; Hellboy Universe: Secret Histories (Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Chris Roberson, Laurence Campbell, Christopher Mitten, Dave Stewart).

In Hilda and the Mountain King (Luke Pearson) we rejoin our heroine for her latest adventure just as she awakes to find herself... in the body of a troll! Her mum is worried sick, and is perplexed by the strange creature that seems to have taken Hilda's place. Now, both of them are in a race to be reunited before Ahlberg and his safety patrol get the chance to use their new secret weapon to lay waste to the trolls, and Hilda along with them!

Join Greta and Minette once more for the heartwarming conclusion of the award-winning Tea Dragon series! Over a year since being entrusted with Ginseng's care, Greta still can't chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon. As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting, and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief. Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside. Told with the same care and charm as the previous instalments of the Tea Dragon series, The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Katie O'Neill) welcomes old friends and new into a heartfelt story of purpose, love, and growth.

Moving on to manga, and from the creator of Berserk comes Giganto Maxia vol. 1 (Kentaro Miura), a science-fiction/fantasy manga of titanic proportions! One hundred million years in the future, the Empire of Olympus uses colossal mutant beasts to crush its adversaries. Only the gladiator Delos, the mystic Prome, and the titan Gohra can hope to prevent genocide!

In Stravaganza vol. 1 (Akihito Tomi) a mysterious warrior travels the kingdom of Auroria, battling monstrous creatures and seeking adventure. Few know she is secretly Auroria's young and inexperienced masked monarch - Queen Vivian. In a world where humans are not at the top of the food chain, the Queen in the Iron Mask must learn to use both her sword and her throne to protect her people from the dangers looming just beyond the city walls.

Kirino seems far out of the way, studying in America . . . but is she really that far away from the thoughts of Kyousuke? That's the problem on Kuroneko's mind: She's glad to be by Kyousuke's side, but fears she may only be a substitute. Meanwhile, a new challenger appears when Kuroneko joins the Gaming Club: Sena Akagi, who has an overactive imagination and wishes to pair Kyousuke up with her brother in Oreimo Kuroneko vol. 2 (Sakura Ikeda)! Plus, Sakura Ikeda, joins twenty other artists in this collection of tribute stories to their favourite characters from Oreimo in Oreimo: Comic Anthology (Various)! Contributors include Shakugan no Shana's Ayato Sasakura, Spice and Wolf's Keito Koume, Sword Art Online's abec, Strike Witches' Shin Kyogoku, and many more!

Yohan is a celebrated shaman with a lazy spirit in the form of a boy named Donga. One day, Yoonsung, the CEO of a successful IT venture firm visits Yohan's shop with a request to remove the powerful spirit that is Chunho. Tensions build up as the two men and the two spirits get to live together at the same place in Prince Bari vol. 1 (Solanine).

Midori loves to design worlds. Tsubame loves to animate. Sayaka loves to make money! And at Shibahama High, they call them Eizouken-a three-girl club determined to produce their own spectacular science fiction anime! But with no budget from their school and a leaky warehouse for a studio, Eizouken is going to have to work hard and use their imagination . . . the one thing they've got plenty of! Keep Your Hands Off Eizoukhen vol. 2 (Sumito Oowara) lands this week.

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

 




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