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New Comics Book Day 5th May 2021 - Would You Like Extra Carbonite With That?

May is here and given the 4th is Star Wars day it's appropriate that Chichester's own hive of scum and villainy (and nerdom) gets a new bounty hunter mega-crossover on the shelves, along with a care-free time traveller and a host of other great tales!

The notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett has finally landed his greatest prize - Han Solo, frozen in carbonite for easy transport. Fett will bring the smuggler to Tatooine to collect the massive bounty placed on Solo's head by the fearsome crime lord Jabba The Hutt. Sounds easy. What could go wrong..? Find out in the Star Wars comic event that you've been waiting for: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 (Charles Soule, Steve McNiven).

Welcome to a world where Tony Stark never built an Iron Man armour. Where Thor is a hard-drinking atheist who despises hammers. Where Wakanda is dismissed as a myth. And where Captain America was never found in the ice because there were no Avengers to find him. Instead this world has always been protected by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Squadron Supreme of America. And now the Squadron faces an attack from some of their fiercest enemies, like Dr. Juggernaut, the Black Skull, the Silver Witch and Thanos with his Infinity Rings. But why is the Daywalker Blade the one man alive who seems to remember that the entire world has somehow been...reborn? Heroes Reborn #1 (Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness) is the start of a new seven issue mini series that re-imagines the entire Marvel Universe without the Avengers!

Years ago, Doctor Ted Sallis was ready to give up anything to crack the SO-2 serum and deliver success to his growing family. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world...he did. Today, as cities spanning from the U.S. to Krakoa are besieged  by fear-driven blazes, the Man-Thing must reckon with his past deeds if he hopes to emerge renewed and rescue a world on fire. But fighting from his lowest means that Man-Thing can rise to his highest, especially with the unexpected help of the X-Men's resident sorceress Magik and her debuting team of monstrous mutants known as The Dark Riders in X-Men: Curse of the Man Thing (Steve Orlando, Andrea Broccardo)!

In Marvel Tales: Thanos Quest (Various) the Mad Titan returns - scouring the cosmos and battling the Elders of the Universe for the six all-powerful Infinity Gems! See how Thanos gains mastery of Mind, Power, Reality, Soul, Space, and Time...setting the stage for the tyrant to devastate the Marvel Universe with the Infinity Gauntlet! If you're a fan of cosmic action, then this evergreen classic is a must-have!

It's a love story, Deadpool - just say yes! Elsa Bloodstone the monster hunter is dying, and the only one who can save her is...Wade Wilson! What has gone wrong with Elsa's mystical, magical Bloodstone gem? What can Deadpool possibly do about it? And what is the actual truth of the Bloodstone curse? Scandal, betrayal and a dimension full of hideous goo all await - it's gonna get messy! Then, the King of the Monsters takes on the King of the Dragons! An evil, ancient cult wants to kill Deadpool. An evil, ancient space god wants to kill Deadpool. Why does everyone want to kill King Deadpool vol. 2 (Kelly Thompson, Gerardo Sandoval )?!?

Gwen Stacy lives two lives! Hopping back and forth between her home of Earth-65 and the mainstream Marvel Universe, she's the happening hero known as Ghost-Spider (Seanan McGuire, Ig Guara, Rosi Kampe)! But two worlds means twice the problems, and Gwen's about to answer the question nobody even thought to ask: Whatever happened to the Susan and Johnny Storm of Earth-65?! Then, rock 'n' roll dreams come true as Gwen takes her band, the Mary Janes, on a rip-roaring multiversal concert tour! But not all those watchful eyes belong to starstruck fans. There's something symbiotic and sinister stirring in the Marvel Universe. Ms. Stacy was already jailed once on Earth-65 for her super hero activities - and now she's about to be outlawed in the Marvel U! But what exactly is the alternate-reality Reed Richards, the Machiavellian Maker, up to on her homeworld?

The countdown for a clash of generations begins when the twisted High Evolutionary sets Earth on a catastrophic collision course with its opposite number: the unnatural Counter-Earth! Can the two teams put their turbulent history aside to meet this planetary threat as Champions: Worlds Collide (Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, more)? Assuming they can find a way to work together, can even this awesome assemblage of heroes save two entire planets from destruction? Our young squad might not all make it out of this in one piece, which can mean only one thing: It's time for a membership drive!

Logan is dying. His healing factor is depleted, and his search for a cure has led to nothing but dead ends. Can Logan take his last breath in peace? Not if Mysterio has anything to say about it! The villain means to set in motion the massacre of the X-Men that kicked off Old Man Logan's apocalyptic future timeline. But is someone pulling Mysterio's strings? The master of illusion's new benefactors will surprise you! Then, Logan returns home to find that the future world he left behind unravelled even further during the time he spent in the Marvel Universe. Now the end draws near, but Logan still has unfinished business to take care of! Prepare for one of the most savage rivalries in comics to be concluded in a bloody fashion in the pages of the Dead Man Logan: Complete Collection (Ed Brisson, Mike Henderson).

There's a new hero in Jersey City in The Magnificent Ms Marvel vol. 3 (Saladin Ahmed, Joey Vazquez, Minkyu Jung)! Introducing Fadi Fadlalah, A.K.A. Amulet! What secrets is this gentle giant hiding? Is he friend or foe? And is this town big enough for both him and Ms. Marvel?! Then, while recovering from a traumatic ordeal, Kamala finds herself an unwilling martyr for a movement she hates - and Ms. Marvel ends up outlawed! But if she wants to reclaim her narrative, she'll have to wake up first! The anti-teen-hero task force, C.R.A.D.L.E., is scouring Jersey City to apprehend its young protector - and that isn't the only problem on Kamala's plate. Several of her family members support the new law - and if they discover her secret identity, it's game over for Ms. Marvel! Everything will come to a head at the homecoming dance!

Peter, Gwen, and Miles have learned to work together, but a sinister new enemy is about to tear them apart! After a devastating encounter with the Black Cat and her bad luck powers, the Spidey team is down on their luck and at each other's throats. Will Peter, Miles, and Gwen learn to overcome their bad luck and work together again, or is this the end of the line for the Marvelous Spider-Trio in Marvel Action: Spider-Man book 3 (Delilah Dawson, Fico Ossio).

In Dark Nights: Death Metal: Multiverse Who Laughs (Various) the Multiverse has been destroyed, the Batman Who Laughs has used his god like power to create a new Dark Multiverse…a collection of 52 evil worlds, each more terrifying than the last. This one-shot offers the curious-and the brave-a glimpse into the nightmare realities that the Batman Who Laughs has created in tales by creators who know what it means to have a truly twisted sense of misfit humour. An Arkham Asylum even more terrifying than what we know? A world of evil Super Pets? All that and more!

From the early days of Batman's crime-fighting career, this new edition of the classic mystery Batman: The Long Halloween (Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale) involves a killer who strikes only on holidays. Working with Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Gordon, Batman races to discover who Holiday is!

In Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (James Tynion IV, Freddie Williams II) our heroes have battled the evil of the Foot Clan in Gotham City and Bane in New York, but now Krang has gotten his hands on the most dangerous technologies in the DC Universe-and no universe is safe from his wrath! As Krang's true power is revealed, it's up to Batman and the Turtles to stop him, but their only hope may lie with a strange, yet familiar, visitor from another world!

In these tales, the Tiny Titans try to figure out the difference between a superhero and a sidekick, show-and-tell day at Sidekick Elementary has hilarious results, and Beast Boy tackles science class-and find out if Robin keeps his new identity as Nightwing! It's an all-ages, all-fun, adventure-filled collection - Tiny Titans: Pet Club (Art Baltazar, Franco)!

Following Edison Hark-a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective-on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, The Good Asian #1 (Pornsak Pichetshote, Alexandre Tefenkgi) is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they're besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.

When the ice caps melted, most of humanity was lost to the hidden disease that was released. Now, a mysterious girl named Eve #1 (Victor LaValle, Jo Mi-Gyeong) has awoken in secret and must deal with a world that's nothing like the virtual reality she was raised in. In order to save her real father, Eve must embark on a deadly quest across the country, but she has no idea of the threats that await her - or the price she will pay to restore life to a dying planet...

She's Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal #1 (Garth Ennis, Goran Sudzuka). What more do you need to know? Oh, all right then: all Marj wants to do is race up and down the time-lanes, stealing every shiny-gleamy-pretty-sparkly she can lay her hands on. But her larcenous trail from the Big Bang to the Ninety-fifth Reich has drawn the beady eye of the Temporal PD, whose number one Deputy Marshall is now hard on our heroine's tail - and taking things extremely personally. Worse still, Marj's worthless creep of an ex and his even scummier partner
have seen an angle of their own in all this, and now intend to use her time-tech to change history for their own benefit. Marj's only ally? A guy called Tim. And he's just a head. I mean come on, what use is just a head...?!

Becstar #1 (Joe Corallo, Lorenzo Colangeli) is the story of a star hopping mercenary-gone-full time-gambler light years away from Earth. Leaving her old life behind with the help of her magical luck dagger and her fan-turned-regret filled-friend Sally Soolin, Becstar ekes out a living under the nefarious Shadow Syndicate's radar. But when a mysterious girl appears with grim news and an urgent quest where the fate of the universe hangs in the balance, Becstar has no choice but to join... and regret it immediately.

Travel "The Road Not Taken" in The Orville: Digressions #1 (David Goodman, David Cabeza), the prequel to the season two finale written by The Orville Executive Producer David A. Goodman! Follow Ed, Kelly, and the would-have-been crew of the Orville, as they navigate separate lives in an alternate timeline that's on a collision course with the galaxy-ending Kaylon!

ExtraOrdinary (V.E Schwab, Enid Balam) follows a teenage girl named Charlotte Tills who survives a bus crash and becomes EO - ExtraOrdinary, gaining the ability to see people's deaths in reflective surfaces.Set between the novels Vicious and Vengeful, this new series expands deeper into the world.

The Invincible Red Sonja #1 (Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Moritat) finds herself on a spectacular journey filled with pirates, mermaids, princesses, and political intrigue as the threat of two kingdoms hangs in the balance.

Born and raised on an uncharted island full of prehistoric dangers, Kevin Sauvage has a taste of home when a mutant dino threat invades England! Teenage heartthrob. Feral social icon. Dinosaur hunter? Savage #1 (Max Bemis, Nathan Stockman).

Van Helsing is heading to Los Angeles with every intention of soaking up the sun for a much-needed vacation.  But, not even a trip to the west coast can be easy for the famed vampire hunter, as a new team of steam-powered villains are going to do their part to cut this trip short.  Liesel will have to use every trick in her book to stand a chance against this new threat as the Van Helsing One Shot (Joe Brusha, various) drops!

Tattoo artist Niles lives his life in a kind of daze. Minute after minute, he muddles through the repetitive moments of his job, his life and his guilt. All that changes when Eden (Cullen Bunn, Dalibor Talajic) walks through the doors of the tattoo shop. She's looking for something...different...and she finds it with Niles. But Eden is a woman surrounded by deep mysteries...not the least of which is how and why her new tattoos vanish after only a few days. As Niles learns more about Eden, he is driven to fathomless depths of both love and horror.

Keeping the horror theme going we have Jack Boniface aka Shadowman #1 (Cullen Bunn, Jon Davis-Hunt), a powerful protector who keeps humanity safe from the demons that claw at the fabric of our reality.
The forces of darkness are awakening and they are hungry for life. Will Shadowman be able to save us all, or will the darkness devour the world as we know it?

Visions of a dark and fantastic world haunt Paul Tanasin, but when he discovers they are prophecies from Mirandus--a world in which he's destined to become a fearsome destroyer--He'll have to embrace the fear, rise up as The Dark One, and shatter everything. Dark One (Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Nathan Gooden) is a re-imagining of the Brandon Sanderson story, presented here in a new hardcover.

Wynd (James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas) lives a quiet life in Pipetown - working at the local tavern, out of sight in the secret rooms beneath the floorboards, often stealing away to catch glimpses of the son of the castle's groundskeeper as he works. But Wynd also has a secret... magical blood betrayed by his pointed ears, forbidden within the city limits. Joined by his best friend Oakley and Thorn, the groundskeeper's son, Wynd's strange dreams and an encounter with the city guard send him on the most dangerous adventure he could imagine, where Wynd will discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, the magic within himself.

Just as the XXX-plorers get into the groove of funding science with sex, the man who helped take away all their funding in the first place demands to join the team: THE PRESIDENT OF THE DAMN UNITED STATES. Now saddled with pretty much the worst person in the whole country, the group must overcome interpersonal strife, STD fears, and chainsaw genitalia to convince the universe that we don't deserve to be eradicated as Money Shot vol. 2 (Sarah Beattie, Tim Seeley, Rebekah Isaacs) slides onto the racks.

The new Mighty Morphin team is on a collision course with an even deadlier Lord Zedd, who has a new mission and a new motivation - one that will change everything you thought you knew about our heroes! The unlimited power era begins in Mighty Morphin vol. 1 (Ryan Parrott, Marco Renna) with a new team - but who is the new Green Ranger?!

Discovering a band of demon cooks has captured her island home, warrior chef Savor Batonnet must undertake her very first quest as a newly minted hero! But being called a "hero" and possessing a handful of skills all the ingredients Savor (Neil Kleid, John Broglia, Frank Reynoso) needs to face five deadly restaurants, build the ultimate knife, save both her parents and the woman she loves?

Wisp and Willow are best friends who live in a small town. They are inseparable, until one night, Wisp discovers something is stealing the colour from the world! To escape their grasp, Wisp must use her wits and the help of a new friend...from somewhere else! Then the adventure begins in Rainbow Brite (Jeremy Whitley, Brittney Williams) as we find out how this seemingly normal girl becomes Rainbow Brite and how it changes Wisp, Willow, and their world!

After everything - and everyone - she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale behind for a new world that promises "to help you prioritise your true self."  But Willow soon learns that all is not as it seems, and if your true self isn't what this place thinks it should be... well, don't worry, they'll help you get there. By any means necessary. Find out what this means for your favourite witch as Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Willow (Mariko Tamaki, Jeremy Lambert) lands this week.

Billionaires (Darryl Cunningham) offers an illuminating analysis of the origins and ideological evolutions of four key players in the American private sector: Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and oil and gas tycoons Charles and David Koch. What emerges in these informative and hilarious biographies, is a vital critique of American capitalism and the power these individuals have to assert a corrupting influence on policy-making, political campaigns, and society writ large.

526 CE-China is ruled by the Great Ming Empire. Though the empire flourishes, the winds of the new Emperor's political purge are sweeping over the land, and turmoil is brewing. With the decimation of her comrades, Shao Jun has become China's last Assassin. A gripping, original manga, Assassin's Creed: Blade of Shao Jun vol 1. (Minoji Kurata) adds details and scenes not seen in the original game!

Makoto has long been ostracized because of his odd hobbies and a sexual kink others see as disgusting. One day he finds a book on summoning demons and manages to summon the intimidatingly beautiful and rather chatty Archduke J. The demon offers to grant Makoto's deepest twisted desire if he'll offer up his life in exchange. Once Makoto has sated his demented appetites, he fulfils his end of the bargain, only to find he's been reborn as a monster...in hell - Madk vol. 1 (Ryo Suzuri)!

Learn what happened when the world turned to stone in this special side story to Dr. Stone. As Senku and his friends are being turned to stone, his father Byakuya is on the International Space Station. Dr Stone Reboot: Byakuya (Riichiro Inagaki, Boichi) is the story of the crew as they try to survive as the only humans left unpetrified!

In Attack On Titan vol. 33 (Hajime Isayama), the epic saga of humanity and the predatory Titans edges closer to its thrilling conclusions. The mysteries of the Titans are being revealed...who will escape death at the hands of giants and human beings?

A young boy gazes up at the sky and sees a streaming bolt of light. The friendly, armor-clad being at his side tells him gently, "That's a dragon." The fact that he's joking isn't important. What's important is the look of wonder on the boy's face... and the galaxy-spanning adventure that's about to take place in Edens Zero vol. 11 (Hiro Mashima).

Chasing After Aoi Koshiba vol. 1 (Takeoka Hazuki, Fly ) is a wistful yuri romance about the intense feelings of youth, and the perspective and regrets that adulthood can bring. Sahoko had lots of friends in high school, so there's no shortage of people to catch up with at her reunion. But the one face she wants to see is missing: that of Aoi Koshiba, her classmate and first love. A star of the basketball team, Aoi caught Sahoko's eye as an easy way to score social points. But when Aoi quits the team, an unexpected kiss pulls Sahoko closer to her than she intended to be. With a difficult home situation, Aoi is in need of more than just a cynical social climber. She needs a true friend, and something more...

Elf Yamada seeks political asylum-from her editor-at the Izumi residence, offering in return to spill the secrets of how to turn one's light novel into an anime TV series, an offer certainly of great appeal to the much-less-selling Masamune! Meanwhile, Megumi's vow to make friends with the one girl in her class she hasn't yet, Sagiri, leads her into an embarrassing yet artistically insightful gesture with Eromanga Sensei vol. 3 (Tsukasa Fushimi, Rin).

Have fun just hanging out onstage, in the studio, and at home with Kagamine Rin, the most popular Vocaloid next to Hatsune Miku herself! Miku's sassy blond friend takes center stage in this series that took inspiration from the music video "Rin-chan Now!" The video is now a manga of the same name-written, drawn, and edited by the video creators - Hatsune Mike Rin-Chan Now vol. 1 (Sezu, Hiro Tamura).

If humanity is to survive, Queen Vivian must seek out new alliances. The gigantic Sephyea, the brutish Orcs, and the powerful Klord - who will join the Queen in the Iron Mask as new allies, and who will become a new threat? Find out in Queen In The Iron Mask vols. 2 & 3 (Akihito Tomi).

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