Time for another dose of new comics with the new normal of a fortnight's worth arriving this Wednesday - but before we dive in we just wanted to confirm here that we will be re-opening on the 15th June - As with many other places there will be social distancing, PPE and all that jazz but we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to CGG towers!
Face it Tiger, you'll hit the jackpot with the trade paperback of The Amazing Mary Jane (Leah Williams, Carlos E. Gomez) in which the sometime girlfriend of Peter Parker heads to the Hollywood Hills after getting her big break. What could possibly go wrong? There is also Ghost Rider vol. 1 (Ed Brisson, Juan Frigeri, Aaron Kuder) featuring a trio of burning bikers.
Also out from the House of Ideas this week is X-Men vol. 1 (Jonathan Hickman, R. B. Silva, Matteo Buffagni, Leinil Francis Yu) which is written by Hickman so I'm not even going to try and write a summary of, and finally there is Spider-Man and Venom: Double Trouble (Mariko Tamaki,) Gurihiru), a Freaky Friday style body swap that forces the arch-frenemies to work together to find out who is behind the madness.
One of this weeks big name releases from Image is Adventureman #1 (Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson), a meta-tale of a mother and son who are the only people to remember the titular pulp comic hero and his cliffhanger ending. But is there more to their memories than meets the eye? Speaking of big names, The Boys are back in town with The Boys: Dear Becky #1 (Garth Ennis, Russell Braun) in which Hughie gets an unwanted blast from the past that threatens to ruin his planned future.
Nailbiter returns in, um, Nailbiter Returns #1 (Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson)... which sees a copycat murdered hitting Portland, Oregon, even though the usual suspects have all been rounded up. Speaking of returns, teen favourite detectives are back in Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #1 (Anthony Del Col, Joe Eisma) in which the Hardy Boys investigate the death of their friend Nancy Drew. Which I guess was also fairly obvious from the title...
Sticking with the *ahem* grown up theme, we also have The Cimmerian: Red Nails #1 (Regis Hautiere, Olivier Vatine, Didier Cassegrain) which is a no holds barred Conan story featuring blood, guts and violence! Also not holding back is a new colour trade version of Dicks (Garth Ennis, John McCrea), the tales of two incompetent nd foul-mouthed private detectives, hence the name... honest. Lastly in the "rude books out this week" category is a new series of occult sensual thriller Faithless II #1 (Brian Azzarello, Maria Llovet), that also acts as a jumping on point if you missed the first series.
There's always one isn't there? Actually yes, as we see in Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Every Generation (Various), a series of slayer tales from across the ages. We also have Another Suburban Romance (Alan Moore, Juan Jose Ryp) from legendary comicker Alan Moore, collecting three stories together for the first time, and Black Gas (Warren Ellis, Max Fiumara, Ryan Waterhouse) collects both series of Ellis' zombie tale.
902London (Remy Boydell) is a graphic novel about two emo teens who are more then friends but less than lovers, who just want to grow some shrooms before the world ends. Standard. Then there is Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth (Chris Mowry, Jeff Zornow, Matt Frank) which features giant monsters and honestly that is all you need to know, k?
Pop legends turn detective in Paul Is Gone (Paolo Baron, Ernesto Carbonetti) an original graphic novel that claims to be the definitive version of the legend of Paul McCartney's death. Also in the true life section this week is We Served the Country: My Mothers Stories (Emily Burell), tales of China in Mao's mandated Great Leap Forward as retold by her daughter.
There is also Dungeons and Dragons: A Darkened Wish (B Dave Walters, Tess Fowler), a tale set in the Forgotten Realms, and it's berserker time in Wolfskin (Warren Ellis, Mike Wolfer, Gianluca Pagliarani), a heroic tale set in a time long past. Then the browncoats are back as the Serenity flies back on to the racks with Firefly: Unification War vol. 3 (Greg Pak, Dan McDaid) in hardback. It's vampire time in the Fevre Dream TP(Daniel Abraham, George R. R. Martin, Rafa Lopez), the collection of a ten issue miniseries from the author of A Song of Ice And Fire.
Infinite possibilities are on the cards in Luther Arkwright: The Adventures of Luther Arkwright / Heart of Empire (Bryan Talbot), a new trade that collects these two stories for the first time. Escape from the drudgery of Earth to a steam-powered alternative with a boy named Arlo in Steam (Drew Ford, Duane Leslie)
One for the kids is the slightly out of time Cor! Buster Easter Special 2020 (Various), a 48 page all ages comedy book, featuring classic characters. Also for younger readers, from the author of The Tea Dragon Society comes Dewdrop (Katie O'Neill), the delightful children's tale of an adorable axolotl who cheers on his underwater friends as they each bring their talents to the pond's sports fair!
Check out all the releases below and we will see you here again in two weeks time! For the moment we can deliver you comics via post or when checking out online you can choose in store collection - we are open for collections 1-5PM from Weds-Sun - Any questions just let us know :)
Oh, wait. I guess we should tell you about the DC books too, seeing as there are ten million of them this week, while we can still get them *makes side eyes at DC*
Joker: 80th Anniversary 100-page Super Spectactular (basically everyone ever), which is a huge celebration of the Clown Prince of Crime with a plethora of covers letting you choose your favourite iteration.
Also out is a graphic novel length one shot (confusingly numbered 1, so thanks for that) featuring the antiheroes of Gotham, Birds of Prey #1 (Brian Azzarello, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy) published under the Black Label imprint, which basically means no-holds-barred! Also from Black Label this week is The Last God: Tales From The Book of Ages Sourcebook (Philip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Telfer, Riccardo Fedderici, Jared Blanco, Kai Carpenter), a role playing book set in the world of Cain Anuun.
Two OGNs this week in the form of Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed (Laurie Halse Anderson, Leila del Duca) in which a 16 year old Diana is accidentally left a refuge in the world of men, and You Brought Me The Ocean (Alex Sanchez, Julie Maroh), a coming of age tale set against the backdrop of the DC Universe.
Single issue wise there is Batman: The Adventure Continues #1 (Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, Ty Templeton), the start of a 6 issue miniseries set in the world of Batman: The Animated Series, sticking with the old school there is DC Classics: The Batman Adventures #1 (Kelley Puckett, Rick Burchett, Ty Templeton), a Penguin-centric reprint of an all-ages tale.
Trade collection wise there is Superman: Action Comics: Leviathan Rising vol. 2 (Brian Michael Bendis, Yanick Paquette, Steve Epting) in which the terror organization Leviathan has transformed from a Batman menace to a global DC Universe threat, and Clark Kent is hot on their trail. Then there is Wonder Woman vol. 1 (G. Willow Wilson, Cary Nord, Xermanico, Jesus Merino, others) which sees God of War Ares turn over a new leaf and take on Diana as his idol.
In Martian Manhunter: Identity (Steve Orlando,Riley Rossmo) J'onn J'onzz gets a second chance he doesn't want or deserve, and Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen (basically everyone again) is the ultimate battle between Lex Luthor and the Batman Who Laughs rages!