We're kicking this off this week with the indies, because boy do we have some exciting new books coming in to the store! Aliented #1 (Si Spurrier, Chris Wildgoose), a coming-of-age story of three friends who find a super-powered creature in the woods, and realise what they could do with its power... This weeks other hotly anticipated release is The Man Who Effed Up Time #1 (John Layman, Karl Mostert), which sees a lab technician succumb to the temptation of time travel, and well. the title gives you an idea of how well it works out for him!
Love is in the air for two of our new titles this week, with the Transformers Valentines Special (Sara Pitre-Durocher, Patrick Ehlers, Jack Lawrence, Sara Pitre-Durocher), as Glpyh and Tap-Out head off on a mission that may just lead to robomance! Also we have the Star Trek Year Five Valentines Special (Paul Cornell, Christopher Jones) in which famed lothairo Captain James T. Kirk might have just met his match.
In Undone By Blood #1 (Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Sami Kivela) a woman returns to her hometown with revenge in mind, and a pulp Western novel in hand. If a red panda singing metal karaoke to release the stress of the daily grind is more your thing, check out the new title based on the hit Netlfix series Aggretsuko (Daniel Barnes, D.J. Kirkland). Breaking Bad meets Mos Eisley in the new scifi space drama Tartarus #1 (Johnnie Christmas (A/CA) Jack Cole), where a woman framed for crimes she didn't commit must take on her crime-boss mothers mantle in order to get home.
The occult fantasy series continues in Blackwood: Mourning After #1 (Evan Dorkin, Veronica Fish) as the pupils deal with the death of Dean Ogden, and in The After Realm Quarterly #1 (Michael Avon Oeming) Ragnarok has happened and the survivors - including elf ranger Oona - have to live with the consequences. If big fighty robots are your thing then you're in for a treat this week, as Transformers: Power of the Predacons 100 Page Giant (John Paul Bove, Simon Furman, Josh Van Reyk, Shawn Knowler, Corin Howell, E. J. Su, Don Figueroa, more) does exactly what it says on the tin.
We also have a wealth of trade collections in this week, including Witch Hat Aterlier (Karmome Shirahama). a tale of a girl born without magic who yearns to change her fate, and She-Ra: Legend of the Fire Princess (Gigi D. G. (A) Peterschmidt, Paulina Ganucheau) based on the hit Netflix show and the stories of Noelle Stevenson.
If you fancy some retro-goodness check out Tank Girl Full Colour Classics: 1994-1995 (Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett) which reprints the stories in full colour for the first time.
We have epic fantasy in the form of Reaver vol. 1 (Justin Jordan, Rebekah Isaacs), and the DnD-style adventure continues in Rat Queens vol. 7 (Ryan Ferrier, Priscilla Petraites). Sticking with the fantasy theme there is also Age of Conan: Valeria (Meredith Finch, Anek) with action-packed stories of the pirate mercenary.
If you're more of a space than swords and sorcery, there is Space Bandits (Mark Millar, Matteo Scalera) a tale of galaxy-hopping thieves only out for themselves. We have Loud (Maria Llovet), the story of a nightclub inhabited by strippers, vampires, drunks and junkies all set for a night they will never forget - if they make it out alive. Then there is Ruinworld: Eye for an Eye (Derek Laufman), which collects the five issue mini series.
Pestilence Complete Series (Frank Tieri, Oleg Okunev) is set in the Holy Land of 1347 and sees a group of Knights crusading against the deadly plague that is sweeping the continent - but what if the plague was something else entirely...? Also out is the Metabarons (Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Gimenez) box set, a must read for fans of the cult classic spin off from The Incal.
There are some hot new books hitting the new manga section of the store, with To Love Ru Darkness vol 3 (Saki Hasemi,) Kentaro Yabuki) continues the story of human-alien love, while Golden Kamuy vol. 13 (Satoru Noda) sees a long-planned prison break on the cards. Fullmetal Alchemist (Hiromu Arakawa) gets a new hardcover edition, and then there is Splatoon Manga vol. 8 (Sankichi Hinodeya) is also out, with Blue Team facing off against each other in Splatfest.
We head to a sad day in Gotham with DC this week, with the passing of a beloved figure in the form of Batman: Pennyworth RIP (James TynionIV, Peter J. Tomasi, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, more) which ask whether the Dark Knight can carry on without his trusted confidant at his side? Speaking of support networks, Superman Heroes #1 (Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jody Houser, Greg Rucka, Kevin Maguire, Steve Lieber, Mike Perkins, more) asks what happens to those around Clark Kent when Superman reveals his true identity to the world?
Possibly because of last weeks big movie release there are two new Harley titles shelves this week: Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1 (Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti) brings that classic Quinn team back for a new adventure, this time in the DC Black Label Prestige format, and the trade collection Harley Quinn and the Gotham Girls (Paul D. Storrie, Jennifer Graves, Jason Bone), which also features a raft of DC fan favourites such as Renee Montoya and Catwoman.
Zatanna and the House of Secrets (Matthew Cody, Yoshi Yoshitani) is a new all ages book that introduces the Mistress of Magic and her fascinating home, which holds secrets and mysteries galore. Also for all ages is Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam (Mike Kunkel, Art Baltazar, Franco, Byron Vaughns, Stephen DeStefano, Ken Branch, Mike Kunkel), featuring school boys with superpowers!
Trade wise there is also Swamp Thing: Tales from the Bayou (everyone ever) which collects some of the best tales of Swampy and Briar, and then there is a softcover edition of Infinite Crisis (Geoff Johns, various), the classic sequel to Crisis On Infinite Earths that changed DC continuity forever. Ish.
Heading over to the House of Ideas, we have Spirits: Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1 (Ed Brisson, Roland Boschi), which sees Lilith join the forces of evil under her reign, as well as Nebula #1 (Vita Ayala, Claire Roe), in which the blue-skinned antihero decides to step out of the shadows of Thanos and Gamora and forge her own path. He's the best at what he does, and while what he does isn't very nice, it's certainly very entertaining!
Check out Marvel Tales: Wolverine #1 (Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, more) which collects a number of classic tales of everyone's favourite Canadian mutant. We also have Gwen Stacy #1 (Christos N. Gage, Todd Nauck), which tells the story of Ms Stacy before she met a certain Mr P. Parker. For younger Marvel readers this week there is Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1 (Brandon Easton (A/CA) Fico Ossio) which features Peter, Miles and Gwen and is suitable for readers aged 8 and up!
Trade wise this week sees the English-language trade release of the Agents of Atlas spin-off Aero (Zhou Liefen, Greg Pak, Keng) in which the titular hero has to weigh up using her wind-based powers against being an ordinary citizen. Miles Morales decides to hang up his Spider-Suit in the trade collection Miles Morales: Great Responsibility (Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, more) - or does he...? Then there is a reprint of the trade version of Hulk: The End (Peter David, George Perez) a classic tale of the big mean green, and this week there is Dawn of X vol. 1 (Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, more), the start of Hickman/s rewriting of the X-Men universe that will change the face of comics forever... Or at least until they change it again!
Finally from Marvel we have a brace of Star Wars trades; Star Wars: Target Vader (Robbie Thompson, Marc Laming, Stefano Landini) sees bounty hunters taking on the search for the Sith lord, who also appears in Star Wars: Doctor Aphra vol. 7 (Simon Spurrier, Caspar Wijngaard, Elsa Charretier) the latest volume about the professional disaster zone.
Check out all the rest of the week's releases below and as ever let us know if anything needs squirrelling away in your pull list and we hope to see you in the shop soon!