This weeks biggest release has to be Once and Future #1 (Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora) from Boom! Studios, in which UK comics royalty takes us on a trip with an old lady escaping from her rest home, her unwilling adventurer grandson and a bunch of Nationalists determined to resurrect a mythic ancient evil. Because of course it does.
Also new on the indie front this week is White Trees #1 (Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka) an oversized mini-series that shows off the epic fantasy world-building talents of both Zdarsky and Anka. Sticking with the fantasy theme we have the entire collected mini-series of Sparrowhawk (Delilah S Dawson, Matias Basla) in one volume, featuring the tale of a rebellious daughter kidnapped by the Faerie Queen and forced to find herself and the limits of both mental and physical strength to escape.
Watcher #1 (Ralph Tedesco, Victoria Rau) kicks off a new horror mini-series in which a Catholic priest moves his family to a house in New England rumoured to harbour evil spirits, presumably because he's never seen a horror movie before... The Vigilant: Legacy sees Dr Sin and a new rag-tag bag of heroes take on an evil Nazi genius intent on taking over the world, while Archie (Nick Spencer, Marguerite Sauvage) kicks off a new era in Riverdale, and Sex: Reflexology (Joe Casey, Piotr Kowalski) continue the saga of Saturn City in it's fifth volume.
Omni #1 (Devin Grayson, Alitha Martinez) looks at an outbreak of new superpowers across the wolrd, which only a newly powered - Ignited - medic working for Doctors Without Borders in Africa holds the answer to. Super-powered gun for hire Tommy Monaghan (Garth Ennis, Garry Leach, Luke McDonnell) spring from the pen of cult hit writer Ennis to take on the likes of Superman and Batman in Hitman: Greatest Hits, while Jungle Fantasy Annual 2019 (Christian Zanier, Nahuel Lopez, Emiliano Urdinola) rounds out our new indie releases with three new stories in its huge 64 pages.
Over at DC they aren't pulling any punches this week, with big hitters Titans: Burning Rage #1 (Dan Jurgens, Scott Eaton, Wayne Faucher), and Suicide Squad vol. 8 (Rob Williams, Eduardo Pansica, Jose Luis, Joe Bennett, Philippe Briones, Hugo Petrus, Diogenes Neves) hitting shelves alongside Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II (James Tynion IV, Ryan Ferrier, Freddie Williams II). Yes, you read that right - this weeks new releases from DC feature anthropomorphised turtles joining forces with a masked vigilante that dresses as a bat; a group of mutant snake assassins squaring up to criminals with bombs in their heads; and teenager wannabes dressed as actual heroes fighting crime. You certainly can't say that DC are taking it easy with their plot lines!
I'm sure that Marvel have some new releases perfectly grounded within reality, so lets see what they have to offer this week, starting with Punisher: Kill Krew #1 (Gerry Duggan, Juan Ferreyra) which sees Frank Castle upholding his vow of vengeance made in War of the Realms, alongside a van full of orphans. Nothing unusual about that then...
Speak of the Ten Worlds, the War of the Realms (Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman) trade paperback is out this week, so you can marvel at Dauterman's insane art and drive yourself crazy trying to pronounce Svartalfheim properly! Sticking with trade releases, we also have Mr & Mrs X vol 2 (Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua) which I am sure will see Gambit and Rogue live happily ever after, because that always happens in comics, right?
Amazing Spider-Man: Hunted (Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, Alberto Alburquerque) sets Peter Parker firmly in the sights of Kraven the Hunter, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Final Gauntlet (Donny Cates , Geoff Shaw) gives us a new crew of Guardians trying to decide if Thanos is dead or faking it...
Marvel continue their summer of Carnage with Absolute Carnage: Scream #1 (Cullen Bunn, Gerardo Sandoval) featuring Venom clone Mania's original victim Patricia Robertson facing the fears of her past; Silver Surfer: Prodigal Son #1 (Peter David, Francesco Manna) picks up the story started in Fantastic Four: Prodigal Son - because comics are always welcoming to new readers - and in Gwenpool Strikes Back (Leah Williams, David Baldeon) everyone favourite fourth wall breaking, wisecracking sort-of-hero that isn't Deadpool decides to gain notoriety by... unmasking Spider-Man. Classic hero move there from Gwen'...!
Finally, if swords and sorcery are more your bag, Marvel are giving you a brace of new titles this week, with Conan the Barbarian: Exodus #1 (Esad Ribic) in which the young barbarian ventures on his first mission outside of his homelands, and Age of Conan: Valeria (Meredith Finch, Aneke) which gives us the story of the young heroine before she became a pirate and mercenary!
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