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New Comics Day 17th February 2021 - Nerd Romance

Thanks to last weeks weather break we've got a bumper crop of books coming your way this week! Grab yourself a brew, get comfy, and read on to see what's hitting the racks this week for you to fall in love with...

What better follow up to Valentines Day than a Casual Fling #1 (Jason Starr, Dalibor Talajić)?! Jennifer Ryan has the perfect life. A loving family. A high paying job in corporate law. A luxurious apartment in upper Manhattan. Then one day she steps out of her marriage...and finds that her new lover isn't the one night stand she expected. Stalked and threatened with exposure, Jennifer attempts to unravel the true identity of her tormentor, discovering valuable clues in the trail of destruction left in this mysterious man's wake.

EL used to be human. Now he's a jumble of organs in a bio-suit. EL is also in tremendous pain and has been for a very long time. Hope arrives in the form of Mateo, a mechanice brought in to work on EL's suit. Mateo sees LK in a way no one ever has. And what's more: Mateo offers EL an escape. Hollow Heart #1 (Paul Allor, Paul Tucker) is a queer monster love story about the choices we make between giving our loved one what they want and what we think they need.

Shadow Doctor #1 (Peter Calloway, Georges Jeanty) is the true story of Nathaniel Calloway, a Black man who graduated from medical school in the early 1930's. Unable to get work at any Chicago hospitals because he was Black, and unable to secure a loan from a bank to start his own practice because he was Black, he turned to another source of money in Prohibition-era Chicago: the Mafia, run by none other than Al Capone.

After paying off their debt to Drez Vina, Vox Machina enjoy a week in Westruun's lap of luxury. But that costs coin, which has a bad habit of running out. So to keep themselves in the black (and the taverns, and the brothels) they agree to join an underground fighting ring. But before they can bash their way to cash, their attention is snagged by the case of a missing child. Prepare to jump back into the fray with Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins III #1 (Jody Houser, Olivia Samson, MSASSYK, Ariana Maher).

After being banished from their Orcish village by King Hrograhgah (it was a simple misunderstanding, involving an acorn-related prank!), Bog and his crew venture out into the world to seek their fortune, and hopefully find their way back home again. Tag along with Bog, Zep, Pez, Utzu and Gurh as they venture through the dreaded Eerieasallhel Forest, face off against Trolls, Gnomes, squirrels and more, and follow in the footsteps of the legendary Orc hero, Drod One-Eye! Every issue of Orcs! (Christine Larsen) is oversized, featuring more than 30 story pages.

Minsc and his friends are caught in the middle of devil-tainted corruption that has taken hold of Baldur's Gate. Unravelling the secret of its source will take our heroes to unexpected places and threaten the sanctity of their very souls. Even if they survive this perilous journey, there will be hell to pay in Dungeons and Dragons: Infernal Tides vol. 1 (Jim Zub, Max Dunbar)!

Black Hammer Visions #1 is an exciting reimagination of the Eisner Award-winning series told by guest writers and artists such as Patton Oswalt, Geoff Johns, Mariko Tamaki, Chip Zdarsky, Kelly Thompson, and more of comic's top talents! The first issue explores the life of youthful super heroine Golden Gail on the Black Hammer Farm, and her struggle to maintain sanity as a middle-aged woman trapped in the unchanging body of a superpowered grade-schooler.

Black Cotton #1 (Brian Hawkins, Patrick Foreman, Marco Perugini) is set in an alternate reality where the social order of "white" and "black" is reversed. The Cottons, an elitist family, are rocked by a tragic shooting that begins to unravel long standing family secrets that could not only destroy the family but also divide the fragile social climate of the world.

Lady Kildare, expatriate princess of Faerie, is living a life of aristocratic decadence among Victorian London's social elite. One night, while slumming among the city's notorious underbelly, Kildare and her companions come across an illicit underground sideshow boasting "Creation's Most Wondrous and Perverse Curiosities." The centerpiece of this bizarre menagerie? A genuine angel held in captivity! This sets the stage for an unlikely alliance and the beginning of an unforgettable tale of mystery, adventure, and retribution, Aria; Heavenly Creatures (Brian Haberlin, Brian Holguin, Jay Anacleto).

In Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: The Journey Into the Mondo Leviadin (Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, Matthew Erman, Jo Migyeong) All-Maudra Mayrin takes her place as the leader of all Gelfling clans, but feels unprepared for the great responsibility before her. When whispers of a Gelfling rebellion reach her, she must decide who she can trust-and if she herself is truly worthy of this responsibility...

The first ever Grimm Fairy Tales character spotlight features the return of Peyton Parks aka the Black Knight in a stand-alone story. She battles the Mysterious Lord of the Flies in fight that takes her far from home and into the madness of Wonderland in Grimm Spotlight: Black Knight Vs Lord Of Flies #1 (Joe Brusha, Canaan White).

This is where it all began, Scene of the Crime (Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, Sean Phillips) a hard-hitting mystery story set in a modern-day Chinatown that garnered nominations for Best Miniseries and Best Writer in the 2000 Eisner Awards. Also included in this new collection are behind-the-scenes art and stories, a new foreword by Brubaker, and many other extras

In It Eats What Feeds It (Max Hoven, Aaron Crow, Gabriel Iumazark), a grimy horror romp, Francois, a stunning middle-aged woman, has developed a worsening affliction and seeks a young caretaker to upkeep her lavish creole mansion deep in the mystic bayou of Louisiana. Kenny, a teenage halfwit looking for a summer job, stumbles right to her doorstep. Free rent, free meals, high pay, easy work, and a provocative boss... what's there for Kenny to refuse? Well, there's the blood-covered kitchen spilling over with raw meat and the bolt-locked steel-plated attic door he's restricted access to.

The Devil's Highway vol.1 (Benjamin Percy, Brent Schoonover) is a nerve-racking thriller examining murder in the dark underbelly of America's heartland. A young woman with a dark family secret embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father - only to discover he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the devil she must first embrace the darkness within.

In A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night vol. 1 (Ana Lily Amirpour, Michael DeWeese) strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire, The Girl, stalks the town's most unsavory inhabitants.

Speaking of vampires, Angel and Spike vol. 1 (Bryan Edward Hill, Gleb Melnikov) kicks off an all new era for the two titular vampires and their friends as they begin a new mission to save Los Angeles from it's true enemy. And they just might pull it off if Angel and Spike manage not to kill each other. Again.

Sticking in the same vein is Bleed Them Dry vol. 1 (Eliot Rahal, Dike Ruan). The year is 3333. Earth is in a state of recovery. Vampires are real, and though far less populous, they thrive alongside humans in the Japanese-engineered megacity known as Asylum. People have come to understand that some Immortals are good, some are bad, and most navigate the world without incident. There is peace. That is, until now. Someone is brutally murdering vampires. And Detective Harper Holloway has been assigned to the case. To solve it, she'll have to unearth a much deeper truth: the future of humanity has been edited.

Long before Alien 3 was even a glint in director David Fincher's eye, Dark Horse Comics was already crafting a terrifying post-Aliens continuity for Ripley, Hicks, and Newt. Aliens: The Original Comics Series vol. 2 (Mark Verheiden, Den Beauvais, Sam Kieth) the original stories that took the comics market by storm in a prestige collection of the unabridged and unadulterated series.

Three Made Men, standing at the brink of retirement, find their unbreakable bond put to the ultimate test when they are suddenly - and literally - assaulted by the ghosts of their past. Confronted by decades of buried secrets - resentments, affairs, double-crosses, and murders - the three friends have no choice but to unearth the deepest, darkest sin from their past and pray they don't find an empty grave, in Old Haunts (Ollie Masters, Rob Williams, Laurence Campbell).

Antagonised by an enigmatic character with supernatural powers, which serves as a theme for the Legends of Today (Enki Bilal, Pierre Christin) trilogy, the three stories delve into the lives of various traditional communities (a village of the Landes, a Breton fishing port, a small working-class town in the North) as they fight against the police, the army, and all those in power, whose action, at the time, was very controversial

BLAM! KRACK! POW! Look out - it’s…love?! Falling in love is rough, even for DC’s greatest. Watch as Batman and Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, Mister Miracle and Big Barda, and all the rest of your OTPs fight in vain against the all-powerful forces of romance (and super-villains) in DC Love Is A Battlefield ( Cavan Scott, Christos Gage, Regine L. Sawyer, Chris Mooneyham, Jose Luis, Nik Virella)!

Mari McCabe is many things: superhero, model, activist; but can she add god-killer to the list? Vixen teams up with Dr. Mist and Impala of the Global Guardians to face down an ancient deity that’s taken over the body of a scientist investigating powerful magical artifacts in Truth and Justice #1 (Geoffrey Thorne, Brandon M. Easton, Danny Lore). Vixen will need to dig deep and use all the abilities in the animal kingdom to face down this powerful primeval threat!

Break out the yellows and blues, fire up the Danger Room and snap on your pouches as legendary X-writers return to classic eras of the mutant super heroes in ALL-NEW, in-continuity stories set during their fan-favorite runs - X-Men: Legends #1 (Fabian Nicieza, Brett Booth) is here! Get ready for a story decades in the making! And come back each month as we dive deeper to expand the X-MEN mythos! Welcome back, legends: Hope you survive the experience.

Every morning, Bruce Banner wakes up in a new place. The Hulk is trying to tell him something - but Bruce has had enough of his green-veined alters. When a new gamma-powered villain shows up in a small New Mexico town, Bruce is forced to confront the source of his anger... and it's not what you expect in Immortal Hulk: Flatline #1 (Declan Shalvey).

Wakanda has gone dark - invaded by Knull's massive symbiote army. Wakanda needs its king. It needs the Black Panther. But once again, the hero must choose between his role as an Avenger, his role as a king... and the yearnings of his heart, in King In Black: Black Panther #1 (Geoffrey Thorne, Germán Peralta).

Emil Nikos was Morbius' research partner...until the bloodlust made Emil the first victim to Morbius' vampiric urges! Now, Emil's son is dying from a new rare blood disease and only Morbius can save him! But at what cost? Morbius: Bond of Blood #1 (Ralph Macchio, Tom Reilly)

Remember Hawkeye (Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero)? No, not that Hawkeye - your favourite Hawkeye! The former Young Avenger, the butt-kicking hero who had to save that other Hawkguy all the time and basically keep his life in some semblance of order. Yup, you know her, it's the dazzling Kate Bishop - making her solo comics debut! There are crimes to solve and she's the best archer to handle 'em! But is she ready to face the ghosts of her past?

The same irradiated spider that gave young Peter Parker his powers also bit...Cindy Moon! For years Cindy was hidden away, but now the woman called Silk is unleashed on the Marvel Universe! Will she be a new enemy for Spider-Man, a new ally...or something more? Find out in Silk: Out of the Spider-Verse vol. 1 (Dan Slott, Olivier Coipel). Speaking of old Web-head, everybody loves Mary Jane Watson - so why not Spider-Man? Whether she's in class, hanging out at the Coffee Bean, or attending homecoming, she's always the center of attention. But is everything about Mary Jane quite what it seems? Join MJ, her best friend Liz Allan, Liz's boyfriend Flash Thompson, and their good pal Harry Osborn - not to mention a certain bookworm by the name of Peter Parker - as they experience the thrilling highs and devastating lows of high school existence in Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (Sean McKeever, Takeshi Miyazawa)!

For weeks, Hell's Kitchen has been a lawless neighborhood - but when the police are finally able to resume their patrols, they soon learn they aren't the only ones interested in keeping the streets safe in Daredevil vol. 5 (Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, Francesco Mobili, Chris Sprouse).

The Marvel Universe's first school for sorcerers throws open its doors in Strange Academy vol. 1 (Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos)! The world has mysteriously changed in such an alarming way that Doctor Strange has finally done what he has avoided for decades and established an academy for the mystic arts! Young people from around the world with an aptitude for magic are brought together in New Orleans to study under Stephen Strange, Brother Voodoo, the Ancient One, the Scarlet Witch, Magik, Daimon Hellstrom and all your favorite Marvel mages. School's in session - and it's going to be spellbinding!

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. 10 (Hiro Mashima). Meanwhile humanity lives under the threat of annihilation by immensely powerful dragons in Ragna Crimson vol. 1 (). Ragna, who forms an improbable partnership with the young genius Leonica, a master dragon slayer with more kills to her name than almost any other. All Ragna wants is to stay by Leonica's side, but his dream is shattered by an attack from the deadliest dragon imaginable!

Check out all this week's releases below and we hope to see you in the shop soon!!



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