It's a weird and wild week in comics folks, so buckle up for the ride... DC are bringing their A-game this week with the much anticipated return of big name character *checks notes* ... Jimmy Olsen? Spanning centuries and delving into the depths of DC lore, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 (Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber) is already being hailed as the surefire hit of the year, so make sure you don't miss out on this exciting first issue. There is also Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #1 (Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin) available for the first time as a standalone title, plus the Young Animal imprint produces another one of its bizarre and fascinating premises with Collapser #1 (Mikey Way, Shaun Simon, Ilias Kyriazis), the tale of an anxiety-riddled DJ who has a black hole in his chest that grant him superpowers. Yes, you did read that right.
Trade collection wise, DC is giving us Green Arrow: Citizens Arrest (Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Javi Fernandez, German Peralta, Carmen Nunez Carnero) in which Seattle's vigilante hero takes on... a vigilante? Justice League: Hawkworld (Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Stephen Segovia, Guillem March, Pasqual Ferry, Daniel Sampere, Mark Morales, Juan Albarran, Walden Wong, Jim Cheung) takes the DC Universes greatest heroes to Thanagat-Prime, and we also have the 30th anniversary edition of Sandman: The Wake (Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli, Jon J. Muth, Charles Vess), featuring the final issues of the epic tale.
Meanwhile the House of Ideas brings back everyone's favourite trickster god with the release of Loki #1 (Daniel Kibblesmith, Ozgur Yildirim) which follows on from the events of War of the Realms. There is also Secret Warps:Ghost Panther #1 (Al Ewing, Daniel Kibblesmith, Ig Guara, Carlos E. Gomez) which sees the flame-headed stunt-riding King of Wakanda head to the far future and no I don't have a clue what is going on any more either... There is also the conclusion of the latest mutant saga with Age of X-Man: Omega #1 (Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, Simone Buonfantino) and a quartet of all-ages stories in Marvel Action Classics: Captain America (Scott Gray, Roger Langridge, Craig Russeau, Matteo Lolli). For the adults there is Punisher Annual #1 (Karla Pacheco, Adam Gorham) which sees the vigilante anti-hero take on aliens in space. Seriously, can someone check on Marvel?
Trade wise things take a dark turn as Nat lets loose her 'playful' side as the horror-movie-making Soska sister take the helm in Black Widow: No Restraints Play (Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Flaviano), old claw hands himself takes a roadtrip in Wolverine: Long Night (Ben Percy, Marcio Takara), and we get another Gaiman classic in the form of Marvel: 1602 (Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert), a story set in Elizabethan England that features some familiar faces taking on James V of Scotland and the conquest of the New World.
The indie publishers are out in force this week, with trade collections and new titles galore. Comics legend Walt Simonson returns with a new chapter of his series Ragnarok: Breaking of Helheim #1, and there is a new series of Vampirella #1(Christopher Preist, Ergun Gunduz) a new on-going series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen of the Damned.
This weeks post-apocalyptic nightmare comes in the form of Resonant #1 (David Andry, Alejandro Aragon), set ten years after a world-ending event and seeing a man struggling to meet the basic needs of his desperately ill child, while The Quiet Kind (Chuck Brown, Jeremy Treece, Kelly Williams) is a one shot about a child making the choice between using his new-found superpowers for good, or getting his revenge on the bullies who have tormented him. Plus there is a new fantasy tale in the form of Sera and the Royal Stars (Jon Tsuei, Audrey Mok) in which an army commander has to make the choice between rallying troops in the war or following a message from the gods.
Taking their cues from the world of TV and moves we also have The Orville: New Beginnings #1 (David Goodman, David Cabeza) and Blade Runner 2019 (Michael Green, Mike Johnson, Andres Guinaldo) a tale of kidnapping and intrigue in the neo-noir world of the classic movie.
It is also worth mentioning the final part of the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest. Not only for it's wonderful homage cover to 2000AD but as the last comics work (probably) of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil - We still have all parts of this ripping yarn in stock so grab some comics history while you can!
Heavy Vinyl (Carly Usdin, Nina Vakueva) sees the new girl in a record store trying to fit in with the cool kids and discovering a secret in the basement. Lets's hope she remembers the first rule...Ronin Island (Greg Pak, Giannis Milonogiannis) tells the tale of a 19th century post-disaster Asia that has returned to feudal rule, while Die Die Die (Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Burnham) gives us an American government with a secret assassination branch at its disposal.
Speaking of the American government, this week sees the release of They Called Us Enemy (George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steve Scott, Harmony Becker) a heart-rending account of the Star Trek actors time in the American internment camps during World War 2. Meanwhile Hellboy creator brings his unique art style to Bram Stokers Dracula (Roy Thomas, John Nyberg, Mike Mignola). There is also Ryuko volume 1 (Kagami Yoshimizu, Eldo Yoshimizu), a homage to film noir and Japanese gangster movies, then for the kids we have Splatoon Manga volume 6 (Sankichi Hinodeya) and Minions: The Despicable Collection (Stephane Lapuss, Didier Ah-Koon, Renaud Collin).
You can see the rest of the week's releases below and let us know if something from the comics menu needs to be on your pull list - See you all in the shop soon & have a great week!