The indie publishers aren't pulling any punches this week, with a whole host of new titles vying for your attention. Lets kick off with some scathing social satire from Aftershock in the form of Bad Reception #1 (Juan Doe), based at a celebrity wedding where wifi and mobile tech is banned, but a killer is on the loose... New publisher on the block Scout Comics has a new take on American mythology with Headless #1 (Alexander Banchita, Robert Ahmad) which sees a pair of teenagers in Salem take on the fabled Headless Horseman as he seeks new victims. Speaking of siblings, Pretty Violent #1 (Derek Hunter, Jason Young) sees a super-strong girl try to become a superhero, despite the fact that all her brothers and sisters are super villains!
Big Red is back this week as well, hunting down a killer in New Hampshire alongside his colleagues in Hellboy and the BPRD: Saturn Returns #1 (Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Christopher Mitten). Trying to save the universe with just an astral-projecting cat for company is the order of the day in new Dark Horse title Strayed #1 (Carlos Giffoni, Juan Doe). Speaking of weird and wonderful, we also have the reprint of the official comic book of The Land That Time Forgot 1975 #1 (Marv Wolfman, Sonny Trinidad) alongside Van Helsing Vs Dracula's Daughter #1 (Raven Gregory, Allan Otero) from Zenescope.
Trade wise we've got something for everyone this week, including Adventure Finders: Edge of Empire (Rod Espinosa), Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited (The McElroys, Carey Pietsch) and Corto Maltese: The Early Years (Hugo Pratt). Ahead of the new HBO series we have a new edition of The Watchmen (Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons) as well as the greatest and most ridiculous crossover in comics history, Archie Vs Predator (Alex De Campi, Jason Millet, Fernando Ruiz, Rich Koslowski) which does exactly what it promises from the title.
We have plenty of nightmare fuel for you this week too, with Crossed: Wish You Were Here (Simon Spurrier, Fernando Melek) hitting the shelves, alongside Spawn: Enemy of the State (Todd McFarlane, Jason Shawn Alexander) and Kalus: How Santa Claus Began (Grant Morrison, Dan Mora) which gives us an idea of how one man and his wolf spawned a legend of a jolly old fat anti-burglar...
There's a host of stars featured in the creator list of Cinema Purgatrio (Alan Moore, Garth Ennis, Max Brooks, Kieron Gillen, Christos N. Gage, Kevin O'Neil, Raulo Caceres, Michael DiPascale, Ignacio Calero, Gabriel Andrade) which sees a hardcover dropping this week, alongside a new edition of Once Our Land (Peter Ricq) and the decidedly 18 rated Chronicles of Wormwood: Last Battle (Garth Ennis, Oscar Jimenez). Also getting a hardcover release this week is Fortnite Official: The Chronicle, and rounding off the indie trades are Knights of the Golden Sun (Mark London, Mauricio Villarreal) and Ophiuchus (Alexis Leriger De La Plante, Natasha Tara Petrovic), the print edition of the popular webcomic about a guardian defending a lonely gateway and trying to save the universe.
The House of Ideas are still throwing symbiotes around, with this week seeing Absolute Cranage Vs Deadpool #1 (Matthew Rosenberg, Marcelo Ferreira) hitting the shelves, while Gwen Stacy explores the multiverse in Ghost-Spider #1 (Seanan McGuire, Takeshi Miyazawa) and Carol Danvers returns with evryeones favourite kitty-cats in Marvel Action: Captain Action #1 (Sam Maggs, Sweeney Boo) as the bodegas of Manahttan get taken over by Flerkens! Lastly, the rehabilitation of Marvel's green-skinned shape-shifters continues with the trade release Meet The Skrulls (Robbie Thompson, Niko Henrichon), in which the Wraner family have to face the wrath of Project Blossom whilst pretending to be an all-American family.
From a galaxy we also have a brace of trades, with the final volume of the on-going series featuring the King of Puns, Star Wars: Scourging of Shu-Torun vol. 11 (Kieron Gillen, Andrea Broccardo, Angel Unzueta) and Star Wars: Age of Rebellion: Villains (Greg Pak, Si Spurrier, Marc Laming, Caspar Wijngaard), which gives us tales of fan-favourites such as Boba Fett, Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt.
DC continue their Year of The Villain event with new title Black Mask #1 (Tom Taylor, Cully Hamner), in which a ruthless Gotham crime lord returns from the Teen Titans secret prison to restart his old life with help from a certain Mr L Luthor... We also have the new hardcover deluxe edition of Wonder Woman: Year One (Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Bilquis Evely) showcasing the Amazon princesses first year in the world of man.
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