Greetings and salutations one and all, and welcome to another New Comic Book Day! We're going to rattle through the *checks notes* four new number ones at a rapid pace this week so that we can get on to the juicy new trades and graphic novels that are coming out, so lets get straight to it...
Marvel are giving us an insight into the story of everyone's least-favourite Hutt, with a tale spanning the Star Wars universe and telling why he is both hated and feared across so many galaxies, with Star Wars: Age Of Republic: Jabba The Hutt #1 (Greg Pak, Emilio Laiso, Marco Turini, Roland Boschi).
The world spanning War of the Realms event continues this week with The War Of The Realms: Strikeforce: The Land of The Giants #1 (Tom Taylor, Jorge Molina) seeing Captain America and his ragtag band of heroes take on the the frost giants of Jotunheim to try and rescue the god of Thunder himself!
Slightly confusingly titled for us Brits is Clue: Candlestick #1 (Dash Shaw), and new series based on the classic board game Cluedo, this is a new tale of murder, mystery and deception. Obviously.
Finally for new number #1's this week we have Secret Life of Pets #1 (Stephane Lapuss, Goum), based on the movie of the same name and giving us an insight into what your pets really get up to when you aren't home...
Lets jump in to a giant pile of trades and OGNs now, starting with Friendo vol 1 (Alex Paknadel, Martin Simmonds) which sees "unhinged ultraviolence" as a slightly broken VR creation and an even more broken man go on the rampage when the rule book goes out of the window. Another one for the grown-ups this week is Sex vol 2 (Joe Casey, Piotr Kowalski, Morgan Jeske, Chris Peterson), which sees the aftermath of the ten-year superhero orgy and what happens when the dust settles on the new world order.
Based on the popular computer, Life Is Strange (Emma Vieceli, Andrea Izzo) takes place one year after the game has finished and continues the story of Chloe and Max, with a long-awaited reunion.
From DC we have the trade collection of fan favourite Supergirl: Being Super (Mariko Tamaki, Joelle Jones, Sandu Florea), which sees Kara Danvers dealing with the usual teen drama *plus* the additional stress of having super-powers, They are also giving us a beautiful take on the origins of Oliver Queen's alter-ego in Green Arrow: Year One (Andy Diggle Jock). Not to be outdone, we also have Marvel's seminal Tony Stark story Iron Man: Demon In A Bottle (Bob Layton, David Michelinie, John RomitaJr, Carmine Infantino), which sees Tony take on evil weapons manufacturer Justin Hammer and his allies - with guest appearances from Ant-Man and the Sub-Mariner!
There are new short story collections from Junji Ito with Smashed (Junji Ito) a series of beautifully told and rendered horror stories, and Ride vol 1 (various) which gives us a series of tales of bullets, babes and bravado based around a 1969 Camaro. Because of course it does. For younger readers there is Carmen Sandiego: The Sticky Rice Caper - but where in the world is she?
There is also a whole swathe of new manga hitting the shelves this week, including Danganronpa (Takashi Tsukimi), where a giant robot teddy bear principle controls a school where there is only one way to leave - murder and fellow student... and get away with it! JoJos Bizarre Adventure 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable (Hirohiko Araki), a deluxe hardcover of the legendary Shonen Jump series. Plus there is the new Citrus vol 1 (Saburouta), where Yuzu - a teen girl interested in fashion, friends and fun - transfers to a new school and instantly makes an enemy of Mei, who is not only student council president but also her new step-sister!
You can see the rest of the week's releases below and let us know if something needs to teleport into your pull list - See you all in the shop soon & have a great week!