Let us know if you come up with a punchline to that setup! February's first new comics day is certainly full of variety so dive in below to check out this week's new books.
The Avengers are confronted with an unstoppable new menace in Avengers: Mech Strike #1 (Jed MacKay, Carlos Magno), one that is seemingly impervious to their every strength! But the Avengers aren't so easily beaten, and when new threats arise, powerful new tools must be brought to bear! Join the Avengers as they battle a brand-new enemy...and begin a deadly game of chess with a shadowy mastermind!
Knull's ferocious assault upon earth has begun and Dane Whitman - Avenger, hero, and wielder of the mighty Ebony Blade - takes up sword and shield to defend against the unstoppable onslaught. Though the blade grants Dane incredible power so too does it consume him with a lust for violence and destruction. As the endless horde of symbiote dragons darken the skies of Shanghai, will the Black Knight overcome the growing evil within himself and join Aero and Sword Master in saving the city?! And what secrets will the battle against Knull reveal about Dane's past in King in Black: Black Knight #1 (Simon Spurrier, Jesus Saiz)? Plus the Red Queen Kate Pryde and her crew of Marauders set sail against the forces of Knull! Captain Kate has pledged to fight for the needy, and a global disaster like this one gives plenty of folks in need in King In Black: Marauders #1 (Gerry Duggan, Luke Ross).
In The Legend of Shang-Chi #1 (Alyssa Wong, Andie Tong) someone has been stealing artefacts of WMD potential. It's up to Shang-Chi to find this person and stop them. But is he prepared to go toe-to-toe with Lady Deathstrike?!
Younger readers can share the most important moments in Marvel history with young readers-two at a time in Marvel Action: Origins #1 (Chris Eliopoulos, Lanna Souvanny)! First up: a science exhibit and a spider bite change Peter Parker's life forever when he becomes Spider-Man! And if that weren't enough-find out what set Thanos on his path of conquest!
To protect their planet from greater dangers, the Avengers got bigger. But when the oldest race in the universe marks Earth for destruction, it's time for Captain America to think grander still in The Avengers by Hickman vol. 3 (Jonathan Hickmanm Jim Cheung, more).
When the corpse of Galactus appears at the edge of Earth's solar system, the Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four investigate. Too late, they discover that the World-Eater's body is now the vessel of an interstellar terror - which one by one transforms Earth's Mightiest Heroes into ravenous undead zombies in the imaginatively titled Marvel Zombies: Resurrection (Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Leonard Kirk).
For years Kirk Langstrom has struggled with his monstrous alter ego and the serum that transformed him. But he's finally hit rock bottom following a devastating setback, and he's going to take out his anger on every single citizen of Gotham City in Man-Bat #1 (Dave Wielgosz (A) Sumit Kumar).
A no-nonsense Secret Service agent and his new-age partner investigate a mysterious box known as the "Fear Case," which has appeared throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy. Whoever comes into possession of this case must pass it on within three days or face deadly consequences. The agents must track it down while staying one step ahead of a psychotic cult and the otherworldly forces behind the Case's existence in Fear Case #1 (Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, Hilary Jenkins).
Four years ago, a masked slasher began stalking the streets of New York City, the Maniac of New York #1 (Elliott Kalan, Andrea Mutti). Maniac Harry is inhuman, unkillable and unstoppable. Which is why the authorities' solution has been to ignore him, and let New Yorkers adapt to a world where death can strike at any moment. When Maniac Harry starts killing his way through the subway system, trauma-haunted political aide Gina Greene and disgraced NYPD detective Zelda Pettibone become determined to go rogue and destroy him. But how can they fight a monster when they can't fight City Hall?
Deep Beyond #1 (Mirka Andolfo, David Goy, Andrea Broccardo ) is set on an underpopulated future Earth, devastated by the dire consequences of the millennium bug, in which the survival of mankind - and, maybe, of the planet itself - is handled by a small number of people. Talented scientists who, despite the adverse situation and the stupid feuds that continue to divide the small number of people still alive, try to understand and study what is hidden in the depths of the abyss. Something mysterious and dangerous, which could eventually cause an even worse and more destructive catastrophe!
Luna #1 (Maria Llovet) is about a young woman named Teresa, who's plagued by prophetic dreams that connect her to something powerful, something...divine. Immortality, magic and alchemy, and the true power of enduring love collide in this new series for Mature Readers.
It's a tale of cowboys and <checks notes> ghosts in Chained to the Grave #1 (Brian Level, Andrew Eschenbach, Kate Sherron) as outlaw Roy Mason has come back from the dead, chained to the headstone that marked his grave. It's a lawless time, a magical time, and the undead Roy soon finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place as he sets out in search of treasure. But Roy, trying to do right by the wife and children he left behind, soon finds out that everything is not always as it seems...
The Spector Inspectors #1 (Bowen McCurdy, Kaitlyn Musto) live that Scooby Doo life chasin' ghosts! True believer Noa, her cynical little sibling Gus, credulous camera man Ko, and sceptical Astrid head to one of the most haunted towns in America to prove that ghosts exist, for all the social media likes! The investigations of hauntings uncover something more devilish than just a couple of ghosts, something that will put Noa and Astrid's relationship to the test... and reveal the centuries-old sinister secrets of the town itself.
The dusty desert town of Redemption #1 (Christa Faust, Mike Deodato) survived the apocalypse but is hanging on by a thread. A despot rules the town with an iron fist and controls its most precious resource: water. When that strongman marks her mother for death, young Rose Obregon ventures into the perilous wasteland to seek the help of the legendary gunslinger Cat Tanner, only to discover that the so-called "Butcher" is long retired, living in solitude, far from what's left of the world, and preferring to keep it that way. When Rose arrives on Tanner's doorstep, with gunmen hot on her trail, the Butcher has a choice to make: sit on the sidelines or pick up her guns and do what she does best?
Put yourself in the mood for love...of delicious human flesh! Peter Cannon Thunderbolt has spent his entire life on a Himalayan mountain and his best friend Tabu is convinced to help him find a special someone, which is hard enough even in ideal conditions, but in the middle of a zombie apocalypse affecting all of Dynamite's heroes, it may be impossible! Or...is it? Find out in Dienamite: Our Bloody Valentine (Fred Van Lente) Drew Moss, Lee Ferguson). Meanwhile, in a terrifying alternate reality, Dracula and Vampirella have wed and the world has been plunged into darkness. Humanity has become little more than cattle and Vampirella has sworn a sacred oath to her Husband and King not to fight against Vampire supremacy . . . but a rebellion is brewing in the shadows, in the Vampirella Valentines Special (Tom Sniegoski, Jeannine Acheson, Marcos Ramos).
Celebrating 25 years of Beast Wars! In the future, the planet Cybertron belongs to the scientific-minded Maximals and the action-oriented Predacons! When a crew of Predacons, led by the successor to the Megatron name, steal a golden disk and a ship capable of traveling through time, it's up to Optimus Primal and his Maximal crew - Rattrap, Rhinox, Cheetor, and new character Nyx - to catch them! A brand-new Beast era begins in an oversized first issue of Transformers / Beast Wars #1 (Erik Burnham, Josh Burcham).
Based on the hit Season 4 of the hit TV show, see some of your favourite new characters collide in Rick and Morty: Worlds Apart #1 (Josh Trujillo, Tony Fleecs), a brand-new miniseries, and Wayward Sons #1 (Benny Powel, Nigel Raynor) follows a group of young adults who have learned that their parents were once worshipped as gods throughout human history. Now they must band together to protect humanity from their own parents.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT COMIC BOOK TO EVER COME OUT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. Starring: RED Sonja, BLUE Sonja, GREEN Sonja, ORANGE Sonja, SAINT Sonja, HELL Sonja, and MANY, MANY, MANY MORE! An evil god punishes Sonja's across dimensions. What's the punishment? SONJAS MUST KILL OTHER SONJAS. The battle for SONJA SUPREMACY BEGINS IN THE EVENT OF 2021 - Sonjaversal #1 (Christopher Hastings, Pasquale Qualano) and yes I did just copy this text from the solicits because I got overexcited at all the capital letters...
The Archie 80th Anniversary Comics Digest (Various) celebrates 80 years of Archie with the best stories lovingly handpicked by fans, beautiful art pages, and fun fan-centric bonus content. This is a must-have limited series featuring 8 decades-worth of the most hilarious and memorable Archie tales!
Ronin Island vol. 3 (Greg Pak, Giannis Milonogiannis) contains the final chapter of the critically-acclaimed series, as new heroes are forged and legends are born, and It's Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages as Transformers Vs Terminator (David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz, Alex Milne) hits the trade shelves.
Metalshark Bro: What Then Fin?! (Bob Frantz, Kevin Cuffe, Walt Ostlie): a traditional shark stumbles upon Satan's nephew and is forcibly given anthropomorphic qualities. With his newfound human physique and propensity for violence, he's tasked with collecting the souls of those that have sworn allegiance to Satan. The only problem? He just wants to be a normal shark again! Naturally, he swears bloody vengeance and, uh, a whole lot of death ensues!
Wacky space adventurer Colonel Randall Weird leaves Black Hammer farm and embarks on a strange journey through space and time for something that he's long forgotten with his sanity and life at stake in the collected Colonel Weird: Cosmagog (Jeff Lemire, Tyler Crook)!
After her eye-opening experiences of corporate interference in Central America, Eve returns to Britain with a renewed political drive and determination to fight for what she believes in, in Third World War vol. 2 (Pat Mills, Carlos Ezquerra), a ground-breaking political comic book classic of global capitalism, rebellion and exploitation.
Jen and Rosie plan to take the Lumberjane scouts to see an amazing astronomical event. But their night of star-gazing is thrown off course when half of the Roanoke and Zodiac cabins sneak away into the night in search of aliens, leaving everyone else to deal with a gatecrashing goddess who throws the entire camp into a tizzy in Lumberjanes vol. 17 (Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Kanesha C. Bryant)
In order to heal the divide and save a town in Avatar: The Last Airbender - Imbalance (Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru), Aang and the team will all face tough decisions about power and identity that could tear them apart. Meanwhile, things are looking bright at the Beifong Metalbending Academy in Avatar: The Last Airbender - Metalbending Academy vol. 1 (Faith Erin Hicks, Peter Wartman).
Aepx Legends: Pathfinders Quest hardcover (Manny Hagopian, Tom Casiello) allows you to explore the world of the hit game through the eyes of the lovable robot as he chronicles his journey throughout the various environs of the Outlands to interview his fellow Legends - all in the hope of finally locating his mysterious creator.
Paul at Home (Michel Rabagliati) is a riveting, emotional, and frequently amusing take on the losses and loneliness of being closer to retirement than to university. Paul is in his mid-50s, a successful cartoonist with an achy shoulder living in a house he once shared with his wife and daughter. Left unspoken but lingering in the background is Paul's divorce after a three decade relationship with his high school sweetheart. Online dating only seems to make the world worse. Rabagliati doesn't shy away from these intimate issues, approaching them as much with self-deprecating humour as with sorrow or pain.
Hilda's Sparrow Scout Badge Guide (Emily Hibbs, Zelda Turner) introduces many popular level one badges, perfect for new Sparrows Scouts starting out. As well as learning practical creative crafts - like map-reading and star navigation - in this guide, you'll discover tons of interesting facts about Trolberg and its surrounding wilderness, as well as some secret tips and tricks from your favourite blue-haired Sparrow Scout, Hilda!
Was boarding school supposed to be this hard? When studious thirteen-year-old Juniper wins a scholarship to the prestigious Ellsmere Academy, she expects to find a scholastic utopia. But living at Ellsmere is far from ideal: She is labelled a "special project," Ellsmere's queen bee is out to destroy her, and it's rumoured that a mythical beast roams the forest next to the school in One Year at Ellsmere (Faith Erin Hicks).
The hit yuri manga and anime series continues with this new spin-off! Follow Yuzu and Mei's relationship past the end of Citrus in Citrus Plus vol.1 (Saburouta), and Tanjiro sets out on the path of the Demon Slayer to save his sister and avenge his family in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba vols. 18 & 19 (Koyoharu Gotouge)
In a world of magic, Asta, a boy with anti-magic powers, will do whatever it takes to become the Wizard King! Find out what happens he receives the incredibly rare five-leaf clover grimoire that gives him the power of anti-magic in Black Clover vol. 23 (Yuki Tabata).
Dive into Kousuke Satake's suave and explosive manga debut, about powerful women and good and evil, featuring a story of vengeance in a stylish, art-deco urban wonderland that's one part Fullmetal Alchemist and one part Cowboy Bebop as Witch and Beast vol. 1 (Kousuke Satake) lands this week.
Kingdoms of Ruin vol. 1 (yoruhashi) is a fantasy revenge thriller that pits the powers of magic against the might of science fiction technology. Kitaro: The Trial of Kitaro (Shigeru Mizuki) is the final volume of Shigeru Mizuki's defining series, in which our beloved hero Kitaro stands accused of beating up his fellow yokai to protect the human populace. He is put on trial for crimes against Yokai. Witnesses are called from both sides, but when Nezumi Otoko takes the stand, all bets are off. Will Nezumi Otoko be for Kitaro or against him? Only the biggest bribe will tell!
Heroes, trained and licensed to protect and defend the public against supervillains, stand above all the rest in My Hero Academia: Vigilantes vol. 8 (Kouhei Horikoshi, Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court), and the Straw Hats are in serious trouble when Kaido and Big Mom form the ultimate alliance of evil! Can Luffy and his allies convince enough citizens of Wano to fight on their side in One Piece vol. 95 (Eiichiro Oda)?
Check out all this week's releases below and we hope to see you in the shop soon!!