Marvel celebrates its 80th anniversary hot on the heels of the D23 Expo 2019. Absolute Carnage continues with multiple tie-ins, and our beloved X-Men return in House of X this week. Scott Snyder touts the return of the JUSTICE SOCIETY for a pivotal issue in DC’s Justice League. Antarctic Press delivers more scares as THE BUTCHER returns to terrorize the children of Bradford!
MARVEL COMICS #1000
THE GREATEST TALENT EVER ASSEMBLED FOR ONE STORY! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, we have gathered together the greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between the covers of a single comic book! Names from the past, from the present, and even the future! Every page is filled with all-new work from this cavalcade of comic book luminaries! There is a mystery that threads throughout the Marvel Universe – one that has its origins in MARVEL COMICS #1 and which unites a disparate array of heroes and villains throughout the decades! Everyone shows out for this milestone with over 20+ variants including multiple hidden gems representing key milestones in Marvel History!
Other Marvel releases
HOUSE OF X #3
Learn the truth about one of the X-Men’s closest allies…and then begin the fight for the future of mutant-kind! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (AVENGERS, SECRET WARS, FANTASTIC FOUR) continues reshaping the X-Men’s world with Marvel Young Gun artist Pepe Larraz (EXTERMINATION, AVENGERS)!
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #2
After the terrifying conclusion of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1, a new player is on the board, and it’s NOT who you’d expect! Barely able to escape with their lives, SPIDER-MAN and VENOM have no choice but to drag a slew of other heroes into Carnage’s cross-hairs. Worse yet, Carnage’s rampage through New York City claims an unexpected piece of collateral damage…and there’s NOTHING Venom or anyone can do to stop it! Don’t forget to pick up the 3 tie-in issues this week: VENOM #17, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: LETHAL PROTECTORS #1, and ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES #1.
SHE-HULK ANNUAL #1
ACTS OF EVIL! Bullseye being hired for an assassination? Just another Tuesday. But when he decides to pin it on She-Hulk? Bad idea. Strap in as everyone’s favorite lawyer-slash-Hulk, Jennifer Walters, takes on the mad marksman in a classic case of character defamation…with a heaping helping of SMASH. Plus: Robots! Why? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see…Coincidence that this releases right after the news of the She-Hulk series coming to Disney+, or Marvel genius?
JUSTICE LEAGUE #30
The “Justice Doom War” starts here! The Lex Luthor the League has known and fought is no more, replaced by an apex predator version of Lex, powered by Perpetua with a goal of bringing tragedy to the DC Universe. Now that Lex has powered up villains across the cosmos, he marshals his own troops, sparking a war between the Legion of Doom and the Justice League that will span space, time and the Multiverse itself. This is the start of the next big Justice League event, with consequences affecting “DC’s Year of the Villain” and beyond! Scott Snyder himself tweeted “If you only ever pick up one issue of our run, let it be this one.” Start of the “Justice Doom War” and the return of the JUSTICE SOCIETY, everything has been building in this series to this! Absolutely stunning stock card variant from Jay Anacleto!
Other DC releases
BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #2
The Joker’s plan is in full swing—with a single devastating secret and his puppet strings controlling the elites, the Clown Prince and his new recruit, Azrael, are ready to eliminate Batman and obliterate the Wayne family’s legacy. With Gotham City’s identity and institutions hanging in the balance, Gordon makes a surprising public announcement—but The Joker’s response will send the Bat-family and the GTO spiraling.
BATMAN / SUPERMAN #1
Up in the sky, in the dark of the night, trust no one—for the Secret Six walk among us. Spinning out of the devastating events of the Batman Who Laughs, Superman and Batman are together once more in an all-new monthly series—and they’re facing a terrifying new threat that could strike from anywhere. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever. Our heroes will need to fight to survive, but an even more dangerous question lurks in the shadows: Can Superman and Batman even trust each other?
Lex Luthor is back in Metropolis – and he’s ready to wreak havoc! First stop, the most dangerous woman in the DC Universe: Lois Lane! Alone, her family a galaxy away, will Lois be tempted by Apex Lex’s offer? What does Lex have that this reporter can’t turn away from? Don’t miss this shocking new twist in the Superman mythos! DC recalled this issue citing discrepancies between the covers and actual story content. The recalled original cover (not pictured here) with “The Temptation of Lois Lane” text is already going for $35+ on eBay.
LEAVE ON THE LIGHT #2
Delve deeper into the history of the Butcher, learning how he obtained these horrific abilities to use electricity as his weapon! Knowledge is a power to dispel darkness too, but will it be enough? Mulehorn Gaming’s very own Thaddeus Prime reviewed issue #1 earlier this month, read that review in full to learn about the journey this book has been on. Leave on the Light is also being made into a movie as writer Bradley Golden confirmed earlier this month. Great pacing and compelling artwork help create the horror movie feel while making each page of this book intense! For fans of horror and the hack-n-slash genre, this book should be on your pull list. EDIT NOTE – this title has been delayed and will release in September.
Other Indie releases
BLACK SCIENCE #42
SERIES FINALE! “NO AUTHORITY BUT YOURSELF,” Conclusion-Grant McKay has lived a billion lives across a trillion realities. Now there is only one, and he has one final choice to make. This is the End.
MANOR BLACK #2
From the creators of Harrow County and The Sixth Gun comes this gothic horror fantasy about a family of sorcerers in crisis. Ari, a young mage on the run, finds herself under the protection of the powerful sorcerer Roman Black. But Roman’s protection may not be enough to shield her from the wild magicians hunting her down, or from her savior’s family, who see her as a threat to their birthright.
As our heroes recover from a devastating and unexpected trial, Vaela’s rescue from Myrthalen at the Skeleton maze is revisited and we learn how Eramad III met Adastril and saved her village from Umbra Raiders. Meanwhile, the Darkats continue their march through Greenspyre and receive news that will aid them in their quest to destroy the Eramad dynasty!
Happy 80 year anniversary to Marvel! Big thanks to Donny Cates and Jonathan Hickman as Absolute Carnage and House of X/Powers of X have been outstanding. Tom King rocked the comic community with City of Bane last week in Batman #77, and Scott Synder continues his tradition of great DC storytelling this week with Justice League #30. Indie publishers and writers are pushing out great original content. Remember to get those indie books ordered early from your local comic shop!
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