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Contenders for April 6, 2016

jla 1.jpg Justice League Darkseid War Special #1> The massive “Darkseid War” epic continues to set the stages for the future of the DC Universe as we reveal the secrets behind its newest major player: Darkseid’s daughter, Grail! And if the Justice League is not careful, the spoils of war will all end up with her! See the truth behind Grail’s role in this war and the future of the DC Universe as she tears her way across it. Don’t miss this extra-sized special offered at the regular price of $3.99! Plus, world-renowned visualist Kim Jung Gi puts his stamp on the DC Universe with a wall-to-wall-to-wall action triptych featuring the Big Three! (W) Geoff Johns (A) Oscar Jimenez & Various (CA) Jason Fabok

bp1.1.jpgBlack Panther #1> A new era for the Black Panther starts here! Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler. The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change? (W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A/CA) Brian Stelfreeze

51R27D0tCoL__SX327_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg Spider-Woman Alpha #1> SPIDER-WOMEN PART 1! The Spider-Event of 2016 is here, bringing SPIDER-GWEN, SILK and SPIDER-WOMAN together for a story too big for any one of their books! Spider-Woman is taking a mentor-role with Silk and Spider-Gwen, and the three spider-heroes take a brunch break on Gwen’s Earth-65. But when the nefarious spy organization S.I.L.K. and their leader (Earth-65’s Cindy Moon) notice the interdimensional interlopers, all of Jessica Drew’s plans go wrong. (W) Various (A) Vanessa R. Del Rey (CA) Yasmine Putri

5150m2b8ITL__SX328_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgInfinity Entity #4> With his memories fully restored, an omnipotent Adam Warlock confronts the surprisingly unexpected true architect of all the universe’s recent ills and destruction. This should make for a short story. But all is still not as it appears and our tale ends with a very unforeseen twist. (W) Jim Starlin (A/CA) Alan Davis

5185mQZFTGL__SX328_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg Old Man Logan #4> Hellbent on keeping his future from coming to pass, Old Man Logan is on a one-man mission of MURDER across the Marvel Universe. But hoping to end his friend’s rampage, Logan’s OLDEST friend comes to his aid…That’s right, it’s OLD MAN LOGAN vs. OLD MAN ROGERS! Here’s hoping this fight isn’t decided by natural causes… (W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino

Smurfs Pick

41b-pNwls9L__SX327_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg Spiderman 2099 #9> Miguel and Tempest – reunited! But Miguel isn’t about to get a happily ever after…The mysterious organization called FIST makes their next move, and Spider-Man 2099 gets a helping hand investigating what they’re up to. (W) Peter David (A) Will Sliney (CA) Francesco Mattina


Smurfs Take> There is one comic series that has always been a guilty pleasure for me and it’s the Spidey 2099. I will be honest and tell you I didn’t care much for any of the other 2099 series with the exception of Doom but this one I dug. For me it was a more practical approach to Spiderman with a futuristic feel. A way over the top feel but it had a life all its own with a character that was a scientist and rather average person, Miguel. Through no fault of his own just kept getting pulled in and wanted to do the right thing and I think bringing him back was one of the best decisions Marvel ever made. Peter David has done a wonderful job with the story and just developing the character past the obscure view we had in the 90’s when the character was introduced.

Hardcover of the Week

61C7CfKBzJL__SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg Wonder Woman Earth One HC Vol 1> In this new installment of the New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel line, Grant Morrison (THE MULTIVERSITY) joins with Yanick Paquette (SWAMP THING, BATMAN, INC.) to reimagine  Wonder Woman for a new era. Encompassing the vision of her original creator, William Moulton Marston, Morrison presents a Diana who yearns to break free from her mother and the utopian society on Paradise Island to learn about the forbidden outside world. Her dreams may come true when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor crashes on their shores, and she must defy the laws of the Amazons to return him to Man’s World. Is she ready for the culture shock that awaits her in America? And is the world ready for this Wonder Woman? (W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Yanick Paquette

Smurfs Take> Don’t miss this book! All of the Earth One stories have been incredible, the Superman ones have been some of my favorite stories for the character to date. It’s a great way to get a great story and have the character be just a little off from the version we all know and love. Sooo worth the read!

Statue of the Week

61f9UwCTFIL__SL1000_ DC Comics Red Robin Artfx Statue New 52> From Kotobukiya. A Kotobukiya Japanese import! The latest DC Comics ARTFX+ Statue from Kotobukiya adds another member of the “Batman Family” of characters from the pages of the New 52, Red Robin! The third assistant to Batman after Dick Grayson and Jason Todd, Tim Drake is famous for his detective skills; he actually figured out the Dark Knight’s secret identity all on his own. But like those before him Drake eventually emerged from the shadow of the Bat to be his own hero and so became Red Robin, leader of the Teen Titans. That was his role in the New 52 era of DC Comics, and now that incarnation is joining the ever-growing lineup of ARTFX+ Statues! Brilliant and confident, Red Robin points at villains as though saying “I know all of your secrets!” The young hero is clad in his distinctive costume first seen in the New 52, a complex black bodysuit with built-in red armor panels and reinforced boots. On top of that he wears a black utility belt full of pouches, gloves with yellow accents, a red domino mask, and a yellow and blue chest harness that connects to his jetpack and segmented red cape that allows him to fly. Tim Drake’s outfit has a great metallic, glossy sheen that really brings his high tech gear to life, and there are tons of cool details from his defined musculature to the Teen Titans logo on his shoulder, and much more. And despite the cocky grin on his face you know Red Robin means business as he holds his trusty staff at the ready! Sculpted by Naoya Muto, Red Robin stands just over 7″ tall (1/10 scale) and like all ARTFX+ statues he has magnets in his feet for extra stability on his included display base. The high flying teen hero looks great on his own and makes a perfect companion piece for the other Batman Family ARTFX+ statues like Red Hood, Nightwing, Damian Wayne, and of course the Dark Knight himself!

Video of the Week

tfa_poster_wide_header.jpgStar Wars The Force Awakens> “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be set 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi.” It’s Star Wars…Nuff Said!

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