Contenders for May 11, 2016
Darth Vader #20> New Story Arc! “END OF GAMES” begins this issue! Inspector Thanoth returns with some startling information. Vader may have passed his master’s tests…but will his own schemes prove his undoing? PLUS: A bonus tale of Triple-Zero and Beetee! Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca, Mike Norton (CA) Mark Brooks
Guardians of the Galaxy #8> VENOM AND GROOT VERSUS: SKRULLS! Venom and Groot get in WAY over their heads fighting against SKRULLS! Last time this writer wrote those aliens it changed the Marvel Universe. This time he’s thinking even bigger! Brian Michael Bendis (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Arthur Adams
Prophet Earth War #4> The war for the tower into space. Brandon Graham (A) Simon Roy
Black Panther #2> The darkest chapter of the Black Panther mythos continues as Wakanda crumbles from within. Enter: The Midnight Angels! Two mysterious women leading the citizen revolt against the current regime of Wakanda, challenging not only T’Challa’s politics but also his resolve. But will their rage provide more for the people than the royal family has thus far? Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE! Ta-Nehisi Coates (A/CA) Brian Stelfreeze
Shutter #21> “ALL ROADS,” Part Four Kate Kristopher learned everything about adventuring from her father, but who taught him? All roads come together for next month’s arc finale, setting the stage for… well, it’s gonna be big. Joe Keatinge (A) Leila Del Duca
Smurfs Take> It’s a world full of talking cat’s and trips to the moon how can you go wrong. This series has been one unique character after another and a plot that has kept the reader guessing every step of the way. But there is more to this book than just crazy creatures but the world building that has gone into it is fantastic.
Hardcover of the Week
Kingdom Come 20th Anniversary DLX ED> Winner of five Eisner and Harvey Awards, KINGDOM COME is the best-selling graphic novel from acclaimed writer Mark Waid and superstar painter Alex Ross. This new 20th Anniversary edition features sketch material and more that provides insight into this rich world.
Set in the not-so-distant future, the DC Universe is spinning inexorably out of control. The new generation of heroes has lost their moral compass, becoming as reckless and violent as the villains they fight. The previous regime of heroes-the Justice League-returns under the most dire of circumstances, which sets up a battle of the old guard against these uncompromising protectors in a battle that will define what heroism truly is. Collects KINGDOM COME #1-4. Mark Waid (A/CA) Alex Ross
Smurf Take> I can’t believe it’s been 20 years for this story! If you have never read it you have missed out on one of the most unique and ground breaking stories of all time. In my top 5 of all time best stories and art, go buy this now if you don’t own a copy already!
Statue of the Week
Femme Fatales Supergirl “Blue Costume” SDCC> Move over Superman, there’s a new Super-person in Metropolis! This exclusive Supergirl PVC statue shows her in her blue costume as she appeared in later episodes of Justice League. Supergirl measures approximately 9″ tall atop a diorama base and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Produced in limited quantities for the 2015 Comic-Con International: San Diego show, limited quantities are now available through PREVIEWS. Supplies are limited, allocations may occur.
Video of the Week
Deadpool> Wade Wilson is a mercenary with a Special Forces background. After being diagnosed with cancer, he agrees to be part of an experimental project designed to turn him into a super soldier with accelerated healing and drug, toxin and disease resistance. Yet, this rogue experiment does much more: Instead of destroying his cancer, it makes the cells a permanent part of his body. It disfigures him and destabilizes his mind making him incredibly violent and unpredictable. With a dark sense of humor, a twisted sense of morality and the need for revenge, Wade Wilson becomes the anti-hero known as Deadpool.
Smurfs Take> I wanted to hate this movie. I wanted it to be so bad that it would never see a sequel. I feared that this character would never translate to the big screen and there were so many other characters more deserving of a movie. I couldn’t have been more wrong or have been any more happier with this flick. It’s a masterpiece in the perfect Deadpool tradition.