#NewComicsDay It’s a strong finish for September with a ton of choices hitting the shelves this week. Here are Smurfs #Top5 picks to get you started and hit take on the issue. Sponsored by the All C’s Fan Expo it’s free to attend and happening this weekend. Smurf will be there and hosting local artist Gerry Mulowayi at the 5280 Geek table, be sure to stop by.
Batman Three Jokers #2> As Batman and Batgirl follow an unexpected thread linking the three Jokers with someone from the Dark Knight’s past, Red Hood dives headfirst into trouble and finds himself struggling to stay afloat without the aid of his allies. Batman: Three Jokers continues its trajectory as the ultimate examination of The Joker and his never-ending conflict with Batman. Prepare yourselves for the second chapter of one of the most terrifying and personal mysteries Batman has ever faced! (S) Geoff Johns (A) Jason Fabok
Smurfs Take> Not what I was expecting, and had a lot more questions than answers after reading the first issue. I hope we get a few things filled in with this issue since it’s limited to only 3 parts and seems like there is a lot to cover. I think it’s great DC decided to do this story after letting the thought just hang out there and I’m eager for more. The part that I’m not sold on is the half in commitment that since it’s the Black Label it doesn’t have to be cannon if the fans don’t like it. I also think this should be more than a three issue run and really see what kind of damage three Jokers can cause. A ton of different covers for this as well so chose wisely.
Strange Academy #3> DOYLE DORMAMMU, HEAD OF THE CLASS?
Anyone who has been to New Orleans knows that it’s a magical place, but the students of STRANGE ACADEMY are about to see it firsthand. Their first field trip as a class shows them a city (and the stakes of what they’re living) in ways that light a fuse that is going to blow up in a big way. (S) Skottie Young (A) Humberto Ramos (CA) Alex Ross
Smurfs Take> Totally in on this title! It’s quirky, enjoying the characters a lot more than I thought I would, and has all the right components to go in a direction never thought of for Doctor Strange. To be honest I’m enjoying this a lot more than the current Doctor Strange title and that’s not a bad thing in my mind.
Shang-Chi #1> THE MASTER RETURNS! An ancient and evil secret society has stayed in hiding since the death of their leader, Zheng Zhu. But now his successor has been chosen to shift the balance of power in the world…Zheng Zhu’s son, Shang-Chi! Witness the Marvel Universe’s greatest fighter return to a world of death and destruction he thought he left behind long ago…and discover the secrets to Shang-Chi’s past that will change his world forever.
Don’t miss out on this epic tale of family, betrayal and justice as the incredible team of Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), Dike Ruan (SPIDER-VERSE, BLACK CAT) and Philip Tan (UNCANNY X-MEN) launch a new chapter in the legend of Shang-Ch! (S) Gene Luen Yang (A) Dike Ruan, Philip Tan (CA) Jim Cheung
Smurfs Take> Back in the day I was never really much of a Shang-Chi fan, I would pick up the book ever so often as more of a curiosity than as a fan. I think I was looking for something more mysterious, something more compelling from a story than the character was able to deliver at the time. I know the potential is there and with the movie on the horizon this could be the perfect time to reintroduce myself to the character.
Stranger Things Science Camp #1> Dustin arrives at Camp Know Where to navigate the new social hierarchy without the support of his Hawkins adventuring party. While also faced with nerdy bullies, a new menace haunts the young scientists and camp counselors. A mysterious figure with sinister intent arrives to disrupt the serene woodland scene. The solution won’t take rocket science, but Dustin will have to get on the same wavelength as the other campers before tensions reach a boiling point. (S) Jody Houser (A) Edgar Salazar (CA) Viktor Kalvachev
Smurfs Take> The last few side stories have been great companions to the show and I have a feeling this is going to be the best one yet. Soooo many questions about what happened at camp and Dusty singing is still fresh in my mind.
Immortal Hulk Threshing Place #1> TWO OF COMICS’ MOST IMAGINATIVE TALENTS UNITE FOR A HULK TALE LIKE NONE OTHER!
There’s a monster raging in America’s heartland – and it’s not the Hulk. When a young girl goes missing on a Kansas farm, Bruce Banner gets the itch – the one that tells him gamma is on the loose. But this town doesn’t take kindly to strangers – especially the big, green, violent kind. Can the Hulk save a child before it’s too late, or is he about to take the blame for another massacre? (S) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Michael Del Mundo
Smurfs Take> Immortal Hulk has been a great read so far with the new direction and creative team. That said I still hate when they do these little side stories for something that could just as easily been told in the main title. It’s because of that strength that I’m picking this up, and I know I will enjoy it but that’s beside the point.
Umbrella Academy Library Edition Vol 3 Hotel Oblivion> This lower priced hardcover in Dark Horse’s popular library edition format is oversized with the expanded sketchbook featuring artwork not seen in the trade paperback, minus the slipcase and exclusive print. (S) Gerard Way (A/CA) Gabriel B?
Smurfs Take> A must read trade! The show is only getting better and this may help with some question and fill in holes. Don’t miss out on this!
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