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Demon Days X-Men #1> From STORMBREAKER PEACH MOMOKO comes a Marvel story unlike any you’ve ever seen before! A wandering swordswoman with a psychic blade arrives at village that’s being targeted by demons. One demon is black and white with a terrifying red tongue and another may be the strongest demon there is! In the stunning kick-off issue of this prestige quarterly story, you’ll see a revolutionary reimagination of the Marvel Universe that could only come from Peach Momoko. Ready your katana and enter a mysterious world of demons, monsters, mutants, and magic! Book ONE of FIVE of the DEMON DAYS saga! (S) Peach Momoko (A/CA) Peach Momoko
Smurfs Take> I have a feeling this is going to be like 1602 and catch everyone off guard. I can’t wait to dive into this! Something new and different with the same old faces and I think the time period that the story is taking place is perfect. There are a few different covers for this issue and all of them look amazing. This should be at the top of everyone’s list this week.
Crime Syndicate #1> Spinning out of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the Multiverse is reborn-and Earth-3 with it! In this six-issue miniseries, witness the true origins of the malevolent makers of mayhem known as the Crime Syndicate as a common foe unites them! But how long can alliances last between villains like these? Also in this issue, it’s the origin of Ultraman in our special backup story drawn by superstar artist Bryan Hitch! (S) Andy Schmidt (A) Bryan Hitch, Kieran McKeown
Smurfs Take> The Death Metal was an interesting read that I took as a big “What If” but it looks like some of the more interesting characters they decided to carry over. I think the Crime Syndicate is a great idea and makes perfect sense to me, I think there are some great characters to explore. I also think this sets up something bigger and a potential clash with the Justice League.
Nocterra #1> “FULL THROTTLE DARK,” Part One
Ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous shades, the only way to survive is to stay close to artificial light. Enter Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled ferryman who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen wheeler. Legendary creators SCOTT SNYDER (Dark Knights: Death Metal, WYTCHES) and TONY S. DANIEL (Batman, Deathstroke) unveil horrors beyond any shade in this extra-sized first issue. (S) Scott Snyder (A) Tony S. Daniel
Smurfs Take> Another fresh and new idea and I can’t think of a better team to deliver it honestly. The potential for this title seems limitless and could turn into something much bigger.
Batman #106> Following the tragic events of Infinite Frontier #1, Batman and his new ally, Ghost-Maker, must reckon with a new gang operating in Gotham City—but are they connected to the reemergence of the Scarecrow? Meanwhile, shadowy billionaire Simon Saint pitches an advanced law-enforcement system to the new mayor! The creative team behind the epic “The Joker War” returns with a thrill-packed, dangerous new storyline called “The Cowardly Lot.”
Plus, the backup story “Demon or Detective” begins as Damian Wayne is on the run! After everything Damian has gone through, can he escape Gotham and find his way back to where his journey started—to his mother, Talia al Ghul? This two-part tale concludes this month in Detective Comics #1034! (S) Joshua Williamson (A) Gleb Melnikov, Jorge Jimenez
Smurfs Take> Back to the regular DC world as Future State comes to a close. What happens next or where do we go is a great question if that is in fact the real destination of these stories are headed. I’m a little excited about a fresh story and new direction.
King In Black Thunderbolts #3> THE EXPLOSIVE FINALE!
What are the Thunderbolts doing with the Sentry’s body? Oh…Oh, no. Really? That’s the plan??? Well, as long as everything comes out all right in the end. Wait, THAT’S how it ends??? YIKES. (S) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Juan Ferreyra (CA) Kyle Hotz
Smurfs Take> I love that Kingpin is Mayor and has his own personal army. That he’s not above hiring a team to get results and things done. I do hope this extends past the King in Black story line because I think this is a brilliant approach to the Thunderbolts title. In the meantime expecting a strong finish to the story with this issue.
Mike Mignola Quarantine Sketchbook HC> During the coronavirus quarantine, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola posted original pencil sketches online and auctioned off the art to raise money for José Andres’ World Central Kitchen. The sketches went viral and were the talk of the comics internet.
Now those sketches are published in print for the first time, with all profits going to the World Central Kitchen.
This new, oversized hardcover collection is a must have for Mignola readers and art fans alike. The book features an introduction by Mignola, alongside sketches of Hellboy, beloved and unexpected pop culture characters, macabre chess pieces, gothic vegetable creatures, strange vampires, and more.
All profits go to charity (Jose Andrés World Central Kitchen).
A collection of Mike Mignola’s self-quarantine sketches during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. (S) Mike Mignola (A) Mike Mignola
Smurfs Take> Great cause and I hope similar projects from last year take note and follow suit. It seems like forever since I saw a decent art book and I can’t remember one from Mignola. Definitely a must for the enthusiasts.
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