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New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Action/Adventure

We've got a lot of GI Joe action in this batch as well as some arcade game fighting style adventure, magical thrillers, rare reprints of female stars from the Golden Age of comic strips, and some kung-fu vengeance to top it off.

 

GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #301

(W) Larry Hama (A) Chris Mooneyham, Francesco Segala (CA) Andy Kubert, Brad Anderson


SERIES PREMIERE


A new era for G.I. JOE starts here...but one Joe won't survive THIS ISSUE!

The legendary LARRY HAMA is joined by new series artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM (Five Ghosts) and cover artist ANDY KUBERT (Batman, X-Men) to continue one of the longest-running titles in comics history!

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Why this caught my eye:

It feels odd to see GI Joe back at Image 22 years since the Devil's Due imprint run, but hey it's fun that they're still going with the Hama numbering of the series. Also, Mooneyham is a solid choice on art and the Kubert covers are a great touch.

 

IMMORTAL ASCENSION #1 (OF 2)

(W) David Chisa (A/CA) Kristian Rossi


What if an Elektra type of character was thrown in an arcade game fighting style adventure? She'd be the GodKiller! Gear up for an epic tale of redemption and combat! Meet Rose, once known as the GodKiller, a fierce warrior who's seen it all - from brutal beatdowns to painful punishments. Now seeking peace and solitude, she's about to face her biggest challenge yet! As a master of the art of combat, she'll need to level up and rescue her students from the monstrous Hell Ghouls gang.


The comic debut of American writer, cinematographer and musician David Chisa, with art and color by Argentine storyteller Kristian Rossi (IDW, Marvel, DC Comics), Immortal Ascension will take readers on a wild ride, with action-packed scenes that will have them button mashing for more! This the ultimate beat them up for comic book collectors!

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Why this caught my eye:

Rossi's art is looking pretty solid.

 

COBRA COMMANDER #1

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Andrea Milana, Annalisa Leoni


Mini-Series Premiere. The Rise of Cobra begins here. In a world where the Cobra organization hasn't formed, one man's sinister plans to utilize the mysterious alien substance known as Energon sends shockwaves across the globe. Who is Cobra Commander? Where does he come from? And what horrors is he planning to unleash that will rock the world-and maybe the universe-to its core?


Red-Hot writer Joshua Williamson (Superman, Duke) and artist Andrea Milana (Impact Winter: Rook) kick off the second of four action-packed miniseries that will introduce the best and worst humanity has to offer in the Energon Universe.

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Why this caught my eye:

I'm a sucker for villain centric minis, plus check out Milana's art.

 

THE AGENT #1

(W) Mathieu Gabella (A/CA) Fernando Dagnino


For some, magic is a myth. For others, it is a weapon.


What if witchcraft really existed? If our beliefs, superstitions, and legends were material? This is what Rhym, a young narcotics lieutenant, must question when she finds herself confronted with the impossible. While staking out a subway deal, a suspect magically kills his informant and drives the entire station into madness with just a handful of weed. Rhym miraculously escapes unscathed. She's unaware, but she is a witch, and that fact arouses the interest of a very particular unit of the French secret services. A group of special agents who, like the criminals they hunt, have mastered the art of sorcery...


Welcome to a world where it is better to wear an amulet than a bulletproof vest and where a simple curse by email can destroy you more surely than a bomb. Between thriller, espionage, and fantasy, Mathieu Gabella and DC Comics artist Fernando Dagnino (Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans, Justice League) present a powerful adventure!

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Why this caught my eye:

Eh, this should probably fall under supernatural or even crime, but it feels like an interesting hodge podge of genres and the solict sounds fun.

 

Dauntless Dames: High-Heeled Heroes of the Comics


The audacious exploits of ten great adventurous female stars from the Golden Age of comic strips.


In the 1920s they were socialites and flappers. In the 1960s they were homemakers and heartthrobs. But from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, female stars of the newspaper comic strips were detectives, spies, soldiers of fortune, even superheroes. Accomplishing everything the male comics stars of the time achieved, except they did it in high-heels and flowing skirts. Follow the daring exploits of these smart, tough, independent AND sexy Dauntless Dames.


Both a product of their era and ahead of their time, the women in these stories gave their audience just what they needed. Through the Sunday Comics readers could escape from the woes of the Depression, travel to exotic foreign lands, feel the glamor and gangsters of the entertainment world, and support the Allied efforts in World War II.


Presented in an extra-large format, here are the colorful, pulse-pounding tales of ten incredible women, both known and unknown to comics fans — and most are reprinted here for the first time in three-quarters of a century! The book also includes a special bonus insert: a fold-out section with a dozen paper doll cutouts starring the most popular women comic strip characters of the day.

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Why this caught my eye:

It's a bit pricey as it clocks in at $100 for 160 pages, but Fantagraphics does a great job with their reprints and there are some rare reprints here.

 

A FISTFUL OF PAIN ONESHOT

(W) Ryan Lindsay (A/CA) Louie Joyce

Xin and Sloane spent their childhood fighting over the family pet - a four-ton, fire-breathing dragon! Years later, the estranged sisters reunite for a final knock-down-drag-out kung fu battle. From the award-winning minds of writer Ryan K Lindsay (Eternal, Speed Republic) and acclaimed illustrator Louie Joyce (Past the Last Mountain) A Fistful of Pain is a stunning one-shot about dragons, sibling rivalry, and kung-fu vengeance.

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Why this caught my eye:

Check out some preview pages here, it looks pretty great.

 

That's it for this batch, we'll check out some all-ages and crime/suspense books on the next round!

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