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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Superheroes

Time to check out some upcoming superhero titles that caught my eye in the order forms!


You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.

ETERNALS #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic


NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS. What's the point of an eternal battle? For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we'd be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares. But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they - or anyone on Earth - survive their discovery? From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

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Why this caught my eye:

Gillen was actually on my short list of creators I would be interested in seeing take a stab at the Eternals, and Ribic is a brilliant choice to compliment his style.

BLACKHAND & IRONHEAD HC VOL 01

(W) David Lopez (A/CA) David Lopez


Alexia's father is the head of a superpowered corporate empire and one of the greatest superheroes of all time, and she desperately wants to take up his mantle. However, upon his sudden death, a woefully unprepared Alexia is confronted with a wealth of well-kept family secrets-including a villainous sister she never knew existed. Can the sisters work together to investigate their father's mysterious death? Or will they destroy each other in the process?

Collects BLACKHAND & IRONHEAD #1-5

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Why this caught my eye:

I've loved Lopez's artwork since his Catwoman days back around 2006, so I'm just always happy to see his work. While this has all been available as digital, I'm glad it's finally in print.

OFFICIAL HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE DLX ED OMNIBUS HC

(W) Mark Gruenwald, More (A) Various (CA) Ron Frenz


Following the success of the original OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE came the DELUXE EDITION - expanded, augmented and fully updated! Now, the ultimate guide to the mid-1980s Marvel Universe is collected in a single gigantic hardcover for the first time! The OHOTMU DELUXE EDITION featured fact-packed character profiles illustrated by some of the era's biggest names, including John Byrne, Frank Miller, Arthur Adams, Walter Simonson and Bill Sienkiewicz! Immerse yourself in hundreds of in-depth profiles of Marvel's greatest heroes and villains - from Abomination to Zzzax and everyone in between! Plus: An array of alien races, equipment schematics and maps, and a rundown of the dearly departed in the Book of the Dead!

Collecting OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE: DELUXE EDITION #1-20.

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Why this caught my eye:

I've always been a sucker for the old Marvel Handbooks and I never understood why they hadn't bothered to collect them all in color for the past oh say 20 years. $150 is a bit pricey but the omnibus editions are nice packages.

THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE #1

(W) JOHN RIDLEY (A) GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI and ANDREA CUCCHI


Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Let It Fall) examines the mythology of the DC Universe in this compelling new miniseries that reframes iconic moments of DC history and charts a previously unexplored sociopolitical thread as seen through the prism of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups.


This unique new series presents its story as prose by Ridley married with beautifully realized illustrations by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi. Issue #1 follows the story of Jefferson Pierce, the man who will one day become Black Lightning, as he makes his way from being a young track star to a teacher and, ultimately, to his role as a hero. Future issues focus on characters such as Karen and Mal Duncan, Tatsu Yamashiro, and Renee Montoya.


Extensively researched and masterfully executed, The Other History of the DC Universe promises to be an experience unlike any other. You may think you know the history of the DC Universe…but the truth is far more complex. The Other History of the DC Universe isn’t about saving the world—it’s about having the strength to simply be who you are.

Why this caught my eye:

After some big delays it's nice to see DC hasn't abandoned this project. I'm curious what the formatting will be like ' prose by Ridley married with beautifully realized illustrations' is kind of vague to me. Ideally this will be more along the lines of the History of the DC Universe and less like having to read a Bendis book when he crams a thesis paper to one side of the page.

WOLVERINE BLACK WHITE BLOOD #1

(W) Gerry Duggan, Declan Shalvey, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Declan Shalvey, Joshua Cassara (A/CA) Adam Kubert


TOP MARVEL TALENT SINK THEIR CLAWS INTO ALL-NEW WOLVERINE TALES AND THEY'RE BLOODIER THAN EVER! LOGAN. PATCH. WEAPON X. WOLVERINE. The mysterious mutant has gone by many names and lived many different lives.  Now, experience ALL-NEW untold tales of the best there is through the lens of an all-star cast of creators, in the unadulterated black and white format (with a healthy splash of blood red all over)!


Return to the Weapon X program with Gerry Duggan and Adam Kubert, and a new revelation from Wolverine's shattered memories.  Join Matthew Rosenberg and Joshua Cassara on an explosive deep-cover spy mission from Wolverine's association with NICK FURY.  Head into the wilds with writer/artist Declan Shalvey as Logan finds himself in the crossfire of a deadly trap!  This is the one you've been waiting for, bub. Parental Advisory

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Why this caught my eye:

I'm also a sucker for B&W superhero anthologies, something Marvel attempted way back with Shadows & Light and kind of gave up on since. Definitely looking forward to seeing some nice b&w Shalvey artwork.

DC THROUGH THE ’80S: THE END OF ERAS HC

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The ’80‘s were a truly rad time for comic books. DC was killing it with groundbreaking titles like Man of Steel, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and Watchmen. This collection, curated by writer and former DC publisher Paul Levitz, celebrates the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths era of the early 1980s with memorable adventures including Alan Moore and Curt Swan’s poignant “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?,” both Batman and Superman teaming with their Golden Age equivalents in separate stories, Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor versus gremlins, and more.


Collects Action Comics #583, Detective Comics #500, The Flash #296-298, Jonah Hex #54-55, Superman #423, House of Mystery #286, #290, #294-295, #300, #308, #321, Warlord #42, Wonder Woman #311-312, The Brave and the Bold #200, Weird War Tales #93, Time Warp #2 and #3, G.I. Combat #288, Blackhawk #258, DC Comics Presents Annual #1, Super Friends #36, and Sgt. Rock #345, #347, #368, and #387. Also includes new essays on this amazing era from such comics luminaries as Jack C. Harris, Elliot S! Maggin, J.M. DeMatteis, Andy Kubert, and more, and features the complete text of Alan Moore’s legendary, never-before-published Twilight proposal!


Why this caught my eye:

This package is kind of tough for me to really recommend as it's such a strange mix for the $50 price tag. However, I think it's worth pointing out for the Alan Moore Twilight proposal. I know some completists that will be tempted.

That's it for this batch! We'll focus on some action/adventure titles the next time!

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