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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Superheroes

Updated: Oct 25

Time to take a look at what interesting new superhero titles are looming over the horizon!


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.

HEROES AT HOME #1

(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Gurihiru


Being stuck inside isn't easy for anyone, even super heroes! See how your favorite Marvel characters have coped being cooped up with HEROES AT HOME! See how Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain Marvel, Wolverine, Black Panther and Captain America do in Quarantine! Let Marvel make you smile, courtesy of artists Gurihiru and writer Zeb Wells' Sunday Funnies! RATED Ages 10 & Up

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Why this caught my eye:

I've been waiting for what feels like a solid decade for Marvel or DC to compile their variant covers in smaller affordable packages at about $9.99 and it's maybe finally happening? Hopefully they'll keep doing it, but this series of covers are really fun and I really love Gurihiru.

BATMAN/CATWOMAN #1

written by TOM KING

art and cover by CLAY MANN

ON SALE 12/1/20

$4.99 US | 32 PAGES | 1 OF 12 | FC

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At last, Tom King returns to the rocky, romantic saga of Batman and Catwoman with his Heroes in Crisis collaborator, superstar artist Clay Mann!


Echoing plot points from King’s epic Batman run, this sweeping tale is told across three timelines: the past, when the Bat and the Cat first fell in love; the present, where their union is threatened by one of Batman’s lost loves; and the future, where the couple have a happy life and legacy—including their daughter Helena, the Batwoman. And as the story begins, after a long marriage, Bruce Wayne passes away—which frees Selina Kyle to settle an old score.


At every stage of their relationship, Bruce and Selina have an unwelcome chaperone: The Joker! Oh, and that lost love of Bruce’s? It’s Andrea Beaumont—a.k.a. Phantasm. Just thought you’d want to know.


Why this caught my eye:

It only took a year and half to finally be solicited even though DC wouldn't shut up about it. I did really enjoy the parts of King's Batman run that centered around the Bat/Cat relationship (especially the double dates with Lois & Clark), but the main draw is the merging of the Phantasm into continuity. I've only waited 27 years for that happen, so y'know, no biggie.

MODOK HEAD GAMES #1

(W) Jordan Blum, Patton Oswalt (A) Scott Hepburn (CA) Cully Hamner


From Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum, showrunners of the upcoming animated Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. show on Hulu, comes a journey into the mind of one of the biggest heads in the Marvel Universe! M.O.D.O.K. is the ruthless and brilliant leader of the terrorist organization AIM, outsmarting heroes and outmaneuvering his cutthroat colleagues gunning for his position... but when he begins to be haunted by memories of a family he never had, it leaves him unsure if he is losing his freakishly-large mind, or if perhaps there is a lot more to this enormous mind... or if there is something more sinister behind these visions.   RATED T+

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Why this caught my eye:

It's MODOK, do I even need much more of a reason? Patton Oswalt is a nice plus for sure, and Scott Hepburn's art is a good fit. But like, MODOK, man. MODOK.

Joking aside, Oswalt wrote one of my favorite one-shot Justice League stories, Welcome To The Working Week, and holy crap that book is 17 years old now. Ugh. Anyway, I think he'll be great for this project.

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #1

written by JAMES TYNION IV, J.H. WILLIAMS III, PAUL DINI, EMMA RIOS, and G. WILLOW WILSON

art by TRADD MOORE, J.H. WILLIAMS III, ANDY KUBERT, EMMA RIOS, and GREG SMALLWOOD

cover by GREG CAPULLO

variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III

Talia variant cover by PEACH MOMOKO

PRESTIGE FORMAT | ON SALE 12/8/20

$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | 1 OF 6 | FC | DC


The iconic anthology series returns with a brand-new slate of comics’ most exciting and innovative storytellers to explore the Batman mythos in stark black-and-white! In this debut issue:

• James Tynion IV and Tradd Moore explore the world of Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins

• J.H. Williams III returns to DC Comics for a trip through the Dark Knight’s history

• Emma Rios explores the eternal struggle of the Dark Knight

• Paul Dini and Andy Kubert pit Batman against an infestation of ninja Man-Bats in the Batcave

• G. Willow Wilson and Greg Smallwood portray Batman in his strangest standoff ever with Killer Croc With a lineup this strong and a cover by legendary Batman artist Greg Capullo, you won’t want to miss the start of this tremendous collection of Batman tales by some of comics’ top creators!


Why this caught my eye:

Damn but that is a strong line-up for a first issue. I'm already a sucker for b&w anthology projects, but getting some b&w Smallwood and JH Williams III? Tradd Moore who was knocking it out of the park with New World and Silver Surfer Black? A G. Willow Wilson Batman script? Emma Rios' beautiful art in b&w? Just seriously, keep kicking out anthology experiments like this and I'll be bankrupt in no time.

MANHUNTER BY ARCHIE GOODWIN AND WALTER SIMONSON DELUXE EDITION HC

written by ARCHIE GOODWIN

art and cover by WALTER SIMONSON

ON SALE 1/26/21

$17.99 US | 112 PAGES | 7.0625" x 10.875" | FC ISBN: 978-1-77950-751-8


The cult-favorite Manhunter epic from the 1970s is collected in a Deluxe Edition hardcover! In 1973, revered comics writer Archie Goodwin teamed with rising star artist Walter Simonson for a short feature in Detective Comics called Manhunter, colored by future superstar artist Klaus Janson! Conceived as a colorful contrast to the dark lead stories starring Batman, Manhunter was adventurer Paul Kirk, who criss-crossed the globe in an espionage caper, with the mysterious Council that trained him in pursuit. The story culminated in a team-up with Batman, with a fateful ending for Manhunter. Collects stories from Detective Comics #437-443, plus the silent epilogue story first published in 1999’s Manhunter: The Special Edition.


Why this caught my eye:

It's kind of amazing to see a new print of this material as it doesn't feel like there's a ton of demand, but if anything deserves a nice hardcover reformatting and the spotlight it's definitely this material. It's also great that they're including that silent story from the last printing 21 years ago. If you've never checked these out do yourself a favor as it's fun work from two amazing creators.

That does it for this batch, we'll see what else I can dig up for next time!

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