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  • Writer's pictureTrusty Henchman

Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Superheroes

Updated: Nov 27, 2020

We've been buried under a bunch of crossovers at the Big Two for a while now what with Death Metal, Empire, X of Swords, and King In Black running back to back to back. So it's actually a bit tricky to find new and interesting stand-alone projects, but here's a few I was able to fish out from the most recent 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.



(W) Larry Hama (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Billy Tan

AN IRON FIST EPIC FROM LEGENDARY CREATOR LARRY HAMA! Someone is killing the ancient dragons that power the HEAVENLY CITIES, and only IRON FIST and the DEADLY WEAPONS can stop them...if they can discover who they are in time! Zombie armies, mystical portals, dragon hearts, some of the Marvel Universe's deadliest fighters all converge in one action-packed extravaganza, and the fate of all worlds hangs in the balance! LARRY HAMA and DAVID WACHTER are building a story that hits as hard as the Iron Fist itself!


Why this caught my eye:

I'm not really a huge Larry Hama fan, especially after his terrible Batman run in the early 2000's. What's drawing me to this is that Dave Wachter is on art duties, and if you are unfamiliar do yourself a favor and hunt down a copy of Night of 1000 Wolves. I consider him to be one of the industries most undervalued creators, and the more spotlights he gets the better.



For its 80th issue, the Jack Kirby Collector magazine presents a double-sized 50th anniversary examination of Kirby's magnum opus! Spanning the pages of four different comics starting in 1970 (New Gods, Forever People, Mister Miracle, and Jimmy Olsen), the sprawling "Epic for our times" was cut short mid-stream, leaving fans wondering how Jack would've resolved the confrontation between evil Darkseid of Apokolips and his son Orion of New Genesis. This companion to that "Fourth World" series looks back at Jack Kirby's own words, as well as those of assistants Mark Evanier and Steve Sherman, inker Mike Royer, and publisher Carmine Infantino, to determine how it came about, where it was going, and how Kirby would've ended it before it was prematurely cancelled by DC Comics! It also examines Kirby's use of gods in Thor and other strips prior to the Fourth World, how they influenced his DC epic, and affected later series like The Eternals and Captain Victory.


Why this caught my eye:

TwoMorrows Publishing books are so dense in their content that while you may not need to know exactly what kind of sandwich Kirby was eating as he created his first design of Darkseid, it's nice that they had the passion pull this type of research together. I'm not sure that I've ever read a TwoMorrows book completely due to that density, but it is much appreciated and even more so than usual considering this subject.



"Immortal Wonder Woman" written by MICHAEL W. CONRAD and BECKY CLOONAN "Immortal Wonder Woman" art by JEN BARTEL "Nubia" written by L.L. McKINNEY "Nubia" art by ALITHA MARTINEZ and MARK MORALES

cover by JEN BARTEL card stock variant cover by PEACH MOMOKO

$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | 1 OF 2 | FC |


The Undoing are coming. Long past the Age of Heroes, few of Diana Prince's friends survive, and most of her sisters have passed as well. As an immortal goddess, this is her lot. But then, a threat appears that even the mighty Darkseid can't handle—and it's up to Wonder Woman to take on the battle! It's big action and high fantasy at the end of time, courtesy of Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Becky Cloonan (By Chance or Providence, Gotham Academy), and her Doom Patrol co-writer Michael W. Conrad, with the popular artist Jen Bartel (Blackbird) making her interior art debut for DC. Then, peer into a closer future as the original champion of Themyscira strikes out on her own. Things have not been stable on Paradise Island for some time, and Nubia has found a new home in Man's World. Now, she is tasked with protecting it from the dangers of the world of myths and magic. The writer of DC's Nubia: Real One, L.L. McKinney, takes this powerful Amazon to a whole new level.

Why this caught my eye:

Looks like we couldn't avoid a crossover event. Future State legitimately looks a bit interesting, and this project boasting Becky Cloonan and Jen Bartel as well as a focus on Nubia could be pretty great. Plus, more Peach Momoko on variant duties doesn't hurt either.



(W) Declan Shalvey (A/CA) Declan Shalvey

ONE CREATOR. ONE HULK. ONE SUPERSTAR STORY! Declan Shalvey writes and draws an IMMORTAL HULK tale that gets to the heart of gamma! Every morning, Bruce Banner wakes up in a new place. The Hulk is trying to tell him something - but Bruce has had enough of his green-veined alters. When a new gamma-powered villain shows up in a small New Mexico town, Bruce is forced to confront the source of his anger... and it's not what you expect. Don't miss an extraordinary tale from one of the industry's top talents!


Why this caught my eye:

I'm a Shalvey fan, so it's nice to get a quicky one-shot story that's all him.



written and illustrated by VARIOUS


$150.00 US | 1,320 PAGES | FC | DC

The series fans demanded is collected at last! Who's Who began in 1984 and ran through the 1990s, cataloguing every character, good or evil, in the DC Universe, from Abel to Zyklon and beyond—with copious detail on powers, origins, and other key facets of each character. Illustrated by a wide range of top artists from the Golden Age of comics through the 1980s indie comics scene, Who's Who was a feast for the eyes and the ultimate guide to the denizens of the DC Universe. Collects Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #1-26 (1985), Who's Who Update '87 #1-5 (1987), Who's Who Update '88 #1-4 (1988), plus material from these 1989 annuals: Action Comics Annual #2, Batman Annual #13, Blackhawk Annual #1, Detective Comics Annual #2, Doctor Fate Annual #1, Green Arrow Annual #2, Justice League Annual #3, Secret Origins Annual #3, Swamp Thing Annual #5, The Flash Annual #3, The New Titans Annual #5, The Question Annual #2, and Wonder Woman Annual #2.

Why this caught my eye:

Well, crap. Now I need $150 to waste on a collection of outdated character bios. I love these types of books though, and I need this as a companion to the Official Marvel Handbook Omnibus.


Maybe the next couple mainstream events will just be called Un-Eventful and it's just a solid month or two of self contained stories by guest creators. Note to DC Editorial, I'm free.

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