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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Superheroes

We're finally almost over the summit of all these big superhero events, which means more new titles and self-contained series on 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.

INFINITE FRONTIER #0

written by SCOTT SNYDER, GEOFF JOHNS, JAMES TYNION IV, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, GEOFFREY THORNE, PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, BECKY CLOONAN, MICHAEL W. CONRAD, JOËLLE JONES, and TIM SHERIDAN


art by JOHN TIMMS, HOWARD PORTER, JOËLLE JONES, JORGE JIMENEZ, ALITHA MARTINZEZ, DAVID MARQUEZ, STEPHEN BYRNE, JAMAL IGLE, DEXTER SOY, RAFA SANDOVAL, ALEX MALEEV, JOHN ROMITA JR., and others


ONE-SHOT | ON SALE 3/2/21 $5.99 US | 64 PAGES | FC | DC

card stock variant cover $6.99 US


The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it's time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe.


In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never expected. In Brazil, a young woman discovers her destiny and her connection to the Amazons. In Belle Reve, Amanda Waller plots an invasion of Arkham Asylum. In the far reaches of space, Mongul dreams of galactic domination, while the Green Lantern Corps hosts a summit of its greatest enemies. At the Hall of Justice, the League joins forces with Black Adam. Beyond the mortal world, Wonder Woman settles into a new role in the godsphere. And somewhere in the DC Universe—it's the return of Stargirl, in an all-new tale written by Geoff Johns!


This oversized, all-star issue kicks off the next great era of storytelling and excitement as top writers and artists reveal what's next for the World's Greatest Heroes and opens the door to some of the greatest stories of 2021.


Why this caught my eye:

Generally there's a 'new status quo' special after any of the major Crisis style event to set the tone for DC's direction, so it usually doesn't hurt to check it out to get a feel for what's what. Considering the mess DC's been (company-wise and continuity-wise) it feels like they might actually be trying to right the ship this time around. There's some decent talent attached to this as well, so out of all those names there's bound to be a couple solid stories, right?

MARVELS VOICES LEGACY #1

(W) Ho Che Anderson, Danny Lore, More (A) Sean Hill, Valentine De Landro, More (CA) Taurin Clarke


CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN MIGHTY MARVEL STYLE! Black Panther. Storm. Blade. Falcon. Ironheart. Luke Cage. Spectrum. And so many more. Marvel's incredible legacy of black heroes gets the star treatment in this action-packed special! New and established creators take on their favorite heroes in a dizzying array of stories designed to inspire and uplift! The Marvel's Voices program is your #1 stop for "the world outside your window" - don't sleep on this one!

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Why this caught my eye:

The Voices books have been a good spotlight on creators and characters, and I'm interested to see exactly what Ho Che Anderson is working on in this issue.

RADIANT BLACK #1

(W) Kyle Higgins (A) Marcello Costa (CA) Michael Cho


For fans of INVINCIBLE and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comes a brand-new ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer KYLE HIGGINS (Ultraman, C.O.W.L.) and artist MARCELO COSTA that reinvents superheroes for a new generation! Nathan Burnett has just turned thirty, and things aren't great: He's working (and failing) at two jobs, his credit card debt is piling up, and his only move... is moving back home with his parents. But when Nathan discovers and unlocks the ethereal, cosmic RADIANT, he's given the power to radically change his fortunes! There's just one problem: The powers don't belong to him. And the COSMIC BEINGS who created them want them back... by any means necessary.

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Why this caught my eye:

Kyle Higgins is just a fun writer, I'm liking the look of Costa's art, and I love Michael Cho's covers and this one looks fantastic.

BATMAN: URBAN LEGENDS #1

written by CHIP ZDARSKY, MATTHEW ROSENBERG, STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, and BRANDON THOMAS


art by EDDY BARROWS, MARCOS TO, RYAN BENJAMIN, LAURA BRAGA, and MAX DUNBAR


PRESTIGE FORMAT | ON SALE 3/9/21

$7.99 US | 64 PAGES | FC | DC


Batman may be the biggest name in Gotham City, but there are lots of other heroes—and villains—who will get a turn to shine in Batman: Urban Legends, a brand-new monthly series tying into the biggest events in Gotham City. The series begins with these can't-miss tales:


• Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky enters the world of Gotham City with celebrated Detective Comics and DC Future State: Robin Eternal artist Eddy Barrows for a six-part story chronicling Red Hood's investigation of a new drug sweeping through Gotham. It's a night that will change his life forever—and put him in Batman's crosshairs.


• Writer of the DC Future State "Grifters" story Matthew Rosenberg picks up where he left off, continuing from the pages of Batman #101! Superstar artist Ryan Benjamin joins the team as we learn why Cole Cash is in Gotham in a tale that hints at what Halo might be...and we also get Batman vs. Grifter—round two!


• New Harley Quinn writer Stephanie Phillips and DC Future State: The Next Batman artist Laura Braga join forces for a Harley tale set just before the launch of her new series. Harley's determined to sort out her history with Poison Ivy—but first, she'll have to find her!


• Coming off the DC Future State "Outsiders" tale, writer Brandon Thomas begins a three-part saga reuniting Black Lightning, Katana, and Metamorpho. But this reunion quickly turns into a confrontation with a figure from Katana's past, in a story drawn by fan-favorite artist Max Dunbar (Champions, Dungeons and Dragons, Judge Dredd)!


Why this caught my eye:

I'm mostly here for the Zdarsky story, and Red Hood actually feels like a really good fit for him. I do also like the idea of an anthology that jumps around to other Gotham vigilantes, so this could just be an interesting series overall.

TMNT ONGOING #115

(W) Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Sophie Campbell


It's the biggest battle of the year as Bebop and Rocksteady take on Tokka and Rahzar! Meanwhile, Jennika needs to finish forming her band if the future is to be saved. Who she picks as lead singer will surprise you!

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Why this caught my eye:

So it may seem weird to feature a random issue in a long running series, but let me break this down for you:

  • Bebop and Rocksteady are my favorite pair of violent idiot buddies

  • I absolutely adore Tokka and Rahzar from the Secret of the Ooze

  • Having them fight is a dream I never knew I had

  • Sophie Campbell is an amazing human and I love her art, especially on TMNT

In conclusion, this may be the greatest comic to be published in 2021, ok?

That's it for this batch! I just started browsing through the newest catalogs and they are chunky this time around, and I finally have enough art books to feature again so we'll focus on that next time around.

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