IT’S NEW COMIC BOOK DAY!

But what to read?

The staff at Major Spoilers offers up its list of books they are looking forward to, and recommend you do, too!

18721872 #1
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Nicole Virella
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: REAL HEROES DIE WITH THEIR BOOTS ON
• SHERIFF STEVE ROGERS faces corruption and fear in the boom town of TIMELY.
• The only thing ANTHONY STARK seems capable of is pulling a cork, so can he pull Rogers’ fat from the fire?
• But…a stranger comes to town that will change Timely forever…for anyone left standing, that is.

GEORGE: It’s an idea that’s either very clever or very dumb, but so was 1602, and that turned out okay. Plus Gerry Duggan has earned a lot of goodwill from me for his excellent work on Deadpool, and I love the fact that the town is called Timely… and I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about Old West Marvel shenanigans.

STEPHEN: I loved the tease we got in Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies, and I want to see how Marvel tells this alternate time tale of our favorite Marvel characters. I hope it is so good it is a series that continues past SWA.

allstar8ALL STAR SECTION 8 #2
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: John McCrea
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: It’s Green Lantern’s turn in the barrel as Sixpack’s quest for the eighth Section Eighter continues. But what does GL himself think about all this? Why is Sixpack hearing voices? And can Bueno Excellente really have found love? Find out in part two of the miniseries the creative team themselves are calling an unprecedented masterpiece.

GEORGE: I’m not going to not vote for a comic with Dogwelder in it.

Archie#1ARCHIE #1
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Fiona Staples, Andre Szymanowicz with Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli
Cover Price: $3.99
Publisher: Archie Comics
SOLICITATION: COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES REIMAGINE AN ICON! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

STEPHEN: This is an excellent book! Buy! Read it! Buy one for a friend! This is a new take on the classic characters, and it works so well. I devoured the first issue, and can’t wait for the second from Waid and Staples.

BM_Cv42BATMAN #42
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: Greg Capullo, Danny Miki

Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: More surprises around every corner as the all-new Batman hits the streets of Gotham City!

STEPHEN: BATMAN! GORDON! BATMAN! BUY IT!

WAYNE: I’m enjoying this different take on the Batman character. I know things will get back to normal around the time the Batman vs. Superman movie hits, but it’s a fun ride for now!

BillTedMostTriumphantReturn_005_A_Main-180x277BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #5 (OF 6)
Writer: Brian Lynch
Artist: Jerry Gaylord
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Bill & Ted are trapped in the 27th century, where no one has heard of Rufus or the Wyld Stallyns! De Nomolos rules as the Supreme Most Important Person in the Universe with Station under his control! Featuring a back-up story by Christopher Hastings (Adventure Time) and Matt Cummings (Power Up) about Death’s misadventure through hell.

RODRIGO: People are always surprised to find out that I haven’t been keeping up with the Bill & Ted comic, so I’m gonna try to get on that.

Descender_05-1DESCENDER #5
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Dustin Nguyen
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: To be announced.

ASHLEY: I am very invested in what is going to happen to Tim 21. I look forward to each issue of Descender with apprehension and excitement. It’s amazing how Jeff Lemire can write robot characters so easy to empathize with and with Dustin Nguyen’s art the issues are a feast for the eyes!

DirkGently_02-1DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY #2
Writer: Chris Ryall
Artist: Tony Akins
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Holistic Detective Dirk seeks the connection between the murderous Copycat Killers and reincarnated Egyptian ghouls while trying to survive a frantic party-bus across his new haunt of San Diego…

STEPHEN: It’s a different take on the Douglas Adams character, but this series is holding strong, is full of humor, and a life-force sucking mummy!

GOTHAC_Cv8_552eb032958d70.26907915GOTHAM ACADEMY #8
Writer: Becky Cloonan
Artist: Mingjue Helen Chen
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: Classes are suspended for a funeral. So, is it really true that grieving students get all A’s?

ASHLEY: This series never disappoints and an issue dedicated entirely to Maps and Kyle? I could not be more excited to read how Cloonan is going to flush out some of my favourite supporting characters.


pp1_cvr-copyPRINCELESS RAVEN PIRATE PRINCESS #1

Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: Rosy Higgins
Publisher: Action Lab
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Spinning right out of the pages of Princeless, it’s the ongoing adventures of Raven Xingtao, The Pirate Princess. Raven if ready to set off on a quest for revenge against her brothers who have stolen her inheritance. The monthly ongoing series picks up right where Princeless Volume 3 left off and has the same creative team with Variant covers by Katie Cook, Mike Hawthorne, and Richard Case, limited to 2,000 copies each!

ASHLEY: This series is so important! Each new title introduces a new, incredibly capable young heroine, but with enough joy of the storytelling medium that, not only is it beautiful, but immensely entertaining for readers of all ages. I’m thrilled to dive into another Princeless series!

Saga_30-1SAGA #30
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: Sooner or later, everything dies.

GEORGE: It’s just that in Saga, everything dies sooner.

RODRIGO: Mid-Year resolutions: Consume less sugar, take my car in for an oil change more frequently, catch up on Saga.

SHUTTER13COVERSHUTTER #13

Writer: Joe Keatinge

Artist: Leila Del Duca
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Shutter Year Two Begins! The next major stage begins here by introducing Shutter’s most important character since Kate herself.

WAYNE: I really love this creative, original comic! I can’t wait to see what’s next for this great character and her cast! Don’t miss it!

STGL1pickoftheweekSTAR TREK GREEN LANTERN #1
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artists: Angel Hernandez, Gabriel Rodriguez
Publisher: IDW Publishing

Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Two iconic franchises collide for the blockbuster crossover event of 2015! The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise meets the Green Lantern Corps for the first time in an all-new adventure that spans the cosmos! Don’t miss the thrilling first chapter of THE SPECTRUM WAR, as Kirk and Spock make a most unusual discovery on a lost world… igniting events that will change the fate of empires!

STEPHEN: I can’t wait to see what kind of crazy tale Johnson is bringing to the table with Star Fleet meets the intergalactic police force.

WAYNE: I’m really looking forward to this cool crossover. As a long-time sci-fi fan, I never dreamed this would happy, but now I can’t wait! Highly recommended!

tomorrowsTHE TOMORROWS #1
Writer: Curt Pires
Artist: Jason Copland
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Who owns your future?

They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality.

A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, with each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist!

The future: Art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless the Tomorrows can stop it.

RODRIGO: Although the “corporations will own you” theme has been present in Sci-Fi for decades it has been fascinating to see the steady cultural flow towards it and away from “machines will control us”.

 

There you go, Dear Reader, enough comics to keep you occupied until the next NEW COMIC BOOK DAY! #NCBD

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

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