IT’S NEW COMIC BOOK DAY! #NCBD

The best day of the week just got a lot better with a new round of awesome comics arriving in stores this week. Staff members at Major Spoilers are here to help you with your comic book selection this week, with their roundup of comics they recommend.

astonishingantman1ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Scott Lang was a down-on-his-luck, divorced ex-con — until he stole renowned scientist and super hero Hank Pym’s size-altering technology in the hopes of saving his daughter’s life. Through that act of doing wrong for the right reasons, Scott inadvertently learned how to be a hero himself. With Pym’s blessing and his daughter Cassie at his side, he became… The Astonishing Ant-Man! But when a curveball upends Scott’s life, will he continue to be a hero, or will he return to his former life of crime?

ROB: Ant-Man was one of the more entertaining titles to show up right before Secret Wars kicked off, and I’m hoping this can effectively pick up where that one left off, because who doesn’t need more Grizzly?

BttF01_cvr-659x1000pickoftheweekBACK TO THE FUTURE #1
Writer: Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham
Artist: Brent Schoonover, Dan Schoening
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: “Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines,” part 1: BttF creator/screenwriter Bob Gale returns with all-new tales from the twisting and turning timeline that made Back to the Future a, well… TIMELESS pop-culture phenomenon! Take a trip back to 1985 and be there when Doc Brown and Marty McFly first meet, and then jump even farther back, to 1945, to witness Doc’s involvement in the super-secret Manhattan Project.

MATTHEW: Finding out how Doc and Marty became friends has me interested, and the original writer’s participation makes this one feel special. Hope they don’t become @$$holes, and that everything’s alright with their kids…

ROB: This is the perfect day for this release, and I will happily celebrate the day Marty makes it to the future by seeing more of his adventures.

STEPHEN: Some really smart person picked today to release the Back to the Future comics, and considering Bob Gale is involved in the story, you know this is the must read comic this week. Buy this comic, your future depends on it!

BRE3covrBATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #3

Writers: Tim Seeley, James Tynion IV

Artist: Paul Pelletier

Cover Artist: Tony S. Daniel

Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: It’s here at last-the sequel to the blockbuster weekly series BATMAN ETERNAL! Five years ago, Batman and Robin worked the most disturbing case of their crimefighting careers-bringing down the organization of the ultimate human trafficker, the mysterious woman known only as Mother. At the time, Dick Grayson never quite understood the scope of that case, but now its darkest secrets are coming back to haunt him and everyone else who ever worked with Batman! With  Bruce Wayne now lost to them, Dick and all his allies are out in the cold! Who can they trust? Is someone among them not who they say they are? And who is the deadly, silent young woman in black who’s come to Gotham City looking for Batman? Prepare yourself for six months of international intrigue, twists and turns, and new additions to the world of Batman and Robin, from showrunners James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder, and writers Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, Genevieve Valentine, Ed Brisson, and Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelley!

WAYNE: It’s great to have another terrific weekly Bat-comic! It has an interesting premise and focuses on the supporting cast of Batman, so it’s a must-read!

Clean Room_1_coverCLEAN ROOM #1
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: John Davis-Hunt
Publisher: Vertigo
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: It’s the start of the first Vertigo series from fan-favorite writer Gail Simone, with 2000AD artist Jon Davis-Hunt! Astrid Mueller is the enigmatic and compelling guru of a giant self-help organization—a devastatingly powerful figure in the industry between psychology and religion. Journalist Chloe Pierce’s fiancé decided to pick up Astrid’s book, and within three months he was dead. Something in Astrid Mueller’s book made Philip blow his brains out all over Chloe’s new kitchen.

Now Chloe is on a mission to find out who Astrid Mueller really is. What is this Clean Room she’s been hearing about where your deepest fear and worst moments are revealed? Chloe intends to immerse herself in the Clean Room and wreak havoc on Astrid’s empire

MATTHEW: When they said Gail Simone on Vertigo, they had my pre-order, but I’m really hoping that this book lives up to the excitement I have about it…

RODRIGO: Self help gurus are some of the scariest people out there. This is probably going to be very interesting.

Fade Out_10_coverFADE OUT #10
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
SOLICITATION: Another secret about the murder comes to light!

CHRIS: Fade Out continues to be one of those comics that captivates, enthralls, disgusts and continually leaves me on the edge of my seat. Showing the filthy side of Hollywood and its secrets is something I can never get enough of and Brubaker and Phillips have done a great job mixing real history within their fiction. I highly suggest everyone go back and start reading this from the beginning if you haven’t already, it’s fantastic.

STEPHEN: The story just keeps getting better and more bizarre and the art continues to shine. This is the best mystery comic on the shelves today, and really deserves your attention.

fistfulofbloodFISTFUL OF BLOOD #1
Writer:Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley
Artist: Kevin Eastman
Publisher: IDW
Cover Price: 4.99
SOLICITATION: “She drifted into town with a few days to kill…” Re-releasing the crazed adventure from Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley! Every issue of this special edition will feature artwork re-mastered by Kevin Eastman, all-new colors, and a plethora of sketches, process work and other bonus material, too!

RODRIGO: I think I had seen some of the old editions of this, so I’m curious to see just how old school it is. Judging from the cover, the answer seems to be “plenty”.

GAGOTHAM ACADEMY #11
Writers: Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher
Artist: Karl Kerschl
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

SOLICITATION: The gang is going downtown! Olive and Maps use Kyle’s tennis tournament as an excuse to explore Gotham City and investigate the mysterious appearances of Calamity. Could Olive’s mom really be alive?

WAYNE: This comic is one of the very best of the new Bat-books being produced today, so don’t miss it!

Karnak_1_coverKARNAK #1
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Gerardo Zaffino
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: “My curse is that I see the flaw in all things. Systems. Philosophies. Structures. People. Everything. Never forget who I am. I am Karnak of the Inhumans.” You may not know who Karnak is now, but you will when Warren Ellis (MOON KNIGHT, Planetary) and Gerardo Zaffino are done with you. Phil Coulson goes to Karnak to help with a SHIELD case with Inhuman implications and what he’s going to find will terrify you.

CHRIS: Say what you will about Warren Ellis and superheroes but the man can write a mighty fine one every now and again. I loved his wonderful, albeit short, run on Moon Knight, so seeing his take on another “low-key” character like Karnak is sure to be interesting at least.

MATTHEW: The upside of Inhumans replacing mutants is right here, as one of the older characters in the Marvel U finally gets his day in the spotlight..

MultiversityMULTIVERSITY DELUXE EDITION HARDCOVER
Writer: Grant Morrison

Artists: Ivan Reis & Various
Publisher: DC Comics

Cover Price: $49.99
SOLICITATION: The biggest adventure in DC’s history is here! Join visionary writer Grant Morrison, today’s most talented artists, and a cast of unforgettable heroes from 52 alternative Earths of the DC Multiverse! Prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, and the latest, greatest Super Hero of Earth-Prime: YOU! This deluxe edition hardcover collects all nine MULTIVERSITY issues, plus the indispensible GUIDEBOOK issue!

WAYNE: Did you miss this amazing event? If so, you can still catch up with this hardcover! Yes, it’s a little pricey, but it is so worth it!

rook1THE ROOK #1
Writer: Steven Grant
Artist: Paul Gulacy
Publisher: Dark Horse comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Seeking his roots, a time traveling adventurer stumbles across history’s darkest secret: an immortal genius who has terrorized and shaped human culture since the dawn of man. Though seriously outgunned, he begins a lone guerrilla war across time, in pasts unheard of and futures undreamed of, to free humanity from the immortal’s unending grip.

The Rook is back! Bill DuBay’s time-traveling adventure classic returns, penned and illustrated by comics masters Steven Grant (2 Guns) and Paul Gulacy (Jonah Hex)! Restin Dane is ready for action—anyplace, anytime!

RODRIGO: I’m not familiar with the original incarnation of this character, but the first issue is accessible enough, especially if you go in already expecting time travel shenanigans.

uncannyinhumans1UNCANNY INHUMANS #1
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Steve McNiven, Brandon Peterson
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: Meet the Uncanny Inhumans. MEDUSA! BLACK BOLT! TRITON! READER! HUMAN TORCH?! BEAST?! It’s eight months later and everything is different for the Inhumans. Medusa and Johnny Storm are an item. Black Bolt is running covert missions of his own. And something so big happened between the Inhumans and the X-Men that Beast is now on the side of the Inhumans. And if that’s not enough, the most dangerous villain throughout Marvel’s history is against them-KANG THE CONQUEROR. Don’t miss what the epic team behind DEATH OF WOLVERINE (Charles Soule and Steve McNiven) have in store for you. All this plus a bonus story by Charles and Brandon Peterson (UNCANNY X-MEN).

ROB: I’m mostly just curious about the new characters in the lineup, but also the Inhumans have had some interesting things going on for the last couple years, so this should be a good buy.

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