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.

ALL STAR BATMAN #9
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jock
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: “Ends of the Earth” finale! It all comes down to this. After months of searching, Batman has found the mastermind behind the blight sweeping the planet, and must face off against one of his most dangerous villains in a battle of wills for the fate of the Earth.

WAYNE: Scott Snyder. Batman. Need I say more? Buy this book!

ASTRO CITY #43
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Brent Eric Anderson
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: At long last, it’s the origin of the Gentleman! Lord Saampa and his Serpent Cult strike in the U.S…. but are they here to serve their scaly god, or to save a soul? And either way, can the Gentleman stop them? Plus: Another incarnation of Astro City’s counterculture champions – this time, one you’ve seen before!

MATTHEW: I don’t always put Astro City on my lists, because it’d be there every month. But this is a special occasion: The Gentleman has been around since almost the beginning, and literally NOTHING has been revealed about his origins or background. I’m pretty excited, you guys…

BATMAN #21
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Jason Fabok
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: “THE BUTTON” part one! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!

STEPHEN: This issue is really interesting as The Button gives us a look back at the world of Flashpoint. It’s better than I thought it would be, and as the mystery of Rebirth finally begins to coalesce I think we are in for a wild ride.

WAYNE: I have been waiting for this story for nearly a year! OF COURSE I’m getting it! And you should, too!

BATWOMAN #2
Writer: Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV
Artist: Steve Epting
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: “The Many Arms Of Death” part two! The criminal haven of Coryana has changed completely in the years since Batwoman left! The biggest change of all? Her closest friends are now her enemies – or they’re corpses! It’s time for Kate Kane to cut to the heart of what’s happening here, and find out who brought the deadly bioweapon Monster Venom into Coryana…but she might get her own heart cut out in the process, by the unbeatable assassin known as the Knife!

WAYNE: A total Bat-week for me! Can’t wait to see what happens next in this comic!

GROO: FRAY OF THE GODS TP
Writer: Sergio Aragones/Mark Evanier
Artist: Sergio Aragones
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $17.99
SOLICITATION: The gods did not bless Groo with brains, only with the ability to battle. Now, they themselves are in conflict over the spirit and future of mankind . . . and it is Groo who becomes the pawn (unwitting, of course) in their war. If the future of humanity depends on the Wanderer-we’re all in a lot of trouble.

MATTHEW: I completely missed this miniseries when it was solicited, but I’m excited by the option of new Groo. If you’ve never read the wonderfully clever adventures of the awfully dumb Wanderer, you’re missing out, Faithful Spoilerite…

INVINCIBLE #135
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Nathan Fairbairn
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: “THE END OF ALL THINGS,” Part Three The march to the end continues! War begins! Thragg and his forces continue to conquer world after world as they rebuild the Viltrum Empire. Mark and his allies launch an assault in hopes of bringing a swift end to this conflict.

STEPHEN: The series is coming to a close faster than I thought it would. If you are a long time Invincible fan, then you will definitely want to grab this issue today!

SECRET EMPIRE #0
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Daniel Acuna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: The Marvel Universe is under siege from within! Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, has turned his back on the Super Hero community. Using the trust and respect he has gained over the years he has ascended to a position where he can enacts Hydra’s ideals. The death of Jack Flag, the trial of Maria Hill, the second Civil War, the alien Chitauri Queen. All of the dominos of Captain America’s plan have been laid out – and it will take only the slightest push to set them into action! Now, the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men and more will be tested. As Hydra’s grip tightens around the Marvel Universe, the heroes stand at the precipice of an unprecedented challenge. How will they Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted among them?

STEPHEN: Yes. I’m going to read this. I’m going to read the crap out of this, and see if there is something worthwhile. Could this signal the end of the big Marvel events? Has the Marvel Universe been changed forever? Will this series bite, or will it rise to the top? Guess we’re all about to find out.

SEX CRIMINALS #18
Writer: Gabby Rivera
Artist: Joe Quinones
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: There’s a line between fan and fetishist, right? Probably. Also: the long-awaited return of JAZMINE ST. COCAINE!!! [COLLECTOR’S ITEM]

MATTHEW: Another book that I would recommend every month (for mature readers, anyway), but the current arc is really heating up, and not in a euphemistic manner….


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