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.

THE ADVENTURE OF THE SUPER SONS #1
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Art Thibert, Cario Barberi
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
The Super Sons are back in an all-new 12-issue miniseries written by Peter J. Tomasi! Check out the lost and secret adventures of Damian Wayne (Robin) and Jon Kent (Superboy) in this flashback miniseries that takes a deep dive into the bombastic bromance between the sons of the DC Universe’s greatest heroes. It’s an epic dual storyline that transcends current events, as Superboy and Robin find themselves targets of an interstellar team of young badasses called the Gang.

STACY: The original Super Sons was just plain fun, and this latest effort to team-up the children of Superman and Batman seems like it will continue the tradition. Bright, colorful and full of surprises, it’s one to watch.

BACK ISSUE #106
Publisher: TwoMorrows
Cover Price: $8.95
BACK ISSUE #106 (84 FULL-COLOR pages, $8.95) finds a “Golden Age in Bronze,” with the ’70s Justice Society revival! Two Pro2Pro interviews: All-Star Squadron’s ROY THOMAS, JERRY ORDWAY, and ARVELL JONES (with a bonus RICK HOBERG interview), and The Spectre’s JOHN OSTRANDER and TOM MANDRAKE. A new rotating department debuts: “UnKnown Marvel,” featuring Marvel UK rarities, this issue revealing BOB LAYTON’s first work for the House of Ideas. Plus: Liberty Legion, Air Wave, Jonni Thunder, Crimson Avenger, and the Spectre revival of ’87! Featuring GENE COLAN, GERRY CONWAY, KEITH GIFFEN, DICK GIORDANO, PAUL LEVITZ, DOUG MOENCH, BOB ROZAKIS, DANN THOMAS, WALLACE WOOD, and many more, with a JSA cover by JOE STATON. Edited by MICHAEL EURY.

STACY: We don’t always suggest magazines, but this is a great one to pick up. It contains articles discussing the 70’s Bronze age revival of the Justice Society of America and their later incarnation as the All-Star Squadron, as well as other re-launches and re-imaginings. It has interviews with some of the all-time greatest creators, and is a great look at the history of these characters we all love.

BLACK PANTHER #2 (2nd Printing)
Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Daniel Acuna
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $3.99
MANY THOUSANDS GONE PART 2 FROM TA-NEHISI COATES & DANIEL ACUNA! T’Challa is a stranger in a strange land. With no memory of his past, there is only the suffering of the present – in the Vibranium mines of an unfamiliar empire. But all hope is not lost. A rebellion is growing–and they have a plan. But who will lead these lost citizens? Where is the Black Panther?

INGRID: T’Challa is in a faraway, intergalactic empire – or is he dreaming? He has no memory of his past, but the world he is in is populated by characters we know. This is shaping up to be a really interesting take, sort of turning the world of the Black Panther on its head.

DARK SHADOWS COMP NEWSPAPER STRIPS HC
Writer: Ken Bald
Artist: Ken Bald
Publisher: Hermes Press
Cover Price: 50.00
The iconic gothic romance vampire television series Dark Shadows was so popular and influential that it was adapted in numerous media. In addition to finding its way into 35 Gold Key comic books ― all collected by Hermes Press in five hardcover volumes, Dark Shadows was also adapted into one of the most striking comic strips of the 1970s, running for only one year, from March 14, 1971 through March 11, 1972, with stand out, eye-catching artwork by seasoned comic book and comic strip artist Ken Bald.

Hermes Press’ new archival edition of the strip features all of the dailies and Sundays, in their original half-page format, and in full color, rarely seen documentary material, stills from the show that were used in preparation of the strip and more. The final word on this iconic newspaper strip highlighting the most historic and memorial gothic vampire series ever.

RODRIGO: I only ever saw a handful of these so I’m really curious to see how Dark Shadows translated into comics, or if it translated at all.

GRAVITY FALLS: LOST LEGENDS
Writer: Alex Hirsch
Artists: Asaf Hanuka, Dana Terrace, Ian Worrel, Jacob Chabot, Jim Campbell, Joe Pitt, Kyle Smeallie, Meredith Gran, Mike Holmes, Priscilla Tang, Serina Hernandez, Stephanie Ramirez, and Valerie Halla.
Publisher: Disney Books
Cover Price: 19.99
A collection of four all-new strange stories from the sleepy town of Gravity Falls in one original graphic novel.

RODRIGO: I got into Gravity Falls this past year, so I’m very interested to return to the world of our lovable protagonists Pacifica, Waddles and Schmebulock.

STEPHEN: If you never heard me gush on how great Gravity Falls is, then you’ll have no idea why I am over the moon about this book arriving in stores this week. I am definitely buying this book, and you should, too!

PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #1
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Sergio Davila
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
The Project Superpowers heroes came from the past, now they have to prove their relevance in the modern world. A 21st Century threat is coming for us all. What dread secrets does The Death Defying Devil hold? The Lighthouse will rise and the Spirit of The American Flag will take on a new host. But will it be enough? Can superheroes still save the day?
INGRID: While I was not previously familiar with this property, I am intrigued by this concept. Golden Age heroes (actual characters, originally created in the 1940’s!) brought together and moved into the present. Besides, the art looks fantastic!

STACY: Classic, public domain heroes reimagined for modern times, this is great. Lots of the characters are off-beat, but their modern versions hit the mark. Not really like any other superhero book out there and worth a pickup.

SPAWN #288
Writer: Todd McFarlane
Artist: Jason Shawn Alexander
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Spawn, the escaped felon, goes on national television to expose his enemies.

RODRIGO: Is 288 the best place to check back in with Spawn? Probably not, but here we are. I’m looking through solicitations and I’m thinking “I wonder what Spawn is up to”. Mayhem, one supposes.

Valiant High #4VALIANT HIGH #4
Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith
Artist: Derek Charm
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Save the last dance!

Homecoming is here! For the students of Valiant High – the super-powered preparatory academy where tomorrow’s heroes learn what it takes to save the world – that means that the biggest night of their young lives is almost upon them…and that the Immortal Enemy is finally ready to make his move! But as Faith, Colin “Ninjak” King, Peter Stanchek, and Amanda “Livewire” McKee try to stir unity amongst their classmates, can teamwork triumph over ancient evil? From rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (Lockjaw) and Eisner Award winner Derek Charm (Jughead), this side-splitting, all-ages reimagining of Valiant’s greatest heroes is going out in style!

STACY: This has been a fun ride and this issue just is just a perfect ending to the current series. Heroes in high schools are often hit or miss, but this series passes with flying colors.


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