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.

ETHER: THE COPPER GOLEMS #4
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: David Rubin
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Coming off the heels of a mummy packed cliffhanger, Boone Dias, and co. battle their way through an enormous Copper Golem. With the last portal nearly in their grasp, the team has to get past a reality-warping goblin who is more than he seems!

INGRID: I love this book. The story is fun; there are twists in every issue; and the art is colorful and trippy. And we seem to be barreling toward a conclusion.

ICE CREAM MAN #6
Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Martin Morazzo
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Sometimes, without a word, your life splits into three.

MATTHEW: It’s been a slow burn, but this book has grown with every issue and wormed its way into my brain in terrible, disturbing ways. I really like it, except that I hate it, but in a good way.

 

MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #34
Publisher: Creepy Classics
Cover Price: $8:99
SOLICITATION: The classic monster movie magazine that feels retro and yet is right here in the present looking back at film history. All glossy with color and black and white. Packed with monsters! The Universal classic Bride of Frankenstein is explored in detail with behind-the-scenes rare photos, The Godzilla Legacy in films by author Frank Dello Stritto, the bats are flapping for the unsung atmosphere of 1935’s Mark of the Vampire with Bela Lugosi and Carroll Borland, Fan Flashbacks…memories of growing up loving monster movies from fans across the Monster World. A Gruesome Gallery of crystal clear vintage stills, and so much more. Stunning cover painting by Daniel Horne.

STACY: Fans of classic monster movie will love this
issue. In-depth articles on The Bride of Frankenstein, Mark of the Vampire,
and even a little kaiju love with a discussion of Godzilla’s Legacy. One of
my favorites.

THE NEW DEFENDERS EPIC COLLECTION
Writer: JM DeMatteis, Peter B. Billis, and more
Artists: Don Perlin, Alan Kupperberg, and more
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $39.99
SOLICITATION: The Defenders, Marvel’s weirdest non-team, have a new roster, a new headquarters, a new leader – they’ve evolved into a New Defenders! Their adventures are some of the most far-out trips Marvel has ever presented, but what more could you expect from a group consisting of a valkyrie, a gargoyle, a cosmic psychic, a sentient cloud and a pair of ex-X-Men? Together they’ll take on an all-new Secret Empire, killer nuclear spores in human form, the deadly Manslaughter and towering disembodied demons! Guest-starring Nick Fury, Odin, the New Mutants and more! Also featuring two miniseries starring the Defenders’ Iceman and Beast in solo action – plus rare articles from Marvel’s 1980s behind-the-scenes magazine, MARVEL AGE!

COLLECTING: DEFENDERS (1972) 126-137; ICEMAN (1984) 1-4; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1984) 1-4

STACY: This series was a classic, and now it’s
gotten the Epic treatment from Marvel. With stories from the Defenders
series proper, as well as the Iceman mini-series and the landmark Beauty And
The Beast mini, it’s worth the pick up if only to see some now veteran
writers and artist back in the day.

PEARL #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Michael Gaydos
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation. PEARL is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza.
She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape. PEARL is a major series launch from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos that features their first brand-new original character since Jessica Jones. Fans of the Jessica Jones comic and TV show will be thrilled and delighted by this bold new direction the creative team has taken.

MATTHEW: I like Bendis a lot more when working on his own stuff and Gaydos’ art is always pretty. I’m in.

STACY: A girl, a guy, a tattoo gun… this the beginning of a great
crime drama from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Atmospheric and
violent, it is classic Bendis. Highly recommend it.

STEPHEN: Everyone is talking about it, so I think it is a good bet to add ths one to your pull list this week.

ROM: COLD FIRE, HOT WAR TPB
Writer: Chris Ryall, Christos Gage
Artist: David Messina, Ron Joseph, Paolo Villanelli, Michele Pasta, Guy Dorian
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $29.99
SOLICITATION: The evil Dire Wraiths have escaped to Earth but are hounded by a Knight of the Solstar Order, the one feared more than all others. He is Rom, the Wraith-slayer. Rom, the Spaceknight! Having followed the Dire Wraiths across the galaxy to Earth, Rom finds they have infiltrated all levels of society, hiding in plain sight. Replacing many humans in key leadership positions, the Wraiths’ plan to dominate the planet-and everyone in it-is gaining momentum. But Rom finds resistance from the humans as well, who fear he is just another alien invader. He is joined in the battle by two other Solstar Knights… but are they here as friends or foes?

MATTHEW: I hope that the new era of ROM isn’t over, but this collection has a lot to offer for Spaceknight fans old and new.

TEEN TITANS GO #29
Writer: Sholly Fisch
Artist: Jeremy Lawson, Erich Own
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: Success! The Titans finally got their movie and all the fame and glamor that went with it. But are they doomed to wallow after their 15 minutes of fame are over? And then, the Teen Titans Go…back to Hollywood! Their L.A. adventure gave them a taste of the tinsel and they aren’t ready to give up those dreams quite yet.

STACY: A sort of sequel or epilogue to Teen Titans Go To The
Movies, and funny as Mama’s little bumgorf in a bush full of zorka berries!
See what happens after the movie was released in their world, and how they
dealt with it.

THE WEATHERMAN #3
Writer: Jody Leheup
Artist: Nathan Fox
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Cut off, on the run, and hunted by The Marshal, Nathan and Cross try to stay alive long enough to find Nathan’s lost memory and the key to stopping another world-ending attack. But they’ll have to survive each other first…

INGRID: As repelled as I am by the violence in this book, it serves a purpose and furthers the story. This is a deep and thought-provoking book, and I am drawn to it each month and biting my nails by the time I get to the end.


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