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.

BEASTS OF BURDEN: WISE DOGS AND ELDRITCH MEN #2
Writer: Evan Dorkin
Artist: Benjamin Dewey
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: The dogs have started to solve the occult activity happening around them but one of their own is struck down and puts the mission in jeopardy.

INGRID: Oh my gosh, dogs, you guys! This is a book with beautiful art and dogs that look and act like dogs. But it’s also a serious story involving the occult, and magic, and trying to solve the mystery. This is definitely a new favorite of mine.

STACY: The dogs of Beasts of Burden are an amazing pack of characters, and the angle which seems to be developing here is a great one. Questions are asked, questions are answered, and more mystery is brought to the fore.

Bone Parish #3BONE PARISH #3
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: The Winters knew making a drug from the ashes of the dead could have fatal consequences—but now that drug may be the only thing that can help them save their family from the Cartel. But will they survive this deadly gambit?

STEPHEN: At this point, I’m on the lookout for anything by Cullen Bunn. His writing is so good, and he is always teaming up with great artists. The concept is weird (but not out of the ordinary in comics, so check this series (and this issue) out this week.

FAITH: DREAMSIDE #1
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: MJ Kim
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment LLC
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: ALL-NEW SERIES! Faith enters a realm previously unseen!
Even before Faith Herbert, AKA Zephyr, gained the power of flight, joined the Harbinger Renegades, and soared through the skies of the Valiant Universe, deep down she was always a hero at heart. But what’s a hero to do in the face of a foe that exists only in nightmares? Face them head-on, of course! To protect the dreams of her teammate, Animalia, Faith must venture into a fantastical new realm the likes of which we’ve never seen…and she’ll need some help from the world’s premiere parapsychologist, Dr. Mirage, to make it back with her subconscious mind still intact!

INGRID: Faith is just a really cool hero. Just now, she’s lying low, after having been framed for murder, but that can’t last for long. People need her help! It looks like she’ll be teaming up with Dr. Mirage for a paranormal type adventure, which sounds super interesting.

HEROES IN CRISIS #1
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Clay Mann
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by C.I.A.-operative-turned-comics-writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD?

Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate—but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?

STEPHEN: Look, I’m not happy that REDACTED and REDACTED and possibly REDACTED are dead in this series, and certainly, murder porn isn’t my thing, but there were some really good things that came from Identity Crisis (and some bad things). And since DC is pushing this series hard, and Tom King is writing, I’m going to give it a chance and see what is up.

MUTANTS AND MASTERMINDS RPG BASIC HERO HANDBOOK HC
Publisher: Green Ronin Publishing
Cover Price: $29.95
SOLICITATION: Every hero needs an origin story and this can be yours! Written with new gamers in mind, the Basic Hero’s Handbook streamlines and clarifies the flexible, robust third edition rules of Mutants & Masterminds. With simplified character creation and a selection of ready-made adventures, the Mutants & Masterminds Basic Hero’s Handbook lets players jump right into the action. The book is fully compatible with the Deluxe Hero’s Handbook and the entire library of third edition Mutants & Masterminds supplements, instantly expanding your character options and adventure potential. Whether you’re just getting started, or want an extra player-friendly reference at the table, the Mutants & Masterminds Basic Hero’s Handbook is the choice for your world-saving needs!

STACY: Mutants and Masterminds is my preferred super-hero RPG when I am get time to play such things. Fully compatible with the Third Edition rules and all the supplements, this book is supposed to give you some simplified character creation and ready-made adventures. Combine that with some streamlining of some rules, and it’s a must buy for old time players or those looking for something outside of the standard fantasy genre.

Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons #2RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #2
Writers: Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Zub
Artist: Leonard Ito
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Death, dice, and diabolical plans! Rick Sanchez has been power gaming since the ’70s, but this time he may have finally met his match-his family. The world’s greatest role-playing game. Reality’s most dysfunctional animated series. What could go wrong?

STEPHEN: THe first issue was a blast, and I’m looking forward to even more adventure and laughs this week.

ROLLED AND TOLD #1
Writers: E.L. Thomas, Tristan J. Tarwater
Artist: Max Bare, Jade F. Lee, Ben Sears, Nicole Goux, Jemma Salume, Naomi Franquiz
Publisher: Lion Forge
Cover Price: $7.99
SOLICITATION: An all-inclusive gaming experience! Each and every month we bring you a ready-to-play, fun adventure for one of your favorite table top role-playing games. These 64 pages are packed with beautiful illustrations, comics coinciding with each adventure to excite and inspire your players, and helpful articles sure to enhance the game for new and old game masters alike. 

It’s time to take to the skies with Rolled & Told! Authors E.L. Thomas and Tristan J. Tarwater have crafted swashbuckling, electrifying, and gravity-defying adventures for your roleplaying group to play. When a gaggle of goblins commandeer a gnomish airship, it’s up to the players to work with those gnomes to board the ship and take back what’s theirs!

STACY: A great, slick book that sets you up with not only a comic, but a role playing adventure and a lots of rpg content. If you enjoy Critical Hit (and who doesn’t) then you will want to check this out. It can help you get your game on or just give you a little push, but it looks to be worth it.

SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #42
Writer: Sholly Fisch
Artist: Dario Brizuela
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2,99
SOLICITATION: Faced with the combined forces of simian menaces like Gorilla Grodd, the Ultra-Humanite and Monsieur Mallah, Scooby and the gang team up with DC’s greatest ape heroes: Congorilla, Sam Simeon and Detective Chimp! But when things take a turn for the monstrous, can even our heroes save the city from the king-sized carnage of…Titano the Super-Ape?

STACY: This series continues to be one of the greatest things in comicdom. When you swear it can’t get any more original, crazy and fun, it does. A few months back we got a swamp issue, this month we get APES!

Thrilling Adventure Hour #3THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #3
Writers: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Artist: M.J. Erickson
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: The true nature of the Haunted House is revealed and the Doyles might need to find someplace else for the afterparty.

STEPHEN: The adventures of Frank and Sadie Doyle are always fun, whether you are listening to old episodes on the Apple Podcasts, or you are reading them in the comic book pages of Thrilling Adventure Hour #3 from BOOM! Studios. Definitely one for the fans!

ROBOT OVERLORD: Today is the day! Today you get to discover that one comic that you love! Enjoy your quest!

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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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