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.

BORDER TOWN #3
Writer: Eric M. Esquivel
Artist: Ramon Villalobos
Publisher: DC Comics (Vertigo)
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: The crazy old lady known only as La Curandera tells a tale that begins 500 years ago in the Aztec Empire at the peak of its strength and ends in her dirty little Arizona gift shop with four kids and a wayward Chupacabra, all of whom are meant to save the world from an ancient evil. Alas, it’s a school night. But our heroes defy their destinies at tremendous cost when a new and yet very familiar foe is revealed.

INGRID: This is a terrific series, and very topical, as it deals with fear and hate along the border. But there’s also the grand story of how this ties in with the Aztec Empire and its supernatural creatures that make it truly outstanding.

DISNEY AFTERNOON GIANT #1
Writer: Warren Spector, Ian Brill, Leonel Castellani
Artist: Jose Massaroli, Magic Eye Studios
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: 5.99
SOLICITATION: It’s the first issue of a brand-new series featuring stories from your favorite Disney Afternoon shows! It’s a blast from the past in the present as we feature classic DuckTales, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, and Darkwing Duck stories, all together in one place for the first time!

RODRIGO: The Disney Afternoon was foundational for me, I’m definitely in for Darkwing Duck and am really hoping to see some Gargoyle’s stuff later on… but not Bonkers. Never Bonkers.

ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK #3
Writer: David Avallone
Artist: Dave Acosta
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Elvira’s time travel odyssey continues as she brings the author of DRACULA face to face with his nightmarish inspiration! Stoker? I hardly know ‘er! Thrills, chills and more horrible puns like that, all in the third chapter of ELVIRA: TIMESCREAM…brought to you by David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing), the double-Dave team who brought you DOC SAVAGE: RING OF FIRE and TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SHADOW.

INGRID: Sometimes you just need some light-hearted, snarky, horror fun, and that’s what this book has plenty of. A witty romp through time checking in with famous names in horror make this a delightful read.

EMPTY MAN #1
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jesus Hervas
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Horror sensation Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, Bone Parish) returns to the world of Empty Man with artist Jesús Hervás (Lucas Stand, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser) in this new ongoing series. The nation is in the grip of a terrible pandemic. The so-called Empty Man disease causes insanity and violence. Government quarantines are mandatory. One of the afflicted is Melissa Kerry, and the next step should be to quarantine her-but those who enter quarantine are never seen again. Melissa’s family won’t let that happen. All they have to do is care for her, keep her worsening condition a secret-and they’ll do anything, trust anyone, to keep her safe.

RODRIGO: I have definitely enjoyed Cullen Bunn’s work, so I’d like to see what happens when he comes to a pre-established horror property.

STEPHEN: This is a pretty creepy comic, but one that I enjoyed, even though I have a question of how mental illness may be portrayed in this series.

STAR WARS HAN SOLO IMPERIAL CADET #1
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Leonard Kirk
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: HAN SOLO escapes Corellia by joining the IMPERIAL NAVY, vowing to return for QI’RA. But how does a thief used to the chaos of the streets adjust to the order and discipline of the military? Not well! Han’s dream of becoming a pilot is quickly grounded as he realizes he may not even survive basic training!

STEPHEN: Uh… Okay… There is a bit of time missing in the Han Solo movie, and apparently Marvel has the answer to what went on during Han’s time with the Imperial Navy. I’m in for some good Han Solo adventures, and this may just be the bit of fun I need this week.

UMBRELLA ACADEMY HOTEL OBLIVION #2
Writer: Gerard Way
Artist: Gabriel Ba
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION:
As big-business interests close in on the overgrown adolescents of the Umbrella Academy, unlikely alliances are formed and two brothers head into deep space.

Also: Ballroom dancing! A Magic Eightball! Cowboys! Dollhouses! And more . . . !

STEPHEN: I was so drawn in to the first issue trying to figure out what went on, that I simply have to see what Way and Ba have in store for us this week!

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER ORIGINAL GN
Writer: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Noah Hayes
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Cover Price: $19.99
SOLICITATION: It’s time to shut up and return to Camp Firewood in the first-ever, all-new original graphic novel for the beloved, cult classic, Wet Hot American Summer. To tell you all about it, here’s Camp Director Beth. Well guys, we made it through the first week of camp in one piece… mostly. Anyway, so I gave the Camp Firewood counselors the night off to head into town to do whatever it is teenagers do and long story short, it led to a surprise camp inspection! Now we have 24 hours to clean up our act or they’re going to shut down Camp Firewood. Luckily, I have the best counselors in the whole wide world…wait, where are those little jerks…in town still?! We are so screwed . . . There you go! Join the staff of Camp Firewood in this unforgettable story written by the hilarious, deliciously irreverent Christopher Hastings (Deadpool) and illustrated by artistic dungeon master Noah Hayes (Goldie Vance).

RODRIGO: I haven’t seen Wet Hot American Summer in years and I never saw the Netflix revival, but I’m all about this book because I’ve seen the art and it captures Michael Showalter’s character’s stupid face so perfectly.

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