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.

BITTER ROOT #2
Writer: David F. Walker and Chuck Brown
Artist: Sanford Greene
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: An evil force stalks the streets of Harlem as Berg and Cullen face off against a deadly creature that may be more than they can handle. Meanwhile, in Mississippi, a mysterious stranger unleashes furious retribution in the name of justice. BITTER ROOT Cover As by SANFORD GREENE will be connecting through the first story arc.

INGRID: The story widens out as it’s now taking place in both Harlem and Mississippi. Berg and Cullen are facing a new and terrifying creature, and the plot is getting bigger. This is just such an interesting book; I recommend it highly!

GOD OF WAR #2
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Tony Parker
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Secretly followed home from the mauling in the wildwoods, Kratos and his son are threatened by the mysterious bear cult. With his new home and family in danger, can the former Ghost of Sparta keep the monster inside him at bay? Or will Atreus get a glimpse into the dark secret his father has tried so hard to bury?

RODRIGO: I read the first issue of this and I thought it was pretty good. Still… it has that comic tie in problem of seeming like it won’t actually have any impact on the characters.

GODDESS MODE #1
Writer: Zoe Quinn
Artist: Robbie Rodriguez
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: In a near future where humanity’s needs are provided for by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But Cassandra Price’s life changes forever when she discovers a hidden digital world beneath our own, one where a group of super-powered women are locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality.

MATTHEW: This sounds really interesting, and I love Robbie’s art. I’m hoping this is the book I had hoped ‘Ready Player One’ was going to be…

HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018
Writer: Mike Mignola, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Tonci Zonjic
Artist: Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Tonci Zonjic, Ben Stenbeck
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Three wintery tales featuring a Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck team-up. A New Year’s Eve seance goes wrong when Hellboy visits a family’s English home, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba revisit B.P.R.D.: Vampire with a new tie-in story, and Tonci Zonjic returns to write and draw Lobster Johnson.

RODRIGO: You know I’m here for the Hellboy Winter Special especially with that all-star creative lineup.

STEPHEN: This is a fantastic issue! Every Hellboy fan must pick this up, and everyone who is a casual Hellboy fan must pick this up. Even if you hate seasonal specials, you need to pick this up. In other words, this issue is so good, everyone needs to pick this up!

MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #14
Writer: Matt Wagner
Artist: Matt Wagner
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Inside the Umbra Sprite’s stronghold, Kevin Matchstick must face an onslaught of opposition as he tries to rescue his family. While dark forces threaten to overwhelm Magda and Hugo, the arrival of an unexpected presence sows discord among the remaining Gracklethorns. Will The Pendragon’s power be enough to face the challenges ahead?

MATTHEW: Kevin’s latest chapter is almost at an end and I’m really afraid of what the title means for our hero and his family…

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 #3
Writer: Joel Hodgson, Harold Buchholz, Matt McGinnis, Mary Robinson, Seth Robinson, Sharyl Volpe
Artist: Todd Nauck, Mike Manley, Jack Pollock
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Mad scientist Kinga Forrester’s plan to dominate all media has succeeded in conquering comics! Jonah, Tom Servo, and Crow have been forced into public domain comic books and are desperately trying to riff their way out of them! But has Crow succumbed to four-color fever, or is the strange new persona he’s taken on hold a surprise for Kinga?

RODRIGO: If you listen to the Major Spoilers Podcast you’ve heard my issues with this comic. Still, I’m interested to see what happens to Tom Servo.

SILVER SURFER: THE BEST DEFENSE #1
Writer: Jason LaTour
Artist: Jason LaTour
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: Shall not the Judge of All the Earths do right? Norrin Radd is not so certain. But it falls to him who is the Silver Surfer to decide which planets will live…and which will feed the unending hunger of the world-devouring Galactus! A single honest person can tip the balance…if only the Surfer can find one in time!

MATTHEW: The first two chapters of the Defenders revival have been mighty interesting, but can they combine the new take on the Surfer with this new Defenders gig without messing up one or the other? I mean, Immortal Hulk worked…

WAR BEARS #3
Writer: Margaret Atwood
Artist: Ken Steacy
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, LLC
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale comes this historical fiction graphic novel tracing the Golden Age of comic books. With the triumphant arrival of VA Day, the victorious Allied Nations are filled with hope. For Al Zurkowski and Canoodle Features, the joyous event also brings a level of uncertainty. While the war is thankfully over, the small publisher finds itself a smaller fish in a massive pond, leading to a business decision that changes Al’s life forever.

INGRID: This is the conclusion of a great story that I have to recommend. Canada had a rich history of black and white comics, especially during WWII, and this is a story about life (sometimes difficult; sometimes rewarding) at that time at a small publisher in Canada.

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