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.

DRAGON AGE: BLUE WRAITH #1 (of 3)
Writer: Christina Weir and Nunzio Defilippis
Artist: Fernando Heinz Furukawa
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Fenris-the beloved character from Dragon Age II-makes his comics debut in this canonical continuation of BioWare’s dark fantasy epic! With the fanatical Qunari seeking to topple the Tevinter mageocracy, one powerful young mage’s desperate search for her father brings her face-to-face with a notorious mage hunter-Fenris, the Blue Wraith.

Find out what Fenris has been up to since the incident in Kirkwall.

Brought to you by the team behind both Dragon Age: Knight Errant and Dragon Age: Deception.

CHRISTOPHER: I like the title and the stories that have been told in this world. While Fenris isn’t my favorite character, I always enjoy exploring the setting.

HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2019
Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, and Scott Allie
Artist: Mark Laszlo, Lelia Del Duca, and Andrea Mutti
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Celebrate the season in true Hellboy fashion!

Meet a ghostly miser in an alternate reality, fear the Boogam of rural New York, and embrace the wrath of St. Hagan in this trio of occult winter tales! The familiar faces of Hellboy, Sarah Jewell, and the legendary Knights of St. Hagan will help you ring in the new year with all the shivers you can take-and not all of them from the cold!

Three short stories in one issue!

CHRISTOPHER: Normally I am pretty skeptical about holiday specials but I am always down for a new Hellboy story.

STEPHEN: This is a Hellboy book, with stories from the Hellboy universe. Why the heck would you not buy this book? Pick it up, and enjoy the long winter nights.

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE #5 (OF 12)
Writer: Adam Cesare
Artist: French Carlomagno
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: An all-new arc spotlighting Hup, the heroic Podling from Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Introducing a new creative team of writer Adam Cesare and artist French Carlomagno (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.)

Hup is a Podling cook who dreams of being a Paladin. When the chivalrous bard Barfinnious comes to Hup’s village with tales of former glory, Hup leaves his small town to follow him. But the longer they travel, the more Hup begins to doubt that Barfinnious is truly who he says he is.

CHRISTOPHER: Age of Resistance has told a really strong story in their first arc and I am optimistic going into this second one. Pup seemed like an undeveloped supporting character and perhaps this will add some depth to him.

IRON MAN 2020 #1
Writer: Dan Slott, Christos Gage
Artist: Pete Woods
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: The future is now! Artificial Intelligences presents a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel! The Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights! And Arno Stark IS Iron Man!

MATTHEW: I remember reading the first appearances of Iron Man 2020 in high school. Now, it’s 2020 and I’m just gonna sit over here and listen to my ancient body breaking down.

But I wanna read this book…

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #3
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Travis Moore
Publisher:DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: You knew there was no way Jon Kent was going to leave his best friend behind! Welcome to the future, Damian Wayne! (This is such a terrible idea!) Also, meet the new Legionnaires as they head to a secret undercover mission on the first man-made planet: Planet Gotham. Every page of this new DC epic plants seeds and ideas that will blast out across the DC Universe for months to come! All this, and Monster Boy is on the loose!

MATTHEW: I don’t know if I like the idea of Robin in the Legion, but with luck it’ll be short-lived. After all, we’ve got like thirty characters in the book already…

STEPHEN: This is a very good series (so far), and all Legion fans need to buy this book!

ROM: DIRE WRAITHS #1
Writer: Chris Ryall
Artist: Guy Dorian Sal Buscema
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: In 1969, two American astronauts became the first humans to set foot on Earth’s moon… but they found something inhuman waiting for them! With Rom the Spaceknight nowhere in sight, can even the Earth Corp help prevent one giant leap for Wraithkind? Plus! Find out where Rom is in a special back-up story with art by Guy Dorian Sr. and Rom legend Sal Buscema!

MATTHEW: I’ve been lax on the IDW ROM books so far, but I’m looking forward to seeing Sal back on the Spaceknight and I hope this goes someplace good. Did they abandon the whole Revolution crossover reality, or did I imagine that?

SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #7
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Steve Lieber
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: The doctor will see you now, Jimmy…and you, Jimmy, and you, and you, annnd you, too, Jimmy! How can there be five different Jimmy’s, and how will our Jimmy handle keep the other four Jimmy’s together without bursting into smithereens? Well, to answer that, Jimmy will first have to us about your mother. And what about your brother Jamie and sister Janey? Ah, yes, but how does that make you feel, Jimmy?

INGRID: You know, in a world of doom and gloom, sometimes you just want a little zaniness. Jimmy Olsen is a classic, and yes, he can be a lot of fun.

VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #7
Writer: Jason Aaron and Al Ewing
Artist: Pere Perez
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: TIME OF DEATH: NOW! Valkyrie teams up with Marvel’s Mightiest Medics to save the life of the ultimate patient — Death herself! With a universal force on the cosmic operating table, the end of everything is one slip of the scalpel away… but has one of Jane’s surgical team forgotten their Hippocratic Oath?

INGRID: It’s the second half of a supernatural medical emergency featuring a team of medical-related heroes! I love some good metaphors, and crossing over with medical science really makes this one look interesting.

ROBOT OVERLORD: I have a feeling there are more great comics to be found this week. What are YOU going to read?

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