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Our top 10 picks from DC’s August solicitations

DC is putting a fair number of titles to rest in August, including “Batwoman,” “Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps” and three of the Young Animal books. But it’s also resurrecting “Supergirl,” introducing Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld books and teaming up some classic villains with its Looney Tunes characters. Here are some of the comics we’re excited about.

Cover by Ben Oliver

LEX LUTHOR/ PORKY PIG SPECIAL #1
written by MARK RUSSELL
art by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
backup story written by JIM FANNING
backup story art by JOHN LOTER
cover by BEN OLIVER
variant cover by MAC REY
Facing financial and personal ruin, a desperate Porky Pig applies for and gets and entry-level position with LexCorp. Grateful to his new benefactor, Porky becomes Luthor’s most loyal employee and defender. But when a major scandal breaks in the news and Lex is called before a Congressional Committee, guess who is about to be offered up as the sacrificial pig?
ONE-SHOT
ON SALE 08.29.18
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES
FC | RATED T

Read about the other new DC/Looney Tunes books

JUSTICE LEAGUE #5
written by JAMES TYNION IV
art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Lex Luthor’s back in the present just trying to live his best life after seeing what the future could have held for him. Luthor’s new mantra? “Embrace Your Doom!” So now he’s rounding up a new Legion of Doom to go on a cosmic wilding and establish himself as the biggest baddie in the DCU. In full recruiting mode, Luthor approaches both Sinestro and Gorilla Grodd to join his new team, and he doesn’t exactly have to twist any arms. (They’ve got a matching 401K plan and great bennies, after all!)
ON SALE 08.01.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T+

MISTER MIRACLE #11
written by TOM KING
art by MITCH GERADS
cover by NICK DERINGTON
variant cover by MITCH GERADS
If there’s one thing popular fiction has taught us by now, it’s: never make a deal with the devil! And yet Mister Miracle is still listening when Darkseid approaches him with just such a devilish proposition—if Scott sends his newborn son to Apokolips, there will be peace on New Genesis. Since when has Darkseid been famous for his honesty?! It’ll be a miracle if this doesn’t blow up in Scott’s face.
ON SALE 08.08.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | 11 of 12
MATURE READERS

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CATWOMAN/TWEETY AND SYLVESTER SPECIAL #1
written by GAIL SIMONE
art by INAKI MIRANDA
cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
backup story written by SHEA FONTANA
backup story art by WALTER CARZON
variant cover by SANDY JARRELL
In his relentless pursuit of Tweety, Sylvester suddenly finds himself with a new, human ally—Catwoman. Tweety then realizes that he’s going to need some help too, and recruits a super-hero of his own. It isn’t long before the scale of the conflict begins to get out of control and suddenly theres’s a full scale war between cats and birds that threatens to take over all of Gotham.
ONE-SHOT
ON SALE 08.29.18
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES
FC | RATED T

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Cover by Jae Lee

THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1
story by NEIL GAIMAN
written by SI SPURRIER, NALO HOPKINSON, KAT HOWARD and DAN WATTERS
art by BILQUIS EVELY, DOMINIKE “DOMO” STANTON, TOM FOWLER, MAX FIUMARA and SEBASTIAN FIUMARA
cover by JAE LEE
variant covers by
JIM LEE
DAVID MACK
DAVE McKEAN
P. CRAIG RUSSELL
JILL THOMPSON
blank variant cover available
From the mind of New York Times #1 bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a new world filled with dreams, nightmares and wonderful characters living together in a shared universe for a new story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien’s library is discovered by a group of children in the waking world where it should not exist. Lucien calls for Matthew the Raven to seek out their master, Daniel, Lord of Dreams.
As Matthew flies across the Waking World and others, he finds a young boy named Timothy Hunter who, in his dreams, has become the world’s most powerful magician—but in his nightmares he is the world’s greatest villain. A new House has appeared in the realm of the Dreaming: the House of Whispers, with its proprietor, a fortune-teller called Erzulie. And elsewhere, Lucifer has fallen again, only this time he might be trapped in a Hell of his own design.
Spiraling out of this special issue will be four all-new series set in the Sandman Universe. It all starts here!
ON SALE 8.08.18
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES
FC | MATURE READERS

RELATED: Non-Neil Gaiman stories set in the Sandman Universe

PEARL #1
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by MICHAEL GAYDOS
variant cover by ALEX MALEEV
blank variant cover available
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.
ON SALE 08.15.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | 1 of 6
MATURE READERS

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BATMAN #52
written by TOM KING
art and cover by LEE WEEKS
variant cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
“Cold Days” continues! The jury in the Mr. Freeze trial is hopelessly deadlocked because one man won’t vote guilty—and that man is Bruce Wayne. Freeze’s defense is that Batman used excessive force, making his arrest illegal, and Bruce is the one man who actually knows for sure what went down between Batman and his ice-cold nemesis. And if Bruce is right, that means everything he’s devoted himself to as the Caped Crusader is a lie; he is hurting more than helping. With Dick Grayson putting the Batsuit back on to keep Gotham City safe while Bruce is sequestered, could this be the out Bruce needs to discard the cape and cowl forever?
The Eisner Award-nominated team of Tom King and Lee Weeks reexamine the relationship between hero and foe, as Batman relives not just that one violent night when he took down the King of Cold, but every time the two have come to blows.
ON SALE 08.01.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T

PLASTIC MAN #3
written by GAIL SIMONE
art by ADRIANA MELO
cover by ALEX ROSS
Eel went looking for a kid, but he found a Man-Bat instead, who brought him not only to the kid but also to the lair of the secret society that needs Plastic Man to stop asking inconvenient questions. Yes, it counts as comically good fortune if you squint your eyes and look around the corner (which he can totally do without even breaking a sweat. Or, you know, his neck).
ON SALE 08.08.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | 3 of 6 | RATED T+

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SUPERGIRL #21
written by MARC ANDREYKO
art by KEVIN MAGUIRE
cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
blank variant cover available
Mourning the loss of the Kryptonians wiped out by Rogol Zaar, Supergirl decides to play detective and sets off into deep space to learn more about the would-be usurper. Using whatever tech she can scrounge, Supergirl builds a star cruiser, and after intel from Green Lantern, she blasts off into the cosmos with Rogol Zaar’s deadly axe to solve the mystery—along with a traveling companion you won’t believe!
ON SALE 08.08.18
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | RATED T

DON’T LET THE PENGUIN DRIVE THE BATMOBILE HC
written by JACOB LAMBERT
art and cover by TOM RICHMOND
Mad Magazine knows there are more important vehicles to protect in this 100% Unauthorized parody of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus!
While Batman is busy fighting crime on the mean streets of Gotham City, it’s up to us to keep an eye on the Batmobile. The only problem? The Penguin really, really wants to drive it! Should we let him?
In this all-new story from the Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD Magazine, the best-selling children’s book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus is parodied with the heroes and villains from the world of Batman!
ON SALE 10.10.18
$14.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | 9” x 9”

19 ways Brian Michael Bendis changed the Marvel Universe

Cover by Chris Sprouse

With the release this Wednesday of “Invincible Iron Man” #600, writer Brian Michael Bendis marks the end of his time at Marvel.

Bendis left an indelible mark on the House of Ideas. Over the past 18 years, he masterminded a number of linewide events, introduced new characters who have made their way into other media, and took many of the company’s top-tier heroes through yearslong arcs, all while maintaining a commitment to character and snappy banter.

To honor the man and his work, we present the many ways Bendis changed the Marvel Universe, one year at a time.

2000: Bendis and Mark Bagley’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” helps launch the Ultimate Universe, a reimagining of Marvel continuity running parallel to the 616. Bendis oversees this younger version of Peter Parker through the character’s death in 2011. But there will be another.

2001: Bendis and Michael Gaydos launch “Alias,” Marvel’s first MAX mature-readers title, which introduced readers to Jessica Jones, a superhero turned private investigator. Jones will go on to marry and have a child with Luke Cage, join the Avengers and the Defenders, and get her own series on Netflix.

2002: As part of his run on “Daredevil” with Alex Maleev, the character’s secret identity is leaked to the feds and to the press, with repercussions that last into the run of Bendis’ successor, Ed Brubaker. It also goes on to inspire the “I’m not Daredevil” sweater created in Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera’s run.

2003: Bendis fills in after Mark Millar leaves “Ultimate X-Men” to do Mark Millar-y things. He writes two arcs alongside artist David Finch, and introduces the Ultimate versions of Havok, Polaris, Karma and Dazzler.

2004: Bendis moves into Avengers Mansion and immediately tears apart the team, killing Jack-of-Hearts, Ant-Man, Vision and Hawkeye in rapid succession, all courtesy of an unhinged Scarlet Witch. The chaos leads Marvel’s premier superteam to disassemble …

2005: … Only to reassemble them as the New Avengers, with a new lineup featuring characters such as Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Spider-Woman and Luke Cage. Issue #1 debuts atop the Diamond rankings for that month, and Bendis remains the guiding hand of the Avengers through 2012.

2006: Bendis and Jim Cheung explore a hidden history of the Marvel Universe via the Illuminati, a secret cabal of superheroes – Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Doctor Strange, Namor, Charles Xavier and the Inhuman King Black Bolt – that had been manipulating events since the Kree-Skrull War, well-intended machinations that would lead to our 2008 entry.

2007: “New Avengers” #26 is a flashback issue that shows Hawkeye searching for the Scarlet Witch upon his resurrection post-“House of M.” He finds her in the European village of Transia, and they end up sleeping together. Oh, except it is later revealed that was a Doombot made to look like Wanda Maximoff. Bendis isn’t behind that later reveal – credit there goes to Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung – but still, he gets the assist. So, basically, Bendis is the Scottie Pippen of superhero-robot sex.

2008: Bendis’ long-game story in “New Avengers” pays off in “Secret Invasion,” an event series drawn by Leinil Yu in which the Skrulls lead an all-out assault on Earth, having sewn themselves among the superhero population to prepare for this moment. The story plays off the wedge driven among the heroes by the previous year’s “Civil War” story, and reveals Skrull poseurs including Hank Pym, Spider-Woman, Jarvis, Elektra and Black Bolt. In the end, it’s not the Avengers who save the day, but …

2009: … Norman Osborn, who is rewarded for killing the Skrull empress by being put in charge of a replacement agency for SHIELD called HAMMER. Osborn spends the next year and change getting revenge on his enemies, hunting down everyone from Iron Man to the X-Men to Deadpool with his own handpicked teams of villains posing as heroes.

2010: Osborn’s “Dark Reign” comes crashing down in the event storyline “Siege,” in which Loki tricks him into getting greedy and going after Asgard, which at the time floated a few feet above Broxton, Oklahoma. “Siege” gives us a rad double-page spread of the  Sentry ripping Ares in half, but it also restores the classic Cap-Iron Man-Thor lineup of the Avengers, after a long period in which Bucky was Cap, Iron Man was an enemy of the team and the state, and Thor was dead.

2011: Bendis kills the Ultimate version of Peter Parker and introduces Miles Morales, a biracial Spider-Man inspired in part by Donald Glover’s campaign to play the webslinger on screen. Morales proved such a fan favorite that he survived the destruction of the Ultimate Universe in 2015, and will star in his own animated movie later this year.

2012: “Avengers vs. X-Men” pivots Bendis from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to Marvel’s merry mutants. For his first act – besides inspiring sales of “Cyclops was right” T-shirts – he pulls younger versions of the original five X-Men forward in time, where they remain to this day (though maybe not for much longer).

2013: Just a few months after Bendis takes over the X-Men, he begins writing a new volume of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” using a version of the team that would become familiar to filmgoers the following year. Bendis et al’s team also features a regularly rotating guest-hero slot, filled by Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Venom, etc., for an extra dose of star power.

2014: And because Bendis was writing both the Guardians and the X-Men, it was only a matter of time before members of those teams began fraternizing. Cut to Kitty Pryde dating her third Peter in 30 years – Quill, Star-Lord – and getting engaged to him, though that is ultimately called off and she inevitably returns to the X-Men, and her original Peter.

2015: Bendis wraps his X-Men run with Cyclops calling a million-mutant march on Washington, D.C., just to show people mutants can come together without property being destroyed. It’s the last good time before nearly two years of mutant-Inhuman conflict. Also Maggott was there.

2016: The post-“Secret Wars” era finds Bendis leaving the X-Men and moving on to Iron Man, where he introduces Riri Williams, a teen prodigy who …

2017: … takes up the red and gold as Ironheart after “Civil War II” leaves Tony Stark in a Captain Marvel-induced coma. At this point in Marvel continuity, legacy heroes occupy each of the Big Three Avengers slots, with Sam Wilson standing in for Captain America, Riri Iron Man and Jane Foster Thor.

2018: Bendis leaves, wrapping arcs on “Defenders,” “Jessica Jones,” “Spider-Man” and “Invincible Iron Man” following a stint in the hospital. It’s no small thing that Marvel’s “fresh start” this past month begins at the same time Bendis’ name disappears from the books. It’s also no small thing that Marvel has gone creator-exclusive-happy of late, signing deals with Donny Cates, Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson and Chip Zdarsky. There is no better time for Marvel to be cultivating the next generation of superstar creators, especially with Bendis joining Tom King and Scott Snyder at DC for a triumvirate not seen in comics since the heyday of Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld. May we get good comics from both sides as a result.

New DC/Looney Tunes mashups coming in August

Last year’s “Batman/Elmer Fudd” special was nominated for an Eisner for Best Humor Publication and gave writer Tom King a theme for autographing/augmenting covers at cons.

Capitalizing on that success, DC on Thursday announced a new quartet of DC/Looney Tunes one-shots. Each 48-page issue is scheduled to drop Aug. 29 and cost $4.99.

The lineup includes:

Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

CATWOMAN/TWEETY AND SYLVESTER SPECIAL #1
Written by GAIL SIMONE, with art by INAKI MIRANDA
Backup story written by SHEA FONTANA, with art by WALTER CARZON
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

In his relentless pursuit of Tweety, Sylvester suddenly finds himself with a new, human ally—Catwoman! Tweety then realizes that he’s going to need some help too, and recruits a super-hero of his own, Black Canary! It isn’t long before the scale of the conflict begins to get out of control and suddenly there’s a full-scale war between cats and birds that threatens to take over all of Gotham.

cover by AMANDA CONNER

HARLEY QUINN/GOSSAMER SPECIAL #1
Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI and AMANDA CONNER, with art by PIER BRITO
Backup story written by SHOLLY FISCH, with art by DAVE ALVAREZ
Cover by AMANDA CONNER

A violent storm leaves a large crate washed up on the beach at Coney Island. When Harley breaks it open to see what’s inside, she suddenly has a new playmate to add to her cast of friends—a large, furry, orange beast called Gossamer. It’s all fun and games until a giant robot attacks them. But who sent it? Harley immediately suspects only one man, but is it really The Joker behind this destructive rampage?

Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND

THE JOKER/ DAFFY DUCK SPECIAL #1
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, with art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Backup story written by JOEY CAVALIERI, with art by LUCIANO VECCHIO

When Daffy Duck pays a call to the Acme corporate headquarters in Gotham City, he finds the company long gone and their abandoned building now occupied by The Joker. With a hit in progress, Daffy tries to sneak away, only to find himself in the clutches of the Clown Prince of Crime. But Joker decides that there’s some potential in this manic bird and forces Daffy to join his gang. Will he find a way to escape…or will he become The Joker’s new right-hand duck?

Cover by BEN OLIVER

LEX LUTHOR/ PORKY PIG SPECIAL #1
Written by MARK RUSSELL, with art by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
Backup story written by JIM FANNING, with art by JOHN LOTER
Cover by BEN OLIVER

Facing financial and personal ruin, a desperate Porky Pig applies for and gets and entry-level position with LexCorp. Grateful to his new benefactor, Porky becomes Luthor’s most loyal employee and defender. But when a major scandal breaks in the news and Lex is called before a congressional committee, guess who is about to be offered up as the sacrificial pig?

6 reasons to be excited for Thompson & Caselli’s ‘West Coast Avengers’

In December, astute Marvel zombies scrolling through March’s solicitations learned a number of titles – “Hawkeye,” “The Unbelievable Gwenpool,” “America,” “Generation X,” etc. – were about to be canceled.

Well, guess what: They’re all Avengers now.

Marvel on Thursday announced a new volume of “West Coast Avengers” written by Kelly Thompson (“Rogue & Gambit,” Dynamite’s “Nancy Drew”) and drawn by Stefano Caselli (“Invincible Iron Man”).

Cover art by Caselli shows a team lineup composed of the two Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop; Kate’s boyfriend, Johnny, aka Fuse; Gwenpool; America Chavez; and ex-Generation Xer Quentin Quire, aka Kid Omega.

Here are six reasons why you should be excited:

Cover by Stefano Caselli

THOMPSON JUST GETS THESE CHARACTERS: If you’ve read the most recent “Hawkeye” series, “Rogue & Gambit” or even Thompson’s story in this week’s “X-Men Wedding Special,” you know Thompson excels at character, which can be the difference between a good superhero comic and a great superhero comic. She’s already an old hand on at least four members of this team – the Hawkeyes, Fuse and Kate’s BFF, America – so watching those characters mix and mingle with Quire and Gwenpool is bound to be fun.

ADMIT IT, YOU MISSED THE WCA: The original “West Coast Avengers” ongoing (eventually renamed “Avengers West Coast”) ran for 102 issues from 1985 to 1994, after which the team was rebranded as Force Works. Past members include Hawkeye (Barton), Iron Man, Mockingbird, Tigra, Hank Pym, Moon Knight, Wonder Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch and Spider-Woman, and past creators include Roger Stern, John Byrne, Al Milgrom, Steve Engelhart and Roy Thomas. So there’s pedigree all over the place.

THOMPSON MAY STILL BE GETTING AN X-BOOK: Even with WCA and “Nancy Drew” coming down the pike, Thompson tweeted Thursday she has “three more announcements coming,” so fans of “Rogue & Gambit” may soon see her playing in the mutant sandbox again.

Someone should preemptively call 911 for ya then cause it could happen. I got three more announcements coming! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

TEAM #HAWKGUY FOREVER: Let’s face it, Hawkeye and Hawkeye have a level of platonic chemistry that makes for effortlessly good comics. Or have you not read Matt Fraction and David Aja’s “Hawkeye” series? Also, they have a dog that eats pizza.

AVENUE Q: Grant Morrison’s Marvel version of Damian Wayne, Quire, hasn’t gotten much play outside the X-books, save for an arc in Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman’s “The Mighty Thor.” It will be fun to see this obnoxious superprick rub his fellow heroes the wrong way and eventually soften on them. (Insert “phrasing” GIF from “Archer.”)

SO MUCH PINK AND PURPLE: Marvel didn’t announce who is coloring the book, but between the two Hawkeyes, Gwenpool and Quire’s hair, there hasn’t been this much pink and purple in a Marvel comic since the Hellions were a going concern.

Issue #1 is scheduled to drop Aug. 22.

Meet the artists of the Sandman Universe

Vertigo on Tuesday announced the five artists behind the titles of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe line, two and a half months after the writers.

Bilquis Evely will draw “The Dreaming,” written by Si Spurrier; Dominike “Domo” Stanton will draw “House of Whispers,” written by Nalo Hopkinson; Max and Sebastian Fiumara will draw Lucifer, written by Dan Watters; and Tom Fowler will draw “Books of Magic,” written by Kat Howard.

Mat Lopes colored sample art provided by DC.

The four series will be preceded by a “Sandman Universe” one-shot Aug. 8. “The Dreaming” and “House of Whispers” will launch in September, followed by “Lucifer” and “Books of Magic” in October.

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Evely is based in Brazil and debuted with Dynamite’s “Doc Savage” and “Shaft.” Her latest works include Sugar & Spike, Batman Annual #1, Wonder Woman and Lazarus X+66.

Stanton is a recent graduate of DC’s Artists Workshop. His published work includes DC Showcase, Starbrand & Nightmask, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, The Big Con Job and Darryl Makes Comics’ DMC.

The Fiumara brothers are from Argentina. The two often collaborate on projects including Dark Horse’s Abe Sapien. Individually, Max’s work includes The Amazing Spider-Man and most recently the Black Hammer spinoff series Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows. Sebastian’s work includes Loki and All-Star Batman.

Fowler is a cartoonist and illustrator who has worked in comics, advertising, film and game design. His best-known comics include the MAD Magazine feature “Monroe,” Venom, Hulk Season One, Quantum & Woody, Rick and Morty and Mysterius the Unfathomable. He currently is an inker on Doom Patrol.

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Cable, Deadpool to team up once more in August annual

Cover by Chris Stevens

The following is solicit text from Marvel:

Deadpool’s got a new job…and to get it done, he’ll need to call in help from his old pal, Cable! This summer, CABLE AND DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1 will bring the two heroes back together in a brand new story from David F. Walker and Paco Diaz, featuring a host of stellar artists who will bring readers a dose of history’s favorite duo!

When Deadpool is hired to track a woman through time, he assumes it’s your standard, run-of-the-mill rescue mission. But time-hopping villains are no joke, and nothing is ever simple when the Merc With A Mouth is involved! Enter Cable – the only chance Deadpool has of completing his mission without destroying the timestream…or the entire Marvel Universe!

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Don’t miss the epic team-up in CABLE AND DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1, in comic shops this August!

CABLE AND DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1

Written by DAVID F. WALKER

Art by PACO DIAZ & OTHERS

Cover by CHRIS STEVENS

On Sale 8/15/18

August is Fantastic Four variant month at Marvel

The following is solicit text from Marvel:

The Fantastic Four have returned, and what better way to celebrate the homecoming of Sue, Reed, Ben and Johnny than with a collection of variant covers highlighting the different iterations of Marvel’s beloved first family? This August, some of the industry’s most acclaimed creators will bring you the Fantastic Four through the years, highlighting the team during their many different and memorable eras in Marvel Comics!

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Look for Marvel’s RETURN OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR variant covers on these select titles:

1.       AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 by STEVE EPTING

2.       AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 by CHRIS SPROUSE (not final art)

3.       ASTONISHING X-MEN #14 by ADAM KUBERT

4.       AVENGERS #6 by JOHN CASSADAY

5.       CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 by TRAVIS CHAREST

6.       DEADPOOL #3 by ROB LIEFELD

7.       DOCTOR STRANGE #4 by DAVID AJA

8.       FANTASTIC FOUR #1 by MARK BROOKS

9.       HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: DEAD ENDS #1 by STEVE MCNIVEN

10.   IMMORTAL HULK #4 by ARTHUR ADAMS

11.   MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #9 by ALAN DAVIS

12.   SENTRY #3 by PHIL NOTO

13.   THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 by HUMBERTO RAMOS

14.   THE PUNISHER #1 by SALVADOR LARROCA

15.   THOR #4 by BRYAN HITCH

16.   TONY STARK: IRON MAN #3 by ADAM HUGHES

17.   VENOM #5 by GERARDO ZAFFINO

18.   WEAPON H #6 by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL

19.   X-23 #3 by CARLOS PACHECO

20.   X-MEN: RED #7 by DAVID MARQUEZ

New Punisher volume to keep Rosenberg, add Burchielli

The following is solicit text from Marvel:

This August, THE PUNISHER will embark on a brand new adventure via some very capable hands, as Marvel exclusive writer Matthew Rosenberg (“Astonishing X-Men”) continues Frank Castle’s story alongside acclaimed artist Riccardo Burchielli (“DMZ”)!

The Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he’s retained his newly acquired taste for the big game…and he’s hungry for more. Check out a new, remastered variant cover by Mike Zeck with colors by Richard Isanove, and don’t miss PUNISHER #1, in comic shops this August!

RELATED: Read our tributes to the Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson Punisher films

PUNISHER #1

Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG

Art by RICCARDO BURCHIELLI

Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD

PUNISHER #1 ZECK REMASTERED VARIANT

On Sale 8/8/18

Laura Kinney gets in her last snikts as Wolverine in this week’s comics

Cover by David Lopez

Tom Taylor and co.’s “All-New Wolverine” marked a period of growth for Laura Kinney, the Wolverine clone formerly known as X-23. She took on the codename and blue-and-yellow costume of her predecessor, took in one of her clones, the amazing Gabby, aka Honey Badger, and forged friendships with some of the other heroes of the Marvel Universe, from Hawkeye to Deadpool to Squirrel Girl.

Wednesday’s issue #35, drawn by Ramon Rosanas, marks the end of that run, as Marvel transitions to its “fresh start.” The old Wolverine (Middle-Aged Man Logan?) is back, and Laura will return to her old codename in July, in a new volume of “X-23” by writer Mariko Tamaki (“Hulk”) and artist Juann Cabal, who drew a few issues of “All-New.” In an interview with Marvel.com, Tamaki says the new series is about “what it means to wrestle with legacy and identity when you were created to be a weapon and not someone with a birthday and a sister.”

Cover by Mike Choi

Taylor, however, is not done with Laura and Gabby. They are still members of his “X-Men Red” team, issue #4 of which is also out this Wednesday. So if you enjoy his character work (and you should), there’s still a place to go to get your fix.

Ether: The Copper Golems #1 of 5: “Grass Kings” writer Matt Kindt and “Black Hammer” artist David Rubin give us this high-fantasy series about a team that seeks to seal breaches between Earth and a magical realm, for Dark Horse.

Flavor #1: Chefs are the ultimate celebrity and food is the most valued commodity in this new Miyazaki-esque Image series by writer Joseph Keatinge (“Glory”) and artist Wook Jin Clark (“Adventure Time: The Flip Side”).

X-Men Wedding Special cover by J. Scott Campbell

X-Men Wedding Special #1: Colossus and Kitty Pryde celebrate their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties in dueling stories by writers Marc Guggenheim (“X-Men Gold”) and Kelly Thompson (“Rogue and Gambit”), with a bonus story by the one true X-scribe, Chris Claremont, and art by Greg Land, Marika Cresta and others.

Superman Special cover

Superman Special #1: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason wrap their run on the Man of Steel with this supersized issue, featuring backup stories by Mark Russell with art by Bryan Hitch and Ian Flynn with art by Kaare Andrews.

New Challengers #1: The New Age of DC Heroes includes a new Challengers of the Unknown team by writer Scott Snyder (“No Justice“) and artist Andy Kubert (“Dark Days: The Forge/Casting”).

Cover by Andy Clarke

Walk Through Hell #1: A detective thriller quickly turns into a horror story in a new AfterShock Comics series by writer Garth Ennis (“Preacher”) and artist Goran Sudzuka.

Cover by Greg Smallwood

The Archies #7: The tour ends for Archie and the gang, but not before a gig with Josie and the Pussycats. Writers Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg (“Phoenix: Resurrection”) and artist Joe Eisma (“Jughead: The Hunger”) go out with a bang. Check out a preview here.

Marvel begins rolling out variants for new Captain America volume

Art by Alex RossMarvel on Tuesday began rolling out variant covers for its upcoming “Captain America” relaunch, starting with one by Joe Jusko, shown below.

Cover by Joe Jusko

The new volume of Cap’s adventures will start July 4, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates (“Black Panther”) and drawn by Leinil Yu (“Secret Invasion”). A preview in the back half of the “Avengers” Free Comic Book Day issue saw Steve Rogers face off against clones of Nuke, a Super Soldier from the Weapon Plus program, bred by a new threat called the Power Elite.

“I think it’s a really exciting time to be writing Captain America right now,” Coates said in Marvel’s original announcement of the “fresh start” series. “The country is in an interesting place, and I look forward to inhabiting Steve Rogers’ character – this guy who has been a sort of awkward fit for the world, out of time as people say. I hope fans are excited to see something different, and I think there are some really compelling villains old school Captain America fans and Marvel fans will be familiar with.”

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