Jingle Bells, Batman smells...GREAT! Can you sound what the Batman is cooking? This week we get Damned #2 AND #1 of Snyder and Jock's Batman Who Laughs. Big festive week for Batman and comics in general, just look at this list below!
With the controversy of last issue hopefully behind us, drag your mind out of the gutter and into the comic store for your copy of Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's BATMAN DAMNED #2 (OF 3). As Batman continues to descend into the Gotham underbelly (and hopefully not underoos), he falls further into the city's madness, full of mysteries and dead ends. But with the mystical nature of his case at hand, who better to guide him through the fog than the Demon, Etrigan?
Gerry Duggan and Greg Smallwood focus in on what may very well the Sorcerer Supreme's final battle in DEFENDERS DOCTOR STRANGE #1. Alone, unaided, not an ally in sight, this may finally be the end for Earth's resident Master of the Mystic Arts, but what is it that resides in his bag...?
Norrin Radd carried an incredibly heavy burden as the Herald of Galactus. Tasked with finding planets to doom to satiate Galactus' hunger, all it takes is a single person to save or damn their world. In DEFENDERS SILVER SURFER #1, by creative powerhouse Jason Latour, can the Surfer find that single person to save another world, or is it chow time for Galactus?
It's the wedding that's been decades in the making, and to celebrate the impending nuptials between Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters, check out a copy of FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1. Dan Slott, Gail Simone, Fred Hembeck, Laura Braga and Mark Buckingham invite you to Alicia's bacherlorette party, where a special guest villain decides to gatecrash, whilst the blue-eyed, ever lovin' Thing has a surprise encounter with his future father-in-law: the Puppet Master!
With a new movie set to hit the screens, and Spider-Geddon in full swing, there's never been a better time to get started on a new Spider series than with MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #1. Balancing school, homework and superheroics, things don't get any easier for Miles when the Rhino charges in and Brooklyn is overrun with criminals in the debut issue from Eisner winning writer Saladin Ahmed and Marvel Young Gun, Javi Garron.
Before his multiple vivisections, Darth Maul hid in the shadows of Coruscant, receiving tutelage from Darth Sidious and being molded into the weapon that would strike the Jedi Order down in STAR WARS AGE REPUBLIC DARTH MAUL #1, from Jody Houser and Luke Ross. Whilst Sidious plays a long game, weakening the Galactic Republic from within, Maul wants to strike out in the open. Can he contain himself long enough to ensure his master's victory?
The team behind Batman: The Black Mirror, Scott Snyder and Jock, return to bring you the continuing evil of a Jokerized Batman in BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 (OF 6). Bruce Wayne barely made it out alive after being preyed upon by the evil of the Dark Multiverse, and none were more deadly than the Batman Who Laughs. Thinking him dead at Challenger Mountain, Wayne will discover the shocking truth about the villain's survival... and may have to break his one rule!
With the Dark Knight Detective about to hit his 80th anniversary, his debut book begins the march towards issue #1000 with DETECTIVE COMICS #994, with Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke taking over. The commissioner calls Batman in on a crime scene that is both strange and yet familiar: a complete recreation of the murder of Martha & Thomas Wayne, down to the pearls and playbill. Can Batman put aside his very personal connection to the case long enough to find the answers?
Another new Vertigo book hits the stands with GODDESS MODE #1, by Zoe Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez, co-creator of Spider-Gwen. In the future, humanity is served by AI, but Cassandra Price is one of the unlucky humans who must do actual work and service it. But her life changes forever when she discovers a hidden digital world, and meets the super-powered women hunting for the cheat codes to life.
DC Talent Development Workshops' Class of 2018 have graduated, and DC is celebrating by publishing their one-shot, short stories in NEW TALENT SHOWCASE 2018 #1. Philip Johnson, Joey Esposito, Sanya Anwar, Ryan Cady, Magdalene Visaggio and Robert Li show off their skills by throwing you favourite DC heroes, such as Batman, Wonder Woman, John Constantine, Zatanna and Catwoman into scenarios only they could deliver. Be sure to look out for more work featuring these fresh, creative minds.
The 50th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes franchise is nearly at a close, but you can still celebrate it with a copy of PLANET OF APES SIMIAN AGE #1. Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Matt Smith and Jared Cullum tell stories from between Apes films, both new and old, one featuring a soldier in General Ursus' army, with another set just before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, starring Koba and his early struggles to stay loyal to Caesar.
Emi Lenox return to draw the world of Jeff Lemire's Black Hammer universe with BLACK HAMMER CTHU-LOUISE. Spawned by the emissary of a Cthulu god, poor Cthu-Louise is relentlessly teased and bullied at school due to her terrifying appearance, pushing her find a way, any way possible, to look normal.
Mike Mignola and a slew of other Hellboy veterans return to tell some wonderfully wintry tales in HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018. A New Year's Eve seance goes wrong when Hellboy visits a family's English home, then dive into a BPRD: Vampire tie-in story before finishing it off with a bout of Lobster Johnson. Christmas might be a boiler down here, but this is the book you need to cool yourself down, so don't miss it.
Taking a page (almost literally) from Deadpool's book, Spawn doesn't think killing the universe once was enough, so now he's back to do it all again with SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE TOO #1 (OF 4). As cute as a Skottie Young illustration and 100 times more deadly, Todd McFarlane and Will Robson won't leave a single survivor in their wake.
Another digital exclusive series makes it paperrific debut with CLOAK AND DAGGER MPGN TP SHADES OF GREY, from Dennis Hopeless and David Messina. Tyrone and Tandy have stalked the streets of New York for years as Cloak and Dagger. Recently, they have drifted apart, but now a new threat reunites them, but price for their reunion may be high.
Get a rare look into the earliest days of John Allison's smash-hit Giant Days series with GIANT DAYS EARLY REGISTRATION TP. Completely written and drawn by Allison himself during his self-publishing days, before Boom! Studio's brought it to the greater world at large, see where the origin of Daisy, Esther and Susan's friendship began.
Set before she managed to free herself from the abusive Clown Prince of Crime, HARLEY LOVES JOKER BY PAUL DINI HC returns to the days when Harley Quinn was inseparable from the Joker. But despite her dedication to Mistah J, Harley still managed to make mistakes, like revealing the whereabouts of his secret hideout! Harley will have her work cut out to make this one up to her lover, and the Dark Knight isn't gonna make it any easier on her.
A new, magical book filled with fun for all ages hits the shelves with HEX VET WITCHES IN TRAINING ORIGINAL GN VOL 01, written and drawn by Sam Davies. Got a creature, magical or mythical, that needs urgent medical care? Then the caring duo of Nan and Clarion have you covered, as they're training to be the best veterinarian witches that ever lived. When a magical rabbit comes into the clinic, with and injury and weird eyes, Nan and Clarion will have a chance to prove themselves worthy of their claim.
Natalie Nourigat left her life in Portland, Oregon behind to pursue her lifelong dream to develop a career in animation in Southern California. Despite all her research and preparation, living and working in California still managed to catch Natalie off-guard, and she presents her path, both the highs and the lows, to fulfilling her dream in I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES WORK ANIMATION ORIGINAL GN. If you've ever wished to work in animation, this book will help ready you for the challenges that lie ahead, and how to potentially overcome them.
Legendary filmmaker, Alejandro Jodorowsky, finally delivers a sequel to his cult classic film, El Topo, with SONS OF EL TOPO ORIGINAL GN HC VOL 01 CAIN. The infamous El Topo was a immoral, unethical bandit, until his journey through the desert brought to him religion and enlightenment. Now a man of God, Topo leaves his first son, Cain, behind and pursues a better life, eventually bringing another son, Abel, into the world. Driven by hatred against the father who abandoned him, Cain looks to have his revenge.
The ceremonious 50th issue of the ongoing Star Wars series (and you thought it would fail) is collected amongst others in STAR WARS TP VOL 09 HOPE DIES. This is where a New Hope was leading towards: a secret base for the Rebellion, a secret army and a chance for victory. A final assault is coming... but too bad Darth Vader has managed to find out everything the rebels were planning! How will the rebels dig themselves out of this mess... will this be the event that leaves the Rebels shattered and scattered at the start of Empire?
Judd Winick and Joshua Middleton's landmark team-up between the Big Red S and the Big Red Cheese is finally back in print with SUPERMAN SHAZAM FIRST THUNDER DLX ED HC, just in time for the upcoming Shazam movie. Superman is trying to stop a cult from relieving a museum of a very precious artifact, whilst Captain Marvel tackles gigantic robots in Fawcett City, but soon events will converge to provide the eager readers with the most spectacular team-up in all of comicdom! The DC Gods are giving you a second chance to collect this seminal miniseries, don't waste it.
For almost as long as Bruce Wayne has been Batman, Alfred Pennyworth has been his constant ally in his war on crime. Usually just a voice in Batman's ear, Melbourne writer Tom Taylor and Otto Schmidt reverse the usual formula in BATMAN ANNUAL #3, showing us a night in the Bat's life, from Alfred's perspective. With Bruce putting his life on the line once more, find out the true toll this takes on his father figure and mentor.
From the backup pages of Exit Stage Left to her own one shot story, check out SASQUATCH DETECTIVE #1 to learn about the formative days of LA's #1 detective: Tonya Lightfoot, sasquatch. Brandee Stillwell and Ron Randall take you through her childhood, brought up on golf, tennis and episodes of CSI, and the time spent inbetween being mischievous. But a few pranks too many forces her out into the city of LA, where she'll find her way as an officer of the law.
After a long absence, the lore of the world famous card game returns to comics with MAGIC THE GATHERING CHANDRA #1. Pyromancer Chandra Nalaar takes control of her life after tragedy and makes her own way in the world, fighting against threats both new and old, whilst coming to terms with her own heavy feelings of guilt.
A mystical, new series from Gabe Soria and Gideon Kendall debuts with MEGA GHOST #1 (OF 5). Living in the haunted Dunwich Heights was hard enough for Martin Magus, junior occultist, but when he takes possession of a magical ring during his investigation into the unknown, he'll find himself commanding... Mega Ghost. A giant supernatural robot is now at Magus' disposal to help him fight the scary inhabitants of the dark.
The main story of Rick Remender's crooked, alcoholic Fear Agent may be over, but the universe is far larger than Heath Huston, so see what else is transpiring in FEAR AGENT FINAL ED TP VOL 04. With other creators tackling Remender's world, such as Chris Burnham, Rafael Albuquerque Gerry Duggan and many more, see a brand new side of an old world.
W. Maxwell Prince and Martin Morazzo's anthology of sweet, scary horror returns for four more grisly stories in ICE CREAM MAN TP VOL 02 STRANGE NEAPOLITAN. Prepare yourself for such spooky tales as: a falling man; three-flavoured silent meditation; a young girl's quest with her dead bestie and a whole heap of suburban emergencies. If that wasn't enough, you'll also learn more about the Ice Cream Man, his past and his connection to the dark cowboy, Caleb.
Accalimed cartoonist, Sergio Ponchione, has been inspired by a multitude of comic book creators throughout his life. In tribute to them, he presents MEMORABILIA SC, a love letter to the influences of his past, that straddles between reality and fantasy. There's no real way to describe it, you'll have to pick up a copy to get the full effect.
A excellent list of releases and that's just the tip of this week's greatest.
Spot something else you need, just make sure to let us know before close on Tuesday night and we'll get it sorted.
Until we see you next, have a great week, live life and read comics.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11
ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4
BLACK ORDER #2 (OF 5)
BLACK PANTHER #7
DEFENDERS DOCTOR STRANGE #1
DEFENDERS SILVER SURFER #1
FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1
INFINITY WARS GHOST PANTHER #2 (OF 2)
INFINITY WARS SLEEPWALKER #4 (OF 4)
MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #1
MR AND MRS X #6
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #313 SG
SPIDER-FORCE #3 (OF 3) SG
SPIDER-GIRLS #3 (OF 3) SG
SPIDER-GWEN GHOST SPIDER #3 SG
STAR WARS AGE REPUBLIC DARTH MAUL #1
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #27
STAR WARS HAN SOLO IMPERIAL CADET #2 (OF 5)
TYPHOID FEVER IRON FIST #1
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #39
UNCANNY X-MEN #5
UNSTOPPABLE WASP #3
WEAPON X #27
X-MEN RED #11
BATMAN ANNUAL #3
BATMAN DAMNED #2 (OF 3)
BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 (OF 6)
DETECTIVE COMICS #994
ELECTRIC WARRIORS #2 (OF 6)
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #6
NEW TALENT SHOWCASE 2018 #1
SASQUATCH DETECTIVE #1
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #32
SUICIDE SQUAD #49
WONDER WOMAN #60
GODDESS MODE #1
HOUSE OF WHISPERS #4
BY NIGHT #6 (OF 12)
EMPTY MAN #2
GIANT DAYS #45
GO GO POWER RANGERS #15 )
JIM HENSON BENEATH DARK CRYSTAL #5 (OF 12)
PLANET OF APES SIMIAN AGE #1
REGULAR SHOW 25 YEARS LATER #6 (OF 6)
SMOOTH CRIMINALS #2
STEVEN UNIVERSE HARMONY #5
BLACK HAMMER CTHU-LOUISE
DRAGON AGE DECEPTION #3
GOD OF WAR #2 (OF 4)
HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018
JOE GOLEM #4 (OF 5) THE DROWNING CITY
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 #3
QUANTUM AGE FROM THE WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER #5
WAR BEARS #3 (OF 3)
WILLIAM GIBSON ALIEN 3 #2
JAMES BOND ORIGIN #4
LONE RANGER VOL 3 #3
RED SONJA TARZAN #6
VAMPIRELLA REANIMATOR #1
DISNEY COMICS AND STORIES #2
FROM HELL MASTER EDITION #2 (MR)
JINGLE BELLE HOMEMADES TALE
MAGIC THE GATHERING CHANDRA #1
MICKEY AND DONALD CHRISTMAS PARADE #4
MY LITTLE PONY NIGHTMARE KNIGHTS #3
RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #3 (OF 4)
STAR TREK WAYPOINT SPECIAL #1
TMNT MACROSERIES #4 RAPHAEL
AUNTIE AGATHAS HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS #2 (OF 6)
BITTER ROOT #2
CEMETERY BEACH #4 (OF 7)
HEAD LOPPER #10
HEY KIDS COMICS #5 (OF 5)
INFINITE DARK #3
MAGE HERO DENIED #14 (OF 15)
MAGIC ORDER #5 (OF 6)
MURDER FALCON #3
OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #10
OUTER DARKNESS #2
SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE TOO #1 (OF 4)
SHADOWMAN (2018) #10
ARCHIES CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR #1
CAPTAIN GINGER #3
DEAD KINGS #2
MEGA GHOST #1 (OF 5)
PATIENCE CONVICTION REVENGE #4
NOW #5 NEW COMICS ANTHOLOGY
ALL WE EVER WANTED SC
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP WORLDWIDE VOL 09
ANIMAL MAN BY GRANT MORRISON HC BOOK 01 30TH ANNIV
AQUAMAN BY GEOFF JOHNS OMNIBUS HC
AQUAMAN TP VOL 06 KINGSLAYER
ASTERIX AND THE CHARIOT RACE SC VOL 37
ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 26
BLACK CROWN OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
BRITANNIA TP VOL 03 LOST EAGLES OF ROME
BTVS SEASON 12 TP THE RECKONING
CABLE TP VOL 02 LAST HOPE
CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE TP
CLOAK AND DAGGER MPGN TP SHADES OF GREY
CURSE OF BRIMSTONE TP VOL 01 INFERNO
DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC GREATEST ADVENTURES
DOCTOR WHO ROAD TO 13TH DOCTOR TP
EL MESTIZO HC
FEAR AGENT FINAL ED TP VOL 04
FLASH TP VOL 08 FLASH WAR
FLUTTER COLLECTION TP
GIANT DAYS EARLY REGISTRATION TP
GO GO POWER RANGERS TP VOL 02
HARLEY LOVES JOKER BY PAUL DINI HC
HEX VET WITCHES IN TRAINING ORIGINAL GN VOL 01
HILLBILLY TP VOL 03
I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES WORK ANIMATION ORIGINAL GN
ICE CREAM MAN TP VOL 02 STRANGE NEAPOLITAN
JUDGE DREDD UNDER SIEGE TP
LITTLE GUARDIANS TP VOL 02
MARKET DAY HC
MARVEL KNIGHTS PUNISHER BY ENNIS COMPLETE COLLECTI
MELOWY GN VOL 02 FASHION CLUB OF COLORS
MIKE HAMMER TP NIGHT I DIED
MOORCOCK ELRIC HC VOL 03 WHITE WOLF
NEWSPRINTS GN VOL 01
PLANET OF THE APES URSUS TP
POLAR BEAR IN LOVE GN VOL 04
PRAGUE COUP HC
PREDATOR TP ESSENTIAL COMICS
PUNISHER EPIC COLLECTION TP CIRCLE OF BLOOD
SANDMAN TP VOL 03 DREAM COUNTRY 30TH ANNIV ED
SCARLET TP BOOK 02
SONS OF EL TOPO ORIGINAL GN HC VOL 01 CAIN
SPIDER-MAN DEMOLITION DAYS DIGEST TP
STAR WARS TP VOL 09 HOPE DIES
SUPERMAN SHAZAM FIRST THUNDER DLX ED HC
TANK GIRL COLOR CLASSICS HC VOL 01 1988-1990
TRISH TRASH ROLLERGIRL OF MARS HC VOL 03
ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GI JOE 1982 - 1994 3RD ED HC
VANISHING ACT HC
WONDER WOMAN THE GOLDEN AGE TP VOL 02
X-MEN GAMBIT COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 02
DC ARTISTS ALLEY BATGIRL BY MURASE VINYL FIG
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