Showcase Saturday 8.18.18

A relatively light week – at least in terms of regular books – but not a cheap one, given the purchase of a particularly weighty tome*.

Let’s take a look:

From DC:


JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS – These are the legendary tales written and illustrated by Jack “King” Kirby that introduced the warring worlds of Apokolips and New Genesis, their rulers, Darkseid and Highfather, and countless heroes and villains including Orion, Lightray, Kalibak, Granny Goodness and more. Witness the return of the Newsboy Legion and the struggle of the New Gods and the Forever People to stop Darkseid’s quest for the deadly Anti-Life Equation! This new omnibus edition includes SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #133-139 and 141-148, NEW GODS #1-11, FOREVER PEOPLE #1-11, DC GRAPHIC NOVEL #4: THE HUNGER DOGS and a story from NEW GODS #6 (1984).

NEW CHALLENGERS #4 – The Challengers tackle undead barbarians and a zombie-dinosaur stampede way down under in otherworldly Skartaris. Good thing they find that flock of pterodactyls, too—turns out to be handy against rogue agents setting up a super-weapon! Unfortunately, the Challengers also find their HQ destroyed and their predecessors missing. Plus, their borrowed time might be up, because the hourglass tattoos are on the fritz. All in a day’s work for the Challengers! (Face palm!)

From Image:


THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #38 – “MOTHERING INVENTION,” Part Five We’ll probably call this episode “In-Between Days,” just to make Jamie happy. Jamie deserves to be happy. Meanwhile, Kieron has to reread The White Goddess, as he deserves to suffer.

From Marvel:

THOR #4 – THOR & THE VALKYRIES TAKE ON THE QUEEN OF CINDERS IN THE WAR FOR HEL! The Queen of Cinders and her fire goblin army have invaded the land of the dead. To keep the afterlife from going up in flames, Thor and his brothers will have to forge alliances with some of their greatest enemies and seek to unlock the secrets of Valhalla and the mighty Valkyries!

That does it for the Showcase. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Spotlight.

As always, special thanks go out to Comic Logic Books & Artworkmy Local Comic Shop. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).

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*There is no chance I’ll be writing about that one tomorrow. At some point in the future? We’ll see.


Showcase Saturday 8.11.18

The return of an iconic brand and set of characters serves as the centerpiece to this week’s Showcase.

From DC:

BATMAN BEYOND #22 – Batman’s got a bullseye on his back in part four of “Target: Batman.” Thanks to the machinations of the Scarecrow, the entire city of Neo-Gotham is looking to take aim at Batman—including his own partner, Robin! Will hero turn against hero when fear is in the air? Elsewhere, former Royal Flush Gang member Melanie Walker looks to upgrade her image and take on a new heroic mantle, so she seeks advice from newsman Jack Ryder—unaware that he’s a total costumed Creeper!

CATWOMAN #2 – Gotham’s a toxic litter box for Selina Kyle of late, so she hits the road looking to clear the air, change her look and clear her name, too—there’s a copycat burglar swiping her M.O. who needs sorting out. In her hometown, Catwoman runs afoul of a crime boss who’s also hunting this impostor. Can the two declare a truce to hunt a mutual enemy, or will Selina end up just more roadkill?

PLASTIC MAN #3 – 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).

SUPERMAN #2 – The world quakes and shakes as it begins to succumb to the effects of the entire planet being moved into the lifeless realm known as the Phantom Zone. As Superman works with the World’s Greatest Heroes, an old enemy trapped in the same prison returns to stop the Man of Steel and escape.

THE IMMORTAL MEN #5 – Caden Park comes to grips with his immortal lineage, thus launching a bold new era for the Immortal Men! However, this new epoch is threatened right out of the gate, as the Immortal Men must battle an unstoppable army of their fellow immortals in a floating war-city miles above New York City. That’s one bite the Big Apple may not survive! Meanwhile, this war of immortals draws all kinds of unwanted attention, starting with black-ops badass Amanda Waller. Gulp!

WONDER WOMAN #52 – At the behest of Aztek, Diana and Artemis join her for a trip to Mexico, but there’s no sightseeing on the agenda. Instead, they must rescue a long-lost Amazon who’s being held captive by rogue deity Tezcatlipoca, who’s trying to break into our world. Can our three heroes save the missing Amazon, stop a raging god and not kill one another in the process?

From Marvel:

DOMINO #5 – Topaz and [REDACTED] have upended Domino’s life completely, dragging her ugly Project Armageddon origins out of the shadows for all to see. Now, having been torn down to her very foundation, Domino is confronted with the deepest cut of all: BETRAYAL. There’s a RAT in the henhouse.

EXILES #6 – The Exiles land in the Old West! A dusty town of innocents is under the thrall of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants — including their sharpshooting leader, Magneto! But this town ain’t big enough for all those mutants, and the Exiles aren’t about to let the Brotherhood get their way. Saddle up for a wild ride with guest artist Rod Reis!

From Vertigo:

THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 – 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!

That does it for this week’s Showcase. Come back tomorrow to see which – if any – of these comics makes its way into the Spotlight.

As always, special thanks go out to Comic Logic Books & Artworkmy Local Comic Shop. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).

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Showcase Saturday 8.4.18

A damaged shipment at the comic shop makes for a rather light Showcase this week.

From DC:

MISTER MIRACLE #10 – Darkseid has put an offer on the table— something that can end the war between New Genesis and Apokolips once and for all. The stakes are high, but peace is important. Mister Miracle finds himself caught having to make a decision that won’t just change the new life he’s been building, but potentially the entirety of the universe.

 

 

ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #1 – The Super Sons are back in an all-new 12-issue miniseries written by Peter J. Tomasi! Check out the lost and secret adventures of Damian Wayne (Robin) and Jon Kent (Superboy) in this flashback miniseries that takes a deep dive into the bombastic bromance between the sons of the DC Universe’s greatest heroes. It’s an epic dual storyline that transcends current events, as Superboy and Robin find themselves targets of an interstellar team of young badasses called the Gang.

After the last issue of Mister Miracle, I’m not sure I’m emotionally prepared for tomorrow’s Spotlight post.

In any case, that does it for this week’s Showcase.

As always, special thanks go out to Comic Logic Books & Artworkmy Local Comic Shop. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).

If you like the Showcase, the Spotlight, or any aspect of OpenDoor Comics, please remember that there are ways that you can support the site and its development – not to mention my comic-buying, food-eating, and mortgage-paying habits – via Patreon and/or PayPal.



Showcase Saturday 7.28.18

This is the part where I try to come up with something clever to say as a means of introducing this post in which I list the comics I bought today, one of which I might write about tomorrow.

Look, here’s what I bought, okay? Don’t make this weird.

From DC:

ACTION COMICS #1001 – Acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis’ new chapter for the Man of Steel and the world of tomorrow begins here! The devastating repercussions from the Man of Steel miniseries still reverberate as Metropolis enters a new age! The Daily Planet teeters on the brink of disaster! A new criminal element has made its way onto the streets of Superman’s hometown! The longest- running superhero comic of all time explodes off the page with art by fan favorite Patrick Gleason.

DC’S BEACH BLANKET BAD GUYS SPECIAL #1 – It’s summertime in the DCU and the bad guys are taking over! Beat the heat with 10 all-new stories by top comics talent starring DC’s most spectacular super-villains! In this issue, find out what Mr. Freeze does on the hottest day of the Gotham City summer! Learn what made Grodd such a bad gorilla! Then, while in a small beach town, Deathstroke gets hired for murder by the last person he’d expect! And The Joker and Bizarro team up for a truly weird summer bromance!

THE TERRIFICS #6 – No one escapes Element World! The Terrifics find themselves out of their, uh, element in a battle to save a town turned into elemental monsters. With Metamorpho and Mr. Terrific out of commission, Phantom Girl battles the Kingdom of Gas (insert joke here), while Plastic Man tries to survive the Domain of Rock by turning it up to 11. All this, and the source of the Terrifics’ terrible tragedies has one more masterstroke: Tom Strong must die!

 

WONDER WOMAN #51 – Then, is Man’s World ready for Wonder Woman to bring Amazonian justice to today’s society? Guest writer Steve Orlando (Justice League of America) delves into that theme in “Transformation Island,” which sees Diana visiting the small-time crook known as Mayfly in jail over the course of several years. But how do these visits impact Diana and Mayfly?

 

From Dark Horse:

RASPUTIN: THE VOICE OF THE DRAGON TPB – Hellboy’s future guardian Trevor Bruttenholm, working for Britains Military Intelligence, uncovers a collection of messages. The messages throw him into a world of animated corpses, deadly mystics, and Nazi agents. The treacherous journey leads him face to face with the man who will bring Hellboy to Earth–Rasputin! Collects Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon#1-#5.

From Dynamite:

BARBARELLA #8 – Barbarella has a corporate target on her back, and only the arrival of an old friend can save her bacon. But the mistress of the spaceways whose heart belongs to no one is out of the frying pan and into the fire-literally! For her latest adventure has her headed for the heart of the sun!

That does it for this week’s Showcase. Come back tomorrow to see if one of these comics appears in the Spotlight.

As always, special thanks go out to Comic Logic Books & Artworkmy Local Comic Shop. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).

I’d say to remember to tip the waitstaff, but this isn’t a restaurant, so, instead, I’ll say remember to tip me, either via Patreon or PayPal.



Showcase Saturday 7.21.18

Time to make the donuts Showcase!

From DC:

THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #6 – It’s an epic battle for Tir Na Nóg in this finale, as King Elatha has opened its Causeways and both Fomorian and Dé Denann creatures are spilling into our own realm! Batman must go back to Gotham City to try to close the Causeways from the inside, while Wonder Woman will fight alongside King Elatha against his once-banished brother, Balor Evil Eye! Who will take the crown and rule Tir Na Nóg for eternity?

NEW CHALLENGERS #3 – It’s the New Challengers versus the Old Challengers! The original Challengers infiltrate Challengers Mountain to uncover the identity of the professor who’s been manipulating both teams! As dark matter leaks from the Dark Multiverse, the New Challengers travel to the prehistoric underworld of Skartaris, stomping grounds of Travis Morgan, the Warlord!

From Dark Horse:

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12: THE RECKONING #2 – With his ownership of Slayer memories, Harth has come from the future to destroy Buffy and all the Slayers, stealing their power for his own. At his side are demons and evil-kind, a massive army that Buffy and the Scoobies weren’t expecting. To even the playing field, the gang travels to the future to recruit Fray and learn of their dismal fate–should they fail in this battle against Harth . . .

From Image:

EAST OF WEST #38 – “IT’S TIME TO START PAYING IN BLOOD” When you’ve spent your entire life trying to arrange the fates of others, don’t expect mercy when the bill comes due.

 

 

 

 

From Marvel:

THOR #3 – War rages across the land of the dead, and not even the reunion of Thor with his brother Balder can stop it! Perhaps peace might come from the wedding of the century… in Hel! With Hela, the goddess of death, as the bride, which Odinson brother is going to be the lucky groom? And what special surprise guest is looking to put a deadly stop to the nuptials?

That does it for this week’s Showcase. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see which – if any – of these comics gets to have the Spotlight shine on it.

Also: Congratulations to OpenDoor Comics favorites Tom King and Mitch Gerads for their well-deserved Eisner wins last night!

And also to Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes for their win, as well as Saladin Ahmed (though given the timing of the awards he didn’t win for the book of his that’s been featured in the Spotlight) for his!

As always, special thanks go out to Comic Logic Books & Artworkmy Local Comic Shop. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).

And remember, you can – I swear that, despite the lack of it happening, it’s absolutely true – help support OpenDoor Comics via Patreon and/or PayPal. You can do it. I promise you it’s true. Please do whatever you can to help me keep making the – metaphorical – donuts.



Showcase Saturday 7.14.18

This week’s Showcase includes a double helping of Gail Simone, a new start for the Man of Steel, and something that’s probably going to interfere with my ability to sleep, if history is any indication. Let’s take a look.

From Avatar:

PROVIDENCE ACT 2 HARDCOVER – The second arc of Providence is unveiled in this special hardcover-only edition. Robert Black came looking for a story but what he found is a world of misery and woe. He’s becoming a broken man, only beginning to accept the horrors of the Lovecraftian world are real and hiding in plain sight. Alan Moore’s quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying reinvention of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore’s most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other and a true must-have addition to his essential works in the field. We present a collected Providence Act 2 Hard Cover edition that contains Providence issues #5-8, and all the back matter, in this one-time printing of this edition.

From DC:

PLASTIC MAN #2 – Eel didn’t like it when a spy blackmailed him over his secret identity, and then a kid found out, and now the dancers at his club know and the concept of a secret identity has gotten stretched way the heck out of whack. But the dancers are helping him find the kid, who was nabbed by some bad guys who don’t know his secret identity, just his costumed persona, which is still a terrible day, even in his pretty rotten life.

 

SUPERMAN #1 – A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time begins here as the superstar team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes…with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of the Phantom Zone!

THE IMMORTAL MEN #4 – Can an Immortal Man hope to defeat an Infinite Woman? Armed with a weapon courtesy of the Batman Who Laughs, the Infinite Woman takes aim against the Immortals. It’s the House of Conquest versus the House of Action in the oldest secret war in the DCU—now revealed to the world!

WONDER WOMAN #50 – A new pantheon of gods has been born! But who are they? Where did they come from? What do they want? All questions for Wonder Woman, because she played more of a role in their arrival than you’d think! Will it fall to Diana to end their existence as well? Meanwhile, Wonder Woman’s brother Jason learns his true purpose. It’s all here in this extra-sized anniversary issue!

From Dynamite:

RED SONJA #18 – After discovering the provenance of her sword — and the fact that the original owner has promised a large reward for its return — Sonja travels to the realm of Lord Skath, only to discover a legendary warrior who can no longer live up to his reputation. (And because Sonja is who she is, she also discovers treachery and danger and a conflict she can’t help but be drawn into!)

 

 

From Marvel:

DOMINO #4 – SOMEONE IS ABOUT TO GET LUCKY……and it just might be Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu! If he plays his cards right, that is…Domino’s search for answers about her past takes her to Hong Kong! Will she stay on the straight and narrow? Or go right for the seedy underbelly?

 

 

 

EXILES #5 – TIME TO DIE! The identity of the Time-Eater has finally been revealed! And the Exiles have nowhere left to run. It’s time for the Exiles to face down their enemy — no matter the cost. And in historic Exiles fashion, not everyone will survive. Don’t miss the first arc’s epic conclusion!

That does it for this week’s Showcase. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Spotlight.

As always, special thanks go out to Comic Logic Books & Artworkmy Local Comic Shop. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).

Is not contributing financially to OpenDoor Comics interfering with your ability to sleep? No, obviously not, but even if your sleep is untroubled, it’s worth mentioning that besides supporting OpenDoor Comics on Patreon, you also have the option of making direct donations via PayPal. Don’t be caught napping; give whatever you can – and encourage others to do the same – today!



Showcase Saturday 7.7.18

Thanks to the holiday, I picked up my new comic books on New Comic Book Day for a change. I considered doing a special, one-off Weigh In Wednesday, but I already gave advance notice of which book(s) I’ll be writing about on Sunday a while back, so I decided against it. If – and that’s a HUGE if – you’ve been paying attention, you already know which of these will be featured in the Spotlight, which is kind of a shame, as there some things I’d rather write about, but my course is set, but let’s take a look at what I got anyway.

From DC:

BATMAN #50 – It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages.

Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.

CATWOMAN #1 – The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, don’t miss the debut of an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives. Don’t miss the start of an all-new monthly series written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominee Joëlle Jones!

THE MAN OF STEEL #6 – The fate of Lois Lane and Jon Kent is revealed! Metropolis’ survival hangs in the balance! And Superman must somehow put an end to Rogol Zaar’s rampage! It’s do-or-die time for the Man of Steel in the final chapter of this explosive miniseries!

 

 

 

From Dynamite:

RED SONJA/TARZAN #3 – The adventure continues and the mystery deepens as Sonja and Tarzan must save the Greystoke family from extreme peril and try to rectify the disturbances in time caused by the evil Elon Duul!

 

 

 

That does it for this week’s somewhat anticlimactic Showcase. Be sure to check back next week when there will be a little more in the way of mystery about which comic will show up in the Spotlight.

And, of course, come back tomorrow for the not-very-mysterious Spotlight Sunday.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention yesterday’s news of the passing of the legendary Steve Ditko.

Few people have had as much impact on this medium that I love as Ditko, and, as with his contemporary, Jack Kirby, what he contributed to the world of comics goes beyond his own direct contributions. He made a huge splash on his own, of course, but the ripples that have extended out in the form of his influence on those who followed him continue to spread and will likely do so for as long as comics exist.

His ideals weren’t mine, but by all accounts he held true to those ideals, and that’s something to be respected.

As Jim Lee put it on Twitter, Ditko provided the – necessary – counterpoint to Jack Kirby in the visual language that developed in the early days of Marvel.

He will be missed, but he left behind a tremendous body of work, and his influence will live on.

As always, special thanks go out to Comic Logic Books & Artworkmy Local Comic Shop. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).

There is also no mystery involved in the question of whether or not I would like you to support OpenDoor Comics on Patreon.  (In case there is some mystery, somehow, let me be clear: I would very much like for you to do that.)



Showcase Saturday 6.30.18

(To the tune of the theme song of ABC’s early 90s “TGIF” programming block)

It’s Saturday afternoon
On the last day of June
Been to my favorite spot
Show you what I bought
Showcase Saturday!

From DC:

BATMAN BEYOND #21 – “Target: Batman” part two! When a hyper-crime crisis strikes Neo-Gotham, Batman flies in to save the day. But why is the local news bashing him for his heroic deeds? Stranger still, why are the very people Batman saved suddenly turning on him with anger and almost uncontrollable violence?

BLACK LIGHTNING/HONG KONG PHOOEY SPECIAL #1 – Back from Viet Nam, kung fu master Hong Kong Phooey has set up his own detective agency in the inner city. Meanwhile, Jefferson Pierce (a.k.a. Black Lightning) has uncovered a plot by three assassins to collect the components of a sacred text revealing the darkest secrets of Martial Arts magic, and they’ll kill anyone who owns them—including the dog who holds the last chapter of the book, Hong Kong Phooey. Plus, a tale of the Funky Phantom as he goes toe-to-toe with the Spectre in a tale by Jeff Parker and Scott Kolins.

THE MAN OF STEEL #5 – Beaten by Rogol Zaar, his city burning at the hands of an unknown arsonist and the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon drawing closer to revelation—even Superman feels powerless against all that stands before him.

THE TERRIFICS #5 – What happens when the Terrifics have to fight a whole town made entirely out of…Metamorpho?! If the streetlight doesn’t get them first, they’ll need to save the innocent people transformed into elemental avatars in a world gone completely berserk! We’re talkin’ gas armies, rock monsters, orbs of Ra and ancient element people to boot! Everything’s possessed and crazy! Somebody call an exorcist—or four!

 

WONDER WOMAN #49 – “The Dark Gods” part four! Humanity worships new masters. Its heroes have fallen. And Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman stands alone!

From Dark Horse:

NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD HC – This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos features a brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder.

This complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace as they attempt to find the answers to this bizarre murder of cosmic horror!

From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula Award-winning, and New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation with art by Eisner award-winning artist Rafael Albuquerque!

From Dynamite:

RED SONJA #17 – Following the defeat of Kulan Gath, Sonja discovers her trusty sword has a secret history as the legendary Blade of Skath and faces a decision: does she keep her steel, or return it to its rightful Cimmerian owner?

From Image:

KILL OR BE KILLED #20 – The grand finale to KILL OR BE KILLED! Will Dylan find a way to live his secret life as a vigilante, or will he throw away the mask? And was there ever really a demon, or is he just crazy? And will he (or any of us) get out alive? All the answers are here!

SEX CRIMINALS #25 – “FIVE-FINGERED DISCOUNT,” Conclusion How have we gotten through 24 issues already and not made an “exciting climax” joke in the solicits? C’mon, Matty, wake up and get your head in the game.

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #37 – “MOTHERING INVENTION,” Part Four None More Goth.

 

 

 

 

 

From Marvel:

THOR #2 – REUNION FROM HEL! The sons of Odin ride again! In the land of the dead, Thor is reunited with his long-lost brother, Balder, the King of Hel, just in time to face the Fire Goblin armies of the Queen of Cinders, as the War of the Realms continues to burn its way across all creation. Plus Loki! Thori the Hel-hound! Skurge with a really big gun! Monster trucks! And more!

 

 

That does it for this week’s Showcase. Come back tomorrow to see which – if any – of these comics I decide to ramble on about.

As always, special thanks go out to Comic Logic Books & Artworkmy Local Comic Shop. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).

And just to let you know, I’m not above using the threat of writing more parodic musical intros as a means of bullying you into providing support OpenDoor Comics on Patreon. I’m not saying there will be more if you don’t, but are you sure you want to take that chance?



Showcase Saturday 6.23.18

Sweet Christmas! This is cutting into my Luke Cage Season 2 binge, so I’ll make it quick. Look at the comics I bought this week – including some things I missed the first time around – and then come back tomorrow to see which – if any – of them I write about.

RICANSTRUCTION – Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico is an anthology featuring contributions from writers and artists from the comic book industry like Frank Miller, Gail Simone, Greg Pak, Reginald Hudlin, Denys Cowan, Tony Daniel, Ken Lashley, Bill Sienkiewicz, Yanick Paquette, Gabby Rivera, Will Rosado, Jorge Jimenez, Mike Allred, Chris Sotomayor, to Puerto Rican and Latinx celebrities like Rosario Dawson, Rubén Blades, Javier Muñoz, Sonia Manzano and over 100 more. Produced and also featuring stories written by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, this anthology teams up his original character LA BORINQUEÑA with some of the most iconic comic book heroes of all time from DC COMICS: Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, The Flash and many others. Original stories also take us to the past to explore the beautiful history of PUERTO RICO as well as tales that envision a stronger and rebuilt island. 100% of the proceeds from this anthology will go to the continued work to help over 3 million Americans living in Puerto Rico, providing solar-powered lamps, food, clothing and so much more. These short stories remind us all that the true power of being a hero is inside each of us. When we come together as a united people, we will never be defeated! ¡El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!

From DC:

NEW CHALLENGERS #1 – From the pages of DARK NIGHTS: METAL! Challengers Mountain has returned to the DC Universe and chosen a new team of explorers! Five misfit strangers are given a second chance at life, but only if they obey the orders of the mysterious Professor and execute deadly missions in the most unexplored corners of the multiverse! And if the new Challengers of the Unknown fail…it will be more than just their own lives that hang in the balance!

NEW CHALLENGERS #2 – The Challengers of the Unknown venture on their first mission for the Professor…to the bottom of the ocean! But when the ancient artifact they have to collect turns out to be far more dangerous than expected, the new teammates realize they might not all make it out alive!

THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #5 – There’s a grave missing detail of Batman and Wonder Woman’s investigation into the death of King Elatha—it’s not only about who killed him, but also what it means. As one king dies, another must arise…long live the new king Balor Evil-Eye! Now Batman and Wonder Woman must fight alongside Tir Na Nóg and destroy its causeways to our dimension!

THE MAN OF STEEL #4 – Rogol Zaar has committed a string of atrocities across the cosmos that have led him to the Fortress of Solitude—and now Superman and Supergirl plan to crush his schemes! But are even two Kryptonians enough to stop his sinister machinations?

From Dark Horse:

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12: THE RECKONING #1 – Joss Whedon! Christos Gage!

It’s one year later, and the lives of Buffy and the Scoobies haven’t been too eventful for a while–at least as far as fighting demons and the forces of darkness are concerned. But that’s all about to change when Dawn and Xander’s housewarming party is interrupted by some familiar faces bringing news of familiar foes from the future. Can you say Harth . . . and Fray?

  • The return of Fray!

  • The Reckoning will be the culmination of all the Buffy seasons!

From Dynamite:

BARBARELLA #7 – Barbarella is lost in a maze of Radically Unstable Space-Time, with Pulver Glain, his boys, and his smarter-than-smart gun Sally-Anne hot on her trail. But what’s at the heart of the maze is a threat – and a miracle – that none of them are ready for.

 

 

 

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Showcase Saturday 6.16.18

It’s Saturday, and you know what that means…because if you don’t know what it means, you’re probably not here looking at this anyway, so who am I even talking to?

Anyway, I bought comics. Let’s you – whoever you may or may not be – and me take a look, shall we?

From DC:

MISTER MIRACLE #9 – After war comes peace. The bloody battles that waged across New Genesis and Apokolips have come to an end, and now Mister Miracle and Kalibak must sit down and discuss a truce. Can Scott Free trust the former minions of Darkseid to keep their word? Not likely, but a leader sometimes has to take a risk in service to the greater good. Perhaps the more pressing question, though, is whether Big Barda can make it through the negotiations without beating the life out of the assassin Kanto.

NEW SUPER-MAN VOL. 3: EQUILIBRIUM – In these stories from issues #13-18, Shanghai falls—and Emperor Super-Man rules the ashes! With an army of super-villains on the streets, the Justice League of China leads the movement to take the city back. It’s up to I-Ching and the New Flash of China to snap Kenan out of it and save Shanghai. As Kenan fights to save his city and its people, a final casualty shakes the young hero to his solid-steel core.

PLASTIC MAN #1 – Meet Eel O’Brian: a petty thug, thief and con artist who runs a strip club. Hey, he’s also dead, at least according to the gang that tossed him out like last week’s garbage. Literally. Don’t worry, though—he bounced back from all that, and now he’s trying to make a new life for himself, but the effort is stretching him pretty thin. How can he get revenge on his old boss, keep a street kid out of trouble, make a dancer fall in love with him and stop a mysterious society from taking over the world? Eel has no idea!

THE IMMORTAL MEN #3 – “THE END OF FOREVER” part three! The Immortal Men have risked everything to save the otherwise unremarkable teenager Caden Park. But neither Caden nor the immortal heroes who saved him know the crucial role he’s predicted to play in the upcoming war between the Immortal Men. So when the hero Reload falls into the horrifying hands of the Bloodless, Caden Park must learn the Secret History of the DC Universe, and the truth behind his family heritage—and fast—before the Batman Who Laughs has all his pawns in play!

THE MAN OF STEEL #3 – The merciless killer and zealot calling himself Rogol Zaar has searched the cosmos for Superman—and when he reaches the Fortress of Solitude, his actions will cut Superman to the core.

WONDER WOMAN #48 – “The Dark Gods” part three! Every hero on Earth has tested their mettle against the Dark Gods—except for Wonder Woman, who’s not on Earth! With Diana lost in space fighting off the Gods’ assault on the Star Sapphires, it’s down to Jason to protect her planet and her friends…but, uh, he hasn’t won a fight yet…

From Marvel:

DOMINO #3 – DOMINO’s luck is running out, and not just figuratively: Her powers are fading away! What good is our favorite soldier of fortune without the good fortune? She’s got her back against the wall, but that doesn’t mean nobody’s got her back: OUTLAW, DIAMONDBACK and a VERY SPECIAL (VERY SECRET) GUEST are in Dom’s corner! PLUS: Domino’s mysterious archnemesis strikes!

 

EXILES #4 – BLACKBEARD BEN AND THE BUSTED TALLUS! When the broken Tallus sends them hurtling through time, the Exiles find themselves on the open seas! But this is no pirate’s paradise. If the Exiles don’t recover the Tallus and return to their mission, Earth – and the rest of reality – is lost! But they’ll need help. The legendary Blackbeard – A.K.A. Ben Grimm, formerly the Thing – just might be willing to lend a ship. But for a price…

THOR #1 – JASON AARON & MIKE DEL MUNDO TAKE THE PRINCE OF ASGARD IN A WHOLE NEW DIRECTION! Thor Odinson has regained his mantle – and with it, a wild new world of trouble on his mighty hands! The artifacts of Asgard have been scattered across the earth, and to reclaim them, Thor will have to face some ugly truths. Like the production cost of hundreds of new hammers! And the Thunder God is going to need every last one of them if he’s going to stop the unstoppable Juggernaut. Jason Aaron takes the Prince of Asgard in a whole new direction with YOUNG GUN artist Mike Del Mundo joining him at the helm! And don’t miss the latest chapter of the King Thor saga with acclaimed BLACK BOLT artist Christian Ward, as the Thor of the far future encounters an old friend who’s undergone some startling changes.

That does it for this week’s Showcase. Come back tomorrow for the Sunday Spotlight.

As always, special thanks go out to Comic Logic Books & Artworkmy Local Comic Shop. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).

And if you want to do more than just look and read, you can also support OpenDoor Comics on Patreon.