(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
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!
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?
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.
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.
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?