Comic Book Day (20.08.14)

Here’s a list of all the new comic book series that have been released – I’ve featured a few that I’m excited about. These first issues mean that you’re not missing out on any previous story line, so check them out if you’re looking for a brand new comic story to sink your teeth into, or want to expand your comic collection.

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Gail Simone & Amanda Deibert
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver & Cat Staggs

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Synopsis
Diana Prince: Amazon warrior, ambassador to Man’s world, or champion of women in need? All of the above! This digital-first anthology series will bring some of comics’ greatest talents to Themyscira, and give them leave to explore Diana, her world – and ours! Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver kick things off when Oracle calls for help after the entire Bat-Family gets sidelined. But when Wonder Woman steps into the breach, Gotham City’s criminals get the surprise of their lives! Then, Amanda Deibert and Cat Staggs take Diana to school, where she meets her biggest fan!

Why I want to read it
Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman isn’t your conventional first issue. Rather than setting the scene for more comics to come, it’s full of short stories that don’t follow a specific timeline. Having looked at the preview, I’m eager to read. It opens with a short story by legendary comic writer Gail Simone, and Ethan Van Sciver, featuring the town of Gotham, as well as Oracle (who Simone writes so well) The thought of a Superhero other than Batman governing Gotham and all of its legendary bad guys fills me with utter excitement. Plus, the fact that Barbara Gordon is making an appearance as well makes me a little giddy. I don’t think you can ever have enough Wonder Woman, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she’s portrayed by multiple authors.

Super Secret Crisis War: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Publisher: IDW
Writer: Kate Leth & Louise Simonson
Artist: Troy Little & Derek Charm

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Synopsis
A malfunctioning robot crash-lands in Billy and Mandy’s school! Billy wants to keep it, Mandy wants it out, and Grim is just confused. As the robot starts causing havoc, it’s up to our heroes (and Billy) to put an end to the mayhem!

Why I want to read it
IDW seem to be transforming a lot of old school Cartoon Network animated television shows into comics these days. Their Super Secret Crisis War series seems to be leading to something rather epic, and I want to be a part of it. Billy and Mandy join the likes of Dexter, and the Powerpuff Girls in comic book territory, with a series devoted completely to themseleves. Having seen a lot of the show, I’m looking forward to seeing if their personalities shine through in written form. The fact that Adventure Time writer Kate Leth is involved has also peaked my interest.

The Multiversity
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Ivan Reis & Joe Prado

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Synopsis
In issue #1, pencilled by superstar artist Ivan Reis (AQUAMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE), President Superman of Earth-23 uncovers a threat to all Reality so apocalyptic it will take a team of incredible heroes from across the Multiverse to face it – including Captain Carrot, like you’ve never seen him before! But even with a multitude of alternate worlds to choose from, where every variation is possible, can anyone hope to prevail against the onslaught of ultimate evil and undying hatred – in the unstoppable form of a one-time cosmic defender with unimaginable powers?! Join us, if you dare, for the beginning of THE MULTIVERSITY!

Why I want to read it
I’m not quite sure what to expect from Multiversity, apart from lots and lots of superheroes – familiar and otherwise. I love it when multiple universe’s combine, it feels like you’re getting way more for your money because you’re exploring different realms. Plus, you get to see different versions of the heroes you’re incredibly familiar with – Superman is President eh? This comic is either going to be incredibly exciting or far too hectic. All I know is that I really really want to find out.

The Delinquents
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: James Asmus & Fred Van Lente
Artist: Kano

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Synopsis
Valiant is proud to present THE DELINQUENTS #1 (of 4) –an all-new superhero joyride colliding Quantum and Woody and Archer & Armstrong for the summer’s most disastrous team-up adventure! From fan favorite writers James Asmus (Quantum and Woody) and Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) and heat-seeking artist Kano (Quantum and Woody, Immortal Iron Fist), start reading here on August 20th as the VALIANT FIRST initiative unleashes another must-read starting point for two sets of heroes with one big problem…each other! Quantum and Woody are the world’s worst superhero team. Archer & Armstrong are a mismatched pair of conspiracy-busting adventurers. When a mysterious force unites these ill-suited and irresponsible “heroes” for a cross-country race through the darkest corners of American mythology, all hell is bound to break loose. Can two busted pairs become four of a kind in time to defeat the Hobo King, save the day, and make it back home in time for happy hour? Let’s hope so…’cause these guys make a really, really bad team. (And you don’t even want to know about the Goat!)

Why I want to read it
Now, I have never read Quantum and Woody, or Archer & Armstrong before. In fact, I’ve never heard of either, and now I find myself wondering why – A mismatched pair of conspiracy busting adventurers? That sounds right up my street. And the worst Superhero team in the world? This comic is just a recipe for disaster, but in a blatantly genius way. There aren’t enough comedic comics out there. There are a lot of puns thrown at the pages of Superhero issues, but I don’t remember the last time I had to control a side splitting laughing fit. I’m hoping this is going to change that.

Other new comics out this week:

Clive Baker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary – Boom! Studios
The Strain: The Night Eternal – Dark Horse Comics
Steampunk Battlestar Galactica: 1880 – Dynamite Studios
Justice, Inc. – Dynamite Studios
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland – IDW
The Fade Out – Image Comics

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