Comic Book Day (03.09.14)

It’s really hard to get into comics. If you see one that you like, chances are it’s on issue 10 already and you’ve missed integral parts of the storyline. Luckily, new series start every week. Picking up one of these first issues mean that you’re not missing out on any previous story line, you can start from scratch.

Here’s a list of all the new comic book series that have started today, focusing on a few that I’m excited about, and the reasons why. It’s a great week for DC fans, with special releases for lots of their major comic books. Check out the list to see if anything takes your fancy.

Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story
Publisher: IDW
Writer: Tom Waltz
Artist: Tristan Jones

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Synopsis
IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece! In the 2012 hit video game Silent Hill Downpour, players were introduced to Anne Marie Cunningham, the enigmatic prison officer bent on bloody revenge against the game’s main protagonist, Murphy Pendleton. Now, at last, fans can learn what horrors Anne faced during her fateful journey through Silent Hill’s fog-shrouded streets… and what led her to the terrifyingly cursed town in the first place. Written by Tom Waltz (writer of Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life and the Silent Hill Downpour video game), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters, Hoax Hunters).
Why I want to read it
The Silent Hill games are terrifying – amazing games yes, but utterly terrifying. Transferring the adrenaline from playing the game onto paper is surely a difficult task. That’s the main reason I’d like to give Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story a go. I haven’t read many horror comics in my time, and having played a good chunk of Silent Hill games, this series seems like the perfect way to breakthrough into the Horror genre. To be honest, I never really wondered what Anne got up to in the game, but now that the prospect of discovering is in front of me, I am incredibly intrigued. Having been created by Tom Waltz, who is no stranger to the Silent Hill franchise, gives me hope that this will be a great series.

Cloaks
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Caleb Monroe
Artist: Mariano Navarro

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Synopsis
In the Big Apple, a highly skilled street illusionist named Adam blows the minds of crowds with logic-defying acts, while surreptitiously using his artistry to steal from corrupt Wall Street investment bankers and re-distribute their ill-begotten wealth to those in need. He’s a modern-day Robin Hood, but his travails garner the attention of the local authorities. While evading their pursuit, Adam is confronted by three suits and quickly ascertains that freedom has a cost—in order to maintain his liberty, he must join this clandestine Black Ops organization simply known as CLOAKS
Why I want to read it
Magic and justice are two of my favorite things. I know, I know, if you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I have a lot of favorite things – but Magic and justice are way up at the top. If I was skilled enough, and brave enough, I’d like to supply both things to the world, but seen as I’m neither magician nor superhero, I rely on comics and televised magic shows to feed my imagination. I think that’s why Cloaks has peaked my interest. Fighting ‘the man’ whilst creating mind blowing illusions – what’s not to love.

Death of Wolverine
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Steve McNiven & Jay Leisten

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Synopsis
The beginning of the end is now here … THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE! THREE MONTHS TO DIE, the loss of Wolverine’s healing factor–all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade. Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does…but even the best fade away eventually. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, a teacher—and so much more. But now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before in this special weekly event brought to you by industry superstars Charles Soule and Steve McNiven
Why I want to read it
Potentially one of the most important events in the whole of Marvel history, Wolverine’s death is definitely not something I want to miss. I bet you never thought he’d die!? I didn’t – I can’t picture a Marvel universe without him and his mutton chops. Unfortunately, Valar Morghulis – all men must die, even mutants! The mini-series is only 4 issues long, but it’s probably going to affect every Marvel comic out there in the long run. I’ve loved reading about the lead up to his demise so let’s hope it’s a death to remember!

Grayson: Futures End
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Stephen Mooney

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Synopsis
Branded a traitor, Dick Grayson has become the most powerful hero in the newly resurgent and dominant Mother Russia – and now, he must battle the Beast from the East in one final struggle for supremacy!
Why I want to read it
This month celebrates the third anniversary of DC’s New 52 comic books, and to celebrate, ongoing comics are featuring stories that tie in with the Futures End storyline – a universe set in the future. Titles such as Aquaman, Green Lantern, Batwing, and Detective comics, flash forward five years into the future so that we can see how their stories have changed and what the potential future brings. Grayson is a new series to New 52, having only started a few months ago. I’ve really gotten into it and like the idea of seeing where he’ll end up in five years’ time – by the sounds of it.. Russia. I don’t really keep up to date with any other DC Superheroes apart from Batman, so I may also give Detective Comics: Futures End a go, purely out of curiosity.

Other new comics out this week

Concrete Park – Dark Horse Comics
Grendel Vs. The Shadow – Dark Horse Comics
Action Comics: Futures End – DC Comics
Aquaman: Futures End – DC Comics
Batwing: Futures End – DC Comics
Detective Comics: Futures End – DC Comics
Earth 2: Futures End – DC Comics
Green Arrow: Futures End – DC Comics
Green Lantern: Futures End – DC Comics
Swamp Thing: Futures End – DC Comics
Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger Futures End – DC Comics
Alice Cooper – Dynamite Entertainment
Ex-Con – Dynamite Entertainment
Red Sonja: The Black Tower – Dynamite Entertainment
God Hates Astronauts – Image Comics
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Marvel Comics
Stumptown – Oni Press
The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage – Valliant Entertainment
The Names – Vertigo

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