Special extra-size anniversary issue! It’s the final chapter of “The Rule of War”-and all the rules are broken! On the alien planet Trotha, Empress Siddinx’s plan is revealed, and it’s nothing short of world domination-with the Justice League entangled in her puppet strings. But how can the team save a population that now hates and fears them?
“The Rule of War” part two! After the devastating events of last issue, the League is separated and labeled as alien visitors on a war-torn planet. With events spiraling out of control, and no leader to guide planet Trotha’s citizens, how can the League save this world without interfering? As the team battles rogue factions, Batman makes a startling discovery that will threaten any hope the team has of returning home!
As writer Simon Spurrier jumps on board for the start of the three-part tale “The Rule of War,” it’s close encounters…of a Justice League kind! After answering a distress signal from distant space, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Green Lantern discover an abandoned cargo ship full of young aliens! When the League attempts to return the children to their home planet, they are met with awe, terror, and war! Thus begins a three-part storyline that will take the League to a previously unknown planet, with an all-new species, a dangerous mystery, and a new, otherworldly villain.
There are eight new digital comics available now on comiXology! You can get new comics from Marvel, DC, and Yen Press now including new Titans, Ultimate Marvel, and more! Check them all out here or the individual issues below.
Goblin Slayer #49
Written by Kumo Kagyu Art by Noboru Kannatuki, Kousuke Kurose Purchase
This series is rated Adults OnlyDISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality goreGoblin Slayer’s party finally starts to break through Noble Fencer’s shell, but what will happen when they encounter the goblin paladin…? Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer at the same time as Japan!
This series is rated Adults OnlyDISCLAIMER: graphic sexualityAs Akame readies to join the fight, Hisame continues his solitary stand against the enemy…Will he be able to withstand their attack? Read the next chapter of Hinowa ga CRUSH! at the same time as Japan!
Thunderbolts: Guardian Protocols
Written by Fabian Nicieza Art by Gary Erskine, Tom Grummett Cover by Tom Grummett Purchase
Collects Thunderbolts #106-109.
The Civil War gave Zemo a chance to amass a super-villain army – and now he is ready to unleash that fighting force on the Grandmaster, who plans to release an energy force across the planet that will lead to victory in his cosmic game of good and evil. But in this fight, who is good and who is evil? When the dust settles and the Guardian Protocols are enacted, the T-Bolts will never be the same again
Titans: Titans Together #1
Written by Phil Hester Pencils Tom Grummett, Scott Koblish Inks Scott Koblish Colored by John Kalisz Cover by Brandon Peterson Purchase
When one of Raven’s college professors goes missing, Nightwing is convinced the Titans should investigate. But the danger they uncover is far greater than one missing person—the fate of humanity is at stake, and only Beast Boy can save the day!
Ultimate Comics Iron Man Ultimate Collection
Written by Orson Scott Card Art by Pasqual Ferry, Andy Kubert Cover by Andy Kubert Purchase
Collects Ultimate Iron Man #1-5 and Ultimate Iron Man II #1-5.
Tony Stark seems to have the perfect life as a billionaire playboy, genius-level inventor and founding member of the world-class super-hero team the Ultimates. But Stark’s life in the public spotlight is merely a small part of the picture. What is the untold story behind the man in the iron mask? How did Stark develop from a gifted child prodigy into one of the most powerful men on the planet? In ULTIMATE IRON MAN, legendary science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card delves into Tony Stark’s childhood history, exploring the makings of a hero from the very beginning.
Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Ultimate Collection
Written by Brian Michael Bendis Art by Mike Allred, Chynna Clugston Flores, Phil Hester, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Rick Mays, Ted McKeever, Terry Moore, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Matt Wagner Cover by Leinil Francis Yu Purchase
Collects Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1-16 And The Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special.
Collecting all 16 issues of Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, plus the star-studded Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special! Teenager Peter Parker may just have started out in the crime-fighting game, but there are plenty of heroes and villains already doing their thing. And it doesn’t take long for Spider-Man to encounter these strange new allies and enemies – including Wolverine, the Hulk, Iron Man, the Punisher, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, the Man-Thing, the X-Men, Doctor Strange, the Black Widow, Shang-Chi and more! Take a wild tour through the ever-exciting Ultimate universe, as Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis teams up with the comic industry’s greatest artistic talents! Through the eyes of Peter Parker, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up showcases all the Ultimate heroes. From uncanny mutants to gleaming Avengers to rampaging green brutes, this volume has it all!
Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1
Written by Mark Millar Art by Tom Derenick, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Aaron Lopresti, Tom Raney Cover by Leinil Francis Yu Purchase
Collects Ultimate X-Men #1-12 & 1/2.
Collecting the first year of Mark Millar’s groundbreaking ULTIMATE X-MEN – issues #1-12 – in one colossal volume! Featuring an all-new cover by ULTIMATE HULK VS. WOLVERINE artist Leinil Francis Yu! The world stands on the brink of genetic war. Mankind has made the first move, launching an army of giant, cybernetic executioners called Sentinels – programmed to target and eliminate the mutant DNA strand. Now, Magneto and his mutant terrorist cell are preparing to follow through on their threats of Homo sapien genocide. The only force that can prevent total annihilation: five awkward teenagers and their crippled mentor! Plus: The inexperienced X-Men must rely on the enigmatic and unproven Wolverine when they become pawns of the mysterious Weapon X program. Can Logan go it alone against the shadow-ops organization that transformed him into one of the world’s most lethal killing machines?
Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Vol. 2
Written by Chuck Austen, Mark Millar Art by Kaare Andrews, Chris Bachalo, Adam Kubert, Esad Ribic Cover by Mark Brooks Purchase
Collects Ultimate X-Men #13-25.
Collecting the second year of Mark Millar’s groundbreaking ULTIMATE X-MEN – issues #13-25 – in one colossal volume! As the X-Men embark on their inaugural world tour, they must confront some unsettling truths about their mentor, Professor Charles Xavier. Before founding his school for young mutants, Xavier abandoned his only son, David, a mutant with uncontrollable reality-warping abilities. Now, David has returned, looking to exact revenge on the father who left him – and he’s willing to eradicate anyone who stands in his way. Will the X-Men be forced to kill Xavier’s son to end his threat against the world? Following the tragedies of their world tour, the X-Men seek the calming protection of Xavier’s school – but their suspicions of his methods only increase. Xavier’s mental blocks on student Jean Grey’s psychic abilities continue to crumble, and she grows increasingly unstable – plagued by visions of a world engulfed in the flames of a fiery phoenix. When the X-Men finally meet Xavier’s mysterious financial backers, Jean’s hallucinations become reality as the otherworldly Phoenix takes possession of the teenage telepath. Also included in this volume is a bonus tale of Gambit, a Cajun street hustler who must use his mutant gifts to protect a homeless boy in great danger.
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In these uncertain times, new solutions are being found in the comic industry. That includes new distribution, new release schedules, and even new use of technology. DC has shifted their Digital Firsts program to now run seven days a week with a new release every day!
Check out what you can expect this upcoming week.
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #2
“Against the Odds” by Rob Venditti, Paul Pelletier, Drew Hennessy, Adriano Lucas, and Clayton Cowles Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
Someone is running bets on Superman’s exploits throughout Metropolis and putting ordinary citizens in harm’s way. Can Superman locate this villainous gambler in time or will the house take all?!
Batman: Gotham Nights #2
“Bad Actors” by Michael Grey, Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair, and Troy Peteri Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
It’s a mad dash as Batman races to stop a murderous plan—but when the villain is revealed to be in two places at once, and the victim turns out to be not so innocent, Batman must make the ultimate choice in a fight against Clayface.
Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #2
“The Curse of K2” by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
Wonder Woman must rescue Lois Lane on an expedition to the treacherous mountain K2! Lois is hot on the trail of a missing group of female climbers who are hoping to conquer the peak. But what dangers lurk in k2’s snow-covered caverns—and can Princess Diana keep the Daily Planet’s intrepid reporter safe?
Aquaman: Deep Dives #2
“Sea Devils” by Michael Grey, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Hi-Fi, and Wes Abbott Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
Aquaman and the Sea Devils team up to stop a group of polluters—and a radioactive creature from the deep!
Flash: Fastest Man Alive #2
“Run Like There’s No Tomorrow” by Gail Simone, Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, and Rob Leigh Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
A time-traveling soldier arrives in Central City and her mission is to kill the Fastest Man Alive! But what is it that the Flash did (or will do) to destroy her world—and is there a way he can prevent it without dying?
DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #2
“Panicked at the Disco” by Amanda Deibert, Erich Owen, and Gabriela Downie Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
It’s time for the greatest teenage tradition of them all: the school formal! But when Livewire attacks and sets everyone’s toes a-tapping, the girls will have to put on their dancing shoes to save the day!
Swamp Thing: New Roots #2
“Everything Eats, Everything Dies!” by Mark Russell, Marco Santucci, John Kalisz, and Dave Sharpe Purchase: Kindle – comiXology
Swamp Thing scours the bayou when an old friend goes missing, but all the while, an unexpected enemy is coming for Swamp Thing himself…
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(W) Steve Orlando (A) Jan Duursema (CA) Aaron Lopresti In Shops: Feb 12, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Wonder Woman…under arrest! As she starts to protect her new hometown of Boston, the city wonders-who will protect Boston from her? Agent Nora Nunes must shadow Wonder Woman for a day to ensure the city will be safe if Diana resides there. But what starts as a tranquil day transforms into disaster relief, and Diana and Nora will need to survive not only the elements, but also the arrival of the three Dark Fates!
Written by Robert Venditti Art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan Colored by David Baron Cover by Bryan Hitch In shops February 19, 2020 Final orders due January 27, 2020 SRP: $3.99
The Eradicator and His Supermen Continue their Assault on the Justice League!
Robert Venditti, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan and David Baron continue the “Invasion of the Supermen” in Justice League #41!
Eradicator and his strike team of enhanced Daxamites sweep across Earth with devastating consequences! The Justice League finds itself battered and overwhelmed by an enemy more powerful than even Superman. Batman and Green Lantern plan a counter assault, but it can’t work without the Flash, whose connection to the Speed Force has become unpredictable—and possibly fatal. With the team at half-strength, will it be enough to hold their enemies at bay?
Check out this first look at pages from Justice League #41 by Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, and David Baron!
(W) Kyle Higgins (A) Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan (CA) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy In Shops: Jan 15, 2020 SRP: $3.99
The countdown to Aquababy has begun! As the birth of Aquaman and Mera’s child grows near, don’t miss this special interlude issue! In a story that takes place days after Aquaman and Mera’s engagement, a violent encounter with the resurgent Kingdom of the Trench leads to an unexpected outcome, and the conflict sheds new light on Aquaman and Mera’s plans for their future.
I honestly don’t remember the original Infinite Crisis. It’s an event I might have read but the specifics are something that don’t stick out. So, I generally went into Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1 with a pretty clean slate as to what to expect.
Written by James Tynion IV, Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1 is an entertaining issue though feels like a story we’ve seen before in other DC series and storylines.
In this Dark Multiverse take on the original story, Ted Kord survives his encounter with Maxwell Lord. From there, it’s a story of power and corruption that we’ve seen many times before.
Like other Tales From the Dark Multiverse, the problem is the issue packs in a lot to one oversized issue. It’s something that would have benefited from an issue or two to expand or a series of miniseries taking place over a month. Kord’s survival also sets off a series of changes and events that are touched upon and only some of the most die-hard DC fans will appreciate it. There’s just a lot packed in and a lot touched upon without much depth.
The art by Aaron Lopresti is solid. With ink by Matt Ryan, color by Romulo Fajardo, Jr., and lettering by Rob Leigh the look of the comic is a nice mix of styles. The end is a blend that feels like what was being released during the time of the original series. There’s some great design as the series progresses and the team does an excellent job of creating lots of dramatic moments while having to pack in a lot into the issue.
The comic is entertaining and as a “what if” story it does a solid job. Issues remain that the real impact is for those who read the original series and know more of the references. The comic also packs in a lot leaving readers to ponder some of the more interesting aspects mentioned but not seen. It’s an entertaining issue but might be one more for fans of the original event.
Story: James Tynion IV Art: Aaron Lopresti Ink: Matt Ryan Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr. Letters: Rob Leigh Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
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