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The Closet #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

After Lambana: Myth and Magic in Manila (Tuttle Publishing) – It’s a graphic novel focused on Filipino myth, magic, and supernatural suspense!

Bikini Atoll (Clover Press) – A danger in the water story just in time for summer!

The Closet #1 (Image Comics) – Writer James Tynion IV has been killing it lately so just his name on this tale of existential horror has us intrigued.

Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis (DC Comics) – The opening chapter of DC’s next big events was so-so, but we’re still intrigued by this one-shot comic that fives us a world where the Justice League is gone.

Neverender #1 (Behemoth Comics) – At the edge of civilization the dominant sport is a civilized sword duel to the death.

Newthink #1 (AWA Studios) – This anthology examines the rapid proliferation of technology, the cultural and political polarization of the country, and the technocrats that have driven us to such extremes of thought that we need to present the present as something…futuristic.

The Nice House on the Lake #9 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – We’ve been loving this series that has us guessing as to what exactly is going on and where it’s going.

Phalanx (Image Comics) – Image is celebrating 30 years and this one-shot that seems to be having fun with the Image of old feels like it’d be nostalgic fun.

Shadow War: Omega (DC Comics) – The finale to the mini-event that will lead directly into DC’s next big summer event.

Triskele #1 (Scout Comics) – When young Alec Ellis is granted a magical gift on Samhain night, the scales of power on the island of Albion are inadvertently shifted.

Preview: Shadow War: Omega

Shadow War: Omega

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Stephen Segovia (CA) Jonboy Meyers
In Shops: May 31, 2022
SRP: $5.99

THE SHADOW WAR’S EPIC CONCLUSION! The shocking finale of the Shadow War! Lives have been lost. Heroes and villains have fallen in battle. And now the real mastermind behind the Shadow War has been revealed. But they are far from done! Batman and Robin are all that’s left to put a stop to their real plans. Can the father-and-son duo work together to save the day? Events in this issue lead directly into DC’s next big summer event!

Shadow War: Omega

Preview: Deathstroke Inc. #9

Deathstroke Inc. #9

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Paolo Pantalena (CA) Jonboy Meyers
In Shops: May 24, 2022
SRP: $3.99

A tragic death sends the Shadow War into overdrive, and Batman and Robin must solve the mystery before more blood is shed! Meanwhile, Deathstroke regroups with the Secret Society to plan an attack on Talia and the League of Shadows. If Talia wanted a war, she’s going to get a war!

Deathstroke Inc. #9

Preview: Robin #13

Robin #13

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund
In Shops: Apr 26, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Robin and Ravager have caught up with Deathstroke and Respawn! Can they convince Deathstroke to turn himself in…or fight to the death? And what startling revelation does Robin learn that shocks this story to its core? Plus, Batman goes deep into the conspiracy behind Ra’s al Ghul’s death and discovers it’s bigger than he thought. He must call in backup…just not the backup you’d expect!

Robin #13

Preview: Deathstroke, Inc. #8

Deathstroke, Inc. #8

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Paolo Pantalena
In Shops: Apr 26, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Deathstroke and Respawn are on the run! Deathstroke Inc. has been destroyed, and his villain associates killed by the Demon’s Shadow! Deathstroke must explain to Batman why he killed Ra’s al Ghul…but first he must survive the hundreds of deadly killers coming for him!

Deathstroke, Inc. #8

Find out the impact of Deathstroke’s war in Shadow War Zone #1

Someone posing as Deathstroke has done the unimaginable and cut off “The Demon’s Head,” killing Ra’s al Ghul! His “Shadow War” has put several DC super heroes behind the 8-ball, and their stories will have implications in Shadow War and beyond! On sale May 17Shadow War Zone #1 reveals these stories and characters and what new challenges they’ll have to overcome!

Black Canary crosses swords with her protégé, in “Old Friends,” written by Shadow War: Alpha, Batman, and Deathstroke Inc. writer Joshua Williamson, with art by Otto Schmidt. Black Canary is on the hunt for Deathstroke following the death of Ra’s al Ghul, to bring him to justice before Talia al Ghul’s assassins get him first. Unfortunately, one of those assassins is her best and former student, Angel Breaker! Who is this deadly killer and what’s her history with Black Canary? This showdown has major ramifications for Black Canary in Shadow War Omega #1, on sale May 31.

Writer Nadia Shammas and artist Sweeney Boo team up for “Inner Demon,” a story that flashes back to the younger years of Talia al Ghul. Frustrated over secrets hidden from her by Ra’s al Ghul, young Talia makes a secret pilgrimage to Lazarus Island, where a meeting with her grandmother reveals that she has a stronger connection to the Lazarus Pit that she realizes, setting the stage for a major DCU event this Fall!

Written by Ed Brisson, with art by Mike Bowden, Mark Morales, and Antonio Fabela, “Panic Room” features Ghost-Maker, Black Spider and Clownhunter. Clownhunter has been developing his skills under the watchful eye of Ghost-Maker and prepares for the final exam to end all final exams as he’s faced with protecting Black Spider from an all-out assault from the League of Assassins. This story sets the table for Clownhunter’s evolution and the return of Batman Incorporated in the upcoming Batman 2022 Annual, in stores on May 31.

Harley Quinn writer Stephanie Phillips and artist Ann Maulina team up for “Ninjas! At the Arcade.” Harley fights a group of ninjas from the League of Assassins in an arcade, complete with lights, noise, and an impressive collection of movie quotes from the Mistress of Mayhem! Meanwhile, Luke Fox and an unlikely ally think Harley Quinn is the perfect addition to their “team,” but what team, and for what purpose?

Shadow War Zone #1 features a main cover by Jonboy Meyers, with open-to-buy “homage” variant and 1:25 variant covers by Howard Porter, plus a 1:50 variant cover by Leirix featuring Angel Breaker. All covers are available for pre-order now; check your local comic book shop for availability and ordering details.

Preview: Batman #122

Batman #122

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Trevor Hairsine, Howard Porter

Ra’s al Ghul is dead, and Talia is out for revenge! Batman is on the case to find Deathstroke before Talia’s elite killers do! But Batman starts to piece together that not everything is what it seems in Ra’s’s death…and knows whom he must interrogate to get answers…Talia herself! Can the two former lovers ever work together again? Plus, a backup tale showing the secret first fight between Batman and Deathstroke!

Batman #122

Preview: Batman #122

Batman #122

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Trevor Hairsine, Howard Porter

Ra’s al Ghul is dead, and Talia is out for revenge! Batman is on the case to find Deathstroke before Talia’s elite killers do! But Batman starts to piece together that not everything is what it seems in Ra’s’s death…and knows whom he must interrogate to get answers…Talia herself! Can the two former lovers ever work together again? Plus, a backup tale showing the secret first fight between Batman and Deathstroke!

Batman #122

Deathstroke’s “Shadow War” Continues in April!

Fan-favorite writer Joshua Williamson ramps up the action, intrigue and surprises this April as “Shadow War” continues in the pages of Deathstroke Inc., Batman, and Robin!

Part Two of “Shadow War” continues April 5, 2022, in Batman #122, with Howard Porter providing the art and main cover.

Ra’s al Ghul is dead, and Talia is out for revenge! Batman is on the case, in a race against time to find Deathstroke before Talia’s elite assassins do! But as the World’s Greatest Detective starts piecing together clues, he realizes that not all is what it seems when it comes to the death of “The Demon’s Head,” and the questions lead back to Talia herself! What added strain will this place on the relationship of these two former lovers? In the backup story, artist Trevor Hairsine joins Williamson revealing for the first time the secret first fight between Batman and Deathstroke!

Batman #122 also features a main variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto, a linking 1:25 ratio variant cover by Roger Cruz and Victor Olazaba, and a 1:50 ratio variant cover by JOCK.

Artist Paolo Pantalena joins Williamson as artist for Part Three of this exciting event on April 26 in issue eight of Deathstroke Inc! Following the death of Ra’s al Ghul, Deathstroke Inc. has been destroyed, his villain associates have been killed by the Demon’s Shadow, and Slade and Respawn are on the run! If they can survive this deadly gauntlet of skilled and bloodthirsty assassins, maybe Deathstroke will be able to explain to Batman why he killed Ra’s!

Deathstroke Inc.#8 features a main cover by Jonboy Meyers, a variant cover by Chris Burnham, plus the second of three linking 1:25 ratio variant covers by Roger Cruz and Victor Olazaba.

Williamson, and artists Roger Cruz and Norm Rapmund, close out the April action in Part Four of “Shadow War”, also on sale April 26. Robin and Ravager finally catch up with Deathstroke and Respawn, but will they convince Slade to turn himself in, or does this become a fight to the death? And what startling revelation does Robin learns that is sure to rock Shadow War to its very foundation? Plus, Batman goes deeper into the conspiracy behind Ra’s al Ghul’s death and discovers that it’s bigger than he thought. He’s calling in backup, just not the backup that readers will expect!

Roger Cruz provides the main cover, with Crystal Kung providing the variant cover for this issue, with Cruz and Victor Olazaba also providing art for the 1:25 ratio variant that completes the three linked images.

Deathstroke Declares a “Shadow War” on the DC Universe in March 2022

Beginning in March 2022, Joshua Williamson is bringing fans Shadow War, a three-month crossover event where the worlds of Batman, Robin (Damian Wayne) and Deathstroke collide in an event that will have major ramifications in the DC Universe!

The action begins on March 29, with Shadow War Alpha #1, written by Williamson, with art by Viktor Bogdanovic. Slade Wilson commits an unthinkable act, and Talia al Ghul, the Daughter of the Demon, is out for blood! The League of Shadows is out to murder Deathstroke and destroy Deathstroke Inc., and it’s up to Batman and Robin to track Slade down and bring him to justice, but do they? This 48-page one-shot is priced at $5.99 and features a main cover by Jonboy Meyers, with variant covers by Bogdanovic and a card stock variant cover by Detective Comics artist Dan Mora, priced at $6.99.

Eager fans will have two chances to get a glimpse into the events unfolding in Shadow War before Shadow War Alpha #1 arrives in comic book stores. On March 22, Robin #12, also written by Williamson with art by Roger Cruz, features a changed Damian Wayne returning to Gotham after the end of the Lazarus Tournament, only to have one more opponent to battle to the death: Damian Wayne! Priced at $3.99, cover art is provided by Viktor Bogdanovic, with variant covers from Francis Manapul (main variant) and Crystal Kung (1:25 “ratio” variant). 

Deathstroke Inc. #7 also arrives in stores on March 22, written by Williamson with art by Stephen Segovia. This issue spotlights a guest appearance by Slade’s daughter Rose Wilson, a.k.a. Ravager in father-daughter face off! Ravager wants to know why Deathstroke has proclaimed himself “King of the Super-Villains,” and she’s brought the mysterious character Respawn with her to find out! This is the issue where past secrets are exposed, resulting in a cliffhanger that leads directly into Shadow War! Frequent Williamson collaborator Howard Porter provides the main cover (priced at $3.99), with the main variant cover by Ivan Tao, and a 1 in 25 ratio variant card stock cover by Acky Bright (priced at $4.99). 

The Shadow War action continues in April with Batman #122. Deathstroke Inc. #8, and Robin #13 and concludes in May with Batman #123, Shadow War Zone #1, Deathstroke Inc. #9, and Robin #14, concluding with the can’t-miss Shadow War Omega #1. 

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