Friday, July 10, 2020

Friday's Headlines | DC's Batman #96 Joker War Pt. 2

After months of hype protracted by the comic book industry shutdown due to coronavirus, DC is finally just a couple weeks away from the launch of the 'Joker War' event in Batman #95 on sale July 21, quarterbacked by series writer James Tynion IV.

But the publisher is also skipping ahead Wednesday with a first look at August 4's Batman #96, part two of the main storyline, with art by Jorge Jimenez.

"Reeling from the effects of the worst Joker toxin attack ever, Batman is on the run through Gotham City, pursued by the dark shadows and voices that haunt is past and present!" reads DC's description. "As The Joker’s plan materializes, the only person who can save him from the brink of true madness is… Harley Quinn?

Friday's Headlines | Marvel Comics Returns Two Titles

As Marvel gets back into the swing of things following the COVID-19-influenced distribution shutdown, the publisher has amended its upcoming release schedule to add back two ongoing titles — Aero and Sword Master — which have been missing in action since March 2020.

Aero will return with #10 on August 26, followed by #11 and #12 on September 16 and October 21 respectively. The last issue, #9, came out March 19 - before the distribution shutdown.

Friday's Headlines | Image Comics teases "Crossover" for November

Image Comics has released a teaser image consisting simply of the word "Crossover..." displayed in white against a deteriorated black background, with ellipses. The publisher's tweet including the teaser did not offer any insight into what the story or series being foreshadowed might be but did include the caption "November. #CrossoverComic."

What exactly is being referenced remains a mystery – including whether the teaser is laying the marketing groundwork for a crossover among Image Comics properties (or something even bigger), or a new title called 'Crossover'.

Image previously began a never-completed crossover comic book series titled Image United that brought together characters created by many of the Image founders, including Todd McFarlane's Spawn, Rob Liefeld's Youngblood, Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon, and more.

Earlier this year, when the comic book Direct Market and much of the overall industry went on hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, McFarlane spoke openly about a new Image Comics crossover or a crossover of characters between publishers as a way to maintain interest in the industry and drive potential blockbuster sails as a financial windfall for the companies involved and for retailers who might carry such a series.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Top 3 TPB Comic Books

Greetings Comic Book Fans,

We hope you enjoy this week's pick for TPB's. Please be sure to contact your local store to see if they carry any of the titles you see today. Have a great day!

Flash Forward TPB $17.99 DC Comics
His name is Wally West-and he was the Fastest Man Alive. That is, until the Multiverse was rewritten without him or his family in it. Wally returned and tried to make it work, but the damage was done.

Spinning out of the events of Heroes in Crisis, follow the man who called himself Flash on an adventure to find redemption in a cosmos that has fought so hard to destroy him. Our hero must overcome his greatest fears, regrets, and anger to do what's right. But what's right is the hardest thing anyone would ever imagine doing...letting go. Collects Flash Forward #1-6.

Cobra Kai Karate Kid Saga Continues TPB Vol 01 $15.99 IDW Publishing
Is Johnny really the good guy? See The Karate Kid in a whole new light this June in this retelling through the eyes of Johnny Lawrence, two-time All Valley Tournament Champion.

Undiscovered Country TPB Vol 01 $9.99 Image Comics
The smash-hit series written by New York Times-bestselling writers SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, A.D.: AFTER DEATH) and CHARLES SOULE (CURSE WORDS, Oracle Year, Anyone) with art by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer), DANIELE ORLANDINI (Darth Vader), newcomer LEONARDO MARCELLO GRASSI, and Eisner Award-winning colorist MATT WILSON (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, PAPER GIRLS) gets its first collection! Journey into an unknown region that was once the United States of America-a land that's become shrouded in mystery and literally walled off from the rest of the world for well over a century. Two small expeditions enter the former US simultaneously-one from the east, one from the west-and travel inward, each seeking their own form of truth as they struggle to survive in this strange and deadly lost continent! Collects UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1-6.

Top 3 Manga Comic Books


Grimgar of Fantasy & Ash Light Novel Vol 13 $13.99 Seven Seas Entertainment
Haruhiro awakens to darkness and amnesia, among a group of strangers who can only remember their own names. When they make it into the light, they discover Grimgar, a fantasy world that's like something out of an RPG game. Without apparent skills or knowledge of their surroundings, Haruhiro and his newfound friends band together to form an adventuring party. Only by cooperating, using their wits, and learning new skills can they hope to survive in this dangerous land of monsters and magic.

No Guns Life GN Vol 05 $12.99 Viz Media
The war that changed Juzo's life still echoes in the present when the anti-Extended terrorist organization Spitzbergen abducts Juzo's friends. Juzo goes after them, but finds his path blocked by Victor Steinberg, a man with a reputation as a fierce enemy of the Extended. Victor also happens to be Mary's brother, and was once Juzo's personal engineer during the war!

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki Light Novel SC Vol 03 $14.00 Yen On
The first semester is over, and summer vacation has begun-although that doesn't mean Tomozaki will get a break from his training with Hinami. His mission this time is a tough one: a coed overnight trip! And not only that, she wants him in a relationship by the end of the summer?!

Manga Gem of The Week | Witchs Printing Office GN Vol 02


Witchs Printing Office GN Vol 02 $15.00 Yen Press
Mika never imagined her 'Magic Market' would be so successful! However, as the massively popular book-buying event continues to expand after each iteration, some things are bound to get out of hand!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

TPB Pick of The Week | Superboy a Celebration of 75 Years HC

Superboy a Celebration of 75 Years HC $39.99 DC Comics
This title celebrates Superboy across the decades, from young Clark Kent in Smallville, to Superboy's 1970s adventures with the Legion of Super-Heroes, to Conner Kent's 1990s escapades, and today's Jon Kent.

This title collects stories from More Fun Comics #101, Superboy (1949) #10 and 89, Adventure Comics #210, 247, 271, 369, and 370, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #233 and 259, DC Comics Presents #87, Infinite Crisis #6, Adventures of Superman #501, Superboy (1994) #59, Teen Titans #24, Adventure Comics #2, Young Justice #3, and Superman (2016) #6, 10, and 11.

Comic Book Spotlight | Street Fighter Swimsuit Special Collection HC


Street Fighter Swimsuit Special Collection HC $39.99 UDON Entertainment
The lovely ladies and lads of Street Fighter take a break from fist fights and tournaments to hit up the world's hottest beaches, pools, volleyball courts, and more! Everyone from Chun-Li to Poison to Guile shows off their favorite swimwear, plus guest appearances from the cast of Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, and Final Fight!

This beautiful hardcover tome gathers four years of UDON's Street Fighter Swimsuit and Pin-up specials in an over-sized art book format, including rare covers and never-before-seen rough concepts.

Weekly Top 5 Comic Book Countdown for 07/08/2020

Welcome as Northwest Comics & Games Presents the Weekly Top 5 Comic Book Countdown. Please remember to check in with local store, since there might a be a delay in shipments! Practice social distancing, wear your mask and enjoy your books you get today!  Thanks for reading.

Here's you Top 5 Comics today!

5. Detective Comics #1023 Joker War $3.99 DC Comics
Just when you thought it was safe to crack a smile, The Joker is back to crash the party! Hot on the heels of 'Joker War,' the Clown Prince of Crime is revealed as the mastermind behind Two-Face's turmoil-but to what end? Batman will need all the allies he can get, and what better ally than Harvey Dent? Can the Dark Knight cure his friend once and for all in time to fight the greatest battle of his life?

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Willow #1 $3.99 Boom! Studios
After everything - and everyone - she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale behind for a new school that promises 'to help you prioritize your true self.' * But Willow soon learns that all is not as it seems, and if your true self isn't what the school thinks it should be...well, don't worry, they'll help you get there. By any means necessary. * Now, truly alone for the first time in her life, Willow must rely only on her instincts - and her magic - to save herself from a different kind of threat than Buffy ever prepared her to face!

3. Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 $4.99 Image Comics
NEW STORY ARC! CELEBRATING OUR HUGE 25TH ISSUE WITH SPECIAL BONUS CONTENT AND AN ALL-NEW STORY ARC! Nathan Cole's world has changed. Nothing could have prepared him for what has happened, what he's had to do, and how it has affected him. Starting now, he embarks on a new journey with a full knowledge of Oblivion and what caused the Transference! The fate of the Earth rests in his capable hands! Also in this issue, a special ORIGIN STORY drawn by series colorist extraordinaire, ANNALISA LEONI!

2. X-Men God Loves Man Kills Extended Cut #1 (of 2) $4.99 Marvel Comics
The Uncanny X-Men. Magneto, master of magnetism. The bitterest of enemies for years. But now they must join forces against a new adversary who threatens not only mutantkind, but all of humanity beside it, in the name of God. The members of the Stryker Crusade are poised to cleanse the earth, no matter how much blood stains their hands. Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson's influential X-Men story is re-presented with all-new pages from the legendary creators themselves!

1. Dceased Dead Planet #1 (of 6) $4.99 DC Comics
After a corrupted Anti-Life Equation turned billions into monsters - including Earth's Greatest Heroes - our planet was as good as dead. Years later, a distress call brings Damian Wayne, Jon Kent, and Cassie Sandsmark - the Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman of Earth 2 - back to a dead planet... but what will this new Justice League find waiting for them? If life still exists on Earth, who - or what - is lying in wait for these heroes? The original creative team of Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine reunite for the sequel to the 2019 blockbuster series DCeased!

Pick of The Week | Batman #94


Batman #94 $3.99 DC Comics
The Designer's machinations have left Batman's life in tatters! Gotham City's ambitious rebuilding has skittered to a halt as new powers are rising to shape its destiny-and Batman is powerless to stop them! With no Alfred or Bat-Family to lean on, the Dark Knight stands alone against the ascendance of his greatest adversary!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tuesday's Headlines | 8BitDo Releases an Android Xbox Controller

Yesterday, 8BitDo is remixing their popular SN30 Pro controller for Android devices running Microsoft's Project xCloud game streaming service. The SN3O Pro Bluetooth controller for Android features an Xbox One-style design with button mapping, trigger and stick precision control, and multiple controller profiles. It also includes an expandable clip that will accommodate smartphones and tablets within a 49mm to 86mm range (so big smartphones are in, but not large tablets). Battery life is listed as 18 hours on a full charge.

If you're sold on it, pre-orders for the SN30 Pro for Project xCloud are live here on Amazon for $44.99 with shipping slated for September 1st (you won't be charged until it ships). You can also pre-order the clip separately on Amazon for $14.99 for use with the Xbox Wireless and Elite controllers. So, the main benefit of going with the full SN30 model is the fact that it's more compact that the Xbox controllers, and therefore more suitable for gaming on the go.

Microsoft's Project xCloud service allows users to stream over 50 Xbox games from the cloud on their Android phone or tablet. The service is currently in an invite only preview stage that you can register for here. A full launch is expected by the end of 2020.

Tuesday's Headlines | Marvel Reveals Comic Con at Home Schedule

Marvel has revealed its plans for Comic-Con at Home, this year's virtual San Diego Comic-Con event. Marvel appeared in Disney+'s plans and Hulu's plans via the Hellstrom series. Now Marvel has revealed its schedule of events. One is the Disney+ panel on the Marvel's 616 docuseries.

Another is the Marvel HQ event, aimed at younger Marvel fans. Last is Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing, where Marvel will discuss what's next for the Avengers and Fantastic Four crossover Empyre, the upcoming X-Men event X of Swords, and The Amazing Spider-Man #850 milestone issue. Keep reading to see Marvel's full plans for the event.

Disney+ / Marvel's 616: Thursday, July 23, 1:00 PM PT

Marvel's 616 explores how Marvel's rich legacy of stories, characters and creators exist within the "world outside your window." Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, explores the intersections of storytelling, pop culture and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Join directors Gillian Jacobs, Paul Scheer and executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman as they discuss the making of this Disney+ original anthology series with moderator Angélique Roché.

MARVEL HQ: Thursday, July 23, 4:00 PM PST

This is the destination for all our young Marvel fans (and their families)! Check out everything Marvel HQ has to offer about your favorite Super Heroes, with a comics read-along, an epic Lego battle, and a behind-the-scenes look at our animated series, Marvel's Spider-Man: Maximum Venom. And grab some paper and a crayon because we're going to draw that symbiote baddie together in Marvel Draw! Visit Marvel HQ at www.youtube.com/marvelhq.

Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing: Friday, July 24, 11:00 AM PST

Join Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski as he breaks down all the latest and greatest coming from the House of Ideas with some of Marvel's most epic creators! Tom Brevoort, Al Ewing and Dan Slott will dive into the cosmic calamity coming to Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the pages of EMPYRE! An army is gathering in the latest X-Men crossover event, X OF SWORDS, and Jordan White, Tini Howard and Gerry Duggan have all the juicy details! Nick Lowe, Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley will discuss the landmark AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #850 ushering in the return of the Green Goblin! Plus Nick Lowe rejoins the panel to discuss the return of the classic Marvel character, Werewolf by Night, with creators Taboo and Ben Jackendoff!! Be there, True Believers!