Extra! Extra! Read all about what you can read this upcoming Wednesday! You’ll notice that one notable release – DC’s Crimes of Passion – is notably absent. Why? Well, because it looks like a cash grab, despite the amounts of talent behind it. Speaking talent, let’s look at what looks good for this week.
The After Realm Quarterly #1 (Image)
Quarterly releases don’t tend to have a long run, unless you’re a long-established title like Heavy Metal. However, Michael Avon Oeming is such a great creator, he might be able to sustain this title for the long haul. Based on some of the preview art, we can only hope that’s the case.
From Eisner and Harvey Award-winning MICHAEL AVON OEMING, co-creator of Powers and The United States of Murder and writer of Thor: Ragnarok and Red Sonja, comes THE AFTER REALM, a new ongoing extra-length quarterly! In the aftermath of Ragnarok, Oona, an elven ranger, sets out into the post-apocalyptic chaos to discover the fate of the old gods. But first, she must fulfill an oath to a lost friend that could doom what’s left of the Nine Realms.
The Dreaming #18 (DC Black Label)
As I wrote recently, The Sandman Universe subimprint of DC Black Label is doing a great job at keeping the spirit of the old Vertigo Comics alive. The flagship book of the line, The Dreaming, continues it’s acid-trip ride through its eponymous world with great writing from Si Spurrier and art by the incomparable Marguerite Sauvage.
Rose Walker was a vortex, once. And as a vortex, she draws dreams to herself…and she is drawn to them. And it’s a good thing, too, because Dora, Matthew, and Abel are in well over their heads in the waking world—a world that is slowly destroying itself, as Wan’s plans for the collective unconscious of humanity have come to pass!
Going to the Chapel #4 (Action Lab)
This fun, action-packed miniseries comes to an end with this explosive issue. David Pepose (Spencer & Locke) has crafted a thoroughly entertaining tale of blood and whimsy, and four issues is not enough.
It’s time to bride or die! With the police about to storm the chapel, Emily must choose her allegiances and her own uncertain future. Can Emily face her fears of lifelong commitment, or will her anxieties be dashed by a runaway bullet? Find out here in this thrilling finale!
The Man Who Effed Up Time #1 (Aftershock)
Time travel shenanigans have always been entertaining, thanks to the likes of Doctor Who, Back to the Future, Quantum Leap, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, to name a few. Though it can be messy, even confusing, John Layman is likely to deliver a smart script with great dialogue.
Sean Bennett is just your everyday, ordinary lab worker in a high-tech lab with a proto-type time machine. And, yeah, he’s got the same temptations any of us would have about going back in time, just a bit, to correct mistakes of the past and right old wrongs. So, when he meets a version of himself from the future who encourages him to do just that, Sean takes the temporal plunge. Only…can you guess what happens next? Did you read the book title? Yup. All of TIME is f#%&ed up now, and it’s up to Sean to cor-rect it-or else!
Presenting a time-twisted sci-fi action-comedy, a butterfly effect noir, by multiple Eis-ner-winning writer John Layman (Chew, ELEANOR & THE EGRET) and talented new-comer Karl Mostert. Order it today…before time runs out!
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 (BOOM! Studios)
Green Ranger Shredder. That’s what readers get in another TMNT crossover that shouldn’t work but for some reason does.
Rita Repulsa faces off against Shredder for control of the weapon that will change the Power Rangers forever! No matter who wins, the world will never be the same! As the two villains battle, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers must find a way to storm the Foot Clan base to save Tommy, as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles step up to help their new allies in an unexpected way.
Red Sonja #13 (Dynamite Entertainment)
We love Mark Russell on this site, so it should come as no surprise that one of his books gets a mention. His Red Sonja with artist Bob Q has been more understated than his other works. While he does inject th occasional witticism into the dialogue, this is a more focused examination of war and geopolitics wrapped in a sword and sandals epic.
(W) Mark Russell (A) Bob Q (CA) Jae Lee
Year Two of MARK RUSSELL’s epic tale kicks off here, joined by artist BOB Q (Captain America, Fantastic Four). In this issue: Sonja The Red has won. Now comes the impossible part…
And, because it’s February, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special variant by artist Sanya Anwar!
Usagi Yojimbo #8 (IDW Publishing)
Stan Sakai’s long-running series is an easy recommendation. If you still haven’t checked it out, stop procrastinating and do it with this new arc.
“Tatami,” Part 1 of 2. Usagi returns to his home province only to find intrigue and betrayal! An important tea ceremony is about to take place, but what sinister plan does Lord Hikiji have for it and how are the Neko ninja clan involved?
A new storyline that acts as a great jumping on point!
X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel)
This. Book. Is. Stacked! Marvel is throwing some major talent behind this series, written by Chip Zdarsky (the best Zdarsky) and art by the Dodsons. From the previews, this is going to be a gorgeous book with great writing. Zdarsky may not be as high-concept as Jonathan Hickman, but he excels in character dynamics, which this looks to have a bunch of.
THE SEEDS WERE PLANTED IN HOUSE OF X…. THE LINE IN THE SAND!
KRAKOA. Every mutant on Earth lives there … except for one. But now it’s time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home.
It’s the X-MEN VS. the FANTASTIC FOUR and nothing will ever be the same.