The Geeky Brummie Pull List – One-Star Squadron – 7th December

The Geeky Brummie Pull List with One-Star Squadron

The wonderful wonder team of Russell and Lieber takes our Comic of the Week title this week with the first issue of One-Star Squadron. Filling out the rest of the Pull List are the latest issues of What’s The Furthest Place From Here?, Batman ’89, Amazing Fantasy and Inferno. We two new comics to look out for On The Radar from DC Comics and Image Comics.

In Meanwhile… we have some sad news about one of the legendary artists of modern comics and Design is coming for the X-Men.

If you want to send any comics or comic related events we should feature, feel free to reach out to me at keith@geekybrummie.com.

Now on with the comics…

Title: One-Star Squadron

Issue: 1

Publisher: DC Comics

Written by Mark Russell : Art by Steve Lieber : Coloured by Dave Stewart

Who you gonna call? One-Star Squadron! Meet DC’s superhero team where heroism meets capitalism. This ragtag group of heroes led by Red Tornado is here to provide service with a smile. All you must do is send a request via their on-demand hero app and they’ll answer any call. Whether it’s a children’s birthday party or an alien invasion, no job is too small or too big! Brought to you by Eisner nominee Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Wonder Twins, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) and Eisner winner Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen), you’ll want to invest early in this one-of-a-kind miniseries that promises a story filled with heart, heroism, and humor.

You had me at Russell, Lieber and Red Tornado. As a kid Red was one of those characters that just fascinated me. He had a cool costume too. Now add in one of the best writers in comics right now and an artist how can match his vision and we have a book that just screams out for your attention. Don’t miss out on what is surely going to be one of the best comics of the year, and it’s been a good year already, and see for yourself why I love these characters and the creators of this book so much.


Title: What’s The Furthest Place From Here?

Issue: 2

Publisher: Image Comics

Written by Matthew Rosenberg : Art by Tyler Boss


With Sid missing, her family must leave the comfort of their home in a desperate search for her. But the world beyond their walls is not a friendly place. Ask the wrong questions, and you may find out the hard way that you can never go home.

Issue one was all I wanted it to be and I can’t wait to drive into this second issue. Great storytelling with emotional and expressive art, really draws you in to this tale of post-apocalyptic teens. Surely a live action series can’t be far off. Get on this now, you won’t regret it.


Title: Batman ’89

Issue: 4

Publisher: DC Comics

Written by Sam Hamm : Art by Joe Quinones : Coloured by Leonardo Ito

Someone’s hot on Bruce Wayne’s heels, out to prove his connection to Batman once and for all! Meanwhile, Harvey Dent plans his next steps for Gotham with just the simple flip of a coin. What does he have in store for Gotham, and can Batman twist probability in his favor?

How great is this book!  Totally capturing the tone of the Burton movies, this is the sequel we never got. Quinones is the perfect artist for this tale and Hamm shows here why his take on the Batman and his rogues gallery of characters are still the best live action interpretations. It’s a real shame this is only a six issue run.


Title: Amazing Fantasy

Issue: 5

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Written and Illustrated by Kaare Andrews

What if your life came down to one amazing moment, one fantastical choice to undo the thing you regret most? What would it cost to rescue the person you love? What would you be willing to pay? Find out in the final issue of AMAZING FANTASY! Starring WWII Cap, teenage Spidey and spy-school Black Widow in one last chance to save it all!

Just a smashingly fun book. Great art and a wild story has made this a great little tale of amazing fantasy. Seriously, this book captures a time when comics weren’t too bogged down by continuity and history and could just tell bold and escapist stories. I’ve had fun and you should definitely check it out.


Title: Inferno

Issue: 3

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Written by Jonathan Hickman : Art by R. B. Silva : Cover by Jerome Opeña

NIMROD STRIKES! Krakoa’s troubles don’t attack one at a time. Jonathan Hickman reunites with his POWERS OF X collaborator R.B. Silva for the penultimate chapter of his X-Swan Song.

Hickman is going out in style here. Nimrod is a character that as always intrigued me and seemed something even the X-Men wouldn’t be able to overcome. Now he’s here to wreak havoc and cause problems for the beleaguered island nation. It’s all change for the X-books and I’m having fun being along for the ride.


On the radar this week some other comics not on the Pull List but well worth checking out:


Soul Plumber #3

DC Black Label

Written by Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski : Art by PJ Holden and John McCrea : Coloured by Mike Spicer

Blorp, a strange creature with an unsettling affinity for the human race, has been unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. Now, doing its best to fit in amongst mankind-by assembling a human body for itself-this invader from beyond the veil has one mission…but what is it? And how can Edgar and his noseless pal Elk put a stop to it?


The Silver Coin #7

Image Comics

Written by Ram V : Art by Michael Walsh

From creator MICHAEL WALSH and RAM V (Swamp Thing, BLUE IN GREEN) hit horror anthology THE SILVER COIN heads to the land of jackpots and washouts.

For the first time in his life, Lou Prado is on a winning streak. Maybe it’s the new casino or maybe it’s the lucky coin in his pocket, but all of a sudden, Loser Lou’s bets can’t go wrong. He’s about to make the gamble of his life—and the stakes are deadly high atop the Tzompanco.



Sad News

Having retried from comics some time ago, George Perez, has this week informed his fans that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer, meaning he has just a few months to live. This is tragic news, and has left me quite shocked. George was one of the artists that defined my early comic buying years and carved a massive place in my heart both as an artist and as an all round good guy. I am beyond sad, but everyone here at Geeky Brummie pass our love and best wishes on to George and his family.

The following message regarding this diagnosis was posted on Perez’s behalf via his Facebook page:

To all my fans, friends and extended family,
It’s rather hard to believe that it’s been almost three years since I formally announced my retirement from producing comics due to my failing vision and other infirmities brought on primarily by my diabetes. At the time I was flattered and humbled by the number of tributes and testimonials given me by my fans and peers. The kind words spoken on those occasions were so heartwarming that I used to quip that “the only thing missing from those events was me lying in a box.”
It was amusing at the time, I thought.
Now, not so much. On November 29th I received confirmation that, after undergoing surgery for a blockage in my liver, I have Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer. It is surgically inoperable and my estimated life expectancy is between 6 months to a year. I have been given the option of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, but after weighing all the variables and assessing just how much of my remaining days would be eaten up by doctor visits, treatments, hospital stays and dealing with the often stressful and frustrating bureaucracy of the medical system, I’ve opted to just let nature take its course and I will enjoy whatever time I have left as fully as possible with my beautiful wife of over 40 years, my family, friends and my fans.
Since I received my diagnosis and prognosis, those in my inner circle have given me so much love, support and help, both practical and emotional. They’ve given me peace.
There will be some business matters to take care of before I go. I am already arranging with my art agent to refund the money paid for sketches that I can no longer finish. And, since, despite only having one working eye, I can still sign my name, I hope to coordinate one last mass book signing to help make my passing a bit easier. I also hope that I will be able to make one last public appearance wherein I can be photographed with as many of my fans as possible, with the proviso that I get to hug each and every one of them. I just want to be able to say goodbye with smiles as well as tears.
I know that many of you will have questions to ask or comments to make, and rather than fueling the fires of speculation and well-meaning but potentially harmful miscommunication, I will be returning to the arena of social media by starting a new Facebook account where fans and friends can communicate with me or my designated rep directly for updates and clarification.
For media and press inquiries, please use the contact information on the page as well. Please respect the privacy of my wife and family at this time and use the Facebook page rather than reaching out through other channels.
I may not be able to respond as quickly as I would like since I will be endeavoring to get as much outside pleasure as I can in the time allotted me, but I will do my best. Kind words would also be greatly appreciated. More details to follow once it’s up and running.
Well, that’s it for now. This is not a message I enjoyed writing, especially during the Holiday Season, but, oddly enough, I’m feeling the Christmas spirit more now than I have in many years. Maybe it’s because it will likely be my last. Or maybe because I am enveloped in the loving arms of so many who love me as much as I love them. It’s quite uplifting to be told that you’ve led a good life, that you’ve brought joy to so many lives and that you’ll be leaving this world a better place because you were part of it. To paraphrase Lou Gehrig: “Some people may think I got a bad break, but today, I feel like the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”
Take care of yourselves—and thank you.

Destiny is Coming

This week Marvel also revealed the next evolution of the X franchise by teasing the changes coming line of books when Destiny of X arrives next year.

Rising out of the ashes of INFERNO and emerging out of the vital time-travelling mission in X LIVES OF WOLVERINE/X DEATHS OF WOLVERINE comes The Second Krakoan Age of X-Men: DESTINY OF X! Mutantkind’s future is reshaped once more, as Krakoa’s greatest triumphs and most crushing challenges still lie ahead. As last week’s CHOOSE YOUR DESTINYteasers showed, the possibilities are endless!

This new era will kick off with new titles such as IMMORTAL X-MEN, KNIGHTS OF X, LEGION OF X, and X-MEN RED, a stellar new creative team takeover on MARAUDERS, and revolutionary status quo changes for continuing titles X-MEN, X-FORCE, NEW MUTANTS, and WOLVERINE.

Fans can get their first peek at what’s to come in a new promotional image by Leini Francis Yu and Sunny Gho, an epic group shot starring some of the major players of the franchise’s upcoming sagas!

“The journey of the Krakoan Age is far from over!” Senior Editor Jordan D. White promises. “Our long-term plan that all our creators have been working on in our secret Council Chamber has only just begun to come to fruition. With the filling of the two empty council seats, the Reign of X has ended, and it’s time for mutantkind to reach for their destiny!”

What does destiny hold in store for our merry mutants? I guess we’ll find out next spring.


Your Local Comics Shops

Your local comic shops are now open and you can pop in for your geek fix. Listed below are some of the best shops across the county with links to check the very latest information including opening time and covid safety measures. When visiting these shops please be patient and respectful to all the staff who are doing an incredible job.


Please check with stores for any changes to opening times and services.

Follow the stores social media pages for updates!

FORBIDDEN PLANET (VARIOUS) – includes Birmingham Megastore

Check their website for more information –



Check their website for more information –

https://goshlondon.com/the-gosh-blog/the-gosh-authority-130620-reopening-news/ and https://twitter.com/GoshComics


Follow the stores social media pages and website for updates!

http://www.okcomics.co.uk/ and https://twitter.com/OKComics


Check their website for more information –

http://www.page45.com/ and https://twitter.com/PageFortyFive


Check their website and social media for more information –

https://travellingman.com/ and https://twitter.com/TravellingManUK


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