The Geeky Brummie Pull List with Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong
Our Pull List this week features 15 new comics. Our Comic of the Week title is Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong from DC Comics/Legendary Comics. The other 3 comics on the main pull list are also #1’s published by Image Comics and Marvel Comics. Our On The Radar selection includes 11 comics from Image Comics, DC Black Label, IDW Publishing, Artists Writers and Artisans Inc, Oni Press, Dark Horse Comics and Marvel Comics. And in MEANWHILE… two new 2000AD announcements from NYCC.
Now on with the comics…
Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong
DC Comics/Legendary Comics
Script – Brian Buccellato
Art – Christian Duce
Colours – Luis Guerrero
Letters – Comicraft
The cataclysmic crossover event of the year is here as the DC Universe clashes with Legendary’s Monsterverse in Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong. Clark Kent is enjoying a night off with a very important dinner planned with his girlfriend, Lois Lane, when the entire city shudders under the weight of the monstrous Godzilla, who emerges from the bay! What started as a routine clash between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom takes a dangerous turn when the wall between worlds is breached…with Godzilla, Kong, and the Monsterverse emerging on DC’s Earth! What ensues will be a brawl of unprecedented scale and destruction from acclaimed writer Brian Buccellato (INJUSTICE) and bestselling artist Christian Duce (BATMAN/FORTNITE: ZERO POINT)!
How could I resist a series like this. I’ve enjoyed some of the previous JL team-up stories, but adding Godzilla and Kong to the mix should make this one, the biggest ever. I hope we get plenty of kaiju mayhem and destruction in the DC world over the coming issues. There are a couple of ROAR variant covers out for this one, that look and sound amazing if you can track one down.
The Sensational She-Hulk
Script – Rainbow Rowell
Art – Andrés Genolet
Colours – Dee Cunniffe
Letters – Joe Caramagna
THE SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK IS BACK! Jen Walters is dusting off her adjective and kicking off a new era! The best hero slash lawyer in the Marvel Universe is going to remind you why she’s so SENSATIONAL, going up against her deadliest challenge yet! PLUS: MARVEL STUDIOS SHE-HULK series writer Jessica Gao makes hers Marvel in a short story with the Jade Giant!
After a short break Jennifer is back in a newly titled solo book. Inside it will hopefully be more of the same, as the She-Hulk book was pretty great. I also hope that Jack of Hearts continues to feature heavily in Jen’s life, as that was one of the best parts of the previous series.
Crypt of Shadows
Art – Alex Lins, Paul Davidson, Paul Azaceta, Eder Messias, Jonas Trindade and Devmalya Pramanik
Colours – Rain Beredo, Neeraj Menon, Matt Mills and Michael Wiggam
Letters – Travis Lanham
REOPENING THE CRYPT! Once more, as All Hallows’ Eve draws nigh, the dust-covered slab that seals shut the crypt, blocking out the sun and casting it forever in shadow, has creaked open to let the darkness loose to prey on the Marvel Universe! Be they mercenary or mage, guided by law or by rage, our heroes will face their terror, and they’d best pray their spines are sturdy enough for the job…or the crypt they find may well be their own!
I love these Marvel Halloween one-shots. The previous two were both great and this one looks to continue the tradition. Al Ewing is joined by a new set of writers and artists, as they are let loose in the darker parts of the Marvel Universe. Buy it today and save it to read on All Hallows’ Eve for maximum chills.
Hack / Slash: Back to School
Script, Art and Colours – Zoe Thorogood
MINISERIES PREMIERE HACK/SLASH returns with an untold tale and critically acclaimed cartoonist ZOE THOROGOOD at the bloody helm! Slasher hunter Cassie Hack is only just getting used to her man-monster partner, Vlad, when she’s drawn into a new case involving a murderous bunny mascot, dead kids, and an entire squad of maladjusted teenage serial-killer hunters! A completely new chapter in the beloved, long-running series that’s perfect for new readers and old fans alike, just in time for Halloween.
Great to see Kev Walker back this issue, Alex Lins did a great job, but I’m a big fan of Kev’s work. I’m also a fan of Lanzing and Kelly and they are trying something a little different with the Guardians. It might not be to everyones liking but I’m having a good time and that’s all I want from my comics.
On the Radar, these are comics I’ve not got on my physical Pull List, but are books I’ll pick up digitally or in trades:
The Incredible Hulk #5
Script – Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art – Travel Foreman
Colours – Matt Wilson
Letters – Travis Lanham
THE SWAMP SIREN REVEALED! Hulk tracks down the beauty that has been luring man and monster alike to their dooms! An epic brawl breaks out between the Jade Giant, Man-Thing and the true face of the Swamp Siren…but even the Jade Giant is not immune to her song! Plus… A backup story featuring a surprise guest character to honor Latin and Latinx characters and creators!
Big Game #4
Script – Mark Millar
Art – Pepe Larraz
Colours – Giovanna Niro
Letters – Clem Robins
The Chrononauts might be dead, but Hit-Girl can use their time travel technology to go back to the world of Empress. This is literally the maddest and most brilliant book out there right now. The comic book event of 2023 and a must for anyone who loves the Millarworld books, as every single character is here for the fun!
Local Man #6
Script and Art – Tim Seeley and Tony Fleecs
NEW STORY ARC
“”THE DRY SEASON,”” Part One
Jack Xaver, Farmington’s very own LOCAL MAN, is called in to investigate a mysterious drowning on dry land. The problem is, Jack isn’t legally allowed to be a superhero. Oh, also, he’s sleeping with the police chief’s wife. AND there’s a conspiracy theory gaining traction that Jack murdered America’s most beloved champion, the Camo Crusader.
Now, Local Man, already in over his head, is drawn into another twisted case with dark ties to his superhero past.
On the flip side-meet Inga. Her stupid boyfriend just skipped town to join a superhero team. He left her with nothing…and now she has nothing to lose.
DC Black Label
Script – Bill Willingham
Art – Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha
Colours – Lee Loughridge
Letters – Todd Klein
A storm rages outside the Last Story Home. A long-overdue battle plays out in the wind and rain…Bigby Wolf and Peter Pan have finally come face-to-face. But while these two deliver their deadly blows, an even greater threat has found its way into the Wolf cabin, putting Snow and her children at risk!
Klik Klik Boom #5
Script – Doug Wagner
Art – Douglas Dabbs
Colours – Matt Wilson
Letters – Ed Dukeshire
Sprout has decided a suicide mission is her only chance at revenge. However, Serena and Beatrix-armed with a bag of photos, a polaroid camera, and a plethora of club dancers-are determined to show her there’s a better way.
Beneath the Trees Where Nobody Sees #1
Script and Art – Patrick Horvath
Letters – Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Don’t. Murder. The locals.
This is small-town serial killer, upstanding citizen, and adorable brown bear Samantha Strong’s cardinal rule. After all, there’s a sea of perfectly ripe potential victims in the big city just beyond the forest, and when you’ve worked as hard as Sam to build a cozy life and a thriving business in a community surrounded by friendly fellow animal folk, warm décor, and the aroma of cedar trees and freshly baked apple pie…the last thing you want is to disturb the peace.
So you can imagine her indignation when one of Woodbrook’s own meets a grisly, mysterious demise—and you wouldn’t blame her for doing anything it takes to hunt down her rival before the town self-destructs and Sheriff Patterson starts (literally) barking up the wrong tree.
Live, laugh, shed blood. “Dexter” meets Richard Scarry’s Busy Town in writer-artist Patrick Horvath’s twisted debut of BENEATH THE TREES WHERE NOBODY SEES!
In Hell We Fight #5
Script – John Layman
Art – Jok
The quest to return a kidnapped angel to heaven hits a serious snag, as a demonic kidnapper wants his angel and will kill to get her back. What happens when you die in hell? You go to an even worse hell, of course!
The Alternatives #2
Dark Horse Comics
Script – Tim Seeley, Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum
Art – Christopher Mitten and Tess Fowler
Colours – Ian Herring
Letters – Nate Piekos
For a brief time in an alternate world he was a god, an elemental avatar to all of crustacean-kind, but now the man-monster known as Crab Louie is back home. Here he’s a distant husband and a fumbling father who can’t even remember to take the trash cans out. But now his team, The Alternates, have a new lead on the dangerous reality-altering street drug, Prestige, offering Crab Louie either a second chance at superherodom, or a permanent escape from humdrum life.
Script – Alex de Campi and Cliff Bleszinksi
Art – Ryan Kelly
Colours – Jordie Bellaire
Letters – Alex de Campi
Scrapper’s risk-taking has put his friends in great danger. Rescued by a secret cadre of feral cats, it’s now up to him and his feline posse to spring Tank and Daisy from of one of the most secure SMITE bases in the whole city. If you ever wished the cats in Stray could kick Skynet’s ass, this is your book.
Rumpus Room #2
Artists Writers and Artisans Inc
Script – Mark Russell
Art – Ramon Rosanas
Colours – Ive Svorcina,
Letters – AndWorld Design
Detective Hernandez is trapped in billionaire Bob Schrunk’s basement prison known as the “Rumpus Room” – and while she’s stuck there, she’s going to get to know her fellow inmates and learn how they had wronged Schrunk and earned their fate. Meanwhile, Schrunk is losing control of his tech company and must consolidate his position with the board of directors. Plus, what’s the secret of the billionaire’s collection of bizarre art?
Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Russell (NOT ALL ROBOTS) and artist Ramon Rosanas (YEAR ZERO) deliver a groundbreaking and exciting new title!
The Man From Maybe #1
Script – Jordan Thomas
Art – Shaky Kane
In the dry and dead future that’s coming soon, all life belongs to Oppenheimer-obsessed billionaire Harvard Denny and his corporate scavengers from Smile, Inc., who pillage the wastelands in search of atomic contraband.
As the race to acquire the a crashed spacecraft’s cargo begins, our fate will be decided by a masked bandit and the cold iron of his laser rifle. He knows no name, no home, no surrender-only the whispered hush of those in need who dare call him . . . THE MAN FROM MAYBE!
Give yourself over to an upside-down world where all mutants eat lead and all dinosaurs speak truth in the DOUBLE-SIZED, 48-PAGE debut of a postmodern, post apocalyptic epic of Western-infused action from rising star Jordan Thomas (Weird Work, XINO) and psychedelic warlord Shaky Kane (Bulletproof Coffin, The Beef) as the Man From Maybe sets his sights on THE CRATE OF DEATH!
2000AD at NYCC – Steve Dillon Apex
2000 AD Announce The 2000 AD Art of Steve Dillon Apex Edition at New York Comic Con
One of the most admired artists in comics history, Steve Dillon is rightfully considered to be one of the definitive 2000 AD artists, with his extensive work for The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic including pencils on A.B.C. Warriors, Bad Company, Judge Dredd, Harlem Heroes, Ro-Busters, Rogue Trooper and Tyranny Rex.
As an artist who set the standard for what comics could be, we are delighted to announce that 2000 AD will be publishing a collection of his stunning original artwork for the next volume of our Apex Editions.
The 2000 AD Art of Steve Dillon: Apex Edition contains pages from throughout his 30+ year career working at 2000 AD, including his art on Rogue Trooper and Harlem Heroes. His prolific and defining work on Judge Dredd is showcased with a range of stories including his incredible artwork for the classic Block Mania alongside the Emerald Isle storyline, one of his first collaborations with Garth Ennis.
Also included in this book is the complete art for Alan Moore’s sole A.B.C. Warriors story, Red Planet Blues, with painted colour by Watchmen artist John Higgins.
Steve Dillon Legend
The 2000 AD Art of Steve Dillon: Apex Edition will be released in 2024 both as a Standard Edition available from comic book stores via Diamond Distribution and the 2000 AD webshop; and as a webshop-exclusive edition with special slipcase.
The Apex Edition series is a deluxe, over-sized facsimile edition reproducing his original art pages at their actual size. Each page of this book has been scanned directly from Steve Dillon’s art and presents each page as if you were looking at it in person.
Steve Dillon is one of the best-loved artists to have ever put pencil to paper. Reaching international superstardom as a result of his work on DC/Vertigo’s Preacher, which he co-created with frequent collaborator Garth Ennis, he remained one of the most in-demand artists in comics throughout his career, redefining characters including The Punisher.
Having previously made his name as a hugely popular writer and artist for 2000 AD, he was the creator of both Hap Hazzard and the Irish Judge Joyce: he also wrote several stories for the Prog over the years, including Future Shocks and Rogue Trooper.
You’re Going To Need a Bigger Shelf
Measuring a huge 19 x 14 inches, this is a landmark collection of some of Dillon’s most admired artwork from a storied career in comics, running across 128 incredible pages. With this posthumous release of his artwork, he rightfully takes his place amongst other masters of the form, including Kevin O’Neill, Brian Bolland and Mick McMahon.
The Steve Dillon Apex edition is released on 19th June 2024, with pre-orders available now on the 2000 AD webshop.
2000AD at NYCC – Lowborn High
HOT FROM NEW YORK COMIC CON 2023: Welcome to LOWBORN HIGH!
Revealed at the 2000 AD panel at New York Comic Con 2023, take a look at the brand new cover for the next graphic novel from the 2000 AD Regened Series, Lowborn High! This magical graphic novel for teens, brought to you from the mind of David Barnett and the artistic talents of Anna Morozova and Mike Walters hits shelves in April 2024 ready to enthral a generation of readers looking for their next teen reading saga or mystic fix.
So you’ve seen the cover, but what is Lowborn High all about? For as long as anyone can remember, Wychdusk Manor has been the school to which all the top magical novices are sent, where they are trained to become the world’s greatest wizards. Androgeus Frost, part of one of the wizarding worlds’ most esteemed families, always thought it was a sure thing he’d get in, but a bad attitude and even worse grades soon land him instead at Lowborn High.
A struggling inner-city comprehensive school for those with mediocre magical talent, Androgeus finds himself with all the other duds, drop-outs, and those who don’t have the upper-class wizarding family background. Making friends with Maisy, Ali and Dril, soon the group of friends find there are mysteries to solve and the pupils of Lowborn High can still be capable of some truly amazing feats!
Suitable For All Ages
After starring in the All Ages Takeover issues of the 2000 AD Megazine, this magical new addition to the 2000 AD Regened series bring something different to the table of wizardly universes. Inspired by Grange Hill and the idea of what happens to those that don’t make it into the grand wizarding schools, Lowborn High is ready for a generation of teen readers wanting something beyond Harry Potter.
Lowborn High is released on 23rd April in the US and 25th April in the UK, and is available to pre-order now on Amazon, the 2000 AD webstore, and wherever books are sold.
Your Local Comics Shops
Britain has some of the best comics shops in the world. This updated lists features just a few of the shops you can pop in to for your geek fix. Check out you own local shops and if they don’t appear on this list let me know and we can add them.
WORLDS APART BIRMINGHAM (part of FPI)
Birmingham’s premier comic book store and Pokestop.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 09:30 – 17:00
Wednesday, Friday: 09:30 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:30 – 18:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EN Tel: 0121 643 0143
FORBIDDEN PLANET (BIRMINGHAM)
Graphic novel/comic store with merchandise & T-shirts, plus character figures & toys.
Monday to Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
74 Bull St, Birmingham B4 6AD Tel: 0121 236 3026
GOSH! COMICS (LONDON)
A mean little comics shop in the heart of London.
Open Daily: 10:30 – 19.00
1 Berwick St, London W1F 0DR Tel: 0207 437 0187
OK COMICS (LEEDS)
Twenty Year Old, Eisner Award Nominated Comic Book Shop in the beating heart of Leeds City Centre, UK.
Open Monday to Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 15.00
19 Thornton’s Arcade, Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LQ Tel: 0113 246 9366
PAGE 45 (NOTTINGHAM)
UK Comic Shop created & curated since 1994 by Stephen Holland, Comics Laureate 2021-23.
Open Monday to Saturday: 09.00 – 18.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 16.00
Closed on Bank Holiday Mondays, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
9 Market St, Nottingham NG1 6HY Tel: (0115) 9508045
TRAVELLING MAN (VARIOUS)
Travelling Man Is The UK’s Friendliest Comic & Games Shop Since 1991. Shop Online Now! Explore The Rich Genres & Worlds That Games, Comics & Independent Press Have To Offer. Since 1991.
Open Monday to Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00
Sunday: 11.00 -17.00
32 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DE Tel: 0113 245 0822
74 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF Tel: 01904628787
43 Grainger Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5JE Tel: 0191 261 4993
4 Dale Street, Manchester M1 1JW Tel: 0161 237 1877
MEGA CITY COMICS (LONDON)
Mega City Comics, was established in 1981, initially as a mail-order business, supplying comics, graphic novels, and collecting supplies. After 6 years of mail-order and trading through the comic marts, we opened our shop in Camden Town in 1987.
Open Monday to Friday: 11.00 -18.00
Saturday: 10.30 – 18.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 18.00
18 Inverness Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7HJ Tel: 020 7485 9320
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (VARIOUS)
A trio of comic shops in Bedford, Northampton and Peterborough.
20 Allhallows, Bedford MK40 1LJ Tel: 01234 270777
Open Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 17.30
Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
29 Abington Square, Northampton NN1 4AE Tel: 01604 602311
Open Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:30
Wednesday: 10:00 – 19.00
Thursday to Friday: 10:00 – 17:30
Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
25 Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1SQ Tel: 01733 892827
Open Tuesday: 10:30 – 17:30
Wednesday: 10:30 – 18:00
Thursday to Friday : 10:30 – 17:30
Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30
THAT COMIC SHOP (PRESTON)
Retailers of new Comics weekly, Magic the Gathering Card Games, Board Games, Toys, T-Shirts plus loads more.
Open Tuesday to Thursday: 10:00 – 17:00
Friday: 10:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
116 Friargate, Preston PR1 2EE Tel: 01772 204287
PARADOX COMICS (DORSET)
Comic book shop in Dorset, dealing in graphic novels, statues, action figures, card games, limited edition comics and more
Open Tuesday to Friday: 10:30 – 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
19 High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1AB Tel: 01202 661346
WAKEFIELD COMICS 616 (WAKEFIELD)
Comic Book Shop in the centre of Wakefield. Stocking the latest comics direct from the US.
Open Monday: 9:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 9:00 – 16:30
Wednesday to Saturday: 9:00 – 17:00
3 The Springs, Wakefield West Yorkshire WF1 1PU Tel: 01924 375234
COMIC BOOK GUYS (BELFAST)
Comic Book Guys – Northern Ireland’s newest independent comic book store also stocking movie memorabilia, toys & other collectibles… excelsior!
Open Monday to Saturday: 10.00 to 17.00
130 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BG Tel: 02890 080169
RAYGUN COMICS (RICHMOND)
A welcoming and friendly comic book shop. Comics, toys, books, games and merchandise for all ages.
Open Monday to Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
26 Red Lion Street, Richmond TW9 1RW Tel: 0208 948 8476
DAVE’S COMCIS (BRIGHTON)
Dave’s Comics, The Graphic Novel Shop.
Open Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:30 – 18:00
Sunday: 11.00 – 17:00
5 Sydney St, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 4EN Tel: 01273 691012
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