New Mutants: War Children #NCBD 25th September 2019


New Comic Book Day with New Mutants: War Children.

Time to pick up some new comics from Worlds Apart Birmingham (formerly Nostalgia & Comics). These are Geeky Brummie’s picks of the comics available today from your local comic book store. It’s a quiet week so I’m picking my favourites plus a recent hardback release from DC Ink.


Title: New Mutants: War Children

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Issue No.: 1

Creative Team: Chris Claremont – Writer : Bill Sienkiewicz – Artist & Cover Artist : Bob McLeod & Martin Simmonds – Variant Cover Artists

These Marvel 80 anniversary issue really know how to hit that nostalgia button. The original New Mutants run was one of the first titles I collected from beginning to end. These are some of my favourite characters – Dani Moonstar, Sam Guthrie, Doug Ramsey, Warlock, Roberto da Costa, Rahne Sinclair and more. Co-created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, this series hit the ground running. Bob passed artistic duties on to Sal Buscema quite quickly but the title really took flight when artist Bill Sienkiewicz came on board. His artwork was unlike anything else in comics and that coupled with the Demon Bear Saga story Claremont was writing cemented this book in my all-time favourites. Now we have a chance to revisit those halcyon days as Marvel reunites these comic legends to tell a new tale of the New Mutants. Don’t miss it.

From the Publisher:

“Don’t miss this momentous event as legendary creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and BILL SIENKIEWICZ reunite with Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Cypher, Mirage, Karma, and Sunspot to share this never before told story of the New Mutants’ past! When Warlock experiences a nightmare, he begins going haywire, and it’s up to his friends to save him! But as Warlock grows more frenzied, they should be worrying about being able to save themselves…and doubly so when Magik’s inner demon, Darkchylde, threatens to break free! Also, a special guest appearance by none other than Kitty Pryde!


Title: Dial H For Hero

Publisher: DC Comics

Issue No.: 7

Creative Team: Sam Humphries – Writer : Joe Quinones – Artist & Cover Artist

I was very happy that DC took the decision to extend the run of Dial H. This comic is just great fun to read and has a lot to say about why heroes and comics are so important to so many people. The series goes from strength to strength and I’m looking forward to another 6 issues in the company of Miguel and co. Highly recommended.

From the Publisher:

“Now a 12-issue series! What happened when Metropolis became the city of a thousand heroes? Get the inside story through the eyes of the ordinary people transformed by the powerful H-Dial into heroes you’ve never seen before!


Title: Powers of X

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Issue No.: 5

Creative Team: Jonathan Hickman – Writer : R.B. Silva – Artist & Cover Artist

I’m not sure how long this reworking of X-Men history will last but Hickman and co have been delivering a story that has been both surprising and revelatory. We are into the endgame now with only 2 issues left to tie up the story. Everything we thought we knew about the X-Men has been turned on its head and literally anything could happen now. I’m not sure I’ll be continuing to pick up the main X-Men title after this but I’m certainly going to be reading Excalibur and New Mutants (see above).

From the Publisher:

“As Cerebro does as it was intended to do, Sinister does what Sinister does best and the future comes to an end. 


Round Up

It’s a special edition of round up this week as it’s a quiet week for comics and I wanted to highlight a recent hardback that came out.


Title: Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

Publisher: DC Comics/DC Ink

Issue No.: N/A

Creative Team: Mariko Tamaki – Writer : Steve Pugh – Artist & Cover Artist

A while ago I was lucky enough to meet Steve Pugh at Not Another Comic Con where is had his artist proof of this book. It was amazing. His artwork alone is worth the price of this new self contained Harley Quinn story but you’re also getting a great story from writer Mariko Tamaki. All of these DC Ink titles have been great and if you are introducing a younger member of the family to comics for the first time then these books are perfect for that. Breaking Glass is a superb book and does things with the Harley characters that I really liked. I’d like to see more of Steve and Mariko’s take on the character but perhaps this diamond of a book will be all we get. Go and pick it up now.

From the Publisher:

“With just five dollars and a knapsack to her name, 15-year-old Harleen Quinzel is sent to live in Gotham City. She’s not worried, though-she’s battled a lot of hard situations as a kid, and knows her determination and outspokenness will carry her through life in the most dangerous city in the world. And when Gotham’s finest drag queen, Mama, takes her in, it seems like Harley has finally found a place to grow into her most “true true” with new best friend Ivy at Gotham High. But when Mama’s drag cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that’s taking over the neighborhood, Harley’s fortune takes another turn.

Now Harleen is mad. In turning her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join activist Ivy, who’s campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or team up with her anarchist friend Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time.

From Eisner Award and Caldecott Honor-winning author Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Steve Pugh comes a coming-of-age story about choices, consequences, and how a weird kid from Gotham goes about defining her world for herself.

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