The Geeky Brummie Pull List with Amazing Fantasy
Another quiet summer week for comics with the latest issue of Amazing Fantasy taking our top stop and Once and Future makes up the remainder of this weeks list. Five other comics make it in to our On The Radar section, including the first issues of Superman ’78, Darkhawk and Cable: Reloaded, and you should definitely check them out.
In Meanwhile… we return to the O.Z. in a new Kickstarter and Worlds Apart Birmingham has Free Comic Book Day! Part Deux.
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Title: Amazing Fantasy
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Written and Illustrated by Kaare Andrews
EXPERIENCE THESE HEROES LIKE NEVER BEFORE! Each of our heroes from across time and space seem to have found their tribes in this strange new land of wonder. But World War II Cap, Teenaged Spidey and Spy-School Black Widow soon discover that every paradise has its own costs and, eventually, everyone must pay! Is there a way to avoid the coming war? Or is fate the flute that leads us to our inevitable end? Our Amazing Fantasy continues!
The first issue of Amazing Fantasy rocked. This is just the kind of Marvel book I used to love as a kid. This isn’t hindered by current continuity and is only interested in telling a rip-roaring adventure story. Andrews art is spectacular as his writing and that makes for a comic that is fun and enjoyable to read. With so many books linked to events or long running storylines it’s a breath of fresh air to have a comic that just wants to tell a good story on it’s own terms.
Title: Once and Future
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by Kieron Gillen : Art By Dan Mora : Coloured by Tamra Bonvillain
Is it possible that King Arthur and Merlin can save England from… King Arthur(s) and Merlin(s)?!?! A very strange war is a brewin’ indeed.
The Otherworld and our world have collided and England is ground zero for the chaos!
Bridgette has spent her whole life fighting to prevent this future from happening, but now that it’s arrived she’s at a loss. Fortunately, she has Duncan by her side, and he’s not about to let Gran give up.
Once and Future continues to be a great read. The modern spin on British folklore is so well done it deserves to be read by more. The writing and art are top notch and really drive the story. The only downside of the book is it whips by so quickly that the wait between issues feels like waiting for King Arthur to return.
On the radar this week some other comics not on the Pull List but well worth checking out:
Cable: Reloaded #1
Written by Al Ewing : Art by Bob Quinn : Cover by Stefano Caselli
THE BIG GUN IS BACK! It’s a new era, in a new galaxy, that’s under siege from a deadly new threat…but you can still rely on one man. Cable is locked, loaded and landing on the deadliest planet in X-history – to steal the ultimate weapon…and stop the LAST ANNIHILATION!
Written by Doug Wagner : Art by Daniel Hillyard and Dave Stewart
As Walter continues to go even deeper into the sunflower death cult’s underground gore bunker, his serial killer friends decide to split up to sew their unique brands of chaos. New wickedly disturbing monsters are revealed on both sides. Who wins when the criminally insane take on pure evil?
Superman ’78 #1
Written by Robert Venditti : Pencils by Wilfredo Torres : Inks by Wilfredo Torres : Coloured by Jordie Bellaire
Fly into director Richard Donner’s Superman once more in Superman ’78! Written by Robert Venditti (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) and drawn by Wilfredo Torres (Batman ’66), Superman ’78 tells a brand-new adventure in the world of the beloved film. A bright, shining day in Metropolis is interrupted by a mysterious drone that crash-lands in the city and starts wreaking havoc. This looks like a job for Superman! But where did the metallic menace come from, what is its purpose, and who is Brainiac?
M.O.M: Mother of Madness #2
Written by Marguerite Bennett and Emilia Clarke : Art by Leila Leiz
Game of Thrones superstar EMILIA CLARKE returns with an OVERSIZED THREE-ISSUE MINISERIES! Maya’s powers (and popularity!) explode! Bath time’s at 7 p.m., bedtime’s at 8 p.m., and crime fighting never sleeps when a villain out of Maya’s shadowy past comes to collect. Can she catch criminals and be home before the school run?!
Written by Kyle Higgins : Art by Juanan Ramirez : Cover by Iban Coello
Who is the ALL-NEW DARKHAWK? Connor Young is a seventeen-year-old star basketball player with the world ahead of him, until a surprising medical diagnosis changes everything. But what happens when a mysterious amulet finds him and gives him powers beyond belief? What will he do with these new abilities? Get in on the ground floor as KYLE HIGGINS (RISE OF ULTRAMAN, Radiant Black) and JUANAN RAMÍREZ (WEB OF VENOM) start a new era.
Return to The O.Z.
A while back I had the pleasure of reading the first issue of The O.Z. I was quite taken with this contemporary take on the classic tale of Dorothy and friends. I loved a surprising twist involving Toto but you’ll have to read that first issue to find out more. Now the creators are back with the second issue on Kickstarter. You can check out the official press release and some preview pages below.
THE O.Z. #1-2
Written by David Pepose : Art by Ruben Rojas : Coloured by Whitney Cogar : Lettered by DC Hopkins : Cover by Ruben Rojas : Variant Covers by Maan House, Farid Karami, and Cem Iroz
What if Mad Max took place in The Wizard of Oz? Find out in THE O.Z., returning to Kickstarter now from multiple Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & Locke, Scout’s Honor) and superstar artist Ruben Rojas (Proton). Fans of The Old Guard, DMZ, and Fables will love this action-packed fantasy adventure, available to order now on Kickstarter!
THE O.Z. follows Dorothy Gale’s granddaughter and namesake, a disillusioned Iraq war veteran who is swept up by a tornado and dropped into the war-torn land of Oz. Now leading the Resistance against the Scarecrow’s regime, Dorothy must join forces with the Tin Soldier, the Prince of Lions and Jack Pumpkinhead if she hopes to locate the all-powerful Silver Slippers and bring peace to the Occupied Zone… or as the locals call it, The O.Z.
We are incredibly thrilled for The O.Z. to make its long-awaited return to Kickstarter,” said series writer David Pepose. “Thanks to the overwhelming support of more than 1,200 backers in our last campaign, we’re excited to pull the curtain back and lead our Yellow Brick Road Warriors through even more of our dangerous and sweeping fantasy world. If you’re a fan of L. Frank Baum’s iconic Wizard of Oz mythology, you’ll love our action-packed twist with The O.Z.
THE O.Z.’s Kickstarter will fund the series’ 44-page second issue, with early bird specials and catch-up tiers available for those who missed the first campaign. Rewards include:
Behind-the-scenes materials including David Pepose’s script, Ruben Rojas’ raw inks, and Whitney Cogar’s untouched colors;
Four covers by Ruben Rojas, Maan House, Farid Karami, and Cem Iroz
Online pitch review by David Pepose
Original art commissions from Ruben Rojas
A chance to get drawn into the book
Three limited-edition sets of Scout’s Honor Ranger Scout merit badges
Three limited-edition Spencer & Locke handmade plushies
A store signing with writer David Pepose anywhere in the continental U.S.
You can pledge for the new issue of The O.Z. over on Kickstarter now: kickstarter.com/
Free Comic Book Day! Part Deux
Thanks to some shipping shenanigans, some of the books due for Free Comic Book Day were delayed. As a result the lovely folks down at Worlds Apart Birmingham decided to split their celebrations over two weekends. They held their first event on 14th August, and now on 28th August they will be celebrating again with an even bigger event with even more comics, competitions, activities and giveaways! If you missed the first day, now’s your chance to find out what all the fuss is about and pick up some great free comics from the worlds best publishers and to discover why we love this store so much.
We covered the first event in this little film:
So don’t miss out and head down to Worlds Apart Birmingham on Saturday 28th August. Check out their social media for more in the run up to the day and during the event itself.
Facebook – facebook.com/WorldsApartBirmingham
Twitter – @WorldsApart_Bir
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.
FORBIDDEN PLANET INTERNATIONAL (VARIOUS) – includes Worlds Apart Birmingham
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 –
GOSH! COMICS (LONDON)
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OK COMICS (LEEDS)
Follow the stores social media pages and website for updates!
PAGE 45 (NOTTINGHAM)
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TRAVELLING MAN (VARIOUS)
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