The Geeky Brummie Pull List with Batman ’89
Just a couple of titles on the Pull List this week. The first issue of Batman ’89 is our Comic of the Week, with the latest issue of Fight Girls rounding out this weeks list. Five new comics make it in to our On The Radar section, including the zero issue of I Am Batman and the first issue of Defenders, and you should definitely check them out.
In Meanwhile… we take a look at the best comics coming in Free Comic Book Day and what’s happening with Small Press Day.
If you want to send any comics or comic related events we should feature, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now on with the comics…
Title: Batman ’89
Publisher: DC Comics
Written by Sam Hamm : Art by Joe Quinones : Coloured by Jordan Gibson and Leonardo Ito
Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies! Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets. As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!
I was super excited to read this when the book was announced. The Batman ’89 film is still one of the best representations of the Dark Knight on the big screen and it was a shame we didn’t get to explore that world more on the big screen. This comic promises to continue some of the threads sown in the first movie and with Sam Hamm on board as writer this is the genuine article. Joe Quinones is the perfect artist for this series as his work conjures up the classic superhero feel. If you’re a fan of the Tim Burton classic then you should definitely pick this up.
Title: Fight Girls
Written and Illustrated by Frank Cho : Coloured by Sabine Rich
Ten hard-as-nails women face off in an ancient contest of champions where the winner truly takes all: the title of “Queen of the Galaxy.” To win the challenge each contestant must survive the hazards of the planet’s harsh landscape, the ferocious predators on and below its surface, and their fellow contestants. This edition of the contest has a twist: one of the contestants is an infiltrator who has her eye on something bigger than the prize. Who is she and what does she really want?
You know what you’re getting with a Frank Cho comic and this series delivers. The first issue was huge fun and as expected it looked amazing. There is more to this book than bombshell art and you really should check it out.
On the radar this week some other comics not on the Pull List but well worth checking out:
X-Men Legends #6
Written by Peter David : Art by Todd Nauck : Coloured by Rachelle Rosenberg
WOLFSBANE UNLEASHED! Renegade mutants have taken hostages at the Latverian embassy…and DR. DOOM isn’t happy about it! And with one of X-FACTOR’S own in their clutches, it’s going to be a super-powered battle on multiple fronts as innocent lives hang in the balance! Experience these villains’ first battle in the dramatic conclusion to this all-new adventure set during Peter David’s original X-FACTOR run!
I Am Batman #0
Written by John Ridley : Pencils by Travel Foreman : Inks by Norm Rapmund : Coloured by Rex Lokus : Cover by Olivier Coipel, Travel Foreman and Rex Lokus
Future State gave readers a preview of things to come with Jace Fox as the new Batman…but his debut in the core line arrives with a bang! Picking up immediately from the events of The Next Batman: Second Son, Jace thrusts himself into action when the Magistrate’s crackdown on Alleytown begins, using armor he’s found in the abandoned Hibernaculum. The age of a new Dark Knight starts now!
The Silver Coin #5
Written by Michael Walsh : Art by Michael Walsh
NOW AN ONGOING SERIES
For the fifth installment of horror anthology THE SILVER COIN from MICHAEL WALSH, CHIP ZDARSKY, KELLY THOMPSON, ED BRISSON, and JEFF LEMIRE, the story reaches back to when the coin’s cruel curse was first minted. In a small New England village, a woman has been accused of witchcraft.
Written by Al Ewing : Art by Javier Rodriguez : Inks by Alvaro López : Letters by Joe Caramagna
SUPERSTARS AL EWING & JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ REUNITE FOR A COSMOS-COLLIDING JOURNEY! When existence itself faces extraordinary threats, it needs an extraordinary defense! That’s when you call…THE DEFENDERS! DOCTOR STRANGE and the MASKED RAIDER take a non-team of Marvel’s weirdest, wildest heroes on a mission that will uncover the hidden architecture of reality itself! This cosmos was not the first to exist…but if the DEFENDERS can’t track Marvel’s oldest villain through the deepest trenches of time — it might be the last!
Written by Victor LaValle : Art by Jo Mi-Gyeong : Coloured by Brittany Peer : Cover by Ario Anindito
Even humanity’s last hope needs a little help sometimes.
The Vault is in sight and Eve’s come farther than any before her, but the last leg of her journey will test her to her core. Thankfully, she isn’t alone… with her newly discovered sister by her side.
Wexler has dodged the bullet, literally, and is in hot pursuit of the pair. Will he catch up to them and dash humanity’s last chance?
Free Comic Book Day 2021
Free Comic Book Day is back in action as a single-day event, scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 14, 2021! What is Free Comic Book Day? Free Comic Book Day is the best day of the year, where comics from publishers like DC Comics and Marvel Comics are given away absolutely free to people at local comic shops.
If you live in Birmingham you can pop down to Worlds Apart (formerly Nostalgia and Comics) who will be celebrating the day with comics, costumes, coffee and cake.
Thanks to some delivery schedule shenanigans Worlds Apart Birmingham will be splitting its Free Comic Book Day celebrations over two weekends – 14th August and 28th August. Keep an eye on their social media feeds for details.
With a whole bunch of comics available we’ve picked out the ones we think you should grab if you can.
In a land beyond time, a shining tower stands, deploying its operatives across the Multiverse to hold against the encroaching darkness! Who is the mysterious Avenger Prime, and how will his advent impact on the past, the present, and the very future of the mighty Avengers?
FCBD 2021 STAR WARS HIGH REPUBLIC ADVENTURES
Join Yoda, Buckets o’ Blood, and their Padawan learners as they go on an adventure to help maintain peace during the glory days of the Republic, in a prelude to IDW’s Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures series! Written by series architect Daniel José Older, this is the ideal entry into the world of the High Republic-and a can’t-miss story for fans!”
This will angle more toward the Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures VOL 1 TPB, though Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #6 remains the start of the next story arc and should be supported within the back matter. Star Wars the High Republic is an incredibly successful initiative of an interconnected mega story told across books, comics and magazines. We had record numbers for our 1st issue!
FCBD 2021 2000 AD PRESENTS ALL STAR JUDGE DREDD #1
2000 AD Presents All-Star Judge Dredd is a thrill-powered showcase of the past and shocking present of the iconic lawman of the future! Witness the birth of the world of Judge Dredd in an incendiary preview of upcoming prequel graphic novel Dreadnoughts by Michael Carroll with art by Watchmen’s John Higgins. Fan-favourite Judge Hershey travels to the ends of the earth to dispense her own brand of justice in long-anticipated blockbuster spin-off, Hershey: Disease by Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and Simon Fraser (Doctor Who). Along-side these teases for Fall 2021 epics enjoy a bone-rattling all new stand-alone Dredd caper from elite writer Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk, Marvel’s Empyre) and Caspar Wijngaard (Star Wars, Home Sick Pilots)!
FCBD 2021 ONI PRESS SUMMER CELEBRATION
There’s nothing better than a beautiful sunny day reading comics, so join us for a look at this summer’s fantastic all-ages reads, courtesy of Oni Press! From the gentle, magical worlds of The Tea Dragon Tapestry(by K. O’Neill), The Sprite and the Gardner (by Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt), and Mooncakes (by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu), to the action-packed debut of Chris Samnee and Laura Samnee’s Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters, there’s something for everyone. Grab a glass of lemonade and enjoy!
CBD 2021 STRAY DOGS
For FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, a special expanded edition of the hit IMAGE series, STRAY DOGS!
Meet Sophie, a dog who can’t remember what happened. She doesn’t know how she ended up in this house. She doesn’t recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened, but she just…can’t…recall…WAIT! Where’s her lady? This FCBD edition also features a BRAND NEW prologue, “That Doggie in the Window” the unnerving story of the very first dog to ever come to the Master’s house.
Small Press Day 2021
Saturday 14th August is Small Press Day 2021.
This year Small Press Day will once again be online. Below are all the details about how you can get involved direct from the organisers of the event.
At its heart SPD is about connecting small press artists and comic shops. With the uncertainty of the current climate and everything that is going on outside, we thought long and hard and thought it best for Small Press Day to once more be a solely online event.
We may have to be physically apart again, but you can still take part and join us virtually in celebrating and supporting our small press community – artists and shops alike.
How to take part:
- Shops: whats in your small press sections? Share your small press stock in videos and photos along with purchase links and the hashtag #SPDShopLocal
Join us and take part to champion the small press, shopping local, and your web stores with one hashtag.
- Artists and Makers: from 10am to 6pm, post four pages of your small press comic in one tweet with #SPDBFReview to receive a one tweet review from Broken Frontier’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Oliver!
On Saturday 14th August, Andy will be by his laptop in his hat with his pencil ready to review self-published comics he’s not reviewed before *
Choose four of your strongest pages of visual storytelling and tweet him with a link to your online store. Andy will then quote tweet in reply with a one tweet review of your comic from @brokenfrontier!
Don’t forget to include #SPDBFReview. FAQs answered here
* We reserve the right not to cover content that may be considered inappropriate or harmful to our community.
- Community: artists and shops recommend a small press title that needs to be seen! Nominate by sharing photos and videos of work that needs a wider audience with the hashtag #SPDRecommends
Can be a friend’s or someone you admire from afar – lets together spread SPD love and community spirit on Saturday 14th August!
Find out more about Small Press Day on their website.
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)
Check their website for more information –
https://goshlondon.com/the-gosh-blog/the-gosh-authority-130620-reopening-news/ and https://twitter.com/GoshComics
OK COMICS (LEEDS)
Follow the stores social media pages and website for updates!
http://www.okcomics.co.uk/ and https://twitter.com/OKComics
PAGE 45 (NOTTINGHAM)
Check their website for more information –
http://www.page45.com/ and https://twitter.com/PageFortyFive
TRAVELLING MAN (VARIOUS)
Check their website and social media for more information –
https://travellingman.com/ and https://twitter.com/TravellingManUK
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