The Geeky Brummie Pull List with Godzilla vs The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Firstly, it’s a much busier new comic book day for us, this week. Godzilla vs The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers takes the Comic of the Week title. Secondly, we also have the latest issues of favourites Step By Bloody Step and Silver Surfer: Rebirth. Thirdly, we have two titles joining the Pull List, the new Knights of X title and the promoted Hulk: Grand Design – Madness. Finally this week, have two great comics to look out for On The Radar also from Image Comics and IDW Publishing. In MEANWHILE… we have some dates when Garth Ennis will be signing to promote the new Batttle Action Special.
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Now on with the comics…
Godzilla vs The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
IDW Publishing/BOOM! Studios
Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist, Cover Artist, Variant Cover Artist- Freddie Williams II
Colourist – Andrew Dalhouse
From IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios, two titanic powers collide in a cross-company collaboration event you never expected . . . but makes complete sense!
Godzilla battles the Megazord . . . and no matter who wins, the world will be at great peril from the combined threat of the Xilien invaders and Rita Repulsa! And if a giant robot and a giant monster weren’t cataclysmic enough, how about Gigan-a cybernetic space monster ready to fight them both?
Written by superstar scribe Cullen Bunn (Godzilla: Cataclysm) and illustrated by artist extraordinaire Freddie Williams II (Batman/TMNT)!
You already knew this would be my Comic of the Week, right? Basically, the first issue was an absolute blast. The story was the perfect blend of both franchises, rewarding those with knowledge of the characters, but also accessible to new readers. The biggest plus point for the book though, is Freddie Williams II art. It is nothing short of phenomenal, and I love every page. If your a fan of either series, be sure to pick this up.
Step By Bloody Step
Writer – Simon Spurrier
Artist, Cover Artist – Matias Bergara
Colourist – Mat Lopes
At the heart of the civilization, a city. Then, at the heart of the city, a dance.
At the heart of the dance, a girl…and a king. And in the heart of the king?
Only the insatiable hunger for more. More. More, at any cost.
Mindblowing. This series has already exceeded my expectations. Spurrier and co have conjured up a story that is both mysterious and breathtaking. This is one book that everyone should experience.
Knights of X
Writer – Tini Howard
Artist- Bob Quinn
Colourist – Erick Arciniega
Letterer – Ariana Maher
THE QUEST BEGINS HERE, WHERE MUTANTS ARE HATED AND FEARED ONCE AGAIN! The gates to Otherworld are closed—and Captain Britain is trapped on the wrong side! Usurpers Merlyn and his right-hand man, King Arthur, are now in control of Lunatic Citadel. Furies the size of Sentinels raze villages to the ground in their hunt for the “witchbreed.” Cutoff from Krakoa, Betsy Braddock is Otherworld’s only hero—and to save her people, Betsy must recruit a round table of her own. The Knights of X gather to restore the rightful order and rescue desperate mutants—but their quest is about to get so much bigger than that. This is the era of destiny…and the fate of Otherworld lies at the center of mutantkind’s future. Don’t miss this essential piece of the new Krakoa!
I kinda liked the Excalibur series, so I’m intrigued to see where Tini takes the characters next. I’ve absolutely no idea what is going to happen within these pages, but I do hope that Brian Braddock will play a part, somehow. Having received the fantastic Captain Britain Omnibus this week, I know there is plenty to be done with the Captain Britain Corps and Otherworld.
Silver Surfer: Rebirth
Writer – Ron Marz
Penciller, Cover Artist – Ron Lim
Inker, Cover Artist – Don Ho
Colorist, Cover Artist – Israel Silva
Letterer – Joe Sabino
OLD FRIENDS, OLD FOES
JACK’S BACK! Surfer and Thanos are getting closer to retrieving the Reality Gem…but not if Jack of Hearts has anything to say about it! But who…or what…is possessing Jack to attack his silver friend?!
Sorry, but I’m really enjoying this series. It’s grand, cosmic nonsense and I’m totally here for it. The spectacular cover, which I saw a while back, is what sold me on this series to begin with. Not sure how this version of The Jack of Hearts fits in with the one appearing in She-Hulk and Fantastic Four, but I’m looking forward to finding out.
Hulk: Grand Design – Madness
Writer, Artist, Cover Artist – Jim Rugg
Writer/artist Jim Rugg concludes his creative reimagining of the entire history of THE INCREDIBLE HULK in this can’t-miss oversized issue. You’ll never look at Bruce Banner the same way again!
I picked Monster as a physical copy after featuring it On The Radar, a few weeks ago. Now this second issue, Madness, gets promoted to the main Pull List. I was blown away by the first issue, Rugg is doing a great job of guiding us through the rather complex history of the Jade Giant. Looking back on some spectacular stories, with some beautiful art and page designs, this book is definitely one for fans of old purple pants.
On the radar this week some other comics not on the Pull List but well worth checking out:
Writer – Brian K. Vaughan
Artist, Cover Artist- Fiona Staples
Designer, Letterer – Fonografiks
Friends or enemies?
Godzilla Rivals vs. King Ghidorah #1
Writer, Artist – Adam Gorham
Colourist – Adam Guzowski
Letterer – Nathan Widick
When Mars invades Earth, Godzilla surfaces from Tokyo Bay and is pulled into battle. Captured and taken by the Martians, Godzilla is forced to fight in a gladiatorial arena, where he faces his biggest challenge yet-King Ghidorah!
GARTH ENNIS TO HEAD UP BATTLE ACTION SIGNINGS IN JUNE
Writer Garth Ennis will head up two special signing events in the UK to mark the direct market release of the Battle Action Special from Rebellion Publishing.
The 96-page hardcover special lands in comic book stores in June in the UK and July in North America. It features seven brand new stories – all written by Ennis, the mind behind The Boys, Preacher, and war comics such as The Stringbags and Sara – reviving some of the most popular strips from the groundbreaking and highly influential Battle and Action comics from the 1970s.
Ennis will be joined by just some of his collaborators on this landmark hardcover, which captures the spirit and action of the originals that helped change the comic book industry forever.
Ennis, veteran artist Mike Dorey (Hellman of Hammer Force, Ro-Busters), artist John Higgins (Watchmen), and colourist Sally Jane Hurst (Judge Dredd) will be signing copies at Gosh Comics on Saturday 11 June. Taking place from 1pm to 2pm, the signing will be held at the central London store (1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR).
Where and When
Ennis will then be a guest at the Enniskillen Comicfest in Northern Ireland on Saturday 18 June. Taking place at St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall, Halls Lane, Enniskillen from 10.30am until 5pm, Ennis will be joined by Mike Dorey, and artists Keith Burns, PJ Holden (The Stringbags) and Patrick Goddard (Judge Dredd).
Battle Picture Weekly was where the revolution in British comics began. Created in 1975 by writers and editors Pat Mills and John Wagner, it introduced new grittiness into comics with its cast of anti-heroes and misfits. Its bombast and energy sparked a sea-change in what comics could do, leading to Mills creation of the controversial Action and the globally influential 2000 AD.
The Battle Action Special celebrates the merging of this landmark title with its controversial stablemate, Action, a combination that took the two comics to even greater heights. Now, forty years after the original, some of the cream of British comics talent are bringing these classic characters back to life.
In addition to a brand new cover by Andy Clarke (Batman and Robin) and Dylan Teague (Madi), artist Kevin O’Neill revisits Kids Rule O.K., the highly controversial strip by writer Tom Tully and artist Mike White that saw Action ripped from newsstands and pulped in 1976, then heavily censored for its all too brief return. Fresh from the end of his acclaimed League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series with Alan Moore, O’Neill brings his visceral and intense style to this tale of kids gone wild in a post-apocalyptic landscape, while wryly commenting on the political storm that erupted during its original run.
What’s That Over Our Heads
Meanwhile, take to the skies with artist Keith Burns and colourist Jason Wordie, and witness the air duel of the century as ace fighter pilot Johnny Red faces off against Nazi airman Skreamer of the Stukas.
Infamous German tank commander Hellman of Hammer Force bears down on American Major Jeb Rider of Glory Rider in Tunisia, drawn by the legendary Mike Dorey (Ro-Busters).
Blunt instrument of British Intelligence Dredger returns and doles out justice – of a kind – on the mean streets of 1980s London, courtesy of John Higgins, with co-colours by Sally Jane Hurst.
Take on the 100mph madness of Crazy Keller by Chris Burnham (Batman) and colours by Len O’Grady, before meeting Captain Nina Petrova, whose all-woman bomber squadron wreak havoc on the Eastern Front, with art by Patrick Goddard and colours by Jason Wordie.
Finally, we roll out into Italy in the heat of 1944 with The Sarge as Ennis reunites with The Stringbags artist PJ Holden.
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. Therefore, 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.
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FORBIDDEN PLANET (VARIOUS) – includes Birmingham Megastore
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GOSH! COMICS (LONDON)
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OK COMICS (LEEDS)
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PAGE 45 (NOTTINGHAM)
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TRAVELLING MAN (VARIOUS)
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