The Geeky Brummie Pull List with Locke & Key/The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone
Hello and welcome to another Geeky Brummie Pull List. This week there is only one comic on the pull list and it’s a comic I’ve been looking forward to for some time. Six other comics make it in to our On The Radar section and you should definitely check them out
In Meanwhile… we are teased some information about the changes coming in Reign of X.
Now on with the comics…
Title: Locke & Key/The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone
Publisher: DC Black Label/IDW
Written by Joe Hill : Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
From the Publisher:
If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be Dreaming! The epic crossover between two of the most beloved fantasy universes in comics begins here. John “Jack” Locke is ten years dead, but that hasn’t stopped him from posting the occasional letter home… from Hell. Now, Mary Locke will do anything to save her brother’s soul. Her quest to rescue him from The Pit will require her to outsmart Roderick Burgess (the most evil man in England), puzzle her way through the House of Mystery, and risk the walking nightmare known as The Corinthian in a disintegrating Kingdom of Dreams!
I’m a huge fan of the original Neil Gaiman Sandman series. It was a comic that transcended the medium and continues to be a powerful brand with the new Sandman Universe range of books. Locke & Key was writer Joe Hill’s first foray into comics and proved to be a big hit for IDW. Now these two titans are coming together for a crossover that should be spectacular. Revisiting characters from the first Sandman story arc and throwing them into the world of Locke House is a wonderful concept. With Rodriguez returning on art duties the series is sure to look incredible and with Hill let loose in the Kingdom of Dreams anything could happen. If you’re a fan of either series you shouldn’t miss this limited series and if this is your first exposure to these characters I can’t imagine how much it’ll blow your mind.
On the radar this week some other comics not yet on the Pull List but well worth checking out:
Written & Illustrated by Guillem March
In this second issue, Cata explores her newfound ability to fly, landing at a plaza in Palma where real-life Xisco and Cata are having a conversation that plunges her further into the depths of despair. When an ever-cheeky Karmen pops in to intervene, she and Cata sit down for a philosophical heart-to-heart.
Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk #1
Written by Dan Abnett, Danny Fingeroth & Kyle Higgins : Art by Mike Manley, Andrea Di Vito & Juanan Ramirez
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ’90s hottest hero in three spectacular stories! First, an untold story from Darkhawk’s early days by creators Danny Fingeroth and Mike Manley! Then explore the winged hero’s cosmic years by Dan Abnett and Andrea Di Vito. Finally, find out what the future holds for Darkhawk by Kyle Higgins and more!
Power Pack #5
Written by Ryan North : Art by Nico Leon
It all comes down to this! Over the course of this series, the Power Pack has been manipulated, exploited and stolen from, and YOU’VE paid to see it happen! But don’t worry, because with this issue, NOW you’ll be paying to see them SUCCEED!!! …Unless, SOMEHOW, the problems they’ve got CAN’T be solved, not even if they team up with a guy with knives that pop out of his hands? That’s right, Wolverine completionists, your favorite Canadian is in this issue too! Along with Jack and Katie and Julie and Alex and THRILLING EVENTS REACHING AN ULTIMATE CONCLUSION, whose details shall not be spoiled here!!! The PACK is BACK! At least until you finish this issue. Aww, now I just made myself sad.
Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #3
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Mike Mignola & Thomas Sniegoski : Art by Craig Rousseau : Coloured by Dave Stewart : Cover by Matt Smith
Hellboy, the Professor, Scarlett, and the Ohnar are all in danger when an ancient evil awakes. The vampire Vesperra and her undead legions are too powerful for Hellboy and his companions to face alone, but Scarlett has an ace up her sleeve that will give them a fighting chance.
Written by Julio Anta : Art by Anna Wieszczyk : Cover by Lisa Sterle
When a young boy is torn away from his mother while seeking asylum at the U.S. border, something begins to change in him, and it isn’t just the trauma, anxiety, and guilt you’d expect. He doesn’t know it yet, but it’s the onset of superhuman abilities that will change his life forever.
JULIO ANTA and ANNA WIESZCZYK debut with a deeply grounded and heartfelt five-issue series that explores the real-world implications of a migrant with extraordinary powers.
Written by T.C. Eglington, Kek-W, Dan Abnett, James Peaty & Ken Niemand : Art by Simon Davis, Dave Kendall, Richard Elson, Mike Collins & Tom Foster
Incredible SF action from the Eisner-nominated UK anthology! A former Judge returns from his prison-stretch on Titan but faces a toxic welcoming committee in Judge Dredd: ‘A Penitent Man’; the cult’s influence continues to be felt in folk-horror Thistlebone: ‘Poisoned Roots’; Bode and Wrath battle a necromancer in Feral & Foe; there’s more terrifying Visions of Deadworld; and we have short, sharp thrills in Tharg’s 3rillers, featuring the return of the Intestinauts, and deep-space action in ‘Chorus & the Ring’!
Marvel Comics latest phase of X-Men comics commanded by Jonathan Hickman has been dubbed Reign Of X. Things have already started to change amongst the X-books with the launch of Children of the Atom and next weeks Way of X. Things look set to change even more dramatically after this summer’s event, The Hellfire Gala, where we will get some relaunches and new series from some familiar creators.
The main X-Men title is set to relaunch with a new #1 with written Gerry Duggan taking over from Hickman and Pepe Larraz on art duties. Most interestingly we have two new titles that are yet to be revealed – first a mystery title from Leah Williams and Valerio Schiti – that looks like it starts with The. Then Hickman and a mystery artist launch a new X-book. As the logo appears to be circular it could be the return of an older X-Men monicker – perhaps with Uncanny or New – although Hickman previously said the name Uncanny wasn’t going to happen under his tenure. Whatever the changes I hope the quality of X-books remains. Check out the Marvel press release and teaser image below.
The Reign of X is here! The latest era in writer Jonathan Hickman’s revolutionary transformation of the X-Men universe is now underway, bringing with it exciting new titles like last month’s Children of the Atom by Vita Ayala and Bernard Chang, next month’s Way of X by Si Spurrier and Bob Quinn, and May’s X-Corp by Tini Howard and Alberto Foche. And after June’s highly-anticipated franchise-spanning Hellfire Gala, fans can expect even more surprises, including a trio of brand-new series by amazing X-Men creators such as Gerry Duggan, Leah Williams, Pepe Larraz, Valerio Schiti, and the Head of X himself, writer Jonathan Hickman.
Your Local Comics Shops
After April 12th non-essential shop were allowed to open their doors again. This means many of 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 in very difficult circumstances.
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
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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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