The dust has settled from DC Comics’ Convergence. Marvel’s Secret Wars is just heating up. Summer is about to kick into full swing, so here are this week’s Hot Comic Book Releases to keep you cool. As always, five of my top picks are in the spotlight for Fresh Picks.
Archie Comics celebrates the end of an era in Archie #666 as they take a look back at one of the great runs of all comic books and set up Archie’s next adventure.
Now that Convergence is over, DC Comics is looking to give you all the nostalgia with Batman Beyond #1. ‘Bats’ of the future is finally in his own ongoing series, except the man behind the mask may not be who you expect. The Justice League is gone and the bad guys have already won, so it’s up to Batman to fight back without the guidance of Bruce Wayne.
Over at Image Comics, Rob Liefeld is manning the writing duties of a brand new story of biblical proportions. In Covenant #1, Samuel is a young priest who is pulling together a group of mercenaries with the goal of stealing the Ark of the Covenant back from the Philistines. This story isn’t from The Bible, but it does use Biblical settings and themes. Previews for it are looking pretty violent, so this one is definitely not for the kids.
Hitting shelves from Marvel is one of my favorite and most underrated new books: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 kicks off a new story arc. She meets new potential allies, has fights, and has feels. Squirrel Girl is really funny, has lots of quirk, and features some funky fresh art. Check it out!
And of course, from Marvel, a slew of new Secret Wars stuff! Secret Wars #3 is hitting the racks and takes us deeper into Battleworld and Dr. Doom’s deity. There are also a lot more tie-ins premiering this week like Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1, Armor Wars #1, Future Imperfect #1, Giant-Size Little Marvel Avengers vs X-Men #1 (what?!), Master of Kung-Fu #2, Secret Wars: Battleworld #2, X-Tinction Agenda #1, and Years of Future Past #1.
As a Fresh Picks honorable mention, Marvel is for the first time giving a solo series to the breakaway star of Guardians of the Galaxy! Groot #1 hits comic book stores this week and I was able to get an exclusive interview with everyone’s favorite spacefaring sapling. Here’s what happened when I got to talk with the tumultuous topiary.
Jon Hill (Geeks Under Grace): Groot! I really appreciate you taking the time for this interview. How excited are you about getting your own solo comic?
Groot: I am Groot.
JH: Absolutely. I would be, too. So when did you find out that Marvel would be giving you your own solo story, and how is transition from the big screen to print going?
G: I. Am. Groot.
JH: HAHAHA! That’s great. So what can you tell me about the story?
G: I. Am Groot.
JH: Wow! That sounds really interesting. I can’t wait. I know you have to run, but before you go; are there any juicy details you can fill our readers in on about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming out in 2017?
G: I AM GROOT.
JH: OH MY GOODNESS! Well, you heard it here first, right from the hardwood’s mouth. I can’t tell you how excited I am about all your success. We wish you the best of luck in all your upcoming projects. Thank you so much, Groot.
G: I am Groot.
Man, what a great guy. Thanks again to Groot for the interview. Leave a comment below with your pull list this week. If you don’t know where your nearest local comic book store is, check out the Comic Shop Locator.
Note: Not every release from every publisher is included here. Also, redundant variants are not listed. Cover prices are included, but “AR” means “ask your retailer,” as prices on those items may vary.
Archie #666 (Dan Parent Regular Cover), $3.99 Archie Comics Double Digest #261, $4.99 Sonic Boom #8 (Ben Bates Epic Connecting Poster Part 2 Variant Cover), $3.99 Sonic Boom #8 (Patrick Spaziante Regular Cover), $3.99 Sonic Boom #8 (Ryan Jampole Happy Fun Time Crossover Variant Cover), $3.99
Action Comics #41 (Aaron Kuder Regular Cover), $3.99 Batman Arkham Knight #5, $3.99 Batman Beyond #1 (Bernard Chang Regular Cover), $2.99 Batman Noir The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition HC, $34.99 Bat-Mite #1 (Of 6)(Corin Howell Regular Cover), $2.99 Bizarro #1 (Of 6)(Gustavo Duarte Regular Cover), $2.99 DC Comics June 2015 Sampler #1, AR Flash Season Zero #9, $2.99 Grayson Volume 1 Agents Of Spyral HC, $22.99 Green Arrow #41 (Patrick Zircher Regular Cover), $2.99 Green Arrow Volume 3 The Trial Of Oliver Queen TP, $16.99 Green Lantern #41 (Billy Tan Regular Cover), $3.99 Justice League #41 (Jason Fabok Regular Cover), $4.99 Lobo #7 (Cliff Richards Regular Cover), $2.99 Looney Tunes #225, $2.99 Midnighter #1 (Aco Regular Cover), $2.99 Mortal Kombat X #7, $3.99 Omega Men #1 (Trevor Hutchison Regular Cover), $2.99 Swamp Thing Volume 6 The Sureen TP, $16.99 Wonder Woman Annual #1, $4.99 World’s Finest Volume 5 Homeward Bound TP, $14.99 Young Gotham Sampler #1, AR
Amazing Spider-Man The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Volume 1 1977-1978 HC, $49.99 Angry Birds Transformers Age Of Eggstinction TP, $12.99 Bigger Bang TP, $19.99 Bravo For Adventure HC, $34.99 D4VE #5 (Of 5)(Cover A Valentin Ramon), $3.99 Dragonlance Classics Volume 1 TP, $29.99 G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #214 (Cover A S. L. Gallant), $3.99 Jem And The Holograms #1 (Sophie Campbell Plugged-In Edition 2nd Printing Cover), $3.99 Last Fall #4 (Of 5)(Cover A Casey Maloney), $3.99 Maxx Maxximized #20 (Cover A Sam Kieth), $3.99 Millennium #5 (Of 5)(Cover A Menton J. Matthews III), $3.99 My Little Pony Friends Forever #17 (Cover A Amy Mebberson), $3.99 Samurai Jack #20 (Cover A Andy Suriano), $3.99 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutanimals #4 (Of 4)(Cover A Andy Kuhn), $3.99 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures #23 (Cover A Dario Brizuela), $3.99 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 11 Attack On Technodrome TP, $17.99 Transformers Vs G.I. JOE #7 (Cover A Tom Scioli), $3.99 Winterworld Frozen Fleet #2 (Of 3)(Cover A Gerardo Zaffino), $3.99
All-New X-Men #41 (Mahmud Asrar Regular Cover), $3.99 Amazing Spider-Man #15 (Jorge Moline Comicxposure Variant Cover)(Dynamic Forces), AR Amazing Spider-Man #18.1 (Yasmine Putri Regular Cover), $3.99 Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1 (Adam Kubert Regular Cover), $3.99 Armor Wars #1 (Paul Rivoche Regular Cover), $3.99 Avengers Millennium TP, $17.99 Darth Vader #1 (Ken Haeser Remarked Darth Maul Sketch Edition)(Dynamic Forces), AR Darth Vader #6, $3.99 Future Imperfect #1 (Greg Land Regular Cover), $3.99 Giant-Size Little Marvel AvX #1 (Skottie Young Regular Cover), $3.99 Groot #1 (Declan Shalvey Regular Cover), $3.99 Guardians Team-Up #6, $3.99 House Of Hem TP, $7.99 Marvel Masterworks Not Brand Echh Volume 1 HC, $69.99 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Battleworld Box Set Slipcase, $500.00 Marvel Universe Ant-Man Digest TP, $9.99 Master Of Kung Fu #2 (Of 4), $3.99 Princess Leia #1 (Of 5)(Ken Haeser Remarked Princess Leia Sketch Edition)(Mark Waid Signed Edition)(Dynamic Forces), AR Princess Leia #4 (Of 5), $3.99 Secret Wars #3 (Of 8)(Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99 Secret Wars Battleworld #2 (Of 4)(Chris B. Murray Regular Cover), $3.99 Spider-Gwen #1 (Jorge Moline Comicxposure Variant Cover)(Dynamic Forces), AR Spider-Gwen #2 (Gerald Parel Comicxposure Variant Cover)(Dynamic Forces), AR Spider-Woman #8, $3.99 Star Wars #6 (John Cassaday Regular Cover), $3.99 Star Wars The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Volume 2 HC (Gene Day Regular Cover), $125.00 Superior Iron Man #9 (Mike Choi Regular Cover), $3.99 Thanos The Infinity Relativity HC, $24.99 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6, $3.99 Venom By Rick Remender The Complete Collection Volume 1 TP, $34.99 Wolverines #20, $3.99 X-Tinction Agenda #1 (David Nakayama Regular Cover), $3.99 Years Of Future Past #1 (Arthur Adams Regular Cover), $4.99
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