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Upcoming comic book solicitations and reviews of key titles along with comic book publishing industry news.

DC Comics First Issues Coming June 2018

From the look of it, it seems like the folks at DC Comics are going to send us into the summer with a whole lot of reading based on the rundown of newly launching titles this month. I’ve also heard some rumbling that a title-wide relaunch is being planned in similar fashion to what Marvel Comics is doing. Speaking frankly, I don’t really agree with that being done since so much good has been coming out since the demise of “The New 52” but I digress. Here we go with the official PR copy and images and my normal editorial overview afterward.

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“Hawkman” #1

HAWKMAN #1: Spinning out of the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Carter Hall returns to the DC Universe! An explorer of the ancient and unknown, Hawkman finds himself embroiled in a long-standing mission to discover the true purpose of his many reincarnations. Carter races around the globe trying to piece together an ancient prophecy, but will he be able to face down his past lives lurking around every corner?

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI • Art and cover by BRYAN HITCH • Variant cover by STJEPAN SEJIC

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“Justice League” #1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1: “THE TOTALITY” part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…

Written by SCOTT SNYDER • Art by JIM CHEUNG and MARK MORALES • Cover by JIM CHEUNG
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Marvel Comics First Issues Coming June 2018

Is it just me or did the month of May go really, really fast? I guess it was just me and it was likely based on my having to knock out a few conventions straight in a row along with one of the closing Slayer tours. I am actually finishing up with Book Expo today and that Slayer show is on Monday. Coverage of the whole gamut will be online ASAP. Time surely flies when you’re having fun. So back to the agenda at hand which is the Marvel Comics first issues and special editions that are hitting the racks this month. There’s a lot of them to enjoy so you might want to work a few extra hours during the week. As usual the press copy from the House Of Ideas is below along with the images. I will close out with my own thoughts as expected.

WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1: PART ONE OF A THREE-PART STORY THAT SEES THE DORA MILAJE TEAM UP WITH THE MARVEL U! The blockbuster Black Panther film has everyone talking about Wakanda’s best warriors, the fierce Dora Milaje! Now witness the Dora outside of Wakanda – and in Spider-Man’s world! When the Dora catch wind of a Wakandan threat causing trouble in New York, they’ll leap into action – with or without their king. Don’t miss Okoye, Ayo and Aneka on a globe-trotting mission to protect the realm at any cost. WAKANDA FOREVER starts here! One-shot.

Nnedi Okorafor (W) • ALBERTO JIMÉNEZ ALBURQUERQUE (A); Cover by Terry Dodson

THOR #1: JASON AARON & MIKE DEL MUNDO TAKE THE PRINCE OF ASGARD IN A WHOLE NEW DIRECTION! Thor Odinson has regained his mantle – and with it, a wild new world of trouble on his mighty hands! The artifacts of Asgard have been scattered across the earth, and to reclaim them, Thor will have to face some ugly truths. Like the production cost of hundreds of new hammers! And the Thunder God is going to need every last one of them if he’s going to stop the unstoppable Juggernaut. Jason Aaron takes the Prince of Asgard in a whole new direction with YOUNG GUN artist Mike Del Mundo joining him at the helm! And don’t miss the latest chapter of the King Thor saga with acclaimed BLACK BOLT artist Christian Ward, as the Thor of the far future encounters an old friend who’s undergone some startling changes.

JASON AARON (W) MIKE DEL MUNDO & CHRISTIAN WARD (A); Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO

THOR #2: REUNION FROM HEL! The sons of Odin ride again! In the land of the dead, Thor is reunited with his long-lost brother, Balder, the King of Hel, just in time to face the Fire Goblin armies of the Queen of Cinders, as the War of the Realms continues to burn its way across all creation. Plus Loki! Thori the Hel-hound! Skurge with a really big gun! Monster trucks! And more!

JASON AARON (W) • MIKE DEL MUNDO (A/C)
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Marvel Reveals “Tony Stark: Iron Man” #1 “Many Armors Of Iron Man” Variants

“Tony Stark makes you feel, He’s a cool exec with a heart of steel. As Iron Man, all jets ablaze, He’s fighting and smiting with repulsor rays!
Amazing armor! That’s Iron Man! A blazing power! That’s Iron Man!”

Oh hey how are you doing my friends? I wonder if you’ve recognized that little ditty I quoted up above as its the Iron Man theme from the classic television show “Marvel Super Heroes”. If you didn’t that is fine since the show aired in the late sixties but I couldn’t help myself in sharing based on all of these “Many Armors Of Iron Man” variant covers that will help to herald the brand new first issue of “Tony Stark: Iron Man”. Check the bunch of them out below.

The Press Release:
Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 Debuts With The Many Armors of Iron Man Variant Covers! This summer, Tony Stark returns…and Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti are bringing him back in style with an all-new collection of innovative armor! To ring in the debut of TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1, Marvel is celebrating homecoming of everyone’s genius billionaire with twenty variant covers from superstar artists Alexander Lozano and Valerio Schiti, showcasing some of the new and exciting armor that has been created for the new series!

1. EXTREMIS ARMOR VARIANT COVER

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Marvel Unveils “Ant-Man & The Wasp” True Believers For June 2018

You’re probably thinking that there have been a LOT of the Marvel Comics “True Believers” titles coming at you fast and furious over the last few months and you would be 100% correct in this assumption. Collector’s have just taken a deep breath after the series of issues that focused on “Wolverine” and before that it was a whole bunch with that Lethal Protector “Venom”. Oh yeah there were also a bunch of “Avengers” themed ones in tandem with the “Avengers: Infinity War” film. Now it’s time to think smaller than ever before because the latest group features “Ant-Man and The Wasp”. A new trailer was released a few weeks ago and we shared it HERE in case you missed it. Now, let’s check out these new “True Believers” titles.

The Press Release:
This summer, the fans can relive some of their favorite Ant-Man/Giant-Man and Wasp classics with a line of Ant-Man themed TRUE BELIEVERS comics, available only at your local comic book shops. Reproducing some of the most iconic Ant-Man/Giant-Man and Wasp stories of all time at the suggested retail price of $1, TRUE BELIEVERS are perfect for readers new and old. Whether it’s your first time reading these memorable tales or your hundredth – you won’t want to miss this special celebration. Look for your favorite classic stories with new and colorful re-printings!

TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – THE BIRTH OF GIANT-MAN 1: Reprinting material from Tales to Astonish (1959) #35, #49

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Marvel Reveals “Captain America” #1 Variants

It was way back at the close of February that I shared the news about the upcoming “Captain America” series coming from Marvel Comics. If you missed the briefing just click HERE to be up to date on the news.

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The Press Release:
Marvel is excited to celebrate CAPAIN AMERICA #1 from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu with a new variant covers from superstar artists. Readers got a sneak peek at the creative team’s story in the Avengers/Captain America Free Comic Book Day issue this past weekend and praise is already high for the new series, with Adventures In Poor Taste claiming “the story presented here is almost dreamlike and should pique readers’ interest.” Don’t miss the opportunity to dive into this fresh new adventure on July 4th, when CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 hits comic shops!

5/8/2018: Joe Jusko Variant Variant Cover Is Revealed

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“Captain America” #1 (Joe Jusko)

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