Wow I cannot believe we are already in October for 2014; Holy mackerel has this year gone by fast or what? Yeah so it’s October and not only are a TON of new first issues and special editions coming out but it’s also the month for NY Comic Con which is a pretty big deal if you are a resident of NYC like we are. I’ll be hitting that event as a member of the press so please stay tuned to the website for posts that bring all its sights to your attention. Anyway, there are some awesome things coming from the DC Comics side this month so check them out below and then I will chime in once more.
ARKHAM MANOR #1: When catastrophe strikes Arkham Asylum, where will Gotham City house the world’s most dangerous criminals, and when inmates are found murdered, what is Batman prepared to do in search of justice? Arkham’s madness comes home in ARKHAM MANOR! A bold new series brought to you by the mad minds of Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova) and Shawn Crystal (Deadpool, Wolverine and the X-Men).
Written by Gerry Duggan; Art and cover by Shawn Crystal
DEATHSTROKE #1: The DCU’s deadliest assassin stars in his own ongoing series by writer/artist Tony S. Daniel! See him as never before in this explosive new series, with one surprise after another as we see Slade Wilson in the fight of his life!
Written by Tony S. Daniel; Art by Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea; Cover by Tony S. Daniel
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #1: Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, delves into the world of EARTH 2 for the start of a new weekly series that will see the origins of a world much like the New 52 Earth, but yet so different. A world that saw its greatest heroes die – and new ones take their places. A world where Superman became it’ greatest villain, and a man named Zod seeks to save it, along with Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and other heroes. A world they can only save from the forces of Apokolips through great personal sacrifice! Death and destruction will follow each week, and you’ll never know who will live and who will die! It all begins with this extra-sized debut issue!
Written by Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett and Mike Johnson; Art by Ardian Syaf, Jorge Jimenez, Eddy Barrows and Paulo Siquiera; Cover by Ardian Syaf and Jaime Mendoza
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #2: Huntress and Power Girl returned to Earth 2 to help save it from the threat of Apokolips, but even their combined power isn’t enough to protect against the first of four furies from that deadly world: the girl known as War.
Written by Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett and Mike Johnson; Art by Eddy Barrows, Tyler Kirkham and Paulo Siquiera; Cover by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #3: With Earth 2’s United Kingdom falling under the rule of one of Apokolips’s invaders, Hawkgirl and Doctor Fate race to London. But with Nabu in control, Fate’s motives might not be as pure as they seem.
Written by Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett and Mike Johnson; Art by Eddy Barrows, Tyler Kirkham, Ed Benes and Jorge Jimenez; Cover by Ardian Syaf and Jonathan Glapion
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #4: Aquawoman returns to Atlantis – too late! THE NEW 52
Written by Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett and Mike Johnson
Art by Eddy Barrows, Tyler Kirkham, Ed Benes, Jorge Jimenez and Paulo Siquiera Cover by Ardian Syaf
GOTHAM ACADEMY #1: WELCOME TO GOTHAM ACADEMY! Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange is the students! Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman MAPS is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?! Gotham Academy is a new, monthly teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past…
Written by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher; Art and cover by Karl Kerschl
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ANNUAL #1: The Infinitus Saga begins as the Legion of Super-Heroes arrive with the shocking news that the 31st century has been destroyed! Now it’s up to the Justice League United to save the future!
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art and cover by Neil Edwards and Jay Leisten
KLARION #1: Klarion the Witch Boy makes his New 52 debut and stands for the forces of chaos in this new ongoing series!
Written by Ann Nocenti; Art and cover by TREVOR Mccarthy
LOBO #1: The all-new Lobo brings the ultraviolence to his new ongoing series! If the first few blood-soaked pages of this issue don’t shock you – nothing will!
Written by Cullen Bunn; Art by Reilly Brown; Cover by Aaron Kuder
THE MULTIVERSITY: THE JUST #1: The next chapter of the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here! When they last collaborated, Grant Morrison joined artist Ben Oliver (LOBO, BATMAN/SUPERMAN) for the acclaimed ACTION COMICS #0. For their next team-up, the two superstars take a spin around the self-obsessed Earth-16 – a.k.a. Earth-Me! With all of the world’s threats having been handled long ago by their parents, the next generation of supers – including Chris Kent, Damien Wayne, Alexis Luthor, Offspring, Megamorpho, Donna Troy and more – find themselves labeled as superstars more often than super heroes. But with that fame comes complacency, and when a massive threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen surfaces, this pampered crew finds themselves in way over their head. What secret is Damien keeping from Chris that could tear the world’s finest friends apart? Who is the mysterious killer lurking behind the scenes among these spoiled super-children? And what chance do they stand against the monstrous villain that’s murdering its way cross the Multiverse? All that and more in this exciting stand-alone issue which also acts as chapter three of the MULTIVERSITY saga. Join us, if your dare, for THE MULTIVERSITY!
Written by Grant Morrison; Art and cover by Ben Oliver
TRINITY OF SIN #1: Pandora, The Phantom Stranger and The Question have hated each other for centuries…and nothing has changed! Now the Trinity of Sin are forced to work together to save humanity and uncover the darkest secrets of the universe in this new ongoing series!
Written by J.M. Dematteis; Art by Yvel Guichet and Jason Gordon; Cover by Guillem March
HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL #1: We have to warn you, readers: This issue stinks! Seriously! Like, unpleasant odors are literally in the story! In this first-ever HQ ANNUAL, take a trip to Harley’s home of Coney Island in a groundbreaking “scent-ticular” issue, featuring actual, honest-to-gosh smells. This issue comes polybagged to contain the stench.
Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti; Art by John Timms; Cover by Amanda Conner
NEW GODS: GODHEAD #1: “GODHEAD” Act 1, Part 1: Highfather, leader of the New Gods, has long studied the infinite and infinitely mysterious Source Wall which surrounds the universe. Now, he has learned that during “Green Lantern: Lights Out,” the ring-wielders broke through the Wall and stole secrets of cosmic importance. Determined to breach the Source Wall himself, Highfather must gain one of each colored ring in the emotional spectrum. But even mighty Highfather doesn’t know all, and the forces he’s about to unleash will have transformative effects on the whole DC Universe! Cosmic mystery, overwhelming odds, familiar and brand-new New Gods – This one’s got it all! This issue also includes a special fold-out that will take you to the Source Wall like never before!
Written by Robert Venditti, Charles Soule, Cullen Bunn, Van Jensen and Justin Jordan
Art by Pete Woods, Billy Tan, Rags Morales and others
THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO #1: An all-new digital first series From the world of the highly anticipated new TV show The Flash! Follow the adventures of Barry Allen as he struggles to balance his job as a police crime scene investigator, his unrequited crush on Iris West (who also happens to be his boss’ daughter) and his new life as Central City’s guardian angel! Don’t miss out!
Written by Andrew Kreisberg; Art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur
ARROW: SEASON 2.5 #1: An all-new digital first series begins! Bridging the gap between seasons 2 and 3 of the hit TV series Arrow, Season 2.5 follows Oliver Queen’s story as he battles the Church of Blood, with the fate of Starling City hanging in the balance. Featuring an all-star cast of Oliver’s greatest allies and enemies including the Huntress, Black Canary and Deathstroke!
Written by Marc Guggenheim; Art by Joe Bennett
INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO ANNUAL #1: Featuring two untold tales! Hal Jordan’s alliance with Sinestro is tenuous at best. How can it continue? Then, as the resistance in Gotham City digs in, Commissioner Gordon works with his daughter Barbara for the first time. But their time together is running out!
Written by Tom Taylor and Marguerite Bennett; Art by Jheremy Raapack and Dave Yardin; Cover by Jheremy Raapack
INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE #1: Superman’s new world order is in effect across the globe. The world is transformed. Violent dictatorships have fallen. Wars have ceased. But this order comes at the expense of freedom. Now, Batman has found an unlikely ally against Superman’s regime – and John Constantine is ready to unleash a bit of chaos.
Written by Tom Taylor; Art by Bruno Redondo and Mike S. Miller; Cover by Neil Googe
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Some really cool stuff coming out for sure and I hope you don’t mind my placing all the first four “Future’s End” issues in this posting. This is going to be a massive crossover storyline and it’s going to keep your comic book allotted funds busy. Since this is also the month for NYCC as I’ve already noted, those of you who are heading there should try to find the titles you want at those vendors as you might end up with some cool discounts. Okay that is all I have for this one, now it’s time to start making my plans for Comic Con and get some Metal posts online of course.
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