What are you thinking of picking up this week? These comics have made our top list (covers & descriptions taken from Previewsworld):
MISTER X RAZED #1
Radiant City is a metropolis as mysterious as its alleged creator-Mister X. What should’ve improved the city left it cursed. Now, Mister X must watch over the City of Dreams turned City of Nightmares, keeping vigil during a holiday season that’s anything but jolly.
Trade Paperback: SERAPHIM 266613336 WINGS (MR)
Seraphim is the story of a future earth devastated by the “Angel Plague,” a pandemic that induces apocalyptic visions in the afflicted, even as it ossifies their bodies into dead, seraphic forms.
SUICIDERS #1 (MR)
In the post-apocalyptic city of New Angeles, killing isn’t just a crime – it’s entertainment. When the “big one” finally hit the West Coast, Los Angeles was left in ruins. And when the U.S. government decided to cut the city loose, things went from bad to worse. To survive, L.A. did what it does best: It turned survival into entertainment. Now, thirty years later, the city of New Angeles is thriving once more thanks to the blood sport known as SUICIDERS – a TV series that combines the spectacle of hand-to-hand combat with elaborate, high-tech obstacles that test each competitor’s ability to survive. But these competitors have an edge: They’ve been freakishly enhanced by drugs and technology. The results are both marvelous and monstrous, as the man called The Saint begins to rise above his fellow Suiciders.
Primetime TV; mortgages; traffic jams. The robots conquered earth, wiping out all life in the galaxy, but nothing changed. Meet D4VE, the greatest robot war hero, now trapped behind a desk at a soul-sucking day job. Can something, somewhere snap him out of this slump? This is D4VE’s mid-life crisis.
ORPHAN BLACK #1
One. Of a kind. Sarah’s life was changed dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looked just like her. Sarah learned that, not only were she and the woman clones, but there were others just like them, and dangerous factions at work set on capturing them all. Now, the mysterious world of Orphan Black widens, with new layers of the conspiracy being peeled back in this miniseries by co-creator John Fawcett!
ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS #2
“Inherit the Earth!,” part 2! Even on a dead, nuked Earth, the zombies remain. But how? And both the dead and some of the bots seem to have gained sentience? But why? Also: new humans join the fight? But who? Some answers and more questions are presented here! And in “The Orphan,” part 2, a new friendship is threatened by, of course, hordes of zombies and one very disturbed robot.
TP JUDGE DREDD ANDERSON PSI DIVISION
In an all-new adventure from Cassandra Anderson’s early days in the Mega-City One Psi-Division, writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow present “King of the Six Sectors.” It all starts with Anderson awaking from an unusually strong vision of an attack on the Megapolitan Museum showcasing Cursed Earth artifacts.
CRIMINAL SPECIAL ED ONE SHOT (MR)
It’s 1976, and Teeg Lawless is doing 30 days in county jail with a price on his head, his only safe company from the savagery a beat-up old comic magazine his dead cellmate left behind. It’s CRIMINAL like you’ve never seen it before, with a comic within the comic and all those slick ’70s thrills!
WICKED & DIVINE #8 (MR)
Now the eleventh god is here, it’s time to party. You’re invited. Everyone’s invited. We can sleep when we’re dead-but when you’ll be dead within two years, you may as well turn up in your pyjamas. After seven issues of egomaniacs, it’s time for an issue where the crowd is the star.
DARTH VADER #2
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!
THOR ANNUAL #1
Three stories featuring three Thors!
• Wrestling superstar CM Punk and Rob Guillory (Chew) on Young Thor’s idea for how to prove himself worthy of Mjolnir: a drinking competition!
• Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes) and Marguerite Sauvage tell a tale of the new Thor!
• And Jason Aaron on the Girls of Thunder’s quest to find the perfect birthday present for their grandfather, King Thor! How about a new Garden of Eden?
PIRATE EYE EXILED FROM EXILE #2
Smitty has lost everything twice-over, and now nothing is out of bounds as he desperately seeks a score large enough to buy his way back to safety. His former crewmate, now a feared captain, means to ensure Smitty’s continued misery, instead. They can’t both succeed.
PRINCELESS PIRATE PRINCESS #2
Bedelia and Adrienne have a new teammate in Raven, The Pirate Princess. She’s tough, smart, fun-loving and she’s on an epic quest for revenge. When her quest clashes with Adrienne’s, sparks will fly and only one princess can come out on top!
BLACK HOOD #1 (MR)
When Philadelphia police officer Greg Hettinger stepped into the middle of a gunfight, hot lead shredded his face-and he pulled the trigger, blind. Now Greg is waking up in a world where he’s a killer, hopelessly scarred and hooked on painkillers. What does a man do when he can no longer face the world, yet still wants to do good? He puts on a hood.
ABIGAIL AND THE SNOWMAN #3
Abigail knows helping Claude find his way home won’t be easy (goodbyes never are), but just as the two best friends set off on their journey, the Shadow Men put their top and most dangerous agent on the job of tracking the missing yeti down.
CURB STOMP #1
Punk rock isn’t dead…yet. Turf wars, breaking rules, crushing violence, and Black Flag-these are a few of our favorite things, and we can’t wait for Curb Stomp to straightup knock our teeth out (in a good way). Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the selfappointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever-Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt-to defend their turf at all costs. Writer Ryan Ferrier (D4VE) is a creator on the rise, and newcomer Devaki Neogi’s art will hook you with its aggressiveness but keep you coming back with its heart. Curb Stomp is an unflinching, visceral look at the lengths one woman will go to protect her friends, her family, and her home-perfect for fans of Rat Queens and the seminal ’70s cult-favorite film The Warriors.
Trade Paperback: RETURNING
Near future, and some people who have had Near-Death Experiences have come back “changed.” They exhibit extreme behavioral changes, becoming increasingly paranoid and violent, and no one knows why. People who have had NDE’s fall immediately under suspicion, and in some cases, are murdered by justice-seeking vigilantes. It is in this world where Beth, a quiet high school student with a bright future, will learn just how quickly friends and family will turn on her when she has the bad luck of surviving the worst night of her life… Collects the complete miniseries, issues #1-4.
HENCHMEN I HENCHBOT #2
Word has gotten around that henchmen deserted Headpin under Gary’s influence. Gary, desperate for work, convinces his new friends to stick his neck out for him, despite Weasel having to beg for his most recent assignment with Microwave. Meanwhile Headpin finds himself immersed in a very new, surprisingly legitimate role. Gary’s first day on the new job takes a familiar turn, but this time the stakes are higher!
HENCHMEN I HENCHBOT #3
Things are looking up for Vimco, with presales beginning and our group of villains investing heavily in this new technology. Microwave’s henchmen begin to organize as Weasel negotiates a promotion. Meanwhile, Headpin and Senator Rutger continue their politicking, and Gary begins to canvas for a new Henchmen union. However, Gary’s plans are violently interrupted by Microwave’s villainous colleagues, with disastrous consequences.
QUANTUM & WOODY MUST DIE #2
Quantum and Woody have been hyp-mo-tized! But why? And how did these two chuckleheads suddenly become the heroes and idols of millions? A sinister puppet master lays his cards on the table and activates his Manchurian Candidates. Because when the world’s worst superhero team swoops into action… Quantum and Woody must die!
GFT LITTLE MERMAID #1 (MR)
Do you know the real story of the Little Mermaid? When a young mermaid makes a wish to become human, her world will turn upside down and she will need to find the courage to confront her fears or perish at the hands of evil.
TP ROBYN HOOD ONGOING VOL 01 RIOT GIRLS
The most badass archer in comics is back in a brand new ongoing series! From drug lords to corrupt bankers to the things that go bump in the night, no evils that plague the streets will be safe when Robyn Locksley sets up shop as a private detective in New York City. While Robyn settles into her new life, the Cabal, a collective of mysterious and powerful individuals, sets their sights on bringing down the hooded heroine, who will face the biggest threat of her life. Collects Robyn Hood issues #1 through #6