Geek Picks for November 28th, 2018!
We’ve officially entered the holiday season! While holiday specials are on the minds of several of our geeks, we’ve got some first issues, superheroes in turmoil and much more in the November 28th, 2018 edition of Geek Picks!
Jan: Pink Panther Classic Christmas #1
The holidays are finally here! Why not start it with a classic character and a classic Christmas comic! American Mythology has been doing a fantastic job introducing a new generation of readers to some all-time greats. This issue reprints a long-lost 1979 holiday special starring the Pink Panther and friends from when comics used to put the word ‘Christmas’ on the cover!
Writer: Warren Tufts
Artist: Warren Tufts
American Mythology is proud to deliver a Pink Panther classic in time for the holidays! This issue is a wonderful re-presentation of a lost holiday treasure that was originally published back in 1979. ‘Pink Christmas’ is a timeless tale that is perfect to stuff in a stocking this holiday season. Pink Panther Classic Christmas comes with two covers – Main and Limited-Edition Retro Animation cover.
Publisher: American Mythology
Tony: DC’s Nuclear Winter Special
I too choose a holiday special. But unlike my bride Jan, I went modern. I’ve had my eye on this ever since it was announced sometime around August. Enjoy holiday themed stories starring your favorite DC character set during the apocalypse! I look forward every year to DC’s holiday specials and this one, I have to admit, it perhaps the most bizarre one ever from my favorite publisher. After 2 months of waiting after placing my order, I’ll be cracking open as soon as I get home from my LCS.
Writer: Paul Dini, Various
Artist: Phil Hester, Various
The holidays are tough enough as it is, but when you’re living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland (or, you know, 2018) the world can seem bleaker than ever. So do yourself a favor this holiday season, break out your best eggnog and enjoy 10 all-new stories featuring the World’s Greatest Heroes, including looks at the futures of Batman, Superman and the Flash, as well as many more denizens of the DC Universe.
Publisher: DC Comics
Gaumer: Heroes in Crisis #3
I’m slowly getting into End-of-the-Year mode, a frame of mind that has been reminiscing on the year that still is for a while longer 2018. One of the titles rattling around in my mind for at least a couple of those lists is Heroes in Crisis, a book that I’m convinced will go down as one of the most important DC Comics events of all time. But it’s also the creative team of Tom King and Clay Mann who may be taking some spots on some lists. Either way, this series has been great, and I’m expecting it to get even better with this week’s installment.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Lee Weeks, Clay Mann
Tragedies deepen as more secrets behind the superhero hospital called Sanctuary are revealed! What compelled Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to create it in the first place? How was it built? And if the hospital truly is alive via A.I., who — or what — is the brain of Sanctuary? Another layer peeled back in the biggest mystery woven through the entire DC Universe.
Publisher: DC Comics
Thomas: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1956 #1
Hellboy is back with a new miniseries of misadventures. I must admit, Hellboy is one of my guilty pleasures. It’s a title that I don’t regularly read but drop in on occasionally. So, with a new mini featuring Big Red and promising to shed some light on Mexico, I’m in. You remember Mexico right? Don’t worry, Big Red doesn’t either but it went something like this, there was lots of tequila, lucha libras and Aztec gods. What else do you need in a good comic? Don’t answer that. With this series promising to wrap up a number of past stories into one great big spy story it’s bound to be one heck of a ride!
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Yishan Li, Various
Pressure is mounting within the bureau to uncover the Soviets’ secret plans, but a suspicious cover-up leads one agent off the radar in search of answers. Meanwhile, demonic Soviet occult leader Varvara pushes her team to follow her own whims, and Hellboy is sent on the mission that would lead to his infamous misadventures in Mexico. But even more clandestine plots are at work-both inside the B.P.R.D. and out.
Publisher: Dark Horse
Simon: The Warning #1
A huge machine appears from nowhere. The only ones that know it’s purpose? The malevolent creatures approaching through the inky blackness of space. A multinational team is dispatched, with next-gen weapons and tools, to investigate and neutralise any threat that may emerge. Tense sounding sci-fi…. just the way I like it. Very much looking forward to giving it a read.
Writer: Edward LaRoche
Artist: Edward LaRoche
An enormous machine slowly materializes in a major West Coast city. Who sent it-and why-is a mystery, understood only by the malevolent beings gliding silently toward Earth through the inky vastness of space. In response, a multinational combat brigade called Gladiator Two-Six is deployed. Outfitted with next-generation military science and weapons, they’re tasked with stopping any extraterrestrial threat that emerges.
Publisher: Image Comics
Tarah: Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #294
Oh man, how I love these holiday-themed Archie Digests. Such great stories and the covers are just pure gold. I always make a point to pick up their summer. halloween and Christmas holiday themed ones just to have them. In this particular issue in the featured story, Archie accepts a date with both the Sugar Plum Fairy and Santa’s Daughter on the same night! Instead of Betty and Veronica fighting over him, we have two popular girls from the North Pole. I can’t wait to see how he gets out of this one. If you love and grew up with Archie Comics like I did this definitely worth picking up this Holiday Season.
Writer: Dan Parent, Various
Artist: Dan Parent, Various
BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: ‘Holi-dazed!’ With Betty and Veronica both busy on the night of the school’s Christmas ball, Archie accepts a date from Sugarplum the fairy-AND with Noelle, Santa’s daughter! Archie’s made this mistake before, but never with two of the North Pole’s most popular girls! He’ll need some Christmas magic to get out of this jam!
Publisher: Archie Comics
Joshua: X-Factor Epic Collection Volume 7: All-New, All-Different X-Factor
X-Factor, to me, was pretty much an average book until Peter David took over, putting a brand-new team together. Led by Havok, the stories were a bit off the wall and very enjoyable. This is the start of a truly great run on a comic book. I have had this volume on pre-order and greatly look forward to having this and reading it.
Writer: Peter David, Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Larry Stroman, Various
A new team is forged! Cyclops and company have rejoined the X-Men – and now Havok takes charge, leading a new government-sanctioned mutant squad! His recruits include Polaris, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver, Strong Guy and Multiple Man – but will the real Jamie Madrox please stand up? The new X-Factor must deal with murder mysteries, identity crises, smear campaigns and more – but Mr. Sinister and his Nasty Boys might be too much for them! The Incredible Hulk awaits in a foreign land, and the Mutant Liberation Front and Brotherhood of Evil Mutants heat things up at home, as the new X-Factor deals with diplomacy, deception and death while protecting Homo sapiens from their genetically challenged brethren…and vice versa! X-perience Peter David’s hilarious mutant masterpiece from the beginning! Collecting X-FACTOR (1986) #71-83 and ANNUAL #7 and INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #390-392.
Publisher: Marvel Comics