Geek Picks for January 15th, 2020!
It’s hard to believe that 2019, the time period for the original Blade Runner movie is considered now ‘in the past.’ It’s 2020 already and that means that the future is now! Several comic books have used the year 2020 as a sort of benchmark for futuristic adventures. 35 years ago when the Iron Man of 2020 first popped up in the pages of Machine Man, the year of double 20s seemed so far away. But now we are in the time period of not Tony Stark’s Iron Man- but his brother Arno! Let’s have Brian explain more to you in his Geek Pick for January 15th, 2020.
Brian: Iron Man 2020 #1
Iron Man has always been my favorite in comics, but admittedly, I have been on the fence with Slott on Iron Man. The direction he has taken with Tony has no doubt been interesting and has now lead up to another huge Marvel event taking place over a good portion of 2020 relating to the death of Tony Stark. I have already added every issue of every tie-in to my pull list, but that’s not because I am necessarily excited about this event. It’s more out of necessity as a true Iron Man fan that just needs to know for the sake of information. My pick of the week is out of anxiety, not necessarily excitement. I am hoping that this first issue of the event puts me over the fence with Dan Slott’s Tony Stark.
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Pete Woods
- The future is now! Artificial Intelligences presents a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel!
- The Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights!
- And Arno Stark IS Iron Man!
PLUS! Pete Woods’ main cover art will feature a 5th Color Flourescent Ink treatment!
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Teen Plus
Eric: Rai #3
Issue 2 was one of the best, most interesting comics I read in 2019, so I have high hopes for this book moving forward. Coming straight out of the Fallen World miniseries, this book is a fantastic continuation of Dan Abnett’s extremely successful first foray into the Valiant universe. I’m hopeful that there’s much more still to come.
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Juan Jose Jyp
The cyborg samurai Rai’s consciousness becomes trapped in cyberspace! Will he find his way back before being obliterated from existence?
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Tony: Hellboy Winter Special 2019
It’s January, 2020! So I am thinking that this special experienced some delays to keep it from being released during the previous holiday season! I’m not complaining! To me it’s better late than never! And it’s Hellboy! With Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart and we get 3 stories! I wish it was Christmas every New Comics Wednesday!
Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Chris Robinson, Various
Celebrate the season in true Hellboy fashion! Meet a ghostly miser in an alternate reality, fear the Boogam of rural New York, and embrace the wrath of St. Hagan in this trio of occult winter tales! The familiar faces of Hellboy, Sarah Jewell, and the legendary Knights of St. Hagan will help you ring in the new year with all the shivers you can take-and not all of them from the cold!
Three short stories in one issue!
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Jan: Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant #1
Where’s Felicity Smoak? You’ll find out here! This was a brilliant move by DC Comics. A massive tie-in to the 5-part CRISIS story set in the Arrowverse! With 2 new stories that act as prequels to the live-action event and a reprint of Crisis #1. This is a book that is going to fly off the shelves!
Writer: Marve Wolfman, Various
Artist: Tom Grummett, Various
Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant #1 will bridge the worlds of the original seminal Crisis maxiseries and the Crisis television event starting this Sunday, December 8, on The CW, with a lead story co-written by Marc Guggenheim and Marv Wolfman!
The 100-page comic is headlined a 24-page all-new main story co-written by original Crisis co-creator Wolfman and Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim, illustrated by Tom Derenick (pencils), Trevor Scott (inks), John Kalisz (colors) and Wes Abbott (letters). Set in the canon of the Arrowverse and starring fan-favorite character Felicity Smoak, the story ties-in directly to the five-part TV event.
Wolfman and Guggenheim have also co-written a new eight-page back-up story with pencils by Tom Grummett, inks by Danny Miki, colors by Chris Sotomayor and letters by Wes Abbott.
Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant #1 also features a reprint of the full first issue of Wolfman and George Perez’s Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, plus an excerpt from issue #7. The 100-page Giant features an all-new cover by original Crisis alum Jerry Ordway and Alex Sinclair.
Publisher: DC Comics
Gaumer: ROM: Dire Wraiths #1
Yes, the entire Hasbro Comics Universe went away as though a giant planet-sized monster ate it…which is exactly what happened, but I digress. While I pine for that more complicated time when all the Hasbro brands were stuffed into one comic book universe, I am happy that those individual brands aren’t being totally ignored, and ROM has plenty of mileage for some good stories. Writer Chris Ryall knows his stuff when it comes to these characters, and Guy Dorian is getting art help from the legend Sal Buscema, so it’s all coming up awesome! At least that is what I am expecting as ROM Dire Wraiths #1 is on the top of my comic stack this week.
Writer: Chris Ryall
Artist: Luca Pizarri, Various
“Inhumanauts,” Part 1: In 1969, two American astronauts became the first humans to set foot on Earth’s moon… but they found something inhuman waiting for them! With Rom the Spaceknight nowhere in sight, can even the Earth Corp help prevent one giant leap for Wraithkind? Plus! Find out where Rom is in a special back-up story with art by Guy Dorian Sr. and Rom legend Sal Buscema!
- The return of Rom!
- Helmed by Rom fan-favorite writer Chris Ryall and new-to-ROM artist Luca Pizzari (Weapon X, Black Knight)!
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Thomas: Black Widow Prelude #1
After years of adventures on the Big Screen Marvel’s Movie Femme Fatale finally makes her debut in print. Black Widow has been around for years in the MU but the version seen in the movies are what most young fans are familiar with. While the Marvel Movieverse spun out of the Ultimates storyline it has had some significant changes. Now, with legendary writer (and one of my favorite writers) Peter David penning this one it’s sure to be a great read and base for the Black Widow movie in May.
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Carlos Villa
TRACE THE BLACK WIDOW’S HISTORY IN THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE! From spy to Avenger, the enigmatic BLACK WIDOW has lived many secret lives. But how do these disparate episodes add up to the life of the heroic Avenger, and what is the thread that connects her past to her future?
Get ready for MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK WIDOW solo film with this glimpse into the storied history of NATASHA ROMANOFF in this tale set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Teen Plus
Raven: Lucy Claire: Redemption #2
My pick for this week is Lucy Claire:Redemption #2. A fallen hero must bring herself back to form as these large and hungry werewolves but not what she’s used to be. With the help of new recruits, can they defeat these werewolves once and for all.
Writer: John Upchurch
Artist: John Upchurch
The werewolves are back. A group of would-be hunters set out to enlist Lucy’s help, but they soon realize that she’s a shadow of her former self and may not be up to the task. If only there was a secret power Lucy could tap into… if only.
Publisher: Image Comics
William: Batman: The Golden Age, Volume 6
Writer: Bill Finger, Various
Artist: Bob Kane, Various
I’m stoked to grab a copy of some golden age awesomeness because there’s no way I could ever afford (like most of us) to ever by these golden age Bat-Books. Batman, Detective, and Worlds Finest? This will just be a fun time from way before my childhood! The adventures of Batman and Robin reach the mid-1940s with these tales, collected in trade paperback for the first time. In these stories from the pages of Batman #21-25, Detective Comics #82-92, and World’s Finest Comics #12-14, the Dynamic Duo stop a gang of cattle rustlers, untangle the upside-down crimes of The Joker, and face a gang of crooks who use football plays to inspire their crimes.
Publisher: DC Comics