Geek Picks for June 17th, 2020!
It’s the last Geek Picks before Father’s Day. So if you need any gift ideas for that comic book loving poppa in your life, maybe our Geek Picks for June 17th, 2020 can be of assistance!
Angel and Brian: Dark Nights Death Metal #1
Angel:I really enjoyed the wild and crazy ride that was Dark Knights Metal, so I’m excited to see what else Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo do together in this Metal story. It’s up my alley of weird and wonderful DC things.
Brian: My second pick is Dark Nights Death Metal #1. I got hooked on DC’s take of the Multiuniverse having alternate versions of the Justice League (Remember, The Batman who Laughs). Here were have an all-star cast of writers of
Scott Snyder , Greg Capullo, and Jonathan Glapion. When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. Unleash the beast and let the head banging begin!
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
Get ready for the earth-shattering encore! The legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth take center stage and reunite for one last tour. When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. Unleash the beast and let the head banging begin!
Publisher: DC Comics
Zack: Silver Surfer Omnibus
Collecting most of Silver Surfer’s solo stories from 1968 to 1970, including the first appearance of Mephisto, team ups with Thor, Human Torch, and Spidey. The one draw back is it’s only the A stories.
Writer: Stan Lee, Roy Thomas
Artist: John Buscema, Various
Norrin Radd sacrificed himself to save his planet and his true love Shalla-Bal from the world-devourer Galactus – but the price was servitude as mighty Galactus’ herald, the Silver Surfer! Now, exiled on Earth, the Surfer struggles to understand the beauty and humanity of mortal men and nobly seeks to heal the rifts that separate man from his brothers. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, the Silver Surfer embodies Lee’s socially conscious writing and Kirby’s mind-blowing cosmic concepts – and here he is joined by another creator who grants him a soul-wrenching humanity: The one and only John Buscema! Experience staggering and unique tales as mankind is explored through the eyes of an outsider. Collecting SILVER SURFER (1968) #1-7 (A STORIES) and #8-18 and material from FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #5 and NOT BRAND ECHH #13.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Teen (Original Material Published Unrated)
Joe: The Flash Annual #3
I don’t follow The Scarlet Speedster’s regular title. So why am I excited for the third annual? Three words: Task Force X. The Suicide Squad is my favorite DC comics team. The newest version of the Skwad has some cool new members and old favorites as well. Plus Boomerang is back! Not sure what Flash has been up to these days, but I’m excited to check in and see him tangle with Task Force X.
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Brandon Peterson
From the pages of Suicide Squad, Task Force X and Captain Boomerang are on the loose, and the Flash is in hot pursuit! But is he really the hunter-or the hunted? Barry Allen may be the Scarlet Speedster, but at the end of this crossover issue, will he still be the Fastest Man Alive?
Publisher: DC Comics
William: The Joker: Deluxe Edition HC
From the team that brought us Batman: Damned comes this beautiful HC bookshelf edition with bonus developmental art and an extra story. I can’t wait to get my hands on this bad boy. If you hadn’t noticed I’m a huge Joker fan so this week’s pick is a clown brainer for me.
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Lee Bermejo
The award-winning creative team behind Batman: Damned, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, present one of the most chilling Joker stories ever told, now in a Deluxe edition.
The Joker has been mysteriously released from Arkham Asylum, and he’s not happy about what’s been happening in his city while he’s been away. What follows is a harrowing night of revenge, murder, and manic crime as only The Joker can deliver. He will take everything that is owed to him from the likes of the Penguin, the Riddler, Two-Face, Killer Croc, and of course, Batman…This Deluxe edition includes a section of previously unpublished developmental art by Bermejo. Also features an additional story by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo that will first be published in The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1.
Publisher: DC/Black Label
Don: Gideon Falls #22
Dandy Don the Valiant is geeking out for:
Gideon Falls #22 (Image). When we last left Gideon Falls, the mysterious and multiversal Black Barn was destroyed. We’ve all been left wondering what was going to happen next. Then we had to wait even longer thanks to the real life pandemic putting comics on hold. UGH! I can’t wait to see what devious plot Jeff Lemire has planned now for all the characters involved, including the evil that is The Laughing Man. Welcome back!
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart
“WICKED WORLDS,” Part One
After the mind-bending destruction of the Black Barn, our heroes find themselves spread across the Gideon Falls multiverse the barn contained within! While Angie struggles to survive in a 1984 version, Clara is alone in the old West, Father Fred is a man out of place in cyberpunk Gideon Falls-and where Norton landed is anyone’s guess… And while these worlds all seem far apart, the Laughing Man is always closer than you think!
Publisher: Image Comics
Eli: Wonder Woman: Dead Earth Book 3
This book is still way more Metal than Dark Knights: Death Metal could ever be. The Black Label series finally returns as Wonder Woman fights monsters in a post apocalyptic world. Daniel Warren Johnson working overtime as he writes as well as doing art for this book. His gritty action style brings raw energy as he portrays Diana with grimy brutality. Might have to start a living room mosh pit after reading this. Horns Up!
Writer: Daniel Warren Johnson
Artist:Daniel Warren Johnson
The revelation of the Haedras’ true nature overwhelms even the mighty Amazon Princess, forcing Diana to seek out the one person who can help her: Superman. But what Diana finds at the Fortress of Solitude is one of the most shocking secrets in the history of Wonder Woman.
Publisher: DC Comics/Black Label
Brian: The Man Who Effed Up Time #3
I feel like it’s been months since the last issue….oh, wait a sec. Finally, the third part to another John Layman gem is coming, and I couldn’t be more stoked to see how badly things get messed up this time. It can’t go without mentioning the incredible art from Karl Mostert, the same Karl Mostert that brought us DCeasd: Unkillables. If you don’t know about this book or it flew under your radar, catch up. You don’t want to be the person that doesn’t know what you’re missing out on.
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Karl Mostert
The armored Neanderthal foot-soldiers who serve the evil emperor Abraham Lincoln VI have orders to bring in time-traveling f#%&-up Sean Bennett dead or alive- and they choose dead!
That’s right, we kill our lead character on page two of issue #3. So, uh…what’s next? Well, either a lotta blank pages…or a surprise twist so amazing YOU DARE NOT MISS THIS ISSUE!!! (Spoiler: it’s the latter.)
Presenting a time-twisted sci-fi action-comedy, a butterfly effect noir, by multiple Eis-ner-winning writer John Layman (Chew, ELEANOR & THE EGRET) and talented new-comer Karl Mostert. Order it today…before time runs out!
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Tony: EC Archives: War Against Crime HC
Yes. I understand that this collection is pricy. But, if we are going to make Father’s Day recommendations in this post, then I am going to pick what I want for Father’s Day. This is the closing volume to EC’s most well known crime comic. Volume 2 captures the title right before William Gaines began his New Trend of titles. The pre-trend books never were reprinted by Russ Cochran or Gladstone as individual issues compared to titles like The Vault of Horror, which took over for War Against Crime starting with issues #12. Featuring Johnny Craig, Graham Ingels and many more talents, I want this sooooooo much!
Writer: Johnny Craig, Various
Artist: Graham Ingels, Various
Cops and criminals clash in these exciting stories ripped straight from police records! The war against crime continues in this volume of digitally remastered full issues from the classic series!
Collecting issues #7-#11 of War Against Crime from the artistic talents of Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Graham Ingels, and more.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Jan: Best of Alex Toth & John Buscema’s Roy Rogers Comics HC
My husband isn’t really a fan of Westerns. But I know how much he loves the old Dell/Whitman Comics and that he’d go gaga over this one. Over 250 pages of reprints featuring the King of Cowboys, remastered. This is a must for anyone who loves the licensed works of the 40s, 50s and 60s! The bonus ‘director’s cut’ material makes it essential for comic book historians!
Artist: Alex Toth, John Buscema
Hermes Press presents the comic book adventures of Roy Rogers, King of the Comics, originally published by Dell. This 256 page collection exclusively features the work of two of the Silver Age’s most important artists, Alex Toth and John Buscema, and Each story was hand picked by Roy’s son, Dusty and include his favorite tales. This book brings together not only the best western tales of America’s favorite cowboy but also presents these stories by two of the most noteworthy artists of the period. This volume also includes, original artwork, documentary material, an introduction by Roy “Dusty” Rogers, Jr. and and an extensive essay.
Publisher: Hermes Press
Brian: Wynd #1
James Tynion IV whose is accompanied by Ninja Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle guru, Michael Dialynas. Magical heritage is punishable by death in Pipetown, so a young boy named Wynd must keep his true identity – and pointy ears – a secret from everyone, even if it means he’ll never have the normal life he wants. But when his secret is threatened, Wynd will be forced to leave his home behind to embark on a dangerous quest that will put him at the heart of a royal conspiracy beyond his imagination. Now on the run with Oakley (his best friend), Thorn (the boy of his dreams), and Yorick (a literal prince!), Wynd will have to embrace the magic within himself if he wants to save them from the shocking dangers that await! Every issue of Wynd is oversized, featuring more than 40 story pages.
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Wynd lives a quiet life in Pipetown — working at the local tavern, out of sight in the secret rooms beneath the floorboards, often stealing away to catch glimpses of the son of the castle’s groundskeeper as he works. But Wynd also has a secret… magical blood betrayed by his pointed ears, forbidden within the city limits. His shaggy hair has obscured them for most of his life, but now that Wynd is a teenager they are growing too unwieldy to hide. Joined by his best friend Oakley and Thorn, the groundskeeper’s son, Wynd’s strange dreams and an encounter with the city guard send him on the most dangerous adventure he could imagine, where Wynd will discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, the magic within himself. The GLAAD Award-winning team of writer James Tynion IV (Batman, The Woods) and artist Michael Dialynas (The Woods) present a new young adult fantasy series about learning to spread your wings no matter the dangers that life puts in your way.
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Thomas: Strange Adventures #2
It’s been a long time since we read the first issue of Tom King and Evan Shaner’s new space epic. This time with Mitch Gerards along to help with the are we are given the tale of two Adam Stranges. Is he the high flying savior of Rhann or the war monger who would do anything to silence a dissenting voice. Last issue left off with Adam Strange reaching out to Batman and asking him to clear his name. Unable to do so Batman sends him someone who can and now Adam has to deal with his life being turned inside out to prove his innocence. Told in King’s particular style Strange Adventures is sure to be a tear down classic. Whether it rises to the level of Mister Miracle is yet to be seen.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mitch Gerards, Evan Shaner
What is the truth about Adam Strange? When an activist who publicly accused him of war crimes ends up dead, the public begins to doubt Strange’s stories about his adventures on the planet Rann-and he’s even starting to doubt himself. It’s going to take a special investigator to get the truth, and he’s going to have to tear apart Adam Strange’s life and reputation to do it. A special miniseries set on two worlds, it takes two artists to bring Strange Adventures to life. Mitch Gerads tackles the earthbound sequences, while Doc Shaner launches us into space. And it’s all written by Tom King, the Eisner Award-winning writer who brought you Mister Miracle, Omega Men, and Sheriff of Babylon.
Publisher: DC Comics/Black
Tarah: Disney Pixar Incredibles Story Of The Movies In Comics HC
I absolutely love these cine-story comics. It’s basically a retelling of the whole film in an adorable comic form. It’s a great pocket version to read on the go and collect. I think they are done very well and fans of Disney films should check them out!
Writer: Alessandro Ferrari
Join your favorite Supers, the Parr family, for an action-packed adventure in this collection of the movies retold as comics! Collecting Disney Pixar The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 comics, this graphic novel brings the adventure, danger, heart, humor, and heroics of the films from the screen to your fingertips!
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Rating: All Ages