Geek Picks for June 24th, 2020!
The Geek Picks for June 24th, 2020 is a publisher down this week. There’s not a single offering from Dark Horse Comics- floppies or trades. But that aside, our amazing team of Geeks have got some recommendations for you on your next trip to your favorite LCS!
Angel: Suicide Squad #6
This is one of my favorite titles right now. I’m a huge fan of the Suicide Squad comics in general, but really enjoy what Tom Taylor is doing with it right now. Plus, I love Bruno Redondo’s art!
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
The hunters have become the hunted! Task Force X is the world’s most wanted-on the run from heroes and villains alike and no closer to taking down the puppet master who’s been pulling their strings. But even if they go to ground, there’s no hiding from the World’s Greatest Detective, and it’ll take every deadly trick in their playbook for the Squad to escape the wrath of Batman!
Publisher: DC Comics
Joe: Remnant One-Shot
Remnant from Source Point Press is my pick for this week. I reviewed this one-shot awhile ago, before the Covid shutdown. You can read more here.
For now, all I’ll say is, this is a highly entertaining Sci-Fi character study. This is author Michael Roslen’s first foray into comic book writing but based on Remnant, I’d wager his is a name we’ll be seeing again within the next couple years.
Writer: Michael Roslen
Artist: Karly Engarcia
After decades of pollution and climate have ravaged the Earth leaving it nearly uninhabitable, a young man joins an impossible mission: to terraform Mars. Three generations of his family face tragedies and triumphs as they attempt to build a new home for mankind. Remnant is a sweeping and timely epic told in a single issue, about the tragic collapse of one society, the difficult birth of another, and one family’s struggle to navigate both.
Publisher: Source Point Press
Zack: Morbius, The Living Vampire Omnibus HC
With the movie slotted to come out this year (originally), Marvel is putting out an 800+ page omnibus of Morbius’ early appearances from his debut in Amazing Spider-Man to Savage She-Hulk in the 80s.
Writer: Steve Gerber, Various
Artist: Gil Kane, Various
Cursed by an experiment gone wrong, Dr. Michael Morbius is possessed by an unquenchable thirst for blood – yet his heart beats like any other man. He is a living vampire! And in this amazing Omnibus, the complete original Morbius saga is collected – from his first appearance through both his first color comic and black-and-white series and into the rare stories that concluded his tragic tale. The sometimes mad, sometimes misunderstood Morbius contends not just with Marvel’s heroes but also with bizarre cultists and satanic demons! Journey to the darker side of Marvel, a world of horror and the supernatural that overtook the industry in the 1970s and defined comics for a generation. Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #101-102; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #3-4; FEAR #20-31; GIANT-SIZE SUPER-HEROES #1; MARVEL PREMIERE #28; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #15; PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #6-8 and #38; SAVAGE SHE-HULK #9-12; and material from GIANT-SIZE WEREWOLF #4; VAMPIRE TALES #1-5, #7-8 and #10-11; and MARVEL PREVIEW #8.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Parental Advisory
Don: Transformers Vs. The Terminator #2
Dandy Don the Valiant is geeking out over: Transformers vs The Terminator #2. Written by David Mariotte, John Barber, & Tom Waltz, with art by Alex Milne. To see the Terminator go back in time to 1984 to take on the Transformers is a crossover I never knew I needed until #1 was released. Then I had to wait three months to see what happens in issue #2 and I’m glad I don’t have to wait anymore (maybe the Terminator can come to this time period and destroy the pandemic)! So glad to see this original and very cool concept hit the shelves next week. The Terminator is looking to destroy all the Transformers “before they can awaken and subjugate his future. But when the Ark systems start to bring the Autobots and Decepticons back online, what will he do against two armies?” A sci-fi classic in the making! I’ll be back, uh, I mean, I’m glad it’s back! Now, who to root for? Hmmmm.
Writer: David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz
Artist: Alex Milne
The T-800, last hope of his kind, has travelled back to 1984 to destroy the Cybertronians before they can awaken and subjugate his future. But when the Ark systems start to bring the Autobots and Decepticons back online, what will he do against two armies? It’s up to one Terminator to save the future and nothing’s gonna stand in his way!
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Thomas: Immortal Hulk #34
After the masterpiece that was last issue at the beginning of the pandemic the creative team on the Immortal Hulk may reveal just what the leader is up to. Not only that but Bennett dropped that Immortal is to end with issue 50. That puts the end a brief 16 issues away! Say it ain’t so, Charlie Brown. What manner of beast teases the end of one of the best comics being written today? Trust me True Believer you need to get on this one before it ends. This is a ground breaking run that will be talked about for years.
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Butch Guice
- The Thoughtful Man is here – and his dreadful thoughts are vast and dark enough to swallow even the Devil.
- Samuel Sterns walked through the Green Door and gained knowledge. Follow him through the journey of his life – from his rebirth to his final experiment.
- Follow the LEADER.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Teen +
Gaumer: That Texas Blood #1
Image Comics has a new series debut this week with That Texas Blood from writer Chris Condon and artist Jacob Phillips that’s promoted as a neo-Western/Crime series, and that’s all it really took for me to interested. Jacob Phillips did work on Criminal, anyone who has read that amazing series will understand the connection, and this may just end up being one of the best new series of the year. TTB #1 is on the very top of my comic stack this week.
Writer: Chris Condon
Artist: Jacob Phillips
CRIMINAL colorist and first time solo artist JACOB PHILLIPS and writer CHRIS CONDON break onto the scene with a brand-new ongoing series! Like Paris, Texas gut-punched by No Country for Old Men, this mature neo-Western crime series kicks off when the search for a casserole dish leads to a dark and tense confrontation on Sheriff Joe Bob Coates’ 70th birthday.
|”CHRIS & JACOB pull off something remarkable here. A vivid and bright story that nails a thorough sense of foreboding and darkness. A shocking amount of talent for a duo so fresh to comics!” -CHIP ZDARSKY (SEX CRIMINALS, Daredevil)
Publisher: Image Comics
Tony: Sherlock Holmes: Four Investigations, A Graphic Novel Adventure HC
I’m on summer break. So I am looking for stuff to keep my brain busy. I can’t pass up anything Sherlock Holmes and this interactive graphic novel looks a lot of fun!
In this Graphic Novel Adventure, you must confront Moriarty and the solved the mysteries he alluded to in four investigations. You’ll encounter puzzles, traps, riddles, and more as your choices guide you through to victory or defeat. A new way, in graphic novel form, to experience the kind of gamebooks popularized years ago. It’s your choices, your adventure, and your story.
Publisher: Van Ryder Games LLC.
Bonus Pick: Tony: Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular #1
My wife is out of commission this week. So she gifted me her pick for the week. It’s another anniversary celebration for DC Comics. This week it’s time to cheer everything Emerald! There’s several covers. The one I want stars Guy Gardner. Though I think artist David Finch missed out on highlighting a brilliant moment in Guy’s history! That’s right, I’m talking about the ‘One Punch’ moment between Batman and Gardner in the pages of Justice League #5! Oh, Well…
Writer: Geoff Johns, Various
Artist: Ivan Reis, Various
In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil could ever escape their sight! The Green Lanterns are celebrating 80 years of keeping the DC Universe safe. Join us to see tales of all of the universe’s most legendary Green Lanterns: Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and appearances from other cosmic favorites! A legendary lineup of creators including Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis, and others will be keeping the galaxy glowing bright! PRESTIGE FORMAT.
Publisher: DC Comics
Brian: Outer Darkness/Chew #3
Being the die-hard “Chew” fan that I am, this is an obvious pick for me, but this issue comes with a bitter-sweet price. Because “Outer Darkness” has been canceled, this is the final issue we will be seeing from this series. Knowing this, I have full confidence Layman will be brining his best.
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Afu Chan, Rob Guillory
Our crossover concludes as CHEW’s culinary crazies and OUTER DARKNESS’s cosmic cutthroats go head-to-head in a gory, blood-soaked climax. Not a reboot, dream, or imaginary story. Witness the very last adventure of Tony Chu and the CHEW crew…in spaaaaaace!!!
Publisher: Image Comics/Skybound
David: Bleed Them Dry #1
The year is 3333 and vampires exist! This futuristic tale sounds like a mix between Akira and Tru Blood, which in my opinion might be awesome actually. Someone is going around killing vampire and hardnosed detective Harper Halloway (loving this alliteration) is on the case. But not all is way it seems, duh.
Writer: Hiroshi Koizumi, Eliot Rahal
Artist: Dike Ruan
The year is 3333. Earth is in a state of recovery. Vampires are real, and though far less populous, they thrive alongside humans in the Japanese-engineered mega-city known as Asylum. People have come to understand that some Immortals are good, some are bad, and most navigate the world without incident. There is peace. That is…until now. Someone is brutally murdering vampires. And Detective Harper Halloway has been assigned to the case. To solve it, she’ll have to unearth a much deeper truth: The future of humanity has been edited.
Publisher: Vault Comics
Tarah: Archie & Friends: Geeks and Games #1
My pick is : Archie & Friends Geeks And Games #1 , as a huge Archie Comics and Video Game fan, this was a no brainer pick for me. The story concepts sound hilarious and their take on Fortnite is also intriguing. Archie Fans do not miss out on this one!
Writer: Francis Bonnet
Artist: Pat and Tim Kennedy
Get ready for some hi-tech hijinks in this issue of Archie & Friends! Get hooked on the latest video game craze Forknite, meet Archie’s new, unusual pet, try to find something that was gone in a flash and hunt down some hamburgers with your very own phone in these tech-savvy stories!
Publisher: Archie Comics