Geek Picks for July 1st, 2020!
We’re now officially halfway done with 2020. Let’s hope the second half is much better. And what a better way to start the remainder of the year with another edition of Geek Picks. Here’s a look at our recommendations for July 1st, 2020!
Tony: You Will Be Okay: An Anti-Anxiety Pocket Book
I have crippling social anxiety. So when I saw that this book is coming out, I was quite interested. With all it’s different activities and other cool stuff, it’s kinda like a fidget spinner but in miniature comic book form.
Writer: Meggie Ramm
Artist: Meggie Ramm
An anti-anxiety pocketbook that tells you that you’ll be okay at least eight times. It’s filled with coloring pages, simple thought exercises, advice and resources to help you get through anxiety attacks. Anxiety attacks can be scary. But whatever happens, you will be ok.
Publisher: Silver Sprocket
Tarah: Disney Moana Story Of The Movie In Comics HC
This week Dark Horse gives readers yet another amazing film told in comic form with Moana which was a truly unique film from Disney. Instead of watching the film, you can now take it on the go with you with this release. All we can is “You’re Welcome”.
Writer: Alessandro Ferrari
Artist: Veronica Di Lorenzo
Sail the Pacific Islands in search of destiny in this retelling of Disney Moana. Moana is a spirited teenager who loves the ocean that she is forbidden to travel. When darkness begins to consume her island home, Moana knows the solution lies beyond the safety of the island. She sails into the open sea to find the demigod Maui and right a wrong from his past, to save her people and their future.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Joe: Pretty Violent #7
This is an all around fun title. It’s got violence, humor, superhero action, and family drama…all perpetrated by cartoon-ish characters. Issue #7 begins a brand new arc in which Gamma Rae faces off against a new enemy. Need to catch up on, or just get a reminder of the series so far? Check out my review of the first arc.
Writer: Derek Hunter, Jason Young
Artist: Derek Hunter
NEW STORY ARC!
Gamma Rae finds herself at odds with a mysterious new enemy-the Unseen! A threat that neither heroes nor villains saw coming! No pun intended-or is there?!
Publisher: Image Comics
Zack: Absolute Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, Volume 1 HC
From Darkseid’s first appearance in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olson, to Orion and the New Gods, to the adventures of Mister Miracle, this 800 page edition is a little pricey but is a good way to read Jack Kirby’s biggest contribution to DC.
Writer: Jack Kirby
Artist: Jack Kirby, Various
For the first time, DC collects Jack Kirby’s legendary run of the Fourth World titles in oversized Absolute editions! These comics spanned galaxies, from the streets of Metropolis to the far-flung twin worlds of New Genesis and Apokolips, as cosmic-powered heroes and villains struggled for supremacy, and the world-conquering Darkseid adventured across Earth for the deadly Anti-Life Equation. Collects SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #133-145, FOREVER PEOPLE #1-6, NEW GODS #1-6, MISTER MIRACLE #1-6, plus extra features.
Publisher: DC Comics
William: Nightwing Year One Deluxe Edition HC
I sadly don’t read this. I only buy them when it’s a story arc or tie sin that I want but am looking forward to this love the cover although his original high collar costume is still the best!
Writer: Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty
Artist: Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Since being cut loose by Batman, Dick Grayson is Robin no more. Unsure of what to do and where to turn, he seeks solace from familiar sources-including Superman, Batgirl, and Deadman. Unable to avoid fighting crime, Grayson begins a new odyssey, donning a new uniform and gaining a new heroic identity.
Publisher: DC Comics
Angel: The Plot #5
Michael Moreci is one of my top favorite writers right now, and I love anything he does involving Tim Daniel. Plus Joshua Hixson absolutely kills it on the art. This was one of my favorite comics to come out of 2019, and I can’t wait for this new issue.
Writer: Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel
Artist: Josh Hixson
Discovering a journal in the attic, Chase drowns in the dark waters of his family’s history.
Publisher: Vault Comics
Eli: The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1
Finally! The second story arc in Jason Aaron’s sick and twisted biblical tale is back! In the days leading up to the Great Flood that destroyed the Earth, Adam and Eve’s exiled renegade son Cain wanders the dying world battling Noah, God’s Chosen One who is portrayed as a murderous tyrant with a barbaric army capturing slaves for his Ark. Dark, brutally violent and blasphemous, kind of like Quentin Tatantino directing a Sunday School lesson and turning the Old Testament into a horror flick. With gritty raw artwork by R.M. Guera, this book is not for the easily offended.
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: R.M. Guera
NEW STORY ARC
Writer JASON AARON and artist R.M. GUÉRA return to the stark and brutal world of THE GODDAMNED for the long-awaited second chapter of their biblical-noir epic.
Genesis 6:4. “…the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men. And they bore children to them…”
In the time before the Great Flood, the world of man is a place of wanton violence and unbridled depravity. But hidden high atop a mountain, there is a very different sort of world. One without men. Here, the holy sisters at a secret nunnery live in paradise, a new Eden, rearing their flock of orphaned girls to embrace their future as blessed Brides of the Sons of God. But when Sharri and Jael, two girls on the cusp of flowering, uncover what it truly means to become a Bride, they realize there’s only one way to escape the bonds of matrimony: run like hell.
Publisher: Image Comics
Don: Aliens vs. Predator: 30th Anniversary Of The Original Comic Book Series HARDCOVER EDITION
Since it’s an extremely low week for releases, Dandy Don the Valiant will be geeking out over (this). Ever since I watched the Aliens and Predator movies, I was wanting to see them battle on the big screen. Dark Horse beat the movie studios to the punch with this mini-series by about fourteen years. Thirty years later since the release of this epic mini-series, this battle of movie monsters still pass the test of time. This mini-series will always be better than the movie. Thank you, Dark Horse! This will make a wonderful addition to your comic book library. GO BUY IT!
Writer: Randy Stradley
Artist: Phil Norwood, Chris Warner
Throughout history, the screen’s mightiest monsters have clashed: in the 1940s it was Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, in the ’60s it was King Kong vs. Godzilla, and in the ’90s it was Aliens vs. Predator! Fourteen years before the Aliens and the Predators met on film, they collided in the pages of a comic book. Now, on the thirtieth anniversary of that battle, the original comics stories are collected in one massive volume!
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Thomas: Timely’s Sub-Mariner Bill Everett Post-War Omnibus HC
This is more of a dream book than a normal pick for me. I normally don’t pick up the Omnibus editions, but for this one I’d make an exception. Everett is easily one of my favorite pencilers of the Golden Age. Everette, Kirby, Robinson, Shuster and Eisner encapsulated the Golden Age but Everett was something else. With his wild stories and stylized art Everette was incredible and here we get his post war stories, many reprinted for the first time. Not only that but we get to see the Prince of Atlantis in all of his righteous fury! Imperious Rex!
Writer: Bill Everett
Artist: Bill Everett
Marvel proudly presents TIMELY’S GREATEST, a series of once-in-a-lifetime volumes presenting the greatest stories of the Golden Age, when Marvel was known as Timely Comics! After his service in World War II, Bill Everett returned to the Sub-Mariner without missing a beat. In fact, Everett’s art and storytelling was better than ever. Never before reprinted, his postwar Sub-Mariner and Namora tales are anarchic, energetic and utterly endearing! This volume also features Everett’s fan-favorite 1950s Sub-Mariner revival during Marvel’s Atlas Era. Alongside Namora, Princess Fen and intrepid love interest Betty Dean, Namor faces off against the nefarious Prince Byrrah, his own doppelgänger, giant crocodiles and Communists aplenty! These stories define the Sub-Mariner in a way never captured in any comic series before or since! Collecting material from SUB-MARINER COMICS #21-24, #26-30 and #32-42; NAMORA #1-3; MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #84-86 and #90-91; HUMAN TORCH COMICS #28, #30 and #37-38; BLONDE PHANTOM COMICS #17; YOUNG MEN #24-28 and MEN’S ADVENTURES #28.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Teen Plus (Originally material released unrated)
John Lee: Negan Lives #1
I want to go back to a time before the Walking Dead TV show jumped the shark & I’m hoping this issue can recapture some of that magic that was lost after the abrupt end of the series. Who knows maybe with enough of a push it might spark something new? As most comic book geeks, my hope springs eternal for the next good story. Either way I expect it to be a hot book off the rack because Negan has been such an interesting character in the past.
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adlard, Dave McCriag
The greatest f*@king comic book villain of ALL-TIME returns. ‘Nuff said.
Publisher: Image Comics
Gaumer: UNPRESIDENTED: Cartoons of Chaos HC
It’s like a joke of a week for new releases. I’m not sure how or why comic book publishers are dropping the ball in getting product to shops and, then, into the hands of consumers, but I digress. However, since it’s a joke of a week, why not pick a joke of a book for my weekly pick? And this one is hilarious. I was able to thumb through this book of political cartoons earlier this month, and it’s worth every penny of that cover price. Witty, imaginative, pushing all the buttons you’d expect a political cartoon collection to push, and the perfect gift for just about anyone…well, anyone with a sense of humor. So, yeah, with nothing much to really choose from, Unpresidented is on the top of my reading stack for this week.
Writer: Kieron Dwyer
Artist: Kieron Dwyer
Taking aim at hypocrisy, greed, stupidity, and cultural chaos in the age of Trump, UNPRESIDENTED features a wide range of sharp-witted illustrations lampooning the bizarre course of American politics and culture since the fateful escalator ride of 2015. Fans of political humor and social commentary should not pass this by.Collects cartoons by fan-favorite comic book creator KIERON DWYER.
Publisher: Image Comics
Tom: Monster Isle #1
I’m gonna be checking out Monster Isle #1 from Absolute Flipbook. I don’t know much about the publisher or the creative team of Larry Hama, David Campiti writing, and Aurelio Mazzara, Jinky Coronado on art apart for Hama’s work on G.I. Joe. However, this book offers two tales that feel like a nostalgia trip of reading the monster comics of the 70s and 80s.
Writer: David Campiti, Larry Hama
Artist: Jinky Coronado, Aurelio Mazzara
Absolute Flipbook contains two stories in one book. This issue features the first issues of: “Pandora’s Blogs” – A young girl moves to a new town in Legends Florida, only to discover that the strange things she is blogging about have a nasty habit of landing her in hot water – and “Monster Isle” – – A long-forgotten amusement park dedicated to monsters may hold a dangerous secret. It’s up to the three young adventurers to discover its mysteries and protect us all!
Publisher: Absolute Comics Group
Date: Book has been delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Brian: Killing Red Sonja #1
Killing Red Sonja #2 is my pick for this week
Writer: Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
Artist: Craig Rousseau
Spinning directly out of the epic RED SONJA title written by MARK RUSSELL! Prince Cyril’s plan to murder Sonja The Red is diverted, due to battles with giants. But from the battles comes a discovery, and a mysterious collection of allies begins to unite. By MARK RUSSELL (Red Sonja, Year Of The Villain), BRYCE INGMAN (Edgar Allen Poe’s Snifter Of Terror) and CRAIG ROUSSEAU (The Flash).
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Rating: Teen +
Here’s Hooser with a Geek Pick you might have missed last week…
Hooser: That Texas Blood #1
It was out last week but I’ll read it this week. That Texas Blood #1
An Image #1 is worth taking a peek at. Billed as a Neo-Western crime noir ongoing series. A Texas sheriff is about to take his last case. This book looks to be beautifully illustrated with some dark and violent tones. I will give this one a shot. Don’t spoil it for me if you picked it up already. This is NCBD for me this title.
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
And for those of you who might need a video game to mix things up a bit, here Kevin with a recommendation…
Kevin: The Ghosts of Tsushima
Without a doubt it’s Ghosts of Tsushima. The game has looked better each time we have seen it and I am excited to finally play the final product.
After the incredibly massive disappointment that was The Last of Us Part 2 (review coming soon) I’m looking forward to enjoying a game again.
Produced by Playstation
Release Date: July 17, 2020
Collector’s Edition Pre-order Price: $160.99
Venture beyond the battlefield to experience feudal Japan like never before. In this open-world action adventure, you’ll roam vast countrysides and expansive terrain to encounter rich characters, discover ancient landmarks, and uncover the hidden beauty of Tsushima.
Explore meticulously-crafted regions showcasing diversity of life on the sprawling island—from billowing fields and tranquil shrines to ancient forests, villages and stark mountainscapes. Find peace in the quiet moments of natural harmony and solace in the moments you’ll share with the people you help along the way.