Alright everyone, Free Comic Book Day is less than 2 weeks away! Now, you might think you’re ready to just stroll in and read all those free comics with no problem, but not without some training first! Fortunately for you, we’ve got some massively awesome new comics (and toys!) for you to utilize! The Justice League moves to Canada, Someone shot the Watcher, Mad Magazine makes an appearance, Captain America toys show up, and a whole lot more. Make sure you stretch, because it’s time for the Monday Update.
the spotlight this week goes to Justice League United #0. Following the events of Forever Evil (which hasn’t ended yet, making this a bit weird) the Justice League of america is no longer the team they once were. However, its remaining members have joined together and traveled north of the border to form the coolest group of Canadian super-heroes since Alpha Flight: the Justice League Canada! Animal Man, Adam Strange, and more unite with the likes of Martian Manhunter, Stargirl, and Green arrow in this bold new direction for the League. It’s also being written by Jeff Lemire, so if you were privy to the awesomeness that was Animal Man’s ongoing series, you know the kind of quality this book promises to contain. Don’t miss it.
Elsewhere in the DC Universe, we’ve got the long awaited third chapter of “First Contact” in Batman/Superman #9! Last month, World’s Finest #21 came out, which was part 4 of First Contact, but part 3 was mysteriously missing. Well, at long last, you can fill in that missing chapter, because it’s finally here! Next, Secret Origins returns this week with Secret Origins #1! Discover the hidden beginnings of Kara Zor-El, Dick Grayson, and more in this new series that’s all about, you guessed it, secret origins. Finally, an all new creative team takes over the Flash starting with issue #30. Central City had a rough time during the events of Forever Evil, but the Flash is back to fix everything. He can do that by running really fast, right?
Marvel’s bringing out some big guns this week, starting with its next big crossover story arc “Original Sin”. Somebody shot the Watcher, (presumably in his gigantic head, because where else would you aim?). Nova is out to find out why. What he learns will set the stage for one of the most exciting murder mysteries the Marvel Universe has ever known. Check out Original Sin #0 for all the intrigue you can handle! Next, Marvel’s had a string of success stories with solo character books lately (Hawkeye, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, etc) and they’re hoping to keep that streak alive with Elektra #1. The world’s deadliest assassin has had quite a troubled past, but can she finally put all that behind her? Finally, the Guardians are picking up some fresh new members this week in Guardians of the Galaxy #14. What happens when Captain Marvel and Venom join the team? We’re not entirely sure, but you can bet it won’t be boring! Don’t miss this 100th issue celebration!
Meanwhile, Mad Magazine #527 makes “head of the class”, there’s some new Avengers Assemble action figures, some Avengers 6 inch All Star Figures, and some Captain America Figures! (That just figures, doesn’t it?) Plus, there some Doctor Who and Dalek figures, new Game of Thrones figures, (so many figures!!!), and the new Marvel Universe trading cards are arriving!
IF that weren’t enough, there’s still a whole boatload more coming that we simply don’t have enough room to talk about here. Fortunately for you, you can check out the Complete Diamond Shipping List for the most thorough look at this week’s bounty you’re likely to see on all the internet! Just be sure to keep your excitement in check, as some items on this list may not really exist yet. Be sure to check with us first for availability. As always, everything you see here will not be available until Weednesday, April 23rd.
What will you be reading this week? Is anyone in Conrad’s life truly safe in Thief of Thieves #20? Have Peter Stanchek and his renegades really found freedom in Harbinger #22? Why don’t you hear about people making s’mores out of marshmallow Peeps? Let us know on our Facebook page.
See you at the store.