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On The Rack – December 17th, 2014

by on December 16, 2014
 

Welcome to another week of On The Rack, brought to you by Sketchbook Comics and Games. While all your favorite TV shows go on winter mid season break, now is a great time to do some catch up on your comic list and head into the shop to pick up the newest releases. Not to worry if you can’t make it in; put the titles on your Christmas list and you just might have them show up under the tree. Let’s have a look at some of the great titles coming out this week.

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100 Page Christmas Mega-Special!

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Mega-City One, 2130 AD. This vast urban nightmare on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to 400 million citizens, every one a potential criminal. With lawlessness rife, only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. These future lawmen are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the Law!

Savage: Grinders
In 1999, Britain was invaded by the Volgans. When lorry driver BILL SAVAGE learned his family had been killed by a Volgan shell, he began a one-man war against the aggressors. Currently based in an e-bombed London and living under an alias, Savage continues to lead the resistance…

The Order: The Order
Germany, the thirteenth century. Young Anna Kohl always felt her father was a mystery to her, a distant figure that seemed to be part of a select group of knights. Upon his death, she was determined to learn more about the man, and examining his papers has sent her on a journey of discovery, one in which she will uncover the shocking truth behind the cadre of warriors known as THE ORDER…

Ulysses Sweet: Psycho Therapist
Maniac for hire, who causes more problems than he solves.

Max Normal: No Comics for Old Men
Mega-City One, 2136 AD. MAX NORMAL was once Dredd’s go-to informer, the Pinstripe Freak who had his ear permanently to the slab, the shuggy-playing legend with a taste for shampagne and the high life, who cruised the streets of the metropolis picking up all manner of info. Thirty-five years later, he’s left much of his nark larks behind him, but the city’s coolest cat can still get himself into trouble…

Jaegir: Brothers in Arms
Set in the Rogue Trooper universe, Kapitan-Inspector Atalia Jaegir serves in the Nordland State Security Police, hunting down the war criminals that have escaped justice!

The Visible Man: The Screams in the Walls
UK, 2014. Frank Hart’s car collided with a tanker containing radioactive material, and his skin became transparent, turning him into THE VISIBLE MAN. Refusing to be a guinea pig, he escaped into outer space, but six months ago crashed back on Earth. Held by scientists, who want to know what happened to him up there, and what alien entity may have returned with him, he’s now fled with another test subject, Frances…

Low Life: The Really Big Christmas Sleep
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. Justice Department has many divisions within it – Tek, Psi-Div, PSU – and for undercover operations there is Wally Squad. So called because Judges have to adopt the bizarre fashions of the citizens to blend in, it’s a dangerous job living on the streets.

Dredd: The Ghost of Christmas Presents
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. This vast urban nightmare on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to 400 million citizens, every one a potential criminal. With lawlessness rife, only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. These future lawmen are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the Law!

Boom! Studios

Rocket Salvage #1

WHY WE LOVE IT: When writer/animator Yehudi Mercado (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: UNIVERSAL WEAPON; PANTALONES, TX) came to us with a dysfunctional family drama about three clones running a rocket ship repair shop, we were already on board. Throw in some spaceport street racing and a few alien gangsters… just tell us when to start our engines! WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Did we mention space racing?! With blow-your-gamma-gasket sequences from artist Bachan (IMAGINE AGENTS), this series has both action and heart. Fans of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, BRAVEST WARRIORS, and SPEED RACER will want to pick up a wrench and strap in for the ride. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Primo Rocket used to be the fastest speeder racer in the galaxy, but after a crash that sealed the fate of his space station city home, Rio Rojo, Primo has resigned himself to life as a lowly spaceship salvage yard owner. However, his two ‘kids’ harvest clone Beta, and Beta’s genius girl clone Zeta can’t seem to keep out of trouble. When the dysfunctional family suddenly becomes the target of an intergalactic manhunt, the family has to come together to save their home.

Sons of Anarchy #16

The Sons of Anarchy have been the only family Juice Ortiz has known for as long as he cares to remember, but when someone from his past comes back into Charming, Juice must find a way to protect the life he built so hard for himself, at all costs.

DC Comics

Arrow Season 2.5 #3

Oliver’s investigation into the Church of Blood takes him to the darkest corners of Starling City?where both friend and foe are eager to make The Arrow’s acquaintance. Plus: The Suicide Squad heads to Sudan in a thrilling backup story!

Batman #37

The ultra top-secret Batman arc known only as ‘Endgame,’ continues – it’s a story arc so steeped in mystery, all we can tell you is the title!

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Batman Superman #17

Who is Superman’s Joker? It seems it’s the Unseen Terror, who makes the battle personal for Superman! How? By attacking all things related to the Man of Steel! Together, Batman and Superman start to track down suspects – and the first one is Lobo!

Justice League #37

Super heroes are no more! What it means to be human is in question! The world is on the brink of a new stage of evolution – or total extinction! – and it’s up to the Justice League to save it! ‘THE AMAZO VIRUS’ continues to devastate the Western World as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor struggle to not only contain the virus, but cure those affected by it. But as they work against the clock, a legion of assassins is out for Lex Luthor’s head. Will the Justice League protect Luthor… or the world?

New 52 Futures End

Firestorm is back in action! But any worries that they may now be stuck together won’t matter if they’re struck down by the new Dr. Polaris! Plus: Giant monsters battle in space!

Wonder Woman #37

Superman arrives on Paradise Island to support Wonder Woman in her darkest hour, but their bond may be breaking apart! No time for Diana to think, though, as a mythological force seemingly tied to Wonder Woman’s role as War attacks the Amazons!

IDW Publishing

Ragnarok #3

The Quick and the Deadly: Thor departs the Fortress at the Edge of the World to enter the Dusk Lands, a twilit realm haunted by the lawless and the neo-dead, and inhabited by the scattered remnants of a humanity both protected and enslaved by evil. Mjolnir strikes for the first time.

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Marvel Comics

All New Captain America #2

The new Hydra has formed, comprised of the most ruthless villains of the Marvel Universe as the great infiltration continues! Cap uncovers the ultimate goal of the new Hydra but is it too late to stop them? Cap and Nomad’s new partnership is put to the ultimate test as they race to uncover The Sect of the Unknown!

All New X-Men #34

The ALL-NEW X-MEN continue their adventure in the Ultimate Universe! Guest-starring Miles Morales and scores of other Ultimate characters! Will either universe ever be the same again?

Avengers & X-Men Axis #8

ACT III: NEW WORLD DISORDER THIS IS IT! THE BATLE ROYALE OF YOUR DREAMS–THE ASTONISHING AVENGERS VS THE UNCANNY X-MEN FOR THE FATE OF NEW YORK!

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Fantastic Four #14

The team begins their hunt for the missing REED RICHARDS as the ALL-NEW INVADERS seek the missing children of the FUTURE FOUNDATION. Meanwhile the villain who is behind everything reveals his motives to Reed stretch far back into REED AND SUE’S PAST. VALERIA comes back to America. But whose side is she on?

Guardians of the Galaxy #22

Part Three of The Planet of the Symbiotes! Now that Venom has led the Guardians to this devastatingly dangerous planet of alien symbiotes, will the team ever trust Flash Thompson again?

Inhuman #10

AXIS TIE-INS! Medusa’s inversion in AXIS makes her a very different ruler of Attilan! What is the Ennilux Corporation?

As a lot of the publishers look to be anticipating slow weeks, the main big boys at DC and Marvel are still holding strong with their top titles hitting the shelves. You can be sure to find lots of graphic novels hitting the stores this week and I imagine next week as well, which make great gifts for giving someone a whole story arc as opposed to single issues. Until next week, chat soon fellow geeks, and stay elite!

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