On The Rack – December 10th, 2014
Welcome back to another week of On The Rack, presented by Sketchbook Comics. So now that I’m sure most of you have got some of your fun Christmas shopping out of the way and are on to buying sweaters and gift cards for the rest of the family, there’s no better time after you day out to curl up with a hot chocolate and some new comics. Be sure to stop by your local comic store this Wednesday and pick up the latest issues of your favorite titles; lets see what the publishers have in store for us this week On The Rack.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We love giving readers smart and thrilling science fiction books, such as THE HYPERNATURALS, SIX?GUN GORILLA, and our adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. We continue that tradition with ETERNAL, a story where humans can continually make clones of themselves, so death is a thing of the past. We need to know: What does a world like that look like? WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: William Harms (IMPALER, INFAMOUS) is crafting a gripping, sophisticated story about what happens if science completely changes the rules of life itself. This is a story where characters’ ethics and loyalties are tested, for society has changed but human failings remain the same. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In a world of clones, the Human Liberation Army wants to free people from New Life’s grasp. Their leader Gail will take the most drastic, personal measures yet to do so. Rathmann, a former homicide detective turned New Life enforcer, is on the case, and is asking tough questions. Violet, a young girl and one of the few non?cloned humans (Pures, they’re called) left, is longing to enter the real world. But she has no idea the danger she is stepping into.
George Perez Sirens #2
Under attack by their greatest foe, Naida, the Sirens put together a last?ditch plan to keep their team – and their ship – together! With their memories of each other and themselves still hazy, the Sirens must re?learn how to work together before Naida destroys them all.
Dark Horse Comics
Abe Sapien #18
Having joined a Santa Muerte cult, Abe settles into a small Gulf town with hidden ties to the zombie massacre he failed to stop in Arizona. With more lives depending on him than ever, will he fail again? The first five-part arc starts here!
The Batgirl of Burnside is the name on everyone’s lips?but she sure is acting strange since she took up residence in Gotham City’s outer borough! Dangerous joyrides? Photo ops? Sequins? Either Barbara Gordon’s gone off the deep end – or there’s a doppelganger under that cowl!
Coffin Hill #14
Travel back to a summer night in 1970 when Coffin Hill saw its worst mass murder in over 200 years. A gang of killers who cut a bloody swath across the USA roll into the sleepy village…but they didn’t count on what they would find in the house at the end of the last street in town – or on the ghosts of Coffin Hill, who are only too eager to add more souls to their ranks.
It’s hate at first sight when John Constantine meets his Earth-2 counterpart!
Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1
We got you a present, comics fans – a gut-busting (sometimes literally) collection of short stories featuring Harley and her special brand of holiday cheer! Can she get through Christmas dinner without blowing something up? Who will survive the war of the department-store Santas? Don’t miss this one – after all, you can’t spell ‘holidays’ without ‘Harley!’ (Give or take a couple letters.)
New 52 Futures End #32
Mr. Terrific’s been promising for months that the uSphere will change the world – but what happens when his promises push Manhattan to max capacity on release day? And Stormwatch finds their way back from a trip through the Multiverse – but they may not be as welcome as they thought.
Secret Six #1
Gail Simone is back with the NEW 52 debut of the fan-favorite team – THE SECRET SIX! Six strangers are brought together under mysterious circumstances for an explosive first issue that will leave everyone asking, ‘What is the Secret?’
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #41
Attack on Technodrome begins! Time is short as Krang accelerates his plan to terraform the Earth? which will kill all who live on it! A surprise alliance results in a daring plan-and the stakes have never been higher!
DAYS OF DECEPTION! All-out war erupts on the streets of Tokyo when PROWL finally gets his hand on the one human he wants to get revenge on? and when PROWL gets revenge, it’s never pretty.
Savage Dragon #200
Savage Dragon is out of prison and the Vicious Circle is gunning for him. Malcolm Dragon and his stepsister Angel join forces to keep their father alive against an all-out assault in this movie-length epic. Back up stories include an Angel and Mr. Glum story drawn by Batman alum CHRIS BURNHAM, Malcolm and Savage Dragon in WWII by legendary Incredible Hulk artist HERB TRIMPE, Special Agents Strikeforce by NIKOS KOUTSIS, Vanguard by GARY CARLSON and FRANK FOSCO and Malcolm Dragon by TRAVIS SENGAUS.
The Walking Dead #135
Face to face.
Amazing Spider-Man #11
SPIDER-VERSE PART 3! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VS. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN! The Spider-Army doesn’t have time for this squabbling as the Inheritors tighten their noose.
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
Spider-Verse too intense for you? Jump back to 616 for two super special Spider-Man stories! Rising star Sean Ryan (UNCANNY X-MEN/IRON MAN/NOVA SPECIALS, Suicide Squad) and Brandon Peterson (UNCANNY X-MEN, AGE OF ULTRON) bring you a story that will have everyone talking! Jai Nitz (Dream Thief) and Marvel new-comer Ron Salas bring you a back-up story featuring a fan-favorite supporting cast member!
Amazing X-Men #14
AXIS TIE-IN! As the events of AXIS reach a boiling point, both X-Men and Avengers find themselves in precarious positions. Not the least of which are Nightcrawler and Mystique-as this tumultuous mother/son combo reaches and a point in their relationship they’ve never faced before!
Avengers and X-Men Axis #7
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!
Death of Wolverine Logan Legacy #6
In the wake of the DEATH OF WOLVERINE, Mystique must come to grips with everything she’s done in a lifetime of crime, and the DESTINY laid out before her.
Guardians Of Galaxy Annual #1
Most days in space aren’t exactly what you’d call normal, but everything seemed to be status quo today. That is until a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier showed up out of nowhere… IN SPACE. Sometimes you have to go outside your jurisdiction to take care of business, but this might be stretching it a bit.
Rocket Raccoon #6
Rocket and Groot are the two best friends that anybody ever had. And they’re also amazing at killing really big alien things/saving the Galaxy!
Spider-Man and X-Men #1
Meet the Jean Grey Academy’s new guidance counselor: Spider-Man! What’s a non-mutant doing at a school for mutants? What secret suspicion has fueled the formation of his special student class? And because you demanded it! Sauron and Stegron the Dinosaur Man! The villain team 65 million years in the making! You didn’t demand it? Well somebody did.
Lifting the enchanted hammer Mjolnir has transformed a mysterious woman into an all-new version of the mighty Thor. But what happens when she’s separated from that hammer? Plus, Frost Giants! ROXXON! And oh yeah, whatever happened to the guy who used to carry that hammer?
Uncanny X-Men Annual #1
THE SECRET LIFE OF EVA BELL – Part 1 Part one of the epic two-part tale of the time-manipulating mutant Eva Bell’s greatest secret. Losing control of her powers, Eva disappeared during a training exercise in Tabula Rasa. Reappearing shortly thereafter, she seemed older and far more weathered, but refused to offer an explanation. But where did her powers take her? Or maybe the better question is when? And what could she have endured to cause her to keep her story secret from her fellow X-Men?
‘EXOGENOUS’ Conclusion! ‘Arrow’ executive producer Marc Guggenheim wraps up his run on this critically acclaimed arc of X-MEN! Time is running out as the X-Men race to save the Earth from the alien monstrosities that have emerged from the depths of space! But will Rachel Grey forsake her teammates to get revenge on those responsible for the death of her family?
As you can see, this week is packed full of action across the board leaving you with plenty of choices and options to get all your favorite heroes and villains in just before the holidays. Start making a list; I guarantee if you cant pick it up, you are going to want to put them on your wish list. Be sure to keep coming back here every week as we will break down many more titles leading up to the Christmas holidays and beyond!
Chat soon fellow geeks, and stay elite!