On the Rack – August 13th 2014

On the Rack – August 13th 2014

August 12, 2014 0 By Michael MacPherson

It’s time again to find out what there will be On the Rack at your local comic book store that is exciting and worth a look. This week features more of the DC Selfie variant covers, and over at Marvel, Peter David makes a return to a character that he created almost twenty years ago, and they are also wrapping up the No End in Sight mini series, not to mention a new Walking Dead issue, and so much more.

So lets get right into it and have a closer look at what is coming out this week.

Avatar Press

God is Dead #18

The smash-hit series continues and the last chapter of volume three is all carnage, not to mention a great variant cover as well.

The returned Norse and Greek gods are waging all-out war against each other, but thanks to Jesus and his miracle, they are having a hard time staying dead! And the savior of humanity is far from what those faithful to his teachings believed. Now MIKE COSTA delivers a spiritual punch in the face as the End of Days approach.

Boom Studios

Hexed #1

Michael Alan Nelson is one of the industry’s preeminent voices in horror and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing back his fan-favorite creation HEXED for another dive into the depths of the Aether with an ongoing series!

Lucifer is the perfect mash-up of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lara Croft. Plus, HEXED was Pretty Deadly and Amazing SpiderMan superstar Emma Rios’ introduction to the American comics scene back in 2008, and new series artist Dan Mora is poised to continue the trend with his lyrical, horrific, and wholly unique take on Lucifer.

Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves (most people just call her ‘Lucifer’) is a supernatural thief-for-hire, stealing wondrous objects from the dark denizens of the netherworld for her mentor/mother figure, Val Brisendine. But when Lucifer accidentally unleashes a terrible evil from one of the paintings hanging in Val’s art gallery, will any of the tricks up her sleeve be enough to stop it? 

DC Comics

Batman #34

A great new jumping-on point for fans and new readers as we launch into the next big Bat event; this can also be found as a Selfie variant cover.

ZERO YEAR is over, and the events of BATMAN: ETERNAL have put Gotham City in a tailspin, but Batman is focused on finding a killer who has haunted his hometown in secret for years. This special issue features art by Matteo Scalera (DEADPOOL, Black Science) and sets the stage for the next major Batman story in the fall.


Constantine #17

Constantine is such a great read and definitely one of DC’s best right now, a great addition to any pull list.

John Constantine is no stranger to death, but he’s never seen it on this scale – a spell gone terribly wrong has sent him back through time to World War I! Unfortunately, he’s not the only mage in the trenches…and where death has this much power, black magic couldn’t be more dangerous! 

Harley Quinn #9

Another in the DC Selfie line and one of the best looking covers of the series yet.

When Harley fills in as a burlesque dancer, she kills it on the main stage – literally! But what happens when she gets caught by the cops and finds herself face to face with her most devoted stalker?! 

Preacher Book Five

Preacher is a fantastic series and now can be found in a collection that brings together issues #41-54, definitely a graphic novel worth taking home with some great work by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon and Glenn Fabry.

Jesse Custer’s dark journey to find God continues as he becomes the sheriff of a troubled Texas town. Then, Custer decides it’s high time to renew his quest to find God and hold Him accountable for his actions. 

IDW Publishing

Judge Dredd Anderson Psi Division #1

This is definitely worth a look, exploring the early days of Anderson. It features some stellar cover art.

In an all-new adventure from Cassandra Anderson’s early days in the Mega-City One Psi-Division, writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow present ‘King of the Six Sectors.’ It all starts with Anderson awaking from an unusually strong vision of an attack on the Megapolitan Museum showcasing Cursed Earth artifacts…


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #37

Keep a look out for this title on the shelf as there is a variant cover from none other than Kevin Eastman himself.

From the start, two villains have dominated the Turtles’ lives: Shredder and Krang. Now, for the first time, they come face-to-face with each other in the present day! Will they be able to overcome their differences and join forces? It’s a very special stand-alone issue that guarantees some major surprises! 

Image Comics

Sex Criminals #7

Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house and oh my golly what on EARTH do you think he finds there. Not only are our beloved Sex Criminals not alone…they’re not unwatched, either. And Suzie learns once and for all the fate of her precious library. 

Walking Dead #130

The newest issue does not provide much in the way of a preview, but with how consistently good this series has been, the decision to buy or not buy is an easy one; definite buy.

‘There were whispers and I was afraid.’


Marvel Comics

Amazing Spider-Man #5

Spider-Man just keeps getting better especially with the introduction of Silk and the prelude to Spider-Verse.

ORIGINAL SIN tie-in! The greatest untold secret of Spider-Man’s world has a name – SILK! Who is this mysterious woman and what does she have to do with Black Cat and Electro?! 

Inhuman #3

A series that’s definitely off to a great start. Keep an eye out for a great look variant cover by Ed McGuinness.

The first arc of Inhuman climaxes in the battle of Medusa vs. Lash! Uncover the secret history of an ancient branch of Inhumans! A new Inhuman named Flint sees his world fall apart before his eyes!

Nova Special #1 (No End in Sight 3 of 3)

This has been a great series to follow that collides several of Marvel‘s best books and characters, and three of the best looking variant covers on the rack.

CONCLUSION TO THE UNCANNY X-MEN/IRON MAN/NOVA CROSSOVER – ‘NO END IN SIGHT’ Nova gets tied up into an adventure with the Uncanny X-Men and Iron Man that takes him half-way across the galaxy.


Original Sin #7

The plot of this issue is being kept under wraps aside from the caption below, and love it or hate it, Original Sin has been a fairly interesting trip. This issue features Deathlok, Cap, Daredevil and Thor so it will be an issue to read just to see how those four come together in the interweaving Original Sin plotline.


Spider-Man 2099 #2

Peter David comes back to the character he brought to life in the mid 90’s. Spider-Man 2099 is heading towards Spider-Verse so it is definitely worth picking up, and not to mention it comes in a great Pasqual Ferry variant cover.

Life’s not easy when you’re a Spider-Man from the year 2099 stuck in our present. But what’s the bigger danger: bank robbers, or beautiful women? Peter David’s triumphant return to the character he created continues!

Thunderbolts #29

Punisher takes on Ghost Rider and Elektra in the third part of this series.

PUNISHER VS. THE THUNDERBOLTS, part 3! First: Skull to Skull against the Ghost Rider! Then: watch lovers quarrel as Frank takes on Elektra! 

United States of Murder Inc #4

This new crime epic saga from the award-winning creators of POWERS continues! Valentine and Jagger are on the run as the five families meet to decide the fate of the United States of Murder Inc. Every issue delivers powerful visuals by Eisner Award winner Michael Avon Oeming and a story by the writer of some of your favorite Marvel comics including ALL-NEW X-MEN!

That’s all for this week, Excelsior!