On the Rack – August 6, 2014

On the Rack – August 6, 2014

August 5, 2014 0 By Michael MacPherson

Welcome to another week of On The Rack where we celebrate the best day of the week, New Comic Book Day! This is another great week to be a fan of comics as DC continues firing on all cylinders. With the end of the 75th anniversary of Batman, DC brings a whole new set of variant covers to collect with the DC Universe Selfie covers. Marvel has some great titles on the shelf this week as well with some great hardcovers and trades that are definitely worth picking up. On top of that IDW Publishing, Image, Boom Studios and Avatar Press all have titles to grab this week. Let’s get right into it and see whats coming this week On The Rack.

Archie Comic Publications

Death of Archie: A Life Celebrated

“History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series Life With Archie, as America’s most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies!

Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie’s future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism.”

Avatar Press

Extinction Parade War #2

“New York Times Bestselling Author, MAX BROOKS delivers a new chapter in the horror event of the year! The vampire race has declared all-out war on the subdead zombie hordes.

Now blood drinking aristocrats stand shoulder to shoulder as they wade into the wave after wave of shambling plague that has nearly wiped the human race from the Earth. But centuries of privilege have made the vampire race soft and dependent upon servants. With the realization that the end of humanity also means the end of vampires, they attempt to do what they have never as a race been able to accomplish – learn new ways to fight!”


God is Dead Book of Acts Alpha

“The greatest assembled team of writers unleash all-new tales of Gods and men in the biggest event of the summer! Two giant-size issues could only be kicked off with the biggest writer in all of comics, ALAN MOORE, as he brings a tale only he could tell – when his personal God Glycon comes to Earth!

Reunited with Facundo (Fashion Beast) Percio, Alan himself stars in a story about where Gods really get their power. Then SIMON SPURRIER redefines a lowly cherub into maybe the most destructive of all the Gods, one who knows how to use modern human weaknesses! And ongoing series scribe MIKE COSTA finally reveals the greatest mystery of the series – who actually killed God? The Alpha and the Omega, two epic tomes that you don’t want to miss!”

BOOM! Studios

Jim Henson’s Storyteller

“Jim Henson was a master of fantasy stories perfect for all ages, and we’re thrilled to get the novelization of his classic television series, The Storyteller, back in print in a beautiful hardcover collection featuring all-new illustrations.

This gorgeous hardcover includes stunning illustrations by Hannah Christenson (SPERA) and Eva Eskelinen (SPERA), as well as photographs from the Jim Henson Archives that provide a rare look behind the scenes of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop during the filming of the Emmy Award-winning HBO television series.

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization features nine tales of fantasy and folklore based on Jim Henson’s beloved television series, beautifully written by late Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella, who also worked on the show.”

Robocop #2

“OCP’s massive overhaul on gun control has left the city of Old Detroit in the midst of an uprising. With RoboCop and officer Lewis in the middle of a law they cannot support but must uphold, there is no end solution in sight that doesn’t paint the streets in the blood of the innocent.”

Dark Horse Comics

Angel and Faith: Season 10 #5

“Angel is plagued by nightmares and another menace for the streets of London: The new vampires, like the zompires before them, are leaving a trail of victims for the local police and Angel to pursue…”


DC Comics

Action Comics #34

“And now ‘Last Sun’, the penultimate chapter in the ‘SUPERMAN: DOOMED’ saga as Earth lies in ruins and everyone’s survival is in question!”

Action Comics Annual #3

“As an epic space battle rages above the Earth, how will humanity and the other heroes of the DC Universe cope with this Day of Doom?”

Constantine TPB Vol. 2 Blight

John Constantine has suffered a major loss at the hands of a former protégé. With his vault of mystical weapons now in the hands of his greatest enemies, John Constantine must battle Sargon and the Cult of the Cold Flame with nothing but his wits!

Detective Comics #34

Batman is faced with an unsolvable mystery: a dead friend, an unknown assailant and a drug called ‘Icarus.’ Has the World’s Greatest Detective finally been outmatched?

Grayson #2

Probably one of the best new books out there is back, don’t miss this one.

Grayson digs deeper into the mysterious organization known as SPYRAL and learns more about his new partner – Helena Bertinelli!


Green Arrow #34

If Oliver Queen is to survive, he must face not only his past sins but also his current ones, symbolized by Richard Dragon and his Longbow Hunters!

Green Lantern #34

In the bloody wake of ‘UPRISING,’ Hal is forced to take stock and ask if he’s really managed to redeem the Green Lantern Corps… and new Lantern Simon Baz may help him find the answer he seeks! And don’t miss the shocking final pages, which signal the start of the biggest Lantern story yet!

New 52: Futures End #14

Cadmus Island turns against itself as the Earth 2 prisoners break out!

Swamp Thing #34

‘The Wolf and The Lady’ concludes with a knife in Swamp Thing’s back – literally! If the former Avatars of the Green find a new source of power, it’s bad news for everyone – but most of all for Swamp Thing!

IDW Publishing

G.I Joe A Real American Hero #205

Torpedo and his team race against the clock in the mountains of Olliestan, with Dr. Adele Burkhart in tow. Will they make it out in one piece or will the pursuing insurgents take down our Real American Heroes?


Ghostbusters Vol. 8 Mass Hysteria Pt. 1

A Ghostbusters 30th anniversary celebration that will shake the boys and girls in grey to their core! Gozer the Gozerian, the Destructor, was once drawn to Manhattan, but could not complete his work. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he isn’t the only god who has taken notice of Earth.

Image Comics

Alex + Ada #8

As restrictions tighten on androids, Ada feels unsure about her place in Alex’s life and the world.

Invincible #113

The massacre continues in another quality entry from comic book master and creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman.


Marvel Comics

Kick-Ass 3 #8

The epic series finale is here! Kick-Ass 3 dons the costume one last time…will he be going to his death or a triumphant ride into the sunset? And has months in lock-up dulled Hit-Girl’s death-dealing reflexes just when she needs them the most? This milestone double-sized issue marks the end of one era and the start of a new Millarworld universe. Must not miss!

Legendary Star-Lord #2

Peter’s captured by a bounty hunter-who may have a strange connection to his past! Can Peter and the bounty hunter make amends before he’s fed to a giant alien? And who is the mysterious Mr. Knife–and why is he so interested in Star-Lord?

Moon Knight #6

A threat from the first issue is back to cause problems for Moon Knight! This mysterious person is the new BLACK SPECTRE and it doesn’t mean anything good for the protector of night travelers.

Punisher #9

Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads terrific run on Punisher continues!

In the middle of the Pacific, THE PUNISHER finds himself fighting alongside–or against?–BLACK WIDOW for access to a deadly criminal network. But the clock is ticking. Will Frank and Natasha be able to complete their mission before they are taken down by their enemies…or each other? See the rest of the story in BLACK WIDOW #9!

Superior Spider-Man #32

This is one book to be very excited for.

Superior Spider-Man returns to kick off the Edge of Spider-Verse! This extra sized monumental issue, uncludes a story drawn by living legend Adam Kubert. How is Superior Spider-Man still around? Where is he? What is he doing? The road to Spider-Verse starts Here!

Thanos The Infinity Revelation Hardcover

There is an imbalance in the universe. And since his latest return from oblivion, Thanos himself feels…incomplete. Now, the so-called Mad Titan would put both wrongs right. The revelatory waters of the Infinity Well lead Thanos on a new quest, with a once-sworn enemy at his side. A crusade that will bring confrontation with the Silver Surfer and the galaxy’s mightiest heroes, the Annihilators. An odyssey that will change everything. Cosmic maestro Jim Starlin returns to his signature character in a tale of death and rebirth that will transform the Marvel Universe once more!

That’s it for this week; Excelsior!