The Weekly Comic Book Forecast – June 8th 2016

Everything you need to know about this week’s upcoming releases; the movers, shakers, good, bad and even ugly of the comic book world!

As always, you can find the full list of this week’s releases at Comiclist.com

June 8th 2016

This looks like a fun week, some downright crazy looking books coming out in fact! Let’s have a look.

Pick of the Week

Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #1
Boom! Studios: June 8, 2016 Writer: Chynna Clugston-Flores Art: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell Cover: Mingjue Helen Chen

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There were actually a couple choices for PotW this NCBD, but when I went through a second time I was most looking forward to this. It may not have been a crossover many people saw coming, but it was certainly a perfect fit when you let it sink in.

Yea the gang from Gotham’s spookiest prep school are meeting with the girls from Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, and it promises to be the most adorable/kickass company crossover in comics history.

Wild Card

Wacky Raceland #1
DC Comics: June 8, 2016

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Wow, DC covering the highs and the lows this week (I mean technically the Gotham Academy/Lumberjanes crossover is a Boom book, but you get the idea). With a series of reboots that seem determined to be the comic book explanation of the Law of Diminishing Returns, DC’s latest Hanna Barbera reimagining sees the Wacky Races crew take a trip to the Mad Max make-up department before heading off to the nearest apocalypse.

I mean, I’ll give it a go, and I’d love to be pleasantly surprised but…you know. If, in years to come, the only good thing to come out of this whole experiment is the superb Future Quest then the whole thing was a success as far as I’m concerned.

The Rest of the Best

Rebirth Update

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Now, I’m including Action Comics #957 and Detective Comics #934 in the Rebirth Updates that began last week, because they are just as much a part of the DC re-brand/’not a reboot’ as any of the one-shots and new number 1’s. Either way they’re both out this week and I’m genuinely looking forward to both of them.

Out of the actual Rebirth one-shots coming our way this week, I’m most looking forward to The Flash. Firstly because I think the Rebirth is going to do a grand job of building a real Flash family of books, and this issue is where it will start, but secondly because I love writer Josh Williamson and I’m eager to see where he takes the franchise. We’ve also got Wonder Woman Rebirth and Aquaman Rebirth, the former written by returning writer Greg Rucka and the latter by Dan Abnett. I’ve never really read any Aquaman so I’ll be interested to see if it grabs me this time around, and I’m a massive Greg Rucka fan so his Wonder Woman should be great.

Civil War II Amazing Spider-man #1
Marvel: June 8, 2016 Writer: Christos N. Gage Art: Travel Foreman Cover: Khary Randolph

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The Amazing Spider-Man was front and centre for the previous Civil War, so assumedly this new four part tie-in for Civil War II hopes to equally involve him in the conflict. Based on the first issue of the main Event series from last week (which was actually surprisingly engaging), I can’t really imagine how he can be any more involved than any other hero swept up in the feud, but this feels like one of those books where the title was thought up first and the story afterwards. Whether that’s true or not is incidental so long as the book is good, so fingers crossed.

Civil War II Gods Of War #1
Marvel: June 8, 2016 Writer: Dan Abnett Art: Emilio Laiso Cover: Jay Anacleto

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The second spin-off mini-series bearing the Civil War II banner, and the second book by Dan Abnett on our list this week, Gods of War looks at what Hercules is up to during this troubling time, and asks how a God might themselves alter the course of fate. I can’t say I’m too bothered to find out about either of those things to be honest, but I’ll always give things a try before judging.

Vision #8
Marvel: June 8, 2016 Writer: Tom King Art: Gabriel Hernandez Walta Cover: Mike Del Mundo

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Mercifully avoiding the Event (although with only 4 issues left after this one I hope it won’t get dragged in at all), Vision #8 sees the Avengers come knocking, and it’s very clear that Vision’s web of lies and tragedy is crumbling around him. I sincerely hope they collect this whole run in an oversized hardcover, because not only does the story deserve such fantastic treatment, but I always forget to mention Walta’s superbly dark and claustrophobic art. A truly unique book.

Norman #1
Titan Comics: June 8, 2016 Writer: Stan Silas Art: Stan Silas Cover: Stan Silas

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Titan’s having a strong week this week, with the next two entries on our list looking to be potential highlights of the week.

First up is Norman, which looks to blend Friday 13th with Skottie Young, following school-age serial killers and their darkly humorous motivations.This looks like loads of fun and if it makes good on its premise then we could be on to a winner.

Sherlock A Study In Pink #1
Titan Comics: June 8, 2016 Writer: Steven Moffat Art: Jay Cover: Jay

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This may as well be called Tumblr: The Comic Book. An english language version of the manga adaptation of the first episode of the BBC interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes AKA Manga Benedict Cumberbatch!!

Yes, for those of us who thought Sherlock was great, but would have been even better as a japanese manga, A Study In Pink is here to help. Credited to original screen writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss on the cover no less, implying that the adaptation is remaining as faithful as possible, artist Jay looks to be recreating Cumberbatch and co really well on the page. One of the more bizarre creations to come out in a while, nevertheless I’m really looking forward to it!

The Best of the Rest

I feel like I rarely feature Image books on this list, and while there are always great books coming out from them I’m so far behind on loads of them that I feel like I’m lying to you by recommending them. Needless to say, books like Birthright, Fix, Head Lopper, Injection, Island, Revival, Shutter, Wicked + Divine – all got new issues out this week, and Howard Chaykin’s latest creator owned piece Midnight of The Soul also sees its debut (again, I would normally feature a prominent number 1 like that, but I’m really not a fan of Howard Chaykin! I can’t get on board with his art, so featuring his book would feel sort of disingenuous, you know?)

Elsewhere, Poe Dameron #3 is out from Marvel, along with Darth Vader #21 (only 4 issues left!), and Goldie Vance is nearly done too with issue 3 of 4 (boooo! That series is amazing!!) Something I didn’t highlight last week and a major error on my part was TMNT: Bebop and Rocksteady Destroy Everything. Issue 2 is out this week and last week’s number 1 was great – the art alone is worth the price of admission – so don’t forget to pick this up.

 

The Verdict

A GREAT WEEK! Right?? Loads of books and genuinely something for everyone. For fans young and old; new, longtime or returning there’s every reason to head down to your Local Comic Shop this Wednesday!

Next Week’s Forecast

Big week. BIG WEEK. I know that I say that a lot but boy. Ok, check this:
Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lanterns, Superman – All #1’s. Throw in DKR: Last Crusade and Titans: Rebirth #1 and that’s just DC.
Civil War II #2, Civil War II: X-Men #1, Star Wars: Han Solo #1 AND Vote Loki #1 all from Marvel.
IDW’s also having a massive week with Jem, Micronauts, TMNT, Transformers Till All Are One #1 and more, plus Jughead, Lumberjanes, I Hate Fairyland, Hellcat, Black Widow, Lumberjanes and Klaus and WOW.
Big week!

See you then!
Matt

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