The Weekly Comic Book Forecast – July 27th 2016

Every week there is a vast array of new comics on the stands. Among the chaos of New Comic Book Day, You need a resource that tells you about the books worth paying attention to. That resource is here. It’s The Weekly Comic Book Forecast – July 27th 2016!

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

July 27th 2016

This is a good week for comics! Hallelujah! Let’s dive in.

Pick of the Week

Rom #1
IDW: July 20, 2016 Writer: Chris Ryall Art: David Messina Cover: J. H. Williams

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This could easily have been a cheap cash in on the name, but if the Free Comic Book Day preview was anything to go by then we’re in for a great new Rom series. I’ve not actually read that much of the original Marvel book, mostly because they’re not collected anywhere, nor on any sort of digital service due to rights issues. That’s a real shame because I’ve heard great things, and what few issues I have read were awesome. So for that reason (plus the fact he’s a badass space robot) I’m looking forward to issue 1.

Wild Card

Mechanism #1
Image: July 27, 2016 Writer: Raffaele Ienco Art: Raffaele Ienco Cover: Raffaele Ienco

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Another week, another brand new number 1, this time from Image Comics. Mechanism is a book about alien invasions, military robots and a study in humanity. It all sounds very 2000AD – which obviously isn’t a bad thing – and if done right this could be a great new series to sink your teeth into. The writing and art is done by Raffaele Ienco who I’ve not heard of before, so hopefully this will put him straight onto my radar.

The Rest of the Best

DC Rebirth Update

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It’s Rebirth update time beepbeepbeepbeep beepbeepbeep! So this week sees the release of a bunch of new DC books, first up in Batgirl #1 and wow. Big shoes to fill. The Burnside era of of Barbara Gordon is over, and with this new run Batgirl is going international. I loved the previous run, but with Hope Larson (Goldie Vance) and Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire) DC are clearly bringing the big talent on board.

Also on the plate is Nightwing #1, and talk about big shoes to fill. After the fantastic Grayson, Dick is back in the black and blue, and thankfully writer Tim Seeley is back too to bring the former Robin back to Gotham. Other number 1’s out this week are Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps and excitingly Titans #1, continuing the adventures of the returning Wally West.

Rounding out the set for DC is Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1, and while I don’t have a great deal of interest in Jason Todd, the idea of a ‘Dark Trinity’ (Todd, Bizarro and Artemis as a mirror of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman) is a fun one, so I’m looking forward to giving it a read.

Civil War II #4
Marvel: July 20, 2016 Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Art: David Marquez Cover: Marko Djurdjevic

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So even though I’m not totally enjoying this book, and I’m sort of worried about what it’s doing to some beloved characters, it’s an important release so I need to talk- oh wait this is my website, I don’t have to do anything! In that case let’s talk about Black Panther instead!

Black Panther #4
Marvel: July 20, 2016 Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Brian Stelfreeze Cover: Brian Stelfreeze

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In case you hadn’t heard: this book is fantastic. It’s a rich, engaging, deep political storytelling that never forgets that it’s a superhero book, Coates’ writing is still geared towards the novel rather than the monthly comic, but this will only make the trades that much better. This is an important book for diverse creators, and one that proves that prominent black characters not only exist but thrive under the right creative team.

Predator Vs Judge Dredd Vs Aliens #1
Dark Horse: July 27, 2016 Writer: John Layman Art: Chris Mooneyham Cover: Glenn Fabry

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Just look at that Glenn Fabry cover. Spectacular. I mean, I know that these ‘versus’ books can be bad, and lord knows it’s been less than perfect when Predators and Aliens have clashed in the past (talking about those stinky movies yo), I nevertheless show up to every new issue one with a hope that it’s as good as every franchise involved can be. I’m not really sure there are many mashups that comics haven’t done, even this one I’m sure has been done in some fashion before, but nevertheless I’ll go in expecting the worst, but hoping for the best.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #10
Marvel: July 27, 2016 Writer: Ryan North Art: Erica Henderson Cover: Erica Henderson

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That cover though. Moleman tipping his fedora and being the ultimate m’lady gentleman has been hilarious these last few issues, and while it’s played completely for laughs, USG works at its best when it seamlessly and believably slips into the Marvel Universe around it. This story-line is no exception. I completely buy that Moleman would act like this; it’s in no way at odds with the more serious takes on the character in years (decades) gone by. Whether you’re a hardcore fan or new to comics there’s always something to love about Squirrel Girl.

The Best of the Rest

Archie comics is releasing Archie #10 and the first trade of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – despite the delays this book is still great. Boom has got a great week with, among other things, the brand new Adventure Time Comics #1 – an anthology title of sorts from various cartoonists and creators – and Power Rangers: Pink #2, continuing the great spin-off mini series starring Kimberly.

IDW are continuing to demonstrate why it’s vital I get back into Transformers comics with the fantastic looking one-shot Transformers: Titans Return, and if you listened to this week’s episode of That’s The Issue, you can catch up on the book Wes was talking about with Image Comics re-release of Blue Monday vol.1.

Marvel have a bunch of issues out this week, but some highlights for me are the next instalments of Extraordinary X-Men #12, Ms. Marvel #9 and X-Men ’92 #5 (and standalone issue about Scott and Jean).

The Verdict

A great looking week! If you’re really careful you can get away without bankrupting yourself (unlike last week where it was impossible). Seeing as Marvel has a giant crossover taking over their world there’s still a surprising amount of quality comics coming from them. Throw in all the indie gold and Rebirth quality and you’ve got yourself a good NCBD!

That was The Weekly Comic Book Forecast – July 20th 2016!

Until next time,
Matt
For more reviews and discussions about the recent releases, check out our podcast – That’s The Issue! Also available on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud – Episode 4 is now live! In it we discuss many things including but not limited to We Can Never Go Home, the Black Mask mini-series with our guest Nikki Sherman!

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