The Weekly Comic Book Forecast – August 3rd 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 – August 3rd 2016!

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

August 3rd 2016

It looks like sort of a quiet week this week, you guys. There’s some good stuff though! Like this fine selection!

Pick of the Week

Kill Or Be Killed #1
Image: August 3, 2016 Writer: Ed Brubaker Art: Sean Phillips Cover: Sean Phillips

kill or be killed 01

Ooh I love a good Brubaker/Phillips jam! A great looking book (there was a preview in a previous issue of Image+ Magazine) that examines what it really means to be a vigilante, KOBK – as it shall now be known – is one to keep an eye on. Both if possible, as it makes it easier to read excellent books like this.

Wild Card

Marvel Tsum Tsum #1
Marvel: August 3, 2016 Writer: Jacob Chabot Art: TBD Cover: Gurihiru

tsum tsum 01

I feel a bit harsh judging a book like this against something like KOBK. Let’s face it: this book is not aimed at me. I’ve never even really heard of Tsum Tsums, and while this looks like a book that should be a one shot that comes free with every 6th purchase of a Marvel Tsum Tsum, this is in fact a 4-part mini-series that seemingly has Tsum Tsums invading actual Marvel continuity?

Either way, that Gurihiru variant cover above does make it a little enticing – look! Steve Rogers has got the Agent Carter Tsum Tsum under his arm! The Bucky Tsum Tsum is on his shoulder! That is a little adorbsNO MATT DON’T GET SUCKED IN THAT’S WHAT THE TSUM TSUM CORPORATION WANTS!

Heh. The Tsum Tsum corporation. I bet they’re up there in their Tsum Tsum offices, all cute in their little Tsum Tsum suits and ties, being all “We need to be more cute. Snuggles have dropped by 2% this quarter”. I should buy a Tsum TsumNO NO NO NO NO IT’S HAPPENING I’M BEING SUCKED IN SAVE YOURSELVES.

The Rest of the Best

DC Rebirth Update

Suicide Squad Rebirth 01

It’s a Harley Quinn week for DC Rebirth, as both Harley Quinn #1 and Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 hits the stands. I have to admit I don’t really read any Harley books at the moment, although I’ve heard good things. I’ll definitely pick these up but I’m more interested in the old John Ostrander Suicide Squad volumes which I’ve not read either, and I’ve heard almost universal praise for that Tsum. I mean run. That run of comics. What is happening.

4001 AD War Mother #1
Valiant Entertainment Llc: August 3, 2016 Writer: Fred Van Lente Art: Tomas Giorello Cover: David Mack

4001AD Warmother 01

I’ve been saving 4001AD so that I can read it all at once, but this one-shot has me hype so I’m going to just read it this week. It sounds like War Mother is like a Furiosa style character from Mad Max, thrown into the apocalyptic wasteland that is the future of the Valiant Universe. Epic and exciting, can’t wait!

Jeff Steinberg Champion Of Earth #1
Oni Press: August 3, 2016 Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Art: Tony Fleecs Cover: Tony Fleecs

Jeff Steinberg 01

I don’t know much about this book but the solicit made me chuckle:

The double-sized debut issue of the new sci-fi-rom-com-dram-actioner from the writer of THE BUNKER and the artist of MY LITTLE PONY–wait, really? Okay. INVASION! Aliens are real. They’re here, they’re mean and they’re standing in judgement over the citizens of Earth. Final countdown. Representing humanity (by some fluke) is your boy Jeff Steinberg. Romantically challenged idiot, video store clerk, constipated, confused, distractible. In other words, the planet is totally doomed. Also, robots!

Oni press have a great line of unique, fun content, so when Tsumthing like this comes along it’s always worth checking out. Tsumthing. SOMETHING. Oh God.

Lady Killer 2 #1
Dark Horse: August 3, 2016 Writer: Joelle Jones Art: Joelle Jones Cover: Joelle Jones

Lady Killer 2 01

Who else read volume 1 of this and were instantly wowed by how brilliant it was?! *Raises hand*. Yes, Joelle Jones’ 50’s housewife/assassin is back, and I could not be happier. If you didn’t read volume 1, get yourself over to Comixology and check it out. The art is graphic, stylish and engaging and the plot does nothing but draw you in. And now there’s a volume 2! Amazing.

The Best of the Rest

Jughead #8 sees the final issue for writer Chip Zdarsky, who’s moving over to Starlord for Marvel Nowrier;Cullen Bunn is writing Battlestar Galactica volume 3 #1 for Dynamite; Rick Remender is having a great week over at Image Comics with new issues of Black Science, Low, and Tokyo Ghost. Throw in new issues of Nailbiter, Paper Girls, Stray Bullets, Walking Dead and Trees and Image are having the strongest week of any publisher. Titan has a few brand new series dropping, with Dishonored #1 (based on the game of the same name), Mycroft Holmes And The Apocalypse Handbook #1 (written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and set in the same universe as his Mycroft Holmes novel) and Torchwood #1 (set in-continuity with the Doctor who spinoff series, the Big Finish audio drams and written by John Barrowman – Captain Jack himself!).

The Verdict

I mean there’s some good looking books here but it’s not a blockbuster week, you know? As always, there’s some gold you just got to dig around for it, and not every week can be a massive hit factory. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to my nearest reputable Tsum Tsum stockist to speak to them about…something…unrelated to Tsum Tsums….

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

Until next time,
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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