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Spiral Comics October 2019 Newsletter

by Glenn Snow | October 15th, 2019

WELCOME Hello, comic fans! If it only takes two instances to make a trend, then there’s a new trend in comic publishing. Scout has been doing these “Binge!” titles, where they publish the first issue of a mini-series…then they release next the whole series as a trade paperback with no further individual issues. A World Blue Wave now has a similar publishing concept where they publish the first issue of a mini in print, then release the subsequent chapters digitally only before they publish the trade paperback. They’re calling this the Premiere #1 Program. We’ll see if this trend lasts. Otherwise, I’m super excited for new Star Wars comics, as the long-running ongoing flagship series has ended, and something will […]

First Impression: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF KYLO REN [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | October 15th, 2019
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF KYLO REN [2020] #1

Tons of Star Wars stuff this month, but this one looks exceedingly cool. “WITH BEN SOLO’S FALL… COMES KYLO REN’S RISE. Young Ben Solo is legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker’s most promising pupil. As the son of Rebel Alliance heroes Leia Organa and Han Solo, as well as Luke’s own nephew, Ben has the potential to be a great force for light in the galaxy. But the Skywalker legacy casts a long shadow, the currents of the dark side run deep, and Darth Vader’s blood runs in Ben’s veins. Voices call from both his past and his future, telling him who he must be. He will shatter, he will be reforged, his destiny will be revealed. Snoke awaits. The Knights of […]

First Impression: SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: ALIEN REALITY [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | October 15th, 2019
SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: ALIEN REALITY [2020] #1

More tales of Spider-Man from his black costume days! “Peter Parker find himself entrenched in a battle with Hobgoblin. Where did HOBGOBLIN get these new powers? The original creative team from Symbiote Spider-Man return for the next installment of classic tales from the Alien Costume Saga. Rated T+.” Pre-Order Now Interested in Getting Started In SPIDER-MAN (PETER PARKER) comic books? Check out our guide here. Related shopping tags: GREG LAND (CA), PETER DAVID (W), SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN (PETER PARKER), SPIDER-MAN FAMILY TITLES

First Impression: ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: THICKER THAN BLOOD [2019] #1

by Glenn Snow | October 15th, 2019
ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: THICKER THAN BLOOD [2019] #1

Mostly formulaic, but these AvP series are always entertaining. “Predators board a luxury charter spaceship, unleashing a path of terror and bloodshed. An adolescent girl and her younger ‘brother’ are the last to survive, and begin a cat-and-mouse chase with the attackers. They hope for an escape, but they haven’t counted on the alien . . .” Pre-Order Now Interested in Getting Started In ALIEN FRANCHISE comic books? Check out our guide here. Related shopping tags: ALIEN FRANCHISE, PREDATOR FRANCHISE

Spiral Comic September 2019 Newsletter

by Glenn Snow | September 14th, 2019
DEADPOOL [2020] #1

WELCOME Hello, comic fans! The latest DC Previews explains their new age-based branding system, and they go all in with it on the offerings this month. It wasn’t as clear last month, especially since the Black Label had a short, earlier start as an actual imprint, not just as an age-based branding now. I think this stuff matters, and it should make sense…and publishers should stick with whatever they come up with. Fans are not particularly picky about these kinds of categorizations, beyond a general dislike of rapid-fire change-after-change. Dissolving Vertigo is a big move, and it will not fade from comic book history or memory any time soon. I dare say, it’s so entrenched, it’ll probably be back. On […]

First Impression: MACHINE GIRL [2019] #1

by Glenn Snow | September 12th, 2019
MACHINE GIRL [2019] #1

Oh, this one looks pretty cool! “In a galaxy far, far away… There is a planet full of exotic interplanetary people. All of them living together in a dangerous multicultural world. And right there in the middle there is Megan. A young human girl fighting her way up on the deadly arena of the Intergalactic Mixed Battling Arts as she searches for her origins and other beings like her while she is obsessed with a mysterious, long forgotten planet: Earth.” Pre-Order Now Related shopping tags: SCI-FI

First Impression: STAR WARS [2015] #75

by Glenn Snow | September 12th, 2019
STAR WARS [2015] #75

Wait!? What?! Final issue? But, but…what’s next?! “FINAL ISSUE. IT’S A TRAP. The epic REBELS AND ROGUES storyline reaches its explosive end. Can THREEPIO save the rock people of K43? Is WARBA the master or the student? Which Champion falls? And how much of LUKE’S desperate plan has DARTH VADER foreseen from the beginning? The search for a new rebel base continues. Rated T.” Pre-Order Now Interested in Getting Started In STAR WARS comic books? Check out our guide here. Related shopping tags: STAR WARS, STAR WARS (NEW CANON) [2014]

First Impression: FALLEN ANGELS [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | September 12th, 2019
FALLEN ANGELS [2020] #1

This X-title has some of the coolest X-Men…should be killer! “THE DAWN DOES NOT BREAK FOR ALL. Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it… but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind. Rated T+.” Pre-Order Now Related shopping tags: DAWN OF X [2019], X-MEN FAMILY TITLES

First Impression: JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | September 12th, 2019
JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER [2020] #1

Si Spurrier relaunches Hellblazer…John Constantine! “John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks-and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness…and without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn’t have much choice about taking a paycheck from one of London’s worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord’s would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but…and the author of this madness may just be getting started on their terrible masterpiece. The original Constantine is back in this […]

First Impression: CRONE [2019] #1

by Glenn Snow | September 12th, 2019
CRONE [2019] #1

This cool-looking mini-series from Dark Horse is worth checking out for sword and sorcery fans! “The Sword Saviour and Champion of Men once known as BLOODY BLISS is now nothing more than a reclusive old CRONE. Does she have the strength to answer the call for one last adventure? Only Dennis Culver (Burnouts, E is for Extinction) and Justin Greenwood (Stumptown, The Last Siege) know for sure in this story that is equal parts Unforgiven and Xena: Warrior Princess. From Burnouts creator Dennis Culver and acclaimed artist Justin Greenwood. One more battle for Bloody Bliss.” Pre-Order Now