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Spiral Comics January 2020 Newsletter

by Glenn Snow | January 16th, 2020
xo-manowar comic book cover

WELCOME Hello, comic fans! More great-looking new series from all the major and some minor publishers this month, including a brand new publisher in the publishing landscape–ARTISTS, WRITERS & ARTISANS (AWA). AWA is helmed by former Marvel EIC, Axel Alonso with a creative council that includes J. Michael Straczynski, Garth Ennis and Frank Cho. Four titles in AWA’s Upshot imprint are up for your consideration this month, but there are many more on the horizon. Oh, FYI, Straczynski’s title kicks off a brand new Shared Universe within AWA. On another note, IDW has a 4-issue mini-series with TRANSFORMERS VS. TERMINATOR. I don’t think there’s been as exciting a cross-property crossover as this since AvP…and look how awesome that was! As […]


by Glenn Snow | January 15th, 2020

Another great-looking Star Wars manga adaptation! “Luke Skywalker? I thought he was a myth. – Rey Who is Luke Skywalker? Across the galaxies many have heard his name, but few have met the legendary Jedi. There are those who call him a merciless war criminal, others say he’s not even a human, but a droid. Whether he is myth or man, those who claim they’ve encountered the elusive Luke Skywalker all have an unforgettable adventure to share. For older teen audiences.” Pre-Order Now Interested in Getting Started In STAR WARS comic books? Check out our guide here. Related shopping tags: NOVEL TIE-IN, STAR WARS, STAR WARS (NEW CANON) [2014], STAR WARS MANGA

First Impression: RESISTANCE [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | January 15th, 2020
RESISTANCE [2020] #1

If you’ve been wondering where JMS has been, wonder no longer! “J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One, returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr., the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?” Pre-Order Now Related shopping tags: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI (W)

First Impression: TRANSFORMERS VS. TERMINATOR [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | January 15th, 2020

This could be the most exciting crossover since AvP! ” It’s Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages. 1984: When a deadly race of machines emerge from another time, will a robotic guardian be able to protect the Earth from a dire future… or will the T-800 fail in his mission to prevent the world from becoming a plaything to the Decepticons?” Pre-Order Now Related shopping tags: CROSS-PROPERTY CROSSOVERS, TERMINATOR, TRANSFORMERS

First Impression: DECORUM [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | January 15th, 2020
DECORUM [2020] #1

Hot off the heels of his smash hit X-title relaunch, Jonathan Hickman writes a new sci-fi, action/adventure series for Image! “SERIES PREMIERE. There are many assassins in the known universe. This is the story of the most well-mannered one. ‘Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what knife you use.’” Pre-Order Now Related shopping tags: JONATHAN HICKMAN (W), SCI-FI

Spiral Comics December 2019 Newsletter

by Glenn Snow | December 15th, 2019
Locke and Key Comic Book Cover

WELCOME Hello, comic fans! We finally made the improvements to the Brand New Series page algorithm that I’ve been itching to make. It’s pretty great, if I do say so myself! But, I’ll let you be the judge. In other comic news, Superman outed his secret identity this month. Can’t say I saw that coming, but I’m not as surprised as you might imagine. Didn’t Spider-Man do that already back in the original Secret Wars? And wasn’t it subsequently undone? Or was that his marriage? Hey, weren’t Superman and Lois Lane married back before the New 52 too? Are they still married now? It’s hard to keep track…but it’s a pleasure to experience the ongoing storylines of these iconic superheroes! […]

First Impression: DARTH VADER [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | December 12th, 2019
DARTH VADER [2020] #1

All hail, another ongoing Darth Vader series! Let’s hope this one goes for at least 25 issues as well! “‘JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON.’ THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES. In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses — plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side. We all remember Luke’s utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader? In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke’s unthinkable refusal and embarks […]

First Impression: FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | December 12th, 2019

Get some Falcon and Winter Soldier love before their Disney+ series sometime next year! “An office of dead government agents. A gifted new killer. Two ex-Captain Americas… When a dramatic attempt on the life of Bucky Barnes reunites him with Sam Wilson, the two old friends are plunged headlong into a race to uncover the new leader of Hydra before a mass casualty event announces the terror group’s resurgence to the world. The clock is ticking… Derek Landy (BLACK ORDER, SECRET EMPIRE: UPRISING) and Federico Vicentini (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES) team up for a pulse-pounding action spectacular. Rated T+.” Pre-Order Now Related shopping tags: FALCON (SAM WILSON), WINTER SOLDIER (BUCKY BARNES)

First Impression: WOLVERINE [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | December 12th, 2019
WOLVERINE [2020] #1

If you were wondering how Wolverine will fit in the new DAWN OF X relaunch, wonder no longer…get the new ongoing series starring the one and only–WOLVERINE! “THE BEST IS BACK. Wolverine been through a lot. He’s been a loner. He’s been a killer. He’s been a hero. He’s been an Avenger. He’s been to hell and back. Now, as the nation of Krakoa brings together all Mutantkind, he can finally be… happy? With his family all together and safe, Wolverine has everything he ever wanted… and everything to lose. Writer Benjamin Percy (X-FORCE, WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT) and legendary artist Adam Kubert (X-MEN, AVENGERS) bring the best there is to his new home. PLUS: The return of OMEGA RED. […]

First Impression: MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | December 12th, 2019

IDW relaunches their all-ages Avengers title in a team-up style story format. “Year two of Marvel Action: Avengers begins here. Grab your favorite teammate and strap in for adventure, Avengers-style. Every issue of this humorous, fun-filled series will find an Avenger paired up with an unlikely fellow super hero to thwart the plans of outrageous villains. First up, Thor and Ant-Man go…antiquing? Anything to stop Loki’s newest scheme.” Pre-Order Now Interested in Getting Started In AVENGERS comic books? Check out our guide here. Related shopping tags: AVENGERS, AVENGERS FAMILY TITLES, IDW MARVEL ACTION