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Spiral Comics October 2017 Newsletter

by Glenn Snow | October 15th, 2017

WELCOME Hello, again, from Spiral Comics. We are always excited each and every month to see what’s offered in the Previews catalog. While Marvel continues to revitalize its stable of titles with Marvel Legacy and DC pumps out hits like DARK NIGHTS: METAL and DOOMSDAY CLOCK, you should realize that hot comics that introduce new characters are still being published. If you though you missed out on the first appearance of everyone that will ever be important, think about the recent SPIDER-GWEN [2015B] #24, which is the first appearance of Gwenom. And consider TOTALLY AWESOME HULK [2016] #22, which is the first appearance of Weapon H. And over on the DC side, DARK NIGHTS: METAL has introduced a whole host […]

First Impression: KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE [2017] #1

by Glenn Snow | October 10th, 2017

Here’s a pretty cool looking one-shot from writer Grant Morrison about an evil Santa from an alternate dimension and his horde of evil zombie-like Santa minions. Kinda makes the Grinch look like a pushover. Well, all the Who’s in Whoville did kinda win over the Grinch pretty easily, so he was scary in name only. Morrison’s evil Santa should have a horde of evil zombie-like Grinches. That’d be scary. You know, for you know Who’s. “Eisner Award-winning creator Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) and Russ Manning Award winner Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) reunite for a brand-new Klaus Special. An evil Santa from an alternate dimension has founded an evil soda corporation that uses Christmas and Santa as a […]

First Impression: IMMORTAL IRON FISTS [2018-TPB]

by Glenn Snow | October 9th, 2017

This is original all-ages-type material in trade paperback format. Danny Rand is the mentor to an apprentice named Pei. Pei’s first appearance was in IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON [2014] #1. As far as I can tell, this material was solicited in comic book form over a year ago, but never published. Now, for its first time in print, it is going directly to trade paperback. “FIRST TIME IN PRINT. There’s a new Iron Fist in town: the young kung fu monk Pei. And Danny Rand is ready to teach her everything she needs to know about harnessing her chi and being a hero. But can he teach the young native of K’un-Lun how to fit in at a New […]

First Impression: TALES OF SUSPENSE [2018] #100

by Glenn Snow | October 9th, 2017
TALES OF SUSPENSE [2018] #100 Comic Book Cover

Wow, the revival of a Marvel title from the 60’s! TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] ran for 99 issues from 1959 to 1968. Issue #39 is famous for introducing Iron Man, but other issues gave us the Natasha Romaoff Black Widow (#52) and Hawkeye (#57). Initially launched as a science fiction anthology series along with TALES TO ASTONISH, Stan Lee himself is credited with scripting many of the early monster stories, where you can find ‘prototype’ characters and situations of future Marvel icons. As the series progressed, the monster stories faded away in favor of more action-oriented characters and stories. Captain America began featuring in the series with issue #59, and when the series ended at issue #99, a new CAPTAIN […]

First Impression: SLEEPLESS [2017] #1

by Glenn Snow | October 9th, 2017
SLEEPLESS [2017] #1 Comic Book Cover

A new fantasy romance from Image. Fans of SAGA will probably want to check this one out. “Lady ‘Poppy’ Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but danger is around every corner once the new king is coronated. Writer SARAH VAUGHN (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) and artist LEILA DEL DUCA (SHUTTER, AFAR) team up with editor / colorist ALISSA SALLAH and letterer DERON BENNETT for this new fantasy romance.” Buy It Now

First Impression: BONEHEAD [2017] #1

by Glenn Snow | October 9th, 2017
BONEHEAD [2017] #1 Comic Book Cover

This is one of the most exciting offerings this month. I want to read about ‘parkour gangs who live for the thrill of physical risk and use neuro-linked helmets to augment their abilities.’ Yeah, I’m gonna need one of those helmets. “‘THE MASK IS WHO YOU ARE’ In a near future, a sprawling megalopolis sees the rise of ‘Boneheads’ parkour-gangs that use neuro-linked helmets to augment their abilities and live for the thrill of physical risk. As a gang war threatens to tear the city apart, a mysterious Bonehead rises, a man with no past that might be the key to saving the city’s future. From writer BRYAN HILL (POSTAL) and artist RHOALD MARCELLIUS ( Marvel’s Contest of Champions ) […]

First Impression: MARVEL COMICS DIGEST [2017-DIG] #4

by Glenn Snow | October 9th, 2017

The X-Men get the digest treatment from Archie Comics with issue #4 of MARVEL COMICS DIGEST [2017-DIG]. The cover image shown is from GIANT-SIZE X-MEN [1975] #1. The solicitation doesn’t say that there’s a reprint of GIANT-SIZE X-MEN [1975] #1 in there, but if there is…it is definitely worth picking this issue up. And the fact that Archie is only doing a single printing on all these digests, makes them more collectible in the long run. “Marvel Comics’ best-selling heroes are back in the ever-popular digest format. This fourth issue spotlights the X-Men. This is a can’t-miss collector’s item that will only be printed once.” Buy It Now Interested in Getting Started In X-MEN comic books? Check out our guide […]

First Impression: ASTRA LOST IN SPACE [2017-DIG] VOL 01

by Glenn Snow | October 9th, 2017

A new shonen manga series. New to this format, but it’s been serialized for a long time on ShonenJump.com. And very popular there. “It’s the first day of Planet Camp, and Aries Spring couldn’t be more excited. She, along with eight other strangers, leave for Planet McPa for a weeklong excursion. Soon after they arrive, however, a mysterious orb appears and transports them into the depths of space, where they find an empty floating spaceship… For teen audiences.” Buy It Now


by Glenn Snow | October 9th, 2017

If you’ve been chasing the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Variant covers all year, you’re awesome and you may be keenly interested in this slick hardcover that apparently does all the hard work for the lazy folk who’ve just been sitting around, biding their time, until this slick hardcover came out. You’re better than that, and I applaud you, but you still may want one of these so you can keep all your variant covers archived away from the light of day. “Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope. This deluxe edition collects all of Marvel’s 40th anniversary cover art retelling the story of A New Hope – as illustrated by some of the industry’s most gifted artists, […]

First Impression: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT [2017] #1

by Glenn Snow | October 9th, 2017
30 DAYS OF NIGHT [2017] #1 Comic Book Cover

Steve Niles reinvents his own invention with a re-imagining of his breakout hit, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT. “As the sun sets over an isolated Alaskan township-not to rise again for a month-a new evil emerges from the shadows to terrorize the town… But after a series of strange events and horrific killings, the question becomes, what lurks in the shadows? 30 Days of Night is reborn in an all-new reimagining of the series designed to titillate the mind and horrify the senses. As Fargo was reinvented for television, see the IDW classic reimagined for the modern era-keeping the frights while keeping you guessing. 15 years ago, IDW launched the original terrifying saga… now in 2017, 30 Days is reborn in […]