With Ninjak #22 and "Silent Prelude," Matt Kindt, Cafu, and Ulises Arreola are sending Colin King down a path once walked by comics' other favorite ninja, Snake Eyes, in GI Joe #21's "Silent Interlude." Ninjak is hunting down the mysterious and deadly Roku as the story heads towards "The Seven Blades of Master Darque," and as you might expect, I am already at critical mass for excitement. Check out a preview!
Q: Can you help me make sense of how the Speed Force is supposed to work? -- @TheKize
A: For those of you who may not know, the Speed Force is a plot point from the pages of The Flash that was introduced back in the '90s, and ended up not just shaping how the Flash himself would work for the next two decades, but also united an entire corner of the DC Universe into a cohesive whole.
The thing is, while I've definitely read those comics and love 'em to pieces, I'm not sure I'm the best person to ask about how it works. You should probably just ask Mark Waid. Which is what I did.
With almost 300 issues in the core series, Archie's Sonic The Hedgehog stands as the longest-running uninterrupted American monthly comic book that's currently being published. In Hedging Your Bets, I attempt to get up to speed on Sonic the Hedgehog, challenging the odds to hopefully make it all the way to the finish line.
This week, Poochie returns to his home planet.
I don't know about you, but when the days get shorter and the weather starts turning cold, I always like to read a few comics set in the winter, just to remind me of how much I enjoy the season. Of course, I tend to like the kind of chill that you get from walking through fallen leaves on a crisp and cloudy day or sledding down a snowy hillside, as opposed to, say, the chill of being shot by soldiers in a dystopian future and bleeding out in a forest while you're trying to protect a mysterious baby. But that's just me.
Even so, I'm pretty excited about taking a look at The Few, which debuts from Image in January from Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman. And if you're in the mood to see the start of a wintry sci-fi adventure, read on for a preview below!
If you're not familiar with The Adventure Zone already, then folks, I have some good news: you have over fifty episodes of one of the best, funniest, and most thrilling ongoing narrative podcasts in front of you to listen to, which is something you should start doing immediately if not sooner. It's an actual-play Dungeons & Dragons podcast from brothers Griffin, Travis, and Justin McElroy (of the My Brother, My Brother And Me podcast) and their father Clint that follows the adventures of a party of fantasy goofballs trying to protect the world from powerfully destructive magic.
First Second has announced a graphic novel adaptation of The Adventure Zone's first arc, "Here There Be Gerblins," from artist Carey Pietsch, and it looks like it's going to be amazing.
After roughly four million installments of this column, it's probably pretty clear that I have a deep and abiding love the stranger side of old comics. That's one of the reasons that we're living in the best possible time to read comics, in an era when there are folks out there with a focus on digital preservation and archiving, which has given rise to an entire cottage industry of books like I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, and Boody that put the focus on to the forgotten heroes of eras past. The latest entry into that shelf full of bizarre anthologies is Super Weird Heroes, an anthology curated by Craig Yoe, and folks, it kicks off with a doozy.
See, the book opens up with one of many heroes who took the name "Atlas." What sets this guy apart, though, is that unlike all these other Silver Age long-underwear characters all of his super-powers are real! For... certain values of real.
When Boom's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series began earlier this year, setting its story in the days after Tommy's arrival as the Green Ranger, it immediately started expanding on what Ranger fans already knew from the show. There were new dynamics in place, new powers for the villains, and even new reveals, such as the fact that Rita Repulsa had approached other characters with the power of the Green Ranger before settling on Tommy. And in the second arc, we got a brand new villain.
Now, at the end of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #9, that new villain's identity has been revealed, and it's one of the most unexpected and surprising plot twists that we've seen in a good long while. To find out more about this development, ComicsAlliance spoke to Kyle Higgins about creating this new character alongside artist Hendry Prasetya and designer Jamal Campbell. Read on, but be warned: Major spoilers for this week's issue follow.
This week, Comixology has launched a sale on DC's digital-first line, which means that for half of their usual cover price, you can catch up on rip-roaring retro adventure in books like Bombshells, Wonder Woman '77, and Batman '66, get continuity-free adventures in Adventures of Superman, Sensation Comics, and Legends of the Dark Knight, and --- perhaps most importantly --- finally get the answer to the question of whether Batman could defeat a pro wrestler.
Between having his secret identity revealed, becoming a world-traveling super-spy, getting his secret identity back, and then spending some time partnering up with a villain who claimed to be better than Batman, Dick Grayson has has a busy couple of years. Now it's finally time for him to find some comfort and head back to familiar territory --- namely Blüdhaven, the city across the river from Gotham that was his home in the '90s.
But in Tim Seeley and Marcus To's Nightwing #10, Dick's being introduced to a whole new 'Haven. To find out more, ComicsAlliance spoke to them about why they wanted to get him back to his classic stomping grounds, what it was like to rebuild Blüdhaven from the ground up, and the shocking return of Orca the Whale Woman. Yes, really.
For Sonic's 25th anniversary the good people over at Archie Comics are launching "Genesis of a Hero," a four-part saga with a retro style that hearkens back to the events of the Sega Genesis games. Check out a preview and get a look at the action yourself!