I think it's safe to say that Jaime Reyes had a pretty rough go of it in the New 52. Despite being in one of the launch titles of the new universe, Blue Beetle never seemed to click with readers or the viewers that knew him from Batman: The Brave and the Bold. That said, his predecessor, Ted Kord, might have had an even worse time in the previous universe, being unceremoniously shot in the head to kick off the events of Infinite Crisis.
Now, though, both characters are getting another chance. In September, the all-new Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 hits shelves from Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins, with Jaime and Ted teaming up as the two-man team of mentor and hero that readers got a glimpse of in the DC Rebirth special. Check out a preview!
Life in the Valiant universe is tough. I mean, not only do you have alien invaders and the unkillable soldiers of Project Rising Spirit to worry about, and not only are your chances pretty slim of actually getting to hang out with Ninjak, but they're also going through a sudden surge of super-powered "psiots" that are putting pretty much everyone on edge --- especially after a group of renegades blew the lid off the Harbinger project a while back.
Clearly, the only option for super-powered youngsters is safety in numbers, and that's exactly what's happening in Harbinger Renegades. In November, Rafer Roberts of A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, and Darick Robertson of The Boys are teaming up to bring you a new team that's set to take on the streets of the Valiant universe --- and you can catch a first look at the new series below!
Sir Edward Grey returns for another creepy Victorian adventure in Witchfinder: City of the Dead, kicking off the fourth miniseries starring the 18th Century paranormal investigator.
The series is a spinoff of Hellboy, in which a Sir Edward Grey, rendered immortal by a demon's curse, has long been an ally of the titular hero. City of the Dead is co-written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, with art by Ben Stenbeck. Roberson and Stenbeck are making their debut on Witchfinder, as the previous series --- In the Service of Angels, Lost and Gone Forever, and The Mysteries of Unland --- have featured different creative teams, with Mignola, the character's creator, as the connective tissue.
Darth Vader, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, is coming to an end with issue #25. To mark the occasion, Marvel is releasing the issue with 12 different covers.
The main cover is by Juan Gimenez, and looks like it could be the poster for a Darth Vader movie. Adi Granov offers a similarly cinematic cover, which also features Doctor Aphra, BT-1, and 0-0-0, the supporting cast of the series. They appear on a few of the other covers, while the rest focus on the Dark Lord of the Sith himself.
The Year One storyline in Wonder Woman is, at least to me, the most exciting part of Greg Rucka's return to the character. Sure, her origin has been told many times --- in fact Renae De Liz and Grant Morrison have both rewritten it just in the past year. But this take is important for two reasons: First, even though he's had a previous run on the book and is beloved by most Wonder Woman fans, this is the first time Greg Rucka has covered this ground. And secondly, this comes at a time when the ground needs to be covered. Check out an exclusive preview of issue #4!
Ninjak has been having a pretty rough year. Not only did he travel to a horrifying realm of supernatural terror in "Operation: Deadside," but once he got home to his castle to rest up, the whole thing came crashing down around his head as part of a plot by the villainous Roku that left him with absolutely nothing. But cheer up, Ninjak! Even if things are going bad now, maybe they'll get better in the future!
Wait, no, hang on. I'm looking at the future now, courtesy of Matt Kindt and Andres Guinaldo's Ninjak #18, and it looks like it's just way more fighting and murder. But hey, at least he has a best friend in Gilad, the Eternal Warrior! That's gotta count for something, right? Check out a preview!
I'm a pretty big fan of learning about history, but one thing that I've learned from reading up on ancient Rome is that most of those stories suffer from a truly alarming lack of monsters with sixteen eyes and a dozen clawed tentacles showing up to make things interesting. But fortunately, as always, comic books are here to improve upon reality, and when Britannia #2 hits shelves in October, it's bringing horrifying monsters with it.
As writer Peter Milligan teased in his interview about the series here at CA, he and artist Juan Jose Ryp are ramping up the supernatural horror as the series continues, and you can get a first look right here. Check out the preview below!
The current Sonic The Hedgehog title by Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker and a host of amazing artists --- plus John Workman on letters! --- is one of the most fun all-ages titles on the stands right now and Archie has provided us with an exclusive preview of the third volume, "Waves of Change," which sees Sonic and the gang travelling the world looking for the mysterious Gaia Temples.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has defeated every foe the Marvel Universe has to offer, but her new original graphic novel asks the question, could she beat herself? This year's The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe by the regular ongoing creative team of Ryan North and Erica Henderson pits Squirrel Girl v Squirrel Girl, and every other hero is just in the way.
Every hero is in danger of getting a squirrel-sized whooping later this year, and we've got a preview from Marvel offering an unlettered sneak peek at the upcoming OGN ahead of its release in October.
JM DeMatteis and Vassilis Gogtzilas' creator owned series The Adventures of Augusta Wind is a fun, all-ages adventure in the classic fantasy tradition as a little girl becomes lost in an unknown realm and must rely on a strange cast of newfound allies to guide her through the strange new world.
Next month, Augusta Wind returns for the final volume in the series as the very nature of story is under threat and IDW have provided us with an exclusive first look at The Adventures of Augusta Wind, Vol. 2: The Last Story #1.
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