Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in July 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s New 52 superhero line, the mature readers Vertigo imprint, and the DC Entertainment brand of special projects, digital-first, all-ages and licensed titles. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.
You're reading this on the Internet, so there's a good chance that you're already familiar with Mike Maihack, whose super cute, super fun Supergirl/Batgirl fan comics pretty much take over whenever he draws a new one. I've been a fan of those for a long time, and ever since I saw the first one, I've been wondering whether he was going to turn his attention to a full-length story with a similar aesthetic, and with Cleopatra In Space, it looks like that's exactly what he's done.
The full-color OGN is set for release on April 29 from Scholastic, sending the teen Queen of Egypt out into the depths of space for a rollicking all-ages adventure. I can't wait to read it, and fortunately, I don't have to -- check below for a preview of the first 13 pages!
If you're like most of us at ComicsAlliance, there's a good chance that you remember that fleeting year or so in the mid '90s when comic shops were overflowing with the heavily-decorated circular disks known as pogs, plus all of their prevalent slammer, mat and "pogtainer" accessories. Well, get stoked on a kind of resurgence next week as Regular Show #12 fills both physical and digital retailers with the flip-em-to-win-em items once again... only not quite the way you think. See how KC Green and artist Alison Strejlau have teamed to exploit your pogstalgia -- and, in many ways, warn a generation that hasn't experienced them of the wickendess of pogs -- with our first-look preview.
Ryan North's Adventure Time run with artist Jim Rugg has yielded many welcome surprises (a mecha Lumpy Space Princess, for one) but fans have also paid a price for such a creative rampage as Finn and Jake have learned about mind-body dualism the hard way by becoming ghosts in a machine. Now the spectral heroes have to turn to the last person they can usually count on to return to being flesh and buds: Ice King. Get an exclusive first-look at next week's Adventure Time #27 past the cut for a taste of how the heroes fare on their quest to become corporeal.
In a year full of great comics, Dream Thief by Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood was one of 2013's most compelling new books. After finding an aboriginal mask in a museum, John Lincoln discovers that while he sleeps, the dead possess his body in search of vengeance. A tricky and intense horror-crime hybrid, Dream Thief routinely played on readers presumptions, delivered waves of surprises, and featured one of the most impressive artistic debuts in recent memory. With the first collection from Dark Horse now on shelves, and the announcement of the follow-up Dream Thief: Escape, Nitz and Smallwood spoke with ComicsAlliance about dirtbags and panel structures, and provide an exclusive six-page preview of the upcoming sequel.
The City of Townsville, as you'll know if you read last month's The Powerpuff Girls #7, by CA favorite Derek Charm, is quite possibly facing its darkest moment ever. Well, except for that time Princess Morbucks made all crime legal. And when the villains formed an evil super-group called the Beat-Alls. And, you know, that time that they went into the future where Him took over and destroyed the town and killed everyone, that was probably the worst.
Look: It's pretty dark is what I'm saying. But as a massive monster invasion led by the new King of Monster Island devastates the town and the Girls been driven to give up on defending their home, it's important to remember that it's always darkest before the dawn! Maybe, just maybe, they can rally in next week's The Powerpuff Girls #8, and if you can't wait to see how, good news: We've got a preview that you can check out right below!
Listen, I've never had a job that required being outside. This is my blessing. The closest I've come to that is dragging long boxes out to a van at 8 a.m. so that we can get on the road to convention, and even then, I mostly just stayed inside and pretended to pick things up while secretly playing Ace Attorney games where no one could see me. I was just in it for the breakfast, folks.
What I'm getting at is that I don't understand why anyone would actually want to work in a park, let alone why they would keep working in a park even as things around them obtain lethal levels of magical realism. At some point you just gotta quit, right? But that, I suppose, is why I am not one of the stars of Regular Show, because those dudes are always ready to delve down into a cave to face off against the Destruction Lord -- which is exactly what happens in next week's Regular Show: Skips #6, the spin-off series by Mad Rupert focusing on the Park's immortal yeti groundskeeper. Check out a preview below!
The winner of the 2013 ComicsAlliance prize for Raddest Superhero Art, Filipe Andrade draws some of the coolest pictures we've seen in recent years. His drawing style is an uncanny blend of wild, kinetic line work and fine, intricate detail, which made his stint on Captain Marvel one of Marvel Comics' best looking productions last year. We'd been wondering where Andrade would pop up next and got our answers when Marvel released its solicitations for books going on sale in June. The artist's next big gig is Figment, written by Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Samurai Jack) and inspired by the Journey Into Imagination attraction at the EPCOT theme park at Disneyworld, starring a steampunky inventor called Dreamfinder and his dragon Figment.
Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula will follow the exploits of an overworked underworld princess who decides to hire a chef (who happens to also be a vampire) to help her achieve her day-to-day tasks. For more on Watson's take on the book and a first look at its interiors, hit the jump!
Writer Louise Simonson and artist Derek Charm's six-issue Super Secret Crisis War! is set to bring Cartoon Network stars from from Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, and Ed, Edd and Eddy together in story this June, but Troy Little will be stacking the crew on his alternate covers for the series -- interlocking covers, to be exact. Unlike some of the more landscape-oriented interlocking covers we've seen in the past, Little's stacking his cover art 2 comics wide by 3 comics tall for an image fit for a wall scroll (or just a conventional poster). Get your first look, after the cut.