Welcome to What To Look Forward To!
Here is a quick look at some highlights on the shelves this week. I’ve also included a list of Trade Paperbacks and Hard Cover Editions if you’re looking for some extra stories. The final few DC titles are wrapping up this week as Rebirth officially begins! Plus a stack of new TPBs and HCs, so without further ado let’s dive in…
If you haven’t been keeping with what’s going on with Rebirth or need a refresher, stick around ’til the bottom of the article where I layout a few of the basics.
New This Week
DC Universe: Rebirth #1 – Here we go! It all begins (and for the New 52, ends) here! Personally, I’m optimistic about Rebirth, mostly because it seems to be Geoff Johns project and I trust him a bit more than Didio and Lee, especially after the whole DCYou thing. He’s got a lot on his plate not that he’s also in charge of the DC movies, but if anyone can do it I think Johns can. I also think it’s smart to start this “ongoing mission” with a one-shot basically explaining what’s happening rather than just jumping in like many reboots do. Not that this is a reboot, though. (Also, DC’s new logo should be on the cover for release tomorrow.)
Captain America Steve Rogers #1: He’s back, and just in time to fight Hydra! For fans of Sam Wilson’s Cap, fear not, for we are now in a world with two Captain Americas! What a time to be alive.
Afterlife With Archie #9 – The long (and I mean looong) awaited return! It’s been just over a year since issue #8 was released and I, for one, have been dying for more! This is part four of the arc, so not a great jumping on point for new readers, but hopefully a TPB will be out soon as well as the next arc.
Scooby Apocalypse #1: The Scooby Gang has gone through a few reboots of their own over just the last few years, from four new TV shows since 2002, changing networks, and direct-to-video episodes. Now, as part of the DC/Hanna-Barbera publications, the members of Mystery Inc. take on the apocalypse! Zoinks!
We Are Robin #12 – This is one of DC’s post-Convergence titles I will be sad to see go. I thought it had a great concept that was well executed, integrated perfectly into the rest of the Bat-mythos and I’m going to miss it. Maybe there will be more down the road once Rebirth settles in.
Lobster Johnson: The Metal Monsters of Midtown #1 – As I’m getting more into Hellboy and the Mignola-universe, I find myself enjoying Lobster Johnson. I haven’t read a few of his stories, but what I have read I really like. This should be a good jumping on point for new readers, as most stories are self-contained.
Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #1: If you were ducking through bat country and missed Troy Little’s HC adaptation of the “savage journey to the heart of the American Dream” from a few months ago but would rather have it in single issues, Wednesday is your lucky day! These single issues present the same story as in the HC format but will be printed in black-and-white as opposed to the HC full-color, and includes bonuses like sketches and behind-the-scenes stuff.
Other issues to look forward to:
Batgirl #52, Captain Marvel #5, DC Comics Bombshells #13, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short #4, East of West #26, The Flash #52, Justice League #50, Ms. Marvel #7, Nighthawk #1
Day Men Vol 2 TPB (new this week)
Death Follows TPB (new this week)
- See also: Harrow County Vol 1 TPB
Hero Comics: A Hero Initiative Benefit Book TPB (new this week)
- Help out those who have given so much to readers over the years! Proceeds from this book go to retired comic book creators.
They’re Not Like Us Vol 2 TPB (new this week)
Wayward Vol 3 TPB (new this week)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 3 Squirrel You Really Got Me Now TPB (new this week)
For those who haven’t kept up to date or are in need of reminding, here’s a quick rundown of what’s going on with Rebirth. Basically:
- It’s not a reboot. It’s a back-to-basics approach to revitalize the characters and stories many fans felt were getting too complicated and distant from their core. So, not a reboot, think of it like… a “refresh button”?
- This is not a temporary event like Convergence or Civil War II, it’s an “ongoing mission”, I believe was the phrase Geoff Johns used. The one-shot released this week is where it all begins, but new “Rebirth” #1s will be coming out even through fall of this year.
- Some titles will be once a month, some will be twice a month, all of which will be priced at $2.99.
The one-shot is all we get for Rebirth this week, but up next week is Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lanterns, and Superman, along with several other non-Rebirth titles that seem to be continuing through for at least awhile.
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That’s it for now, happy reading everyone! See you next week.
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