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Each and every week, Diamond, UCS and Lunar allow comic shops to adjust their orders upward or downward in order to ensure profitability and that you the comic fans will have the books you want in your pull boxes each and every Wednesday. To assist you in that, we make public as much information as possible so you can make informed decisions about where to put your hard earned dollars.

Let’s start with the DC books on this week’s FOC. You have until Sunday to add any of the books to ensure they are in your pullbox.

These books are set for release on December 22nd.

ACTION COMICS #1028 CVR A JOHN ROMITA JR & KLAUS JANSON

The powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson wrap up their run on Action Comics with “House of Kent: Epilogue”!With the final fate of Metropolis’s underworld revealed at last, it’s time for each member of the House of Kent to face their unknown futures head on, including Lois, Conner, Jon, Kara, Jimmy, and, of course, Clark Kent!
This standalone Superman story connects threads from Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Superman, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, and other unforgettable series in epic—and unexpected—ways!

REASON: It’s the end of an era for the DCU. Throughout January and February Future State will be taking place. There are lots of rumors about what’s to follow.

BATMAN SUPERMAN #15 CVR B TRAVIS CHAREST VAR

“Solomon Grundy died on a Sunday!” But when this monster man kicks the bucket, all hell breaks loose! When the body of Grundy begins to break down, so begins a toxic time bomb that could wipe out half of North America! It’s up to the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight to get Grundy from S.T.A.R. Labs to Slaughter Swamp before the clock hits zero…but with a horde of super-villains all looking to snag the sizzling super-titan for their own nefarious ends, our heroes had better move quickly!

REASON: An awesome cover by Travis Charest. There are few Superman/Batman covers where each character feels equally served. This one is one of those few.

DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #7 (OF 7) CVR A GREG CAPULLO FOIL EMBOSSED

The song remains anything but the same as the house lights start to come up on DC’s biggest, baddest battle for control of the Multiverse! The Darkest Knight is on the verge of ending this concert once and for all, but Wonder Woman has more than just a greatest hit planned. The Amazonian warrior stands ready to shred the Darkest Knight, solo! Plus, this extra-sized finale issue includes not one but two mind-blowing epilogues that lead directly into the next phase of the DC Universe—and no fan will want to miss that!

REASON: The solicit above says it all. This is leading into the next phase of the DC Universe. If you’re reading DC comics, this is a must buy.

DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL THE LAST 52 WAR OF THE MULTIVERSES #1 (ONE SHOT) CVR A DAN MORA

What would it take to get every being left in the Multiverse to side together in the ultimate, final showdown? Total decimation and the complete undoing of all existence? The Batman Who Laughs has made his final move, bringing the most horrifying opposition to the battleground, and now every hero and villain left alive will stand and fight together. This epic battle book details every side of the last war across the Multiverse—Wonder Woman leading the heroes, Superman leading the villains, and Batman leading the dead—everyone has to play their part. Everyone and everything is at stake…so join here for the last of the DCU as we know it!

REASON: The lead-in to the end of the universe and the beginning of another. What will the next phase of the DCU look like? We begin to get those answers in this book.

DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL THE SECRET ORIGIN #1 (ONE SHOT) CVR A IVAN REIS & JOE PRADO

The DCU’s darkest secrets are explored while two titans clash! The heroes search for a way to defeat the Darkest Knight through the universe’s past, while Superboy Prime faces down the demonic Batman!

REASON: The same goes for this tie-in. DC is putting together an epic battle that will be the birth of a new era.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1033 CVR B LEE BERMEJO CARD STOCK VAR

On the eve of some of the biggest changes ever in Gotham City, Batman finds himself at a crossroads with the people of the city he has sworn to protect. A landslide victory for anti-vigilante mayoral candidate Christopher Nakano is bringing with it new legislation to outlaw the Bat-Family’s very way of life—and with his rogues gallery still knocking on his door, Bruce will need to make some tough decisions about the future…

REASON: A great cover matches the great story that has been gathering momentum in the Detective Comics series. If you aren’t reading, you’re missing out.

INVISIBLE MEN TRAILBLAZING BLACK ARTISTS OF COMIC BOOKS HC

(W) Ken Quattro (A) Matt Baker & Various
Read about the riveting stories of Black artists who drew, mostly behind the scenes, superhero, horror, and romance comics in the early years of the industry.

The life stories of each man’s personal struggles and triumphs are represented as they broke through into a world formerly occupied only by white artists. Using primary source material from World War II-era Black newspapers and magazines, this compelling book profiles pioneers like E.C. Stoner, a descendant of one of George Washington’s slaves. Stoner became a renowned fine artist of the Harlem Renaissance. Perhaps more fascinating is Owen Middleton who was sentenced to life in Sing Sing. Then there is Matt Baker, the most revered of the Black artists, whose exquisite art spotlights stunning women and men, and who drew the first groundbreaking Black comic book hero, Vooda!

Gorgeously illustrated with rare examples of each artist’s work, including full stories from mainstream comic books to rare titles like All-Negro Comics and Negro Heroes, plus unpublished artist’s photos and art. Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books features Ken Quattro’s over 20 years of impeccable research and writing. The social and cultural environments that formed these extraordinary artists are deftly detailed by Quattro in this must-have book!

REASON: Overlooked minority contributors to the comic industry are highlighted and given the respect denied in previous years. The history of comics is as important as the stories we read.

POST AMERICANA #1 (OF 6) CVR A SKROCE (MR)

(W) Steve Skroce (A) Steve Skroce, Dave Stewart (CA) Steve Skroce
From MAESTROS creator, WE STAND ON GUARD co-creator, and The Matrix storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE with coloring by Eisner Award-winning DAVE STEWART.
The Cheyanne mountain installation, aka The BUBBLE, is the most sophisticated super bunker in the world. It was built to ensure the survival of America’s executive branch of government and its most important citizens, should the unthinkable happen. When the world ended, the executive branch failed to reach the sanctuary, but the elite citizenry did. Eighty years later, one of their own has named himself the new President of the United States. His plan? Subjugate the survivors of the American Wasteland using the same bunker resources meant to rebuild it. The only thing standing in their way is a deadly Wasteland girl, hellbent on revenge!

REASON: Comic book super artist brings what sounds to be a great new book to the shelves. As a fan of his work, we are looking forward to this one.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 LR

(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
LAST REMAINS CONCLUDES!
•  “LAST REMAINS” ends and will make you look at Spider-Man differently. It’ll make Peter look at himself differently.
•  If you thought the buildup TO Kindred was intense, the fallout FROM Kindred is even more devastating.
Rated T+

REASON: Look at that cover. We believe this will go down as an all-time classic, on par with Detective 880. It just has an iconic look. With the black cover, it will also be a difficult one to get a 9.8 or better on.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 RON LIM LEGO VAR LR

REASON: Not as iconic as the one above, but just a fun cover. John may be a little biased due to his love of Lego.

AVENGERS #40

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Javi Garron (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
ENTER THE PHOENIX!
The infamous firebird of cosmic destruction and rebirth known as the Phoenix Force has returned to Earth to find a new avatar. So now the Avengers and some of the most powerful heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe are being called into a competition unlike anything they’ve ever seen. A globe-spanning battle that will transform them all and ultimately decide…who will be the all-new Phoenix.
Rated T+

REASON: If this story delivers what is promised–a new Phoenix host–then it will have a large impact on the Marvel Universe and possibly the cinematic universe as well. The story line begins here.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #23 2ND PTG VAR

REASON: A second print of an issue that contains a first appearance.

GHOST RIDER RETURN OF VENGEANCE #1

(W) Howard Mackie, Ed Brisson (A/CA) Javier Saltares
THE ONE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR – THE RETURN OF VENGEANCE!
MICHAEL BADILINO was a bad dude in life… and that landed him in hell.  But not just any old rung of hell, a layer so deep it’s reserved for those special enemies of hell – one where a former SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE may suffer for all eternity!
As LILITH’s gambit against JOHNNY BLAZE and MEPHISTO for the throne of hell heats up, you can bet other players will enter the arena… and Badilino will find a way to ride again as VENGEANCE!
Fan-favorite GHOST RIDER creators Howard Mackie and Javier Saltares return to the saga of the Spirits of Vengeance in an all-new tale as Vengeance brings his own brand of hellfire to the Marvel Universe!

REASON: The beginning of a new series. Ghost Rider is a character that has a huge cult following.

IMMORTAL HULK #42 BENNETT HOMAGE VAR

REASON: Two great covers.

KING IN BLACK IRON MAN DOOM #1

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Iron Man has risked everything to save Eddie Brock, but now he’s left with nothing but guilt. As longtime ‘frenemy’ Doctor Doom shows up with both counseling words and ulterior motives, they’lll be forced to battle an all-too-familiar specter of the holiday season-albeit one now twisted and controlled by the recent invasion of Earth by the symbiote homeworld. As Iron Man and Doom fight as temporary allies, their unexpected encounter both with each other and a horrifying inversion of yuletide joy may ultimately reveal to them the true meaning of Knull-mas.
Rated T+

REASON: A new number one that ties into the biggest story line of the year. Donny Cates has been building to this for years and we are now reaping the payoff.

STRANGE ACADEMY GN TP FIRST CLASS

(W) Skottie Young (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
The Marvel Universe’s first school for sorcerers throws open its doors! The world has mysteriously changed in such an alarming way that Doctor Strange has finally done what he has avoided for decades and established an academy for the mystic arts! Young people from around the world with an aptitude for magic are brought together in New Orleans to study under Stephen Strange, Brother Voodoo, the Ancient One, the Scarlet Witch, Magik, Daimon Hellstrom and all your favorite Marvel mages. From mindful Mindless Ones to pan-dimensional games of tag, the Strange Academy is definitely living up to its name. But the students’ first field trip lights a fuse that is going to blow up in a big way! School’s in session – and it’s going to be spellbinding! Collecting STRANGE ACADEMY #1-6.
Ages 13 & Up

REASON: Normally we only spotlight original graphic novels, not collected editions, but this is a book that continues to grow in popularity. Pick it up when it comes out and thank us later.

EXPANSE #1 (OF 4) CVR A FORBES

(W) Corinna Bechko (A) Alejandro Aragon (CA) W. Scott Forbes
* A new limited series event set between Season 4 and Season 5 of Amazon’s hit series The Expanse from Corinna Bechko (Green Lantern: Earth One)  and Alejandro Aragon (Resonant)
* Chrisjen Avasarala, the former longtime Secretary-General of the United Nations, has found herself relegated to Luna after losing the latest elections…and she doesn’t plan on going down without a fight.
* So when Bobbie Draper – a former Martian marine – brings her intel on an intergalactic black market weapons ring, Avasarala sees a chance to reclaim her former political position of power through a clandestine operation.
* But as Draper digs deeper into this secret cabal, she soon realizes the threat they pose is far larger – and closer to home – than either of them ever imagined…

REASON: A new number one. Great looking cover. Based on the Amazon series.

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #1 CVR A MOMOKO

(W) Michael Green, Mike Johnson (A) Andres Guinaldo, Peach Momoko
The first comic to tell original, in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner universe
returns! It is 2029 and Blade Runner Ash continues to hunt the streets of the rain-
soaked dystopian world of Los Angeles for renegade Replicants, but this time she’s
trying to protect as many as she can find.
Written by Academy award-nominated screenwriter MICHAEL GREEN
(Blade Runner 2049) and co-writer MIKE JOHNSON (Supergirl)!

REASON: A new number one. A cover by fan favorite Peach Momoko.

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