After a (way too lengthy) hiatus, we are hoping to get back on track with some great features to help you figure out where to put your hard-earned dollars. There are always great books hitting the shelf each and every week but sometimes it can be daunting considering the sheer number of choices that await you.

This is our effort to highlight a series of books for the coming week that we think you should give at least a glance toward to ensure you are not missing the next great thing.

February is going to begin with a roaring start as there are several independents that are poised to capture readers’ imaginations.

Let’s get started with the Next Week Sneak Peek……

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 2nd PRINT

(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+

AVEREE #1

(W) Stephanie Phillips, Dave Johnson (A) Cresta, Marika, Andrew Dalhouse (CA) Dave Johnson
As if high school wasn’t tough enough, Averee’s life is turned upside down when her status mysteriously drops on Ranked, the social media app that determines everyone’s real world privileges. With her best friend Zoe and her crush Luke in tow, she hatches a plan to kidnap its spokesperson, virtual popstar Pretty Kitty. But once they discover the company’s dark motives, how will they take back control of their own status?
  This leads into the Averee Graphic Novel  STL175776offered in the FEB21 Previews catalog.

CHAINED TO THE GRAVE #1

(W) Brian Level, Andrew Eschenbach (A/CA) Kate Sherron
Brian Level & Andrew Eschenbach (w) o Kate Sherron (a & c)
Outlaw Roy Mason has come back from the dead, chained to the headstone that marked his grave. It’s a lawless time, a magical time, and the undead Roy soon finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place as he sets out in search of treasure. But Roy, trying to do right by the wife and children he left behind, soon finds out that everything is not always as it seems…
Writers Brian Level & Andrew Eschenbach (Darth Vader, Thanos, Deadpool) and artist Kate Sherron (Invader Zim, The Amazing World of Gumball) bring you a tail of intrigue, murder, magic, and the good ol’ wild, wild west!

DEEP BEYOND #1

(W) Mirka Andolfo, David Goy (A/CA) Andrea Broccardo
In an underpopulated future Earth, devastated by the dire consequences of the millennium bug, the survival of mankind – and, maybe, of the planet itself – is handled by a small number of people. Talented scientists who, despite the adverse situation and the stupid feuds that continue to divide the small number of people still alive, try to understand and study what is hidden in the depths of the abyss. Something mysterious and dangerous, which could eventually cause an even worse and more destructive catastrophe!

The 100 meets LOW, with a hint of Death Stranding in the brand-new sci-fi thriller series from acclaimed creator MIRKA ANDOLFO (UNNATURAL, MERCY), teaming up with writer DAVID GOY and rising-star artist ANDREA BROCCARDO (Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Empyre: X-Men) and colorist BARBARA NOSENZO (The Ballad of Halo Jones).

DEVIL’S DOMINION #1

(W) Brian Hawkins (A) Sara Ianniello (A/CA) Raffaele Forte Devlynn St. Paul sold her soul to the Devil to stop the horror being done to her by her brother. However, Devlynn reneged on the deal and now uses her demonic powers to hunt others who are demon possessed and have lost control of their lives.

ENCODED #1

(W) Josh Blaylock, Mark Powers (A) Jethro Morales (CA) Phil Hester What if our fears of a tyrannical A.I. turn out to be unfounded, but nevertheless, humanity forces this machine intelligence to fight back? In 2045 we survive a brush with oblivion when the A.I. AURELIUS achieves singularity, quickly deactivated but not without a fight. A decade later governments ensure it never returns by activating the “Analog Protocol,” frequently and without warning. Citizens must expect, at any time, to lose all digital capabilities. What they don’t know is that AURELIUS left a piece of its mind behind in a simple hemp farmer known only as Epictetus.

FEAR CASE #1

(W) Matt Kindt (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins
A new, horrific detective series by Matt Kindt (Ether, Mind MGMT) and Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings)!

A no-nonsense Secret Service agent and his new-age partner investigate a mysterious box known as the “Fear Case,” which has appeared throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy. Whoever comes into possession of this case must pass it on within three days or face deadly consequences. The agents must track down this Fear Case while staying one step ahead of a psychotic cult and the otherwordly forces behind the Case’s existence.

KING IN BLACK BLACK KNIGHT #1

(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Jesus Saiz (CA) Dan Mora
THE BLACK KNIGHT DUELS THE KING IN BLACK!
KNULL’s ferocious assault upon earth has begun and Dane Whitman – Avenger, hero, and wielder of the mighty Ebony Blade as the BLACK KNIGHT – takes up sword and shield to defend against the unstoppable onslaught. Though the blade grants Dane incredible power so too does it consume him with a lust for violence and destruction. As the endless horde of symbiote dragons darken the skies of Shanghai, will the Black Knight overcome the growing evil within himself and join AERO and SWORD MASTER in saving the city?! And what secrets will the battle against Knull reveal about Dane’s past?

Rated T+

KING IN BLACK MARAUDERS #1

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Luke Ross (CA) Russell Dauterman
THE QUEEN IN RED SAILS!
Red Queen Kate Pryde and her crew of Marauders set sail against the forces of Knull! Captain Kate has pledged to fight for the needy, and a global disaster like this one gives plenty of folks in need.

LEGEND OF SHANG-CHI #1

(W) Alyssa Wong (A/CA) Andie Tong
Deadly Hands vs. Deadly Blades!
•  Someone has been stealing artifacts of WMD potential.
•  It’s up to Shang-Chi to find this person and stop them.
•  But is he prepared to go toe-to-toe with Lady Deathstrike?!

Parental Advisory

LUNA #1

(W) Maria Llovet (A/CA) Maria Llovet
*  For fans of Faithless and Die comes a new dark thriller from acclaimed writer & artist Maria Llovet about a young woman named Teresa, who’s plagued by prophetic dreams that connect her to something powerful, something…divine.
*  When Teresa fatefully crosses paths with the Family of the Sun, she believes them to be exactly what anyone else in the late ’60s would expect – a hippie cult whose leader claims to have met the divine.
*  But secret blood rituals, powerful drugs and sex runneth amok will bring Teresa face-to-face with the truth about the Family, herself and the dark secret behind her dreams.
*  Immortality, magic and alchemy, and the true power of enduring love collide in this new series for Mature Readers.

MANIAC OF NEW YORK #1

(W) Elliott Kalan (A/CA) Andrea Mutti
Four years ago, a masked slasher began stalking the streets of New York City.

Maniac Harry is inhuman, unkillable and unstoppable. Which is why the authorities’ solution has been to ignore him, and let New Yorkers adapt to a world where death can strike at any mo-ment. When Maniac Harry starts killing his way through the subway system, trauma-haunted political aide Gina Greene and disgraced NYPD detective Zelda Pettibone become
determined to go rogue and destroy him. But how can they fight a monster when they can’t fight City Hall?
  
From Emmy Award-winning writer Elliott Kalan (The Daily Show, MST3K, Spider-Man & The X-Men) and artist Andrea Mutti (Port of Earth, Hellblazer) comes the horrifying story of what
happens when terror becomes the new normal. A frightening, thought-provoking, sometimes funny, always timely tale of murder, obsession and urban living.

REDEMPTION #1

(W) Christa Faust (A/CA) Mike Deodato
The dusty desert town of Redemption survived the apocalypse but is hanging on by a thread. A despot rules the town with an
iron fist and controls its most precious resource: water. When that strongman marks her mother for death, young Rose
Obregon ventures into the perilous wasteland to seek the help of the legendary gunslinger Cat Tanner, only to discover that
the so-called “Butcher” is long retired, living in solitude, far from what’s left of the world, and preferring to keep it that way.
When Rose arrives on Tanner’s doorstep, with gunmen hot on her trail, the Butcher has a choice to make: sit on the sidelines
or pick up her guns and do what she does best?

SHI NO KAGE #1

(W) Neil Davis (A/CA) Gus Mauk After the murder of one of his clan’s seven samurai, the young warrior, Hachiro is called upon to finish his training. Bound by a sense of honor to his sister and community, he battles through a gauntlet filled with demons, beasts and his past while his village braces for war.

SONJAVERSAL #1

(W) Christopher Hastings (A) Pasquale Qualano (CA) Jae Lee, June Chung
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT COMIC BOOK TO EVER COME OUT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. Starring: RED Sonja, BLUE Sonja, GREEN Sonja, ORANGE Sonja, SAINT Sonja, HELL Sonja, and MANY, MANY, MANY MORE!

An evil god punishes Sonja’s across dimensions. What’s the punishment? SONJA’S MUST KILL OTHER SONJA’S. The battle for SONJA SUPREMACY BEGINS IN THE EVENT OF 2021, by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS (Gwenpool) and PASQUALE QUALANO (DIE!NAMITE)!

SPECTER INSPECTORS #1

(W) Bowen McCurdy, Kaitlyn Musto (A/CA) Bowen McCurdy
*  For fans of supernatural stories like Blackbird and Vampironica comes a new series from Bowen McCurdy (The Long Way Home) & rising star Kaitlyn Musto introducing the Spector Inspectors, who live that Scooby Doo life chasin’ ghosts!
*  True believer Noa, her cynical little sibling Gus, credulous camera man Ko, and skeptical Astrid head to one of the most haunted towns in America to prove that ghosts exist, for all the social media likes!
*  The investigations of hauntings uncover something more devilish than just a couple of ghosts, something that will put Noa and Astrid’s relationship to the test…
*  …and reveal the centuries-old sinister secrets of the town  itself.
*  Every issue of Specter Inspectors is oversized, featuring more than 30 story pages.

STAR WARS HIGH REPUBLIC ADVENTURES #1

(W) Daniel Jose Older (A/CA) Harvey Tolibao
IDW joins The High Republic with all-ages adventures tying into the larger High Republic story!
  
Flaming destruction is coming to Trymant IV! A remnant of the Hyperspace Disaster appears in the sky, and Zeen and her best friend Krix have only minutes to get to the Elders of the Path and find safety! Meanwhile, Master Yoda, Master Baro, and a group of Padawans are racing towards the disaster for a daring rescue mission.

THEY FELL FROM THE SKY #1

(W) Liezl Buenaventura (A/CA) Xavier Tarrega Tommy Murphy is just an ordinary kid. He goes to school, hangs out with his friends, and fanboys over his favorite TV show. But when a chance encounter in the woods thrusts him into an unlikely friendship with an otherworldly creature, he is forced to navigate bullies, family squabbles, and tween woes… all while trying to prevent an interplanetary war!

TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS #1

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham Celebrating 25 years of Beast Wars! In the future, the planet Cybertron belongs to the scientific-minded Maximals and the action-oriented Predacons! When a crew of Predacons, led by the successor to the Megatron name, steal a golden disk and a ship capable of traveling through time, it’s up to Optimus Primal and his Maximal crew – Rattrap, Rhinox, Cheetor, and new character Nyx – to catch them! A brand-new Beast era begins in an oversized first issue by Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Transformers/Ghostbusters) and Josh Burcham (Transformers, Transformers Galaxies), yesssss!

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