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It’s a strange time to be a comic book fan. If you’re devoted to the Big Two, then this is a weird transition for both as DC is wrapping up their forgettable standalone Convergence melee while Marvel ramps up to whatever the hell Secret Wars will ultimately accomplish. If anyone should be putting out the full-court press in the next few months it should be the independent publishers, because if you’re a new reader then I personally probably wouldn’t steer you anywhere near the Big Two.

DC is in week 2 of the second cycle of tie-ins but outside of that they have another tie-in for Batman: Arkham Knight #4 and a new entry for their Injustice family of books.

Marvel battles with itself as to which is the more important entry: Secret Wars #2 which will be the first issue after the death of the regular 616-universe and the Ultimate Universe OR Thor #8 which will finally reveal the identity of the new Thor. Though it remains to be seen whether new Thor will actually survive Secret Wars. Hmmm. Otherwise there’s new Captain Marvel #15, Ms. Marvel #15, plus Darth Vader #5.

Image has four issues this week with a #1 plus Walking Dead #141, Chrononauts #3, Birthright #7, Saga #28, and East of West #19. Otherwise, IDW has a new Uncle Scrooge #2, Archie has a new Sonic the Hedgehog #272, BOOM! Studios has Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #3, and Valiant has X-O Manowar #36.

Secret Wars #2 (Marvel)

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Esad Ribic, $4.99
Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Esad Ribic, $4.99

Most crossovers have typically had a pretty strong first issue, but it’s the subsequent issues where the wheels fall off. Secret Wars #1 was a great primer for what is going to happen during whatever this means for Marvel, and issue #2 is going to paint the picture of what Battleworld is shaping up to be.

Thor #8 (Marvel)

Writer: Jason Aaron, Artist: Russell Dauterman, $3.99
Writer: Jason Aaron, Artist: Russell Dauterman, $3.99

Thor’s identity revealed. The real question is whether I am able to avoid the plethora of spoilers before I can actually read this book.

Injection #1 (Image)

Writer: Warren Ellis, Artists: Declan Shalvey + Jordie Bellaire, $2.99
Writer: Warren Ellis, Artists: Declan Shalvey + Jordie Bellaire, $2.99

Five people were responsible for poisoning people in the 21st century and now they pretty much have to undo what they did because the human race is becoming too strange to support life. If the weird, sci-fi/horror mash-up premise doesn’t immediately sell you, perhaps the acclaimed creative team which also turned out the appreciated Moon Knight series will sell you.

Uncle Scrooge #2 (IDW)

Writers: Jonathan Gray + Jan Kruse, Artist: Bas Heymans, $3.99
Writers: Jonathan Gray + Jan Kruse, Artist: Bas Heymans, $3.99

Because why not! More treasure-hunting hijinks from the world’s richest duck and even though it assumes the normal $3.99 cover price, the real treasure is the over-sized page count. Bless me bagpipes, what a value!

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four #1 (DC)

Writer: Brian Buccellato, Artist: Bruno Redondo, $2.99
Writer: Brian Buccellato, Artist: Bruno Redondo, $2.99

An entire portion of the DC Universe packed into just one book. All of the players from the Injustice universe in one action-packed title which sees Superman try to wrestle control away from the Green Lantern Corps and awakening the comatose Wonder Wonder Woman.

ABSTRACT

  • SIP (Strangers in Paradise) Kids #3

ARCHIE

  • B & V Friends Comics Double Digest #243
  • Sonic the Hedgehog #272

ASPEN

  • Four Points #2

BLACK MASK

  • Space Riders #2

BOOM!

  • Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #5
  • Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #3
  • Bravest Warriors #32
  • Deep State #6
  • Escape From New York #6
  • Giant Days #3
  • Lantern City #1
  • Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard #3
  • Robocop 2014 #11

DANGER ZONE

  • Puppet Master #3

DEVIL’S DUE

  • Solitary #3

DARK HORSE

  • Abe Sapien #23
  • Harrow County #1
  • Itty Bitty Comics Grimmiss Island #3
  • Lady Killer #5
  • Rebels #2

DC

  • Arrow Season 2.5 #8
  • Batman Arkham Knight #4
  • Convergence #6
  • Convergence: Aquaman #2
  • Convergence: Batman – Shadow of the Bat #2
  • Convergence: Catwoman #2
  • Convergence: Green Arrow #2
  • Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #2
  • Convergence: Justice League International #2
  • Convergence: Suicide Squad #2
  • Convergence: Superboy #2
  • Convergence: Supergirl/Matrix #2
  • Convergence: Superman – Man of Steel #2
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four #1
  • Mortal Kombat X #6
  • Scooby-Doo Where Are You #57
  • Astro City #23 (Vertigo)
  • Coffin Hill #18 (Vertigo)
  • Fables the Wolf Among Us #5 (Vertigo)
  • FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #20 (Vertigo)
  • Strange Sports Stories #3 (Vertigo)

DYNAMITE

  • Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #6
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files Down Town #4
  • Legenderry Green Hornet #4
  • Looking for Group #2
  • Pathfinder Origins #4
  • Project Superpowers Blackcross #3
  • Re-Animator #2
  • Solar Man of the Atom #12

IDW

  • D4VE #4
  • G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes Agent of Cobra #5
  • Joe Frankenstein #3
  • Judge Dredd Classics: Dark Judges #5
  • Maxx Maxximized #19
  • Miami Vice Remix #3
  • My Little Pony Friends Forever #16
  • Star Trek #45
  • Star Trek: New Visions #6
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #5
  • Uncle Scrooge #2
  • Zombies vs. Robots #5

IMAGE

  • Birthright #7
  • Black Science #14
  • C.O.W.L. #10
  • Chrononauts #3
  • Copperhead #7
  • East of West #19
  • Five Ghosts Special #1
  • Injection #1
  • Mantle #1
  • Mythic #1
  • Ody-C #5
  • Reyn #5
  • RunLoveKill #2
  • Saga #28
  • Savior #2
  • Southern Cross #3
  • Walking Dead #141

MARVEL

  • Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #6
  • Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #8
  • Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #8
  • Captain Marvel #15
  • Darth Vader #5
  • Guardians 3000 #8
  • Howard the Duck #3
  • Legendary Star-Lord #12
  • Magneto #18
  • Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #7
  • Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #4
  • Ms. Marvel #15
  • Night Nurse (one-shot)
  • Secret Wars #2
  • Silk #4
  • Spider-Man 2099 #12
  • Stephen King’s Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #3
  • Storm #11
  • Thor #8
  • Uncanny Avengers #4
  • Wolverines #18

ONI PRESS

  • Auteur Sister Bambi #1
  • Rick and Morty #2
  • Sixth Gun Dust to Dust #3

REBELLION

  • Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael #3

TITAN

  • Doctor Who 10th Doctor #10

UNITED PLANKTON

  • SpongBob Comics #44

VALIANT

  • Imperium #4
  • Unity #18
  • X-O Manowar #36

ZENESCOPE

  • Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood #10
  • Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #35

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