It's new comic day's eve here at ComicBook.com, and with the myriad of excellent titles out on shelves right now, it can be easy to get a bit overwhelmed at the choices.
While your pull list might already be full, there are plenty of books that are worthy of your attention this Wednesday, including the five books highlighted on this list. Whether the book is a great jumping-on point, a big finale, or just something different than the predominant superhero fare, there's something here for everyone. Of course, there are more than five books worth your time this week, so here are a few runners-up that you should definitely check out if your wallet permits.
The New Gods Special #1 is written by Shane Davis with art by Michelle Delecki and Davis. The backup story is written and drawn by Walter Simonson. You can find the official description below.
In a feature length story, Orion and Lightray must come to the aid of Forager and his people, as Kalibak has established a brutal dictatorship over the Bug colony. In confronting his evil brother, Orion faces the darker side of his own nature. And, in a back-up story, master comics writer/artist Walter Simonson tells a tale of a young Orion and his friend Seagrin. Also includes a reprint of a classic New Gods tale by Jack Kirby!
Dead of Winter #1 is written by Kyle Starks with art by Gabo, Brian Hurtt, and Bill Crabtree. You can find the official description below.
From the tabletop smash hit comes this new series starring beloved characters from Plaid Hat Games' Dead of Winter, written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by GABO (The Life After). In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone's beloved good ol' dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?
All right, with that out of the way, here are the five books you should give a chance this week!
Matthew Mueller: Elsewhere #1
There are few mysteries more researched and investigated than the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, and it acts as the basis for Image's new book Elsewhere #1.
Plenty of theories abound as to what happened to Earhart, but Elsewhere takes that in a fantasy-laced direction. A new land, new species, flying animals, and warlords all populate this world, but it's the humans she will meet that will shock readers even more.
Earhart won't be the only historical figure from America's past in the series, so if you love history mixed with a fantasy setting, you're going to get a kick out of Elsewhere.
Elsewhere #1 is written by Jay Faerber with art by Ron Riley and Sumeyye Kesgin with a variant by Andrew Robinson. The official description is featured below.
COPPERHEAD WRITER JAY FAERBER TEAMS WITH RISING STAR SUMEYYE KESGIN TO UNVEIL ELSEWHERE: THE FANTASTIC STORY OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART! Mysteriously transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviator to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord!
Elsewhere #1 is in stores this Sunday.
Russ Burlingame: Mech Cadet Yu #1
Greg Pak has always loved the world of giant robots, and Mech Cadet Yu will finally give him the chance to bring that love to comics in a fun and unique way.
Pak spoke with ComicBook.com's Russ Burlingame about the series and where things pick up in the first issue.
"Our hero is Stanford Yu, a janitor's kid who works at the Sky Corps Academy in Los Robos, Arizona. Every four years, a group of mysterious giant robots arrives from outer space to bond with cadets from the Academy. As a janitor's kid, Stanford should never even dream of bonding with one of those robots. But this year, something goes very wrong... or maybe very right."
While working with giant robots is fun, the heart of the story comes in the form of Stanford Yu.
"I just love the interactions of these kids and the dynamic of a janitor's boy getting his shot at glory in this elite military academy. It's a classic underdog story with tons of heart and huge stakes, and I'm loving every minute of working on it."
Mech Cadet Yu #1 is written by Greg Pak with art by Takeshi Miyazawa. The official description can be found below.
Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth and bond with young cadets from the elite Sky Corps Academy to defend the world from the terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. It's a great honor to be chosen, but this year...well, the wrong kid was picked.
Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk) and Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel) team up for an action-packed adventure perfect for fans of Amadeus Cho and Pacific Rim!
Mech Cadet Yu #1 is in stores this Wednesday.
Jamie Lovett: Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1
There doesn't seem to be room for two Hulks, and in Generations, the original Hulk Bruce Banner wants his title back.
How are these two meeting in the first place though? That question persists between all of the punches being thrown, but Marvel's editor and chief Axel Alonso did emphasize these stories do exist and aren't being thrust aside.
"These stories do happen, they really count. They really matter. This isn't some alternate reality story or some time-travel story," Alonso explained. "I wish I could tell you the mechanism [to bring these characters back], but that's also a bit of a spoiler."
Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 is written by Greg Pak with art by Matteo Buffagni and a cover by Jorge Molina. You can find the book's description below.
BRUCE BANNER. AMADEUS CHO. Both have carried the curse of the Hulk. Now they come face-to-face at last - but will they meet as friends or foes? Fan-favorite Hulk scribe GREG PAK is joined by red-hot artist MATTEO BUFFAGNI (X-MEN BLUE) for a time-bending tale that will finally answer the question on everyone's minds: WHO IS THE STRONGEST ONE THERE IS?
Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 is in stores this Wednesday.
Jim Viscardi: X-Men: Gold #9
Kitty Pryde has constantly had her hands full since she took over the leadership role in X-Men: Gold, and things are going to get even more complicated in X-Men: Gold #9.
It's bad enough that the government is trying to justify essentially expelling mutants from New York proper, but that is nothing compared to the enemies coming down the pike, including one of the X-Men's deadliest enemies from days past.
Later this year the X-Men: Gold team will unite with X-Men: Blue for a Marvel Legacy team-up against another renowned villain from the X-Men's past. That will be the eccentric mogul Mojo, and you can expect plenty of other names to show up in the big event as well.
You can find out more about that event here.
In the meantime, you can enjoy X-Men: Gold #9, which is written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Ken Lashley. You can find the issue's official description below.
Kitty Pryde has sworn off men named "Peter." But when she and her first love - Peter "Colossus" Rasputin - are caught in dire straits, will she find herself going back on her word?
X-Men: Gold #9 is in stores this Wednesday.
Charlie Ridgely: Black Bolt #4
Sometimes unforeseen circumstances make for unlikely allies, and that is certainly the case for Black Bolt and the Absorbing Man.
The two don't much in common, except for the need to confront their past. Both will get that chance in the newest issue, though both might not get the chance at escape.
Black Bolt #4 is written by Saladin Ahmed with art by Christian Ward. You can find the official description for the issue below.
MAN TO MAN! When their prison break ends in catastrophe, Black Bolt and the Absorbing Man are forced to confront their pasts – together. What makes a hero and a villain? When new hope comes from an unexpected source, Black Bolt faces a choice. What price will he pay for his freedom?
Black Bolt #4 is in stores this Wednesday.