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The Pulse: Dark Corners Are Explored in New Releases for January 30th, 2019

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Welcome to The Beat’s Wednesday Pulse!

This series will check in with what’s coming out in comic stores each and every week, offering insight to some of the most anticipated releases on the stands. In the end, we’re hoping to shine a spotlight on things you might not know you’d enjoy… and hope to offer a space for you to share what you are excited for this week.

Please note: our opinions are ours, and yours are yours – and while we encourage you to share your likes, this is not a forum to discourage others for enjoying what they enjoy. Comics are for everyone.

PREMIERE PUBLISHERS

WYRD #1
(Dark Horse Comics)

(Cover by Antonio Fuso)

THE PUBLISHER SAYS // There are problems, cases, too strange for US law enforcement to solve. Pitor Wyrd is the one who solves them-for a fee, of course. An unaging, invincible detective with a penchant for the strange, Wyrd is the one the government calls when things go very badly and very strange. This issue: Crimea. A failed attempt at recreating a certain US supersolider. A monster roaming the countryside. A trail of bodies.

THE BEAT SAYS // Writer Curt Pires always brings something strange and interesting to the table – which means this won’t be a typical X-Files style story. It will almost definitely be something far more surreal.

STAR TREK Q CONFLICT #1 (OF 6)
(IDW Publishing)

(Cover by David Messina)

THE PUBLISHER SAYS // When a dispute between godlike beings threatens the galaxy, it will take all of Starfleet’s best captains to stop them. Join James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, and Benjamin Sisko as they go head-to-head in a competition that will determine the fate of the Earth and beyond. Will they be able to emerge victorious, or will they be torn apart by The Q Conflict? A soon-to-be-classic six-part miniseries begins here! The crews of The Next Generation, The Original Series, Voyager, and Deep Space 9 come together to face their biggest challenge yet! Written by Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken scribes Scott & David Tipton! All the captains together for the first time!

THE BEAT SAYS // By all accounts, Scott & David Tipton have been doing remarkable things with all of the Star Trek from IDW – and now they’re tackling a crossover the likes of which have never been seen before.

PETER CANNON THUNDERBOLT #1
(Dynamite Entertainment)

(Cover by Sean Phillips)

THE PUBLISHER SAYS // His level of genius is matched only by his heroics, and in humanity’s darkest hour, he’s the hero they need the most-alas, poor humanity.  Peter Cannon-the man known as Thunderbolt-is only too happy to leave civilization to face its end.  Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + the Divine) teams up with powerhouse artist Caspar Wijngaard (Doctor Aphra) as he returns to the superhero genre with a dark, humorous and relentless love song to the genre. Well, “Love Song” in a Leonard Cohen Love Song kind of way. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt: saving a world he hates.

THE BEAT SAYS // It has been a good long while since Gillen has touched the superhero genre, and with an artistic direction that has been self described as “DREAM DADDY”, this take stands to be something interesting.

SHANGHAI RED TP
(Image Comics)

(Cover by Joshua Hixson)

THE PUBLISHER SAYS // Red is one of hundreds of people who were shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship’s captain for $50, she wakes up on a boat headed out to sea for years, unable to escape or reveal who she is. Now, she’s coming back in a blood-soaked boat to find her family and track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her.

Eisner-nominated writer CHRISTOPHER SEBELA (High Crimes, Heartthrob, CROWDED), JOSHUA HIXSON (The Black Woods), and HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU (Felix & Macabber) bring you a tale of revenge, family, and identity that stretches from the deck of a ship outside Shanghai all the way to the bleak streets of-and secret tunnels beneath-Portland, Oregon. Collects SHANGHAI RED #1-5

THE BEAT SAYS // This was a book that seemed to get lost in the shuffle, and was one of our absolute favourites of the year. This series reads like John Wick by way of the late 1800s, but with a protagonist struggling with their own anger and identity. Harrowing and beautiful, this blood red beauty is something we’re going to be putting into people’s hands for a good long while.

ACTION COMICS #1007
(DC Comics)

(Cover by Steve Epting)

THE PUBLISHER SAYS // The Kobra Cult conspiracy ensnares Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen, drawing the attention of the Man of Steel. But be careful, Superman-there’s more lurking in the shadows of Metropolis than just a snake cult. 

THE BEAT SAYS // Since the start of his run on Action Comics, Bendis has been letting a group called Leviathan percolate. Here, things stop simmering as the heat turns up, leading to a big story later in the year that the writer will be teaming with Alex Maleev to bring to comic stands. If you want to get in at the ground floor of the next big DC story, you’ll want to look here.

MORE FROM PREMIERE PUBLISHERS

BOOM! STUDIOS

BONE PARISH #6 (OF 12)
FIREFLY #1 3RD PTG
FIREFLY #2 2ND PTG
JIM HENSON LABYRINTH CORONATION #10
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #35
SPARROWHAWK #4 (OF 5)
WWE FOREVER #1

CHARLES SCHULZ LUCY HC PEANUTS
IRON OR THE WAR AFTER GN

DARK HORSE COMICS

CALL OF DUTY ZOMBIES 2 #4
CRIMSON LOTUS #3 (OF 5)
FIGHT CLUB 3 #1 (MR)
QUANTUM AGE FROM THE WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER #6

GREEN RIVER KILLER HC TRUE DETECTIVE STORY 2ND EDITION
NANJING TP THE BURNING CITY
WISH TP

DC COMICS

BATGIRL #31
BATMAN BEYOND #28
BOOKS OF MAGIC #4 (MR)
DETECTIVE COMICS #997
FLASH #63
FLASH ANNUAL #2
HEROES IN CRISIS #5 (OF 9)
HEX WIVES #4 (MR)
JUSTICE LEAGUE ANNUAL #1 // Series co-writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV say this this issue marks the end of their first large arc of their run, and sets the stage for what’s next. Not to be missed!
JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #5
LOONEY TUNES #247
MYSTERIES OF LOVE IN SPACE #1 // Another one of DC’s great one shots that have seen remarkable talents touch many unexplored areas of the DCU. Each one of these one shots has a few gems and the occasional huge guest talent who you rarely see interiors from!
OLD LADY HARLEY #4 (OF 5)
RAVEN DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #12 (OF 12)
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #46
SILENCER #13
TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1
TERRIFICS #12
WONDER WOMAN #63

BATMAN TROIKA TP
DMZ TP BOOK 05 (MR)
GREEN LANTERNS TP VOL 08 GHOSTS OF THE PAST
WONDER WOMAN BY WALTER SIMONSON & JERRY ORDWAY TP

DYNAMITE

ELVIRA SHAPE OF ELVIRA #1
JAMES BOND 007 #3
LONE RANGER VOL 3 #4
ROBOTS VS PRINCESSES #4
VAMPIRELLA ROSES FOR DEAD #3 (OF 4) (MR)

PATHFINDER SPIRAL OF BONES HC

IDW PUBLISHING

DISNEY COMICS AND STORIES #3
NIGHT MOVES #3 (OF 5)
RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #4 (OF 4)
STAR TREK IDW 2020 WOODWARD
STAR WARS ADVENTURES #17
TMNT URBAN LEGENDS #9
UNCLE SCROOGE #41

DUCKTALES VOL 04 FOWL PLAY
GHOSTBUSTERS CROSSING OVER TP
JAMES BROWN BLACK AND PROUD HC
STEVE CANYON HC VOL 09 1963-1964
SWORD OF AGES HC
TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT TP VOL 04

IMAGE COMICS

CYBER FORCE #8 (MR)
ICE CREAM MAN #9 (MR)
INFINITE DARK #4
MAN-EATERS #5
REDLANDS #10 (MR)
SKYWARD #10
SPAWN #293
WITCHBLADE #11 (MR)

NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL TP

MARVEL COMICS

AGE OF X-MAN ALPHA #1 // The start of a new reality of X-Books.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14
AVENGERS #11 2ND PTG MCGUINNESS VAR
BLACK PANTHER VS DEADPOOL #4 (OF 5)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #7
DEAD MAN LOGAN #3 (OF 12)
DOCTOR STRANGE #10
EXILES #12
JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #1
MAN WITHOUT FEAR #5
MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH #6 (OF 6)
MS MARVEL #37
PUNISHER #7
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #45
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #28
STAR WARS SOLO ADAPTATION #4 (OF 7)
TRUE BELIEVERS CONAN RESURRECTION #1
TRUE BELIEVERS WHAT IF CONAN WALKED EARTH TODAY #1
UNCANNY X-MEN #4 2ND PTG PEREZ VAR
UNCANNY X-MEN 3D #1
UNSTOPPABLE WASP #4
VENOM #9 2ND PTG STEGMAN VAR
WEAPON H #12
WEST COAST AVENGERS #7
X-FORCE #2

CAPTAIN MARVEL TP MONICA RAMBEAU DM
COLOR YOUR OWN CAPTAIN MARVEL TP
MARVEL KNIGHTS PUNISHER TP PURGATORY
MARVEL UNIVERSE TP TIME AND AGAIN
NEW X-MEN CHILDHOODS END TP COMPLETE COLLECTION
SPIDER-MAN DR OCTOPUS TP YEAR ONE NEW PTG
STAR WARS DARTH VADER DARK LORD SITH TP VOL 04 FORTRESS VADER
WEAPON X TP VOL 05 WEAPON X-FORCE
X-MEN TP UNSTOPPABLE


FEATURED TITLES FROM OTHER PUBLISHERS

POWERS IN ACTION #1
(Action Lab)

(Cover by Art Baltazar)

THE PUBLISHER SAYS // Twenty-five years in the making, a bold new adventure awaits! Our heroes, Lynx and his sister, Ocelot, join the super team known as The Hero Squadron… and they are late for their first meeting. Maybe these delays are because of Super Villains! Oh no! Looks like our heroes may have work to do before they even join the team. Will these cat-heroes fit in with the members of the Hero Squadron? Join us for this new Super Hero Dimension of the Aw Yeah Universe told by famous cartoonist Art Baltazar!

THE BEAT SAYS // One of the co-creators behind Tiny Titans brings a brand new squad of characters to comics. Together and separately, Art and Franco have walked across this industry, leaving great books for all ages everywhere, and adding to that library of work just means there are more for kids to discover.

DEEP ROOTS TP VOL 01 (MR)
(Vault Comics)

(Cover by Val Rodrigues)

THE PUBLISHER SAYS // Roots, once suffocating under cement, tear through the streets of London to throttle buildings. Vegetable homunculi hold up banks with automatic weapons. There is a green and blooming world beyond our own, fighting back against the human pollutant. We will launch a rescue mission to this otherworld. But it is cruel and unknowable, and should we become tangled in its vines, more than cities will fall. From Dan Watters and Val Rodrigues comes a story of two worlds, of myth and man, of science and fiction, and the roots they share.

THE BEAT SAYS // A story about humanity vs nature, but with a great lyrical, mythical feel. This series was a surprise when we first read it, and continued to surprise right through to the end.

SUBMERGED GN VOL 01 (MR)
(Vault Comics)

(Cover by Lisa Sterle)

THE PUBLISHER SAYS // On the night of the biggest storm in New York City history, Elysia Puente gets a call from her estranged little brother Angel, terrified and begging for help. When the call cuts out suddenly, despite the bad feelings between them, Ellie rushes into the night. Finding his broken phone in front of a barricaded subway station, Ellie follows echoes of her brother into the sinister darkness of the underground, desperate to find him before it’s too late.

THE BEAT SAYS // This story features a touch of Neverwhere while being completely its own thing. The sense of world building from Vita Ayala and Lisa Sterle is a beautiful thing to experience and brings you into the story in a gentle way, all while offering a gentle tension that pushes you forward.

TO DRINK & TO EAT HC VOL 01
(Lion Forge)

(Cover by Guillaume Long)

THE PUBLISHER SAYS // Hungry for help in the kitchen? Go from basic cook to master chef with Guillaume Long’s clever and charming lessons in French food. Cooking blogs and comics come together in To Drink and To Eat, the newest and most unique cookbook to add to your kitchen shelf.  

THE BEAT SAYS // When we’re cooking, we tend to like having images to guide us along. Using the medium of comics is a great way to communicate the how’s and why’s of cooking. Looking forward to exploring this volume.

MORE TITLES FROM OTHER PUBLISHERS

ACTUAL ROGER #1 (OF 5)
ANIMOSITY EVOLUTION #10 (MR)
BELLADONNA FIRE FURY #11 (MR)
BETTY & VERONICA #2 (OF 5)
BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #270
BLACK KNIGHT #4 (OF 5)
BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #3
CASPER CAPERS #3
CATALYST PRIME INCIDENTALS #15
CATALYST PRIME KINO #13
CYBER SPECTRE #1 2ND PRINTING
EDGAR ALLAN POE`S SNIFTER OF TERROR #4 (MR)
FEAST OR FAMINE #2 (OF 3) $1.50
GIANT SIZE JINGLES #1 (OF 1)
GRIMM UNIVERSE PRESENTS 2019 #1 (OF 1)
ICYMI #1
INVADER ZIM #39
JOHN CARPENTER TALES OF SCI FI TWITCH #2 (OF 5) (MR)
LIFE IS STRANGE #3
MIDWAY FROM PAGES OF COMBAT ONE SHOT GLANZMAN
NEWBURY & HOBBES #4 (OF 4)
NU WAY #5
OBLIV18N #5 (OF 5)
ODDWELL #5
RICK & MORTY #46
RIVERS OF LONDON #4 (OF 4) ACTION AT A DISTANCE (MR)
SHADOWPLAY #1
TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #114 (MR)
THRESHOLD ALLURE #0 (MR)
UNIT 44 #1 (OF 4)
VAMPBLADE SEASON 3 #8 (MR)
VOLITION #4
ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #56 (MR)
ZORRO LEGENDARY ADVENTURES #2

ARAKAWA UNDER THE BRIDGE GN VOL 05
BAD MACHINERY POCKET ED GN VOL 07 CASE FORKED ROAD
BIRD & SQUIRREL GN  SC + HC VOL 05 ALL TANGLED UP
COURTNEY CRUMRIN TP VOL 04 MONSTROUS HOLIDAY
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER HC VOL 01 JOURNEY BEGINS
EIGHTBALL PUSSEY TP (CURR PTG) (MR)
FOR THE KID I SAW IN MY DREAMS GN VOL 01
GIRL WHO DANCED WITH DEATH MIL SAGA TP
GOLOSSEUM GN VOL 05
HER INFERNAL DESCENT TP VOL 01
HERAKLES HC BOOK 02
HILO GN VOL 05 THEN EVERYTHING WENT WRONG
KONOHANA KITAN MANGA GN VOL 03
LETTER 44 DLX HC VOL 02 (MR)
LOUD HOUSE 3IN1 GN
NEWSPRINTS GN VOL 02 ENDGAMES
REGGIE & ME TP VOL 01
SALAMMBO HC
SEVEN DEADLY SINS GN VOL 30
SISTERS BOX SET VOL 1-3
TANK GIRL ALL STARS HC (MR)
YURI BEAR STORM MANGA GN VOL 01 YURIKUMA

MAGAZINES

CARTOONS MAGAZINE #19
COMIC SHOP NEWS [90CT BUNDLE] #1650
HORRORHOUND #75

BOOKS

BIG BOOK OF SUPER HERO BEDTIME STORIES HC
BOOGIEPOP .LIGHT NOVEL OMNIBUS VOL 02 (MR)
BRIAN FROUDS WORLD OF FAERIE HC REVISED & EXPANDED
CICADA HC PICTURE BOOK
DC SUPER FRIENDS BE BRAVE LIKE BATMAN HC
DC SUPER VILLAINS ORIGINS YR TP BIZARRO
DC SUPER VILLAINS ORIGINS YR TP CATWOMAN
DC SUPER VILLAINS ORIGINS YR TP JOKER
DC SUPER VILLAINS ORIGINS YR TP LEX LUTHOR
FAMILY IS A SUPERPOWER HC
JUNIOR HIGH DRAMA GN
LEGO HARRY POTTER ACTIVITY BOOK WITH MINI FIGURE
SOCCER SHOWDOWN US WOMEN 1999 WORLD CUP WIN YA 
WIN FOR WOMEN KING TAKES DOWN RIGGS YA GN

2 COMMENTS

  1. Dan Watters has William Blake conversing/ guiding Lucifer in Lucifer, and now he has a story about Nature asserting itself on London? Got my interest, to see what can be made, and how, of such Blake material. Could be good.

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