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"What's on the Rack?" Issue 3 - New Comic Book Day Wednesday 20th January 2021

Hello! Here we are again! It's another Sunday, with another week looming large. But with another week comes another #NewComicBookDay - so it's time to look forward to Wednesday and see "What's on the Rack?" Click the link below to go and take a look at everything we're expecting, or scroll down to see our highlights and to keep up with what

s coming out in DC's Future State event.


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE RACK


HERE OUR OUR HIGHLIGHTS AND #1s!


There's an interesting crop of #1s coming this week - all kinds of genres from all kinds of publishers, although there does seem to be something of a dark and supernatural flavour. With all that variety there's almost bound to be something new for you. You can certainly expect to see some of these as picks of the week!


As always just click on the cover image to go to the product page to purchase any (or all) of these titles.


ABBOTT 1973 #1

A new series ideal for fans of Something is Killing the Children and Bitter Root, or anyone else who likes a supernatural twist to their hard boiled stories. Saladin Ahmed, the visionary writer behind Miles Morales: Spider-Man, and Sami Kivelä, the acclaimed artist behind Tommy Gun Wizards, reunite for this "must read" supernatural thriller.


Detroit's hardest hitting journalist, Elena Abbott, is trying to make a fresh start at a new newspaper...but her deadly past isn't ready to let go.


The city is days away from the historic election of a Black candidate as their new Mayor, but a vicious new group has emerged to destroy him, targeting anyone who supports his campaign or the change he represents.


That means Abbott, who discovers the group's connection to a dangerous dark magic, has been targeted for certain death - unless she embraces her true power as the Lightbringer to save her city.


CRIMSON FLOWER #1

Crimson Flower #1 Cover
Crimson Flower #1 Cover

From New York Times-bestselling Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt and Matt Lesniewski (The Freak) comes a brand-new, mind-altering journey through Russian folk tales, trained assassins, and government conspiracies.


After losing her family in a violent home invasion, a woman uses folk tales to cope. In a blood-soaked journey toward revenge, she tracks down the man responsible for her family's deaths, only to discover a startling government plot-to weaponize folk tales and use them to raise children into super assassins.







I BREATHED A BODY #1

A science fiction horror series about social media, big tech, and influencer culture.


It's The Social Network meets Hellraiser. When the world's biggest influencer posts something irredeemably horrific online, the world changes in an instant. Now it's up to his social media manager, Anne Stewart, to fan the flames of outrage and create a sensationalist campaign that rewrites the rules of "banned content." Thus begins a carnival of lust, revulsion, desire, and disgust - all for viral videos.


Written by Zac Thompson (LONELY RECEIVER, UNDONE BY BLOOD, X-Men) and illustrated by Andy MacDonald (Multiple Man, Rogue Planet), I BREATHED A BODY is a horror series about the voyeurism of violence and the Big Tech companies who engineer patterns of fear in society.


IRON FIST: HEART OF THE DRAGON #1

AN IRON FIST EPIC FROM LEGENDARY CREATOR LARRY HAMA!


Someone is killing the ancient dragons that power the HEAVENLY CITIES, and only IRON FIST and the DEADLY WEAPONS can stop them…if they can discover who they are in time!


Zombie armies, mystical portals, dragon hearts, some of the Marvel Universe's deadliest fighters all converge in one action-packed extravaganza, and the fate of all worlds hangs in the balance!


LARRY HAMA and DAVID WACHTER are building a story that hits as hard as the Iron Fist itself! Rated T+



RAIN LIKE HAMMERS #1

KING CITY and PROPHET writer and artist BRANDON GRAHAM returns with an all-new OVERSIZED FIVE-ISSUE SERIES!


Eugene is a new inhabitant of Elephant, a walking city on the desert world of Crown Majesty. Far from friends and family, he spends most of his time navigating melancholy daydreams, toying with alien technology, and researching the best places to find high-quality fast food. At best, his life is lonely and monotonous-but all of that changes when a mysterious force begins destroying Crown Majesty's walking cities!






SOUL STREAM #1

Scout Comics is proud to introduce ultra-talented sixteen year-old comic creator Saida Woolf's new title Soul Stream! Marie and Markus discover an alternate dimension known as the Mirror World where their entire city has been destroyed and replaced by a volcanic wasteland. Marie is contacted by the Mage Goddess, who gives her a magical Ocean Bracelet that transforms Marie, allowing her to control water as the superhero Soulstream.


Enjoy the first issue of this NON-STOP! followed by the entire story collected soon after in one volume.






THIS WEEK'S FUTURE STATE TITLES


The juggernaut of Future State rolls on, as we discover what Catwoman, Nightwing and Shazam! are up to, and after seeing new characters take on the mantle of Superman and Wonder Woman we also get to see what Diana Prince and Kal-El are up to - and in the case of Wonder Woman we also have superstar artist Jen Bartel making her DC debut!


FUTURE STATE: CATWOMAN #1

Masked vigilantes have been deemed illegal, and the Magistrate has commandeered a bullet train to take those they’ve captured to a reformation facility—and filled the rest of the train with innocent children!


Catwoman is hellbent on ensuring it never reaches its destination. Armed with a new magnetic suit, assisted by her trusty band of Strays, and featuring her new protégé, Cheshire Cat, she must pull off the impossible: a train heist where she steals…the train itself!


But Selina isn’t the only person aboard who has plans for this train and its most unexpected passenger!





FUTURE STATE: IMMORTAL WONDER WOMAN #1

The Undoing are coming. Long past the Age of Heroes, few of Diana Prince’s friends survive, and most of her sisters have passed as well.


As an immortal goddess, this is her lot.

But then, a threat appears that even the mighty Darkseid can’t handle—and it’s up to Wonder Woman to take on the battle!


It’s big action and high fantasy at the end of time, courtesy of Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Becky Cloonan (By Chance or Providence, Gotham Academy) and her Doom Patrol co-writer Michael W. Conrad, with the popular artist Jen Bartel (Blackbird) making her interior art debut for DC.


Then, peer into a closer future as the original champion of Themyscira strikes out on her own. Things have not been stable on Paradise Island for some time, and Nubia has found a new home in Man’s World. Now, she is tasked with protecting it from the dangers of the world of myths and magic. The writer of DC’s Nubia: Real One, L.L. McKinney, takes this powerful Amazon to a whole new level.


FUTURE STATE: NIGHTWING #1

Batman is gone! Now, Nightwing has taken on the mission of keeping the citizens of Gotham City safe from the Magistrate. But to do that, he’ll have stay one step ahead!


You know things have gotten bad in Gotham when the safest place for Dick to hide out is the abandoned Arkham Asylum!


When Nightwing gets a visit from a mask claiming to be the new Batman…. does he fight like one? Pick up this dark peek into the future by writer Andrew Constant and artist Nicola Scott to find out!





FUTURE STATE: SHAZAM #1

No one’s seen Billy Batson in years—not since the incident known as the Final Battle of Titans Island. Now leading a small band of heroes, even his allies have begun to ask who’s controlling Earth’s Mightiest Mortal.


In a story set years after the events of Future State: Teen Titans, learn the truth behind the sacrifice Billy made to imprison an ultimate evil even he couldn’t destroy.










FUTURE STATE: SUPERMAN - WORLDS OF WAR #1

This monumental Future State title features four big stories! First, Clark Kent is gone, leaving a Superman-shaped hole behind.


People gather in Smallville to celebrate their hero, little realising that he is across the galaxy helping others. Superman has gone to Warworld, where he fights as a gladiator in the deadly pits of Mongul. But this is Superman we’re talking about—and his idea of a victory does not line up with the expectations of Mongul’s hordes!


Meanwhile, on the other side of Warworld, other agents are at work, struggling for a better life. Shilo Norman, the man known as Mister Miracle, has ridden a Boom Tube across the cosmos from Metropolis to finds himself at odds with an entire planet!


At the same time, Midnighter, the greatest fighter from Earth, is punching his way through a whole mess of trouble. He’s on the hunt for a new energy source deadlier than Kryptonite. His goal: to shut it down before it gets unleashed on an unsuspecting universe.

On top of that, the Black Racer, a girl raised in the slums of Warworld to be one of its top competitors, turns betrayal into a crusade to fight for the freedom of others like her.



And that's it for this week! Have a bit of a browse and see what takes your fancy! We'll be back with What's on the Rack? next Sunday, and of course we'll have the Waffle on Wednesday alongside the next edition of The Geeks at the Gates, so we hope to see you then.


Until we do, be kind to yourself, be kind to everybody else, stay safe, stay Geeky, and love comics!