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What's on the Rack Issue #5: New Comic Book Day 3rd February 2021

Good heavens - it's February already! We continue to be physically closed as a result of the Covid-19 shut down regulations, so our online self has become the only way to interact with you all.


So, please do interact! If you normally collect something that isn't listed on the website, just ask us for it - we'll get it if we can. And you know what? Comments and questions are always welcome. You can find us on Social Media (links on the navigation bar at the top of the page), email info@destinationvenus.co.uk or connect through the website.


As ever, our physical closure means you can't come and physically browse the rack. However, you can browse online by clicking below:


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WHOLE RACK


If, however you're in a hurry, take a look at our highlights - click the cover image to go to the product page - there are a lot of first issues this week, so take a look!


#1s and Highlights


AVENGERS MECH STRIKE #1

EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES! The Avengers are confronted with an unstoppable new menace, one that is seemingly impervious to their every strength!


But the Avengers aren't so easily beaten, and when new threats arise, powerful new tools must be brought to bear! Join the Avengers as they battle a brand-new enemy... and begin a deadly game of chess with a shadowy mastermind!


Rated T+







CHAINED TO THE GRAVE #1

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

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).


FEAR CASE #1

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.




THE LEGEND OF SHANG-CHI #1

Slightly later than planned (was originally intended to ship at the beginning of Janauary - but what is time these days?) the next adventure for the legendary "Master of Kung-Fu" begins.


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

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.


MAN-BAT #1

Delayed since May 2020 by the first pandemic shutdown we are finally able to bring you the latest instalment in the tragic story of scientist Kirk Langstrom.


For years Langstrom has struggled with his monstrous alter ego Man-Bat and the serum that transformed him. But he's finally hit rock bottom following a devastating setback, and he's going to take out his anger on every single citizen of Gotham City. Will the combined might of Batman and the GCPD be enough to stop Langstrom once and for all? Or will this just be the start of Man-Bat's devastation?




MANIAC OF NEW YORK #1

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.


SPECTER INSPECTORS #1

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 Specter 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.


THIS WEEK'S FUTURE STATE TITLES


FUTURE STATE: HARLEY QUINN #2

Harley Quinn has gained Jonathan Crane’s trust, everything is going according to plan, and she is getting close to making her escape.


But Black Mask and his gang are continuing to undermine the Magistrate and push Crane closer to the edge, where he will become the Scarecrow once more. Will Harley be able to defeat the Scarecrow and stop the Black Mask Gang?


If she’s going to secure her freedom and save Gotham’s future, she’ll have to!






FUTURE STATE: SUPERMAN OF METROPOLIS #2

Braincells, the advanced offshoot of the diabolical Brainiac, continues to lure Jonathan Kent down the wrong path—but things go from bad to this can’t get any worse when it appears it has also taken some manner of control over Supergirl!


If the Kryptonians clash, nothing will be able to protect the bottled city of Metropolis!


Meanwhile, inside the bottle itself, the Guardian is doing everything he can to stop the city from destroying itself from within, while Mister Miracle has discovered the trail of a strange signal that he doesn’t realize will take him to Warworld.


FUTURE STATE: SWAMP THING #2

Humanity strikes back! The shadow of Swamp Thing Supreme stretches across the globe as it has for centuries.


The world is at peace, until a rebellious faction of humanity ignites their terrible plan, fueled by Woodrue Wilson’s appetite for power.


But Swamp Thing, too, harbours a secret—one he must reveal in order to restore peace to the planet once again. But it will cost him everything he has.






FUTURE STATE: THE FLASH #2

All hope is lost as Barry Allen races to save his former partner, Wally West. Armed with the weapons of the Rogues who once tried to destroy the Flash, Barry plots an attack that’ll either free the former Kid Flash from the evil that’s possessed him—or end his threat forever!













FUTURE STATE: THE NEXT BATMAN #2

In this second Future State: Batman chapter, wearing a mask in Gotham City is now a crime—and when it’s compounded with murder, it can be a shoot-on-sight offence!


Batman is on the trail of a murderous couple but quickly finds that all is not as it seems…and finds himself in the firing line of the Magistrate and their Peacekeepers! The gritty, street-level adventures of the new Dark Knight continue!


Also in this issue, Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown find themselves in a prison where the Magistrate throws heroes and villains alike!


What no one knows, though, is that Cassandra was sent there with a mission…


And in a story of the Gotham City Sirens, some girls just want to have fun—so what do you do when you find Gotham City in turmoil and overrun by Cybers? You go shopping, of course! Join Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and a new Siren on a gal’s night out. They’re on the town, looking for trouble…and finding it!


FUTURE STATE: THE NEXT BATMAN #3

The adventures of the next Batman continue! Batman has captured a pair of murderous fugitives, but he faces a tough decision: leave them for the Magistrate troops, which means certain death, or risk his life and fight his way through Gotham City to deliver them to the GCPD for trial.


He’s Batman…so there’s only one choice!


And in “Outsiders,” Katana has reunited with Black Lightning, but her old friend and ally has changed…big-time! Now composed of literal black lightning, Jefferson Pierce arrives with a dire warning about Duke Thomas and his mission to liberate Gotham from the oppression of the Magistrate.


They’ll have to work together, and we really mean together, to have any hope of defeating the forces working against them! Plus, in “Arkham Knights,” Astrid Arkham and her band of maniacal misfits have picked a fight with the Magistrate…and they’re not going to back down!


On the eve of their mission into the heart of Gotham’s fascist occupiers, Croc, Zsasz, Phosphorus, Clayface, Harvey, and the rest steel themselves to try and shine a beacon of hope into the darkness—but not everyone will make it out alive!


FUTURE STATE: WONDER WOMAN #2

Emerging from the Amazon rain forest, the new Wonder Woman must battle her way through hell!


Witness Yara Flor at the height of her power as she takes on the king of the underworld, Hades himself!


Betrayed by a close ally, Yara’s back is against the wall as she is forced to battle legions of demons for survival and to liberate her Themysciran sister. You won’t want to miss the exciting conclusion of this of rising superstar hero’s first adventure!




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