December 11-12, 2021
Written by Nena Serafimovska
Hitting comic book stores in the next two months are a host of exciting film tie-in titles, brand new editions of the best comics and graphic novels, as well as debuting titles across Marvel, DC and Image. Here are some of the releases you should keep an eye out for.
Oblivion Song #2 (April 11), IMAGE
Written by Robert Kirkman, art by Lorenzo De Felici
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s new science-fiction comic Oblivion Song introduces a universe which is reminiscent of 12 Monkeys and Netflix’s Annihilation. A huge land mass in Philadelphia has vanished into another dimension (Oblivion) populated with monsters and the 300,000 people who disappeared with it.
The story begins 10 years after the incident – the government has given up trying to retrieve the remaining lost citizens, but scientist Nathan Cole continues to travel between the dimensions using technology he’s created, in order to rescue the lost souls and find his brother who is among the missing.
Oblivion #2 shows the strain that Nathan’s obsession with Oblivion has placed on his personal relationships. Will he give up the little he has left in his life now that he’s drawing closer to what he’s been searching for?
Gideon Falls #2 (April 11), IMAGE
Written by Jeff Lemire, art by Andrea Sorrentino
A brand-new Twin Peaks meets True Detective inspired horror story, Gideon Falls centres on the intertwined stories of a reclusive young man, Nathan, who is obsessed with a conspiracy he believes can be gleaned from the city’s trash, and a Catholic priest who arrives in the small town to learn of a legendary apparition, the ‘Black Barn’, which has appeared in the world at different points in history, always bringing death and destruction with it. Gideon Falls #2 sees Nathan discover new clues about the ‘Black Barn’ just as a series of murders breaks out in the small town.
Action Comics #1000: 80 Years Of Superman (April 11), DC COMICS
Written and art by Various
Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the most influential comic book in American history: ACTION COMICS #1, an all-star lineup of writers and artists pay homage to fan favourite characters and moments including the debut of the Man of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Brainiac, the Fortress of Solitude and more.
Abbott #4 (April 25), BOOM STUDIOS
Written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä
A ’70s supernatural crime thriller, Abbott follows hard-hitting investigative journalist Elena Abbott who tracks crimes that the Detroit Police department has either ignored or abandoned, crimes she knows are the result of supernatural forces which claimed the life of her husband.
In Abbott #4, Elena hits rock bottom; she’s jobless, out of friends, and at an extreme disadvantage against the dark magic that continues to ravish Detroit.
Avengers #1 (May 2), MARVEL
Written by Jason Aaron, art by Ed McGuinness
Marvel comics is relaunching its Avengers universe with a single title series. This is a bold move for Marvel, which has previously had multiple different Avengers storylines in publication.
The new series will see Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man take the lead as they join forces to save the world from the 2000-foot-tall space gods aka the Celestials. They’ll be joined by Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and most intriguingly, Ghost Rider.
Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed Of Destruction (May 9), DARK HORSE
Written by Mike Mignola and John Byrne, art by Mike Mignola, Mark Chiarello and Dave Stewart
Hellboy is returning to the big screen this year with rising star David Harbour, and with it, Dark Horse is releasing four new Omnibus editions of Mike Mignola’s original.
Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1 introduces us to the Right Hand of Doom, aka Hellboy, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and a host of classic characters including Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman and Professor Bruttenholm as they fight supernatural forces and Hellboy’s lethal destiny as the beast of the apocalypse. The re-printed 368-page volume covers Hellboy’s adventures from 1994 to 1997.
Venom #1 (May 9), MARVEL
Written by Donny Cates, art by Ryan Stegman
2018 marks the 30-year anniversary of Venom, and with the film franchise (starring Tom Hardy) kicking off in November, Marvel has also rebooted the comic series. Venom #1 sees a 1000-year old primordial evil awaken beneath the streets of NYC, and in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D’s collapse, Eddie Brock and his symbiote are the first and last line of defence.
While the big bad poses a major threat to the city, it poses an even bigger threat to the relationship between Venom and Eddie Brock. The reboot series is action-packed, horrific, and the perfect jumping on point for anyone who has been curious about Venom, but unsure where to start.