This Week’s Ones: June 6
This Week’s Ones points out great jumping-on points for new readers. This could include new story arcs, as well as actual #1 issues from whole new series. BIG WEEK! Big big big! Not the amount of titles so much, but the potential! And talk about talent! Forget it. Huge huge huge. We have crossovers, debut series, reborn series, invasions, apocalypses, reborn worlds… Did I say this was a big week? (Oh yeah! Funny story! There was another contender for this article, but they decided to publish an unfinished solicit and not list any creators. I wanted to use the book. I like the franchise. I like the character. But if their major marketing department and editorial staff don’t care, then I didn’t think I should care either…. See? Told ya it was funny).
Up this week: Extermination #1, Before Watchmen – Minutemen #1 (of 6), Creator Owned Heroes #1, Harbinger #1, Prophecy #1 & Steamcraft #1.
I almost feel bad saying “this” specific book is “The Big One” this week because there is also a ton diversity this week as well (Big week). Any one of these titles could launch a new reader on a great time. That being said, I went for the book where the heroes and villains have to grudgingly decide to play nice in order to ensure their very survival. I went with…
*** Extermination #1***
We Lost. They Won. In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world’s greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance to prevent their own extermination. Two arch-enemies, Nox, a driven hero, and Red Reaper, a ruthless villain, form a volatile partnership for the greater good. The enemy of your enemy is your friend – but will they be able to ultimately put aside their bitter past to prevent global genocide? What happens when all the battle lines are redrawn and foes become unlikely allies in a desperate war for the fate of the very planet – and the outcome of a species? Written by Simon Spurrier (X-Club, Fear Itself: The Home Front, Wolverine: Dangerous Games), Extermination is a superhero survival story by an author that boldly explores the dark crevices of an entire genre.
story by Simon Spurrier
art by John Cassaday
published by Boom! Studios
Before Watchmen – Minutemen #1 (of 6)
‘Little did we know that poor boy would lead to the end of us all.’ Plus: Don’t miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS! This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
story by Darwyn Cooke
art by Darwyn Cooke
pulished by DC Comics
Creator Owned Heroes #1
The world ended a long time ago. How it happened exactly and what exists in the wasteland have always been a mystery. Now Chloe, Gil and a gang of rebels have escaped the last human stronghold and are blazing across Post-Apocalypse America in search of paradise.
story by Steve Niles, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
art by Phil Noto & Kevin Mellon
published by Image
The return of the Valiant Universe continues as the first superhero legend of the modern age is reborn, from New York Times bestselling author Joshua Dysart and Harvey Award-winner Khari Evans. Read Minds, Bend Steel, Break All The Rules Teenager Peter Stencheksi out of work, on the skids, and–unbeknownest to him–a psionic-powered ‘harbinger’ with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Toyo Harada is a wealthy business magnate, a respecte philanthropist, and the most powerful harbinger of all–or so he thought. As they forge an uneasy alliance, will Harada offer Peter a chance for redemption–or attempt to induct him into a secret network of conspiracy, subversion, and control? Peter is about to discover that he’s not alone in the world and, soon, the generation who has nothing will take on the man who has everything.
story by Joshua D. M. Dysart
art by Khari Evans
published by Valiant Enertainemnt
In 2012, the Mayan doomsday prophecy is coming to pass, and the end of the world makes for strange allies. Vampirella, Red Sonja, Kulan Gath, Dracula, Eva, Herbert West The Re-Animator, Alan Quatermain, Athena, Dorian Gray, Purgatory, Pantha and many more choose sides and clash in battles that will decide the fate of the Earth and all of mankind. Will the forces of good be able to stop the end of days? Or will an army of darkness rise? A seven-issue, SELF-CONTAINED event! That’s right, fans, no spinoffs, no add-ons, just seven issues of all out, apocalyptic warfare! Be there for the first crossover spanning the Dynamite line…before it’s too late! Dynamite’s most powerful and ambitious cross-over ever begins here!
story by Ron Marz
art by Walter Geovani
published by Dynamite Entertainment
With strange eons, even death may die, unleashing ancient horrors upon our world. They rise from the abyss or descend from the stars, caring no more for our existence than we care for the random atoms about us. Yet there are those who dare to strap on their brass and leather, shoulder their plasmotic rifles and stoke up the boilers to their super-cannons, land crawlers, submersibles and airships. Steam WILL save the world!
story by David Hutchinson
art by David Hutchinson
published by Antarctic Press