COMICS!!! |OT| May 2017 - Every Empire Falls

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We made it another month! Another month another OP not created by Sillymonkey (RIP). Things are going well then. I missed like 15 new Marvel #1s but I can only do so much.

All Star Batman #10 By Snyder, Albuquerque (May 10th) - When the Dark Knight is taken down by a new enemy whose attacks he cannot counter, he uncovers a plot spanning generations…whose mastermind might be one of his closest allies! But who is the First Ally?
Bane Conquest #1 By Dixon, Nolan (May 3rd) - Bane is seeking to create a global criminal empire with the help of his original gang, Bird, Trogg, and Zombie. The Man Who Broke The Bat moves beyond Gotham to find new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush. He won’t stop until he stands at the top of the world of crime! For Bane, it’s all about CONQUEST.
Batwoman #3 By Superstar Marguerite Bennett, Tynion IV, Epting (May 17th) - Batwoman’s identified the cancer spreading through the lawless nation of Coryana, but to fight back, she’s going to need an army…and the only soldiers at hand belong to the island’s deadly warlords and gang leaders! Can Kate rally every one of these cutthroats to a common cause? Or will Coryana collapse into the same wretched hive of scum and villainy it’s always been?

Green Lanterns #22 By Humphries, Cliquet (May 3rd) - The Green Lantern duo of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz venture into space to train with the rest of the Green Lantern Corps for the first time! But will both of them reach the Corps after Jessica is jettisoned out of transluminal travel and forced to find her way through the void of space?
Teen Titans Annual: The Lazarus Contract #1 By Abnett, Percy, Priest, Pelletier (May 31st) - The conclusion to our epic crossover is here, the consequences of which will be felt for years to come! What does the future hold for the Titans teams after this game-changing run-in with their greatest enemy?
Super Sons #4 By Tomasi, Jimenez (May 17th) - As our young heroes struggle to break free of the deadly Kid Amazo’s control, they discover the truth behind this young villain’s power! But with an army at his command, and his sights set on total domination, the boys will need to put up the fight of their young lives to stop him! Is the key to stopping him not beating him but helping him?

Titans #11 By Abnett, Percy, Priest, Booth, Rapmund (May 10th) - When Deathstroke discovers that Wally West’s return holds the key to bringing his son back from the dead, he’ll stop at nothing to do just that! Don’t miss the debut chapter of the epic crossover event that you’ve been waiting for!
Trinity #9 By Francis Manapul (May 17th) - The Trinity is trapped in the Justice League Watchtower, and there’s a traitor in their midst! No one is what they seem as our heroes fight back against their own home turf!
Wonder Woman Annual #1 By Rucka, Scott, Sharp (May 31st) - In the days after “Year One,” Diana comes face-to-face with Superman and Batman for the first time, as illustrated by “Year One” artist Nicola Scott…and years later, Liam Sharp brings you the story of how their friendship has evolved!

Bug! The Adventures of Forager #1 By Mike, Laura and Lee Allred (May 10th) - Forager is just one of the Hive before he breaks out of his cocoon and finds himself in a mysterious house in an unknown realm. There he meets all kinds of strange creatures: a ghostly girl, a talking teddy bear and otherworldly weirdos that have literally jumped out of his worst nightmares. But these interdimensional oddballs are nothing compared to the evil General Electric, who is on the hunt for a reality-bending metal that could alter the fabric of life itself. 
Mother Panic #7 By Houser, Leon (May 24th) - A life Mother Panic once saved is again struck by tragedy, causing her to take a deeper look at her mission of revenge and her role in Gotham City. And with the shadow of the Bat looming ever closer, she may not have much time to decide where she stands!
Shade The Changing Girl #8 By Castellucci, Zarcone (May 3rd) - Shade hits the road! After her high school friends made it clear they didn’t want her around, Shade realized she doesn’t want to be there anyway. Map in hand, she decides to explore America. First stop: Gotham City. The city’s population may have seen its fair share of madness, but never like this. The only thing Shade didn’t factor in is that embracing her powers ends up signaling her home planet as to her whereabouts, and Meta police are going to come looking for her stolen coat.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 By Duggan, Kuder (May 3rd) - The Guardians of the Galaxy have taken off into space once more, on their biggest and weirdest misadventures yet! Kicking things off with the biggest heist they’ve ever tried, we join Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and company as they blast their way through the galaxy, the peacekeepers of the Nova Corps hot on their tails. And once they find themselves caught in a war between The Collector and The Grandmaster, there will hardly be time to explain why Groot can’t grow any bigger, what Gamora is searching for or why Drax has sworn off violence!
Generation X #1 By Strain, Pinna (May 17th) - The Xavier Institute for Mutant Education and Outreach has opened its doors and is ready to foster the next generation of heroes and diplomats! But this time around, the X-Men recognize an unfortunate truth: not all mutants are created equal. Some mutants are not made to fight Sentinels or serve as ambassadors on behalf of their kind. Some mutants will just be lucky to survive another day in a world that hates and fears them. And who better to mentor mutantkind’s lovable losers than perpetual sidekick Jubilee?
Gwenpool #16 By Hastings, Gurihuru (May 10th) - Gwen Poole is everyone’s favorite character from the “real” world! Her super-secret super-power? Why, knowledge of super-secret comic facts, of course! But the longer she’s in the Marvel Universe, the more her powers run out …or do they?

Jean Grey #1 By Hopeless, Ibanez (May 3rd) - When a teenage JEAN GREY traveled through time and arrived in the present, she learned the terrible fate that befell her predecessor: Possessed by a cosmic entity called the Phoenix, Jean was trapped in an endless cycle of life and death. Determined to escape that future, Jean set out to write her own destiny. But now, she’s visited by a premonition that the Phoenix is coming for her
Mighty Thor #19 By Aaron, Dauterman (May 17th) - The gods of the Shi’ar make their final play against Thor and her allies! With the Phoenix Force unleashed, it’s up to Quentin Quire to quell its destructive power…if he feels like it. Odinson has returned — but what awaits him in the war-torn Asgardia?
Moon Knight #14 By Lemire, Smallwood (May 31st) - Marc’s past, present and future collide! An epic throwdown between MARC SPECTOR and KHONSHU! Who will survive, and what will be left of them?

Secret Empire #1 By Spencer, McNiven (May 3rd) - It’s been building for months, across a bevy of titles! But now, the moment has arrived for Steve Rogers to step into the light and declare his allegiance to Hydra! How can the heroes of the Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted figure among them? And what will this mean for the world? The map of the Marvel Universe changes in ways nobody will expect — TRUST THE SECRET EMPIRE!
Secret Warriors #1 By Rosenberg, Garron (May 10th) - Captain America has been revealed to be an agent of Hydra – and he’s coming after Inhumans!
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. QUAKE, wants no part of Hydra, so she goes underground, teaming up with MS. MARVEL, MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR, KARNAK and INFERNO to set things right – for the Inhumans, but also for the entire country!
Venom #150 By Costa, Thompson, Tradd Moore, Sandoval (May 24th) - Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote have been reunited, and they’re web-slinging their way around New York again. 

Dr Aphra #7 By Gillen, Broccardo (May 31st) - The Queen’s parasites are spreading. Things don’t look good for Han.
Star Wars #31 By Aaron, Larroca (May 17th) - While Luke and Aphra face the Queen of the Citadel…Han and Leia are coming…for Aphra?!
Star Wars Screaming Citadel #1 By Gillen, Checchetto (May 10th) - Rebel pilot and rogue archaeologist wander side by side into the darkest shadows of the galaxy as Luke Skywalker reluctantly teams up with Doctor Aphra! The Doctor makes Luke an offer he can’t afford to pass up…one that leads him to a very rare gathering at the heart of the infamous Screaming Citadel. Will Luke find what he’s looking for? Can Aphra be trusted? Or will they both wind up victims of the Citadel’s Queen?

The Beauty #15 By Jaun, Hurley, Nachlik (May 24th) - Past and present collide as Detective Vaughn and Foster's hunt for the Narcissus Killer coincides with a dark anniversary.
Dying and the dead #4 By Hickman, Bodenheim (May 24th) - In this issue, we flash back in time to witness the final mission for the Colonel and his team.
Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #1 By Jim Mahfood (May 17th) - Join Gwen, Daphne, and Rita as they reunite for a pulse-pounding psychedelic adventure through the streets of Freak City.

Paper Girls #14 By Vaughn, Chiang, Wilson (May 3rd) - Here comes the future!
Rat Queens #3 By Wiebe, Gieni (May 24th) - A mysterious quest for a local gourmet chef leads the Queens on a raucous adventure far outside the safety of Palisade’s walls. What possible trouble could a gang of five heavily armed women get into while hunting for rare mushrooms?
Saga #43 By Vaughn, Staples (May 31st) - Hazel and her star-crossed parents embark on a thrilling new adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

Sex Criminals #19 By Fraction, Zdarsky (May 17th) - Everybody goes deeper and, no, for the first time, we do NOT mean it like that.
Walking Dead #167 By Kirkman, Adlard, Rathburn, Gaudiano (May 3rd) -  Is it possible, could it be, that the inevitable can somehow be...avoided? Rick and Andrea have a tough decision to make.
Youngblood #1 By Bowers, Towe (May 3rd) - When a young hero goes missing, his friend’s search for answers leads to some unexpected allies. Together, they'll do whatever it takes to find him…even if it means resurrecting the world’s most infamous super-team.

Aliens Dead Orbit #2 By James Stokoe (May 31st) - Having narrowly escaped the deadly xenomorph, Wascylewski moves around the hold of the ship, wary of his terrifying pursuer. His reflexes are tested again—but this time, by a sudden, massive breach in the hull. Will he survive?
Black Hammer #9 By Lemire, Rubin (May 24th) - In the golden age of space exploration, Colonel Randall Weird was on the frontlines. In his interstellar travels he encountered many strange worlds and alien civilizations, but none more curious than the technological marvel that became his best friend: Talky-Walky!
Lobster Johnson Pirate's Ghost #3 By Mignola, Arcudi, Zonjic (May 24th) - The Lobster’s search for a missing reporter comes to an explosive end aboard a pirate ship.

Mass Effect Discovery #1 By Barlow, Dombrow, Guzman (May 24th) - A young Turian military recruit goes undercover in order to infiltrate the mysterious Andromeda Initiative—and ultimately retrieve a scientist who’s made a potentially devastating discovery
Predator The Hunters #1 By Warner, Velasco (May 3rd) - Space aliens have been coming to Earth for centuries—but not with any message of brotherhood or peace. They’re here to hunt the toughest, most dangerous humans they can find. Only now their former prey have teamed up against them. Predators, watch your backs!
The Visitor How and Why He Stayed #4 By Mignola, Roberson, Grist (May 31st) - The Visitor alerts the BPRD as increasing numbers of Ogdru Hem attack, and the challenges of being an alien on Earth take a toll.

Giant Days #26 By Allison, Sarin, Fleming (May 3rd) - Ed and McGraw’s home has become a no-go zone with the addition of Dean Thompson, and the impending visit of his girlfriend Posy is anticipated with a mixture of morbid curiosity and dread.
Godshaper #2 By Spurrier, Goonface (May 10th) - Ennay and Bud are back on the road, but things don’t go quite as expected when they cross a fellow Godshaper’s turf.
Lumberjanes #38 By Watters, Leyh, Sotuyo (May 24th) - Parents’ Day continues as the Roanokes split into parent/daughter teams for a scavenger hunt, with the girls determined to keep their parents from noticing anything supernatural during their visit.

Misfit City #1 By Smith, Lustgarten, Franquiz (May 10th) - Nothing’s happened in Wilder’s hometown since they filmed that cult kids’ adventure movie there in the 80s... but that’s ancient history. Until one day, she and her friends come upon a centuries-old pirate map drawn by someone named Black Mary...and find out there might be some REAL adventure in their tiny town after all!
Power Rangers 2017 Annual By Higgins, Taylor, Montes, Mora (May 31st) - The future of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers starts here as Tommy makes a choice that will have huge consequences for the team; Black Power Rangers from across parallel dimensions meet to face off against a deadly foe; and all-new secret origins revealed!
Slam #6 By Ribon, Fish (May 10th) - Maisie progresses quickly when learning some new movies, but Jen feels like she’s become stagnant.

BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #2 - Talking naked statues of Roman gods? I asked for this. As the mystery of the dead boys deepens, Antonius must figure out how Achillia, the woman gladiator, ties into this whole thing. You know, Rome really sucked. Antonius was the closest thing they had to a investigator and pretty much everyone in the city wants to kill him. I don’t know, I guess his personality doesn’t help.
ETERNAL WARRIOR: AWAKENING - Thank you, based Venditti for coming back for this one-shot. In a time before civilization, Gilad suffers a devastating injury and is taken in by a tribe. But as the tribe is threatened by outsiders, GIlad will return the favor - in blood. Gallons of them, to be accurate.
FAITH #11 - The Faithless overcome Faith! With the combined force of all of her past rogues, will Faith be able to emerge victorious? I mean, real talk, the cat is probably the most threatening out of all of them. I’m surprised she was able to beat him the first time.

NINJAK #27 - Colin King has bested the strongest assassins in the world, fought against Deadside spirits, and returned from the dead, but now he faces his greatest threat yet - super-soldiers mutated with traits of the jungle’s deadliest predators. Will Ninjak be able to meditate and come to a cathartic realization hard enough to defeat these crazy cats?
RAPTURE #1 - Ninjak had so much fun in his first adventure to the Deadside, that he’s back to do it again! As if almost dying the first time wasn’t enough. With a war threatening to spill over from the Deadside to Earth, Tama, the current adorable Geomancer, gathers help from Ninjajack, Shadowman, and Punk Mambo (i.e. the most dysfunctional team-up in comics history) to stop the war and save the Earth.
XO MANOWAR #3 - As the war rages on, Aric’s resolve is tested in ways he never would have expected. But with his back against the wall, will he be able to come out on top without using the full power of the Shanhara armor? I’m pretty sure Aric’s been doing a better job with that Aquaman hook arm than he has whenever he used the suit. Either way, these alien dudes are going to get bodied this issue, for sure.

Archie #20 By Waid, Woods, Morelli (May 17th) - Cheryl Blossom finally goes on the warpath, and her target will surprise you! And why does Betty have second thoughts about her new boyfriend every time Archie walks by...?
The Archies One Shot By Segura, Rosenberg, Eisma (May 24th) - Follow Archie's quest to make his songwriting dreams a reality, and see what happens when the rock 'n' roll dream starts affecting his relationships with his closest friends. 
Josie and the pussycats #7 By Superstar Marguerite Bennett, DeOrdio, Mok (May 31st ) - Josie and the Pussycats are on a roll like never before, racking up award wins and climbing the charts! But are the "and the Pussycats" living their dreams, or just Josie's? Are Melody and Valerie ready to try their hand at succeeding on their own terms? 

Little Josie and the pussycats One Shot By Baltazar, Franco (May 10th) -
Josie and the Pussycats’ drummer Melody comes across colorful kitties and decides to adopt them as band mascots. But these aren’t ordinary kittens—they’re magical, and they’re about to rock Little Josie, Valerie and Melody’s world like never before!  
Motor Girl #6 By Terry Moore (May 31st) - If there is one person on Earth that visiting aliens trust, it's Samantha Locklear. Now Sam is fighting to save the desert junkyard that has become a UFO safehaven from an industrial tycoon determined to seize the land and in-stall an anti-UFO weapon. Fortunately, Sam has a secret weapon of her own, her imaginary gorilla friend Mike!
The Normals #1 By Glass, Calero (May 24th) - Think about your "life" for a moment...the people you've known, the one's you've loved, and all the stuff in between. Now imagine you learned that everything YOU believed, everything YOU lived, everything YOU felt actually never was ALL not real. But it is REAL to YOU and you now must fight to save it and everyone you love. But to do that, you first have to save the world. 

Rom #11 Ryall, Cage, Messina (May 31st) - Rom's war against the Wraiths takes a dark turn as he's forced to fight alone against both the returning, far more dangerous, Axiom, and a dual threat from the ocean depths... Scylla and Charybdis!
TMNT Universe 10 By Campbell, Curnow, Revel (May 17th) - Rom's war against the Wraiths takes a dark turn as he's forced to fight alone against both the returning, far more dangerous, Axiom, and a dual threat from the ocean depths... Scylla and Charybdis!
Theres nothing there #2 By Kindlon, Llovet (May 17th) - Reno puts ghosts on the back burner to walk the red carpet. But hauntings aren't scheduled things, and she soon finds herself visited by another restless spirit. Meanwhile, more corporeal threats begin to form around her as a stalker and an angry sex cult jockey for position. It's beginning to feel like nowhere is safe.

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semen stains the mountaintops
Just May and I've already hit 600 comics! Yeah, I think I will definitely be hitting 1000 this year.

I read something called Starseeds. I have no idea what I read though.

House of Penance was pretty decent. Front half felt a bit meandering and aimless but the strong finale pulled it together well I think. Bertram and Stewart are the stars of the book though.
Ohh, that cowboy comic's art is beautiful.
Green Lanterns in the OP, excellent
God dammit, how did that happen?
I intentionally picked it for Tim and so we wouldn't have the same 9 books every month.

I caught up on Rumble and that book is still awesome. In the letters they mention taking a hiatus but will return but I see its been gone since October and it hasn't been solicited up to July best case scenario is an august return. That sucks. I know sales weren't great but I hope it can return soon. It's a top quality book.
Harren had the Seven To Eternity issues lined up but both he and Arcudi have said there's definitely more to come, just no mention of when. Hopefully not too long a wait.

Awesome Fegredo piece in the back of that last mouse guard book:

Harren had the Seven To Eternity issues lined up but both he and Arcudi have said there's definitely more to come, just no mention of when. Hopefully not too long a wait.

Awesome Fegredo pic in the back of that last mouse guard book:
Harren is an absolute superstar. I can't see that book working with anyone else.

Deadpool vs. Punisher 3

Secret Empire 1

Steve Rogers 17

ONE OF THESE please god let all this build-up be worth it.
Harren is an absolute superstar. I can't see that book working with anyone else.
Totally agree. I can't imagine he goes long without doing a major book for the big two either, he's been out there since that Conan run at Dark Horse so fingers crossed Rumble isn't put on the backburner for too long. As of April 11th, his response was that it would return eventually :/

Great OT as always btw, love that the Mignola stuff always gets in there
How are we feeling about the new Gen X book? Anyone read anything by this writer before? The art looks good.

I'm already buying a gagillion X-men books, hey what's one more
when you're Canadian and paying crazy conversion prices.
I need some deets on the last few arcs of TMNT before issue #51.

Didn't Donatello die back in the Technodrome arc?

Everybody is Foot Clan now?
I need some deets on the last few arcs of TMNT before issue #51.

Didn't Donatello die back in the Technodrome arc?

Everybody is Foot Clan now?
Don briefly got his mind transferred into a robot while his body was healing, then had his mind transferred back.

Splinter killed Shredder in a duel and took over the foot clan.
My b-day is on Friday, which of course usually aligns or be close to a marvel movie.:p Hopefully GotG Vol 2 will be good.

Comic wise, I be checking out the next trade for Detective Comics for now, which is coming on the 10th, and maybe then I probably go by the issues.
Guardians of the Galaxy and Free Comic Book Day within a week! What a way to start the month.

Question about the Phoenix Force: is there only one of it? Just curious on it popping up in both
The Mighty Thor
I flipped through this a few weeks ago and thought the art looked pretty neat. I take it you weren't too into the writing?
The art was interesting. But I wasn't being snarky, I really didn't understand what was happening. Sure, there is a central conflict but the panel to panel writing was even more confusing than Moebius' third acts.
Lol GotG.

And once they find themselves caught in a war between The Collector and The Grandmaster, there will hardly be time to explain why Groot can’t grow any bigger, what Gamora is searching for or why Drax has sworn off violence!
Groot will start growing in a few months after the hype for Vol 2 dies down a little.:p

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My buys for May.......

Black Cloud #2
The Black Monday Murders #6
Black Road #10
Copperhead #13
Curse Words #5
Deadly Class #29
Extremity #3
The Fix #10
Injection #13
Kill Or Be Killed #9
Manifest Destiny #29
The Old Guard #4
Paper Girls #14
Saga #43
Seven To Eternity #6
Southern Bastards #17
The Walking Dead #167
The Wicked + The Divine: 455 Ad #1
Youngblood #1

Black Hammer #9

Spencer & Locke #2

Black Cloud gets one more issue to hook me. I found the first issue to be rather uninteresting and the art didn't do a whole lot for me either.
Just cuaght up on Bendis' Iron Man run all the way up to the end of Civil War II. Didn't care too much about the stuff tying into Civil War II, though the last issue with him and Carol running into eachother the AA meeting was pretty well-done; they could have honestly have made that the final issue of Civil War II and it would have been so much better.

International Iron Man was pretty good though, though I found the dialogue a little weird and the book didn't provide a good reason why it couldn't be a seperate arc in the main Iron Man book. But some fantastic visuals from Maleev, I also enjoyed the main villain, I hope Bendis brings her back at some point. another the book did that I apreciate is that it told a spy story set withing the Marvel universe and beside Iron Man and Howard Stark, it didn't have any pre-established Marvel characters outside of Fury in a couple pages. which seems like a huge accomplishment since Coulson, Hill or Fury are almost in a book when SHIELD is involved.
Honestly, I feel like it's too late for that. Especially with the kind of undertaking it would be. Do you know how many seasons it would take to tell those stories? More than that show would have before getting cancelled. :3
Honestly i'm just counting down when American Gods is getting cancelled.
Plus i'm not sure how it would translate, as long as they don't pull a lucifer
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