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Issue #16 Jook Joint, Dead Rabbit, Stranger Things, Blackbird
<p>In this episode we are reviewing the comic books: Jook Joint, Dead Rabbit, Stranger Things and Blackbird                   </p><p>(Brian's Pick) Jook Joint from IMAGE COMICS written by Tee Franklin with art by Alitha Martinez                       </p><p>TEE FRANKLIN (BINGO LOVE) and ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) team up for a timely horror series from the Deep South! Mahalia runs the hottest spot in all of 1950s New Orleans. The Jook Joint keeps the jazz popping, people bopping… and the women? The women are to die for. There’s only one rule: “Keep your hands to yourself.” But some men think rules don’t apply to them, and Mahalia and her coven of slain women enjoy reminding them that they most certainly do.                                         </p><p>(Joe's Pick) Blackbird from IMAGE COMICS written by Sam Humphries with art by Jen Bartel                         </p><p>An all-new ongoing series from fan-favorite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL! In this neo-noir fantasy, Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she’s crazy. The bigger problem: she’s not crazy—she’s right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?                         </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Stranger Things from DARK HORSE COMICS written by Jody Houser with art by Stefano Martino                          </p><p>The nostalgia-igniting hit Netflix original series comes to comic shelves. Follow Will Byers into a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down.                 </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Dead Rabbit from IMAGE COMIS written by Gerry Duggan with art by John McCrea                           </p><p>Back in the ‘90s, DEAD RABBIT was a prolific Boston stick-up man and hoodlum, until he took down one last big score and disappeared. Nobody ever discovered the truth: he retired to be with the love of his life. Now he’s back in the mask to save her, but no one—not his wife, the mafia, or the cops—is happy that he’s out of retirement. From JOHN McCREA, the artist and co-creator of MYTHIC and Hitman, and GERRY DUGGAN, the writer of ANALOG and Deadpool, comes the action-comedy-drama tale of Martin Dobbs, a.k.a. DEAD RABBIT, the man who says he’s descended from one of the original gangs of New York City. Get on board with the oversized first issue of an all-new ONGOING SERIES for mature readers.  </p>
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Issue #15 Burnouts, Cemetery Beach, Return of Wolverine, Mystery Science Theater 3000
<p>(Brian's pick) Return of Wolverine from MARVEL COMICS written by Charles Soule are by Steve Mcniven                               </p><p>He's back, bub.</p><p>(Rebekah's pick) Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic from Dark Horse Comics written by Joel Hodgson art by Steve Vance             </p><p>Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Comic finds Jonah Heston, Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo, and Gypsy thrust into the 2-D world of public domain comics, with riffing as their only defense! But trust us, these comics have it coming.                          </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Cemetery Beach from IMAGE COMICS written by Warren Ellis art by Jason Howard                               </p><p>From the creators of the acclaimed TREES graphic novels, which are currently being adapted for television, comes something completely different. A professional pathfinder, his only ally a disaffected young murderess, breaks out of a torture cell in pursuit of his worst extraction scenario ever: escaping on foot across a sprawling and secret off-world colony established a hundred years ago and filled with generations of lunatics. WARREN ELLIS &amp; JASON HOWARD ignite a high-speed new action serial.                                    </p><p>(Joe's pick) Burnouts from IMAGE COMICS written by Dennis Culver art by Geoffo                              </p><p>Writer DENNIS CULVER (E Is for Extinction) and artist GEOFFO (layout artist of Marvel Rising) team up for a new ongoing series that combines the paranoia of They Live with Stranger Things. To save their friends and families, a group of high school teenagers must fight off an attack on their town by a secret alien invasion… but they can only see the aliens if they’re completely wasted. The Burnouts are saving the world one puff at a time!</p>
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Issue #14 Bully Wars, Web of Venom: Ve'Nam, Scarlet, United States VS. Murder Inc.
<p>This weeks comic books: Bully Wars, Web of Venom: Ve'Nam, Scarlet, United States VS. Murder Inc.                              </p><p>(Brian's Pick) Bully Wars from IMAGE COMICS written by Skottie Young art by Aaron Conley                                 </p><p>I HATE FAIRYLAND and Deadpool writer SKOTTIE YOUNG and artist AARON CONLEY (Sabertooth Swordsman, Rocket Raccoon &amp; Groot) team up for a hilarious all-new, all-ages ONGOING SERIES! Rufus, the biggest bully in Rottenville since kindergarten, suddenly goes from bully to bullied on the first day of high school. He’s forced to make a shaky pact with his favorite geeks: Spencer and his twin sibling besties, Edith and Ernie. Together they’ll have to find a way to survive the Hunger Games-like contest known simply as the BULLY WARS—where the winner will rule the school!                            </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Web of Venom - Ve'Nam from MARVEL COMICS written by Donny Cates art by Juanan Ramirez                                  </p><p>SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF VENOM! As the United States of America struggled through the Vietnam War, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed a secret weapon – and when an ancient creature was discovered at an archaeological dig site, he was sure he’d found it. In reality, the discovery was an ancestor of the Klyntar symbiotes…and would become a waking nightmare for a platoon of American soldiers!                     </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Scarlet from JINXWORLD (DC COMICS) written by Brian Michael Bendis art by Alex Maleev                   </p><p>From the creative team that brought you Daredevil and Infamous Iron Man comes the latest explosive chapter in their creator-owned epic, which IGN called one of the best comics on the stands. SCARLET tells the story of a woman whose life has been ripped apart by police corruption. When she pushes back, she starts a chain reaction of events that will bring about the next American Revolution.</p><p>In this brand-new, new reader-friendly chapter, fully painted by Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Maleev, SCARLET tells the story of what happens when one young woman is pushed too far-and what one country will do to stop her.                                  </p><p>(Joe's Pick) United States VS Murder Inc. from JINXWORLD (DC COMICS) written by Brian Michael Bendis art by Michael Avon Oeming                         </p><p>From the Eisner Award-winning creators of POWERS comes a crime-infused blast<br />of alternate history. Years ago, the five families of organized crime had such a stranglehold over the American public that the U.S. government found itself forced to give up part of the country or lose all of it. Now the unrest between America and the families has come to a boil. A war is about to come—a war no one is ready for. Newly made man Valentine Gallo and mob hitwoman Jagger Rose find themselves torn over which side of the war they want to be on. United States of murder, Inc. #1 was voted the single best issue of the year by IGN.    </p><p> </p>
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Issue #13 Cold Spots, Pearl, Extermination, Crowded
<p>(Brian's Pick) Cold Spots from IMAGE COMICS written by Cullen Bunn art by Mark Torres                 </p><p>Psychological terror, the undead, and a supernaturally bitter cold come together in this spine-tingling new series from CULLEN BUNN (REGRESSION, Harrow County) and MARK TORRES (Zombies vs. Robots: Undercity). 10 years ago, Dan Kerr turned his back on his wife and unborn daughter. Now, both mother and child have gone missing, and Dan must face cosmic terrors to find them again. He soon finds that ghosts stir when his estranged daughter is near. And as the dead grow restless, the cold deepens...                            </p><p>(Joe's Pick) Pearl from DC COMICS written by Brian Michael Bendis art by Michael Gaydos              </p><p>From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation. PEARL is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza.</p><p>She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape.</p><p>PEARL is a major series launch from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos that features their first brand-new original character since Jessica Jones. Fans of the Jessica Jones comic and TV show will be thrilled and delighted by this bold new direction the creative team has taken.                  </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Extermination from MARVEL COMICS written by Ed Brisson art by Pepe Larraz                       </p><p>EXTERMINATE THE PAST. ELIMINATE THE FUTURE. Cyclops. Iceman. Angel. Beast. Marvel Girl. The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but were determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutantkind lies squarely in the hands of its past. Writer Ed Brisson (OLD MAN LOGAN, CABLE) and artist Pepe Larraz (UNCANNY AVENGERS, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) answer the biggest question of all: can the fate of the X-Men be changed?                         </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Crowded from IMAGE COMICS written by Christopher Sebela with art by Ro Stein &amp; Ted Brandt colors by Triona Farrell                </p><p>Ten minutes in the future, the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps, including Reapr: a crowdfunding platform to fund assassinations. Charlie Ellison leads a quiet, normal life until she’s suddenly targeted by a million-dollar Reapr campaign. Hunted by all of Los Angeles, Charlie hires Vita, the lowest-rated bodyguard on the Dfend app. As the campaign picks up speed, they’ll have to figure out who wants Charlie dead before the campaign’s 30 days—or their lives—are over. From Eisner-nominated writer CHRISTOPHER SEBELA (Heartthrob, We(l)come Back, Harley Quinn), RO STEIN &amp; TED BRANDT (Captain Marvel, Raven: The Pirate Princess), TRIONA FARRELL (Runaways, Mech Cadet Yu), and CARDINAL RAE (BINGO LOVE, ROSE). COMPARISON TITLES If the near-future implications of social media and technology in Semahn and Corona’s NO. 1 WITH A BULLET had you on the edge of your seat, you’ll love CROWDED.</p>
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Issue #12 Fantastic Four, Justice League Dark, Leviathan, Hot Lunch Special
<p>(Brian's Pick) Fantastic Four from MARVEL COMICS written by Dan Slott art by Simone Bianchi                         </p><p>BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT – THE WORLD’S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE IS BACK! Since the end of SECRET WARS, there’s been a gap in the Marvel Universe. A void no other team can fill. And it’s time for the world to move on. But can it? A life-changing decision by the Thing! A momentous declaration by the Human Torch! A clarion call-to-arms that summons Doctor Doom! And a signal in the sky that heralds the return of hope to the Marvel Universe! All this, and Alicia Masters adopts kittens! So cute! Plus, the Impossible Man! AND BONUS STORIES ILLUSTRATED BY SIMONE BIANCHI AND SKOTTIE YOUNG! IF YOU READ ONLY ONE MARVEL COMIC THIS MONTH, THIS IS THE ONE!                      </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Leviathan from IMAGE COMICS writtey by John Layman art by Nick Pitarra                         </p><p>GEM OF THE MONTH SERIES PREMIERE Poor Ryan DeLuca didn’t buy enough beer for his party, and while he was out on a beer run his idiot buddies busted out some mystical arcana and performed a summoning ceremony—a ceremony that summoned a giant monster from hell! Join multiple Eisner-winning writer JOHN LAYMAN (CHEW) and Eisner-nominated artist NICK PITARRA (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS), along with soon-to-be-nominated-for-best-colorist MICHAEL GARLAND (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS) for an eye-popping, face-melting, reality-defying, nonstop rush of pure adrenaline. COMPARISON TITLES If you like fullscreen monster movies like Godzilla and you watch Game of Thrones just for those glorious dragons, you’ll love LEVIATHAN!                             </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Hot Lunch Special from AFTERSHOCK COMICS written by Eliot Rahal art by Jorge Fornes                        </p><p>From Eliot Rahal, the writer of Cult Classic, The Paybacks and Quantum &amp; Woody comes HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, with art by Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine, Magnus)! A midwestern noir series set in the harsh landscape of the northern Minnesota Iron Range—Hot Lunch Special is all about family, food and the fight for survival.<br />The Khourys are a classic immigrant success story: A fractious and quarrelsome Lebanese family who carved their slice of the American Dream by becoming the largest distributors of vending machine sandwiches in the upper northern Midwest.<br />Unfortunately, the Khourys gains have been ill-gotten and a branch of the Chicago Irish Mob has come back to collect a past debt. Fealty is demanded, shots are fired, and long-hidden family secrets are fully revealed. Now, Dorothy Khoury, the daughter of the family patriarch is forced to unite her splintered bloodline and fight back.<br />Only one question is worth asking...is blood thicker than sandwiches?                         </p><p>(Joe's Pick) Justice League Dark from DC COMICS written by James T Tynion IV art by Raul Fernandez                          </p><p>From the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! Earth’s magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It’s up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! After the events of NO JUSTICE, team leader Wonder Woman guides the misfit magic mix of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp against enemies too fantastic even for the Justice League. Plus, what awful things are coming through the Tree of Wonder? Dark days ahead...</p><p> </p>
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Issue #11 Aphrodite V, Injustice VS He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Outpost Zero, Clankillers
<p>Welcome to Issue 11 of Number One Comics Books.  This week we are talking about the books Clankillers, Outpost Zero, Injustice Vs He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Aphrodite V.                         </p><p>Clankillers (Rod's Pick) from AFTERSHOCK COMICS written by Sean Lewis with art by Antonio Fuso                    </p><p>Finola has a problem-her father is losing his mind. All the old king cares about is power...and Finola thinks power is stupid. Finola thinks her vicious older sisters are stupid. Finola thinks the royal court is stupid, and above all she thinks the clans across the country are stupid. So she makes a plan with her good friend Cillian: Let's kill all the clans. And then, we go for dad.                                    </p><p>Outpost Zero (Brian's Pick) from IMAGE COMICS written by Sean McKeever and art by Alexandre Tefenkgi                            </p><p>Welcome to Outpost Zero, the smallest town in the universe. The people there work the land, go to the fights every Friday night, and tuck their children into bed-but the Outpost is no place for dreams or aspirations. To survive is ambitious enough. As Alea and her friends graduate to adulthood on a frozen world never meant to support human life, something stirs. Something sees...                               </p><p>Injustice VS He-Man and the Masters of the Universe from DC COMICS written by Tim Seeley and art by Freddie E. Williams II                    </p><p>Believing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe defeated, a robotic impostor has seized control of Eternia-but not for long! After freeing his kingdom from this strongman's rule, Prince Adam learns not everyone is pleased to see the pretender deposed-but Adam knows the value of freedom. So when heroes from another dimension ask his aid in deposing a super-hero turned dictator, he agrees. Teaming up with Batman against the Superman of the Injustice Universe, He-man and his new allies face dangerous and familiar enemies in a battle where no world is safe!                           </p><p>Aphrodite V (Joe's Pick) from IMAGE COMICS written by Bryan Hill with art by Jeff Spokes                        </p><p>In the near future, Los Angeles is a city on the brink of evolution, struggling with a new wave of terror fueled by black-market technology. Enter Aphrodite V: a fugitive from her masters, seeking individuality and purpose. She is the bleeding edge of biomechanics, and L.A.'s best hope against a new enemy-one that seeks to become a god among machines.                              </p><p>One machine wants to destroy the city. Another has come to save it. Only one will survive.                </p>
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Issue #10 Superman, Farmhand, Unnatural, Relay
<p>(Brian's Pick) Unnatural from IMAGE COMICS story and art by Mirka Andolfo                             </p><p>Leslie is a simple pig girl. She loves sushi, she's stuck with a job she hates, and she lives under a brutal totalitarian government-one that<br /> punishes transgressors for anything deemed 'unnatural.' Leslie dreams of something different for herself. But those dreams are <br />becoming dangerous... This Italian hit series by MIRKA ANDOLFO (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, DC Comics Bombshells) will <br />transport you into a colorful but terrible world-full of anthropomorphic creatures, but light on personal freedoms-by way of a breathtaking<br /> plot that travels between thriller and fantasy, with a hint of sensuality.                                  </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Farmhand from IMAGE COMICS art and story by Rob Guillory                                     </p><p>Jedidiah Jenkins is a farmer—but his cash crop isn’t corn or soy. Jed grows fast-healing, plug-and-play human organs. Lose a finger? Need a new liver? He’s got you covered. Unfortunately, strange produce isn’t the only thing Jed’s got buried. Deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm, something dark has taken root, and it’s beginning to bloom. From ROB GUILLORY, Eisner-winning co-creator and artist of Image Comics’ CHEW, comes a new dark comedy about science gone sinister and agriculture gone apocalyptic. Nature is a Mother.                                      </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Relay from AFTERSHOCK COMICS Written by Zac Thompson (<em>The Dregs</em>) and art by Andy Clarke (REPLICA, <em>Batman</em>). Story by Zac Thomson and Donny Cates (BABYTEETH, <em>God Country</em>, <em>Redneck</em>)!                           </p><p>A perfect future of intergalactic travel and community. Every newly discovered planet is unified culturally through a monolithic structure known as the Galactic Relay. Although the towering monument is meant to inspire conformity of ideas, technology, and progress – many resent the foreign structure. Jad Carter, a Relay employee, must keep the peace and act as an emissary to new civilizations. But when he finds the Relay’s mythological creator, Hank Donaldson, his idea of reality and the universe shatters. <br /><br />Equal parts The Fifth Element and Philip K Dick, Relay is an exploration of monoculture, identity, and the deceptive nature of legend set in a thriving future where humanity forcibly assimilates new worlds.                                </p><p>(Joe's Pick) Superman from DC COMICS written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Joe Prado and Ivan Reis                                      </p><p>A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time begins here as the superstar team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes...with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of the Phantom Zone!</p>
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Issue #9 Catwoman, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Plastic Man, The New Lieutenants of Metal
<p>(Brian's Pick) Catwoman from DC COMICS written by Joelle Jones with art by Joelle Jones and colors by Laura Allred                                   </p><p>The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, don’t miss the debut of an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives.                                  </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Plastic Man from DC COMICS written by Gail Simone with art by Adriana Melo                                       </p><p>Meet Eel O’Brian: a petty thug, thief and con artist who runs a strip club. Hey, he’s also dead, at least according to the gang that tossed him out like last week’s garbage. Literally. Don’t worry, though—he bounced back from all that, and now he’s trying to make a new life for himself, but the effort is stretching him pretty thin. How can he get revenge on his old boss, keep a street kid out of trouble, make a dancer fall in love with him and stop a mysterious society from taking over the world? Eel has no idea!                                             </p><p>(Rod's Pick) The New Lieutenants of Metal from IMAGE COMICS written by Joe Casey with art by Ulises Farinas                                      </p><p>Meet the New Lieutenants of Metal, a precision strike force ready to face any threat, and the most kick-ass, head-banging heroes ever assembled! Their names are legend: The Mighty Krieg, Vandenborg Riot, Manowarrior, Steppenwulf. Beset on all sides by a roster of vicious foes, the New Lieutenants of Metal are guaranteed to deliver you unto greater comic book glory.                                        </p><p>(Joe's Pick) Cosmic Ghost Rider from MARVEL COMICS written by Donny Cates with art by Dylan Burnett                                        </p><p>EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF THANOS! Frank Castle was the Punisher. A deal with the devil made him Ghost Rider. A deal with Galactus made him cosmic. A deal with Thanos made him…DEAD?!? Not to worry, he’s coming back, and he’s got a plan to make the universe a better place that’s going to lead him into an even CRAZIER adventure than he’s ever been in! Join hot new comic (and cosmic?) writer Donny Cates (THANOS, DOCTOR STRANGE) as he pushes his wildest creation past the breaking point!</p><p>from NUMBER ONE COMICS BOOKS PODCAST</p>
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Issue #8 The Weatherman, The Magic Order, The Last Siege, Stellar
<p>This week we are reviewing The Weatherman, The Magic Order, The Last Siege and Stellar.                                           </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Stellar from IMAGE COMICS written by Joseph Keatinge with art by Bret Blevins                                          </p><p>Stellar was taken as a child and transformed into the ultimate weapon, one that would end an intergalactic war. She succeeded…at everything except finding peace. Reduced to a bounty hunter, she scours the worlds she’s broken, searching for redemption. But there are other weapons loose in the galaxy, who just can’t leave the war behind them. JOSEPH KEATINGE (GLORY, SHUTTER) and legendary artist BRET BLEVINS (New Mutants, Sleepwalker) will transport you to another dimension, filled with crashed spaceships, fast-talking aliens, and ageless wonders.                                                  </p><p>(Joe's Pick) The Last Siege from IMAGE COMICS written by Landry Q. Walker with art by Justin Greenwood                                  </p><p>A tale of blood, desperation, and loss. New York Times bestselling author LANDRY Q. WALKER joins artist JUSTIN GREENWOOD for an all-new ONGOING SERIES—THE LAST SIEGE! Spaghetti Western storytelling meets Game of Thrones atmosphere in this gritty medieval war story, as a mysterious stranger arrives at a castle overrun with brutal soldiers bent on usurping the throne of the rightful heir—an 11-year-old girl. An action-packed, genre-twisting epic, THE LAST SIEGE begins!                 </p><p>(Brian's Pick) The Magic Order from IMAGE COMICS written by Mark Millar with art by Olivier Coipel                                     </p><p>We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in THE MAGIC ORDER, as five families of magicians—sworn to protect our world for generations—must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they are the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness…unless the darkness gets them first. MARK MILLAR's first NETFLIX comic book, drawn by the incredible OLIVIER COIPEL (Amazing Spider-Man, Thor).                                                       </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) The Weatherman from IMAGE COMICS written by Jody Leheup with art by Nathan Fox                                                 </p><p>Nathan Bright had it all: an awesome girlfriend, a kickass dog, and a job as the number one weatherman on terraformed Mars. But when he’s accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history—an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth—Nathan becomes the most wanted man alive and a target of a manhunt that spans the galaxy. But is Nathan truly responsible for such a horrific crime? And why can’t he remember? Writer JODY LEHEUP (SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER!), artist NATHAN FOX (DMZ, HAUNT, Dark Reign: Zodiac), and colorist DAVE STEWART (Hellboy, RUMBLE) present a full-throttle, widescreen science fiction epic about the damage we do in the name of justice and what it truly means to be redeemed…You don’t want to miss THE WEATHERMAN! </p>
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Issue #7 Man of Steel, Black Panther, Executive Assistant Iris
<p>We're back and we're down a host but that doesn't mean we don't have plenty to discuss this week!!!                                                                             </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Black Panther #1 from MARVEL COMICS written by Ta-Nehisi Coates art by Daniel Acuna                                              </p><p> </p><p>A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T'Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed…Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T'Challa's name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuña for a Black Panther story unlike any other! -                                                                                            </p><p> </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Executive Assistant Iris #1 from ASPEN COMICS written by Blake Northcott art by Luis Guerrero and Donny Tran                                                  </p><p>Aspen Comics’ hit action-adventure assassin series marks its 10-Year Anniversary with a brand new pulse-pounding volume! When a routine security job takes a turn for the worse, Executive Assistant Iris realizes she might be at the crossroads of her career! The world’s deadliest assassin is faced with a choice: remain a freelance Executive Assistant, or join Magni Global—a mysterious corporation that has acquired nearly every private security firm on the planet. But, what fateful decisions may come from joining a giant conglomerate whose interests may spell doom for her?! Brought to you by acclaimed author Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom) with art by newcomer Donny Tran and colorist Luis Guerrero, this newest pulse-pounding 10 year anniversary chapter of Executive Assistant: Iris is sure to be the greatest volume yet!                                                                                             </p><p> </p><p>(Brian's Pick) Man of Steel #1 from DC COMICS written by Brian Michael Bendis art by Joe Prado and Ivan Reis                                                                                  </p><p>A new era begins for Superman as a threat from his earliest origins reemerges to destroy the Last Son of Krypton. As Superman struggles to come to grips with what has happened to his wife and son, he must also face a new threat that’s determined to burn down Metropolis!  </p><p>Ta-Nehisi Coates</p><p> </p>
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Issue #6 Venom, Justice League No Justice, Flavor, Coda
<p>This week the Number One Comic Books crew reviews Venom, Justice League No Justice, Flavor and Coda.                                                 </p><p>(Brian's Pick) Coda from BOOM! STUDIOS written by Simon Spurrer with art by Matías Bergara.                                                                        </p><p>In the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.                                                                          </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Flavor from IMAGE COMICS written by Joseph Keatinge with art by Wook Jin Clark.                             </p><p>Within a strange walled city, an unlicensed chef discovers a mystery that threatens to end it all. Join JOSEPH KEATINGE (GLORY, SHUTTER) and WOOK JIN CLARK (Adventure Time: The Flip Side) on this culinary epic adventure—FLAVOR—where chefs are the ultimate celebrity and food is the most valued commodity. The high-stakes competition of Hunger Games collides with the lush, MIYAZAKI-esque worldbuilding in this delectable new ongoing series featuring culinary consulting and bonus content by ALI BOUZARI, renowned food scientist and author of the IACP Award-winning cookbook Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food.                           </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Justice League No Justice from DC COMICS written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson with art by Francis Manapul                                      </p><p>DARK NIGHTS: METAL left the DCU transformed in ways both terrifying and wondrous—and only the Justice League is strong enough to face the threats to come…or are they? Four giant beings comprised of the universe’s major energies—Mystery, Wonder, Wisdom and Entropy—who sustain their life force by devouring planets are on their way to destroy the planet of Colu. The only way to take down this unimaginable threat is for the superhero teams of Earth to forget everything they thought they knew and form new alliances. </p><p>What secrets of the cosmos will Superman, Martian Manhunter and Team Mystery discover? Will Zatanna, Wonder Woman and Team Wonder awaken alien magic they cannot put back to sleep? What can Harley Quinn possibly have to teach the rest of Team Wisdom? And most importantly…why the heck is Beast Boy on Team Entropy with Lobo and Batman? Find out all this and much more in the most exciting, bombastic event of summer 2018! </p><p>In this kickoff issue to the four-issue miniseries, after Brainiac systematically takes down all of Earth’s super-teams, the last thing the League expects is for him to ask for their help! Without their aid, his home planet and the universe are both doomed!                                                             </p><p>(Joe's Pick) Venom from MARVEL COMICS written by Donny Cates with art by Ryan Stegman                                                     </p><p>In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!</p><p> </p>
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Issue #5 Death Or Glory, Avengers, Red Sonja & Tarzan, The Mainstream
<p> Brian, Joe, Rebekah and Rod are talking about some new #1's: Death Or Glory, Avengers, Red Sonja and The Mainstream.                                     </p><p>(Rod's Pick) The Mainstream from ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT Written by Michale Dolce and art by Talent Caldwell                        </p><p>There are people on this Earth that do not belong. It's up to a Chicago detective and a covert, interdimensional police force to send them back where they came from! Don't miss this brand new five issue mini-series from the creative minds of Michael Dolce, Talent Caldwell, Tony Moy, and Darren Sanchez.                          </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Red Sonja &amp; Tarzan from DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT Written by Gail Simone and art by Walter Geovani                                  </p><p>The She-Devil with a Sword meets the Lord of the Jungle!<br />Eson Duul is an evil man. The mere mention of his name makes powerful quake with fear. He has no regard for life, including that of man. But he may finally have met his match when he finds himself up against Red Sonja and Tarzan!<br />Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Red Sonja) and Walter Geovani (Red Sonja, Clean Room) reunite to bring us the crossover event featuring two of fiction's greatest heroes side by side at last!                                            </p><p>(Joe's Pick) Avengers from MARVEL COMICS Written by Jason Aaron and art by Ed Mcguinness                           </p><p>Thor Odinson. Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. The Big Three of the Avengers are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials. Behold the coming of the Final Host. Who will answer the call to assemble for a wild new era of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Hint: one of them has a flaming skull for a head. And what strange, world-shaking connection exists between the Final Host and Odin’s ancient band of Prehistoric Avengers?                                               </p><p>(Brian's Pick) Death Or Glory from IMAGE COMICS Written by Rick Remender and art by Bengel                                        </p><p>Meet Glory, raised off the grid in a convoy amid truckers—the last men and women fighting for true freedom on the American open road. Now, in order to pay for her beloved dying Father’s surgery, Glory has three days to pull off four dangerous cross-country heists with mob killers, crooked cops, and a psycho ex-husband all out to bring her in or die trying. The new ongoing series by New York Times bestselling author RICK REMENDER and legendary French superstar BENGAL brings you a high-speed chase across the American West that examines our dwindling freedoms and the price paid by those who fight for an untethered life, in this special double-sized first issue with 40 pages of story!</p><p> </p>
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Issue #4 Domino, The Dead Hand, Skyward, Crude
<p>Welcome to Issue #4 of Number One Comic Books and we are going to go over Marvel's Domino, The Dead Hand, Skyward and Crude.                                     </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Crude from IMAGE COMICS Written by Steve Orlando with Art / Cover: Garry Brown, Lee Loughridge                                             </p><p>Killers once feared Piotr Petrovich. Now, they’ve sent his son home to him—in a body bag. Haunted by his failures, Piotr journeys across <br />Russia to learn what type of man his son really was, while hunting the bastards who killed him. And once Piotr finds them, they will learn to fear<br /> him once more…. GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer STEVE ORLANDO (VIRGIL, Midnighter) and artist GARRY BROWN (BLACK<br /> ROAD) deliver an emotional, bone-shattering account of murder, masculinity, and mayhem.                                           </p><p>(Rod's Pick) The Dead Hand from IMAGE COMICS Written by Kyle Higgins with Art by Stephen Mooney and Jordie Bellaire                                               </p><p> "COLD WAR RELICS," Part One Carter Carlson was a highly decorated operative during the Cold War. But in the fall of 1991, as the Soviet<br /> Union collapsed, Carter discovered a secret that not only changed his life…but also altered the course of history. Now, as the mysterious <br />“Dead Hand” threatens to end the world once again, the only thing standing in its way is the relationship between an old spy and a little boy.                               </p><p>(Brian's Pick) Domino from MARVEL COMICS Written by Gail Simone with Art by David Baldeon Cover Art by Greg Land                                  </p><p> Impossible curves. Impossible shots. Impossible targets. Marvel’s #1 soldier of fortune is back in an explosive new ongoing series! <br />The product of a failed super-soldier program, Neena Thurman always made her own luck as the sharpshooting mercenary known as <br />Domino… but what happens when her own powers betray her? The hunter becomes the hunted as every mercenary in the game smells<br /> blood in the water! Plus: A pair of beloved Marvel characters return!                                                         </p><p>(Joe's Pick) Skyward from IMAGE COMICS Written by Joe Henderson Art: Lee Garbett, Antonio Fabela                                              </p><p> "MY LOW-G LIFE," Part One One day, gravity on earth suddenly became a fraction of what it is now. Twenty years later, humanity has adapted<br /> to its new low-gravity reality. And to Willa Fowler, a woman born just after G-day, it’s…well, it’s pretty awesome, actually. You can fly through <br />the air! I mean, sure, you can also die if you jump too high. So you just don’t jump too high. And maybe don’t stumble into a dangerous plan<br /> to bring gravity back that could get you killed…. From writer JOE HENDERSON (showrunner of Fox’s Lucifer) and artist LEE GARBETT <br />(Lucifer, Loki: Agent of Asgard), SKYWARD is an adventure-filled exploration of our world turned upside down and a young woman’s journey<br /> to find her place in it.                                                </p><p> </p>
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Issue #3 Isola, Analog, Shadowman, Helm
<p><span style="font-size:1em">Brian's pick) Shadowman from Valiant Comics                                               </span></p><p>Written by Andy Diggle                                       </p><p>Art by Stephen Segovia                                        </p><p>Orphaned as a child and raised on the margins of society, Jack Boniface never knew his place in the world. Until he discovered it waiting for<br /> him… in a darkness far older than the reign of men…<span style="font-size:1em">Unbeknownst to him, Jack was fated to become the next in a long lineage of Shadowmen – mortals bound to violent voodoo spirits of </span><span style="font-size:1em">immense power – that could safeguard our world against incursions from realms beyond. </span><span style="font-size:1em">For years, he struggled to control the loa’s murderous urges – a battle he eventually lost.</span><span style="font-size:1em">But now, after years of self-imposed exile, the man once known as Shadowman is returning home to sharpen the weapon within…and unleash</span><span style="font-size:1em">a reckoning on the evils of our world that will soon send shockwaves through heaven and hell alike…                                     </span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em">(Rebekah's pick) Analog from Image Comics                                               </span></p><p>Written by Gerry Duggan                        </p><p>Art by David O'Sullivan and Jordie Bellaire                          </p><p>     CHAPTER ONE Five years from now: the security of the internet has been totally destroyed. Secrets are no longer sent over the web, they're <br />entrusted to armed couriers called "Ledger Men," like human punching-bag Jack McGinnis. He's got a gun in one hand and a briefcase <br />handcuffed to the other. Danger lurks around every corner, and Jack has to watch his back—because he had a part in the cyber attack that <br />changed the world. Get in on the ground floor of this new ongoing series and thrill as we slam Jack's fist into the faces of spies, mercs,<br /> fascists, and eventually less punchable adversaries like a very grumpy artificial intelligence.                                        </p><p><span style="font-size:1em">(Rod's pick) Helm from Action Lab Comics                               </span></p><p>Written by Jehanzeb Hasan                             </p><p>Art by Mauricio Caballero and Miguel Angel Reyes                       </p><p>Pursued by the ruthless Legion, the mysterious witch Luna Lumere seeks out Eldrick Spellsong, Jr., a college dropout who unknowingly holds <br />the key to unlocking an age-old secret. Together, along with a sundry gang of adventurers, villains, and scoundrels, they will traverse the dark<br /> and dangerous world of HELM, in search of the legendary Bastard King, and rouse him from his slumber.                       </p><p>(Joe's pick) Isola                               </p><p>Written by Brenden Fletcher         </p><p>Art by Karl Kerschl &amp; Msassyk                        </p><p>The captain of the Royal Guard has fled the capital city with the Queen of Maar, suffering under the effects of an evil spell. Captain Rook’s only<br /> hope of returning Queen Olwyn to her throne and saving the kingdom from impending war lies on an island half a world away—a place known <br />in myth as Isola, land of the dead. </p><p> </p><p>                                              </p><p> </p>
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C2E2 Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Millar One-on-One: Industry Giants in Conversation
<p>The C2E2 Main Stage presents a once-in-a-lifetime dream panel. Join two of the most iconic names in the comic book universe with Brian Michale Bendis and Mark Millar on stage together!  Listen for a candid one-on-one conversation with these two creative titans as they discuss their monumental careers and incredible creations.</p>
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Kyle Higgins Interview: The Dead Hand from Image Comics
<p>We have a C2E2 Artist Alley Showfloor Interview conducted by our very own Joe Stark who talks with Kyle Higgins about his new book coming out on April 11th "The Dead Hand" from Image Comics.  Art by Stephen Mooney and Jordie Bellaire.                                               </p><p>What's The Dead Hand about?  Listen and find out!  "COLD WAR RELICS," Part One Carter Carlson was a highly decorated operative during the Cold War. But in the fall of 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed, Carter discovered a secret that not only changed his life…but also altered the course of history. Now, as the mysterious “Dead Hand” threatens to end the world once again, the only thing standing in its way is the relationship between an old spy and a little boy." </p>
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C2E2 DC Universe Panel
<p>Panel recorded April 6th 2018.  Welcome to the DC Universe Panel at C2E2 in Chicago.  The panel was moderated by Brian Michael Bendis!  Join Joelle Jones, Justin Jordan, Tim Seeley, Cully Hamner, Phillip Tan, Benjamin Percy and Tom King as they talk about everything DC.  The DC Universe keeps rocking your world with heroes that take on the most outlandish villains and overcoming obstacles that leave you speechless! The creative talent behind some of DC’s hottest titles – Batman and the Signal, Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, Superwoman, Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Green Lanterns, Nightwing and Dark Nights: Metal¬ – are on hand as your tour guides for this journey through their incredible stories!  </p>
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C2E2 Image Comics: We Believe In Drama Panel
<p>Panel recorded April 8th 2018 at C2E2 in Chicago.  Welome to the Image Comics: We Believe in Drama Panel. Writers channel the crises we face everyday through layers of fiction, allowing readers to dissect universal struggles through a vibrant, askew lens. Though comics may catalyze new worlds overflowing with imagination, creators ground that surrealism in drama and catharsis. Join a panel of stellar scribes including Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards), Kyle Higgins (The Dead Hand), Gerry Duggan (Analog), Tee Franklin (Bingo Love, the upcoming Juke Joint), Tini Howard (Hack/Slash: Resurrection), Kyle Starks (Rock Candy Mountain), and John Layman (Chew, Leviathan) as they discuss the friction that gave way to their latest works.</p>
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Mark Millar C2E2 Panel
<p>Here is the C2E2 panel with Mark Millar recorded on April 6th 2018.  This is Mark Millar's first convention appearance in 9 years and the first panel on the Main Stage for C2E2 this year and I had a front row seat.  Mark shared some really cool details about his Netflix deal as well as sharing some awesome stories about life and being a creator.  He talks Chrononauts, Kick-Ass, Huck, Magic Order and more in this panel.  This was a fun time and I hope you all enjoy it as well.                         </p><p>We aren't having a regular episode this week because of the convention but I wanted to treat you to some different panels I recorded.  Some upcoming panels to check out are the DC Universe Panel, a Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar together panel and an Image Comics Panel.    </p>
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Issue #2 Infidel, The Ballad of Sang, Eternity Girl, Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden
<p>In this episode Brian, Joe, Rebekah and Rod discuss Infidel, Ballad of Sang, Eternity Girl and Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden.                                             </p><p>(Brian's Pick) Ballad of Sang                                         </p><p>written by Ed Brisson art by Alessandro Micelli                                                                                     </p><p>Kidnapped off the streets of the Philippines as an infant and trained as a child assassin, Sang has never had a childhood. All he's ever known<br /> is killing and the kindness of his master, Chen, the closest thing Sang has to a father. When Sang's enthusiasm botches a job, it brings the<br /> wrath of Don Minchella down on the pair, resulting in Chen's murder. Barely escaping with his own life -- and with Minchella's severed arm in <br />tow -- Sang swears revenge, while every gang in the city mobilizes to return him to Minchella, dead or alive.                                     </p><p>(Rebekah's Pick) Eternity Girl                                                       </p><p>written by Magdalene Visaggio art by Sonny Liew                                                                                                                     </p><p>Caroline Sharp has been a lot of things, including both a superhero and a super-spy. But now, with those days behind her and her powers<br /> proving unreliable, Caroline finds herself stuck in a life weighed down by her depression and an inability to change. You see, Caroline is going<br /> to live forever, and there is no escape to be had. The very act of living reminds her that, to the rest of existence, she is an anomaly.                                             </p><p>(Joe's Pick) Infidel                                                </p><p>written by Pornsak Pichetshote Art / Cover: Aaron Campbell, José Villarrubia                                         </p><p>A haunted house story for the 21st century, INFIDEL follows an American Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia.                                                                                          </p><p>(Rod's Pick) Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden                     </p><p>Written and Drawn by Stan Sakai                                                                                                                                                               </p><p>On his way to see Inspector Ishida, Usagi is confronted by Shogunate guards . . . a sign of the times. While unraveling a pair of murders in town later, Usagi and Ishida become wary as they find the corpses stripped of all identification--except for a talisman that leads to a startling discovery!                             </p><p> </p>
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Issue #1 Oblivion Song, Gideon Falls, Prism Stalker, Shade The Changing Woman
<p>Welcome to the inaugural episode of Number One Comic Books!  In Issue #1 each of our 4 hosts bring a book to a roundtable discussion.  4 books are Oblivion Song, Shade The Changing Woman, Prism Stalking and Gideon Falls.  We'll let you know if these books are something you should jump on or if it's something you should jump off.            </p><p>    (Joe's Pick) GIDEON FALLS from Image Comics            <br />    Story: Jeff Lemire       Art / Cover: Andrea Sorrentino            </p><p>A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow! The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of TheBlack Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.                </p><p>   (Rod's Pick) PRISM STALKER from Image Comics       <br />   Story / Art: Sloane Leong        </p><p>PRISM STALKER, an ongoing sci-fi adventure series by SLOANE LEONG. Vep is a young refugee raised away from her devastated home planet as an indentured citizen in a foreign colony. She works tirelessly for her insectoid hosts, but there is no exit in sight in this viscous, dripping citynest. The eye of opportunity is closing. Her duty is to her family and her siblings, but what more can she do for them here? The answer appears faster than she is ready for.           </p><p>   (Rebekah's Pick) SHADE THE CHANGING WOMAN from DC's Young Animal              <br />   Written by: Cecil Castellucci    Art by:    Marley Zarcone                     </p><p>Shade has shed her alien identity. She’s stepped out of her original Earth body and into another one. Now, free of the burdens of any past life, and finally on her own,she sets out to see more of her new home. But how does she cope when the madness takes all the human emotions she was forced to confront in the Milk Wars and turns them into a bouillabaisse of memory and confusion? And to make it even more challenging, Shade must also face her namesake, the original Changing Man.                                                                                                                          </p><p>    (Brian's Pick) OBLIVION SONG from Robert Kirkman                                      <br />    Story: Robert Kirkman     Art: Lorenzo De Felici                                             </p><p>A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them, but after many years, they gave up. Nathan Cole...won't. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe...Nathan is looking for something else? Why can't he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?                 </p>
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