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NEW COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable Releases 2/7/18

What a week in comics! There are so many great books out this week that I couldn't include them all on this list. Take a look at this killer's row of shiny new comics.




(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
Jack's mind and body begin to betray him as he prepares for an inevitable showdown with Batman, and Bruce himself struggles to keep his team united. As the game gets tougher, Batman seeks counsel from a shocking source-and after Wayne Manor is infiltrated, a car chase for the ages aims to curb Napier's supercriminal crew once and for all.


(W) Paul Dini, James Robinson, Jeff Lemire, Steve Orlando, Mark Russell, Kyle Higgins, Alisa Kwitney, Phil Hester (A) Guillem March, Frazer Irving (A/CA) Kelley Jones
It's hard being a monster... and even harder being a monster in love. Sparks will fly and hearts will be broken when the ghouls and ghosts of the DC Universe assemble to bring you the Valentine's Day Special that no one saw coming!


(W) Tom King, Len Wein (A) Kelley Jones (A/CA) Jason Fabok
Tom King and Jason Fabok pay tribute to the legendary creators of Swamp Thing, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, as they join forces for an earth-shattering Swamp Thing passion project!
In this new, squarebound one-shot, Swamp Thing is out of his element as he shepherds a lost boy through a blinding blizzard and other hazards of a strange, frozen tundra. In this touching and harrowing tale of survival, the pair must navigate countless threats throughout a bewildering terrain-with a bloodthirsty snow monster hot on their heels. But how long can they rely on each other? Separated from the Green and stripped of his powers in this dead world, Swamp Thing struggles to fight for their lives and deliver the boy to safety. Disoriented and decaying, Swamp Thing's fading understanding of his surroundings forces the duo to confront their desperation and uncover the true identity of the snow monster that hunts them.
In addition, this special features the final Swamp Thing story from the monster's co-creator, Len Wein. Originally intended as the start of a new series, it is presented here both in its original script form and with art by Kelley Jones.
RATED T

(W) Ivan Brandon (A/CA) Esad Ribic
War has become a spectator sport. Privately funded armies of superstar soldiers march into battle for fame, profit, and the glory of their sponsor nations.
When a new generation of soldiers arrive, top gladiator Satta Flynn is about to discover how fleeting the limelight can be.
From writer IVAN BRANDON (BLACK CLOUD, DRIFTER) and superstar artist ESAD RIBIC (Secret Wars, Uncanny X-Force) in his creator-owned Image debut, with painted color by NIC KLEIN (DRIFTER, VIKING) and graphic design by TOM MULLER, VS delivers spectacular action, darkly humorous satire, and explores our hunger for fame and our penchant for self-destruction.


(W) Jacob Semahn (A/CA) Jorge Corona
With tensions mounting and the media drawn into a frenzy, Jad addresses allegations head on. Meanwhile, Nash inches closer to the void as stress-related hallucinations creep ever closer.


(W) Alex De Campi, Sarah Horrocks (A) Magen Cubed (A/CA) Katie Skelly
FOUR-ISSUE WEEKLY MINISERIES EVENT!
Critically acclaimed writer ALEX de CAMPI teams up with some of comics' hottest artists to create tales of love gone wrong, right, and everywhere in between.

ISSUE ONE: "OLD FLAMES"
In New York City in 1978, there are thousands of ways for people to get together. There's only one agency dedicated to tearing them apart: Heartbreak Incorporated. But who is the handsome seducer who runs the agency, and what is the secret he's hiding? Drawn by KATIE SKELLY
(My Pretty Vampire). Backup comics story by SARAH HORROCKS (Goro, The Leopard) and prose story by MAGEN CUBED (Crashers).


(W) Caitlin Kittredge (A/CA) Roberta Ingranata
"LIFE AFTER," Part Three
A missing-child case brings Alex and the Witchblade face to face with a powerful demon, and when Alex begins to suspect Ash isn't telling her everything about the Artifact, she turns to her own sources for information, with devastating results.



(W) Tom Taylor (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Travis Charest
The Hate Machine Part 1
THE FIRST SENSATIONAL ARC OF AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN STARTS HERE!
JEAN GREY is back! Returned to a world she doesn't recognize, the First Lady of the X-MEN gathers an unlikely team - NIGHTCRAWLER, NAMOR and LAURA KINNEY (A.K.A. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE) - to face an evil that threatens to tear down XAVIER's dream by any means necessary!
Rated T+


(W) Ralph Macchio (A/CA) Andrea DiVito
PANTHER VS. KLAW!
The fantastic technology of Wakanda comes to Dubai! But when the villainous KLAW launches a plot to extort billions from the citizens of the city, T'CHALLA's diplomatic mission becomes a search and rescue for the BLACK PANTHER! Written and illustrated by industry legends Ralph Macchio and Andrea Di Vito, THE SOUND AND THE FURY puts the Black Panther on a mission that will test his prowess against his long-standing nemesis, as well as three new villains - BLOKK, GARROTTE, and SHEN-YU!
Featuring a special presentation of FANTASTIC FOUR #53, featuring the earliest conflict between T'Challa and Klaw, and the introduction of VIBRANIUM!
Rated T+

(W) Fred Van Lente (A) CAFU (CA) Kalman Andrasofszky
What secrets await inside the Vault of Spirits?
Deep beneath New York City's seediest dive bar, Armstrong - the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history's greatest escapades - is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer... Ivar, Timewalker... Faith... Quantum and Woody... And special guests from across the Valiant Universe... All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong's most valuable and tightly guarded treasure... From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive!
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG maestro Fred Van Lente returns with rising star CAFU (RAPTURE) to chronicle the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant's very own disorderly immortal!


(W) Amy Chu (A) Pasquale Qualano (CA) J. Scott Campbell
Dejah Thoris, obsessed with finding the legendary Gardens of Mars, recruits her own expedition team of scientists. But once outside the palace walls, things don't go as planned, and the Princess learns the hard way just how dangerous Barsoom really is.


(W) John Allison (A) Liz Fleming (A/CA) Max Sarin
With the prospect of living apart for the first time since they all met as first years just over the horizon, Daisy, Esther, and Susan spend their last summer together before beginning their third year of university.


(W) Marc Andrekyo (A) Igor Lima (CA) Blank Sketch Cover
Last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate's life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed lover bringing them to the brink of war!


(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Nathan Gooden, Vittorio Astone (CA) Deron Bennett
The thousand year war begins. An old enemy marches against the peaceful Zoja, spreading strife and bloodshed across the land. Only the time-displaced Shan stands a chance at stemming the Brutal Tide. But if she is to defeat an endless horde of enemies alone, she must stop skipping forward through time, and instead learn to control her strange ability.


(W) Steve Orlando (A) Giovanni Timpano (CA) Brandon Peterson
The Silent Seven fight a war on multiple fronts. But if you follow the strings high enough, are Batman, the Shadow, and Robin still just puppets? Robin and the Shadow fight for their lives, while the actions of the Seven leave Batman unsure if he can trust anyone in his life, including himself. Three generations of crimefighting are deserted and alone, but if they can come together to finally confront the Seven where they live, is it their final victory? Or exactly what the Seven has wanted all along?

(W) Jeremy Whitley (A/CA) Xenia Pamfil
The battle is over, bu tour crew is changed forever. Some of our crew is injured, some is shaked, some are gone. Now it's time for the crew to gather what's left and decide where to go from here. Follow Quinn and Zoe as they work to pull everybody back together and continue their quest, if they can.


MONSTRO MECHANICA #3
AFTERSHOCK COMICS

(W) Paul Allor (A/CA) Chris Evenhuis
A new series starring Leonardo da Vinci, his female apprentice and their wooden robot!

Isabel and the Machine are separated during the Siege of Volterra! As Isabel races to find him in the carnage and chaos, the violence surrounding them affects the Machine in surprising and potentially terrible ways!

From creators Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Chris Evenhuis (Wynonna Earp) comes this swashbuckling adventure story about war, identity and the birth of the modern world!

"MONSTRO MECHANICA" is a swashbuckling adventure story, filled with humor, pathos and giant wooden robots, that has something to say about humanity and society. It's also incredibly fun, and filled with absolutely gorgeous art. You're going to love it!"   -Paul Allor



(W) Greg Pak (A/CA) Takeshi Miyazawa
The cadets come face to face with the Sharg, but without their mechs, will they be able to work together?


CATALYST PRIME NOBLE #9
LION FORGE

(W) Brandon Thomas (A) Roger Robinson (CA) Khary Randolph
The dust around David Powell's memories has finally cleared, and he has finally reunited with his wife Astrid. Now able to rejoin his family, David takes a moment to breathe in his new life. But with new chances come new responsibilities for both David and Astrid, as they navigate the lingering secrets between them and David's newly found status as a hero figure.

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