What is the terrifying truth behind this week’s comic releases? I don’t have the faintest clue. I do, however, know that The X-Files is finally back thanks to IDW, continuing right where it left off. Plus a new Marvel event begins, a beloved Vertigo tale ends, and BKV's Saga continues, all in this week’s comics!
• House of Gold and Bones #3: Inspired by the Stone Sur album! The Human flees the Numbers to find the Conflagration and confront his past.
• Baltimore: The Inquisitor: Baltimore’s allies must keep the Lord out Judge Duvic’s merciless hands in this gothic horror tale.
• Other releases: BPRD: Hell of Earth #108, Captain Midnight #0, Conan the Barbarian #17, Dark Horse Presents #25, Dream Thief #2, Fall of the House of Usher #2, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin #3.
• 100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1: The cruel but charismatic killer survived the end of 100 Bullets, but his new life in Mexico may kill him anyways.
• Wonder Woman #21: With London in ruins, Wonder Woman might fight the mighty First Born of the gods.
• Justice League of America’s Vibe #5: Insane as it is to say, Vibe is one of DC’s best comics. In this issue, he runs from ARGUS… right into the Suicide Squad’s crosshairs.
• Other releases: Animal Man #21, Batman and Batgirl #21, Batman Beyond Unlimited #17, Batwoman #21, Birds of Prey #21, Fables #130, Green Lantern: New Guardians #21, Legion of Super Heroes #21, Red Hood and the Outlaws #21, Supergirl #21.
• The X-Files: Season 10 #1: Agents Mulder and Scully return and reunite to face the paranormal mysteries of the 2010s. Overseen by series creator Chris Carter!
• Transformers: Monstrosity #1: With Megatron finally defeated, Optimus Prime tries to unite all of Cybertron.
• Other releases: Danger Girl Trinity #3, Doctor Who Vol. 3 #10, G.I. Joe #5, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #191, G.I. Joe: Cobra Files #3, Judge Dredd: Year One #3, My Little Pony Microseries #5, TMNT Villain Microseries #3, Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #18, Wild Blue Yonder #1.
• Miniature Jesus #3: The 8-inch-tall Savior has a new set of difficulties while Chomsky discovers that not all the voices in his head are fake.
• Invincible #103: The return of Angstrom Levy.
• Other releases: It Girl and the Atomics #11, Mara #5, Mind the Gap #11, Revival #11, Witchblade #167.
• Age of Ultron #10: Marvel has hyped the holy bejeezus out of this final issue, which contains a last page which apparently even the artists haven’t seen, I suppose because Quesada drew it .Let me know how it goes.
• Avengers #14: As one mega-event ends, so another must begins. The “Prelude to Infinity” begins here.
• Indestructible Hulk #9: Matt Murdock puts the Hulk on the witness stand. Yes, really.
• Other releases: A Plus X #9, Cable and X-Force #10, Captain Marvel #13, Fantastic Four #9, Morbius the Living Vampire #6, New Avengers #7, Superior Spider-Man #12, Thunderbolts #11, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #24, Ultimates Comics Ultimates #26, Uncanny Avengers #9, Wolverine Max #8, X-Factor #258, X-Men: Legacy #12.
• Extinction Parade #1: World War Z’s Max Brooks pens his first, all-original comic about the vampire apocalypse (but there are also zombies).
• Fathom: Elite Saga #1: The biggest event on Fathom’s history begins.
• Other releases: Bloodshot #12, Crypt of Horror #18, Dark Shadows: Year One #3, Evil Ernie #6, Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 3 #4, Fanboys Vs. Zombies #1, Game of Thrones #15, Gold Digger #201, Green Hornet: Legacy #38, Harbinger #13, Hellraiser: Dark Watch #5, The Last Zombie #2, Liberator #1, Life with Archie #30, Occupy Comics #2, Sergio Aragones’ Funnies #8, The Simpsons Comics #203, Sixth Gun #32, Vampirella Strikes #6, Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #26, Wheel of Time: Eye of the World #35.
Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers
• Star Wars: Clone Wars: The Smuggler’s Code: Obi-wan Kenobi discovers a former foe, and this time its Anakin and Ahsoka who must keep Obi-Wan from being reckless.
• Domovi: A young woman named Jennie is the key to controlling the dangerous, powerful spirit of the city of Stockholm.
• Other releases: Bloodhound, Conan Vol. 13: Queen of the Black Coast, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral.
• Sweet Tooth Vol. 6: Wild Game: Gus discovers the truth about himself, his fellow hybrids, and the plague in the final volume of Jeff Lemire’s eerie hit.
• Batgirl/Robin: Year One: Collecting the first nine issues of Robin: Year One and Batgirl: Year One in one volume.
• Other releases: Fury of Firestorm Vol. 2: Firestorm Protocols, Metal Men Archives Vol. 2, Teen Titan Vol. 2: The Culling.
• Alan Robert’s Killogy: Three killers — “played” by three actual celebrity actors — try to figure out how they’re connected while imprisoned together during a zombie apocalypse.
• Edison Rex: What would happen if Lex Luthor won? Find out when the billionaire genius Edison Rex gets the superhero Valiant locked away.
• Other releases: Comics About Cartoonists, My Little Pony Color Me Treasury Edition, TMNT Vol. 1, Transformers IDW Collection Vol. 2.
• Saga Vol. 2: If you buy one comic on this list, I highly recommend you make it this collection of Bryan K. Vaughan’s amazing scifi/fantasy series saga Saga. Or Volume 1. Either one, really. You won’t be disappointed.
• Other releases: Mind the Gap Vol. 2: Wish You Were Here, Witch Doctor Vol. 2: Mal Practice.
• Uncanny X-Men Complete Collection Vol. 3: Cyclops contends with Magneto, a plague, his daughter from a different timeline, and more as he tries to keep Utopia together.
• Other releases: Avengers Vol. 4: AVX, Incredible Hulk Vol. 2, Invincible Iron Man Vol. 11: Future, Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol. 13.
• Legend of Oz: The Wicked West Vol. 2: Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion set out to discover what happened to Dorothy and the Wicked Witch when they disappeared five months ago.
• Domino Lady: Blonde Bombshell: The sexy femme fatale solves murders in 1940s Hollywood.
• Other releases: Adventure Time Vol. 3, Barnaby, Burning Building Comix, Children of the Sea Vol. 5, Complete Flash Gordon Library Vol. 3, Crater XV, Extermination Vol. 2, Failure, Game of Thrones Vol. 2, Grimm Fairy Tales: Madness of Wonderland, Haganai Vol. 3, Heck, Lai Wan Dreamwalker, Lucky Luke Vol. 31, No. 6 Vol. 1, Safe Area Gorzade, Thorgal Vol. 8: Wolf Cub, Warlord of Mars Vol. 3, Zebrafish SPF40.
As usual, here's the list of everything being released to comic stores tomorrow, and you can find your nearest comic retailer here.