Welcome back to Conskipper’s New Comic Day Picks for the week of September 9, 2020!
There are still plenty of exciting issues to choose from in the early weeks of September and this week we highlight series featuring the original super hero, a revitalized X-Universe, the end of a cosmic conflict, and the return of two perennial favorites, one inspired by Japanese folklore and manga and one taken directly from the pop culture zeitgeist of the Land of the Rising Sun.
–Superman #25 (DC Comics): Brain Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, Julio Ferreira, and Danny Miki present a super-sized anniversary issue of the Man of Steel this week. Bendis introduces a new villain called Synmar and he is promised to be a major threat to not only Superman, but the rest of DC Universe. This issue will provide a solid jumping-on point for new readers, as it has been years since the title has been this much fun to read, highlighting both the humanity of the character and the cosmic adventure in equal parts.
X-Force #12 (Marvel Comics): All of the X-Titles have improved in recent years under the guidance of Jonathan Hickman, and X-Force is no exception. Hickman provides the story and Benjamin Percy writes another odd, fantastic tale of political intrigue and action that has been the trademark of the reimagining of the Marvel mutants. Oscar Bazaldua’s artwork is the perfect compliment to a story featuring the Flower Cartel, Krakoa, and the mutant CIA.
Captain Marvel #21 (Marvel Comics): Anyone who has followed this summer’s Empyre series and tie-ins has been subject to a classic Marvel cosmic event, with expert storytelling and lasting repercussions by Kelly Thompson with art by Cory Smith. Captain Marvel has been one of the prime focal points of the event (especially in her stand-alone title) and this issue brings to an end the Supreme Accuser angle, leaving Carol Danvers with some difficult choices. If you haven’t added this series to your pull list, do so as soon as possible.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #109 (IDW): Interest in the Turtles has been high in recent months with the announcement of Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman’s return to the characters they created in the upcoming The Last Ronin series. Over in the monthly title, the pizza-loving dudes are still hitting on all cylinders as well, and Sophie Campbell and Jodie Nishijima’s stand-alone story examines some of the residents of Mutant Town through three interconnected stories. if you’re seeking some nostalgia, or just some great storytelling, you can’t go wrong with this issue.
The Rise of Ultraman #1 (Marvel Comics): In a return to Marvel’s long history of licensed properties such as G.I. Joe, Transformers, Shogun Warriors, and Micronauts, Japan’s kaiju fighting superstar Ultraman joins the publishing line! Writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom and artist Francesco Manna reimagine the classic character for a new audience in the first issue of this one, which will serve as an introduction to the character for some, and a welcome return for others.
That’s it for this week, so enjoy this week’s comics and don’t forget to check out all of the Free Comic Book Summer issues available in the last week of the promotion and support your local comic shops.