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BEST BETS: Nick Fury, Supergirl & More April 2017 Highlights

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BEST BETS: Nick Fury, Supergirl & More April 2017 Highlights

April’s set to shower — big time — with some exciting release from Image, BOOM!, DC, Marvel, IDW and more. In addition to slews of brand-new series, April sees the release of prestigious collected editions, crossovers and adaptations. It can be tough deciding what exactly to add to your pull list — thankfully, CBR is here to help.

Rounding up the highlights, we’ve whipped up a list of BEST BETS for February, breaking down the titles you should (or must) buy two months from now.

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10. Archie One-Shots: Big Moose & Little Sabrina

If you’ve been enjoying the CW’s subversive, live-action take on Archie in “Riverdale,” have already been digging the modern “Waidverse” of Archie titles, or just want to jump onto the Archie bandwagon, you’ll definitely want to check out the publisher’s new one-shots “Big Moose” and “Little Sabrina.” Set to spotlight Riverdale’s premier jock, “Big Moose” follows the titular meathead, his love life with Midge and his rivalry with Reggie Mantle. Meanwhile, “Little Sabrina” continues the tradition of Art Baltazar and Franco’s cutesy take on fan-favorite genre characters by offering a light-hearted tale focused on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Archie’s been knocking it out of the park with its diverse titles, and these one-shots seem to be a continuation of that, serving up not only canonical Archie stories, but alternate takes from popular creators.

BIG MOOSE ONE-SHOT

  • Riverdale’s resident jock gets the spotlight in this special one-shot where everything’s Moose! Stories by Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady and Gorf with art by Cory Smith, Thomas Pitilli and Wilfredo Torres!
  • Script: Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady, Gorf
  • Art: Thomas Pitilli, Cory Smith, Wilfredo Torres
  • Moose One-Shot CVR A Reg: Thomas Pitilli
  • Moose One-Shot CVR B Var: Cory Smith
  • Moose One-Shot CVR C Var: Wilfredo Torres
  • Ship Date: 4/12
  • On Sale Date: 4/26
  • 48-page, full color comic
  • $4.99 U.S.

LITTLE SABRINA ONE-SHOT

  • Little Sabrina encounters very colorful doppelgangers of her little kitty Salem! When she tries to use magic to whisk them back to wherever they came from she finds that their magic abilities are more than she bargained for!
  • Script: Art Baltazar and Franco
  • Art: Art Baltazar
  • Little Sabrina One-Shot CVR A Reg: Art Baltazar
  • Little Sabrina One-Shot CVR B Var: Jay Fosgitt
  • Little Sabrina One-Shot CVR C Var: Evan Stanley
  • Ship Date: 3/22
  • On Sale Date: 4/5
  • 48-page, full color comic
  • $4.99 U.S.

9. Z Nation

As Syfy’s “Z Nation” ramps up for its third season, Dynamite Entertainment is set to serve up a canonical prequel series titled “Z Nation: Black Summer,” from co-writer and “Z Nation” co-creator Craig Engler, fan-favorite writer Fred Van Lente and artist Edu Menna. Set two years before the events of the hit TV series, “Black Summer” will delve into the untold tales that shaped the characters as we know them on the small screen. On the new series, Van Lente said in an official press release, “Z-Nation is my kind of zombie story — full of equal parts gore and fun, with lots of great characters too. I am thrilled to be exploring the mythology of some of the fan-favorite heroes on the show and capturing the early days of the Z-pocalypse. And to do it with my friend and co-creator Craig Engler is an extra special treat.”

Z NATION #1

  • (W) Craig Engler, Fred Van Lente (A) Edu Menna (CA) Denis Medri
  • A prequel set in the world of Syfy’s #1 scripted hit zombie series Z Nation, Black Summer is as bad as the apocalypse gets. A worldwide drought and famine when most of the surviving population dies and turns zombie. As the remnants of humanity cling to existence, fan favorite Charles Garnett returns to send a new team on a desperate new mission: Retrieve a possibly untouched cache of the food substitute Soylent Z from Galveston, Texas. But when mission leader Israel Johnson and his small team arrive in Galveston, they’ll face a threat unlike anything ever seen before in the zombie genre. Featuring Z Nation’s signature blend of horror, humor and heart, Black Summer is the start of a new six-issue miniseries from acclaimed writer Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, G.I. Joe) and Craig Engler, based on the long running series Z NATION by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler.
  • In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
  • SRP: $3.99

8. James Bond #2

From fan-favorite “Green Arrow” scribe Benjamin Percy and revered artist Rapha Lobosco, the second issue of the new “James Bond” ongoing series is set to take MI6’s top agent into the Tokyo underworld for a “deadly gamble at a Yakuza-controlled casino.” If there’s one combination we’re fans of, it’s James Bond and casinos! And if that’s not enough, the issue promises a confrontation with a “beautiful, mysterious assassin whose mission might be dangerously complicated with [Bond’s].” If you’ve been yearning for some new 007 material, and “Spectre” didn’t quite cut it for you, Dynamite’s new Bond series isn’t to be missed.

JAMES BOND #2

  • Cover A: Dominic Reardon Cover B: Jason Masters Cover C: Giovanni Valletta
  • Writer: Benjamin Percy Art: Rapha Lobosco
  • Black Box Part Two – The Deadly Game As part of Operation Black Box, James Bond infiltrates the Tokyo underworld and makes a deadly gamble at a Yakuza-controlled casino. All this time 007 is being tailed by a beautiful, mysterious assassin whose mission might be dangerously complicated with his own.

7. Judge Dredd: Blessed Earth

If you’ve missed your regular dose of Judge Dredd, fear not: IDW has the perfect solution. Kicking off in April, “Judge Dredd: Blessed Earth” is set to serve up an apocalyptic tale starring everyone’s favourite badass cop from the future, in a story set 10 year after the events of “Mega-City Zero.”

“It’s much easier to write Judge Dredd when you feel like your country is falling apart,” series writer Ulises Fariñas recently told io9. “It’s really easy to write about failing institutions and people left to their own devices, when the people who should protect them are just trying to legitimize their power. We hear ‘to serve and protect,’ and it sounds more and more like a sick joke. We are turning Dredd literally inside out, ripping out what’s inside him and seeing what makes him keep moving forward. The system only works when people believe in it, and in The Blessed Earth, I AM THE LAW are not words anyone believes in.”

Judge Dredd: Blessed Earth #1—SPOTLIGHT

  • Ulises Fariñas & Erick Freitas (w) • Dan McDaid (a) • Ulises Fariñas (c)
  • It has been 10 years since the events of Mega-City Zero, and Judge Dredd continues his mission to restore order to a lawless land. The mystery of The Blessed Earth begins to unfold here!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99

6. Walter Simonson’s Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition HC

If you already own IDW’s glorious Thor by Walter Simonson Artist’s Edition, you might want to take out your wallet one more time — the publisher is serving up yet another Artist’s Edition based on Simonson’s run that will collect six complete issue of “The Mighty Thor” (#349-354) Chronicling the return of Beta Ray Bill, IDW’s latest Artist’s Edition boasts every page of the arc in its original pencils, scanned to perfection straight from Simonson’s personal archives. The first Thor Artist’s Edition won an Eisner Award, so if you’re not already convinced, IDW is likely to put extra care in its latest collection from Simonson. Plus, you’ll want to scoop this one up before it goes out of print (because it will!)

Walter Simonson’s Thor: The Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist’s Edition HC—SPOTLIGHT

  • Walter Simonson (w & a & c)
  • The fate of Earth and Asgard hang in the Balance as Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and tons of guest-stars do battle Surtur and his horde of invading demons!
    The second Thor Artist’s Edition by the legendary comics’ creator Walter Simonson! Featuring six complete issues of The Mighty Thor (#349 – 354). As with all Artist’s Editions, each page of art scanned from the original art, in this case, from Simonson’s personal archives. Simonson’s first Thor Artist’s edition won the prestigious Eisner Award and has gone through multiple printings, don’t miss what promises to be an extraordinary book.
  • HC • BW • $125.00 • 160 pages • 12” x 17”
  • Advance solicited for June release!

5. Batman/The Shadow

DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment are partnering for a showdown between comics’ two greatest detectives: Batman and The Shadow. Hitting stands in April, the new series comes from the all-star creative team of writers Scott Snyder (“Batman,” “All-Star Batman”) and Steve Orlando (“Midnighter and Apollo,” “Justice League of America”), and artist Riley Rossmo (“Batman,” “Constantine: The Hellblazer”). The tale will see the Dark Knight follow a murder trail, while the Shadow does everything in his power to stop the Caped Crusader from learning too much. “Batman is a myth that transcends the comic book page and inspires us to achieve, while The Shadow is the cornerstone of so much of the pop culture and comics we see today,” Orlando said of the series. “To bring together the World’s Greatest Detective and the World’s Greatest Mystery is an honor.”

BATMAN/THE SHADOW #1

  • Written by SCOTT SNYDER and STEVE ORLANDO • Art and cover by RILEY ROSSMO • Variant cover by TIM SALE • Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG • Blank variant cover • Coloring book variant cover by RILEY ROSSMO
  • Two of history’s greatest vigilantes are reunited at last! Murder has come to Gotham City, and Lamont Cranston appears to be the culprit…but he’s been dead for over fifty years! Batman will go to the ends of the Earth to unravel the mystery of Cranston’s life, but the mysterious Shadow will do everything in his power to stop him from learning too much…
    The superstar team of writers Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo brings you a dark and twisty modern noir like nothing you’ve seen before, with a brand-new villain unlike any either hero has faced! This is the unmissable crime series of 2017, so get on board now! Co-published with Dynamite.
  • On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T

4. Supergirl #8

Are you a fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes and wondering what exactly they’re up to in light of DC’s Rebirth? April will likely bring some answers with the arrival of Steve Orlando and Matias Bergara’s “Supergirl” #8. The issue promises a team-up between Batman and Batgirl, in an effort to take on the villainess Emerald Empress, who recently appeared in the “Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad” crossover. How does that involve the Legion, exactly? Well, in “Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad,” we learned that Emerald Empress is on the hunt for Saturn Girl — a member of the Legion — which leads us to believe she’ll cross paths with the character (who’s currently held up at Arkham Asylum) by the time Supergirl #8 rolls around. Plus, Orlando is also writing the new “Justice League of America” ongoing series, so we’re sure he’s planting the seeds for more Emerald Empress stories (or other Legion hints) in this “Supergirl” tale.

SUPERGIRL #8

  • Written by STEVE ORLANDO • Art by MATIAS BERGARA • Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY • Variant cover by BENGAL
  • A “Superman Reborn Aftermath” tie-in! Superman and Supergirl meet again for the first time to face the evil of the Emerald Empress! Plus, what does it mean for the Girl of Tomorrow when tomorrow promises a Dark Knight? Shocking revelations, all-powerful sorceresses from the future, the Batgirl of Burnside and dinner in the Wild West—they’re all here in this amazing issue!
  • On sale APRIL 12 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

3. Nick Fury

Nick Fury Jr. is set to star in his first ongoing series this April helmed by writer James Robinson and artist ACO. Poised to team the Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Frank Noble, Agent of HYDRA, the Jim Steranko-influenced series will serve up single issue stories and short story arcs. “It isn’t that I’m mad for either single issues or for long multipart arcs,” Robinson explains. “It’s whatever suits the comic and the character at that time. In this instance, the Fury we had in mind and the missions we intend to send him on, suited the single issue format.”

“I think ACO and I are both in love with the style of that time,” Robinson said with regard to his and ACO’s “Nick Fury” take. “The clothing, pop art, bold graphics, and the fact that this was a time when spy fiction was at its peak, no doubt tying in with the Cold War that was going on. It’s interesting that this book found its way at a time when Russia seems to be getting up to its old tricks, so maybe we’re tapping into the zeitgeist now too.”

NICK FURY #1

  • JAMES ROBINSON (W) • ACO (A/C)
  • VARIANT COVER BY Greg Land VARIANT COVER BY Larry Stroman
  • HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY BILL SIENKIEWICZ
  • ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
  • FURY. NICK FURY.
  • The world is a dangerous place. And there’s danger in drawing attention to your plans. When S.H.I.E.L.D. needs a lone agent to infiltrate, capture and remain anonymous, there’s no one better than NICK FURY. An all-new era for the superspy begins here, as Fury is sent on a top-secret mission to the French Riviera. He’ll need to outmaneuver the enemy as the complex dance of espionage begins, but will he meet his match in the mysterious FRANKIE NOBLE? Grab the edge of your seat and don’t let go — this caper’s just getting started!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

2. Batman/Flash: The Button

With the acclaimed “DC Universe: Rebirth” special, Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez and Ethan Van Sciver not only reset the continuity of the DCU, they set the stage for a possible crossover with the heroes of the DCU and the characters of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal superhero deconstruction, “Watchmen.” The “Watchmen” hints have continued over the past year, and the characters are set to be a major factor in a new crossover, titled “The Button,” in the pages of “Batman” and “The Flash.” Set to be tackled by the regular “Batman” and “Flash” creative teams — which consist of Tom King and Jason Fabok, and Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, respectively — “The Button” will delve into the mysterious emergence of the Comedian’s Button in the walls of the Batcave.

BATMAN #21

  • Written by TOM KING • Art and cover by JASON FABOK • Variant cover by TIM SALE • International edition cover by JASON FABOK
  • “THE BUTTON” part one! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
  • On sale APRIL 19 • 32 pg, FC
  • Lenticular cover edition $3.99 US
  • Nonlenticular edition, international edition and variant edition each $2.99
    US
  • RATED T

THE FLASH #21

  • Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON • Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER • Variant cover by TBD
  • “THE BUTTON” part two! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
  • On sale APRIL 26 • 32 pg, FC
  • Lenticular cover edition $3.99 US
  • Nonlenticular edition and variant edition each $2.99 US
  • RATED T

BATMAN #22

  • Written by TOM KING • Art and cover by JASON FABOK • Variant cover by TIM SALE
  • “THE BUTTON” part three! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
  • On sale MAY 3 • 32 pg, FC
  • Lenticular cover edition $3.99 US
  • Nonlenticular edition and variant edition each $2.99 US
  • RATED T

THE FLASH #22

  • Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON • Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER • Variant cover by TBD
  • “THE BUTTON” part four! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party—and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
  • On sale MAY 10 • 32 pg, FC
  • Lenticular cover edition $3.99 US
  • Nonlenticular edition and variant edition each $2.99 US
  • RATED T

1. Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation

Just like every other “Star Wars” film before it, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is set to get its own comic book adaptation in April, this time from writer Jody Houser and artist Emilio Laiso. The offering is exciting, not just because it brings “Rogue One” to comics, but it’s also supposedly set to serve up never-before-seen material from the film. Regardless of whether or not the material comes from deleted scenes, we’re curious to see what exactly the comic has to say apart from the film.

Houser teased with regard to the “Rogue One” comic book adaptation, “The comics will definitely expand on what was seen in both Rogue One the film and the novelization. Lucasfilm and Gareth Edwards had a bunch of ideas for extra scenes and character moments that didn’t make it into the film. I’m having a lot of fun playing around with those. Adaptations across different forms of media have always been a great opportunity to explore other facets of the story, and we’re excited to have new material in the Rogue One comic.”

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE: ADAPTATION #1 (OF 6)

  • JODY HOUSER (W) • EMILIO LAISO (A)
  • Cover by PHIL NOTO
  • Artist Variant by TERRY DODSON
  • Droids Variant JOE QUINONES
  • Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
  • STAR WARS 40TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MAYHEW
  • MOVIE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
  • BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
  • The Rebellion is here! The biggest movie of the year jumps from the big screen to the comic book page! All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super-weapon — the Death Star. New heroes Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans to destroy the new super-weapon. Written by Jody Houser (MAX RIDE) and drawn by Emilio Laiso (STAR WARS ANNUAL; HERCULES), join as the story is set up for the epic saga to follow…
  • 48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99
  • Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Is there anything coming out in February that you think we should’ve included in our list? Let us know your picks in the comments!

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