Nerd Issues Weekly is back with another pull list for you. This week we’ve got quite a few new series being launched, giving the less experienced comic book readers a chance to hop into some fresh story arcs. For those of you unsure of where you can go pick up these fantastic pieces and more, head on over to FindAComicShop.com. Without further ado, let’s get started with this week’s list!
1. Rocket Raccoon #1
Story by: Skottie Young
Art by: Skottie Young
Publisher: Marvel Comics
On the heels of becoming this summer’s most loveable character in Guardians of the Galaxy, we see Rocket Raccoon getting his own highly anticipated comic book series launching today. In this issue you can expect to see the wise cracking character on the run throughout the galaxy as he charms his way with intergalactic ladies of different species. Appearances of the other Guardians as well as other Marvel characters throughout the series’ run is almost guaranteed. Skottie Young is taking up the difficult task of both writing and illustrating on his own, and so far he looks to be pulling it off masterfully.
2. RoboCop #1
Story by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carlos Magno, Marissa Louise
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Normally I tend to stay clear of comics that begin to rewrite popular movie franchises, with the exception of a few pieces such as Brian Wood’s Star Wars, but there’s something about the new RoboCop series led by Joshua Williamson. Instead of building on to the already established franchise of movies that saw two sequels (both having screenplays written by comics legend Frank Miller), the story picks up after the first film and disregards the rest of the series, crafting its own “what if” situation. In the series illustrated by Carlos Magno and Marissa Louise, expect to see a much grittier RoboCop as he goes against an all-new villain in Killian.
3. Sidekick #7
Story by: J. Michael Straczynski
Art by: Tom Mandrake
Publisher: Image Comics
What happens when a superhero’s sidekick has a fall from grace, or never feels appreciated to begin with? In Sidekick we see all of these questions come together in a gritty story that explores the not so luxurious lifestyle of heroes after they fall from superhero stardom. Flyboy, the main character of the series, is the character we follow the closest as he tries to pick himself up from his seemingly endless downward spiral that ensued after the public and violent assassination of his friend, mentor, and partner, The Red Cowl. To make things even more complicated for Flyboy, he shockingly finds out that the assassination of The Red Cowl was a ploy, and that he isn’t actually dead. In this issue we see Flyboy take a step in right direction towards enacting his revenge for the pain and suffering he has gone through, but first he must deal with a new villain in town.
4. Daredevil #0.1
Story by: Mark Waid, Peter Krause
Art by: Chris Samnee
Publisher: Marvel Comics
This week’s new issue of Daredevil is equivalent to two issues for about the price of one. It is also going to serve a few great purposes. The first being that it is going to be the first publication that will officially bridge the gap between how we got from Vol. 3’s Daredevil #36 to Daredevil #1 that was launched earlier this year. The other being that it gives readers who are new to the franchise a chance to get a glimpse into both arcs and either pick up with the new ongoing-series that has been written by Waid and Krause, or to go back to Vol. 3, also crafted by Waid. Be sure to pick this up whether or not you’ve been keeping up with either of the series or you are looking for a place jump in.
5. Tech Jacket #1
Story by: Joe Keatinge
Art by: Khary Randolph, Dave McCaig
Publisher: Image Comics
Originally formed by Invincible and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and E.J. Su as a six issue mini series in 2002, Tech Jacket is back with an all new team and is looking better than ever. With Joe Keatinge at the helm writing the series that will feature artwork done by Khary Randolph and Dave McCaig, we follow Zack Thompson, a proposed community college dropout still living at home, who also just so happens to be the Tech Jacket as a moonlighting gig to protect the Earth from whatever in the universe that may become a threat.
What are you guys looking forward to picking up this week that we didn’t cover? Let us know in the comments below!
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