The world’s mightiest mortal is finally back in action.
With dozens of comic books to choose from, let us show you which are the best coming out this week. Take a look at this list spotlighting our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.
Check out our picks, then head to the comments to let us know what you’ll be buying this week!
Shazam! #1 – $4.99
Writer Geoff Johns | Artist Dale Eaglesham (DC Comics)
Back when Geoff Johns and Gary Frank collaborated on the Shazam back-up stories in the New 52 Justice League comic, the hope was that those backups would lead into a new ongoing series for Billy Batson. Well, it took a lot longer than expected, but we finally have that series. Shazam! pairs Johns with JSA partner Dale Eaglesham for a new reader-friendly look at the life and times of Billy Batson. It should be a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more about the character ahead of the new movie (especially since Johns also worked on that project).
But perhaps more importantly, this is the first time in many years Shazam has had a monthly comic to call his own. The fact that the new series features such an appealing creative team just makes it that much more of a no-brainer.
The Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1 – $4.99
Various Writers & Artists | Cover Artist David Nakayama (Marvel Comics)
There’s no shortage of holiday-flavored anthology comics on the stands right now. This release should appeal directly to fans of Marvel’s merry mutants, as even the X-Men find time to partake in the joys of the season. This issue features no fewer than 25 short stories focused on a number of different mutant characters, whether it’s showcasing Gambit and Rogue’s first Christmas as a married couple or exploring what Hanukkah means to a man like Magneto.
Prodigy #1 – $3.99
Writer Mark Millar | Artist Rafael Albuquerque (Image Comics)
With Netflix in the middle of canceling all its Marvel shows, it’s a good thing they have Mark Millar locked down creating new comic book IP. Prodigy is the second new series to come out of the Netflix/Millarworld alliance. It also happens to be a reunion between MiIlar and Huck artist Rafael Albuquerque, which is a huge selling point all on its own.
Prodigy introduces a character named Edison Crane, a gifted athlete and polymath who’s basically a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. Crane runs a lucrative business solving impossible problems for world governments, but what happens when he finally encounters a nut too difficult for even him to crack?
Doomsday Clock #8 – $4.99
Writer Geoff Johns | Artist Gary Frank (DC Comics)
As much as we’ve been enjoying DC’s Watchmen sequel so far, there’s been a noticeable lack of Superman for a book that’s supposed to hinge on the confrontation between the Man of Steel and Doctor Manhattan. We won’t spoil whether that long-awaited meeting actually takes place in issue #8, but we will say that this is by far the most Superman-centric chapter of the series so far. With the DCU spiraling into darkness as nations squabble over the Supermen Theory, can even the world’s most beloved hero keep the peace?
Star Wars: Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn #1 – $3.99
Writer Jody Houser | Artist Cory Smith | Cover Artist Paolo Rivera (Marvel Comics)
Marvel’s latest Star Wars project is taking a somewhat unusual approach, rather than focus on one specific cast of characters or even a single timeline, the Age of… series is a collection of 30 one-shot issues focused on different heroes and villains from across the Star Wars timeline. Marvel is kicking things off with Age of Republic, with Age of Rebellion and Age of Resistance to follow in 2019. We’ve seen comparatively little emphasis on the prequel era in Marvel’s comics so far, so we’re glad to have a chance to reconnect with Master Qui-Gon for a a change. And next up? A minor villain named Darth Maul.