Below are some Black Comic Lords picks for the May 20, 2022 Final Order Cutoff (FOC)*
(Note: The best way to ensure that you get the new comic book issues you want is to make a pre-order with your local comic shop (LCS) before the Final Order Cutoff (FOC) date. Placing Pre-Orders for comics are extremely important!!! Pre-ordering your comics inform publishers about what books people are interested in and helps them to determine what books and comic book characters to continue to produce in the future. In short, your pre-FOC order is your vote.)
Traveling to New Orleans to try to liberate their kidnapped internet idol, the 21st Centurions get tricked into a fight against chemically-enhanced young thugs led by a has-been superhero. The Centurions get captured and deprived of their power watches. Will their technology render the bad guys unbeatable?
Creators: (W) Stephanie Heike (A) Mark G. Heike, Stephanie Heike (CA) Mark & Stephanie Heike
Nnedi Okorafor’s story of Chioma, a young Nigerian-American woman whose destiny is revealed during a furious rainstorm-now in paperback, with bonus content including Q&As with the creative team and never-before-seen art and designs! After the Rain is an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s short story, ‘On the Road.’ The adaptation, written by John Jennings and illustrated by David Brame, begins in Nigeria during a powerful and unexpected storm. While visiting her grandmother, a young Nigerian-American woman named Chioma answers a knock at the door and is horrified by what she sees-a young boy with a severe head wound is standing on the doorstep. When he touches Chioma, his hand burns like fire and just as suddenly as he arrived, he disappears. Her grandmother comes down to see what is wrong and chastises Chioma for opening the door for a stranger. Outside there are only footprints in the mud which vanish in the same manner as their owner. This event sets off a chain of mysterious occurrences that become more and more terrifying. Chioma knows that something is wrong, and that the boy has ‘marked’ her in some way. . . . Haunted and hunted, Chioma must embrace her heritage in order to survive.
Creators: (W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) David Brame, John Jennings
Release Date: 7-13-22
ALICE ON THE RUN TP ONE CHILDS JOURNEY THROUGH RWANDAN CIVIL
The true odyssey of a young child, Alice Cyuzuzo, as she traverses the deadly roads of Zaire to seek refuge during the aftermath of the civil war that has struck her native Rwanda. Gitarama, the Southern Province of Rwanda, 1994. Five-year-old Alice enjoys a peaceful childhood with her parents and little sisters, but life as she knows it is about to change forever as the genocide of the Tutsis erupts, forcing her to flee her village with her family. Alice on the Run delivers a singular testimony, capturing with painful emotion a relentless world as seen through the eyes of an innocent child.
Creators: (W/A/CA) Gaspard Talmasse
Release Date: 7-20-22
BATMAN BEYOND THE WHITE KNIGHT #4 (OF 8) CVR B SEAN MURPHY VAR (MR)
The hunt continues as Bruce Wayne searches for the most dangerous offspring in Neo-Gotham, the daughter of The Joker! Little does he know the new Batman is right behind him, waiting for just the right moment to strike and put an end to the older generation of heroes in the city. All seems to be going according to plan for Derek Powers, as his true intentions are revealed. Plus, Ace the Bat-Hound joins the story!
There is no forgiveness for Black Adam. This is the reality Teth-Adam, immortal man of indomitable will, must face when he discovers he has been infected with an incurable plague destroying his immortality. Haunted by the specter of centuries of dark deeds, Black Adam transfers his powers to a worthy successor who will redeem Adam’s legacy and defend their ancestral homeland of Kahndaq, only to subsequently become mystically handcuffed to him when Adam’s plague is arrested, giving birth to perhaps the most volatile and dysfunctional super-team in DC history! Powered by stunning art by Rafa Sandoval (Justice League) and breathtaking painted covers by Irvin Rodriguez (Detective Comics), writer Christopher Priest (Deathstroke, Justice League) brings his trademark wit and skill for character deconstruction to an entirely fresh examination of the man you love to hate! Get ready to ride the lightning!
Creators: Christopher Priest, Rafa Sandoval, Irvin Rodriguez
The leader of one of Paris Island’s most powerful gangs needs to add some soldiers to his army…and has his sights set on Wise Son! The heroes might’ve cleaned up the streets, but in the shadows there’s utter chaos as rival gangs battle for control. Wise could have a seat at the table, but he’s been out of the game for so long…does he want back in? He came back from Afghanistan a changed man…
Creators: Geoffrey Thorne, ChrisCross, Juan Castro, Dexter Soy
Twelve-year-old Nick is a soccer-loving boy who absolutely hates books. In this graphic novel version of Booked, the follow-up to the Newbery Medal-winning novel The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents’ divorce, stand up to a bully, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges-which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal-change his life, as well as his best friend’s.
The prison break is on! Liam Watts and his teenage crew have infiltrated the massive Cube spaceships and begun their plans to break out Liam’s brother and their friends. But the problem with planning a dangerous heist in a prison spaceship from another dimension-everything that can go wrong will go wrong! And now, there is no way out!
Creators: (W) Zack Kaplan (A) Wilton Santos (CA) Adam Gorham
Kelly Vu and David Kim, partners in both life and science, miraculously survived a horrible attack…but Kelly’s body was sacrificed in the process! Now both their consciousnesses live within David’s brain, and things only get more complicated as a detective begins investigating David for Kelly’s murder. Far above their heads, powerful forces lie in wait for the right moment to finish what they started—and end David and Kelly once and for all.
Creators: Greg Pak, Khoi Pham, Scott Hanna, Dike Ruan
Heavy Metal’s event series Entropy arrives from Black Panther and Justice League writer Christopher Priest and rising star artist Montos with covers by Bjorn Barends (King Spawn)! Breaking Bad meets Green Lantern in the origin story of Heavy Metal’s ultimate supervillain! Henry Hanks had a good life, until he betrayed KAKO, the living embodiment of chaos and misery! With his whole world destroyed, Henry is killed and reborn as the newest herald of Kako, with the power to destroy entire worlds in his master’s name. All issues of Entropy will have a special Breaking Bad homage incentive cover by special artist Antonio Fuso!
Fallen Justice’ (Cary Kelley, Steven Forbes, Harold Edge): Justice Theta, once Earth’s greatest hero, has declared war on every villain alive, and the only way to stop him is to set aside old grudges and work together! But will it be enough? ‘They Call Him Marvelous’ (Jamaal Simpson, David Jaxon): Malcolm experiences a life-changing event, but before he can collect himself, a livid Clyde sets out to give him a life-ENDING event. ‘XOB’ (Kyrun Silva, David Jaxon): Granted the powers of the ancient force of nature known as XOB, Tracy must stop the demon hordes of Lord Eklips from draining all humans’ spiritual energy. ‘Nothing-Man’ (John Rhodes, Laurie Foster): With Diana and Firecracker still in the hands of Supremous and his evil Hyprids, Zane realizes he needs the help of the Freedom Strike Force.
Creators: (W) Various (A) VARIOUS (CA) Clint Scott
The real Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City as Batman, but Jason Todd doesn’t believe it’s really him after Hush posed as Bruce for all those months. And what will this mean for Jace, the Next Batman? Just when things can’t get any worse, another mysterious Batman attacks the Magistrate! Also in this issue: the fate of Damian Wayne!
Creators: Dennis Culver, Geoffo, Simone Di Meo
Release Date: 6-14-22
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #294 CVR C 10 COPY INCV ROYLE (N
HIGH STAKES Part 4! The next great G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero event continues here! As Cobra remains busy establishing its corrupt casino operations on Cobra Island, the warriors of G.I. Joe are equally busy attempting to covertly infiltrate their arch-enemy’s latest evil scheme. New and classic heroes and villains will fill the pages (including some shocking appearances!) as the fan-favorite creative team of Living Legend Larry Hama and SL Gallant continue their daring march to issue #300 here! Featuring the fourth of five interconnected covers (Cover A) by superstar artist Freddie Williams II!
How do you stop a killer who feels nothing: no pain, no emotion a killer who believes their actions only make the world a better, more beautiful place by exposing the literal and figurative ugliness of the rich and powerful? The more important question for Batman as he squares off with Manray…what if he can’t stop him?
Creators: John Ridley, Christian Duce, Christian Duce
Spinning out of the pages of The Resistance, The Joneses focuses on a suburban family with a big secret: In the global pandemic known as the ‘Great Death,’ mother, father, sister and brother were all transformed into something superhuman. While the world embraces fascism born of fear, the Joneses realize they face grave consequences if they are exposed as ‘Reborns.’ Do they keep a low profile and hide in plain sight…or use their powers for good and risk exposure?
Creators: (W) Michael Moreci (A) Alessandro Vitti (CA) John Gallagher
MANOR BLACK FIRE IN THE BLOOD #3 (OF 4) CVR A HURTT (MR) Infighting plagues the family of blood while Ari and Reggie make their way through the crypts and origins of Manor Black as the hunt for a successor of the family narrows. (W) Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt (A/CA) Brian Hurtt
TV’s newest sensation, Naomi, finds herself at the center of the biggest drama of her entire life! The mystery of Dee is revealed, and with it comes terrible news that will change Naomi’s life forever. Meanwhile, the town itself has turned on Naomi. They’ve had enough of the superhero chaos she has brought to this usually quiet part of the world. All this, and a cliffhanger last page nobody will be ready for! From the original Naomi creators comes another blockbuster chapter in the life of Naomi McDuffie!
Creators: Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, Jamal Campbell, Jamal Campbell
The onslaught of new villains continues as Radiant Black faces off against…Blaze? From C.O.W.L.? Meanwhile, an unauthorized Radiant Black fan film is being shot in Lockport. When Marshall heads over to offer some friendly advice, he just might face his greatest enemy of all: creative license.
Creators: Higgins, Kyle Ferigato, Eduardo Sanches, Diego