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One of the common threads with the Arrowverse this year is that all four shows have had problems with payoff and follow-through. Arrow failed to build on its incredible Season 5 finale. The Flash seemingly wiped away the fallout of Season 3 in a single episode. Even Legends of Tomorrow didn’t entirely make good on the promise of Season 2’s finale. Given where The Flash’s midseason finale left Barry Allen, the series has a second chance to make good on some of the wasted potential earlier in Season 4. And fortunately, this time it looks as though the writers will make an honest go of it.
It’s interesting to note how quickly the lighthearted, happy-go-lucky tone of Season 4 has receded now that DeVoe’s master plan is underway. Any hope Barry had of being a happier, more well-adjusted hero is basically out the window. His present circumstances speak to just how strong a villain DeVoe has become with time. In seasons past, Barry’s enemies were all speedsters who could think of nothing more clever than killing Barry’s loved ones to get to him. DeVoe, by comparison, has cut Barry off from his family in a much different way. In the process, he’s made Barry become his father in a way he never imagined would be possible. The closing scene of Barry coming to terms with his new “home” hit pretty hard, especially with the “Henry Allen was here” tag to hammer home the irony.
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!
By writer Robert Venditti & artist Tony S. Daniel | DC
Nearly a decade after it was originally announced, Dark Horse Comics has finally revealed the release date for Frank Miller's 300 prequel, Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander. This five-issue miniseries will debut on April 4, 2018.
Xerxes art by Frank Miller. (Dark Horse)
Miller is both writing and drawing Xerxes, with Alex Sinclair (The Dark Knight III) providing colors. Each issue will cost $4.99 and include 30 pages of story content as well as special wraparound covers.
Diamond Comics' year-end sales figures for 2017 are in, and Marvel Comics was once again the top-selling publisher of the year. Marvel also holds claim to the best-selling single issue of 2017 thanks to Marvel Legacy #1.
According to estimates from Comichron, Marvel Legacy #1 sold a total of 305,427 copies through Diamond. Much of the top ten for 2017 was dominated by crossover events like Dark Nights: Metal and Secret Empire, though Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man proved to be Marvel's biggest debut for a new ongoing series.
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As Supergirl begins the second half of Season 3, the biggest thing the show has working in its favor is its main villain, Reign. Reign is exactly the well-rounded, fully realized antagonist this series had always been lacking in previous seasons. The challenge for the remainder of Season 3 is prolonging the Supergirl/Reign conflict for a few more months without letting the narrative lose all sense of momentum. The midseason premiere managed that by shifting the conflict in a more ensemble-focused direction.
In other words, this was the perfect week to give the Legion of Super-Heroes their full introduction. Mon-El and Imra have already been recurring players this season, but this week marked the debut of the team's resident super-genius Brainiac 5 (Defiance's Jesse Rath). Apparently Rath has the market cornered on playing handsome, eccentric white-haired aliens. Brainiac 5 immediately feels like one of the better additions to the show's supporting cast this season. Rath plays him pretty much like your stereotypical Hollywood autistic genius, but it's an approach that meshes well with the rest of the main cast. In particular, Brainiac struck up a fun dynamic with Kara, who clearly doesn't know quite what to make of this arrogant know-it-all.
Boom Studios' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic is gearing up for a massive conflict in 2018 thanks to the "Shattered Grid" storyline. Now we have a better idea of the epic scope of this event, as the series is set to draw in heroes from five other Power Rangers teams - Dino Super Charge, RPM, Time Force, Ninja Steel and Dino Thunder.
We have an exclusive first look at two new chapters of "Shattered Grid" hitting stores in April 2018. Mighty Morphin Powers #26 (from writer Kyle Higgins and artist Daniele di Nicuolo) sees our heroes join forces with the Time Force just as Lord Drakkon nears total victory. Then, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2018 Annual #1 (from various creative teams including writers Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott and artists Marcus To and Dylan Burnett) will draw in the other Ranger teams as Drakkon's threat extends across time and space.
Conan the Barbarian is finally returning to the Marvel Universe. Today Marvel revealed they've reached a new agreement with Conan Properties International to take over the franchise beginning in January 2019.
Art by Esad Ribic. (Marvel Comics)
Marvel previously held the Conan license between 1970 and 2000, publishing hundreds of stories featuring the character across titles like Conan the Barbarian and The Savage Sword of Conan. Dark Horse Comics currently holds the license, but it appears that 2018 will mark the end of the line for their Conan saga.
DC Comics has enlisted Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) to helm an ambitious new project that offers a more racially and politically charged look at the history of the DC Universe.
Dubbed The Other History of the DC Universe, this limited series will center on heroes from various marginalized groups in the DCU, be they racial minorities, members of the LGBT community or even aliens. The main cast will include Green Lantern John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Renee Montoya. Ridley's story will reexamine key events in DC lore from the perspective of these characters and chronicle their respective struggles to embrace their true selves.
Last week Marvel revealed the latest addition to the ever-growing line of X-Men comics, Exiles. This revival of the fan-favorite early 2000's series follows the same basic premise as the original series, with mutant teleporter Blink leading an eclectic team of heroes in a quest to protect the Marvel multiverse. Perhaps the biggest twist in this new announcement, however, is the fact that the team will include a new version of Valkyrie modeled very directly on Tessa Thompson's portrayal of the character in Thor: Ragnarok. It's the latest example of Marvel tweaking its comics to make them more like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But where some of Marvel's past attempts at superhero synergy have failed, this new Valkyrie suggests they're learning from their mistakes.
It was another big week for the comic book industry. DC delivered a two-pronged farewell to the current Harley Quinn creative team and capped off the first half of Mister Miracle. Marvel wrapped a new Darth Vader storyline, kicked off the massive Avengers: No Surrender crossover and debuted Old Man Hawkeye. And Archie Comics gave us a crucial new installment of their flagship Archie series.
Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.