Every Wednesday–New Comic Book Day–Super will pick three top titles you should pick up from your friendly comic book shop. These are the picks for this NCBD, Feb. 5, 2020:
“Justice League” # 40 (DC Comics)
Writer Robert Venditti and artist Doug Mahnke take over DC Comics’ premier super team with this first issue of a new story arc. Vendiiti has always liked telling big conflicts and for this one he brings back elements that DC hasn’t used in a while. An extraterrestrial arrival has the league investigating, and it turns out to be Sodam Yat, the Daxamite who is also a Green Lantern! We haven’t seen Yat in a while (he’s always been one of the fan favorite Lanterns) and he is but the first of a bunch of super people being brought against the league. By whom? None other than the Kryptonian super-being the Eradicator, yes, the same from “Reign of the Supermen!”
“Star Wars: Darth Vader” # 1 (Marvel Comics)
Marvel’s Star Wars Comics are not only in canon, but they’ve also consistently been done well, probably because Marvel has been assigning excellent creative teams to them. That case continues with this new Darth Vader mini-series, which features Greg Pak (who had been working on the main “Star Wars” title) and artist Raffaele Ienco, which occurs immediately after the events of “Star Wars: Episode V–The Empire Strikes Back” and before the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI–Return of the Jedi.” Yes, you are going to see a Vader who has already confronted son Luke Skywalker with the truth of the young Jedi’s parentage–and been refused. What is Vader going to do next?
“X-Men/Fantastic Four” # 1 (Marvel Comics)
Jonathan Hickman has essentially rebooted Marvel’s mutant continuity with his “Powers of X/House of X” story, and now the repercussions of that tale are finally reaching the rest of the Marvel Universe. In this mini-series, it touches the Fantastic Four. The X-Men have decreed that all mutants must live under their protection on the living island of Krakoa–but Franklin Richards, the super-powered son of Reed and Sue Richards, is a mutant. How will this go down? This is written by the talented Chip Zdarsky (“Sex Criminals” ) and features the gorgeous art of Terry Dodson.