#NewComicBookDay: The Annual Edition

by Aeryn Lynne

Welcome to the TENTH edition of #NewComicBookDay on Geek with Style! I don’t think I’ve written a blog series so religiously before, go me. DC has a multitude of annual comics published this week (slow month for other series maybe?) I’ve only collected a small handful of annuals from Marvel and DC, but I’ll admit that of the five released for April 1st, three of them sound interesting to read. What is an annual? Good question…

What the Heck is an Annual Comic

In the most basic terms, an annual is a comic that has a somewhat bigger page count. DC’s current comics have 32 pages on average, and their annuals have 48, which makes them a third larger than an average comic. They could be stand-alone stories, or continuations of an ongoing plot (dealer’s choice really.) The biggest (and perhaps only,) selling point is that they’re longer comics to enjoy. The title would suggest that they happen only once a year… I don’t know enough yet to find out whether that’s still the case.

    Marvel Comics Released on Wed April 1, 2015

  1. The Uncanny Inhumans #0
  2. George Romero’s Empire of the Dead: Act Three #1
  3. Avengers: Ultron Forever #1

    Anything that has to do with Ultron is an easy must-buy for me. When we first heard that the second Avengers movie was going to be titled “Age of Ultron”, I had somehow found out that there was a comic series by that same name. Turns out, Ultron is one awesome bad-guy (*cough* that Hank Pym built! *cough*)

    avengers-ultron-forever-1-cover
    Writer: Al Ewing
    Cover Artist: Alan Davis

    PART 1 OF 3 – THE START OF A THREE-PART AVENGERS EVENT! 500 years into the future, Ultron has won. Humanity is all but extinct – dead or enslaved by the Ultron Singularity. Now, seven Avengers are brought through time by Doctor Doom to battle the machine god for the fate of the cosmos… or die trying! It begins here – an epic adventure spanning the past and future of the Avengers!

  4. Guardians of the Galaxy: Best Story Ever #1

    Well… it sounds like its gonna be the best story ever, so why not?

    guardians-galaxy-best-story-ever-cover
    Writer: Tim Seeley
    Cover Artist: Tim Seeley

    It’s not every day Peter Quill ends up in jai…wait…never mind this happens a lot. But he DOESN’T always get Rocket stuck there with him. And he DEFINITELY doesn’t always regale the guards with the BEST STORY EVER! Let’s just hope he keeps their attention long enough for the other Guardians to bust him out…

  5. Kanan – The Last Padawan #1
  6. Avengers: Millennium #1

    This is quite the twist of a time traveling story (and the second time-based avengers comic this week!) The bad-guys have a time-machine, but don’t use it, ’cause they have nothing to change? How awesome is that??

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    Writer: Mike Costa
    Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

    At a secret Hydra installation hidden away in rural Japan, the Avengers discover a time-portal that sends them on an adventure that spans millennia. But what kind of bad guys have a time machine they don’t use to change the past? Bad guys who know they win… The only thing standing between our immutable past and our wasted, ruined future are the Avengers, finally reunited to battle a doomsday weapon thousands of years in the hatching.

  7. True Believers: Age of Apocalypse #1
  8. True Believers: Marvel Zombies #1
  9. Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #2
  10. Spider-Gwen #3
  11. Uncanny Avengers #3
  12. Return of the Living Deadpool #3

    As all stories Deadpool, I’m loving this one to bits. The fourth-wall breaking dude is just so funny, yo.

    return-living-deadpool-3-cover
    Writer: Cullen Bunn

    A planet overrun by Deadpools what could the danger be? Tummy sore from laughing? Overdose of awesomesauce? Could it be you can have too much of a good thing???

  13. Guardians Team-Up #4

    It’s not easy being green! (Ugh! I’m SO sorry for that one.) And its awesome to see two butt-kicking females working together to… well, kick butt well!

    Guardians-Team-Up-4-cover
    Writer: John Layman
    Cover Artist: Otto Schmidt

    She tough, she’s green, she’s in New York – and I want her DEAD!” That’s what the intergalactic bounty hunters were told when they took the assignment. Only it turns out there’s TWO people in New York who fit that exact description. Wanna find out what happens when you get BOTH of them mad? Well, then read Guardians of the Galaxy Team-up #4

  14. Operation: S.I.N. #4
  15. Rocket Raccoon #10
  16. Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #11
  17. Cyclops #12
  18. Wolverines #13

    I haven’t really read this series, like, at all. I’m just barely over the idea that Marvel killed off THE Wolverine, like, barely. I’m curious as to the “very special guest” bit, and also, Deadpool with claws on the cover means I just have to buy it.

    wolverines-13-cover
    Writer: Charles Soule
    Cover Artist: Guillem March

    THIS IS IT! THE MOMENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! Make sure to pick up this issue for the DEBUT of a very special guest. Also, special appearances by some of your favorite Marvel Universe heroes (and even some villains). But what will the Paradise and Wolverines team think of the return?

  19. Amazing Spider-Man #17
  20. The Punisher #17

    The Punisher vs Captain America… I was kinda hoping that the Punisher was pursuing the good captain for some abhorent reason, but instead its a “Punisher has gone too far,” gig. Still want to read it, heh.

    captain-punisher-17-cover
    Writer: Nathan Edmondson
    Cover Artist: Mitchell Gerads

    THE PUNISHER VERSUS CAPTAIN AMERICA IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL! The Punisher sees justice done, but his vigilantism won’t be ignored anymore. Has Frank finally come up against a force he can’t match?

  21. Avengers #43

    Pretty sure it’s only one month away, unless the release of the Secret Wars has been pushed back? *shrugs*

    avengers-43-cover
    Writer: Jonathan Hickman
    Cover Artist: Adam Kubert
    IN TWO MONTHS…TIME RUNS OUT!

    DC Comics Released on Wed April 1, 2015

  1. Arkham Manor: Endgame #1
  2. Batman and Robin Annual #3

    Not the biggest fan of Damien Wayne, but that’s mostly ’cause I haven’t enjoyed this character in any of the animation movies. Maybe its different in the comics, and this seems like the annual to find out.

    batman-robin-annual-cover
    Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
    Art: Juan Jose Ryp
    After a year that included death, resurrection and battles with the forces of Apokolips, it’s time for Batman and Robin to get back to basics both as father and son and partners in crimefighting. But have the events of the past year left too great a rift for them to bounce back from?
  3. Batman Eternal #52
  4. Batman/Superman Annual #2

    Ya know… I really only enjoy reading Superman, when his storyline involves Batman. Probably because Batman is usually taking Superman down a peg or two.

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    Writer: Greg Pak
    Art: Jonathan Glapion, Ardian Syaf
    Superman and Batman have defeated the menace that was targeting the Man of Steel for months, but not before he set something deadly in motion – their greatest foes have been given the means to kill Clark Kent. And for Clark, time is running out.
  5. Batwoman Annual #2
  6. Convergence #0
  7. Earth 2: World’s End #26
  8. Gotham Academy: Endgame #1
  9. Harley Quinn #16
  10. Looney Tunes #224
  11. Sinestro Annual #1
  12. Superman/Wonder Woman #17
  13. Teen Titans Annual #1

    Unlike Superman, Superboy actually has an interesting background/story, and its been forever since I’ve read anything Teen Titans. So apparently, this is becoming the week of, “Meh, why not?”

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    Writer: Tom King, Will Pfeifer
    Art: Alison Borges
    The Titans deal with Superboy’s return to the team – and the trail of destruction that he’s left in his wake.
  14. The Flash Season Zero #7
  15. The New 52: Futures End #48
  16. Wonder Woman #40

Whew, what a week! So, what’s on your #pulllist??

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Aeryn Lynne

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Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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  1. Deanna T. April 21, 2015

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