Recommendations for 9/1

This article was originally published at ComicBook.com on August 1, 2021.

MIDNIGHTER 2021 ANNUAL #1

It’s a fifth week (for DC Comics, at least) and that means lots of annuals and other special issues. While there’s an abundance of exciting titles related to current ongoing series, Midnighter is the unexpected gem in the crowd considering it has been more than five years since the character held their own title. Midnighter has been a consistently compelling character—Batman without the restraint or oddly-drawn ethics—since they debuted and regularly features in thrilling action sequences a step above most superhero comics. That promise seems all but assured given the creators working on this particular issue. Writer Michael W. Conrad is a breakout creator at DC with promising work recently featured in both Superman: Red and Blue and Infinite Frontier, while Becky Cloonan should already be a household name for fans of fast-paced and engaging stories across the genre spectrum as she capably combines her expert cartooning knowledge with collaborator’s skills. And when that artistic collaborator is Michael Avon Oeming, the sky seems to be the limit. Oeming’s return to mainstream superheroes is what makes Midnight 2021 Annual a must-buy as his ability to distill action into perfectly minimalist designs has delivered many of the best romps from across the past 20 years. All of this is to say that the combination of artists and subjects makes this a brilliant pick-up for Midnighter fans everywhere, even if it’s only one issue. — Chase Magnett

Published by DC Comics

Written by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad

Art by Michael Avon Oeming

Colors by Taki Soma

Letters by Dave Sharpe

DARK AGES #1

Marvel Comics attempts to capture the success of DCeased as writer Tom Taylor returns to deliver a, well, dark tale of an alternate timeline in which no heroes are safe. DCeased has been a critical and commercial success—using the stakes of a zombie story to push DC heroes to their absolute limits—and the possibility of lightning striking twice is a thrilling notion. This particular take promises a future in which the world is plunged back into darkness without access to electricity and most modern technology. What happens and how will the heroes attempt to save the day? However these questions are set to be answered, Taylor consistently promises fans iconic takes on their favorite characters no matter how extreme the circumstances. Iban Coello’s detailed linework ensures that whatever directions the story may take, it ought to provide a memorable experience as darkness falls upon this alternate Marvel universe. — Chase Magnett

Published by Marvel Comics

Written by Tom Taylor

Art by Iban Coello

Colors by Brian Reber

Letters by Joe Sabino

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