Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New Comics Day: Shazam!: Origins; Corto Maltese; Iron Fist: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Collection

Picks this week. Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

Young orphan Billy Batson has bounced from foster home to foster home, but he's far from the ideal child. Brash and rude, Billy is a troubled teen who just can't seem to find a calling. But after a fateful night on a subway car, that all will change. 
Brought to the feet of the magical wizard Shazam at the Rock of Eternity, Billy is imbued with powers beyond any mortal man. By shouting the wizard's name--Shazam!--the young teen is mystically transformed into the powerhouse known as Captain Marvel! Now given abilities that make him Earth's Mightiest Mortal at the utterance of a simple phrase, will Billy make the right choices and do what it takes to become a hero? Or will he succumb to the poor choices of youth--and the villainous Black Adam?
Perfect for any new fan of the World's Mightiest Mortal, this new edition of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's classic graphic novel features a photo cover of star actor Zachary Levi. Collects Justice League #0, #21 and stories from Justice League #7-11, #14-16 and #18-20.


Corto Maltese enters the crossroads of magic and the occult, astrology and history, religion and mythology in the first English-language translation of Pratt's award-winning book.
Visiting the writer Hermann Hesse while researching alchemists with his old friend Professor Steiner, Corto drinks from the "source of the Alchemy Rose" and becomes immersed in a surreal and dreamlike adventure that involves Klingsor, the quest for the Holy Grail, Death, the Devil, and the Sandman, among others. This complexly plotted graphic novel was among Hugo Pratt's most philosophical ruminations on the imagination.

Danny Rand, the wielder of the power of the Iron Fist, must defend the mystical realm of K'un-Lun, but Dhasha Khan has a plan that will test Iron Fist's mettle unlike ever before. The warrior-sorcerer seeks the spirit of the Firebird, a woman protected by Iron Fist; however, Khan has at his side the Silver Dragon, someone with a deep connection to Danny Rand. It's a confrontation that risks Iron Fist's very soul, brought to you by master storyteller Chris Claremont and artist Rudy Nebres, whose lush ink wash illustrations convey the power and majesty of martial arts like none other! Also featuring the solo adventures of Iron Fist's colleagues Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, the Daughters of the Dragon!
COLLECTING: DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU (1974) 10, 18-24, 29, 31-33; BIZARRE ADVENTURES (1981) 25

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