Welcome to the Orbital News Digest! Here are the latest NEWS and EVENTS from Orbital Comics, links to interesting things we found this week, and a full list of THIS WEEK’S NEW COMICS (at the bottom).


A metafictional collection of facsimile ephemera tracing the influence of the dark arts on pop culture. Until May 30th.

With seven successful volumes and their upcoming debut on comiXology, Aces Weekly are coming to Orbital for their first ever in-store signing with David Lloyd, David Hine & friends from 5pm.

Legendary Crow creator James O’Barr and Marvel Comics legend Michael Golden join forces with writer/editor/colorist Renee Witterstaetter for a rare signing from 5pm.

Come celebrate with us the launch of Rachael Smith‘s debut graphic novel Launch Party! House Party is about three lost 20-somethings feeling disillusioned after being shoved into the real world since feeling like superstars at university. In an attempt to get their carefree composure and happiness back they throw a massive house party, just like they used to. Instead of reconnecting them with their younger selves, however, things go a little differently and the three of them must decide how to move forward in lives that none of them really asked for.


Time for another special episode of the Orbiting Pod! This time, we tackle that wall crawling menace known as Spider-man!

As with our other specials, we look at 4 different tales from web-heads career: not necessarily the best, but a good representation of the life and times of the friendly neighborhood hero. First, we look at the supporting cast of Peter Parker’s life, and how his relationships affect him in and out of costume in Death of the Stacys; we take a darker turn with obsession in Kraven’s Last hunt; we start over again, and join all the dots with Ultimate Spider-man; finally, we get it together with Big Time.

You can listen to it here or subscribe to the podcast on itunes.

STAFF PICKS – WEEK OF 30/04/2014

Adam’s Pick: The Amazing Spider-Man #1 / Dan Slott (w) Humberto Ramos, Ramon Perez & more (a) / Marvel Comics

Chris’ Pick: Black Science #6 / Rick Remender (w), Matteo Scalera & Dean White (a) / Image Comics

Liz’ Pick: Image Firsts / Various (w), Various (a) / Image Comics

Taylor’s Pick: Southern Bastards #1 / Jason Aaron (w), Jason Latour (a) / Image Comics

Thomas’ Pick: Satanic Mojo Comix #2 / Jason Atomic, Rufus Dayglo, Savage Pencil, Krent Able & more (w/a)

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Hey everyone, we’re trying something new this month! You’ll have noticed that comics are going from strength to strength, the list of new comics just keeps growing every week, and there’s been a surge in new titles from smaller publishers like BOOM!, Image, Oni, and others. We’d like to know how interested you are in some of these newer titles, and make you aware of some you might not have known were incoming. Here’s a list of titles due to ship in July, that we’d like your feedback on. Just email your interest in any of the below titles (or others you’re enthused about that are slated for July) to taylor@orbitalcomics.co.uk by May 15th, and you’ll be helping creators, publishers, the comics medium, us, and hopefully yourself to discover new creators and stories! Thank you! (click on each title for more information)

Ragnarok #1 (Walt Simonson/IDW)
The Squidder #1 (Ben Templesmith/IDW)
Dark Engine #1 (Ryan Burton & John Bivens/Image)
Life With Archie #36 & #37 (the Death of Archie finale as covered here)
Robocop #1 (Joshua Williamson & Carlos Magno/BOOM!)
Black Market #1 (Frank Barbiere & Victor Santos/BOOM!)
Steed and Mrs Peel #1 (Ian Edginton & Marco Cosentino/BOOM!)
Tuki Save the Humans #1 (Jeff Smith/Cartoon Books)
The Devilers #1 (Joshua Hale Fialkov & Matt Triano/Dynamite)


Apologies for the skip week last week, but this bumper edition should reassure you that you were, as they say, always on our minds…

By now you’ve doubtless heard the Amazon/Comixology news, but The Comics Reporter has collated everything you could possibly need to read about it, then written his own take. It’s worth a read. For those of you behind on news, you may be behind on reading newspapers too, so its just as well the Guardian put the star-laden comics from their Saturday supplement up on their site, isn’t it? In industry news, Marvel’s mid-list has something amiss, while DC may have forgotten what business they’re in, or at least, how to keep creators happy. Oh, and there were cons, too, which we won’t even pretend to be up to date with, but here’s CBR’s C2E2 coverage, and more appealingly, a rundown of the burgeoning Seattle underground scene.

There have been a couple of standouts in the world of comics coverage recently. Zainab Akhtar has been killing it over on Comics and Cola, with everything from Breakdown Press previews, through infuriating us with tantalising tastes of foreign-language comics we can’t read and hand-holding us into the world of manga, to curating your May in comics for you. Similarly, Multiversity are celebrating turning 5 in style, initially with their Lettering Week (complete with obligatory Nate Piekos interview); and latterly with a slew of industry figures talking ch-ch-ch-changes of the last half decade, AND still finding time for cool previews. They’re killing it, though nothing looks as nice this week as the Bartkira exhibit over at Floating World Comics. Wish we could have been there. Wish we could’ve made this Vanessa Davis/Ben Katchor/Anders Nilsen/Mimi Pond talk too, although this post-talk catch-up may be more in depth than the talk was.

Do you know your Spidey outfits? Do you really? Or are you a lying cosmic scoundrel? Did we lose you? Here, have a comic map. And a growing selection of the ultimate #protips.

Are you comics?

Hadn’t thought of this perspective on male and female superhero comics before, but it is compelling. Alternatively, you might like a more scientific perspective. And hey, who’d a thunk it? Anyway, maybe after reading about all this backward comics behaviour and thinking righteous thoughts, you’re left feeling a little sluggish, lethargic even. Could be your diet. You comics diet, that is, and Robot 6 has a plan for you! Alternatively, you could just be asking the wrong questions.

Poor crow. He looks like he needs some Decadence in his life. Or some Vanessa Davis. Hell, a little Basewood might do the trick!

And finally, just in case anyone was unclear

NEW COMICS – WEEK OF 07/05/2014

Please note that new comics are out on Wednesday (7th May) as usual this week, but we’re expecting the delivery that same day, so the comics will not be available in the morning.

Dark Horse
Angel And Faith Season 10 #2
Bad Blood #5
Grindhouse Doors Open At Midnight #8
Michael Avon Oemings Victories #11
Terminator Salvation Final Battle #6
Veil #3

DC Comics
Aquaman And The Others #2
Batman Eternal #5
Batman Superman #10
Batman Superman #10 Combo Pack
Batwing #31
DC Comics Presents Harley Quinn #1 2nd Ptg
Detective Comics #31
Detective Comics #31 Combo Pack
Earth 2 #23
Fairest #26
Green Arrow #31
Green Lantern #31 (Uprising)
Green Lantern #31 Combo Pack (Uprising)
Harley Quinn #2 3rd Ptg
Hinterkind #7
Justice League 3000 #6
Movement #12
New 52 Futures End #1
Scooby Doo Team Up #4
Swamp Thing #31
Teen Titans Annual #3
Trinity Of Sin The Phantom Stranger #19
Vampire Diaries #5
Wake #8

Black Dynamite #2
Crow Pestilence #3
Illegitimates #5
Jinnrise #10
Maxx Maxximized #7
Rocky & Bullwinkle #3
Sinister Dexter #6
TMNT Color Classics Series 2 #7

68 Rule Of War #2
Alex + Ada #6
Aphrodite IX #10
Apocalypse Al #4
Burn The Orphanage Reign Of Terror #1
Clone #16
Cyber Force #9
Fatale #22
Madame Frankenstein #1
Nailbiter #1
Rat Queens #6
Real Heroes #2
Revenge #3
Revival #20
Satellite Sam #8
Spawn #243

All New Ghost Rider #1 2nd Ptg Moore Var Anmn
All New X-Factor #7
Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 Anmn
Black Widow #6
Cyclops #1 Anmn
Daredevil #1 2nd Ptg Samnee Var Anmn
Deadpool Vs Carnage #3
Iron Fist Living Weapon #2 Anmn
Loki Agent Of Asgard #4
Magneto #3 Anmn
Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #1
Miracleman #5
Moon Knight #3 Anmn
New Warriors #4
Original Sin #1
Punisher #5
Savage Wolverine #18
She-Hulk #4
Silver Surfer #1 2nd Ptg Allred Var Anmn

2000 AD Prog #1880
Adventure Time Flip Side #5
Archer & Armstrong #20
B & V Friends Double Digest #238
Bar Maid #5
Black Bat #10
Caliban #2
Chaos #1
Critter (Ongoing) #20
Crossed Badlands #53
Day Men Pen & Ink #1
Dead Letters #1 (2nd Ptg)
Dead Letters #2
Fathom Kiani Vol 3 #3
Garfield #25
GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #97 (Aofd)
God Is Dead #12
Liberator Earth Crisis #2
Lone Ranger #24
Mengelmoes Book One SC
Miss Fury #10
Necromantical #1
Rai #1
Rai #1 Plus Edition
Red Sonja #9
Revelations #5
Shahrazad #5
Sixth Gun #40
Sugar Booger #2
Suicide Risk #13
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4
Woods #1
World Of Archie Double Digest #39
WWE Ongoing #4

Adventure Time Magazine #10 £2.99
DC Superhero Chess Fig Coll Mag #60 Reverse Flash
Illustration Magazine #44 £10.99
Marvel Fact File #58 £2.99
Marvel Fact File #59 £2.99
Marvel Fact File #60 £2.99

Graphic Novels & Collected Editions
Adventure Time TP Vol 04
Age Of Ultron TP
All Star Western TP Vol 04 Gold Standard (N52)
Amelia Cole And The Hidden War GN
Andreae Sketchbook
Annihilation Omnibus HC
Batman HC Vol 04 Zero Year Secret City (N52)
Batman TP Vol 03 Death Of The Family (N52)
Bellamy Sketchbook #3
Burn The Orphanage TP Vol 01 Born To Lose
Castle Unholy Storm Prem HC
Cleopatra In Space GN Vol 0
Complete Peanuts TP Vol 01 1950-1952
Conan And People Of Black Circle HC
Crisse Sketchbook #2
Emily And The Strangers HC Vol 01
Fear Agent TP Vol 02 My War (2nd Ed)
Feminist But GN Comics About Women
Fire GN HC
Gabriel Rodriguez Locke & Key Artist Ed Portfolio
GI Joe A Real American Hero TP Vol 09
Godzilla HC
Hey Mister Come Hell Or Highwater Pants GN
I Kill Giants Fifth Annv Ed TP
In The Dark Horror Anthology HC
Indestructible Hulk TP Vol 02 Gods And Monster
Invincible Universe TP Vol 02
Iron Man Fatal Frontier HC
Magnus Archives TP Vol 03
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic TP Vol 04
Other Dead HC
Queen Sonja TP Vol 06 Heavy Is The Crown
Saga Of The Swamp Thing TP Book 06
Shadowman TP Vol 04 Fear Blood Shadows
Sonic The Hedgehog Archives TP Vol 01 New Ptg
Superman Man Of Tomorrow Archives HC Vol 03
Tales O/T TMNT TP Vol 04
Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth TP Vol 02
True Lives Of Fabulous Killjoys Ltd Ed HC
True Lives Of Fabulous Killjoys TP
Uncanny X-Men Prem HC Vol 03 Good Bad And Inhuman
Vampirella Southern Gothic TP
Watchmen TP International Edition New Ed
World Of Warcraft Dark Riders TP
X-Men Adamantium Collection HC
X-Men No More Humans OGN HC
X-Men Vs Hulk TP

Android Angels GN
Bleach: 3-In-1 Edition Vol 08
Case Closed Vol 50
Claymore Vol 24
Crimson Spell Vol 03
Deadman Wonderland Vol 02
Happy Marriage Vol 05
Megami Feb 2014
Midnight Secretary Vol 05
Naruto: 3-In-1 Edition Vol 08
Neo Magazine #123
Newtype Feb 2014
Nisekoi Vol 03
Pokemon Adv Red & Blue Box
Pokemon Black & White Vol 15
Pokemon D & P Adv 01
Pokemon D & P Adv 02
Starting Point 1979-1996
Trigun Maximum Omnibus TP Vol 03
Turning Point 1997-2008
Vampire Knight Vol 18
XXXholic Rei Vol 01

DC Comics Nightwing Artfx+ Statue New 52 Ver
DC Comics Super Villains Power Ring AF
DC Comics Super Villains Superwoman AF
DC Comics Super Villains Ultraman AF
Transformers G1 Mini Figures Box Set
Transformers Live Action Mini Figures Box Set
Transformers Mini Figures Blind Foil Pack
Transformers Mini Figures Blister Pack
Transformers Prime Mini Figures Box Set