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It’s that time again where we look at the new, exciting upcoming releases in the world of comics in our August 2020 Solicitations. Though these titles are listed in August, they’ll come out in October (hopefully).

The Thirteenth Floor Volume 02 – Rebellion

The Thirteenth Floor - August 2020 Solicitations

The Thirteenth Floor exploded out of the pages of Scream! thanks to the incredible creative team of John Wagner, Alan Grant and Jose Ortiz. The first volume is incredible, which I wrote up here. And thank goodness there will be a second volume. Like I said, it’s incredible and I would use modern terminology and recent pop-culture comparisons to really make my point, but I’ll allow the content manager at Rebellion to do that:

Black Mirror meets The Twilight Zone in this darkly comical second volume of the archive series reprinting the creepy horror comic! The Thirteenth Floor exists in Maxwell Tower, an experimental tower block run by an A.I. called Max who looks after his tenants and take revenge on those who threaten them by sending them to The Thirteenth Floor, a place where nightmare and reality become one!

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood – Ahoy Comics

Cover of Edgar Alan Poe's Snifter of Blood - August 2020 Solicitations

When you have a successful series, you need to mix things up to keep it fresh. So Ahoy Comics wisely decided to replace the word terror with blood for the third series.

Clever Ahoy but you can’t fool me!

Expect more of the zaniness from the first two volumes. I really like this series and I’m happy it’s continuing. However, it will feel odd to read this in October because I feel like we’re living in one of its stories. If I look hard enough I just might see Mr. Poe in the background sipping on an adult beverage with extremely high alcohol content.

Transformers Back to the Future – IDW Publishing

Cover of Transformers Back to the Future from IDW Publishing

From the studio that brought you Transformers My Little Pony comes the exciting new crossover…okay. I get it. It’s nuts and I don’t know how these things can possibly work but they do. Here’s more of my money.

Great Scott! Marty McFly has just returned from the adventure of a lifetime to a new, better Hill Valley?-everything’s looking up for him! That is, until Marty and his friend Doc Brown’s time machine attracts the attention of the Decepticons! With one small mistake, Marty finds himself once again thrust into adventure to stop the Decepticon plot in the past, present, and future… all with the help of a new time machine… the Autobot, Gigawatt!

Justice League Odyssey 25 – DC Comics

I’m a fan of everything that Dan Abnett does and I even subscribe to his weekly newsletter, 2000 AD. Justice League Odyssey exploded out of the events from Scott Snyder’s Justice League event, along with Justice League Dark. I added it to the pull-list thinking that it would grow stale eventually. But it never did. In fact, out of the three, this one kept putting a big smile on my face. It was a lot of sci-fi fun and it’s ending after issue 25. It’s also fitting that Will Conrad will also close it out.

It’s sad for sure, but we’ll always have Dex-Starr.

I’ll never forget you Dex-Starr.

Rorschach – DC Comics

Cover of Rorschach 1 from DC Comics

Oh boy, I still don’t know what to do with this one. I don’t think I would be interested in this if Tom King wasn’t involved. But golly, to spin off a book around one of the most controversial characters from Watchmen that isn’t written by Alan Moore? I just don’t know.

But I also think this is just too big not to get on board. I don’t know if I’ll enjoy it or if I can, but if there’s anyone that could pull off something like this, it’s Tom King.

And those are my picks from the August 2020 Solicitations. Interested in reading some of my earlier picks? Then head on over to the Previews Category page, aptly named before DC dumped Diamond.

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