ComicBook Countdown for the Week of August 10

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on August 10, 2015.

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There’s nary a week when great comics, movies, or television shows aren’t all vying for our attention. It can be hard to keep up with it all, but that’s why we’re here. Each Monday at ComicBook.Com, we take a look at the five most exciting things coming to the world of fandom to keep you in the know.

5. The Eltingville Club #2 | Dark Horse Comics

Satire allows us to laugh at the dark, depressing, and dour. And there is no better satire of nerd culture than The Eltingville Club from Dark Horse. This comic pokes fun at the worst aspects of  science fiction, horror, comics, and role playing. It gives us an opportunity to chuckle at behaviors and trends we can all recognize, but also reminds us to never, ever be those guys. Evan Dorkin packs a ton of detail and jokes into every panel of the comic too, making it both a hilarious and sobering read.

4. Fallout Shelter | Bethsoft

Fallout is one of the gold standards in gaming today for good reason. Packed with detail, almost infinitely replayability, and a whole lot of fun: This series always leaves fans wanting more. So how to spend the time between new Fallout releases? Developer Bethsoft is releasing its mobile spinoff Fallout Shelter for Android this week. The game lets you build and manage a shelter before the cataclysmic event that leads to the world of Fallout. It is a great way to waste some time between releases–or while waiting in line.

3. Secret Wars #5 | Marvel Comics

Secret Wars is, without a doubt, one of the best superhero events of the past decade. It combines all of the best superheroes of the Marvel universe, pits them against one of the greatest villains ever, and does all of this in the wildest setting imaginable. Even with some delays, this is a series worth waiting for. After the events of Secret Wars #4, which featured a couple of major deaths, things will only continue to ramp up. If you’re looking for big, fun superhero comics, then you’re probably already salivating for Secret Wars #5 to drop this Wednesday.

2. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. | Warner Bros. Pictures

The new Guy Ritchie film resurrects one of the best American television series from the 1960s. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. touches upon Cold War tensions and fuses them with science-fiction elements and over-the-top spy antics. It’s a cool concept coming out at just the right time with so many spy movies (Spy, Kingsman, Spectre) all turning heads. Ritchie has a fantastic cast as well, featuring Henry Cavill (Superman!) and Armie Hammer (Almost-Batman!). Maybe this film will finally return Ritchie to the heights he discovered in Snatch.

1. Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #1 | Image Comics

There are few teams working in comics today that are as recognizable and consistently great as Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen. Comics fans will surely recognize them from a transcendent run on Young Avengers and the widely-acclaimed The Wicked + The Divine. But, many may not know that this partnership first showed its potential for greatness in the pages of Phonogram. That series is returning for its third installment, “The Immaterial Girl”, and can’t be missed. Set in a world defined by fading youth, 90s rock, and magic, this comic brings out the absolute best in both creators.

What new comics, shows, and other releases are you looking forward to this week? Share in the comments below.

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About chasemagnett

Chase is a mild-mannered finance guy by day and a raving comics fan by night. He has been reading comics for more than half of his life (all 23 years of it). After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with degrees in Economics and English, he has continued to research comics while writing articles and reviews online. His favorite superhero is Superman and he'll accept no other answers. Don't ask about his favorite comic unless you're ready to spend a day discussing dozens of different titles.
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