|Hot Picks for the Week!|
ACTION COMICS #869 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. “He’s a Brainiac, Brainiac on the floooorrr….!” I’m sorry.
ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN #10 (the amended version) by Frank Miller and Jim Lee. This isn’t actually on the invoice but I’m hoping DC is able to ship all the replacement copies for the ones they had to destroy or put on E-Bay last week thanks to Frank Miller’s insistence that all his potty-mouth dialogue be printed before being “blacked-out” afterwards. Oops. Frank is at that point in his career in which he appears comfortable with every word except “No.” Hopefully this will pass after “The Spirit” wins a few Razzies.
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #12 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Well, it’s taken three years but we’ve finally made it to issue twelve! In this climactic issue we find out how a dying Superman deals with Lex, Lois and all sorts of other stuff! All without a single crude reference to female anatomy!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #572 by Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. The amazing Norman Osborn continues dancing his sociopathic jig on the corpse of decency. Fun stuff! Oh, and Spider-Man appears too. Recommended.
ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #8 by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard. Now monthly The Astounding W.M. goes out looking for the Were-Creep who cast his life into a furry Hell. (Note: “Furry Hell” is also where you go when you die while misbehaving at Sci-Fi conventions.)
BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM #2 written and drawn by Mike Kunkel. Setting up the Captain Marvel/Black Adam rivalry. Gotta admit the art on this series doesn’t grab me the way Jeff Smith’s did but the spirit remains the same and my kid seems to enjoy it. And shouldn’t there always be a Captain Marvel comic on the racks?
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 #5 by Paul Cornell and Pat Olliffe. Well the cover kind of gives everything away. Be advised: Spitfire is NOT naked in this issue, but she does appear to have gone swimming.
DC UNIVERSE: DECISIONS #1 of 4 by Judd Winick, Bill Willingham and Rick Leonardi. The superheroes of the DCU start off just protecting their presidential candidates and end up endorsing them. Gotta look, but I’m afraid this is one of those cases of Reality out-weirding the comic books….
GHOST RIDER #27 by Jason Aaron and Tan Eng Hut. Okay, the art here could be better but Jason Aaron is clearly having a ball making Ghost Rider terrorize his way through Biker Country. Like a seventies grindhouse movie where the budget ran out early on. Recommended.
GRAVEL #5 by Warren Ellis, Mike Wolfer and Oscar Jimenez. Combat Magician William Gravel continues killing magicians who have what he wants. If only he’d go after the Avatar Press webmaster next! This is kind of like Marvel’s “Infinity Gauntlet” only with more smoking and swearing.
GREATEST HITS #1 of 6 by David Tischman and Glenn Fabry. Imagine if the Beatles had been superheroes instead of musicians. Now meet The Mates, the four supermen from England. Absolutely must-look, but it’s Vertigo so probably not for kids.
HELLBLAZER #247 by Andy Diggle and Leonardo Manco. Diggle’s final story-arc as Constantine faces down a War-Magus who eats people for power. Like Venom only with less tongue.
MARVEL APES #2 of 4 by Karl Kesel and Ramon Bachs. It’s the adventures of Marvel superheroes on Earth-Ape! Twisted fun. “Paging Doctor Zaius!”
MIGHTY AVENGERS #18 by Brian Michael Bendis and Khoi Pham. Needs apes.
PUNISHER #62 by Gregg Hurwitz and Laurence Campbell. Thus far a worthy successor to the Garth Ennis run. No small hurdle. Recommended.
SCALPED #21 by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera. That’s not a peace pipe Dashiell Bad Horse is smoking. If you ever wondered how the darkest noir comic on the stands today could get darker, here’s your answer: Have your hero start smoking rock. Why is it the higher I recommend this thing the lower the orders go? Fine. It’s horrible! With mutants! Check it out before some jerk at DC/Vertigo cancels my favorite book!
SQUADRON SUPREME #3 by Howard Chaykin and Marco Turini. Quite possibly the all-around worst comic series I have read this year. And I’ve read WOLVERINE: ORIGINS.
UNCANNY X-MEN #502 by Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker and Greg Land. Hard to say what’s more disturbing in this issue: Greg Land’s photo swipes or Cyclops’ newfound pleasure in using torture to extract information from prisoners when he’s got super-powered mind-readers on his team. I’m honestly sickened by this post Abu Ghraib idea that heroes (as opposed to anti-heroes) can do this stuff. Maybe it’s the way Greg Land draws everybody grinning ear-to-ear while they go all X-Gestapo. When did the X-Men become Bush-McCain Republicans?
WALKING DEAD #52 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard. And speaking of John McCain… Recommended as always. The comic, not the Senator. Oy.
X-FACTOR #35 by Peter David and Larry Stroman. Longshot’s back! Plus lumpy artwork!
Also this week, many bundles of “Halloween” Mini-Comics arrive including ARCHIE, BONE, COWA!, DONALD DUCK, and PEANUTS. Excellent treats, appropriate for all ages and guaranteed to rot only your mind, never your teeth. Get some!
|ABE SAPIEN SC 1 THE DROWNING|
|ABYSS SC 1|
|ACTION COMICS #869|
|AFRO SAMURAI SC 1 (Of 2)|
|AGE OF SENTRY #1 (Of 6)|
|AGE OF SENTRY #1 BULLOCK VARIANT|
|ALL STAR SER 1 WEIGHTED CASE ASST|
|ALL STAR SUPERMAN #12|
|AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #572|
|ARCHIE HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC 2008|
|ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #8|
|ASTRO BOY SC VOL 1 & 2|
|ATOMIC ROBO DOGS OF WAR #2 (Of 5)|
|BATGIRL #3 (Of 6)|
|BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #11 RIP|
|BETTIE PAGE 6 INCH STATUE|
|BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #85|
|BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM #2|
|BIRDS OF PREY #122|
|BONE HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC 2008|
|BRAVE AND THE BOLD #17|
|BROKEN TRINITY #2 MULTIPLE COVERS|
|CAPTAIN AMERICA SC 2 DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA|
|CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #5|
|CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #5 MONKEY VARIANT|
|CASEY BLUE BEYOND TOMORROW #5 (Of 6)|
|CASTLE WAITING VOL II #12|
|CASTLEVANIA CURSE OF DARKNESS SC 1 (Of 2)|
|CINEFEX #115 OCT 2008|
|CLASSIC MARVEL IRON MAN MOVIE ACTION FIGURE|
|COMIC SHOP NEWS #1109|
|COMIC SHOP NEWS FALL PREVIEW|
|CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #3|
|COWA HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC 2008|
|CRIMINAL MACABRE MY DEMON BABY SC|
|DC SPECIAL CYBORG #5 (Of 6)|
|DC UNIVERSE DECISIONS #1 (Of 4)|
|DC WILDSTORM DREAMWAR #6 (Of 6)|
|DEAD SPACE #6 (Of 6)|
|DEATH NOTE COLLECTORS ED HC 1|
|DEVOID OF LIFE SC|
|DONALD DUCK HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC 2008|
|DRAGON BALL VIZBIG ED SC 2|
|ESSENTIAL OFF HB MARVEL UNIV MASTER ED SC 3|
|FALL OF CTHULHU GODWAR #2 (Of 4)|
|FAMILY DYNAMIC #2 (Of 3)|
|FATHOM #2 MULTIPLE COVERS|
|FOOLKILLER WHITE ANGELS #3 (Of 5)|
|FUZZ & PLUCK IN SPLITSVILLE #5 (Of 5)|
|GHOST RIDER #27|
|GIANT ROBOT #55|
|GRAVEL #5 WRAP COVER|
|GREATEST HITS #1 (Of 6)|
|GREATEST HITS #1 (Of 6) VARIANT ED|
|GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #5 MONKEY VARIANT|
|GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #5 SECRET INVASION|
|HEAVY METAL NOVEMBER 2008 #119|
|INCREDIBLE HERCULES #121|
|INCREDIBLE HERCULES #121 MONKEY VARIANT|
|INCREDIBLE HERCULES AGAINST THE WORLD SC|
|INDIANA JONES & TOMB OF THE GODS #2|
|INTO THE VOLCANO HC|
|IRON MAN DIRECTOR OF SHIELD #33 SECRET INVASION|
|JANES IN LOVE|
|JSA PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN SC|
|JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA SC 1 TORNADOS PATH|
|JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #11 POSTER PREPACK|
|KOLCHAK TALES NIGHT STALKER OF THE LIVING DEAD #3 (Of 3)|
|LEES TOY REVIEW #191 SEP 2008|
|LOOK OUT MONSTERS|
|LOVELESS SC 3 BLACKWATER FALLS|
|MAD CLASSICS #23|
|MAD MAGAZINE #494|
|MANGA SUTRA FUTARI H SC 3 (Of 5)|
|MARVEL ADVENTURES AVENGERS #28|
|MARVEL APES #2 (Of 4)|
|MARVEL APES #2 (Of 4) JIMENEZ VARIANT|
|ME & MY BROTHERS SC 5 (Of 8)|
|MIGHTY AVENGERS #18 SECRET INVASION|
|MOON KNIGHT #22|
|NARUTO ANIME PROFILES SC EPISODES 81-135|
|PATH OF THE ASSASSIN SC VOL 13 HATEFUL BURDEN|
|PEANUTS HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC 2008|
|POWER PACK SC DAY ONE DIGEST|
|PRINCESS AI ENCOUNTERS SC|
|RANN THANAGAR HOLY WAR #5 (Of 8)|
|SECRET INVASION #6 (Of 8) CHO VARIANT|
|SECRET INVASION #6 (Of 8) YU SKETCH VARIANT|
|SECRET INVASION #6 (Of 8) YU VARIANT|
|SECRET INVASION DELL OTTO POSTER|
|SECRET INVASION THOR #2 (Of 3)|
|SILVER SURFER SC REQUIEM|
|SIMPSONS COMICS #146|
|SKETCH MAGAZINE #36|
|SKRULLS VS POWER PACK #3 (Of 4)|
|SOUVLAKI CIRCUS HC|
|SPEED GRAPHER MANGA SC 1 (Of 3)|
|SPIDER-MAN PREM HC 3 BRAND NEW DAY|
|SPIKE AFTER THE FALL #3 (Of 4)|
|SQUADRON SUPREME 2 #3|
|SQUADRON SUPREME 2 #3 MONKEY VARIANT|
|STAR TREK ASSIGNMENT EARTH #5|
|STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF OLD REPUBLIC #33|
|STORMWATCH PHD #14|
|SUPERMAN KRYPTONITE HC|
|TALES OF PENANCE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY #2 (Of 4)|
|TANGENT SUPERMANS REIGN #7 (Of 12)|
|TINY TITANS #8|
|TRANSFORMERS ALL HAIL MEGATRON #3|
|TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT SC 3|
|TRUE BELIEVERS #3 (Of 5)|
|TWELVE PREM HC 1|
|UNCANNY X-MEN #502 MANIFEST DESTINY|
|UNCLE SAM FREEDOM FIGHTERS BRAVE NEW WORLD SC|
|VAGABOND VIZ BIG ED SC 1|
|WALKING DEAD #52|
|WAR HEROES #2 (Of 6)|
|WARLASH DARK NOIR SC 1|
|WIZARD ANIME INSIDER #61|
|WORLD OF WARCRAFT #11|
|X-FACTOR #35 MONKEY VARIANT|
|X-MEN FIRST CLASS VOL 2 #16|
|YOUNG X-MEN #6 MANIFEST DESTINY|
|YOUNG X-MEN #6 MONKEY VARIANT MANIFEST DESTINY|
|ZOMBIE TALES #5|