|Hot Picks for the Week!|
By John Judy
Remember: Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like an armload of comics! Right, honey? Honey…?
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #550 by Marc Guggenheim and Salvador Larroca. Jackpot! Menace! And maybe some more new characters with so-so names. It’s no “Doctor Octopus” is all I’m saying.
ASTRO CITY: THE DARK AGE SPECIAL #2 BEAUTIE by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson. The secret origin of Astro City’s own living doll, Beautie! We’ve been waiting years for this and so has she! Recommended!
BAT LASH #3 of 6 by Peter Brandvold, Sergio Aragones and John Severin. Necktie Party! How’s ol’ Bat gonna git outta this one?! Owl-hoots beware!
BLACK PANTHER #34 by Reginald Hudlin and Cafu. Featuring Skrull gangsters and frogs.
BOOSTER GOLD #0 by Geoff Johns, Jeff Katz, and Dan Jurgens. It’s official: This is the latest-shipping title ever!!! Ladies and Gentlemen: the Booster Gold/Zero Hour cross-over! In your face, Kevin Smith! Eat it, Ultimate Hulk/Wolverine #3! Miracleman #25? 1963 Annual? All is forgiven. You can come out now… Please?
BPRD: 1946 #2 of 5 by Mike Mignola, Joshua Dysart, and Paul Azaceta. Professor Bruttenholm teams up with the Russkies to find out what’s up with Project Vampir Sturm. Horrific hi-jinks from the House of Hellboy!
CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 of 5 by Brian Reed and Lee Weeks. Paintings and Skrulls.
DMZ #28 by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. The secret origin of Soames, New York’s most infamous eco-warrior!
DOOM PATROL ARCHIVES VOL. 4 HC by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani. Collecting issues #106-113 of “the strangest super-team of all.” No, the other one. Silver-Age, dinosaur-punching fun! Recommended.
FANTASTIC FOUR #554 by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. A new team and a new look for The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine! Very ultimate-y without feeling as wholly detached from the rich details of the mainstream Marvel Yoo. Recommended.
GHOST RIDER #20 by Jason Aaron and Roland Boschi. Okay, I know it’s Ghost Rider which is usually a title on par with its movie adaptation. However, this new arc is being written by the guy who writes SCALPED and SCALPED is completely awesome. That alone gets this issue a read. A very hopeful read….
GOON #21 written and illustrated by Eric Powell. The Priest’s unearthly kin would like a word with him.
NEW AVENGERS #38 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Jessica Jones turns herself in to The Law to protect her baby. Very “Juno” if “Juno” was a noir super-hero story without all the chipper pseudo-Canadian accents and West Wing-y banter. Okay, it’s Bendis so the banter is there. No getting around the banter. Sorry.
NEXT ISSUE PROJECT #1: FANTASTIC COMICS #24 by Many Twisted People. Okay, Booster and Company are off the hook. This one is the Latest Comic Ever by about 66 years. The last issue of FANTASTIC COMICS was on the stands in November of 1941. A little thing called “copyright expiration” kicked in and now anyone who wants to can publish all the characters contained therein, no harm, no foul. So brace yourself for a golden-age sized delight containing the new adventures of Samson, Stardust, Flip Falcon, Sub Saunders, Yank Wilson, and more! Marvel’s got THE TWELVE. Dynamite’s got that Alex Ross thing. Now it’s Image’s turn at bat, Gotta look!
SHOWCASE PRESENTS: ENEMY ACE, VOL. 1 SC by Robert Kanigher, Joe Kubert, John Severin, Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams, and wow, how do you even follow that? A must for fans of great comics, “war” or otherwise.
SUPERMAN #673 by Kurt Busiek and Peter Vale. Superman fights Insect Queen on the moon! And he’s got a bug’s head on the cover! What more can one ask?
WALKING DEAD #46 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. Oh man, I hope they didn’t really kill Michonne last issue…. Not for kids. Must have.
WILL EISNER’S SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL.24 HC written and drawn by Will Eisner. The final volume of Eisner’s most famous creation, collecting the weekly Spirit adventures up through the early 1950s. The cover art alone is worth it. Recommended with awe.
WOLVERINE #62 by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney. Best Wolvie story in quite a while from the author of SCALPED. Featuring Mystique and a seriously ruthless Scott Summers. It’s like he grew up on a reservation or something… Recommended.
WONDER WOMAN #17 by Gail Simone and Terry & Rachel Dodson. WW vs. evil Amazons and Nazis. Classic stuff, beautifully drawn and on time!
X-FACTOR #28 by Peter David and Pablo Raimondi. Finally free from the last Big X-Over, we learn who Madrox knocked up and what’s happening around Mutant-Town. Helpful x-slang to learn: “PAN = Pass As Normal. REM = You still have your horns, tentacles, weird brow ridges, but no friggin’ powers.” It’ll be on the test.
X-FORCE #1 of 6 by Christopher Yost and Clayton Crain. Wolverine, Warpath, Wolfsbane, and the Wolverine Tranny-Clone X-23. Cyclops has assembled a mutant murder squad to kill anyone he doesn’t like. Because that’s what heroes do. To protect Freedom or something. Comes without poly-bags or trading cards. But it does have those highly collectable variant covers!
|100 BULLETS #88|
|30 DAYS OF NIGHT BEYOND BARROW #3|
|76 #2 (Of 8)|
|AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #17|
|AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #550 BRAND NEW DAY|
|AMERICAN VIRGIN #23|
|ANITA BLAKE VH FIRST DEATH HC TWO EDITIONS|
|ARCHIE & FRIENDS #116|
|ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE SPECIAL #2 BEAUTIE|
|ATOMIC ROBO #5 (Of 6)|
|ATOMIK MIKE (DP) #4 (Of 4)|
|AWESOME INDIE SPINNER RACK ANTHOLOGY VOL 1 SC|
|BAT LASH #3 (Of 6)|
|BATMAN STRIKES #42|
|BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #81|
|BLACK PANTHER #34|
|BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL SC VOL 18 SPARROW NET|
|BOOSTER GOLD #0|
|BPRD 1946 #2 (Of 5)|
|CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 (Of 5)|
|CHIBI VAMPIRE SC VOL 7 (Of 10)|
|CITY OF OTHERS SC|
|CIVIL WAR CHRONICLES #8|
|CLANDESTINE CLASSIC HC|
|COMIC SHOP NEWS #1078|
|CONNOR HAWKE DRAGONS BLOOD SC|
|CORY DOCTOROWS FUTURISTIC TALES HERE AND NOW #5 (Of 6)|
|COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS 11|
|CROSSING MIDNIGHT SC VOL 2 A MAP OF MIDNIGHT|
|DBZ REMASTERED COMP UNCUT DVD BOX SET SEASON 04|
|DEAD EYES OPEN|
|DEAD OF NIGHT FEATURING MAN THING #1 (Of 4)|
|DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS #3|
|DOMINION CONFLICT 1 NO MORE NOISE SC|
|DOOM PATROL ARCHIVES HC VOL 4|
|EVIL DEAD #2 (Of 4)|
|EXILES SC VOL 16 STARTING OVER|
|FALL OF CTHULHU SC VOL 1 FUGUE|
|FANGORIA #271 MARCH 2008|
|FANTASTIC FOUR #554|
|FANTASTIC FOUR #554 BIANCHI VARIANT|
|FANTASTIC FOUR #554 SUYDAM SKRULL VARIANT|
|FANTASTIC FOUR LOST ADVENTURE|
|FOUNDATION #2 (Of 5)|
|FRIDAY THE 13TH BAD LAND #2 (Of 2)|
|GEN 13 #17|
|GENUS GREATEST HITS VOL 4|
|GHOST RIDER #20|
|GI JOE AMERICAS ELITE #32|
|GOTHAM UNDERGROUND #5 (Of 9)|
|GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #5|
|GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #5 VARIANT|
|GREEN LANTERN CORPS #21|
|GUTWRENCHER #1 (Of 3)|
|HEAVY METAL SPRING 2008|
|HELLBOY NOVEL EMERALD HELL|
|HERO BY NIGHT ONGOING #2|
|INDIANA JONES OMNIBUS SC VOL 1|
|IRON MAN ENTER MANDARIN #5 (Of 6)|
|IRON MAN POWER PACK #4 (Of 4)|
|JACK STAFF #14|
|JELLABY SC VOL 1|
|JLA CLASSIFIED #52|
|JOHN WOOS SEVEN BROTHERS SERIES 2 #5|
|JORDI BERNETS THE BEST OF CLARA HC|
|JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA HC VOL 2 LIGHTNING SAGA|
|KRAZY & IGNATZ 1941-42 SC|
|LEES TOY REVIEW #184 FEB 2008|
|LEGION OF SUPER HEROES IN THE 31ST CENTURY #11|
|LOVE MODE SC VOL 8 (Of 11)|
|LOVE TRAINING SC|
|MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK #8|
|MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #36|
|MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #6|
|NECESSARY EVIL #4|
|NEW AVENGERS #38 SILENT INVASION INFILTRATION|
|NEW EXILES #2|
|NEXT ISSUE PROJECT #1 (FANTASTIC COMICS #24)|
|NOVA ANNUAL #1|
|PUNISHER FORCE OF NATURE|
|PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #16|
|RAMAYAN 3392 AD RELOADED #4|
|ROSE HIP ZERO SC VOL 5 (Of 5)|
|SALVATION RUN #4 (Of 7)|
|SHOWCASE PRESENTS ENEMY ACE SC VOL 1|
|SIMON DARK #5|
|SNAKED #3 (Of 5)|
|SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #185|
|SPARROW RICK BERRY|
|SPIDER MAN SC BACK IN BLACK|
|SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #7|
|SPOOKS #1 STAPLES COVER A|
|ST TNG INTELLIGENCE GATHERING #2 (Of 5)|
|SUB-MARINER SC REVOLUTION|
|SUICIDE SQUAD RAISE THE FLAG #6 (Of 8)|
|TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #27|
|TALL TALES OF VISHNU SHARMA PANCHATANTRA #2 (Of 5)|
|TIME MASTERS SC|
|TINY TITANS #1|
|TOYFARE TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED COVER #128|
|TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED VOL 2 SC|
|TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS ASCENDING SC|
|ULTIMATE IRON MAN II #3 (Of 4)|
|ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 9|
|UNCLE SCROOGE #372|
|WALKING DEAD #46|
|WALT DISNEY'S CINDERELLA HC|
|WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #687|
|WARHAMMER 40K BLOOD & THUNDER #3 (Of 5) MULTIPLE COVERS|
|WITCHBLADE SC VOL 1 WITCH HUNT|
|WOLVERINE #62 DIVIDED WE STAND|
|WOLVERINE ORIGINS HC VOL 4 OUR WAR|
|WOLVERINE SC EVOLUTION|
|WONDER WOMAN #17|
|X-FACTOR #28 DIVIDED WE STAND|
|X-FORCE #1 BLOODY VARIANT|
|X-FORCE #1 DIVIDED WE STAND|
|X-FORCE #1 HITCH VARIANT|