|Hot Picks for the Week!|
By John Judy
(HUGE week!!! Lots of stuff to enjoy while you’re in line for X-MEN: THE LAST STAND…).
52 WEEK #3 of 52 by Johns, Morrison, Rucka, Waid, and Many More. The gang is 3-for-3 in meeting their ambitious weekly deadline in this tale of the post-Crisis year without Supes, Bats or Wonder Woman. Plus, the new History of the DC Universe.
AMERICAN WAY #4 of 8 by John Ridley and Georges Jeanty. It’s the halfway mark for this retro-epic of superheroes in the time of JFK. The rules change as the New American’s secret is out, the Southern heroes break with the North, and a “villain” goes off-script. Highly recommended.
BATMAN #653 by James Robinson and Don Kramer. Batman and Jason Bard race to save the Penguin from a murderous Harvey Dent. But Jason uses a cane so Batman probably gets there first.
BLUE BEETLE #3 by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and guest-artist Cynthia Martin. The new Blue Beetle faces the twin threat of a super-speed bad guy and a guest-artist after only two issues. Maybe DC could hire the evil speedster as the new regular artist…
CATWOMAN #55 by Will Pfeifer and David and Alvaro Lopez. Holly decides she needs more training to be the new Catwoman and seeks it from a JSA veteran. Meanwhile, early morning feedings and diaper changes have Selina pining for her days of fighting super-villains.
CONCRETE, VOL.5: THINK LIKE A MOUNTAIN SC by Paul Chadwick. Collecting the 6-issue mini-series (plus extras) from 1996 in which Concrete must decide how far he’ll go to be true to his environmentalist beliefs.
CRISIS AFTERMATH: BATTLE FOR BLUDHAVEN #4 of 6 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Dan Jurgens. Bludhaven is still a toxic, radioactive war zone and everyone is still battling for it. Just how bad is the urban housing market anyway?
DAREDEVIL #85 by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark. Matt Murdock, the Kingpin and the Punisher are all in prison together. It’s either the start of a joke or one of the best Daredevil stories in years.
GREEN LANTERN #11 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. Hal Jordan attempts to rescue a bunch of fellow GLs who don’t trust him just because he tried to kill them all a few years back. Looks like GL superpowers don’t include “Living in the Now.”
HAWKGIRL #52 by Walt Simonson and Howard Chaykin. Hawkgirl fights a voodoo gang called the Lizard Kings. Hot!
IRON MAN #8 by Daniel and Charles Knauf and Patrick Zircher. Has somebody hacked Iron Man? Or are they just hacking him off? Either way there’s lots of armored action and bad guys getting their due. Cool.
JSA CLASSIFIED #12 by Stuart Moore and Paul Gulacy. No matter how weird your family is at least your dad isn’t a 37,000 year-old homicidal caveman who eats people. Or a mysterious one-eyed Green Lantern. So that’s good.
LOVELESS #7 by Brian Azzarello and Daniel Zezlj. A swell Ruth Cutter solo story. Not for kids or the easily scandalized. Recommended.
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 10 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and John Romita Sr. With creator credits like this, you need details? Collecting FF #94-104, Kirby’s final ish and Romita’s first, circa 1970. Nuff said!
NEW AVENGERS #19 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato. SHIELD tries to arrest Spider-Man! And what’s up with that mailman who bogarted all the missing mutant powers?
NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. #5 by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen. Dirk Anger gears up to kill Nextwave because he’s nuts. Violent-funny-super in the exciting Ellis manner!
ORSON SCOTT CARD WYRMS #1 of 6 by Orson Scott Card and Adriano Batisto. After the death of her father a 13 year-old princess must face her destiny and a lot of people who want her dead. A new mini-series from DBPRO and the author of Ultimate Iron Man!
SECRET SIX #1 of 6 by Gail Simone and Brad Walker. With a roster so secret we can’t tell you what it is, the Six bust into North Korea to bust out one of their own before Kim Jong Il executes him.
SHE-HULK #8 by Dan Slott and Paul Smith. On the one hand government registration of all superheroes is deeply troubling. On the other hand it means lots of billable hours! What’s a lawyer/superhero to do?!
SQUADRON SUPREME #3 by J. Michael Straczynski and Gary Frank. A mind-controlling super-villain has ordered the Squad’s most powerful members to kill each other. So that’s not good…
SUPERGIRL & THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #18 by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson. Supergirl isn’t the only Legionnaire surrounded in mystery these days. What’s up with Brainiac 5? Who is Dream Boy? And which member of the team is secretly a cop?
WOLVERINE #42 by Marc Guggenheim and Humberto Ramos. A new creative team has Logan on a six-part “Vendetta” with nary a Guy Fawkes mask or Natalie Portman in sight. And no dead Frank Miller characters!
X-FACTOR #7 by Peter David and Ariel Olivetti. Cyclops pays a visit. Madrox faces the Tryp family. And Siryn copes with the news of Banshee’s death the way one does in a universe where Bucky and Uncle Ben come back to life.
X-STATIX PRESENTS DEAD GIRL #5 of 5 by Peter Milligan and Nick Dragotta. The final issue! Who lives? Who dies? Who dies and comes back to life? (Heck, it’s Marvel. Who doesn’t?)
Plus, PREVIEWS and the SERIES 1 SILVER-AGE SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURES, including Jimmy, Lois, Perry, Luthor, a Superman Robot and Beppo the Super-Monkey! Don’t call ‘em “dolls!”
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|CONAN BOOK OF THOTH #3 (Of 4)|
|CONCRETE VOL 5 THINK LIKE A MOUNTAIN SC|
|CRISIS AFTERMATH THE BATTLE FOR BLUDHAVEN #4 (Of 6)|
|CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL MANGA VOL 6 SC|
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|FX HEROES X-MEN III POSTER MAGAZINE|
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|GREEN LANTERN #11|
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|HIGH ADVENTURE #88|
|HISTORY OF WEB COMICS SC|
|HYPERACTIVES #2 (Of 5)|
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|IRON MAN #8|
|JSA CLASSIFIED #12|
|JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #245|
|LAST CHRISTMAS #1 (Of 6)|
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|LEGION OF SUPER HEROES VOL 2 DEATH OF A DREAM SC|
|LOADED BIBLE JESUS VS VAMPIRES ONE SHOT|
|LOVELESS VOL 1 A KIN OF HOMECOMING SC|
|MARVEL MASTERWORKS FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 10 HC|
|MARVEL MILESTONES BLACK PANTHER STORM & KA-ZAR|
|MARVEL PREVIEWS JUNE 2006 EXTRAS|
|MARVEL ZOMBIES #5 2ND PRINT (Of 5)|
|MIKUS SEXUAL ORGY DIARY SC|
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|MODESTY BLAISE VOL 9 GALLOWS BIRD SC|
|MONTE COOKS PTOLUS #1|
|McSWEENEYS 19 HC|
|NEGATIVE BURN #1|
|NEW AVENGERS #19|
|NEW EXCALIBUR #7|
|NEW ONIMUSHA NIGHT OF GENESIS VOL 1 SC|
|NEW THUNDERBOLTS VOL 3 RIGHT OF POWER SC|
|NEWTYPE ENG ED W/ DVD JUNE 2006|
|NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE #5|
|NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #138|
|NON SPORT UPDATE VOL 17 #3|
|ORSON SCOTT CARD WYRMS #1|
|PHANTOGRAMS OF NATURE 3-D SC|
|PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN VISUAL GUIDE HC|
|PLAN A THE ART OF NATE VAN DYKE SC|
|PREVIEWS ADULT VOL XVI #6|
|PREVIEWS VOL XVI #6|
|RAVE MASTER VOL 20 SC (Of 32)|
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|ROY THOMAS ANTHEM #2|
|SCOTT PILGRIM VOL 3 INFINITE SADNESS SC|
|SECRET SIX #1 (Of 6)|
|SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #26|
|SHE-HULK 2 #8|
|SHMOO VINYL FIGURE|
|SILVER AGE SUPERMAN SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES|
|SKYE RUNNER #2|
|SPIDER-MAN BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO MARVEL PREMIERE HC|
|SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #6|
|SPIKE VS DRACULA #3 (Of 5)|
|SQUADRON SUPREME #3|
|STAR TREK KEY COLLECTION VOL 5 SC|
|STRANGERS IN PARADISE #82|
|SUPER TEEN TOPIA #1|
|SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #18|
|SUPERMAN STRANGE ATTRACTORS SC|
|SWALLOW BOOK 2 2ND PRINTING|
|TALES OF MIDNIGHT VOL 2 #1|
|TEEN TITANS #36|
|TENJHO TENGE VOL 7|
|TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE GRIND #1 (Of 3)|
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|TRAMPS LIKE US VOL 9 SC (Of 12)|
|TV ZONE SPECIAL #69|
|TWILIGHT X WAR #6 (Of 7)|
|UNCLE SCROOGE #354|
|VILLAINS #1 (Of 4)|
|WALLACE & GROMIT MAGAZINE #9|
|WALT DISNEYS COMICS AND STORIES #669|
|WALT KELLYS OUR GANG VOL 1 SC|
|WHOS WHO MYSTERY BOX SET SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURES|
|X-STATIX PRESENTS DEAD GIRL #5 (Of 5)|
|ZOOM SUIT #2 (Of 4)|