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Thursday night has come and gone at San Diego Comic-Con, but the fun is just beginning. Hit us up with questions on Twitter or if you want to say “hi.” And stick around all day for news from the convention!

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Bleeding Cool – The Simpsons And Family Guy Are Going To Cross Over Properly – This could be interesting. The passing of a torch?

Bleeding Cool – Justin Jordan Walks Off Superboy – Huh.

MTV Geek – Harrison Ford Responds To Orson Scott Card: ‘Humanity Has Won’ – Nice response.

CBR - Rob Liefeld & Gina Carano Bringing “Avengelyne” to Big ScreenCould be cool.

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Did you get your new releases yesterday? What’d folks pick up?

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Bleeding Cool – Showtime Yet To Pay Layman And Guillory For Chew - That really sucks.

Kotaku – First Look At Telltale’s Fables GameCould be a really cool game.

 

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Comic Vine – Archer and Armstrong #0

Comic Vine – Avengers #11

Comic Vine – Avengers Arena #9

Comic Vine – Avengers Assemble #15AU

Comic Vine – Batman #20

Comic Vine – Chin Music #1

Comic Vine – Deadpool #9

Comic Vine – Demon Knights #20

Comic Vine – Fearless Defenders #4

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #20

Comic Vine – Justice League of America #3

Comic Vine – Secret Avengers #4

MTV Geek – Star Wars #5

Comic Vine – Superboy #20

Comic Vine – Thor: God of Thunder #8

Comic Vine – Threshold #5

Comic Vine – Ultimate Comics Ultimates #24

DC Comics in April 2013

DC Comics has released their solicitations for April 2013!

BATMAN Group Solicits

BATMAN, INCORPORATED #10

Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and fold-out cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Variant cover by JASON MASTERS
1:100 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US

  • When only one can survive, which will it be: the man or the bat?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

BATMAN AND ROBIN #19

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and fold-out cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • On the darkest of nights, who is the one person Batman meets that could change his life forever?

BATMAN #19

Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art and fold-out cover by GREG CAPULLO
Backup story art by ALEX MALEEV
MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
1:100 B&W Variant cover by ALEX MALEEV
On sale APRIL 10 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

  • Who would cause Bruce Wayne to use a gun?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

TALON #7

Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art and fold-out cover by GUILLEM MARCH
1:25 B&W Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • If the Court of Owls isn’t responsible for killing Talon, then who is?

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #19

Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art and fold-out cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:25 B&W Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • Where is Batman while Gotham City is being destroyed?

DETECTIVE COMICS #19

Written by JOHN LAYMAN
Art and fold-out cover by JASON FABOK
Backup story art by ANDY CLARKE
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 3 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $8.99 US

  • In a special oversized celebratory issue, Batman is challenged by the “Mystery of the 900!”

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

BATGIRL #19

Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by DANIEL SAMPERE and VICENTE CIFUENTES
Fold-out cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • Will a battle of sibling rivalry lead to a death in the family?

BATWOMAN #19

Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art and fold-out cover by TREVOR McCARTHY
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • What is the shocking family revelation that can turn Batwoman’s world upside down?

CATWOMAN #19

Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art and fold-out cover by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • Catwoman needs help—but what is the only place the Justice League of America can take her?

BIRDS OF PREY #19

Written by CHRISTY MARX
Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR and VICENTE CIFUENTES
Fold-out cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE SIFUENTES
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • There is a traitor on the team—so who is the member that threatens to tear the Birds of Prey apart?

BATWING #19

Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art and fold-out cover by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • Batwing quits—and what new member of the Batman family is ready to take his place?

NIGHTWING #19

Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art and fold-out cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • “Death of the Family” is over, but the laughs continue to plague Nightwing. But it can’t be him—can it?

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19

Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art and fold-out cover by MICO SUAYAN
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • What horrors lie beneath the mask of the Red Hood?

Click here to see a gallery of covers for the above titles.

BEYOND DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 Solicitcs

AME-COMI GIRLS #2

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art and cover by EDUARDO FRANCISCO
On sale APRIL 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

  • All-new digital adventures in print for the first time!
  • The battle continues as Power Girl fights Brainiac at the Earth’s core for the planet’s survival.
  • On Brainiac’s ship, an unlikely team of heroines and villains come together to do their part.
  • Will Batgirl and Robin help save the world, only to be grounded by their parents?

ARROW #6

Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM and ANDREW KREISBERG
Art by MIKE GRELL, XERMANICO, SERGIO SANDOVAL and POL GAS
Cover by DAN PANOSIAN
On sale APRIL 24 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

  • All-new digital adventures in print for the first time, inspired by the hit TV series!
  • In an attempt to take down a Venezuelan drug cartel, Oliver gives one of its members a chance at redemption!
  • While attending a football game, Oliver encounters a deranged madman threatening to destroy the entire stadium! Can the Arrow take him down without revealing his identity?
  • A case from Detective Lance’s past leads him down a dangerous road for the first time…

BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #15

Written by ADAM BEECHEN, J.T. KRUL and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by NORM BREYFOGLE, HOWARD PORTER, LIVESAY and BEN CALDWELL
Cover by HOWARD PORTER and LIVESAY
On sale APRIL 17 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

  • All-new digital adventures in print for the first time!
  • Superman’s resolve is tested as the Trillian civil war reaches its climax!
  • The Justice League attempts to uncover the truth about the mysterious “Brain Trust!”
  • After the shocking revelations in the last issue, a brand-new threat emerges for Batman!

BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED #13

Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art and cover by ERIC NGUYEN
On sale APRIL 10 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

  • All-new digital adventures in print for the first time!
  • All-new tales based on the hit videogame Batman: Arkham City!
  • See Black Mask captured behind the walls of Arkham City…with some of his least favorite fellow convicts!
  • In the epic gang war between The Joker and The Penguin, which side will Black Mask choose?

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #7

Written by JOE HARRIS
Art and cover by JASON MASTERS
On sale APRIL 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

  • All-new digital adventures in print for the first time!
  • In “Haunted Arkham,” something has been stirring up the inmates at Arkham, especially Maxie Zeus!
  • Something wicked this way comes, and it’s trying to communicate with The Dark Knight.

SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #12

Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale APRIL 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

  • All-new digital adventures in print for the first time!
  • The shocking conclusion to “Haunted.”
  • Superman and Impulse face off against the Black Flash in Las Vegas!
  • Meanwhile, events move into crisis mode on Earth 2…

JSA LIBERTY FILES: THE WHISTLING SKULL #5

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art and cover by TONY HARRIS
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, 5 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • The Whistling Skull’s in a bit of a jam at Der Karneval!
  • Can Nigel overcome his snake phobia in time to help him?
  • These horrifying products of Nazi experimentation, however, refuse to go down without a fight.
  • And in Japan, more is revealed about the fate of the previous Skull!

BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM #1

Written by DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:10 Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

  • The first time in print for this hit all-ages digital first series!
  • First, Robin needs Batman’s help to learn the true meaning of Halloween. Then, on Thanksgiving, Batman and Robin join the families of Gotham City around the table for a holiday feast—and birds of a feather flock together to stage a march against the city…led by The Penguin!

SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES #12

Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E • FINAL ISSUE

  • Because you demanded it! The return of the lunch lady! Er, we mean, the return of DARKSEID!
  • Has he returned for good—or evil? Is he going to make us pancakes?
  • When the Super Family leaps into action, will they be trapped in Apokolips?!

MAD MAGAZINE #521

Written and illustrated by THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS
On sale APRIL 24 • 56 pg, FC, $5.99 US

April’s here, and that means it’s time for a new issue of MAD! Hey, it’s more fun than doing your tax returns, right?

LOONEY TUNES #212

Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by ROBERT POPE and SCOTT McRAE
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

  • Bugs Bunny makes a wrong turn at Albuquerque and ends up in Rocky and Mugsy’s jail cell!
  • Can Bugs be their way out? Or will they realize there’s no place like home?

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #32

Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art by SCOTT NEELY
Cover by SCOTT GROSS
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

  • Famed movie director Albert Hatchplot is being haunted by the greatest menaces from his most famous movies!
  • Can Scooby and the gang survive the crazed birds and killer crop dusters long enough to discover the truth?

HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1

Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by POP MHAN
Cover by ED BENES
1:25 Variant cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

  • First exciting issue of the new, ongoing adventures of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!
  • While the Masters of the Universe mourn the loss of a fallen friend, Hordak infiltrates Eternia!
  • Featuring the return of She-Ra! Now known as Despara, the most lethal weapon in Hordak’s army, she returns to Eternia as He-Man’s newest enemy!

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #4

Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by JHEREMY RAAPACK and MIKE S. MILLER
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
On sale APRIL 24 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

  • All-new digital adventures in print for the first time!
  • Based on the upcoming DC fighting game from NetherRealm Studios, creators of Mortal Kombat!
  • Superman discovers that not every nation on Earth is willing to fall in line with the new world order!
  • A team of the world’s most powerful Super Heroes unites to confront an old ally.

INSURGENT #4

Written by F.J. DeSANTO and TODD FARMER
Art and cover by FEDERICO DALLOCCHIO
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • John Ravane leads his elite commandos into the heart of occupied Manhattan to rescue the most powerful leaders on Earth from the clutches of the Insurgents while also trying to locate the deadly Tenth Plague device before it detonates.
  • After Ravane learns where the U.S. government is holding his daughter, can Cindy keep the mission AND Ravane from going off the rails before New York City is lost forever to the Insurgents?
  • As the Insurgent Leader secretly tries to negotiate with President Chong for peace, loyalties are questioned, lives are lost, and action abounds in this original miniseries!

COLLECTED EDITIONS Group Solicits

BATMAN AND ROBIN VOL. 2: PEARL HC

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by PATRICK GLEASON, MICK GRAY, LEE GARBETT, ANDY CLARKE and others
Cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale JUNE 5 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US

  • After the events of BATMAN & ROBIN VOLUME 1: BORN TO KILL, it’s obvious that Damian has a long way to go before he’ll be accepted into Gotham City’s crimefighting family. Will Damian ever be able to live up to the standards that Nightwing, Red Robin and Red Hood set before him?
  • After a battle with the former Robins, can Damian’s convictions stand up to a confrontation with the Dark Knight’s greatest foe: The Joker?
  • Collects BATMAN AND ROBIN #9-14 and 0.

AQUAMAN VOL. 1: THE TRENCH TP

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO and EBER FERREIRA
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale MAY 15 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

  • The first collection of the new AQUAMAN series, now in trade paperback!
  • The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths!
  • AQUAMAN has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges…THE TRENCH!
  • Collecting AQUAMAN #1-6!

THE PHANTOM STRANGER VOL. 1: A STRANGER AMONG US TP

Written by DAN DIDIO and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by BRENT ANDERSON, PHILIP TAN and SCOTT HANNA
Cover by BRENT ANDERSON
On sale MAY 29 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

  • Who has been sacrificed? Who is guilty? Who can save us? And who is The Phantom Stranger? Cursed for a betrayal that affected the very course of history, the Stranger walks the Earth attempting to atone for his sins. His actions have consequences, and as he fulfills his duty, the people he encounters will never be the same.
  • Collecting THE PHANTOM STRANGER #0-5.

GRIFTER VOL. 2: NEWFOUND POWER TP

Written by ROB LIEFELD and FRANK TIERI
Art by SCOTT CLARK, MARAT MYCHAELS and others
Cover by ROB LIEFELD
On sale MAY 22 • 208 pg, FC, $16.99 US

  • GRIFTER faces off against the DAEMONITES alongside DEATHBLOW and VOODOO! But the super-weapon in the fight against Helspont proves to be more than even Grifter can handle!
  • Collecting GRIFTER #9-16 and 0.

DEMON KNIGHTS VOL. 2: THE AVALON TRAP TP

Written by PAUL CORNELL
Art by BERNARD CHANG, DIOGENES NEVES and others
Cover by MICHAEL CHOI
On sale MAY 22 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

  • The Demon Knights learn of the twisted love shared by Madame Xanadu and Etrigan. Even more twists abound as they travel to Avalon to revive Merlin, only to find more dangers than they could have expected!
  • Collects DEMON KNIGHTS #0 and 8-12.

THE RAVAGERS VOL. 1: THE KIDS FROM N.O.W.H.E.R.E. TP

Written by HOWARD MACKIE and TOM DeFALCO
Art by IAN CHURCHILL, TOM RANEY, DANIEL SAMPERE, JULIUS GOPEZ, TYLER KIRKHAM and others
Cover by IAN CHURCHILL
On sale MAY 8 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

  • Spinning directly out of DC’s “The Culling” crossover! Fairchild, brother and sister Thunder and Lightning, the monstrous Ridge, Beast Boy, and Terra are being pursued by Rose Wilson and Warblade, who want them dead at any cost. But even as they run from their enemies, these strangers turned allies have to contend with each other as well.
  • Collects THE RAVAGERS #1-7.

SUPERMAN VOL. 2: SECRETS AND LIES HC

Written by DAN JURGENS, KEITH GIFFEN, SCOTT LOBDELL and FABIAN NICIEZA
Art by DAN JURGENS, JESUS MERINO, KENNETH ROCAFORT, PASCAL ALIXE and others
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale JUNE 26 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US

  • Tucked away high in the Himalayas, a long dormant evil has made these snowy mountaintops its home. Helspont, a descendant of the ancient alien race of Daemonites, has enlisted an army of robots to obtain all there is to know about the Kryptonian menace standing between him and dominion over the Earth. Can Helspont gain control over Superman and use him to execute his invasion plan?
  • Collects SUPERMAN #7-12 and SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1.

SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 1 — SUPERMAN AND THE MEN OF STEEL TP

Written by GRANT MORRISON
Backup stories written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art by RAGS MORALES, ANDY KUBERT, BRENT ANDERSON, RICK BRYANT, JESSE DELPERDANG and SEAN PARSONS
Backup stories art by BRAD WALKER and CHRISCROSS
Cover by RAGS MORALES
On sale MAY 1 • 200 pg, FC, $16.99 US

  • The first collection of GRANT MORRISON’S epic run on ACTION COMICS, with art by RAGS MORALES, ANDY KUBERT and more!
  • In these startling tales, the people of METROPOLIS turn on their new champion! Plus, the SUPERMAN of today and the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES must save the jeans-wearing Superman of five years ago!
  • Collects ACTION COMICS #1-8.

SUPERBOY VOL. 2: EXTRACTION TP

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL and TOM DeFALCO
Art by R.B. SILVA, BRETT BOOTH and others
Cover by IAN CHURCHILL
On sale MAY 29 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

  • When the organization known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E. captures Superboy, the Teen Titans and Legion Lost and pits the young heroes against each other to weed out the weak, it will take everything Superboy has to save himself and his new friends from each other.
  • Collects SUPERBOY #0 and 8-12 and TEEN TITANS #10.

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES VOL. 2: THE DOMINATORS TP

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by STEVE LIGHTLE, YILDIRAY CINAR, FRANCIS PORTELA, SCOTT KOLINS and others
Cover by STEVE LIGHTLE
On sale MAY 8 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

  • One of the Legion’s oldest foes returns and plans to destroy the Legion of Super-Heroes from the inside out! The Dominators have kidnapped Braniac 5 and Dream Girl, and it’s up to Star Boy to rescue them!
  • Collects LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #8-14 and 0.

ABSOLUTE SUPERMAN/BATMAN VOL. 1 HC

Written by JEPH LOEB
Art by ED McGUINNESS, DEXTER VINES, PAT LEE and MICHAEL TURNER
Cover by ED McGUINNESS and DEXTER VINES
Advance solicit • On sale AUGUST 14 • 336 pg, FC, 8.25” x 12.5”, $99.99 US

  • Collecting the best-selling run of SUPERMAN/BATMAN written by Jeph Loeb, with art by Ed McGuinness, Michael Turner and Pat Lee!
  • The iconic Super Heroes unite when Lex Luthor, now president of the United States, accuses Superman of a crime against humanity, and assembles a top-secret team of powerhouse heroes to bring Superman in—dead or alive. And in the second story, prepare for the arrival of Supergirl! Batman has discovered something strange on the bottom of Gotham Bay, which leads him to a mysterious and powerful teenaged girl bent on destroying Gotham City!
  • Collecting SUPERMAN/BATMAN #1-13.

BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN TP

Written by CHIP KIDD
Art and cover by DAVE TAYLOR
On sale MAY 8 • 112 pg, FC, $14.99 US

  • In this original graphic novel from superstar writer/designer Chip Kidd and artist Dave Taylor, Gotham City is undergoing one of the most expansive construction booms in its history. The most prestigious architects from across the globe have buildings in various phases of completion all over town. As chairman of the Gotham Landmarks Commission, Bruce Wayne has been a key part of this boom, which signals a golden age of architectural ingenuity for the city. And then, the explosions begin.
  • All manner of design-related malfunctions—faulty crane calculations, sturdy materials suddenly collapsing, software glitches, walkways giving way and more—cause casualties across the city. This bizarre string of seemingly random catastrophes threatens to bring down the whole construction industry. Fingers are pointed as Batman must somehow solve the problem and find whoever is behind it all.

SOLO DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by DARWYN COOKE, JEPH LOEB, BRIAN AZZARELLO, RICHARD CORBEN, TIM SALE, JOHN ARCUDI, HOWARD CHAYKIN, MICHAEL ALLRED, NEIL GAIMAN, STEVEN T. SEAGLE, SERGIO ARAGONES, MARK EVANIER, BRENDAN McCARTHY and others
Art by TIM SALE, RICHARD CORBEN, PAUL POPE, HOWARD CHAYKIN, DARWYN COOKE, JORDI BERNET, MICHAEL ALLRED, TEDDY KRISTIANSEN, SCOTT HAMPTON, DAMION SCOTT, SERGIO ARAGONES and BRENDAN McCARTHY
Cover by TIM SALE
On sale JUNE 5 • 568 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $49.99 US

  • At last, the acclaimed 12-issue series SOLO is collected, featuring the work of some of comics’ greatest creators, including Darwyn Cooke, Tim Sale, Paul Pope and so many others. With stories starring Batman, Robin, Superman, The Spectre, The Teen Titans and more, as well as westerns, war stories, science fiction epics, humor and horror, this is a collection you won’t want to miss!
  • Collects SOLO #1-12.

STORMWATCH VOL. 2 HC

Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art by TOM RANEY, RANDY ELLIOTT, OSCAR JIMENEZ, BRYAN HITCH, PAUL NEARY and others
Cover by BRYAN HITCH and PAUL NEARY
RESOLICIT • On sale JUNE 12 • 384 pg, FC, $29.99 US

  • Warren Ellis concludes his run on Stormwatch, redefining the team and introducing new members including the powerhouse Apollo and brutal Midnighter. But when disaster strikes in the form of alien creatures, can the team survive? Plus, Ellis introduces the concept of The Bleed, the fabric between realities that becomes a major aspect of the Wildstorm and DC Universe!
  • Collecting STORMWATCH #48, 49 and #1-11.

IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB HC

Written by JACK KIRBY
Art by JACK KIRBY, VINCE COLLETTA and MIKE ROYER
Cover by JACK KIRBY and FRANK GIACOIA
ADVANCE SOLICIT • On sale AUGUST 7 • 108 pg, B&W, 10” x 13.5”, $39.99 US

  • After arriving at DC Comics at the start of the 1970s, one of Jack Kirby’s first projects was the black and white magazine IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB, which featured stories of organized crime in the 1930s. Now, this hard-to-find magazine is reprinted for the first time!
  • Collects IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB #1 and stories from AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1 and 10.

BATMAN BEYOND: 10,000 CLOWNS TP

Written by ADAM BEECHEN
Art by NORM BREYFOGLE
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale MAY 15 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

  • When the Jokerz gang, a group of criminals inspired by the Clown Prince of Crime, launches a series of coordinated attacks all around the town, Terry McGinnis can only save so many people. Who can he turn to for help?
  • Collects stories from BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #1-13.

JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND: KONSTRICTION TP

Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS and DUSTIN NGUYEN
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale MAY 15 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

  • Batman is a new recruit in the mighty Justice League, but the team will be immediately tested by a very Neo Gotham-related enemy! How will they work together to combat this threat?
  • Collects stories from BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #1-10.

WATCHMEN DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by ALAN MOORE
Art and cover by DAVE GIBBONS
On sale MAY 29 • 448 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $39.99 US

  • In the mid-eighties, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created WATCHMEN, changing the course of comics’ history and essentially remaking how popular culture perceived the genre. Popularly cited as the point where comics came of age, WATCHMEN’s sophisticated take on superheroes has been universally acclaimed for its psychological depth and realism. Now, DC collects this series in the popular Deluxe Edition format.
  • Includes sketches, bonus material and a new introduction by artist Dave Gibbons.
  • Collects WATCHMEN #1-12.

THE CAPTAIN COMET ARCHIVES HC

Written by JOHN BROOME, GERRY CONWAY and others
Art by CARMINE INFANTINO, MURPHY ANDERSON and others
Cover by CARMINE INFANTINO
ADVANCE SOLICIT • On sale AUGUST 21 • 400 pg, FC, $75.00 US

  • Captain Comet faces alien invasions and weird monsters from distant worlds in these stories from DC’s classic science fiction series STRANGE ADVENTURES, as well as his 1970s adventures!
  • Collects STRANGE ADVENTURES #9-44, 46 and 49, and SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #2-6.

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA CHRONICLES VOL. 1 TP

Written by GARDNER FOX
Art by MIKE SEKOWSKY, BERNARD SACHS and others
Cover by MIKE SEKOWSKY and MURPHY ANDERSON
On sale MAY 22 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US

  • Presenting the adventures of the JLA in chronological order! Learn how the team first gathered to battle the intergalactic conqueror Starro!
  • Collects THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28-30 and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1-3.

SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC

Written by JERRY SIEGEL
Art by JOE SHUSTER and others
Cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale JUNE 5 • 784 pg, FC, $75.00 US

  • The early adventures of Superman are collected in one massive hardcover as he battles social injustice and political corruption, fighting for the common man. Includes the first appearances of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.
  • Collecting stories from ACTION COMICS #1-31, NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR #1, NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR 1940, and SUPERMAN #1-7.

SUPERMAN EARTH ONE TP

Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Art and cover by SHANE DAVIS and SANDRA HOPE
On sale MAY 1 • 136 pg, FC, $12.99 US

  • Forget everything you know about The Man of Steel and brace yourself for a staggering new take on the world’s most popular Super Hero.
  • What would happen if the origin of The Man of Tomorrow were introduced today for the very first time? Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth’s favorite adopted son as he grows from boy to Superman like you’ve never seen before!

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CONSTANTINE #2

Written by JEFF LEMIRE and RAY FAWKES

Art by RENATO GUEDES
Fold-out cover by JUAN JOSE RYP
1:25 Variant cover by RENATO GUEDES
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • Which ghostly menace haunts Constantine today?

THE PHANTOM STRANGER #7

Written by DAN DIDIO and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art and fold-out cover by GENE HA and ZANDER CANNON
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • Do you dare ask who slayed the Stranger?

SWORD OF SORCERY #7

Written by CHRISTY MARX
Backup story written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art and fold-out cover by AARON LOPRESTI
Backup story art by ANDREI BRESSAN
On sale APRIL 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

  • What is the great evil Constantine unleashes on Gemworld, and why is Amethyst powerless to stop him?

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #19

Written by JEFF LEMIRE and RAY FAWKES
Art and fold-out cover by MIKEL JANIN
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • The House of Mystery is under seige—can special guest star The Flash help Justice League Dark battle this unexpected threat?

ANIMAL MAN #19

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by STEVE PUGH
Fold-out cover by JAE LEE
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • As Animal Man’s popularity grows, the paparazzi follow him everywhere. But is there one place he wishes they just wouldn’t go?

SWAMP THING #19

Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by KANO
Fold-out cover by ANDY BRASE
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • What could Swamp Thing possibly fear more than The Scarecrow?

DIAL H #11

Written by CHINA MIEVILLE
Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI and DAN GREEN
Fold-out cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • What? The? Flash?

DEMON KNIGHTS #19

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art and fold-out cover by BERNARD CHANG
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • What undead menaces threaten the lives of the Demon Knights?

I, VAMPIRE #19

Written by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO and ANDREA SORRENTINO
Fold-out cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ • FINAL ISSUE

  • With this, the final issue, will Andrew Bennett survive to dawn’s light?

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MAN OF STEEL: SUPERMAN 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE

Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios Statue measures
13.25” high x 8.5” wide x 5.75” deep.
$129.95 US • On Sale May 2013
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AARDMAN BATMAN AND ROBIN (CLASSIC) ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK

From Aardman, the British brains behind Wallace and Gromit, comes their own unique take on the Dynamic Duo. Though one does rarely see bats and robins together, Batman and the Boy Wonder, Robin, are inseparable. Just don’t expect Robin to answer the phone.

* Action Figure * $39.95 US • On Sale May 2013
*Allocations May Occur

1:1 SCALE GREEN LANTERN POWER BATTERY AND RING PROP REPLICA

The Oath of the Green Lanterns!

IN BRIGHTEST DAY, IN BLACKEST NIGHT, NO EVIL SHALL ESCAPE MY SIGHT.

LET THOSE WHO WORSHIP EVIL’S MIGHT BEWARE MY POWER, GREEN LANTERN’S LIGHT!

Now you can join the fight to protect sector 2814 with your very own Green Lantern power battery and ring! The first in an all-new line of power batteries, featuring a brand new finish, this Green Lantern power battery and ring will make a stunning addition to any desk, so recite the oath and order now!

Measuring approximately 11.5” high.
$199.95 US • On Sale May 2013
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BATMAN STATUE BY MICHAEL ALLRED

DESIGNED BY MICHAEL ALLRED
SCULPTED BY JONATHAN MATTHEWS

Celebrated artist Mike Allred brings his distinctive style to the caped crusader with this latest statue in the Batman Black & White line! His batarang at the ready, Batman is rendered in monochromatic tones complemented by Allred’s retro design. Making this statue an exciting addition to any bookshelf.

Statue measures 7” high x 6” wide x 4.25” deep.
$79.95 US • On Sale May 2013
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TEAM 7 #7

Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by PASCAL ALIXE
Fold-out cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • What new member, who threatens to tear the team apart, is welcomed into The New 52?

THRESHOLD #4

Written by KEITH GIFFEN
Art by TOM RANEY
Backup story art by SCOTT KOLINS
Fold-out cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale APRIL 10 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

  • What it the only cosmic entity strong enough to trap The Hunted in the city they’re hiding?

ALL-STAR WESTERN #19

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by MORITAT
Backup story art by STAZ JOHNSON
Fold-out cover by GLENN FABRY
On sale APRIL 24 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+

  • What type of gold means certain death for Jonah Hex?

DEATHSTROKE #19

Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by EDGAR SALAZAR and SCOTT HANNA
Fold-out cover by JUAN JOSE RYP
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • Which teens are the only ones deadly enough to stop Deathstroke?

SUICIDE SQUAD #19

Written by ADAM GLASS
Art by HENRIK JONSSON and SANDU FLOREA
Fold-out cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • There’s a new leader for the Suicide Squad—but will the team stay or die?

STORMWATCH #19

Written by JIM STARLIN
Art by YVEL GUICHET and JONAS TRINDADE
Fold-out cover by JIM STARLIN
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • Team StormWatch is lost in a dimension shift—so what team will rise and take their place?

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GREEN LANTERN #19

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Fold-out cover by GARY FRANK
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US

  • Which one hero has the power to bring down all the Lantern Corps?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #19

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and SCOTT HANNA
Fold-out cover by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
1:25 B&W Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • One of biggest Green Lanterns rises from the dead? Will he help save the corps, or ruin it?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #19

Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and fold-out cover by AARON KUDER
1:25 B&W Variant cover by AARON KUDER
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • If that’s Kyle, then who is the new White Lantern?

RED LANTERNS #19

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art and fold-out cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
1:25 B&W Variant cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

  • All the rage of the Red Lantern Corps is focused on one target. Care to guess who it is?

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JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #3

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Backup story written by MATT KINDT
Art and fold-out cover by DAVID FINCH
Backup story art by SCOTT CLARK
MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
1:100 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale APRIL 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

  • A new Secret Society is forming-—but which of its members has the power to attack the Justice League from within?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

GREEN ARROW #19

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and fold-out cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • What startling secret is revealed on the island that gave Green Arrow birth?

KATANA #3

Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by CRISTINA CORONAS and BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Fold-out cover by JUAN JOSE RYP
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JUAN JOSE RYP
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • If Katana’s sword is shattered, whose souls are escaping?

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA’S VIBE #3

Written by ANDREW KREISBERG
Art by PETE WOODS and SEAN PARSONS
Fold-out cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • What is the one super power that is more than a match for Vibe and how can it tear the universe apart?

JUSTICE LEAGUE #19

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and fold-out cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Backup story art by GARY FRANK
MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
1:100 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale APRIL 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

  • Who is the one person dangerous enough to use Kryptonite against Superman?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

AQUAMAN #19

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and fold-out cover by PAUL PELLETIER and SEAN PARSONS
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • The Dead King takes the throne as the true king of Atlantis—but who will be the first to kneel before him?

THE FLASH #19

Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by MARCIO TAKARA
Fold-out cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • What is the latest and greatest threat to The Flash and all those closest to him?

WONDER WOMAN #19

Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by TONY AKINS and DAN GREEN
Fold-out cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
“We Can Be Heroes” blank variant cover also available
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • What is the one way Wonder Woman can stop Orion?

THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #19

Written by TOM DeFALCO
Art and fold-out cover by JOE BENNETT and ART THIBERT
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • The Secret Society strikes again—but who is the one member strong enough to ground The Savage Hawkman?

THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN #19

Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and fold-out cover by DAN JURGENS and RAY McCARTHY
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • What’s more deadly to fire than a Killer Frost?

DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #19

Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by JESUS SAIZ
Fold-out cover by JESUS MERINO
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE

  • In this final issue, what time displaced-hero has arrived on our world—and is the destruction he brings the herald to a great disaster?

EARTH 2 #11

Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • As Dr Fate emerges as the latest hero on Earth 2, what other heroes make a most unexpected appearance?

WORLDS’ FINEST #11

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by BARRY KITSON and others
Cover by BARRY KITSON
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • Mr. Terrific and Power Girl reunited? But if Michael Holt is still on Earth 2, who is kissing Karen Starr?

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ACTION COMICS #19

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT
Fold-out cover by TONY S. DANIEL
1:25 Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale APRIL 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

  • Lex Luthor is in jail and his battlesuit is back in action. But if he’s not wearing it, who is?

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

SUPERMAN #19

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and fold-out cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • Who is the one person with the power to turn Wonder Woman against Superman?

SUPERBOY #19

Written by TOM DeFALCO
Art by R.B. SILVA and ROB LEAN
Fold-out cover by ARDIAN SYAF
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • Superboy discovers he is more than a clone—but what is the shocking secret behind his origin and birth?

SUPERGIRL #19

Written by MIKE JOHNSON
Art and fold-out cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • In a battle of equals, which girl will reign supreme?

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GET JIRO! TP

Written by ANTHONY BOURDAIN and JOEL ROSE
Art and cover by LANGDON FOSS
On sale MAY 1 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS

Don’t miss this original graphic novel from Anthony Bourdain, renowned chef, New York Times bestselling author (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) and star of the Emmy-winning hit travel show No Reservations and the new series The Layover! Cowritten with Joel Rose (LA PACIFICA, Kill Kill Faster Faster) this stylized send-up of food culture and society features spectacular detailed and dynamic art by Langdon Foss.

In a not-too-distant future of food-obsessed L.A., where master chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at the best restaurant, Jiro, a renegade and ruthless sushi chef arrives in town with strong ideas of his own. It’s a bloody culinary war of epic proportions, and in the end, no chef may be left alive!

FAIREST #14

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by BARRY KITSON
Cover by ADAM HUGHES
On sale APRIL 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

Dating is hard for everyone in this standalone tale—but it’s especially tricky if you’re a gorgeous tree nymph from Fabletown. Princess Alder tells her tales of woe to Reynard the fox in a special issue written by FABLES writer/creator Bill Willingham and featuring the art of superstar Barry Kitson (The Amazing Spider-Man).

FABLES #128

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM
Cover by JOAO RUAS
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

Bigby howls back to Castle Dark for a showdown with Prince Brandish for the hand of his/their wife, Snow White. Will anyone walk away alive?

DJANGO UNCHAINED #5

Based on the screenplay by QUENTIN TARANTINO
Art by R.M. GUERA and JASON LATOUR
Cover by FRANK QUITELY
1:25 Variant cover by TBD
On sale APRIL 24 • 48 pg, FC, 5 of 6, $4.99 US • MATURE READERS
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Order Form for details.

  • The latest chapter of the miniseries adaptation of the screenplay from the Quentin Tarantino film, with a cover by Frank Quitely!
  • Based on the entire, uncut story, containing scenes that may not appear in the final film!
  • It’s no holds barred as Django goes all out to save his beloved wife, Broomhilda!

HOUSE OF SECRETS OMNIBUS HC

Written by STEVEN T. SEAGLE
Art by TEDDY KRISTIANSEN, DUNCAN FEGREDO, DEAN ORMSTON and others
Cover by TEDDY KRISTIANSEN
RESOLICIT • On sale APRIL 10 • 752 pg, FC, $75.00 US • MATURE READERS

In this hardcover collecting HOUSE OF SECRETS #1-25, a story from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE #1 and the 2-part FAÇADE miniseries, teenage runaway Rain Harper becomes part of a supernatural justice system in a haunted mansion. Five spirits known as the Juris summon people to judge them for their secrets. Acting as a “witness,” Rain must try to save the defendants from their sentences.

Retailers: This title is resolicited. All current orders are cancelled.

LUCIFER BOOK ONE TP

Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by SCOTT HAMPTON, CHRIS WESTON, JAMES HODGKINS, WARREN PLEECE, DEAN ORMSTON, PETER GROSS and RYAN KELLY
Cover by SCOTT HAMPTON
On sale MAY 29 • 392 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS

Cast out of Heaven, Lucifer Morningstar has resigned his throne in Hell for Los Angeles. Emerging from the pages of THE SANDMAN, the former Lord of Hell is enjoying retirement as the proprietor of L.A.’s most elite piano bar when an assignment from the Creator Himself threatens to change all that. Collects THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: LUCIFER #1-3 and LUCIFER #1-13.

SAUCER COUNTRY #14

Written by PAUL CORNELL
Art and cover by RYAN KELLY
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS • FINAL ISSUE

Arcadia finally learns the “truth” about the alien invasion—but what she chooses to do with that information will change the world forever! Don’t miss the FINAL ISSUE of this mind-bending series!

THE UNWRITTEN #48

Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by PETER GROSS
Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

In part 2 of “Orpheus in the Underworld,” Tom’s quest for Lizzie has hit a major hurdle, in that he no longer remembers who either of them is. But is it possible he’s already found her without even realizing it? And who holds the true power in Hades, where masks may hide anything—or nothing?

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LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #19

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art and fold-out cover by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH
On sale APRIL 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • The Legion of Super-Heroes is lost and hurtling into the sun—is it possible to save them all?

TEEN TITANS #19

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and fold-out cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
1:25 MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots
On sale APRIL 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • Which new member of the Teen Titans reveals his true colors?

THE RAVAGERS #11

Written by MICHAEL ALAN NELSON
Art by IG GUARA and NORM RAPMUND
Fold-out cover by MICHAEL GOLDEN
On sale APRIL 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

  • The latest creature to escape from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. brings death to The Ravagers—but is it animal, vegetable or mineral?

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we’ll be at the Small Press Expo! Who’s going?

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – The Many Deaths Of… (SPOILERS)This is exactly my first thought… a return in 3..2..1..

CBR – Read BOOM! Studios CEO Ross Richie’s Harvey Awards KeynoteA good read.

The Comics Chronicle – Relaunch takeaways: Everyone up, but DC boosted industry most – Interesting stats.

MTV Geek – ‘Settlers of Catan’ World Championships To Stream Live This Weekend - What do I need to do to enter!?

The Mary Sue – Lets Talk About Some S.H.I.E.L.D TV Show Tidbits, Because You Know You’re Hungry for ThemI can’t wait for this!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – Avengers vs. X-Men #11

CBR – Stumptown #1

MTV Geek – DC Zero Month, Week Two Reviews: Green Lantern Corps, Grifter, Legion Lost, and The Ravagers

MTV Geek – DC Zero Month, Week Two Reviews: Batgirl, Batman, And Batman & Robin

MTV Geek – DC Zero Month, Week Two Reviews: Suicide Squad, Superboy, and Team 7

Complex – Review: “Chew” And “Conan The Barbarian” Bring Some Much-Needed Diversity To Comics

Comic Book (sort of) Weekly Reviews – 4/11/12

That’s another week covered.  Slowly catching up and hopefully there’ll be another week reviewed by the end of this one!

America’s Got Powers #1 – Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch’s new series might be the Hunger Games meets superheroes and holy crap is it good.  I kept turning each page with glee.  So solid, words don’t do it justice at all.  This is an absolute buy and will be the mini-series of the Summer.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Avengers Assemble #2 – The Zodiac are gathering devices of amazing power and someone is in the background guiding them.  The story is interesting, but series still seems a bit second class compared to the other Avengers titles.  Still, the story is entertaining enough.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Avenging Spider-Man #6 – Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Punisher team up to protect the Omegadrive and take down five crime syndicates?  Yes please!  This issue combines the best of this series and Waid’s Daredevil with Rucka’s Punisher.  So fantastic.

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Batgirl #8 – Barbara deals with one of the Joker’s henchmen that was present when she was shot.  It’s a decent issue that’ll keep me interested in the series that much longer.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Batman and Robin #8 – Bruce must deal wit the after effects of his and Damian’s battle with Nobody.  It’s a fantastic issue that focuses on a father and his son.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Batwoman #8 – Great art and layout with a confusing and muddled story.  This is a pale comparison of the greatness that this series once saw.  A shame too.

Story: 5 Art: 8 Overall: 6

The Bionic Man #8 – Kevin Smith and Phil Hester’s comic is the big screen movie I want to see.  So much fun.  So much action.  So much entertainment.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Fantastic Four #605 – Reed and his father head through time to see what their recent actions have caused.  The issue is fantastic I think focusing on the heart and relationship of characters.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.75

Fatale #4 – Brubaker’s series is interesting, but not my cup of tea compared to his other previous noir series’.  Something just isn’t clicking for me.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7

Green Lantern #8 – Sinestro and Jordan are prisoners of the Indigo Tribe and it looks like we’re going to learn more about this mysterious Corps.  So far, it’s pretty interesting.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Journey Into Mystery #636 – The final piece of Loki’s plan is revealed and it’s really entertaining.  This series deserves a bigger audience with some fantastic writing.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Mega Man #12 – The series has taken a familiar formula and made it work.  Luckily that formula changes a bit in the next issue, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a fun read for the whole family.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

The Mighty Thor #12.1 – We get some various tales about Thor that hint at a lot.  If this is to introduce people to Thor, I definitely don’t think it’s interesting enough to hook them.  Again a “point one” fails.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7

The New Avengers #24 – Luke and Jessica have issues to deal with.  We also get a behind the scenes look as Captain America rallies the troops for AVX.  The issue is one giant build up, but it’s solid.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

Resurrection Man #8 – Shelley’s secrets are being slowly shown and released.  This series is fantastic and one of the best new ones of the DC relaunch.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Saga #2 – Wow, Brian K. Vaughn’s series is amazing.  It’s a sci-fi action adventure that has familiar parts, but in an all new way.  Just beyond fantastic and one of the best series of the year.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Saucer Country #2 – I love this series.  The X-Files meets West Wing series is just so fresh and so new.  I can’t say I’ve ever read anything like this before.

Story: 10 Art: 8.25 Overall: 9.5

Scarlet Spider #4 – I’m not a Spider-Man fan, but I’m a fan of this series.  There’s something so fresh and so fun about it.  I can’t recommend it enough.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Secret #1 – Hickman’s latest series is one hell of a mystery.  It’s more than enough for me to come back for the second issue, but I can’t say it blows me away like other series of his in the past.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Secret Avengers #25 – The story arc has been interesting, but I didn’t see that ending coming.  It’s so good.  So, so good.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5

the Secret Service #1 – Millar’s latest series in his big push, it’s just not all that solid so far, but it has enough for me to check out the second issue.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Superboy #8 – Dropped!

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6

Suicide Squad #8 – We get a bit more of the story behind Waller and the formation of the squad.  There’s also a secret hinted at that’s really entertaining and builds potential for the series.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5

Thief of Thieves #3 – Kirkman and Spencer’s series is amazing.  Redmond is a great main character and the fact the series focuses on the individuals and characters is top notch.  An absolute must buy.

Story: 9 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.5

Ultimate Comics X-Men #10 – Holy shit was that a hell of an ending.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Uncanny X-Men #10 – There’s a lot of build up and foreshadowing here, but it looks like there’s some stuff that has good potential for future plotlines.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Winter Soldier #4 – Bucky teams up with Doom and it is awesome.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Wolverine #304 – Sabretooth throws a party and I’m irritated in the art constantly switching.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Comic Book (sort of) Weekly Reviews – 3/14/12

Another week down.  Almost getting caught up on reviews.

the Avengers #24 – We now know Osborn’s powers and it’s a bit predictable as to how he’s beaten.  The story’s ending is ok, not quite the long term shake-up you’d expect from this type of story.  Overall, a solid story arc that doesn’t quite end the way you’d hope.  It feels rushed and a bit predictable.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Avengers Assemble #1 – A new Zodiac has formed, but other than the Hulk being in this comic, there’s not a whole lot that makes this series stand out from the other Avengers comics out there.  In fact the art is a bit off and story fairly unexciting.  Not sure this is a comic I want to assemble for.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5

Batgirl #7 – More of the Barbara Gordon pitty party as she seeks out the Black Canary to spar a bit, then she goes on a mission.  There’s parts where the art is great and other parts, not so much.  The story is just ok.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.5

Batman and Robin #7 – Batman vs. Nobody and the art is solid.  That ending though, I didn’t quite expect.  The comic was simple, but it kept me on my toes as to who would do what in the fight and how they’d deal with Nobody.  Interesting stuff…

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Battle Scars #5 – Hmm, the secret is out and I saw yawn.  The series is an attempt to get the 616 universe more like the movies, which is a bit silly.  Overall, we’ll see what idiocy comes of this.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75

Batwoman #7 – The story jumps around, and I’m not sure I know everything that’s going on.  The visuals aren’t quite as amazing as they used to be, but the series is still a solid read with some amazing artwork at times.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Captain America #9 – Steve is still depowered, Sharon makes a deal to save him and Falcon goes after Bravo, I wonder where the comic’s quality has gone.  Just not quite as fund as it used to be.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.25

Daken: Dark Wolverine #22 – Daken continues to lash out and spread terror as he dies.  He’s setting off bombs and generally just causing chaos.  I really hope there’s some long term plan with the character.  I’d hate to see him go to waste.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Fantastic Four #604 – And with that, the end of the battle with the Mad Celestials.  A lot is thrown out there in this issue and I’d imagine it’ll have a lot of repercussions for the Fantastic Four going forward.  It’ll be interesting to see where things go from here.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Green Lantern #7 – The series finally focuses on the Indigo Tribe which we know so little about. Looks pretty interesting so far.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Journey Into Mystery #635 – Loki, Daimon and Leah continue to fight Nightmare.  Loki does the usual Loki thing and cuts a deal that’s clearly not what it is on the surface.  As usual, the comic is thick with material (aka words), but they’re weaved so well together.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Mega Man #11 – Mega Man takes on Air Man, Metal Man and Flash Man and then gets caught in Dr. Wily’s plan.  The ending is so cool.  I can’t recommend the series enough.  It’s fantastic for kids and parents alike, especially for fans of the video game series.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

The Punisher #9 – The prelude to the crossover with Spider-Man and Daredevil the issue is short and a quick read.  But… looks like Punisher has a new partner and that never seems to go well.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Resurrection Man #7 – On the run in Metropolis, Resurrection Man runs into another super being and gets another power.  He’s finally at the point where he’s going to look for his past and figure out who he is.  It’s a great mystery and one I want to see more of the answer to.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Saga #1 – Brian K. Vaughn’s new series deserves all of the hype.  It’s very familiar, but at the same time, beyond fantastic.  This’ll be a hot series for a long time coming and the usual excellence I expect from such a talented writer.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Saucer Country #1 – A Governor must deal with her political future as she contemplates running for President of the United States.  Something is wrong though.  Is it something having to do with her ex-husband?  Is it something stranger like aliens?  And what does a college professor have to do with it all?  The first issue is absolutely amazing.  One of the best comics of the year and one of the best political comics in a long time.

Story: 10 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.5

Scarlet Spider #3 – Kaine’s supporting cast is growing and looks like some decent baddies are coming to town.  I don’t want to ruin it, but the story is solid, interaction great and art is amazing.  I’ve never been a big Spider-Man fan, but this series has me hooked.  So fantastic, I kind of want to find out more about this character and his background.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Suicide Squad #7 – The search for Harley Quinn continues as a bunch of members of Task Force X storm a police station.  There’s some holy shit moments that show this series leaves it all out there and anything can happen.  The series is pretty decent and it’s draw is more the fact that everything is on the table and anyone can die.  I was not expecting quite a few moments in the story and thats a good thing.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5

Superboy #7 – Superboy continues to show how much of an arrogant brat he is and gets his butt kicked.  The series is ok, but how it ties into Teen Titans is what keeps me coming back.  If I dropped one, I’d feel like I’d need to drop both, especially since there’s a lot of crossover occurring.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Thief of Thieves #2 – I think the second issue might have outdone the first with a look into Redmond/Conrad’s life.  There’s a lot of looking into his past and his ex-wife.  The comic is fantastic focusing on the characters instead of the action.  I can see why this is being turned into a television series, it’s that damn good.

Story: 9.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.5

Ultimate Comics X-Men #9 – The news of mutant’s origins hits Camp Angel which doesn’t go over well.  All hell is about to break loose in this series as an oppressed people decide to stand up for themselves.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Wolverine & The X-Men #7 – So much action, so much humor, so much fun.  The series is a kinetic blast that’s all over the place.  There’s just so much to take in, this series is now the best “X” series going right now.  Just beyond fantastic.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

X-Men: Legacy #263 – Exodus is defeated, lots of arguing goes on and something is hinted at.  The story is ok, but plays well as a piece of the bigger picture.  We’ll hopefully see what that is soon.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

X-23 #21 – I think this is it for the series.  In this final and quiet issue, Laura deals with her dual sides, the vicious killer and the human being she wants to be.  It’s an interesting ending, understated and quiet. A nice reflection of a character who hasn’t quite found the leading solo series position she deserves and a character that has a lot more depth than any fan is willing to give her credit for.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Comic Book (sort of) Weekly Reviews – 2/8/12

Getting closer to catching up with reviews.

Batgirl #6 – The best part of the issue is the quiet moments where Barbara reflects on her being Batgirl and her relationship with Batman.  Other than that, the bad guy isn’t as fleshed out as she should be, but hopefully we’ll get some of that in the future.  The best moments really are when the characters are shown their humanity to the point we can relate.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Batman and Robin #6 – The twist is predictable, but Bruce’s emotion when it comes to Damian is something that’s nice to see.  The series is interesting and has it’s place in the rather large amount of Batman books on the market.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Battle Scars #4 – We’re all buying this comic for the same reason.  Doesn’t mean it’s all that good.  Sigh.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75

Batwoman #6 – The art is solid as usual, but the story is still off.  Something just isn’t clicking for me when it comes to the plot.  It’s really a comic that survives for the art alone and that’s sad with such amazing characters.

Story: 7 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5

The Bionic Man #6 – Lots of fighting, sadly not much more.  But, somehow the comic is still very fun.  This is a great first arc for the series and makes me interested in a character I’ve never been interested in.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #529 – That’s a wrap for the series that to few people checked out.  The art bounced around a bit towards the end, but the series played out like an entertaining chess game.  It’s a shame a solid series such as this didn’t find an audience.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Captain America #8 – Yet another story where Cap loses his powers.  It’s cool to see the Reborn mini-series matter, the story itself is just not the quality we’ve seen in the past.  Something is off from the previous magic.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Daken: Dark Wolverine #21 – Daken is dying and he’s decided to go out with a bang.  Another series that was pretty solid at times and there’s times it showed brilliance.  Sadly it also never quite caught on with the audience it should of.  Daken was more than a Wolverine knock-off, more people just never found out how much of an individual he was.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

Green Hornet Annual #2 – The Green Hornet takes on slave traders.  I really wish more was shown, but there’s some great stuff in this annual just the same quality of the series.  Usually annuals mean crap, this is the exception to that.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

Green Lantern #6 – Sinestro is on a mission and Hal is trying to have a normal life.  Sadly Hal trying to live his life doesn’t get a chance to really explore that before he’s pulled back into being Green Lantern.  Not as solid as it was pre-52 relaunch, but still an entertaining series.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Journey Into Mystery #634 – We now know who the baddie is and what he’s up to.  There’s so much that’s solid here and this is a series that’s growing on me more and more.  There’s a lot of text and the writing is so good, it’s well worth the lengthy (compared to most comics) read.  Just beyond entertaining.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

Mega Man #10 - Mega Man takes on a few more robot masters as he gets pulled into the dark side and let the power go to his head again.  On top of that, he’s taking a beating.  You can feel the pressure building in what is a great adaptation of the video game and the perfect comic for the entire family.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

New Mutants #37 – Amara has her date with the devil and a story I went into rolling my eyes at I came out of with a smile on my face.  It was very cute and well done.  There’s some great humor, writing and entertaining logic throughout.  This version of the devil is pretty fun and entertaining.  I’m actually hoping to see more of him in the series.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Resurrection Man #6 – Wow, so good.  Resurrection Man is in Arkham and no one believes him when he says he has to die.  But, he also stands in the way of a break out and the inmates making it back into Gotham.  So much is so good in this issue.  When of the best to come out of the DC relaunch.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Scarlet Spider #2 – I’ve never been a huge fan of Spider-Man, but there’s something about this series that draws me in.  Maybe it’s the conflicted person at the center, the solid art of entertaining writing.  The combo of the three is great and this is a series that has me interested in what it’ll bring in the future.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Secret Avengers #22 – Huh, an interesting bad guy and can’t say I’ve seen them before, but that ending has me wanting to see more of them.  The new squad has a better focus and a more interesting dynamic.  Here’s hoping Remender’s run is as solid as some of his others.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Suicide Squad #6 – Harley Quinn is on the run and the Suicide Squad is after her.  There’s some I like here, but a lot I didn’t.  Quinn’s origin is fleshed out a bit, but not enough yet to give her motivation or much as far as character.  We’ll see how this goes, but it’s no Secret Six.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Superboy #6 – Superboy meets Supergirl and there’s the expected fighting.  Lots of questions are raised too.  The art is off a bit and something about the story isn’t clicking for me.  But I’ll stick with it to see the growth of the character I expect and you just know he’ll become a Teen Titan at some point.

Story: 7 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7

Thief of Thieves #1 – There’s a lot of series this year so far that have had a lot of hype around them and this series is one of the few that’s lived up to it all.  A thief has to juggle his career and personal life in a series that’s just fantastic on all levels.  That ending is fantastic and the build up and character interaction is just solid.  Can’t wait to see where the series goes.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9

Venom #13.1 – Some I liked with this issue but a bunch I didn’t.  The usual result of having some event or crossover derailing a solid issue continues.  The idea of Venom being caught up in a battle with Hell just doesn’t fit the character and there’s some much better material to mine.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

Wolverine and the X-Men #5 – The art seems to be off a bit with this issue, but it’s really entertaining mixing some great concepts together.  The series has thrown out the serious tone that’s plagued the X-Men for quite some time, replacing them with fantastical concepts and a great amount of humor.  One of the best “X” books on the market.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8

Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega #2 – Wolverine stuck in the virtual reality thing is entertaining up to a point, but just not quite sure the point or need of the mini-series.  It hasn’t added much to the overall dynamics and we’re not seeing anything new or shocking.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.75

X-Men #24 – Jubilee deals with her vampire side, while the X-Men search for her.  What’s up with the art?!

Story: 6.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.5

Comic Book (sort of) Weekly Reviews – 1/11/12

Catching up on reviews….

Batgirl #5 - There’s a new villain for Batgirl called Gretel and some weirdness with the number 338.  It’s all ok, but not the quality we know Gail Simone can do.  The best parts of the series are the quiet moments when Barbara is reflecting on her life in and out of the cape.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5

Batman and Robin #5 - Damian has thrown his lot in with Ducard as we get the background between Ducard and Wayne.  The story is ok and somewhat predictable.  The art is changed up a bit too.  Overall, the read is good, but not necessarily great.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Battle Scars #3 - The issue is a lot of fighting as Marcus Johnson continues to try to figure out who is trying to kill him.  This six issue limited series just feels like one long origin story.  Hopefully it pays off.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Batwoman #5 - The series relaunch isn’t as quality as the previous with a supernatural bent to it all.  The story is so-so, but the art is amazing.  It’s a buy just for that reason alone.  Hopefully the story quality ramps up a bit as the series progresses.

Story: 7 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.5

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #528 The Panther is playing a game of chess with Fisk for the fate of Wakanda.  The story is entertaining enough and this issue has a very different artistic look.  I loved the art and would dig seeing a pulp/noir comic that looks like this.  This is the second to last issue and it’ll be interesting to see how it ends.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Brilliant #2 - The second issue of this Kick-Ass wannabe is ok and there’s a lot of interesting stuff in it.  But, the series feels tired and not fresh enough since so many other stories have walked this territory.  It’s not bad, it’s just not great.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Captain America #7 - Captain America keeps reverting and madbombs are being set off.  The story has a camp feel about it, but the art I think is just not as quality as it’s been in the past.  It’s a classic feel of a story, with art that also feels like it’s from the past.  Overall, not as strong as the past story arcs.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Daken: Dark Wolverine #19 - Wow is that a bad ending.  The art is sup-par, the story is a let down.  Overall, not the quality that we’ve seen.  It’s a shame because the character has so much potential.

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75

Green Lantern #5 - What is the Chamber of Shadows and who is the first Lantern?  So many questions are raised here after Jordan and Sinestro’s battle against the Sinestro Corps.  The story is intriguing and I want to see what else is in store that hasn’t been done before.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Journey Into Mystery #633A transition issue with some fantastic writing, but the story itself is slow.  The individual words are fantastic though.  Very odd.  There’s a slow fantasy build to it all as Loki has nightmares and the Son of Satan is looking for a demon.  This is just the beginning but really it’s for the hardcore Thor fans.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

Mega Man #9 - Much like the video games, this latest ark feels rather similar to what’s come before.  That’s not a bad thing as just with the games, it was all quality.  Hopefully the story arc switches it up just enough, but it’s nostalgic fun for the whole family.  Perfect for kids and their parents who grew up playing the video games.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

The New Avengers #20The team takes on Osborn and his crew.  Overall there’s some very interesting stuff here and the usual solid and entertaining writing.  I feel like we’ve seen this story before, but it’s still good.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Resurrection Man #5We finally get a sense of Resurrection Man’s origin and it’s actually pretty cool.  The story got very interesting with the latest revelations and that ending.  I’m digging the series which is one of a few that are bringing Vertigo quality and horror to the DCU.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Scarlet Spider #1 - Kaine is in Houston and the story is very fun having a bit of an edgier tone from the Spider-Man comics I’ve read in the past.  The issue is the history of Kaine is so convoluted.  There’s clearly torment there that adds depth to the character, but unless you know it all, there’s a bit lost in the entertainment.  There is a bit at the end about Kaine, sort of, but even that just shows how overly complicated the Spider-Man history is.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Secret Avengers #21 - A mission to take on some weird beings and all I could think of was when Warren Ellis would be off of the series.  It’s not bad, but there’s just not a reason for the series.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Suicide Squad #5 - It’s a jailbreak and the squad is kicking ass.  The series is fun and there’s a lot of solid moments in it.  It’s definitely not Secret Six and is taking a bit to find it’s footing, but the series is entertaining.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.5

Superboy #5 - Superboy is having some issue with Nowhere and Gen-13 is looking like it’s coming more and more to the DC universe.  There’s a lot of hints being dropped in the series which is a slow, but decent build up to…. something.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.5

Ultimate Comics X-Men #6 - Wow is all I can say.  So much going on and so solid.  Is Rogue a traitor?  Was there some plan?  And who is getting her to do everything she’s doing?  That answer is a shocker.  I really need to go back and get caught up on everything.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Wolverine #300 - The situation with the Silver Samurai is finally being taken care of.  Also, what the hell is up with Sabretooth coming back?  So much I liked and so much I didn’t.  But Wolverine is getting back to the decent read it used to be.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Wolverine & the X-Men #4 - Logan is dealing with the fact that he’s now as much of a teacher as he is a murderer.  The issue is great with so many fantastic moments, especially for what it hints might be coming.  This is one of the best “X” books out there right now.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.5

X-Factor #230 - The team is debating Guido having no soul and Jamie is in his weird world.  Wolverine makes a social call and offers up the team to join his side of the split.  This is the beginning of some great things I think.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 8.25

X-Men: Legacy #260.1 - The series shifts to the new school with some humor mixed into the issue.  The art is ok, but there’s potential here.  I’m interested in seeing how this series stands out.  A bit of an improvement.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5

Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 12/14/11

It’s a good mix of comics this week including a bunch I’ve been waiting to read.  What’s worth it?  Find out below!

American Vampire #21 – We get some insight into who Skinner is, but still not how he became what he is.  That’s the story I thought was being told, but it’s clear that this story arc was just one small piece of the larger puzzle that Scott Snyder will eventually reveal.  Much like his general writing style, even with the bigger story telling, Snyder takes his time, laying it out in a slow, but enjoyable reveal.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Avengers Academy #23 – The plot of future Reptil coming back to make sure his timeline happens is rather interesting, but there’s something that’s missing to me as far as the writing.  The art too isn’t as top notch as I’d expect from an important title like this.  As with the characters, there’s something that just seems junior to me.  It’s an improvement in the series, but still not enough for me to consider it an “A” title.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 7.25

Avengers: X-Sanction #1 – This is the first step in the big Avengers vs. X-Men fight that reaches it’s full blown madness in a few months.  Cable is back to prevent a disaster in the future and to do that he has to take on the Avengers.  It all revolves around Hope too, and with all the mystery surrounding her, this event has the potential to reveal a hell of a lot.  The first issue is interesting and pretty solid, but quite of a few of Marvel’s recent events have started out strong too only to stumble.  We’ll see if this one can buck that trend.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Batgirl #4 – We finally find out how Barbara is walking, even if it’s just a few panels and her battle with Mirror comes to an end in this holiday themed issue.  Overall the comic is pretty good as expected with Gail Simone behind the wheel, but it still nags me about Barbara Gordon now walking.  That’s not Simone’s fault, but it’s still the elephant in the room as it feels insulting to those who are in wheelchairs or who have other disabilities.  The comic is good though, even with the rather lame villain.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Batman and Robin #4 – We learn a bit as to who Nobody is as the villain and Batman fight for Damian’s loyalty.  It’s interesting these two so easily represent the dual sides of Damian, but it’s also so obvious this is the intent.  The comic doesn’t have subtlety, but the story is entertaining and art very solid.  Overall a good addition to the Bat family of comics.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Batwoman #4 – Flamebird gets her butt whooped as Batwoman continues to search for the missing children and attempts to have a social life.  The story as usual isn’t the draw here, it’s all about the art which continues to be amazing.  Hopefully the storytelling will get to the level of the art and layout and at that point, this’ll be one of the best comics out there.  Until then, it’s only for people looking for something beautiful to look at.

Story: 7.25 Art: 9 Overall: 7.5

Battle Scars #2 – The mystery of Marcus Johnson isn’t revealed in this second issue…. maybe the next one?  The comic is ok, but nothing that’s gotten me too excited.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #526 – In a plot that’s rather appropriate in today’s anti-corporate fervor, we find out exactly what Wilson Fisk wants with the Bank of Wakanda.  The story is pretty solid in it’s chess like plot and the art is always great.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Green Lantern #4 – Jordan and Sinestro versus the entire Sinestro Corps.  But, what happens when they fail?  Captured and surrounded by people that hate them, Sinestro and Jordan have to figure out how to escape and free an enslaved world that despises them.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Iron Man 2.0 #11 – Just one more issue to go with Warmachine taking on a nano tech villain.  It’s been an interesting story, but nothing quite amazing.  The art in this issue though takes a dip as a few different folks hop in to put it all together.  The usual interesting and unique look changes a bunch and often in a jarring way.

Story: 7.25 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7

Magneto: Not a Hero #2 – What the hell is going on?  Unless you’re a die-hard “X” fan and care about Joseph/Erik/Magneto, this comic just makes little sense for the folks who haven’t been reading for decades.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

the New Avengers #19 – It’s Norman Osborn’s new Dark Avengers and a lot of discussion of what worked, what didn’t and why this team is better.  At the same time the new Avengers discuss Norman being loose and it looks like they have a traitor in their midst.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Resurrection Man #4 – A bunch of crazy in this issue as various forces merge to get Shelley back.  There’s heaven and hell and two women sporting big guns and a guy calling himself Transhuman.  The series is pretty crazy, but something very entertaining and interesting about it all.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 – Is this in continuity?  There’s some things shown here that are pretty huge if this is happening in the 616 world.  As usual, a lot I like in the series but also a lot that’s a bit dense and hard to get in to.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25

Suicide Squad #4 – The cover lays it out there “betrayed by one of their own,” but who it is and why definitely caught me off guard.  The second arc comes to a close and leads directly into the third.  The series isn’t the tops out there and needs a bit more fine tuning to turn it into a solid Dirty Dozen type comic, but it’s still entertaining to read.

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

Superboy #4 – Superboy is given a choice after it’s clear who and what Red is.  But, in his wandering to figure it all out, Superboy comes off as a dick.  It’s interesting to follow this series, just because of it’s tie into Teen Titans, but without that, there’s not a whole lot that’s enjoyable about this Superboy.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

Ultimate Comics X-Men #4 – Well, hell, I totally didn’t expect that and see that coming.  Stryker attacks New York while the US government and the remaining X-Men have to figure out how to respond.  The story is very familiar, but just different enough to keep me on my toes.  The Ultimate universe is one where anything can happen and it does.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Uncanny X-Force #18 – Well that was one hell of an ending and I have to say I got a bit emotional for part of it, but still not sure why there was a bag.  Rick Remender’s epic story of the rise of the new Apocalypse goes out with a bang and deserves to be put up there as one of the best “X” stories ever.  Solid on every level.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75

The Walking Dead #92 – Just when you think writer Robert Kirkman is going to go in one direction, he throws something at you that you weren’t expecting.  This issue really shakes up the series and I’m sure you’re jaw dropped at the ending like mine.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 11/9/11

A pretty good stack of books this week.  Find out what’s worth it below.

Avenging Spider-Man #1 – When a comic has me laughing out loud multiple times that’s a good sign.  The comic has energy, fun and excitement dripping out of it’s pages.  The writing by Zeb Wells is perfect with some amazing one-liners and the art by Joe Madureira is as fantastic as I’d expect.  I can’t wait for the second issue.  Is all of Spider-Man this fun?

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9

Batgirl #3 – Everyone is worried about Barbara Gordon.  She’s recovering you know… That fact and that she’s experienced a miracle is beat over our head throughout this issue as she attempts to diffuse a bomb, chats with her dad and goes toe to toe in a flirtatious fight with Nightwing.  Some lines in this comic just make me even more confused about the new 52 timeline.  Just best to ignore all of that.  The comic isn’t bad and is quite entertaining, it’s just the repeated mentioning of some simple facts in Babs life that keep being repeated each issue, that feels old already.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Batman and Robin #3 – The first three issues really seem to be about Damian and the fine line he walks between vigilante who has some sort of moral code and a full on murderer.  The villain is the represent that latter side.  A “good guy” who brings the ultimate justice to criminals.  Damian is caught between that and Batman’s style and interesting intro story.  This issue is good continuing to build on what’s been one of the better comics of the new 52.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Battle Scars #1 – An attempt to introduce a new character post Fear Itself it would seem.  I’ll read it, but so far not too impressed.

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

Batwoman #3 – The art is amazing, absolutely stunning.  The layouts just make you question the visual aspect of comic book story telling and show what can be done.  The story though is a mixed bag.  There’s a lot I like here, like Kate Kane’s personal life and her juggling that with being Batwoman but the Weeping Woman thing confounds me.

Story: 7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 7.5

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #525 – The other pulp comic Marvel is doing. Black Panther now faces the Kingpin who is making a move on Wakanda and has the Hand to help him.  The story is interesting, art great as usual.  The series is one that deserves an audience as it’s pretty high quality and entertaining.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Fear Itself #7.2 – Wait, what the hell happened?  We get a new God of Thunder, which everyone just seems to accept but hoisting beers and he seems to have no issues with his fellow Avengers and then is that Don Blake?  I’m so confused.  Then there’s the ending which we could all predict.  Sigh….

Story: 6.75 Art: 9 Overall: 7

Green Lantern #3 – Um, that was a bit unexpected.  Jordan has to come to grips with his new role and Sinestro’s as well.  The two have to team up too, which makes it all a bit more complicated.  All the while it seems the Guardians are plotting on what to do next.  There’s some hints we’ll be seeing some fireworks soon and that ending definitely caught me off guard.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Huntress #2 – Pretty similar to the first issue but Huntress now has a better idea as to who the first target should be, but clearly there’s someone higher or something bigger going on.  The art is great and story is solid, I just wonder if it really needs to be six issues and whether it might read better as a trade or graphic novel.  Still, a strong female lead, great story and art, it’s a comic that’s a buy.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Jennifer Blood #6 – This is a very interesting series.  Jennifer has got her revenge and lays it out there for the final victim.  After all her talk, you’re left to think.  Is she as bad as they are?  Is she somehow more perverse due to her duality?  Is she a new type of feminist?  It’s a series I’d love to debate folks about.  A female lead with twisted violence and sexuality that only Garth Ennis can do.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Journey Into Mystery #631 – An interesting issue where Loki has to deal with the new status-quo of Asgard.  It’s all about setting up the future and the pseudo Shakespearean speak bothers me still, but the character of Loki is back to his roots and very entertaining.  This is really for the hardcore Thor fans.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Magneto: Not a Hero #1 – A lot I like, especially the interaction between Cyclops, Magneto, Captain America and Iron Man but the second half teeters a bit diving into X-Men history I’m a bit fuzzy on.  It’s not quite as new reader friendly as I’d hope, but still entertaining.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

The New Avengers #18 – Osborn is back and he’s forming his own group of Avengers again.  This issue focuses on that as well as why A.I.M., Hydra, some Hand and H.A.M.M.E.R. are all coming behind his leadership.  Something awesome is brewing here, you can just tell.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Point One – Hmmm, there’s a lot here and about half of it gets me interested, but that’s for stuff I’d probably buy anyways.  Also, a lot of the stories teased here have been set up in other series.  It’s also probably not quite enough to suck in and get a new reader interested.  But, it’s interesting for the most part.  I have to give Marvel props for trying, but this comes up short overall.

Story: 7 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7

Rachel Rising #3 – It’s a horror comic that’s creepy more than anything.  There’s a lot here that’s disturbing and still a mystery as to exactly what’s going on, but I’m hooked.  It’s all interesting and different, definitely a comic I look forward to each month to see how it’d unfold.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Resurrection Man #3 – We get a bit better of a sense as to what’s going on here and the mystery deepens really.  Isn’t the “caught between heaven and hell” schtick more of a John Constatine thing?  No matter, the comic is entertaining as it explains a lot of what’s going on, but the ending makes me feel like I missed something.  I’m sure for long time DC fans it’s a cool moment but for me, I shouldn’t have to go to wikipedia to get the back story after the relaunch.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Suicide Squad #3 – The issue is a bit choppy in the story telling as it just back and forth in time though that’s not totally clear.  There’s an essence of time with the series that could be played up a lot better, but overall it seems to just be getting it’s footing and it’s pretty entertaining.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Superboy #3 – Well, I think that answers who Red really is.  Superboy is out and discovering what the real world is like.  That’s interesting, but there’s not enough of it.  We also learn a bit about who this Superboy really is, also interesting stuff.  Overall though, we’re still in the set up phase and the verdict is still out on the series overall.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #4 – Bendis has put together a comic that plays off nicely on what’s coming before creating a connected transition that doesn’t feel forced but a natural passing of the torch.  The story is still in the whole discovering powers phase but Miles and his friends seem interesting and there’s a sense of fun that flows off the page.  I’ve never been a big fan of the Ultimate universe, but I’m a fan of this newly rebooted series.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Uncanny X-Force #17 – Wow.  The issue is impressive and is filled with moments that make me say holy shit.  I have no idea what to expect and what’s going to happen next.  For a series to keep my on my toes just shoes how top notch it is.  So far everything has been on the table and so much being pulled out of so many different places.  The Dark Angel Saga is going to go down as one of the best “X” arcs ever.

Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9

Wolverine #18 – A nice mix of action and humor as Logan and friends take on the Jade Claw.  An entertaining issue that’s leading the series away from the depressing morose plot it’s had for way too long.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

X-Men: Legacy #258 – Why is there a moment where I can see the writer pausing to figure out how to end this arc and get everyone home?  The X-Men save the day and get folks back to Earth, shocker.  It’s really all to set up what happens next.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7


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