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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On April - 8 - 2008

For comics shipping 04.09.08 or The week before Gamervision.com and TheQuarterbin.com bring you live updates and photos from the NEW YORK COMIC-CON!!! Every week I’ll check Diamond’s shipping list to see what you absolutely, positively, no doubt about it need to spend all your hard earned paper on at the Local Comic Shop. Click on a picture to view it in Expand-O-Scope, brought to you by GAMERVISION.com.

DARK HORSE COMICS

Serenity: Better Days #2

When we last left Mal and the rest of the Serenity crew, they were surrounded. By lots and lots of money. I’m just as curious as you are to know what they’re going to spend it on. Even money says Jane buys a gun. Just throwing that out there. Your $2.99 will no doubt buy some of the great old fashioney charm we come to expect Mal to break out on Inara. What? You’re going to tell me he’s not charming?

DC Comic

Green Lantern Corps #23

Alright, so the last two issues were rather blah. You’ll have that from time to time. Especially when the regular creative team is taking a small break. Well, the good news is Gleason and Rollins are back on art. The great news is Tomasi’s new storyline spins out of the Sinestro War. If the cover doesn’t grab you, maybe the premise will: Several Green Lanterns are tasked with destroying the missing yellow power rings left over from the war. Only problem is, the villain hording them, he isn’t so keen on giving them up. Yeah. I’m in for my $2.99. There’s no way you’re not picking this up. I just won’t allow it. If I find out you didn’t, we’re totally not friends anymore. I mean it.

Number of the Beast #1

Who am I kidding? I can’t stay mad at you. I was just thinking about how I lent you my Tom Strong trade paperbacks, and you still haven’t given them back. It must be since you love the Chris Sprouse artwork so much. Well good news, buddy, I’ve got a new fix for you. I’ll let the actual solicitation speak for itself:

The Paladins, WildStorm’s seminal superhuman heroes, find their days start like any other — capturing archcriminals, thwarting alien invaders, and helping little old ladies navigate crosstown traffic — all before coffee at their favorite diner. But when events in The City begin to escalate in strange, deadly directions, all signs and omens point to the end of days. The Apocalypse has begun!

Yeah, okay. Not all that overwhelming. Go check out the preview art here. Sprouse is legit, and his art is definitely worth your $2.99 this week. Maybe if we’re lucky, there’ll be a good story attached.

Titans #1

Judd Winnick and Ian Churchill bring us a new series re-uniting the original Teen Titans. Take this opportunity to jump on with this first issue. I’m probably going to be putting this on the W2W4W list every month from here on out, so it behooves you to spend your $2.99 on this comic. Ian Churchill is a pretty good artist, and while I know Winnick’s writing isn’t for everyone, I enjoy it most of the time, and see no reason to not at least give this comic a shot.

IMAGE COMICS

Scud #23

Oh shit! It is about that time kid. There’s only 2 issues left before the series lightyears in the making comes to a close. Voodoo Ben is one bad dude, but Scud is the goddamn shit. One thing I should pass on to you newbs is Rob Schrab actually used to preface each issue with a dream casting list of who would provide voices for all the characters in the comic. Scud was supposed to be the voice of John Malkovich. Voodoo Ben was George C. Scott. Now the day Cyrus the Virus goes toe to toe with Patton himself, that’s one fight you better believe I’m getting front row tickets for. Too bad all that’s left is general admission, but those tickets are only $3.50. You can swing it.

MARVEL COMICS

Criminal #2

I had a ton of great things to say about this book and its creators, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Instead, I direct you to the Whitechapel forums where Ed Brubaker is partaking in a Q and A with anyone who’ll ask him a question. If you’re feeling froggy, go ahead an participate, I’m certain the people there will welcome you with open arms. Especially Warren Ellis. Click here to read what the man has to say, as well as a nice big 10 page preview of this particular issue. If you can wait until you get to the shop, the book will only set you back about three-fiddy.

Fantastic Four #556

Millar and Hitch continue their run here, and while last issue’s cliffhanger was a bit underwhelming, it looks like this part of the story will more than make up for it. I hope. I’d hate to keep recommending this book if it stays on this below par (for Millar and Hitch) pace. Suddenly, this doesn’t really feel like I’m doing my job convincing you to buy this. Well, look at it this way, there’s a ton of other books that aren’t anywhere near as good that cost twice as much as the $2.99 MARVEL is asking. Put your money to good use, and join me in giving this book one more issue to figure out if we’re going to stick around.

Wolverine #64

Part three of Aaron and Garney’s nifty little tale centering on Wolverine hunting down Mystique. If this cover doesn’t convince you to buy it, my prattling on certainly isn’t going to help. You’re probably not even reading this. You’re still staring at the picture doing one of two things. Either you can’t stop staring at Mystique’s butt. Or you’re riding a high horse about how degrading it is that a nearly naked fictional woman and her butt are center stage on the cover. Guess what? It’s not always right, but comic books certainly aren’t the only medium using women to sell a product. Don’t let the cover dissuade you from what is certainly one of the more fun reads I’ve had in a while. Just $2.99 to get over it already. Now, stop staring at Mystique’s butt.

You may be wondering why, once again, there is no Trade paperback of the week. Plain and simple, there isn’t really a great one to recommend. Everything that’s come out in a collected version the last few weeks hasn’t really been a “Must Read!” Hopefully next week will turn a corner, and bring something to the reading table.

Stay tuned for more and more comic coverage as GAMERVISION.COM and TheQuarterbin.com gear up for the New York Comic-Con.


2 Responses so far
  1. Luke Brown Said,

    good week this week, I’m in for Titans and Serenity. Wait, I still have to read the last one. And the last few Scuds too. I’m so behind… I hope we’re still friends.

    Posted on April 9th, 2008 at 5:44 AM

  2. Sean Said,

    Scud and Serenity in the same week?!

    WHEE!

    I may have to give that Fantastic Four a read as well…

    Posted on April 9th, 2008 at 7:00 AM

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