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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On April - 22 - 2008

For comics shipping 04.23.08 or The Week I Finally Mention Greg Rucka’s Phenomenal QUEEN and COUNTRY. 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 cash on at the Local Comic Shop. Click on a picture to view it in Expand-O-Scope, brought to you by GAMERVISION.com.

DC Comics

Batman #675

A monumental moment in comics as BATMAN reaches issue #675. That’s tough to do what with all the relaunches and new #1′s everyone is always putting out. I can’t recommend you read this book enough as this is the lead-in issue to Grant Morrison’s much ballyhooed story-arc, “Batman RIP.” Tony Daniel has been providing consistently gorgeous art since he came aboard, and I don’t think this issue will disappoint. It’s Batman. It’s Grant Morrison. It’s only $2.99. Seriously, what’s stopping you from buying this?

Justice League of America #20

First of all, if this Ethan Van Sciver cover doesn’t immediately make you want to pick this up, and the fact Dwayne McDuffie is back on as regular writer doesn’t make you say, “Crap, I gotta get this,” there’s something wrong with you. Ethan will also be handling interiors this issue, so don’t worry about that. The main reason you should be dropping $2.99 on this at the shop is this book is the last JLA before FINAL CRISIS. Word at the NY Comic Con was this book was one to pick up if you were interested at all in FINAL CRISIS. I know I’ll be getting it. Will you?

Northlanders #5

Well if the response from fans at NY Comic Con’s Vertigo panel was any indication, this book could use some more people reading it. It just so happens Brian Wood’s comic about vikings is really good. But you wouldn’t know since you haven’t been taking my advice and reading it. Do yourself a favor, this Wednesday, just try this one issue. We’re supposedly getting some clues into Sven’s (the main character) origin with this tale. Don’t think for a second Davide Gianfelice’s art isn’t worth your $2.99 either. Because it is.

MARVEL Comics

Mighty Avengers #12

MARVEL‘s solicitations mention something about finding out just what Nick Fury’s been up to since he dropped off the radar so many months ago. This SECRET INVASION tie-in is also promising a major Skrull reveal. That’s all well and good, but the real story here is getting Alex Maleev teamed back up with Bendis for this issue. Anyone not familiar with their work together should head to the comic shop and check out their run on DAREDEVIL . Or, you could just stick with this issue for just $2.99 and enjoy some good, old fashioned Nick Fury action.

Thor #8

Why haven’t you started reading this yet? I can only tell you how great something is for so long before you start tuning me out. I’m hoping there’s still time for me to get the message through to you: Thor is the best book you’re not reading. End of story. J. Michael Straczynski has been writing like he’s never written before, and though Olivier Coipel is taking a small break from the pencils this issue, that doesn’t mean Marko Djurdjevic isn’t more than capable to handle interiors. He is. By the way, happened to see Marko at the convention this weekend at the Splash Page Comic Art booth. Dude reminds me of Andre Arlovsky, except Marko can actually speak English intelligibly. Oh, and he draws the shit out of this book. $2.99 to ride the lightning. Can’t believe it took me 8 issues to use that one.

Ultimate Spider-Man #121

Bendis and Immonen keep putting out a great book every month. While I can’t say I enjoyed regular universe Omega Red, at least Ultimate Omega Red is showing up in a book with a top notch creative team. The last arc these two completed was one of the most fun reads I’ve had in a while, and there’s certainly no other Spider-Man book I’d rather be reading right now. At least, until Guggenheim gets back onto  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Take your $2.99 and exchange it for this consistently great read.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

Queen and Country: Definitive Edition- Volume 2

You may be asking yourself why volume 2 made the list, but you’ve never heard me mention volume one, let alone mention the book QUEEN and COUNTRY in any of the columns I’d ever done. The only reason I can come up with, and it’s a pretty bad one, is I forgot. I don’t know how I could forget one of my favorite series ever (and don’t worry there will be a Point of Origin coming), but it probably has something to do with the book being finished. For now. It’s a long story, but one that isn’t necessary for you to enjoy this book. Q & C follows lead character Tara Chace, a member of the British secret service, through all her trials and tribulations as a female secret agent. The reason volume 2 makes this list has to do with one of my favorite story arcs being collected in this massive volume. With art by the talented Mike Hawthorne (who I may be a little partial to as he did me the honor of drawing a wonderful head shot of Tara that is hanging on my wall) and words by series writer/creator Greg Rucka, Operation: Dandelion was full of twists, turns and all out espionage goodness. And it looked darned good, too. You’re also going to get Operation: Blackwall and Operation:  Storm Front in this massive tome collecting the second 12 issues of the series. If you like James Bond, but want to see what real spy work is like, do yourself a favor and give your $19.99 to ONI. It’s well worth it.

See you guys next week.

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