For comics shipping 05.07.08 or The Week After You Saw IRON MAN and Tried to Find That One Friend Who Still Hadn’t Seen it so You Could Go Again. 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.
DARK HORSE COMICS
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #14
I’ve been absolutely dying to see where this arc written by Drew Goddard is going. Not just because Dracula is back. Not just because this whole Season 8 has been a real good read so far. I’m just dying to see where and how they’re planning to tie Fray into the past. The scythe has a history that I just can’t wait to have revealed to me. To find out if that cover is just a tease, or if Dawn will really be stepping all over the little people, donate $2.99 to you local comic shop.
Detective Comics #844
When we last left off, civilian Bruce Wayne was kidnapped by the Ventriloquist and Scarface. This issue Dini and Nguyen bring Zatanna back to get Bats out of whatever it is the baddies have planned for him. With all the hype surrounding the rumored upcoming Zatanna ongoing Dini is supposedly working on, you can’t help but wonder if her appearance here will tie in somehow. Why not just plunk $2.99 down for this issue, be entertained and get a look at what’s to come.
House of Mystery #1
I’m a sucker for mystery. I love a good old fashioned Hercule Poirot. Or a Jeremy Brett starring Sherlock Holmes tale. Though this book isn’t claiming to be be Agatha Christie or Sir Arthur, it seems as if Vertigo will be getting some more of my money this month. Here’s the actual solicitation: HOUSE OF MYSTERY focuses on five characters trapped in a supernatural bar, trying to solve the mystery of how and why they’re imprisoned there. Each one has a terrible past they’d like to forget, and with no books, newspapers or TV allowed in the House, they face an eternity of boredom. But stories become the new currency, and fortunately, the House attracts only the finest storytellers.
Sold yet? Thought so. All it takes to get that fix is $2.99.
Scud the Disposable Assassin #24
This is it kids. The final issue of Rob Schrab’s 15 years in the making story of the little robot who just didn’t want to die. I don’t know which is worse: the wait for this series to finish or knowing this is the last issue. I’m torn. I was so happy when they announced Scud was coming back, but now that he’s leaving again so soon… Is it just me or did these final four issues just fly by? $3.50 for the real final issue of this cult classic comic.
Invincible Iron Man #1
There’s no better time to launch a new comic than when the star of said comic just had a movie come out. Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca are going to blow you guys away. I guarantee it. Fraction is hot off the heels of a phenomenal run on IRON FIST, and Larocca’s pencils will really amaze you guys. Honestly, the man has reinvented his style recently, and I can say having seen some preview art in the Free Comic Book Day issue you will kick yourself for not spending $2.99 on this come Wednesday. You liked the movie, now take the next step and pick this up.
Mighty Avengers #13
Another week, another SECRET INVASION tie-in. Hopefully you’ve been grabbing the tie-in books I’ve been recommending so you won’t be lost. This issue we learn more about where Nick Fury has been, and just who he’s been talking to. Definitely pick this up for $2.99 if you’re thinking about picking up SECRET INVASION.
Secret Invasion #2
While the picture above is one of the variant covers and not the standard retail cover, I couldn’t help but post it as I absolutely adore Clint “Hawkeye” Barton and Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse. So after the events of issue one, we’re supposed to believe no one knows who’s really a Skrull and who’s really the hero they say they are. Though I hope we find out who the “he” in the Skrull mantra, “He loves you,” is. It’s summer, and I really enjoy a good popcorn action flick. Movies cost like $10, and this will only set you back $3.99. You really can’t go wrong.
TRADE PAPERBACK/HARDCOVER of the WEEK
Aztek: The Ultimate Man
I completely missed this series the first time around as it came out during my poorer college student days when I couldn’t pick up every book I really wanted. Now, more than 10 years after the series ended, I can finally read the collected adventures of Grant Morrison and Mark Millar’s creation. Having enjoyed this character from his limited time in Morrison’s run on JLA, I’m glad everyone now has a chance to find out just what they missed the first time around. The whole series is collected here, as it only lasted 10 issues. But with Morrison and Millar at the helm, you know this is a can’t miss story. Following the adventures of a man given a mystical suit of armor protecting Vanity City, AZTEK is a series full of twists and turns with ramifications throughout the rest of the DC universe at the time. You’re going to get 240 pages of classic heroism for just $19.99. Make sure you pick this up. I’d hate to see you miss out on this a second time.
See you next week.
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