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What to Watch for Thursday

Posted by Luke Brown On May - 28 - 2008

For comics shipping 05.29.08 or The Week Memorial Day Screwed Up Everyone’s Wednesday. 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.

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ARCANA STUIDO

Helen Killer #2

Since there’s absolutely no way I can describe this book better than the company who puts it out, here’s the synopsis:

In 1901, twenty-one year old college student Helen Keller, with the aid of a fantastical device invented by her friend and mentor, Alexander Graham Bell, regains her sight and hearing as well as near super-human strength and agility. Helen is enlisted by the Secret Service to protect President William McKinley who has been targeted for assassination by Anarchists. As a deeper conspiracy to destroy America unfolds around her, Helen discovers that her new abilities come with a dark and terrifying price…

It’s a little steep at $3.95, but honestly, how else are you going to read a comic about Helen Keller being a government agent? I’m picking this up sight unseen. Huh? Huh? C’mon!

DC COMICS

All-Star Superman #11

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely have been doing some of the best Superman stories in years. Their run is about to come to a close, but that shouldn’t stop you from grabbing this penultimate issue. While there have been plots running issue to issue, each reads fairly self-contained. In this issue, Lex Luthor’s plan to finish Supes come together. Yeah, we all know how that usually turns out. Find out for yourself if this is finally Lex’s chance to shine for $2.99.

Batman #677

DC is now two for two on Grant Morrison books out this week you need to buy. If you thought the last issue ended crazy with that awesome Joker sequence, just you wait. The plot continues to thicken as Batman begins to put more of the pieces concerning the Black Glove together. Get embroiled in the mystery for $2.99.

Final Crisis #1

You may as well make it three for three. This is the beginning of the end. So to speak. Grant Morrison and artist JG Jones start their wild ride through the annals of the DC Universe with this book. If any of the hype is to be believed at all (and with Morrison it usually is), you can believe this is an event not to be missed. Plus, it’s got Green Lantern on the cover. That alone is worth your $3.99. Oh, and I almost forgot, don’t forget to check back this weekend for our interview with JG Jones himself. Yeah, I can’t believe it either.

Green Lantern #31

Secret Origin continues as we are taken back to the first time Hal met Sinestro. You’ll want to read this. I have a feeling the next few issues are going to have huge ramifications for the Blackest Night and the Rage of the Red Lanterns storylines which Geoff Johns has planned for the series. Intergalactic justice only costs $2.99.

Northlanders #6

How many times do I have to tell you guys Vikings are awesome? Well you can find out just how awesome they are in this book by Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice. Vikings. $2.99. The math works for me.

IMAGE COMICS

Firebreather #1

Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn bring back their awesome comic about the son of a city destroying monster, and the normal life he’s trying to lead. Do yourself a favor and grab this for $2.99. You’ll be hooked the way I was when the series first came out.

MARVEL COMICS

1985 #1

What happens when the heroes you’re reading about are the only ones who can help you in real life? Mark Millar and Tommy Lee Edwards bring us a new mini-series about a boy who finds the heroes on more than just the printed page. Spinning out of the biggest event of 1985, SECRET WAR, you won’t want to miss out on what is sure to be one of the better stories you read this year. Take a trip back in time for just $3.99.

Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1

Finally the finale to Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s run on ASTONISHING X-MEN will be on shelves. It’s been well over 2 years since they started, and though their run was met with mixed reviews, I enjoyed the crap out of it. Whedon showed why he’s still one of the best dialogue writers in the business, and Cassaday… well he was just flat out amazing issue after issue. It may be $4.99, but it’s also double-sized and chock full of the goodness you expect from such a great creative team.

Daredevil #107

You know I already buy anything with the words Brubaker on it. But now MARVEL is teaming Bru up with one of my all time favorite writers, Greg Rucka, for an arc of this series. Reuniting the team that brought us GOTHAM CENTRAL is probably the smartest thing MARVEL ever did. Ever. Find out how well this book can be when written to its potential for just $2.99.

New Avengers #41

Billy Tan joins Brian Bendis on this Secret Invasion tie-in. Picking up in the Savage Land where friends were facing off against foes… or were they? Pick this ish up for $2.99 to see if Hawkeye was right about Mockingbird. My guess is he’s not.

Thor #9

Olivier Coipel is back after a short break, and man oh man can I not wait for this issue. I’m not even going to try and sell you on it. I’ve sold you before. You’ve bought into the hype. You’re going to pick up this comic this week. The book costs $2.99.

Ultimate Spider-Man #122

Brian Bendis and Stuart Immonen have blown away expectations month after month on this book. I didn’t think I could like Immonen’s art anymore than I already did, but he’s really been on top of his game with his pencils lately. Bendis continues to write this book as if his life depended on it, and it does. Doesn’t it Mr. Bendis? $2.99 keeps him alive for one more month guys. Do your part.

TRADE PAPERBACK/HARDCOVER of the WEEK

JUSTICE Vol. 1

Imagine if the man who brought you KINGDOM COME gave the same treatment to the SUPERFRIENDS. Okay, now imagine that comic being good. Collecting the first four issues of Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite’s maxi-series, this trade should remind you of a simpler time in comics when continuity and crossovers didn’t bog down the quality. This is one hell of a creative team, and their names on this alone is worth the $14.99 price tag. EARTH X and the subsequent follow-ups were all amazing. Pick this up and avoid the severe depression you would be putting yourself in by not getting this tomorrow.

TheQuarterbin.com is heading to Wizard World Philadelphia this weekend, so be sure to stay tuned for any and all updates from the con. And if you’re going, feel free to stop us and chat. We’ll be in Gamervision.com t-shirts.

See you next week.

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