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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On June - 24 - 2008

For comics shipping 06.25.08 or The Week I Wish My Wallet Was Bigger. 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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AVATAR Press

No Hero #0

While Avatar’s actual solicitations don’t have this coming out until July, the book’s author, Warren Ellis, is convinced it will be it shops this week. It would make sense considering he will be the guest of honor at this weekend’s Wizard World Chicago. Juan Jose Ryp’s art is astounding, and anytime he teams with Warren, you know you’re in for a treat. Pick up this $1 issue to see if this book is something you’ll be into. I can almost guarnatee you will, as just about everything Ellis does for Avatar is a good read.

DC Comics

Final Crisis #2

Everyone knows by now about the recently announced second penciler Carlos Pacheco. Though he won’t be helping on art duties until issue 4, the worries about this book coming out on time continue to mount. After the lukewarm reception the first issue had (I enjoyed it, FYI), Grant and JG had better hope people start getting what they’re trying to do. Otherwise it’s going to be one long summer for DC. The book is $3.99, and only you know whether or not your time is more valuable.

Green Lantern #32

$2.99. Just start reading this already. And I’ll know if you’re not when I quiz you the next time I run into you.

Superman #677

James Robinson comes aboard as the new writer, joining Geoff Johns in making the Superman corner of the DC universe a more coherent one. Robinson’s work has always been top notch, and his return to one of flagship books couldn’t have come at a better time. This would be a great place for anyone who hasn’t been reading to jump on. There’s way worse things you could be spending your $2.99 on. I haven’t ever led you astray yet, have I?

Trinity #4

If I told you every week for just $2.99 you’d be guaranteed a comic about DC’s biggest heroes by a phenomenal creative team, would you believe me? Look no further than Trinity, my friends. So far Busiek and Bagley have been laying some groundwork for their year-long tale. Bagley has been doing an absolutely astonishing job penciling Busiek’s scripts, and not to take anything away from Fabian Nicieza’s enjoyable secondary tales, but you’re getting this book for Bagley and Busiek.

MARVEL Comics

Captain America #39

If you’re not reading this book, why am I even talking to you? Pick this up for $2.99, and finally see just what you’ve been missing. Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting put out one of the best books on the shelves. Isn’t it about time you started reading it?

Fantastic Four #558

So Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s first arc didn’t really live up to what those two are capable of. Well now they’ve got a new story arc bringing in Dr. Doom, and I have to know just what they intend to do with him. Say what you will about Millar, but Hitch’s pencils are worth my $2.99 every time. Hopefully this time the story will be worth it too.

Immortal Iron Fist #16

Matt Fraction’s last issue on the title brings things to a close as far as his tales are concerned. It’s a shame he’s leaving the title as he and co-plotter Ed Brubaker really did an amazing job bringing this character back from the depths of lame obscurity. $2.99 for this standalone which closes some doors, but opens a few windows for incoming team Swierczynski and Foreman.

Mighty Avengers #15

If you couldn’t tell from the cover, this issue is supposed to center around how exactly one of the major Skrulls spies infiltrated the Avenger ranks. I’ll forgo dropping names for the sake of spoilers, but get with the program here guys, Secret Invasion is the summer event you should all be reading. $2.99 divulges some secrets you don’t want to miss.

New Avengers #42

Jim Cheung returns to help Brian Bendis tell the story of what really happened during the first few issues of New Avengers. You’ll want to be there to see just how deep the Skrull rabbit hole goes. $2.99 for a few more secrets and answers. It’ll totally be worth it for the art alone, but you know you’re going to be getting some good story here too.

Ultimate Spider-Man #123

The longest running Ultimate title continues to entertain month after month, and this issue proves to be no exception. Venom returns, and I’m pretty sure Stuart Immonen is going to give us one hell of an interpretation of the sinister symbiote. $2.99 for the only Spider-Man book you need to read every month.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

DEMO

Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood team to bring you 12 stories about ordinary people who find they have some extraordinary ablities. Each self-contained tale manages to make you feel like five or six different emotions, which is more than you can say about most collections. $19.99 gets you nearly 330 pages of hearbreak, joy, laughter and depression. Seriously, if you’ve never read any of Brian Wood’s work, this is where to start. Becky Cloonan really manages to do a lot on each 8 1/2″ by 11″ page, and they do need to be seen to be appreciated. This creative team was made for one another, and it shows.

See you next week.

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