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Posted by Luke Brown On July - 1 - 2008

For comics shipping 07.02.08 or The Week We Lost Michael Turner. 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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #16

I didn’t realize how much I missed Melaka Fray until I saw the solicitations announcing her return. Whedon’s futuristic slayer is one of my favorite fictional characters ever. I love Karl Moline’ style, and I’m glad he’s returning to the Buffy-verse. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better jumping on point for Season 8 than this $2.99 issue.

Hellboy: The Crooked Man #1

One of the best things about Hellboy comics is they way they’re put out. Instead of a long running series, each story is told as its own mini-series, which then connects with others. You don’t have to have a huge amount of knowledge of the character prior to reading any series. Mike Mignola may only be writing this issue, but don’t let that stop you from buying it as Richard Corben is one talented man. The movie comes out next week, but you can get fired up for it this week by picking this up for just $2.99.

DC Comics

Batman #678

Batman RIP” part III hits shelves this week. Tony Daniel and Grant Morrison have been making this a must buy every month. I’m a little curious as to how everything is going to fit in continuity-wise, but I’m not one to let a little thing like continuity get in the way of my enjoying a story. Especially one by a writer that got me reading a Batman book for the first time in ages. Your $2.99 makes sure you won’t miss out on what happens next.

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #1

Mike Kunkel brings us his vision of Captain Marvel with this all-new series. If you’ve never read Kunkel’s Herobear and Kid, that’s okay. You can pick that up next time. This week, make sure to grab this. It may be part of DC’s line aimed at younger audiences, but unlike Tiny Titans (which I find highly enjoyable) which has an air of randomness to it, this one is going to have a story. Kunkel has a distinct style that will win you over, and for $2.25, there’s no reason to at least give this book a chance. You may find you like it.

Northlanders #7

In this issue, Sven’s fight for his birthright escalates to new levels. For six issues, Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice have done a masterful job making me care about what happens to Sven. You better believe I’m going to be grabbing this to see what happens next. I’m all for a good ol’ Viking bloodbath. Aren’t you? Find out for just $2.99.

Trinity #5

Oh, internets, why oh why must you hate so hard? Seriously, how can anyone hate on a book that comes out weekly from the same creative team? Do you guys understand the amount of effort it takes to maintain something of this scope on a weekly basis? All you can do is whine about how you haven’t seen anything happen yet, and how this sucks, and how that sucks. You know what? Shut the fuck up. This book isn’t Watchmen, but it certainly gives me what I expect from Busiek and Bagley: Good story and phenomenal art. I understand it costs $2.99 a week, and you could be reading something else. Just trust the team to deliver. You know they can. Especially with 52 weeks to do it.


Amazing Spider-Man #564

This week, three writers tackle this stand-alone issue about everyone’s favorite wall-crawling superhero. I haven’t been keeping up with this book as frequently as it comes out, but I make sure to grab it when I think it’s going to be a good issue. With Marc Guggenheim, Dan Slott and Bob Gale working on it, I think you should spend the $2.99 on it this week as well.

Astonishing X-Men #25

Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi take over the title for the next year or so, and I couldn’t be more excited. Despite how great Whedon and Cassaday’s run was, I think giving this book a new creative team, and a fresh start is just what it needed. This is a great point for anyone who hasn’t been reading to jump on, with a writer like Ellis and an artist like Bianchi, the $2.99 you spend on this will be well worth it. Especially when you find out how much you like it, and want to keep getting it every month.

No trade paperback or hardcover this week. Take advantage of the slow week and pick up something you missed from the last couple W2W4Ws.

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See you next week.

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