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Action Comics #867
While last issue was the first part of the new “Brainiac” arc, you didn’t miss much if you didn’t pick it up. It was a good issue, but don’t worry about having missed some crucial plot points if you’re thinking about grabbing this one. Geoff Johns is more than capable when it comes to making old villains important again. WIth Gary Frank on art, there’s just no way you’ll be disappointed. Despite the fact he’s working on Action Comics, he’s one of the most underrated pencilers working today. Find out why Superman is cool again for just $2.99.
Detective Comics #846
Anybody looking for more good Batman stories to fill the gap between issues of Grant Morrison’s run should definitely pick this up. Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen start a new storyline teaming Bats with Catwoman as they confront the Ace bandages sponsored villain, Hush. I’ve enjoyed just about every issue of Dini’s fun thus far, and I’m quite sure this new story will prove no exception. Everyone could use a little more Batman in their life. You can have some in yours for just $2.99.
The weekly comic is a premise I can get behind. You put a good enough creative team on it (which this has), and you can pretty much get me to buy any book. For anyone who hasn’t been reading this so far, we’re only six issues in, so there’s plenty of time for you to jump on now. There’s still 46 more weeks of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman teaming up to go, so odds are all the best story is yet to come. Just give it a try. It’s only $2.99, and the guys working on it are well worth the cost.
Wonder Woman #22
Gail Simone is a great writer. There’s just no denying it. Team her up with a top notch artist like Aaron Lopresti on a book like Wonder Woman, and you have a sure-fire hit. Their run just started, so don’t worry about having missed last issue if you didn’t already follow my recommendation to pick it up last month. I have a feeling these two are just starting to get into their creative groove. Get on board early by grabbing this for $2.99. When it’s all said and done, this run may go down as one of the best, and you won’t want to miss out.
Amazing Spider-Man #565
If you’re like me, you’ve been wary about committing to this book every week. I’ve picked up issues here and there, but it looks like this is the week I jump on full time. Marc Guggenheim teams with Phil Jimminez on the start of this new storyline promising to introduce a new villain. Well, I’ve seen the villain (and if you followed anybody’s convention coverage, you have too), and they’ve got me intrigued to say the least. With an artist like Jimminez working on it, there’s no way I’m not spending $2.99 on Spider-Man this month.
Guardians of the Galaxy #3
This book is just a great space romp I think everyone should be reading. It’s not bogged down in years and years of continuity. Sure, there are things happening and characters running around that have been around forever, but you don’t need an encyclopedia to follow it. If you’re looking for something to fill that void in your life where great space adventuring used to be, drop $2.99 on this enjoy the ride.
Invincible Iron Man #3
There is absolutely no excuse for not reading this book. Pick it up for just $2.99. If you haven’t been reading this (shame on you), now is the time to start.
Secret Invasion #4
While this is certainly the summer event book that’s easier to follow, it has had it’s miscues. That said, I’ve enjoyed just about every page of Bendis and Lenil Yu tearing up the Marvel Universe. It may be the fourth issue, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a good time reading it. $3.99 for some good ol’ fashion Marvel headbusting courtesy of Nick Fury.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Criminal Volume 3: The Dead and the Dying
Sean Phillips is an artist most of you may know from Marvel Zombies. If you’re not familiar with his work on Sleeper or Criminal, those are things you definitely need to start reading now. Starting with this collection of his and Ed Brubaker’s crime series. Each volume is its own self-contained story. All of them are excellent, and this one is certainly one of my favorites. Consisting of three seperate but intertwining tales, this book will cement this team as the dominant crime/noir creators working today. For just $11.99 you can pick this up, and see just what I’m talking about.
See you next week.
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