For comics shipping 09.17.08 or The Week The World Embraced Change. And By World, I Mean ESPN 2. 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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Action Comics #869
Superman’s fight against Brainiac continues this month. Sure it’s a week later thanks to the bigwigs not taking kindly to Supes drinking a brewski on the cover, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your $2.99. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have been doing one heck of a job on this book since teaming up, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. I’m expecting big things from this book in the coming months with the much hyped “New Krypton” storyline. Don’t get left behind.
All-Star Superman #12
Flat-out the best out of continuity comic of the last 33 months. I know it may seem like a strange number, but that’s how long it took for this book to make it to issue twelve. I’m not complaining here, each issue is well worth the wait. Except maybe that one that took place on Bizzaro world. Too much backwards reading makes my eyes hurt. Sorry, Grant. Anyhow, say goodbye to Grant and Frank Quitely this month for just $2.99.
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #2
If anyone can find me a better person to work on this book than Mike Kunkel, I’ll slap you in the face for being a liar. Be sure to pick this up. It’s only $2.25, and you’re doing yourself a huge favor by getting it.
Look, there’s a reason I keep recommending this to you guys every month. You need to start taking my word for it. The characters are complex. The stories are engrossing. The dialogue is sharp. The art is moody (and perfect). You know what? You will buy this book this week. A fresh storyline is starting that will take us to the end of the year, and there’s no reason for you not to start reading now. $2.99. Do it.
Tiny Titans #8
Come on, look at that cover and tell me you don’t find it absolutely adorable. That’s what I thought. $2.25 gets you some good, clean superheroes to cleanse your pallet from all the angst.
Amazing Spider-Man #572
Yes, this story might be running a little long. But you know that John Romita is going to deliver some top-notch pages, so you have to pick it up. I know I am. Hell, I haven’t enjoyed a Spider-Man book this much since I started reading Ultimate Spider-Man. Be sure to grab this for $2.99.
Guardians of the Galaxy #5
Man is this book fun to read. I can’t believe I was never into these space characters before. If you’ve never read a book with a telepathic Russian dog in it, you’ve been missing out. Even if space adventuring isn’t your thing, just give this $2.99 book a try to see if it can change your mind. It worked for me.
Incredible Hercules #121
So Hercules goes from his battle against the Skrull God into a fight with a bunch of hot-ass women? As long as Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente keep the great stories coming, I’ll be spending $2.99 on this every month. Plus, I have a strange fascination with Amadeus Cho. He’s kind of cool.
Mighty Avengers #18
I’m glad Marvel is telling the stories behind the scenes of Secret Invasion, but it’s getting to be a bit much. Thankfully, I haven’t reached my breaking point. This week we see just how Nick Fury trained his Secret Defenders. Or Howling Commandos. Or whatever he’s calling them. I don’t care, they’re pretty cool either way. Make sure you put this on your buy pile this week. It’s only $2.99.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Oni Press brings this hardcover collecting Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s phenomenal series about one woman’s life as she travels the US trying to find herself. Brian Wood is certainly a great writer, but you don’t need me to tell you now (I tell you enough every other week). This is all about Ryan Kelly’s gorgeous art. The book is infused with so much life from his pencils, that even without words, this book would be one of my favorite reads of the last year. His Megan McKeenan is one of the most beautifully distressed lead women in any comic, and once you start following her, you won’t want to stop. The book carries a $29.99 price tag, but every cent is well worth it. Honestly, from page one to the last panel, you’ll be glad you picked it up.
See you next week.
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