For comics shipping 10.22.08 or The Week the Phillies Started Their First World Series in 15 Years. 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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There’s a ceasefire on in the DMZ, and with a break in the action, Matty decides to hang out with a group of soldiers with some time on their hands. Brian Wood teams with Supermarket artist, Kristian Donaldson, on this arc, and if you’ve been missing out on this book, this seems like the perfect time to catch up. Pick it up for $2.99.
Final Crisis #4
It may be a little late, but I’m still checking it out. You know you’re dying to see where all this goes too. The story just started getting real interesting last issue, and even though the supremely talented JG Jones won’t be handling all the art chores, the fact that Carlos Pacheco is lending a hand certainly shouldn’t disuade you from picking this up. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better total package of story and art for $3.99.
Damn, this book is so fucking good it makes me disappointed more of you aren’t reading it. Jason Aaron weaves a tale so complex and entertaining, once you start reading, you’ll be hooked for the long haul. I praise this book every month, yet I have a sneaking suspicion you still haven’t started reading it. Better rectify that shit by picking up this $2.99 issue.
Superman: New Krypton Special #1
Krypton is back. Sort of. The bottled city of Kandor has been freed from the clutches of Brainiac, and Superman saw fit to plant the survivors right next to his Fortress of Solitude. This issues kicks off the next big Superman storyline, and if you haven’t been reading the Super-books, this is a great time for you to get on board. $3.99 is the price for your ticket to the start of this grand new adventure.
Captain America #43
Bucky has really started to settle into his role as Captain America. It’s been a long time since a book has been this consistently good, and I’d have a tough time picking any other book as my favorite over this one. Ed Brubaker certainly knows how to keep you wanting more every month, and the team of artists they have on this book, from Steve Epting to Mike Perkins to Butch Guice, are all more than capable storytellers. A new story arc begins this month, and you should definitely make sure this $2.99 book makes your buy pile.
Ed Brubaker. Sean Phillips. $3.50. Buy it.
Ed Brubaker sure is a busy guy. I guess that’s mostly because people want to read more and more of his work. His run so far on Daredevil has been pretty good. It hasn’t really been great, but it’s still really solid. If you haven’t been checking out Daredevil because you think he’s a boring character, give it a chance for a few issues. You’ll see that the character and his supporting cast actually have a lot to offer for your $2.99.
Hands down the book I’m most excited by the return of. Even though Terry Moore and Humberto Ramos aren’t BKV and Adrian Alphona, this book is still a fun read. Moore has a clear grasp on the characters, and I’ve always been a fan of Ramos’ art, so the storytelling is up to snuff. I guess I just miss the old creative team. Oh well. Can’t stay on a book forever I guess. Grab this for $2.99.
Secret Invasion #7
The Secret Invasion is just about over. I’m not sure what’s going to happen to the Marvel Universe when all is said and done, but I’m certainly enjoying the ride to find out. Lenil Yu has been the best he’s been in years, and Bendis’ script, while popcorny, has been good enough to keep me reading. Want to find out how the Marvel U will be shaped for the next few years? Find out starting with this $3.99 issue.
Ultimate Spider-Man #127
Bendis’ Spider-Man is one of the best you’ll ever read. The great thing about this book is you can start reading at any point, and never feel like you’re lost. Stuart Immonen’s art is sharp, and there are few better pencilers working in the field today. Every month, you’ll find yourself liking Spider-Man more and more. Add this to your buy pile for $2.99.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Northlanders Vol. 1: Sven, The Returned
200 pages of story. $9.99. I’m jealous. You see, I bought this book as it came out, and paid $2.99 for each of the 9 issues collected in this volume. This is one hell of a deal. Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice carefully craft the story of an ex-Norseman who returns home to reclaim his inheritance, only to find he’s going to have to fight a lot harder for what’s his than he thought. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but you’d have to read it to appreciate it. My recounting would only spoil the excellent third act, and I want you to enjoy it for yourself. Even if you didn’t take my advice before (shame on you), there’s absolutely no excuse for you to not check out this book now. Rarely does a deal like this come along, and when it does, you can almost guarantee the story won’t be anywhere as great.
See you next week.
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