For comics shipping 01.07.09 or The Week Apple Revealed How They Were Going To Screw Us For Another Year. 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 #21
First, Georges Jeanty returns as penciller for the remainder of the series. Second, we finally get a glimpse into the rest of the world Buffy and the Slayer army inhabit where being a vampire is the hot new thing. TV series writer Jane Espenson provides the backdrop for what will surely be an arc to remember. Don’t miss out on this $2.99 comic.
Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #2
The new year really needed a new Hellboy story, and I’m glad this one’s going to be lasting until the summer. Consistently good, and always enjoyable, Mignola and Fegredo are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat for the next few months. Make sure you don’t miss a beat by grabbing this $2.99 comic.
Secret Six #5
Gail Simone and Nicola Scott really make a great team. Following the gang as they try to recover an actual “Get out of Hell Free” card has been massively entertaining, and I’m interested to see what the secret behind the new big bad, Junior, is. It helps that every second this dysfunctional team sends together is chock full of one-liners and excellent characterization. If you haven’t been keeping up with Catman, Deadshot, Ragdoll, Bane, Scandal and Jeanette, now’s your chance to get on board by adding this $2.99 comic to your buy pile.
Invincible Iron Man #9
Nothing like inserting the Superhuman Registry Database into your brain to keep it away from Norman Osborn. Too bad the government really wants those secret identities. Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca bring you Tony, Pepper, and Maria Hill on the run for $2.99. Come on, you know you want to see how it all goes down.
X-Men Noir #2
I really enjoyed this first part of this alternate universe take. Fred Van Lente made sure to pack it full of all the characteristics that make a great noir, while at the same time inserting characters in a way that was interesting, and feaseable. Dennis Calero’s art was spot on, and I’m really looking forward to what he does with the rest of the series. If you’ve ever wondered what Hammett and Chandler could do with Marvel’s merry mutants, it’ll only take you $3.99 to find out.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Agents of Atlas
One of the best Marvel mini-series to come out in recent years, Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk’s reincarnation of the Agents of Atlas was massively enjoyable. A mystery reunites Namora, Venus, Marvel Boy, M-11, Gorilla Man and Jimmy Woo as they try to track down the Yellow Claw. Now the gang will be getting an ongoing, and you need to see how it all came together. Included here is the six-issue series, along with a bunch of classic comics presenting the characters in their golden age glory. For $24.99, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better bargain this week. Come on, you slept on this series once, don’t miss out on it this time.
See you next week.
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