For comics shipping 07.22.09 or The Week Everyone Cool Went To San Diego. Every week I’ll check Diamond’s shipping list to see what you absolutely, positively need to spend all your hard earned cash on at the Local Comic Shop.
DARK HORSE COMICS
Dethklok vs The Goon – $3.50
Crossovers get metal this week when Adult Swim’s death metal band meets Eric Powell’s horror hero. I don’t know what to expect from this one-shot, but just by looking at that cover, I can tell it’s going to kick my ass. Yours too if you’re not too careful. The Goon is one of my favorite characters that I’ve recently discovered for the first time (don’t worry, I’m kicking myself for not being on that bandwagon sooner), and he could literally be co-starring with just about any character in a comic and I’d buy it, but you add the awesomest metal band on late night adult programming, and that’s a proposition nobody should turn down. Don’t miss out on this.
Gotham City Sirens – $2.99
What’s not to love about a comic starring three of comicdom’s most lovely ladies being drawn by a front-runner for the year’s best new artist? You add in the fact that the book is written by Paul Dini, and there’s no way you should be missing out on said book. This issue, the girls take on Hush… or is it Bruce Wayne? Seriously, this book is so pretty, it’s hard to put it down, even after you’ve finished reading it.
Green Lantern #44 – $2.99
Boy, they wasted no time keeping the story moving. Over in Blackest Night #1, which I know all of you read, Martian Manhunter returned from the dead to challenge the Flash and GL. Looks like the repercussions from that one page are going to be dealt with this week. Giddy up.
Power Girl #3 – $2.99
The conclusion to the opening arc where our fearless and stunningly gorgeous heroine takes on a giant albino gorilla. And you thought the only comics worth reading were independent slice of life works. Brother, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen an Amanda Conner fight scene. Besides, she draws a pretty lady, and I refuse to hold that against her.
Amazing Spider-Man #600 – $4.99
104 pages of brand-new material. No reprints. No craptacular “director’s cut” extras. 104 honest-to-goodness pages of some of the best creators in comics working on one of the greatest characters of all time. If you needed a reason to get back into comics, or for someone you know to get back in, this is the definition of a jumping on point. It’s rare to get this much bang for your buck, and with the talent involved (Dan Slott, Brian Bendis, John Romita JR, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee, etc.) you just know not a single panel will be going to waste. If you only buy one book this week, this is the one.
Wonderful Wizard of Oz #8 – $3.99
This week the conclusion to the wonderfully drawn adaption hits shelves, and I’m not quite sure how I feel. Skottie Young has always been one of my favorite artists, and having to wait until the end of the year to see more interiors from him on the impending follow-up makes me a bit sad. Then again, having the completed Oz in my collection makes me feel a bit better. If you missed out on this mini-series, do yourself, and your LCS, a favor and grab every issue. It’s beautifully drawn, expertly written, and just a great example of comics being done right.
RED 5 COMICS
Atomic Robo: The Shadow From Beyond Time #3 – $3.50
It’s Atomic Robo. You have to read it. Why? Well, it’s a kick-ass sci-fi comedy action book with strong art from Scott Wegener, and hilarious plots and one-liners from Brian Clevinger. He’s an intelligent robot with a penchant for sarcasm created by Nicola Tesla for crying out loud, what more could you want?
No trade this week. Save some of that cash for all those incredible SDCC exclusives like the limited edition hardcover of The Hunter from IDW, or prints from Ryan Kelly or Cameron Stewart or Dustin Nguyen.