For comics shipping 08.05.09 or The Week GI Joe Hit The Big Screen. 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.
Doom Patrol #1 – $3.99
Keith Giffen and Matthew Clark team for this relaunch of DC’s rowdy band of misfit science adventurers. It’s been a long time since the Doom Patrol has starred in any stories worth note, but if anyone can make these guys relevant again, it’s Giffen. Plus, you’ll be getting a second feature starring the Metal Men from JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire. Now you definitely can’t say no to picking this up.
Greek Street #2 – $2.99
Peter Milligan and Davide Gianfelice return with the second issue of Vertigo’s latest ongoing. Heavily steeped in Greek mythology, the book is off to a bit of a tough start (with being so chock full of lore it’s hard to keep up with all the references), but my faith in both creators’ ability to tell a solid and consistent story has not wavered. As the story unravels, I’m sure it’s going to become easier to digest page by page.
North 40 #2 – $2.99
Aaron Williams and Fiona Staples continue to tell their story of a midwestern town taken over by some Lovecraftian magics. Even though the selling point for me on this book was the art, Williams’ script was surprisingly intriguing. I have higher hopes for this second issue, and I’m pretty sure the creative team is going to be able to meet them.
Secret Six #12 – $2.99
Wonder Woman versus the Secret Six. If that doesn’t make you want to pick this book up, I don’t know what I can say that will convince you. How about great writing from Gail Simone, or fantastic art from Nicola Scott? That sweetens the deal a bit, doesn’t it?
Wednesday Comics #5 – $3.99
There are some detractors out there. Hell, even I don’t like each and every story in this weekly anthology (come on editors, there’s no reason you should let someone cram 50-60 panels onto a page), but the overall product does more than enough to make it worth your entertainment dollar.
Captain America: Reborn #2 – $3.99
I know you’re picking this up without my recommendation anyway, but let me just say this: It’s Brubaker and Hitch. You will not see a teaming of creators of this caliber very often, and when you do, you better pay attention to what it is they’re working on. Besides, you want to know just how they’re bringing Steve back just as bad as I do.
Invincible Iron Man #16 – $2.99
Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca deserved and earned their Eisner for this book. It really is that good. I’m mostly curious how it’s all going to end, but I won’t miss a single panel along the way. Neither should you.
War of Kings #6 – $3.99
This is it folks. The conclusion to the space battle of the year reaches its finale, and you better believe Abnett, Lanning, and Pelletier are bringing their “A” game. Who will live? Who will die? Who will reign supreme? We’ll all find out tomorrow.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Spider-Man and the Human Torch – $19.99
Dan Slott and Ty Templeton’s wonderful story of Spider-Man and Human Torch’s relationship over the years is finally collected in an edition other than the impossible to track down digest. Finally, you can bask in the glory that is Ty Templeton’s storytelling in a format it was meant to be read in. Dan Slott’s no slouch in the writing department either. These two really had a blast working together on this mini-series, and it shows in the final product. If you’re a Spider-Man fan, but don’t want to be bothered by being bogged down with the current continuity heavy, thrice monthly comic, check out this collection.
That’s all for this week. See you next time.