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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On August - 11 - 2009

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For comics shipping 08.12.09 or The Week Marvel Turned Seventy. 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

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Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #5 – $2.99

Bet you forgot about this book, didn’t you? It’s alright. Fresh off their brief hiatus, Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo pit Hellboy against a legion of demons in order to save Alice, who last issue was struck by an arrow. The odds are against him, but Big Red almost always finds a way to prevail. Doesn’t he?

DC COMICS

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Blackest Night #2 – $3.99

What peril awaits those bearing the green ring this issue? Only Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis know, but tomorrow, you can find out too. Seriously, this story will wash out just about every bad taste the last few mega events have left in your mouth. It’s probably the best thing to happen at DC since they announced Wednesday Comics.

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DMZ #44 – $2.99

This latest arc has been massively entertaining, and I’m conflicted as to how I feel about the conclusion coming so soon. Ryan Kelly and Brian Wood have done an excellent job expanding the world of the DMZ with this storyline, and the Bogeymen who live in the Empire State Building are a group of men I wish we could spend more time with. I just hope the payoff is as good as the build up has been.

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Green Lantern Corps #39 – $2.99

The great thing about “Blackest Night” is that you only need to read three comics every month to get the whole story. Sure, there are tie-in books, but the meat and potatoes happens in Blackest Night, Green Lantern, and Green Lantern Corps. Being such a huge Green Lantern fan, this cover in particular has me stoked to find out what happens inside. With all these dead Lanterns rising, how long until the current Corps becomes outnumbered?

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Red Herring #1 – $2.99

It’s all about Phillip Bond’s art for me on this book, but with Bite Club’s David Tishman on scripting, I’m thinking I might enjoy the story almost as much as the art. Centering on a government agent looking to solve a conspiracy, this tale will be anything but stale and repetitive based on my knowledge of the creative team. I’m telling you, buy it for the art, continue reading it for the story.

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Wednesday Comics #6 – $3.99

Another week, another edition of Wednesday Comics featuring Batman, Sgt. Rock, Green Lantern, Metamorpho and Supergirl, among a litany of other heroes. Continually one of my favorite books every week, it should be one of yours too. Honestly, this book is what good comics are all about.

MARVEL COMICS

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The Marvels Project #1 – $3.99

Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting take a trip back to the early days of Marvel heroes to tell the story of how the past and the present are connected. It’s tough tying 70 years of continuity together, but if anyone can make sense of that much history, it’s Bru. That Captain America book he’s working on may be getting more of the spotlight, but after all is said and done, I’ll bet this story finishes with more impact and acclaim.

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Ultimate Comics: Avengers #1 – $3.99

Mark Millar returns to the book that helped elevate him to superstar status at Marvel, and along with Carlos Pacheco, looks to restore the book to its former glory. The big reboot can only have helped. And hell, if anyone can make this book relevant again, it’s Millar.

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Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1 – $3.99

Probably the leading candidate for “Book Least Likely to Ever Need a Relaunch,” the Ultimate version of Spider-Man returns this week. As you can see on the cover there, there’s a whole cast of returning characters Bendis is just dying to tell stories with, and new series artist David Lafuente looks ready to skyrocket into stardom. Probably the book I’m most excited for this week.

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Uncanny X-Men #514 – $3.99

In part four of “Utopia,” the Dark X-Men establish themselves as a legitimate force in the Marvel U. I can only imagine just what kind of battle plan is running through Cyclops’ mind, but I bet it’s a winning strategy. The man’s a tactical genius. Stop snickering.

No trade this week. Your wallet will be stretched enough as it is. See you next time.


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