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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On August - 25 - 2009


For comics shipping 08.26.09 or The Week Gamers Went To Arkham. Or Something. 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.

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The Incredibles #0 – $2.99

Mark Waid and Marcio Takara continue their take on Pixar’s family of superheroes with this issue zero introduction to an all-new ongoing series. The mini, Family Matters, was solid, and had me hoping a monthly series wouldn’t be far behind. This franchise couldn’t be in better hands, and I look forward to following the Incredibles’ adventures every four weeks.



Batman and Robin #3 – $2.99

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely manage to impress with each and every project they do. Their latest collaboration, Batman and Robin, is somehow able to be fantastical, creepy, surreal, fun, and strange all at once. I’m not really sure how this book is going to fit into current Bat-continuity other than starring Dick and Damien, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Besides, this is Frank’s last issue for a few months, so you can’t miss out on your last chance to see his art for the remainder of the year.


Detective Comics #866 – $3.99

So last time I raved about Rucka and Williams, and the bang-up job they’re doing on the main feature of this book. That’s still the case. You won’t read a more beautifully drawn, expertly written book this year. However, in my JH Williams III induced euphoria, I completely skimped on the back-up, sorry, second feature starring the Question. Written by Rucka, and drawn by Cully Hamner, each month readers are treated to a short serial starring Renee Montoya as she tries to recover a missing girl. Rucka’s Montoya has always been one of my favorite characters to read, and Hamner’s art is just the perfect compliment to not just his storytelling, but as an analog to Williams’ as well. Honestly, if I had to cut my buy pile down to one book (aside from Green Lantern, that is), this would be the one.


Green Lantern #45 – $2.99

Boy, sure seems like there’s a Green Lantern comic coming out just about every week now, doesn’t it? Not that I’m complaining. I’m just noticing that DC doesn’t want to let a week go by without a comic featuring the current Blackest Night event. Hey, more GL on the shelves is a good thing. The franchise has always deserved more exposure, and it hopefully this is the storyline to do it.


Wednesday Comics #8 – $3.99

With just a little over a month to go until this weekly series ends, you have to wonder how long it’ll be until DC either starts another volume, or puts out another weekly comic in the vein of 52 or Countdown. Personally, I’m in favor of something like Wednesday Comics continuing with 15 new creative teams. I’m really enjoying this anthology every week, and wonder what other creators could bring to the table. Perhaps a Challengers of the Unknown-starring serial by JMS and Tim Sale?


Wonder Woman #35 – $2.99

The conclusion to “Birds of Paradise” in which Diana and Dinah continue their takedown of a super-powered underground cage fighting ring. Gail Simone manages to keep the book lighthearted, despite the darker days Wonder Woman is currently experiencing, and Lopresti’s art has been nothing short of spectacular since he came on board. Next month the follow-up to “Rise of the Olympian” begins, so if you were looking for a solid jumping on point, this is it.



Fantastic Four #570 – $2.99

Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham take over creative duties on the first family of the Marvel U, and I couldn’t be more excited. Hickman has shown he’s one of the most promising writing talents working today, and after his run on Justice Society of America, Eaglesham has proven he’s truly a top-tier penciler worthy of a book like Fantastic Four. This here is the perfect example of a book ripe for a fresh start, and a fresh batch of readers. If you’ve never read the FF, this creative team is reason enough to give the book a try.


Runaways #13 – $2.99

Last issue’s cliffhanger came out of nowhere, and I’ve been dying to see what happens next ever since turning the page. Kathryn Immonen has shown she’s more than capable of handling the fan-favorite teens, and Sarah Pichelli’s art is very good, and actually has me wondering why I’ve never read anything she’s done before. I hope these two can continue to be this consistent with their storytelling because Runaways is a book very close to my heart, and I want to see it, as well as Immonen and Pichelli, continue to succeed.


Spin Angels #1 – $5.99

A head-on collision between John Woo and John Paul II!” If that tag-line from Marvel doesn’t have you wondering what this book is about, I don’t know what to tell you. As the next comic to be imported as part of Marvel’s collaboration with Soleil, this French book has garnered tons of buzz thanks to its combination of action and religion. I’m not usually one for theological literature, but anytime you give me a book about black-ops teams working for the Vatican, I’ll gladly give it a look. Hell, if the art’s one tenth as good as that of Sky Doll (another Soleil import), that alone will make it worth the $5.99. If the story’s good to boot? Yeah, definitely not missing out on this one.

No trade this week. I know you’ll be stretched finding cash for comics after picking up Batman: Arkham Asylum. See you next time.

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