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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On September - 15 - 2009

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For comics shipping 09.16.09 or The Week Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Hits. 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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Beasts of Burden #1 – $2.99

Two of my favorite creators team once again this week for a new mini-series starring a team of cats and dogs who try to protect their neighborhood from supernatural influences. Evan Dorkin has proven time and again that he’s able to craft a comedic tale with heart, and this latest venture should prove no different. Jill Thompson, quite frankly, belongs in any discussion about top artists working in the medium today. No, seriously, read some of her work and try to tell me otherwise. Besides, I noticed your buy pile is severely lacking in talking animal comics. Don’t you think it’s time you rectified that?

DC COMICS

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Batman and Robin #4 – $2.99

A new Batman, a new Robin, and now a new Red Hood. Not sure where Morrison’s going with all of this, but I’m sure enjoying the ride. Even if it is a little less coherent than it normally is. Sadly, as much as I enjoy Phillip Tan’s art, he’s no Frank Quitely, and I’m not certain how the book will feel with a more moody artist directing the story. Then again, perhaps this will be a moodier arc than the first, so it’ll all come out in the wash.

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Blackest Night #3 – $3.99

Do I really need to tell you to pick this up? I know you’re already getting it. Approaching the midpoint of this status-quo changing story, I’d like to focus for a moment on Ivan Reis’ storytelling. As much as Geoff Johns is the shaper of the current Green Lantern Universe (as he is with much of the DCU), the heart of the series has been Ivan Reis. He’s consistently defined the look and feel of the franchise, and has so clearly left it all on the page. There’s not a single panel of his work on this book that hasn’t been full of emotion, movement, and expert linework. I’ll follow him wherever he goes next, that’s for sure.

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Wednesday Comics #11 – $3.99

Alright, so I’ve still got to pick up my comics from last week, but that’s no excuse to not think that this week’s penultimate issue of Wednesday Comics isn’t going to be as a good a read as the last ten (9 in my case) issues have been. There’s something to be said of all the creative teams involved here putting out solid work week in and week out. For many writers and artists, it’s hard enough to get a book out monthly, but these people have been doing some really great work every seven days. Sure, the one page a week format isn’t exactly like trying to bang out 22 pages worth of material, and it’s probably a little easier on the writer, but the quality of work hasn’t diminished one bit during this entire three month project, and I have to salute those involved.

MARVEL COMICS

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Captain America: Reborn #3 – $3.99

This isn’t meant to be a slight against the creative team on this book, but I’ll be damned if I can remember what happened last issue. It’s not that it wasn’t good. It’s just… well… it didn’t really stick with me as much as some of the other books I’ve read in the last month. I know that the completed story is going to be well done, but I hope things get moving a bit quicker this issue. I know Brubaker can write a quick-paced story chock full of details, and I’m not saying he’s stretching a story thin, but I think it’s about time we saw some progress in the plot here.

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Invincible Iron Man #18 – $2.99

Didn’t the last issue of this comic just come out like two weeks ago? Hey, I’m not complaining. I wish this story was a weekly serial it’s so damn good. It’s a big week for penultimate chapters in comics, and this story is the one I’ll be cracking open first when I get back from the shop. Matt Fraction has not only made Iron Man one of the most interesting characters in comics, he’s managed to give the character new life. Say what you will about what the movie did for people’s interest in Iron Man, Fraction’s efforts have put his take on the character atop the list of all-time interpretations of Tony Stark. And let’s not forget the impact of the massively underrated Salvador Larroca on art. The two make a duo that would do well to stay together no matter what the project.

RED 5 COMICS

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Atomic Robo: Shadow from Beyond Time #5 – $3.50

When we last left off, Atomic Robo had been pulled inside the multi-dimensional beast, and stood face to face with a handful of other Atomic Robos from various time periods. It all comes to a head this month as the united Atomic Robos look to stop the menace for good. Scott Wegener and Brian Clevinger continue to impress with every issue, and even though this story has just finished, I’m already looking forward to the next adventure of Tesla’s little robot that could.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

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Tom Strong: Deluxe Edition, Book One – $39.99

America’s Best Comics was one of the best things to ever happen to Wildstorm before they joined up with DC. Books like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, and Top Ten were of a class all their own. As good as they were, no book from that line spoke to me as much as Tom Strong did. Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse’s sci-fi pulp hero was one of the most interesting characters I’d ever read growing up. Moore’s ability to fuse archetypes and personalities from any genre really shined here, and with the clean, bold lines of Chris Sprouse, the stories popped off the page. Collected here are the first twelve issues of the series, and they are among the best twelve issues you’ll ever read of any comic. I don’t say things like that lightly. This is a story everyone should enjoy. Particularly since the character will be returning in a new mini-series very soon.

That wraps another week. See you next time.


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