For comics shipping 10.14.09 or The Week Uncharted Territories Got Brutal. 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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Hellboy: The Wild Hunt #7 – $2.99
Bombshell after bombshell continues to drop during this latest Hellboy adventure, and in this penultimate issue, you can believe Mignola and Fegredo aren’t going to be pulling any punches when Hellboy throws down with Astaroth. I never read a Hellboy comic monthly before since I’d usually wait for the whole story to be complete before reading it, but after this, I’ll never trade-wait this character again. Besides, I can’t wait to see Fegredo’s interpretation of Astaroth.
Green Lantern Corps #41 – $2.99
“Blackest Night” continues as the Black Lanterns’ assault on Oa intensifies. Tomasi and Gleason are matching Johns and Mahnke blow for blow on this story, and with the end not nearly in sight, one has to wonder just how much longer the rest of the Lanterns can hold out against the Black Corps. I’m willing to be somewhere around March-ish.
Scalped #32 – $2.99
I didn’t think it was possible for one person’s world to come crashing down as fast as Dash Bad Horse’s has. Despite how bad I feel for Dash, reading “The Gnawing” has been an absolute treat thanks to the talents of RM Guerra and Jason Aaron. I’m curious to see just how far they’re going to let Dash fall before redeeming him some how. Or if there’s even a redemption coming.
Secret Six #14 – $2.99
This week sees the conclusion to “The Depths,” as the Six’s battle against Wonder Woman, Artemis, and the people behind the prison on Devil’s Island reaches its boiling point. Who will live? Who will die? Who will be the most offended by something Ragdoll says? And will Scandal finally have to call upon the “Get Out of Hell Free” card she stole? It’s an “anything goes” kind of issue this week from Gail and Nicola.
The Marvels Project #3 – $3.99
What a cool looking cover from Gerald Parel. It would appear then that this issue we see just how the entire history of the Marvel Universe is tied into the birth of the world’s first super-soldier, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. This book has been quietly making a case for itself to be the best story of the year, and if Brubaker and Epting are able to continue on their current pace, it just might be able to cement itself as the top book of 2009.
Punisher: Frank Castle #75 – $4.99
Double the pages, double the pain. The Punisher as we know him, at least in the Marvel MAX universe, is saying goodbye. It’s been an amazing six years, and this jam issue is packed with great creative teams (Swiercyznski, Huston, Lashley, Coker, etc), each vying for the last word on good ol’ Frank. Thankfully, this end of this book doesn’t spell the end of MAX Punisher entirely, as he’ll be returning in another month or so with a new series by Jason Aaron, who can write the shit out of some violence, and Steve Dillon, who can draw the shit out of some violence (even if every person in the comic looks the same).
No trade this week. Too many awesome video games out.
See you next time.