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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On October - 20 - 2009

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For comics shipping 10.21.09 or The Week More People Will Go See Another Saw Than Will Read Comics (Sigh). 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 #2 – $2.99

Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson return with another tale of mystery and intrigue starring the world’s most adorable team of supernatural adventurers. The rest of the books published by every other company are lucky this is only a mini-series because if it was coming out monthly, it would surely be the most popular comic every month. Well, at least in a perfect world it would anyway. Dorkin’s writing and Thompson’s art make for a pretty great combination, and you’d do well to make sure this was on your buy pile.

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Sugar Shock #1 – $3.50

How is it possible I never read this Joss Whedon/Fabio Moon story before? I mean comics about intergalactic battles of the bands are right up my alley, and I’m usually all over anything by Whedon or Moon. The two of them together on this one-shot (that originally ran on the online MySpace Dark Horse Comics Presents) means it’s a must buy. I mean come on. How can you not want this?

DC COMICS

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Power Girl #6 – $2.99

You know, I have to thank Jimmy, Justin, and Amanda for lightening up the comics world with this book. It’s funny, upbeat, stars solidly written characters, is easy to look at, and proves that not every book has to be dark, gritty, or full of continuity to be enjoyable. The creators have a good thing going here, and I hope they’re able to continue putting out a book this fun to read for a long time.

MARVEL COMICS

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Invincible Iron Man #19 – $2.99

The conclusion of “World’s Most Wanted” is here. What will happen to Tony Stark? Will Maria, Pepper, and Natasha be able to finish what Tony started? Is it possible Norman Osborn could actually win? Anything goes with Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca at the helm. Of course, with a major blockbuster movie coming next year, it’s hard to imagine anything too drastic happening to Iron Man, but that’s not going to stop these guys from telling one hell of a story in the meantime. Be there to see how it all ends tomorrow.

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Spider-Woman #2 – $2.99

I really dug the first issue, and truthfully, the only reason I haven’t watched the motion comics yet is so I don’t spoil any of the story. Bendis and Maleev make a good team, and when they’re on their game, they can make a hell of a comic. I’m curious to see just how long they can keep Spider-Woman compelling, but for now, she’s one of the most interesting leading ladies in comics, and I’m dying to find out what happens to her next.

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The Stand: Soul Survivors #1 – $3.99

I guess by now it goes without saying that every single chapter of Marvel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand is a must read. Never having read the book, this serialization has certainly done wonders for piquing my interest. I’ve been keeping up with the book as each new comic mini releases, and the creative team of Perkins and Aguirre-Sacasa have been doing a great job of translating the text to the graphic form. I’m in for the long haul. You should be too.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

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Garth Ennis: The Complete Battlefields, Vol. 1 – $29.99

I missed out on these stories when they came out monthly, but that’s a situation I intend to rectify this week. Collecting the first three of Ennis’ minis about WWII, this hardcover contains some of the best historical fiction ever presented in comic form. A story about a Russian bomber regiment consisting of entirely female pilots taking on the German invasion? Check. A lost British tank crew stuck behind enemy lines with the men as tired of their leader as he is of them? Check. A nurse’s quest for revenge in the war-torn South China seas? Check. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to enjoy all 200+ pages of this collection, and hopefully you will too.

That’s another week in the bag. See you next time.


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