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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On January - 5 - 2010

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For comics shipping 01.06.10 or The Week The Siege Began. 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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Mass Effect #1 – $3.50

So apparently there’s this video game called Mass Effect, and now it’s getting a comic. Written by the game’s lead writer, Mac Walters, the story within these 22 pages takes place during the beginning of the second game… I think. The solicitation isn’t really clear as to when this comic happens in the universe, but it is clear that Dr. Liara T’Soni will be the character the book follows. As luck would have it, Commander Shepherd has managed to get lost out there in the vastness of space, and only one person can find him. Never played the first game, but I’m really excited for the sequel for some reason. Excited enough to check out this comic, even though it’s likely I’ll have no idea what’s going on.

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Greek Street #7 – $2.99

There’s no story like a Greek tragedy to keep you captivated, and Greek Street has tragedy in spades. It’s a bit dense at times, and the book is still trying find enough room for all the characters introduced thus far, and there has been a lot, but it’s still a very interesting book with excellent art that everyone should be giving a shot. To be truthful, I have a bit of difficulty following the book when I first read it, but after reading all the available issues in a row, there’s a wonderful tapestry being woven. You just need to pay attention.

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Suicide Squad #67 – $2.99

John Ostrander joins Gail Simone to co-write this “Blackest Night” tie-in starring the Secret Six and the recently risen from the dead members of the Suicide Squad. Amanda Waller can’t be far behind. I’ve been steering clear of many of the tertiary comics DC’s been releasing that connect in anyway to the Green Lantern event, but this is one book that I’m going to have to get. The Suicide Squad is one of my favorite teams ever, and with Ostrander returning to the characters he helped put on the map, you better believe it’s going to be an interesting story.

IMAGE COMICS

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Haunt #4 – $2.99

What’s not to like about this comic? You’ve got Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Greg Capullo, and Todd McFarlane teaming for a fresh, new twist on a ghost story, which also happens to be a superhero story (at least for the time being), and a lead character that’s not exactly the everyman, but certainly has an appeal to the reader. The package thus far has been impressive, and I see no reason that this book’s greatness won’t continue.

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King City #4 – $2.99

I’m so glad I missed out on this book back when it was published at Toky0pop. Now I understand that may sound strange, but hear me out. At the previous publisher, this story was published in digest form. Small, condensed, tightly packed pages chock full of Brandon Graham’s eclectic and stylish art. Still not getting it? Compared to the oversized format Image is publishing the story in now, which allows Graham’s art to breathe, and gives the reader a chance to bask in the scope of its simplicity, the digest form simply wouldn’t have done this tale enough justice. It would have been entertaining either way, but now it’s one of the three books I look forward to reading every month. The others are Criminal and Green Lantern. Yeah, King City is that good.

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Orc Stain #1 – $2.99

From the creator of Won Ton Soup, James Stokoe, comes the story of a one-eyed orc with an uncanny ability to notice weaknesses in structures around him. I’m not sure what else this book will be about, but James Stokoe is a more than capable storyteller, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you there aren’t exactly a lot of books on the shelves which have an orc as a lead character. Definitely give this a look.

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Siege #1 – $3.99

Purportedly seven years in the making, this mini-series will apparently wrap up nearly a decade’s worth of storylines, plot threads, and character arcs that Brian Bendis and the rest of the Marvel writers have been cooking up since “Avengers: Disassembled.” Listen, say what you will about whether or not that’s actually true, this event looks like we’ll finally see Norman Osborn get what’s been coming to him since becoming an American “hero.” That, and Bendis has promised the conclusion of this tale will mark the start of the Heroic Age at Marvel. Sounds like a return to classic heroism and adventure is just around the corner. Don’t you want to find out how everything went right for a change?

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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6 – $3.99

Geez, are we really six months into this story already? Seems like just yesterday that David LaFuente joined Bendis for the relaunch of one of the best comics Marvel’s currently publishing. The book has been a delight since starting over, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

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The Chill – $19.99

A serial killer is on the loose, and the only suspect the police currently have is an alluring woman named Arlana. Of course, only one cop sees how the pieces all fit together, but his secrets may end up costing more than they’re worth. The Vertigo Crime line has been very solid thus far, and this latest addition looks like it will only add to that success. I’m not familiar with any of Jason Starr’s prose work, but I’m more than willing to give him a shot. I mean, look at that Lee Bermejo cover. If that doesn’t catch your eye, you must be blind.

That’s all for this week. See you next time.


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