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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On January - 19 - 2010

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For comics shipping 01.20.10 or The Week Spider-Man 4 Got A Director. 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.

DC COMICS

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Power Girl #8 – $2.99

When last we left the beautiful Karen Starr, she was being wooed by macho spaceman Vartox. Remember that awkward date your friend told you about? You know, the one where the guy kept referring to himself in the third person, kept talking about how your friend looked like she was built for child-bearing, and wanted nothing more than to populate the planet with miniature versions of himself? Yeah, well Vartox is a lot like that, except with super powers, and a wicked bad sense of style. And not the Michael Jackson album Bad bad. It’s more like “Wow, I can’t believe that guy thought it was okay to go out in public like that” bad. Can’t wait to see how the rest of his and PG’s “date” goes.

MARVEL COMICS

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Captain America #602 – $2.99

As wonderful as Ed Brubaker is as scripting and plotting a comic, I’ve honestly got no idea what’s going to happen in this comic. Reborn has yet to finish, and in the one-shot, Who Will Wield The Shield?, Cap had more or less said that he was leaving the shield-bearing up to Bucky. We still don’t know how Cap came back, or even what happened to the Red Skull, but hopefully this new story arc, “Two Americas,” will give us some much needed answers.

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Spider-Woman #5 – $2.99

Jessica Drew is not a sane person. Of course, one could argue that to even put on a costume to fight crime you’d have to be crazy. Last issue left off with her jumping off a building. Problem is, she can’t fly. Listen, I don’t care how much you hate HYDRA, you don’t just go jumping off buildings all willy-nilly. Then again, planning was never Ms. Drew’s strength. I’m sure everything will work out fine though because there’s no way Bendis is killing off one of his favorite characters to write. At least, not yet.

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Wolverine: Weapon X #9 – $3.99

Logan finally comes to his senses, and tries to take down Dr. Rot and the creepies that inhabit the sanitarium he’s being held in. Looks like Nightcrawler and Psylocke get caught up in the action too, but will Wolverine be able to tell who’s on his side? I don’t care. I’m checking it out either way.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

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Pluto, Vol. 7 – $12.99

I’d recently been turned onto Pluto thanks to the recommendation on something new and different to read from several comic artists. I don’t usually mess with manga too much. Not because I don’t like it or appreciate it, but because I’m afraid I’ll get addicted. There are a lot of great stories in manga, but when I heard what Pluto was about, I just couldn’t miss out. Pluto is not just a reimagining of classic Astro Boy storyline “The Greatest Robot on Earth,” but it’s also a wonderfully intricate murder mystery. I love a great mystery, and Pluto‘s got suspense, misdirection, intrigue, depth, and wonderful characterization in spades. It may seem odd that I recommend you start reading this on the penultimate chapter, but the other books are easy enough to find, and well worth tracking down. Honestly, this is one of the best series I’ve read in the last ten years, and I don’t say that sort of thing lightly.

Nothing like a nice, light week. See you next time.


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