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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On February - 2 - 2010

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For comics shipping 02.03.10 or The Week Lost Began Its Final Countdown. 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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32 – $2.99

“Twilight” begins here. Sure, the identity of the man behind the mask was accidentally revealed weeks ago, but for the three of you who managed to avoid those spoilers, this is going to be one heck of an issue. It’s probably still going to be a great issue, and story arc for that matter, considering Brad Meltzer’s taking on writing duties, but it’s a shame that the storyline’s lost a bit of its luster thanks to the internet. Oh well. Still going to read the hell out of this.

DC COMICS

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Demo, Volume 2 #1 – $2.99

Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan reunite for the second volume of their critically acclaimed indie darling, Demo. Each issue of this series is a one-off wherein we’re introduced to someone with an extraordinary gift, and find out how it impacts that person’s daily life. The original was a wonderful series full of life and a style of storytelling you don’t often see in comics today. Seeing this book return to shelves is refreshing, and I can’t wait to turn the first page tomorrow.

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Greek Street #8 – $2.99

Things are really starting to get crazy for the characters of Greek Street, and I’m glad that I’ve been reading this book since the start. It’s interesting to see just how the most famous characters of Greek tragedy are interpreted for modern times by Milligan and Gianfelice, and even though jumping in cold now doesn’t seem like the best idea, I promise that if you give this book time to grow on you, you’ll find that you’ll be craving the next chapter every month just as badly as I am.

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The Question #37 – $2.99

Greg Rucka teams with Denny O’Neil, Denys Cowan, and Bill Sienkiewicz for this “Blackest Night” tie-in. Ol’ Vic Sage returns to take on the woman currently bearing the mantle of the Question, Renee Montoya. I wouldn’t miss this comic for the world, and if you were smart, you wouldn’t either. Seriously, the Question is just one of those characters you can’t help but love, and it’s truly a delight to see the creative team on this book reunite for one more go round with the man behind the mask.

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Scalped #34 – $2.99

“The Gnawing” concludes this week, and I’ve got no idea just what the reservation is going to look like by the end of this issue. Seriously, there are so many different stories intertwining and coming to a climax with this issue that it’s really anybody’s game. Some bad shit is going to go down, and you’re not going to want to miss it. Trust me.

MARVEL COMICS

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Criminal #4 – $3.50

I mean, at this point in our relationship, I can trust that you’re picking this up because it’s Criminal, and it’s Bru and Sean Phillips, right? Okay.

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Invincible Iron Man #23 – $2.99

Hey, what’s the matter with you people? Why do I need to spend precious internet ink recommending that you read Iron Man? It can’t be that you think Iron Man is lame. The movie ruled, and this relaunch of his comic owns hard each and every month. It can’t be because you’re unsure of the creative team. Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca have been infallible since starting this book, and there’s no reason to think this week will be any different.

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Ultimate Comics X #1 – $3.99

Listen, I know that you’re wary of this book because it’s written by Jeph Loeb. What you have to remember is that it’s being drawn by Art Adams. If you don’t know, Mr. Adams rarely does interiors these days, and to have the chance to see one of the modern masters at work again is truly a rare opportunity that should not be missed. I don’t care how bad the words are, you are buying this for the art, do you understand?

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Siege #2 – $3.99

The Heroic Age is mere months away, and you’re not going to want to miss out on how we got there, are you? I thought not. Besides, Bendis and Coipel are doing great work here, so this book has the added benefit of being really good.

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Wolverine: Weapon X #10 – $3.99

Say what you will about Wolverine being overused, this book is great. Jason Aaron has managed to make the ol’ Canuck enjoyable again, and you’d be a fool to not be reading this. Honestly, I’ve never regularly read a Wolverine solo book before, but this comic is just so damn good, it’s impossible to stop reading. Easily the best X-book (aside from Fraction’s Uncanny) on shelves today.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

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Green Lanter: Secret Origin – $14.99

Collected here is Geoff Johns’ and Ivan Reis’ reimagined origin for Hal Jordan. This is the perfect collection for those of you who only started reading during “Blackest Night,” or for those of you who have never read a single Green Lantern comic, but were looking for the perfect, single story that encapsulates who and what the character is. Even if your interest in the character only extends to the fact that you’re excited for the movie, this is the best collection to find out what the movie’s plot will likely be.

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


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