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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On March - 23 - 2010

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For comics shipping 03.24.10 or The Week It Was More Than A Hot Tub. 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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Green Lantern #52 – $2.99

Well, can’t say I saw this coming. Though I’ve got no idea just how far Geoff Johns is going to take this thing, I can’t wait to read more “Blackest Night” to find out.

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Northlanders #26 – $2.99

With only three chapters of “Plague Widow” left, you know that Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez are going to bring it. I mean, just look at that cover. Now try and tell me that you’re not one bit curious about the story contained on the pages contained therein. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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Powergirl #10 – $2.99

I’ve been delighted by this book every time it’s come out, and though I’m sad to hear that the current creative team of Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Amanda Connor will be leaving the book after the twelfth issue, I’m still looking forward to what they have planned to finish out their run. This issue in particular should be a treat for all the Connor fans out there, as it appears there’s going to be some major catfighting happening in these twenty-two pages. Giddy-up.

IMAGE COMICS

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Haunt #6 – $2.99

For those of you who haven’t been taking my recommendations on reading this book, perhaps now is the time for you to jump on board. This stand-alone issue not only introduces the backstory of that pretty little heartbreaker on the cover, but also serves as the perfect chance for you to get acquainted with the new art team. Plus, if you were really feeling like getting caught up, you could pick up the $9.99 trade of the first five issues, and be 100% prepared for next month’s issue seven.

MARVEL COMICS

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Marvels Project #7 – $3.99

This story’s been a bit slow to get to the point, but with just two issues left, I have faith that Brubaker and Epting will be breaking out all the big guns to deliver an extremely satisfying conclusion. The two creators have done more than enough quality work in the past to earn my trust, and I look forward to seeing how this all plays out.

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Nemesis #1 – $2.99

“What if Batman was the Joker?” was the tagline Millar attributed to the concept of this book, and though it may be somewhat similar, thematically I’m sure it’s quite different. Steve McNiven is an extremely talented, but slow, artist, and I can only hope that this book isn’t as plagued by delays as this creative team’s last work, “Old Man Logan.” If this story manages to be as high-octane as Wanted, and somehow comes out on a regular schedule, the duo will certainly have another hit on their hands.

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The Stand: Soul Survivors #5 – $3.99

More Stand comics? Sure. Sign me up.

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Uncanny X-Men #522 – $2.99

Kitty’s back. Need I say more? Oh, you didn’t know she was gone? Well, since the heart-wrenching conclusion of Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men (with the ultra-talented John Cassaday), Kitty Pryde has been stuck inside a giant bullet, traveling through space. Oh, spoilers by the way. I, and many other fans, have been eagerly awaiting her return, and now that it’s here, I can’t get to the comic shop fast enough. Is it Wednesday yet?

RED 5 COMICS

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Atomic Robo: Revenge of the Vampire Dimension #2 – $3.50

Man do I love this book. Seriously. There are very few books that I look forward to as much as Atomic Robo, and though much of that has to do with the fact that the series doesn’t come out on a monthly basis, and is instead released in mini-series, that doesn’t mean each and every page isn’t worth the wait. Chock full of sci-fi humor, solid action, and characters so well rounded and likable other writers should be jealous, Atomic Robo is the book you’ve been waiting for. So why not give it a read?

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

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Northlanders, Volume 3: Blood in the Snow – $14.99

Though I still think the first collected volume of this series is where you’re going to get the most story for your money (it’s $9.99 for eight issues), this collection of various shorter stories definitely has more variation, and thus presents a broader scope of what this title, and writer Brian Wood, have to offer. I’d never really cared much for Vikings, other than thinking they were a cool race to play as in Risk: Godstorm, but with this title, Brian Wood has fascinated me with the life of this barbaric culture. It’s amazing just how easily he, and the artists he works with, are able to bring such an ancient civilization to life, but what’s more amazing is how you’ll be so addicted, you won’t be able to stop turning pages until you reach the back cover. This series is that good, and you’re doing the medium a disservice by not giving Northlanders at least a chance.

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

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