For comics shipping 03.31.10 or The Week Titans Will Watch. 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.
Blackest Night #8 – $3.99
This is it. The moment that we’ve been waiting for for eight long months. I can’t wait to see what happens, and find out just how the DC Universe is going to be impacted for the next year going into the “Brightest Day” event. This storyline has helped shaped one of DC’s most underrated characters into one of the most popular heroes around. Be there to see how the Blackest Night ends.
Detective Comics #863 – $2.99
It feels like it was just yesterday when Greg Rucka and JH Williams III began their amazing run on Detective Comics officially putting Batwoman on the map. This week we arrive at the conclusion of Rucka’s term on the title, and though I’ll be sad to see him go, I know that a Batwoman solo series isn’t that far off from getting started. At least he’ll still be penning the Question back-ups for the next few months.
God of War #1 – $3.99
Comic veteran Marv Wolfman helms a six-issue mini-series starring everybody’s favorite Spartan. This series promises to fill in the gaps of Kratos’ life that we never got to see in the games, and though I’m a bit wary of the price tag for this unproven product, I trust Wolfman to deliver.
Amazing Spider-Man #627 – $2.99
It’s been a long time since I’ve gone off on a Lee Weeks rant, but over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be dropping some Lee Weeks knowledge on the lot of you. This week, he’ll be teaming with Roger Stern for a storyline in ASM entitled, “Something Can Stop the Juggernaut.” It’s a throwback to the Spidey tale “Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut” which Stern collaborated on with John Romita Jr. Don’t worry, Lee Weeks is a more than suitable artist for this decades later follow-up, and as you’ll be able to tell tomorrow when you pick the book up, quite possibly one of the most underrated pencilers working today.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Pluto, Volume 8 – $12.99
It’s a big week of lasts this week, and this book is certainly no slouch in the important conclusion department. I really don’t know how to explain the greatness that is Pluto, other than to tell you that what started out as an intriguing murder mystery steeped heavily in homage to Astro Boy, has become so much more than that over the course of eight volumes. I don’t think I’ve been more excited to read a final chapter in any story than I have with this book, and that’s saying a lot because I don’t typically dabble in manga. I’m trying to expand my horizons when it comes to graphic storytelling, and Pluto has been the perfect gateway into the best manga has to offer. If you’re looking to try something different, I highly recommend this series. Like me, you might find out you like manga more than you thought.
See you next week.