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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On April - 13 - 2010

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For comics shipping 04.14.10 or The Week Everything Kicked Ass. 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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Brightest Day #0 – $3.99

It’s the dawn of a new era as the year-long bi-weekly series Brightest Day kicks off this week. Picking up almost immediately after the conclusion of Blackest Night #8, this new series will deal with the fallout from the events that unfolded during the past eight months. If you haven’t been reading comics, let alone DC Comics, this comic represents a terrific starting point.

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Daytripper #5 – $2.99

Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon reach the halfway point of their terrific philosophical graphic journey into what it means to live, to be alive, and how lives can intersect and intertwine in so many different ways. It’s been a wonderfully amazing read thus far, and I’m betting this chapter is going to hold true to the rest of the series as well.

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The Flash #1 – $3.99

Another DC title spinning forth from the result of the events in Blackest Night, as well as another great jumping on point for new readers, Flash #1 brings Barry Allen back in his own monthly book. With Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul providing the words and art, there’s not a chance this book is going to be a letdown.

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Secret Six #20  – $2.99

If there’s one thing you don’t do, it’s kidnap a super-villain’s child. Particularly when that villain is the mysteriously empowered Catman. Out for vengeance, and to make sure his secrets stay kept, who will dare stand in Catman’s way?

MARVEL COMICS

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Black Widow #1 – $3.99

Daniel Acuna and Marjorie Liu bring this new monthly comic starring Natasha Romanov to life, and even though it’s clear Marvel’s hoping the upcoming movie Iron Man 2 is going to draw enough interest in this title to sustain it, I’m just not sold. I think it’s great that the Black Widow is getting her own book because I think she’s an extremely compelling character, and I think you’ll feel the same way when reading this comic, but I’m not sure the character is strong enough to sustain a solo book on a monthly basis. Do check this out though, even if it’s just for the Acuna art.

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Iron Man Noir #1 – $3.99

Boy, there’s a lot of $3.99 comic books this week. Come to think of it, there’s been a lot of $3.99 comics these last few weeks. I guess that’s just the way the tide is turning, but I’m not sure that’s an economic model that’s going to last for much longer. Particularly if the digital distribution model proves successful. Anyway, back to Iron Man Noir… I’ve really taken to the Noir line, and love the flexibility it provides creators, and the creativity with which they’ve responded when telling their tales. I’ve no doubt this mini will be another strong entry in the line.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

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Tom Strong: Deluxe Edition, Volume 2 – $39.99

Contained herein are another twelve issues of some of the finest science heroism to ever take place in a comic book. Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse are intelligent and interesting storytellers, and the Strong family of adventurers are a wonderful bunch of folks to spend some time with. One of my favorite series of all time, like for serious, Tom Strong is a comic that everyone should read, if only so that they know what the medium is capable of when in great hands.

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

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