For comics shipping 04.21.10 or The Week Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Was Real. 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.
American Vampire #2 – $3.99
I really enjoyed the first issue of this series. Though the art of Rafael Albuquerque was never in question, I was a little wary of how the story would pan out, particularly since I’m about as sick of vampires as any given person can be. Luckily, both Stephen King and Scott Snyder delivered pretty solid opening chapters in their respective stories, and I’m looking forward to what happens next. It’s definitely not too late for newcomers if you happened to miss out on the first issue, so give this book a try.
Green Lantern #53 – $2.99
“Blackest Night” may be over, but the clean up has just begun. Well, that and the “Brightest Day.” Curious where the Lanterns go now after defeating the Black Lantern menace? Find out starting with this issue of one of the best comics on stands today.
Power Girl #11 – $2.99
With only two more issues to go for the current creative team of Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Amanda Connor, the action is heating up. Every issue they’ve done so far has been building to this moment, and the battle that takes place this issue is going to be great. It’s going to be a sad day when Amanda, Jimmy, and Justin take their leave, but I intend to enjoy the conclusion of their run to the fullest.
Amazing Spider-Man #628 – $2.99
Roger Stern and Lee Weeks continue “Something Can Stop the Juggernaut,” the sequel to “Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut,” this week, and I know I’ll be front row center for this one. Lee Weeks does regular sequential work far too infrequently for me to pass up, and you’d do well to pick this book up as well. One of the most consistent, and underappreciated, artists working today, Weeks’ interiors will school you on how to tell a story in graphic form. Plus, you know, Spider-Man.
Ultimate Comics Avengers #6 – $3.99
Ultimate Cap versus his son, Ultimate Red Skull. This one’s been a few months in the making, but you better believe it’s going to be worth the wait. While Millar is oftentimes hit or miss, I’ve always loved his Ultimate stories. This latest batch of re-imagined Avengers tales has been an action-filled romp, and because it’s been focused more on the most interesting character in the Ultimate Universe (outside of Spider-Man), Captain America, than any of the other character, it’s also been incredibly fun to read. Don’t miss this conclusion.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #9 – $3.99
Finally, we’re going to find out what’s been going on with the Ultimate version of Spider-Woman since the conclusion of Ultimatum. Plus, the return of David Lafuente on interior art, which is always a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, I like Takeshi Miyazawa, but Lafuente is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists, thanks in large to his work on this title. Check it out.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Y: The Last Man – Deluxe Edition, Volume 3 – $29.99
I absolutely love these hardcover deluxe editions that Vertigo and DC have been putting out for books like Preacher and Y: The Last Man. With this third edition, we reach the mid-point in Yorick’s trek across the America to rescue the human race from the deadly virus that killed every last male on the planet. If you haven’t yet checked out one of, if not the, best completed comic stories of the last ten years, you’ve got absolutely no excuses anymore. Each of the hardcover collections contains a year’s worth of stories, and from the minute you start reading Brian K. Vaughan’s and Pia Guerra’s tale, you’ll be hooked. I guarantee it.
That’s all for this week. See you next time.