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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On May - 4 - 2010

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For comics shipping 05.04.10 or The Week Iron Man Saved Us All. Again. 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 #35 – $2.99

I actually forgot what happened last issue, then I remembered, and subsequently remembered that I can’t talk about it yet due to the spoilers contained in the memory therein. That is one absolutely bitchin’ cover though, isn’t it? Jo Chen is an absolute beast when it comes to covers, and I miss the days when she used to do Runaways covers. I’d love to see someone do a really, really, really nice hardcover art book collecting her work. I think that’s something a lot of people would get behind. Make that happen internet.

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Hellboy in Mexico (or a Drunken Blur) – $3.50

Hellboy. A trio of vampire-hunting luchadores. Richard Corben art. It’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration Hellboy style. Do you need any other reasons to pick this up? I thought not.

DC COMICS

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Brightest Day #1 – $2.99

The second chapter of the year-long “Brightest Day” event drops this week, and the search for answers as to why the particular resurrected heroes were chosen to come back starts now. By the way, doesn’t it appear as if the white lantern exhibits some of the properties of Thor’s Mjolnir? Hal Jordan, a well-respected hero, and strong man in his own right, is struggling to pick it up. It crashed down in a random town, leaving a massive crater in its wake. It exudes an insane amount of energy. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? I wonder who the lantern will choose to be worthy.

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Demo, Vol. 2 #4 – $2.99

Last month’s issue was one of the best single comics I’d ever read, and while expectations that a subsequent issue could possibly live up to Demo, Vol. 2 #3 might be a bit high, that certainly doesn’t mean this comic won’t be a great read. Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan have been doing some of the best work of their careers on this title, and since every issue stands on its own, there’s little reason to not at least give it a shot. Don’t be turned off by the fact that there are no tights involved. A great story can still be told in graphic form despite a severe lack of rippling muscles.

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I, Zombie #1 – $1.00

Well, I was going to recommend this comic no matter what this week based on the phenomenal artwork of Mike Allred, and the unique concept about a woman who must feed on the brains of the dead in order to prevent turning into a full-fledged zombie, and feels the need to fulfill the dead person’s final request as a result. Then I saw that this comic was only going to be one dollar. You have to pick this book up. If you don’t have a dollar, ask a friend to borrow it so you can buy this. It’s a freaking dollar. I mean, come on people. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

IMAGE COMICS

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Orc Stain #3 – $2.99

James Stokoe is one hell of an artist. He’s also a pretty solid storyteller, and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a story about Orcs as much I’m enjoying Orc Stain. Chock full of insanely detailed and bizarre art, oddball characters, and a mystery that’s only just beginning, you won’t want to miss out on another issue of this book.

MARVEL COMICS

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Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine #1 – $3.99

I guess complaining about $4 comics is pretty much a moot point now. I just hope books stay around this price longer than they stayed at $3. Anyway, Jason Aaron teams with Adam Kubert for this new monthly comic starring two of comicdom’s most popular characters. Aaron’s one of my favorite writers working today, and Kubert has shown time and again that he’s one of the best pencilers in the business. If you’re looking for a good starter book that’s likely not going to be bogged down in continuity, you’re not likely to find a better option.

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Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #2 – $3.99

You’re buying this simply for the gorgeous Frank Cho art. The story will probably be okay, but Cho’s interiors are the real selling point here.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

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Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965 – $24.99

Joe Kubert is one of the masters of the graphic form, and any time you have a chance to enjoy one of his works, you absolutely must jump at the opportunity. Kubert is an exceptional war artist, and considering this is book is based on the true story of a detachment of soldiers on a mission that unexpectedly becomes deadly, you could postulate that this will be an exceptional book. You’re not going to be the guy who doesn’t read that awesomely exceptional book, are you? I thought not.

That’s it for now. See you next week.


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