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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On May - 11 - 2010

For comics shipping 05.12.10 or The Week The Heroic Age Began. 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

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 – $3.99

It all starts here. Well, I mean, if you don’t count the other issues of Batman and Robin where it also started a few months ago. But those comics haven’t had an actual Bruce Wayne appearance in ages, and this one… this one has Bruce Wayne drawn by Chris Sprouse. While I’m really digging the whole Dick as Batman storyline, there’s not a chance in hell DC was ever going to let that stick. Damn shame. Anyway, that doesn’t mean this comic won’t be a good read. It is Grant Morrison after all.

Birds of Prey #1 – $2.99

Gail Simone is back on the book no one ever wrote better. Teamed once more with Ed Benes (whose art, while cheesecake, is still pretty solid and consistent), Gail brings back the old gang for a brand-new ongoing everyone should pick up. Seriously.

First Wave #2 – $3.99

I dug the first book of this series, and I generally enjoy just about anything Brian Azzarello writes, but I don’t know what the staying power of this new universe is beyond this mini-series. That said, Rags Morales has been doing a bang up job on the interiors, and I’m curious to see how the Spirit, Doc Savage, and a Year One version of Batman all fit together.

The Flash #2 – $2.99

Speaking of DC heroes who won’t stay dead. I’m not going to rant about how great Wally West was, or how DC’s current crop of writers just can’t let go of the past (neither can the suits at the WB), but that’s only because the stories are typically pretty damn good no matter who’s starring in them. For example, the new Flash comic. It’s a solid book, and is only just now getting warmed up. Here’s hoping Johns and Manapul can keep it up.

IMAGE COMICS

King City #8 – $2.99

I hope that you’ve been reading King City since it came back. I’d hate to have to try and explain how crazy and awesome and beautiful this book is all over again. I’m not even sure my words could do the book justice, it’s that good. Even if you haven’t been keeping up with the book, there’s still time for you to get on board with one of the most incredible, amazing, and truly unique comics on stands.

MARVEL COMICS

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1 – $3.99

When’s the last time artist Kaare Andrews didn’t stun you with his highly stylized, yet expertly rendered visuals? Teamed with Warren Ellis, and working on the X-Men, it seems like there’s no way this book won’t be good. I mean, just check out that Storm, and that Emma. Mohawk Storm is the best Storm of all. No arguments.

Black Widow #2 – $2.99

I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Marjorie Liu on this book. I was pleasantly surprised to find the beginnings of what could be a pretty great espionage book. Of course, that’s only if she can keep up the solid storytelling. I’m an absolute sucker for some good spy action, and I hope Marjorie and Daniel Acuna keep delivering on a high level. Besides, having another credible female lead is never a bad thing.

Punisher MAX #7 – $3.99

Even though pretty much everything that ever had to be said about the Punisher has been said before, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good Punisher story. Jason Aaron is one of my favorite writers, and it’s always going to be tough to live up to what Garth Ennis did with the character, but I’m enjoying Aaron’s slight revisionist history. In particular, I like how Aaron’s bringing in other Marvel characters that actually could fit in the MAX universe. While I’ll always love the Barracuda, he’s no Kingpin or Bullseye.

Siege #4 – $3.99

The Dark Reign is over. Long live the Heroic Age.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #10 – $3.99

Damn, young Kitty Pryde, why you got so many people pointing guns at you? Oh, because they’re government agents trying to capture you. That sucks. Oh well, at least there’ll be some sweet David LaFuente art. You know, and Spider-Man.

ONI PRESS

Frenemy of the State #1 – $3.99

Typically, I don’t get all that excited by celebrities who decide they need to write a comic book, which will then hopefully be optioned and turned into a starring vehicle for them in theaters. Then again, like I said before, I’m a sucker for an espionage story. While it’s too early to tell if Rashida Jones’ concept has enough legs to stay interesting for more than a handful of issues, I’m intrigued by any book that compares itself to Alias (the TV show) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and hope this book can deliver.

No trade this week. Spend some time catching up with other books you may have missed. See you next week.


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