For comics shipping 06.16.10 or The Week E3 Dropped A Sex-Bob-Omb On You. 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.
Birds of Prey #2 – $2.99
Gail Simone and Ed Benes are back with another issue of the relaunched Birds of Prey, and I couldn’t be happier. Simone’s writing for these characters is still as strong as it was the day she left the original book, and though Benes takes a lot of flack for his Image-influenced style, there’s no better book for him to draw than one chock full of action and beautiful women. It’s only the second issue, so there’s still plenty of time for everyone to get on board the bandwagon.
Detective Comics #854 (Special Edition) – $1.00
As part of their “What’s Next?” incentive, DC is releasing the first chapter of the Batwoman-starring Detective Comics from Greg Rucka and JH Williams III. It’s only a dollar, so even I’ll be picking this book up again just so I can take the stunning interiors out to frame. The book is just beautiful, and if you can read this and not be instantly interested in the story of Katherine Kane, then you clearly have no soul.
Four Eyes #4 – $3.50
If it feels like forever since you last saw an issue of this book on stands, that’s because it has been. I’m never a fan of books having massive delays, but I’m going to make an exception here because I’ve been waiting to find out what would happen after the cliffhanger in issue #3, and I absolutely cannot wait to find out how this story ends. Joe Kelly and Max Fiumara have crafted a wonderful tale, and even though the narrative has been disrupted by its lateness, as a whole, the story is still engaging. I just hope it’s worth the wait.
Black Widow #3 – $2.99
That cover says it all. Black Widow versus Elektra. That’s reason enough to pick up the book. Thankfully, the espionage story by Marjorie Liu is also pretty solid, and I’m looking forward to seeing where she’s going with it. Duane Swierczynski is taking over the book after Liu’s opening arc, and that’s absolutely fantastic, but you’re going to want to see what happens to Natasha before Duane gets his hands on her.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Chew, Vol. 2: International Flavor – $12.99
Chew is a uniquely interesting story about a man named Tony Chu. Tony’s cibopathic, which means he can get a psychic impression from any food he eats. He’s also a federal agent hot on the trail of a serial killer. It’s a book that truly must be read to be believed, and understood, so when you’re at the shop this week, make sure to pick up the first volume if you haven’t done so already. You won’t be disappointed.
That’ll do for this week. See you next time.