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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On June - 29 - 2010

For comics shipping 06.30.10 or The Week Fireworks Stores See Their Biggest Profits. 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 Beyond #1 – $2.99

I’d tell you this comic is about Terry McGinnis investigating a case in which someone is knocking off old Bat-villains, and how he’ll have to dig deep into the original Batman’s past to find out who and why, but the only thing that really matters here is that DC’s putting out a six-issue mini-series starring the Terry McGinnis Batman. Think about that. From now until December, you’ll once again be able to enjoy new adventures of one of the coolest and most-interesting heroes DC’s created in the last fifteen years. This is one of the few animated series I genuinely wish had never ended, and you better believe I’m excited to visit these characters again.

The Flash #3 – $2.99

As much as I miss Wally, wherever he is, I can’t hate on this book too much. Manapul’s art is great, and I found myself re-reading the first two issues just because they were interesting to look at. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a pretty important trait for a comic to have. Johns’ scripting is strong, as per usual, and I hope that trend continues for a long time. The Flash deserves a great ongoing, and this book is on the right track.

Green Lantern #55 – $2.99

Lobo? In Green Lantern? I never really cared for the character that much, but his presence hasn’t been that pronounced in the DCU for a while, so I guess we were due for a Lobo sighting eventually anyway. At least his appearance is being handled by Johns and Mahnke.

Northlanders #29 – $2.99

Fiona Staples joins Brian Wood for this one-shot story about a Viking ship that goes off course, and heads into “realms of myth and terror.” There hasn’t been a bad Northlanders story yet, and while there have been a few that weren’t great, they were still good. Fortunately, all of the stand-alone issues have been superb, and there’s not one reason to think otherwise in the case of this issue.

IMAGE COMICS

Turf #2 – $2.99

Vampires have just eradicated every last mafia family in 1920s New York. Unfortunately for Eddie Falco, that means he’s the last loose end that needs tying up. Lucky for him he happens across an alien smuggler who just might be able to help turn the tide. Yeah, that’s right. This book is about a battle between aliens and vampires and humans during the Prohibition. I can’t believe how much I enjoyed the first issue, and if Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards can keep up the frantic pace established in the first book, then we are truly in for one hell of a ride.

Velocity #1 – $3.99

Winner of 2007′s Top Cow Pilot Season, Velocity is only just now making its way to store shelves. There were a few hiccups along the way that caused the delay, but newly inserted writer Ron Marz and artist Kenneth Rocafort are a formidable team in their own right, and this mini-series should contain both a strong female lead, and gorgeous artwork. Give it a chance. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

MARVEL COMICS

Captain America #607 – $3.99

It’s Bucky Cap versus Baron Zemo’s kid. Two men united by fate across time finally meet in the battle neither of them knew was coming. Handled by the sharp mind of Ed Brubaker, and the deft pencils of Butch Guice.

Secret Avengers #2 – $3.99

A superhero spy story on this scale could only be handled by Ed Brubaker without it feeling a bit hackneyed. Lucky for us Bru’s the one in charge of this title, and with Mike Deodato Jr.’s moody pages, the book both reads and feels just like it should. I don’t know where the two creators are taking us on this little journey of theirs, but you can be rest assured it’s going to be worth it.

RED 5 COMICS

Atomic Robo: Revenge of the Vampire Dimension #4 – $3.50

You know what I love most about comics? Books like Atomic Robo. Stories like the ones told by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener not only show that there’s more to comics that spandex suits and huge (and costly) crossover events, but they show it with style, skill, wit, and character. The world they’ve created in this book is one I’d like to visit more often, but I’m certainly willing to enjoy Atomic Robo at the pace Clevinger and Wegener can release it. I’d hate to see another creative team come on and ruin the chemistry the two creators have with their own little universe. Now, with that all said, WOOHOO! More Atomic Robo this week!

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites – $19.99

Okay, so I’m going to cheat a little bit this week. I’m picking two hardcovers that everyone should check out. It’s not because I think you’re all made of money. It’s just that, well, I couldn’t decide which of the two books this week was truly better than the other, so I picked both. First up is Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites from Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson. You may recall that a few months ago I was recommending the mini-series contained herein for purchase every month, but I know that not every store carried enough copies (if they carried any at all), and I’d hate to think that anyone would have missed out on this wonderful tale of animal investigators of the supernatural. It’s not hokey at all, and at times is quite serious and heart-breaking. Dorkin’s script is made all that much stronger by the wonderful water colors of Jill Thompson, who is easily one of the most underrated artists working in comics today. Included in this collection are the original stories in which the animals first appeared, so you’re getting a lot of content for you money here. Pick this up. You will not be disappointed in the least.

Batwoman: Elegy, Deluxe Edition – $24.99

My second choice this week is by no means a lesser title just because I’m placing it beneath Beasts of Burden in this article. In fact, I favor this story just a tad bit more, but that’s only because I’m one of the biggest Greg Rucka fans you’ll ever meet, and nearly every page and panel of JH Williams III’s interiors will take your breath away. Both men care for this character so deeply that nearly every page is packed with emotion. Katherine Kane is the type of beautifully realized character that most comics wish they had in the lead, and many writers wish they could have written. Rucka presents her with a vulnerability when necessary, but there is no doubt that Batwoman is an incredibly strong and independent woman, who’s only made more enticing by how damaged she really is. I honestly feel like there have been so many other critics and bloggers out there who have raved ad nauseum about Williams’ work that it’s almost over-hyped (it’s not), but if I don’t tell you how his art is so strong that it literally pulls your eyes to the page and won’t let go until you seen every last nuance, I’ll be selling the man short. Panels and pages are packed with symbolism and innuendo, and the way Williams differentiates between the “real” world and the one where everyone wears a costume is brilliantly obvious, and makes you wish you had thought of it first. This is a complete story that will not only leave you wanting more, but will have you re-reading it over and over again. The only knock I have against this collection is the lack of the second features starring the Question that ran in the back of the book when it shipped monthly. Perhaps they’ll garner their own collection someday, but for now, this story will have to do on its own.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy the holiday, and we’ll catch up again next time.


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