For comics shipping 07.14.10 or The Week The Mid-Summer Classic Returned. 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 #3 – $2.99
Gail Simone and Ed Benes continue their opening arc that puts the Birds into a corner they might just not get out of. Of course, nobody puts Canary in a corner. Birds of Prey (just) edges out The Flash as the best book to come out of the Brightest Day relaunches, and you should definitely be reading it.
DMZ #55 – $2.99
The DMZ is about to go through some heavy bombing runs by the US government. Brian Wood has decided it’s the perfect time for a series of one-off stories featuring characters connected by these bombings. The last arc ended with Matty Roth about to embark on a new not-so-fresh start, and if there were ever a time to start reading this book, it’s now. Don’t miss out on one more issue of the most interesting and compelling books on shelves today.
Superman #701 – $2.99
I’m still not sure how I feel about Superman walking across America trying to get in touch with the people he’s sworn to protect, but I’m willing to give J. Michael Straczynski and Eddy Barrows a chance. I think the new direction he’s taking with Wonder Woman has a better chance of being a great story, but I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every story of Straczynski’s I’ve read. I think there’s potential here, I just hope it’s realized.
Orc Stain #4 – $3.99
This book is weird as all get out, but I love it. James Stokoe’s ultra-detailed psychedelic art makes repeat readings mandatory to soak in all the nuances, and with a story as intriguing as Orc Stain‘s has been thus far, that’s never a bad thing. It’s funky. It’s funny. It’s fantastic.
Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine #2 – $3.99
You know, there are a lot of comics with these two characters starring in some sort of capacity. It can get to be a bit much sometimes. That said, when you have a creative team like Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert working on the book, you tend to throw your misgivings to the wind, and let the story speak for itself. It’s a good thing too because this book, even though it’s only two issues into its run, is pretty damn sweet.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #12 – $3.99
Brought to you by LaFuente and Bendis. You really don’t need to know much else about the best Spider-Man book on shelves, do you?
X-Force: Sex and Violence #1 – $3.99
It’s the last X-Force story. Well, at least until Marvel decides to revamp the title again in another few years. Anyway, featuring some gorgeous fully-painted art by Gabrielle Del’Otto, writers Chris Yost and Craig Kyle pit Domino and Wolverine against improbable odds. Of course, those are just the kind of odds Domino and Wolverine like. Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be a high-octane mini-series filled with some brilliantly amazing interior art.
The Sixth Gun #2 – $3.99
I’ve been waiting for this book for what seems like forever, but in actuality, it’s only been like two months. So Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt team once again to bring you the story of mystical weapons in the old west. It wouldn’t be a true Cullen Bunn story if there wasn’t some sweet horror slant to the tale, so you have a band of evil men who should have been dead long ago trying to acquire the gun, and killing anyone in their way. If you like Westerns, action, horror, adventure, or just crave a good ol’ time that won’t require you to know forty years of a character’s history, this is the book for you.
You may have missed out on the Free Comic Book Day first issue, so Oni’s making that available again this week as well. Though this time around it will set you back $3.99. Hey, it’s your own fault for not getting to FCBD fast enough to grab yourself a copy before it disappeared off store shelves. Rectify that situation tomorrow.
TH3RD WORLD STUDIOS
The Stuff of Legend, Vol. 2: The Jungle, Part 1 – $4.25
You can find out everything you need to know about why you should be buying this book in my review right here. In short, this comic is awesome, and deserves your attention.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Young Avengers: The Ultimate Collection – $34.99
Thirteen issues of content for thirty-five bones isn’t a bad deal. It’s not a fantastic deal, but it’s still within reason. Now, if you haven’t already read the adventures of the Young Avengers, you’d do well to pick this up. Containing the entire run of Allan Heinberg’s and Jim Cheung’s most-welcome addition to the Marvel Universe, this trade is both beautiful and well-written. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a big fan of The O.C. Heinberg shows a talent for intertwining new characters with Marvel’s storied history, and Cheung’s art is… well, it’s just stunning. It’s a shame he doesn’t work more regularly, but with the heaping helping of his work included here, you should be set for a while. At least until the next issue of Avengers: The Children’s Crusade (which showcase the continued adventures of the Young Avengers by this same creative team) comes out in two months.