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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On July - 27 - 2010

For comics shipping 07.28.10 or The Week You Realized It Was All A Dream. Or Was It? 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

American Vampire #5 – $3.99

The exciting conclusion to both of the book’s opening storylines hits stores tomorrow, and it’s a bit of a bittersweet arrival. On one hand, we’re getting more great Rafael Albuquerque art, and on the other hand it’s Stephen King’s last issue as co-writer. His history of Skinner Sweet has been terrific, and I can’t wait to see how he plans to finish the story. Now, that’s not to say Scott Snyder hasn’t been doing just as good a job. Quite the opposite, in fact. His tale of the destruction of young starlet Pearl Jones has been just as strong as King’s tale, and both have made this book a must read every month. I hope that trend continues.

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4 – $3.99

It’s Batman in the Wild West as only Grant Morrison can do. Originally slated to be drawn by frequent Morrison collaborator, and personal favorite artist of mine, Cameron Stewart, the issue will actually be drawn by Buffy the Vampire Slayer artist Georges Jeanty due to Stewart’s recent appointment as writer/artist on Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed comic. We’ve got a preview of the issue up on the site, but you’re already buying it because you’re just as curious as I am to see just how Morrison is going to get Batman out of the time trap he’s currently stuck in.

The Flash #4 – $2.99

More great Flash action by Francis Manapul and Geoff Johns. As good as this book has been since Barry Allen’s return, I’m super-excited for next year’s Flash: Speed Force, starring Wally West, Bart Allen, Jesse Quick, and the rest of the now supporting Flash cast. Wally’s always been a favorite of mine, and I eagerly await his return. In the meantime, I’ll be more than happy to read plain ol’ Flash.

Green Lantern #56 – $2.99

Hector Hammond meets Larfleeze. Need I say more?

Green Lantern Corps #50 – $2.99

It’s the return of Cyborg Superman, once a member of the Sinestro Corps, then leader of the Manhunters, now… who knows? Apparently his latest evil plan will be revealed here. It’s hard to believe this new incarnation of GLC has lasted more than two years, but I’m happy it has. Everyone could use a little more Green Lantern in his life.

Wonder Woman #601 – $2.99

The actual beginning of J. Michael Straczynski’s and Don Kramer’s reinvention of Wonder Woman hits stores this week. I’ll admit to being a little disappointed with the start of JMS’ “Grounded” arc in Superman, but I do believe this new direction for Wonder Woman has a much better chance of being a great run when all is said and done. Be there for the start of a new era in the life of the Amazon princess.

IMAGE COMICS

Artifacts #1 – $3.99

While this Top Cow Universe-spanning story isn’t the first mega-event in the company’s history, it certainly has the beginnings to be the best. Ron Marz and Michael Broussard team to shock the Top Cow imprint to the core over the course of the next thirteen months. A great starting point for those of you who’ve been looking to try something new. Don’t believe me? Check out our advance review.

MARVEL COMICS

Secret Avengers #3 – $3.99

Easily the best of the new Avengers titles, Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato continue their tale of the black ops style team created by Steve Rogers to keep the peace behind the scenes. Solid scripting and stunning art will keep you coming back for more.

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #2 – $2.99

A brilliant new take on Thor arrives just in time to get people interested in the character before the movie hits theaters next year. With incredibly stylish art from one of my favorite interior artists Chris Samnee, and an easily accessible story by relative newcomer Roger Langridge, this book just might be the best new superhero comic on stands this year. No ridiculous continuity. No crossovers. Just good old fashioned comic book fun.

Wolverine: Weapon X #15 – $3.99

It’s the conclusion to Jason Aaron’s and Ron Garney’s “Tomorrow Dies Today” arc, which means there’s only one more issue left to this great series. Garney’s kinetic pencils continue to leap off the page, and Aaron’s script only further proves just how talented a writer he is. Don’t miss out on this penultimate issue.

No trade this week. Check out Batman: Under the Red Hood instead.


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