For comics shipping 08.03.10 or The Week DVDs Kicked Ass. 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.
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Hellboy: The Storm #2 – $2.99
We’ve reached the midpoint of the climactic battle between Hellboy and the Queen of Blood, and by the end of it all, Hellboy’s universe will be forever changed. It might be the end of the world. It might be the dawn of a brilliant new era. Anything goes when Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo are at the helm, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
iZombie #4 – $2.99
What happens when a zombie meets a mummy, and that mummy shares the secrets of the world with her? I have absolutely no idea, but I can’t wait to see what Mike Allred and Chris Roberson have in mind. iZombie is weird, quirky, fun, and incredibly well drawn. It’s on the short list for Best New Series of the Year (running almost neck and neck with Thor: The Mighty Avenger), and if there was ever a time to start reading it, now would be that time. Do yourself a favor, and give this Vertigo series a chance.
Secret Six #24 – $2.99
We’ve got a preview of tomorrow’s issue right here, but I’m sure I don’t have to sell you on the Secret Six anymore. Perhaps this stand-alone issue will welcome those of you who haven’t been following along for the last few years (even though the actual series is only up to issue twenty-four, the Six have starred in various mini-series), and though it appears to be a tale that presents an alternate Six in a Western world that is and isn’t our own, Gail Simone has proven on more than one occasion that things aren’t always what they seem.
Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #3 – $2.99
Reading the adventures of Tom Strong again has made me extremely happy. I absolutely adore the character, and will gladly take any excuse to get more Tom Strong and Chris Sprouse that I can get. Luckily, I’m getting both of those things from the same source for the time being. If you haven’t been reading, Tom is currently traveling through time trying to prevent his laboratory-born Nazi son from ruling the future with an extremely powerful robot army. Of course, the only person who can help Tom Strong is Tom Strong, albeit a much younger version. If you crave adventure and science, seek this series out.
Amazing Spider-Man #639 – $3.99
Part two of “One Moment in Time” arrives tomorrow, and we also happen to have a preview of that issue over yonder. The first chapter wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but it was entertaining enough that I’m willing to stick this story out to the conclusion just so I can see what happens.
Hawkeye and Mockingbird #3 – $2.99
I know I’m supposed to be telling you why this book is worth reading, but I’ve got to take a moment to talk to the creators here.
Jim McCann, I have to thank you for the great job you’re doing on this book. Not only do I get to read the continued adventures of two of my favorite Marvel heroes (who also happen to be the best couple in the Marvel U), but teamed with David Lopez, you’re telling some of the best Hawkeye and Mockingbird stories in quite a long time. I hope this book is around for a long time because both of these characters deserve their shot at the big time, and you’re just the guy to give it to them.
Okay. Now that I’m back, I can tell you to check out this preview.
Marvel Universe vs The Punisher #1 – $3.99
I like Jonathan Maberry, and when he told me about this story almost a year ago, I was super-excited. Now that it’s finally seeing the light of day, I can’t wait to read it. In this alternate universe story, a mysterious virus infects the heroes of the Marvel U, and there’s only one man bold and brazen enough to take them down: Frank Castle. Drawn by Goran Parlov, who happens to be a terrific fit for the Punisher, you can expect an adrenaline-fueled action story that keeps the bullets flying and the blood pumping.
Also, if you happen to live anywhere in the Doylestown, PA area, Mr. Maberry will be doing a signing at Cyborg One for the book this Thursday, followed by a screening of Punisher: War Zone. I’ll be there. Will you? Perhaps this preview will change your mind.
Young Allies #3 – $2.99
This is not meant as a knock against series artist David Baldeon at all, but man do I wish David Lafuente wasn’t just relegated to covers on this series. I actually like Baldeon’s interiors on this book, but I’ve fallen in love with Lafuente’s art over on Ultimate Spider-Man, and think he’d be a great fit on the creative team with writer Sean McKeever. Anyway, Young Allies is the young hero team book Marvel’s needed to fill the void since the Young Avengers and Runaways regular series ended, and McKeever is really doing a bang-up job. Though there’s a tiny bit of continuity involved with some of the characters, this book is a really great read for anyone looking for a good entry level super-hero story. Give this preview a try, and see if Young Allies is something you’d be interested in.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love – $14.99
So to the handful of you who’ve never read a Fables story (which is Vertigo’s brilliant ongoing series about the characters from fairy tales living in our world), you should know that in Bill Willingham’s amazing little corner of the world, Cinderella is one of the best spies on the planet. Working secret operations throughout our world, and the many kingdoms the Fables inhabit outside our world, Cinderella does a lot of the wetwork, but gets none of the credit. Sent on a case to stop the sale of some supernatural artifacts, Cindy must act fast, or the regular people might find out more than they should about the Fabletown. Written by Chris Roberson, the critically-acclaimed series is sure to delight you even if you’ve never read a single issue of Fables before. Better yet, it might inspire you to seek out more.
That’ll do this week. See you next time.