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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On September - 14 - 2010

For comics shipping 09.15.10 or The Week Halo Reached Into Our Pockets Once More. 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 #4 – $2.99

Halfway home on the mini-series starring everyone’s favorite future Batman. I’m not surprised that Terry’s popularity has earned Batman Beyond ongoing series status when this initial mini-series concludes. Though there was a non-continuity comic based on the cartoon shipping when the animated series was on the air, this new book will actually take place within the DC Universe. I’m excited.

DV8: Gods and Monsters #6 – $2.99

If you’re not reading this book after five months of my informing you of its greatness, I’m afraid you just might be missing out on a really brilliant comic. It’s unlikely that your comic shop has many of the first five issues sitting on the shelves, so you’re probably going to have to wait until at least next February for the trade collection. Honestly, Brian Wood is doing some phenomenal work on this book, which takes a much more personal look at what it must be like to have superpowers on a planet where civilization is still living in huts.

Northlanders #32 – $2.99

This book is the best Viking comic on the shelves, and though you may think that’s not a high enough compliment, I can tell you that it is. Northlanders continues to impress each and every arc, and I’m amazed how varied and interesting Brian Wood’s stories have been.

Marvel Comics

Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine #3 – $3.99

This book is a great example of what happens when a creator is really allowed to let loose on characters without having to worry about the burden of continuity or keeping up with major crossover events. I guess the Astonishing brand has sort of become what DC’s Confidential line is: a series of stories that showcases great creators who have a story to tell with a particular character, or in this case characters, but don’t want to interfere with the regular monthly. That said, I’m all for it. This book is wonderfully drawn, and is written with a lot of passion. Do check it out.

Marvel Universe vs. The Punisher #4 – $3.99

Jonathan Maberry’s post-apocalyptic tale of Frank Castle versus the superhero world has been very entertaining thus far, and with the big cliffhanger we were left with after last issue, there’s no way I’m missing out on this issue. Even if you’re not particularly a fan of the Punisher, this story is worth reading just for how interesting a take it is on the future of the Marvel U.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

Empowered, Vol. 6 – $15.99

Adam Warren just might be my favorite writer/artist of all-time, and a lot of the credit I’m giving him has to do with how fantastic a book Empowered is. Now, as you can surmise from the cover, there’s quite a bit of the ol’ scantily clad heroine. Don’t let that dissuade you from checking the book out. While there are some very adult moments in the book, it’s never pornographic, and is always done tastefully. It also helps that the book is as much an incredibly intelligent satire on the superhero genre as it is a superhero book, but most of all, it helps that it’s drawn with such precision by Mr. Warren. There are few artists working today that could match the attention to detail Warren has, and even though the gap between volumes is getting longer every time, each and every page is worth the wait.

That’ll do for this week. See you next time.


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