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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On October - 5 - 2010

For comics shipping 10.06.10 or The Week The Watcher Returned To NYCC. No, Seriously. 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 #7 – $3.99

Skinner Sweet is behind a series of murders in the Vegas area. Or is he? According to the FBI he’s suspect number one. But the local law officials aren’t so sure anymore. Scott Snyder continues telling the history of America’s first vampires, and I’m looking forward to seeing just how far he’s going to push Rafael Albuquerque’s artistic talents. This book is kind of like Northlanders for vampires, and even though I’m not the world’s biggest fan of vampire fiction, American Vampire has me hooked.

Secret Six #26 – $2.99

Two teams of Secret Six take each other on in the wild world of Skartaris. I actually don’t know what’s going on, and why there are suddenly two teams calling themselves the Secret Six, but if there’s anyone you can trust to tell this story, it’s Gail Simone. And honestly, this book is so full of such depraved characters, you have to love it. I do.

Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #5 – $3.99

Someday I wish Chris Sprouse would draw the story of my life. Then it wouldn’t be so normal. It’d be awesome. There’d be robots, and time-traveling Nazis, and explosions, and robots, and talking monkeys, and science. Oh, would there be science.

IMAGE COMICS

Orc Stain #5 – $3.99

Hey, Orc Stain is back. James Stokoe’s work is absolutely stunning, and I wish that I’d followed his work more closely in the past. This book is chock full of some simply amazing pages, and Stokoe’s got a talent for creating a compelling narrative. Definitely a book worth checking out if you’re looking for something a little different.

MARVEL COMICS

Hawkeye and Mockingbird #5 – $2.99

The penultimate chapter of Jim McCann’s and David Lopez’s opening arc arrives this week, and you know, I’m going to make a plea with you all. You should all start reading this book. See, books starring fringe characters, such as these, no matter how popular they are with the core fans of the Marvel U, need all the help they can get to build an audience in order to keep getting made. Now I don’t want to make it sound like this book is getting canceled, but with the publisher’s recent history with new titles, that idea is certainly a possibility. And I would hate for that to happen. So would you if you were reading this book.

Uncanny X-Force #1 – $3.99

Conversely, a book like Uncanny X-Force will be around for a while, thanks in large part to its ties to the X-Men, and that devilish little Canuck, Wolverine. I’m actually looking forward to this book because I like Rick Remender and Jerome Opena, and because X-Force is on a mission to assassinate the reborn Apocalypse. Besides, Fantomex, who is one of the all-time best Grant Morrison creations in the Marvel U, is now a member of the team, and I’ve got to see what that crazy bastard is going to do next.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

Parker: The Outfit – $24.99

I’ve been waiting for this book the minute I put down Cooke’s first adaptation of Richard Stark’s Parker novels. The Outfit is a brilliant noir story about a man who decides to take his vendetta out on organized crime by organizing all his friends in to pulling nationwide heists of all the Outfit’s holdings. Of course, the Outfit isn’t going to let Parker get away with it. Stark’s novels are brilliant crime novels with one of the most dastardly leading men in history, but you can’t help but love Parker. His demeanor, his ethic, and the way in which he’s an absolute weapon of destruction. Cooke’s graphic adaptation of The Hunter was one of the best books of 2009, and I’ve no doubt that The Outfit will rank among the best works of graphic fiction published this year. You don’t want to miss out on one of the best comics made this year, do you?


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