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What to Watch for Wednesday

Posted by Luke Brown On March - 22 - 2011

For comics shipping 03.23.11 or The Week The War Of The Lanterns Began. 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

Green Lantern #64 – $2.99

The first chapter of “War of the Green Lanterns” arrives this week, and it should go without saying at this point that I’m looking forward to it. Now, I can understand some trepidation on your part for yet another event storyline that spans multiple books, but this entire crossover will only take place within the Green Lantern titles. Even though it seems like these guys can’t not be part of a major event anymore, I have faith in the creative teams that this is going to be another solid Green Lantern storyline.

Green Lantern Corps #58 – $2.99

Look at that. Not only do you get “War of the Green Lanterns, Part One” this week, but you also get the second chapter right out of the gate. Plus, Kyle Rayner versus John Stewart. What more do you need?

New York Five #3 – $2.99

Well this one kind of snuck up on me. I must have completely blanked on picking up the second issue of this book, even though I probably recommended it the week it shipped. I aim to fix that mistake real quick this week. Even though I’m not caught up on this book, Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly have shown on numerous occasions that they’re a creative force to be reckoned with, and don’t let my lapse in memory for one second cause you to think this book isn’t worth picking up. It is, and then some.

MARVEL COMICS

Captain America #615.1 – $2.99

Marvel’s “Point One” initiative continues here with another great jumping-on point issue. There’s been a lot happening in Captain America over these last few years, and if you’ve missed out on any of it, but are looking for some Cap comics to read before the release of the film, this is the place to start.

FF #1 – $3.99

So the remnants of the Fantastic Four team with Spider-Man to form the Future Foundation. Truth be told, I stopped reading Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four for some reason I can’t remember, but it certainly wasn’t because the book wasn’t good. I’m a big Hickman fan, so getting the chance to see what he’s up to with these characters is definitely something I’m looking forward to. Do I wish the book wasn’t $3.99? Sure, but Steve Epting draws pretty pictures to go with all those big words Hickman uses, so it’s worth it in the end.

ONI PRESS

The Sixth Gun #10 – $3.99

If there was ever a time when someone said to me, “Hey, I’m looking for a great story to read. What do you think I should check out?” The Sixth Gun would be that book. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt are really outdoing themselves each and every issue, and I’m constantly amazed by where the book goes each time a new issue arrives. This is some seriously good comic-booking right here, and you’d be a fool to keep missing out on it.

Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week

Demo, Volume 2 – $17.99

Demo is, to put it bluntly, brilliant. Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan have an uncanny ability to create stories and characters that exist for a mere twenty-two pages, but are more engrossing and developed than those in most huge story arcs. Each issue of this series is a stand-alone tale of someone with a unique ability. I wouldn’t call them superpowers, but there’s definitely more to each person in this book than your average citizen. Demo is like the Amazing Stories of the comic world. Each tale is a well-orchestrated work of pure imagination, and the way in which Cloonan is able to render Wood’s words is incredibly impressive.

Stumptown, Vol. 1 – $29.99

Oh man! Two trade collections this week?! Don’t worry, both of these books are totally worth your money. Stumptown is a modern-day detective story from the mind of Greg Rucka, and that alone should be enough to get you to buy it. Lucky for you, I feel like talking about this book a bit more. Matthew Southworth does a fantastic job bringing some noir sensibilities to the Portland setting, and private eye Dex Parios is one hell of a leading lady. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to give anything away, but if you like a good detective story and strong female leads, this is definitely the book for you.

That’ll do for this week. There will be no update next week as I’ll be on my honeymoon. See you in a few weeks.


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