For comics shipping 08.03.11 or The Week Green Lantern Changed It Up. 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.
Batman: Arkham City #4 – $2.99
Looks like things are finally going to start heating up for Batman in his pursuit of the man behind all the machinations in the creation of Arkham City. Wow. That sentence was a mouthful. I haven’t been disappointed by this book, but it’s high time we got to seeing some real developments take place. Hopefully this is the issue where that happens.
Flashpoint #4 – $3.99
Remember the part in last issue where they did the exact same thing they did at the end of the second issue, and it wasted ten pages of everyone’s time? I hope that this issue they take that one step further, and the entire comic is just the Flash doing everything he did for the last three issues. Including this comic, there are just two issues left until DC is changed forever. That’s why this trainwreck of a mini-series is making the list.
Scalped #51 – $2.99
Nine issues left, and this is where the end begins. Everything Red Crow has done is about to come crashing down, and it’s all thanks to our damaged hero Dashiell Bad Horse. This has been consistently one of the best comics published month-to-month, and I’m going to be sad to see it go. That doesn’t mean I’m not eagerly anticipating these next nine months though.
Secret Six #36 – $2.99
Goodbye, Catman. Goodbye, Bane. Goodbye, Deadshot. You’re absolutely insane. Goodbye, Janet. Goodbye, Scandal. Goodbye, Ragdoll. Your sexual ambiguity has never been droll. But most of all, goodbye King Shark. You were a shark.
The Infinite #1 – $2.99
Rob Liefeld. Robert Kirkman. Muscles. Guns. Time travel. Pouches. It’s everything you could ever want in life. I am looking forward to giving this series a go. Say what you will about Liefeld, when he’s working on his own books, his art gives the story that much more punch. He’s like the Michael Bay of comics. And I love Michael Bay.
Amazing Spider-Man #667 – $2.99
“Spider-Island” begins here, and I’m really excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve looked forward to a Spider-Man comic, and I know this book is going to deliver. How can a story about all of NYC getting Spider-Man’s powers not be awesome?
Criminal: Last of the Innocent #3 – $3.50
Brubaker. Phillips. Crime. ‘Nuff said.
The Punisher #1 – $3.99
I absolutely cannot stand the Punisher in the regular Marvel Universe. Fortunately for me, so does Greg Rucka. He understands all the problems having a mass-murdering vigilante create in a world populated by superheroes. I trust him to deliver here. He’s said all the right things, and the preview pages I’ve seen show that artist Marco Checchetto is up to the task.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Invincible Compendium, Vol. 1 – $64.99
I know you’re looking at that price, and thinking, “How is something so expensive the trade of the week?” Well, because this is 47 issues of Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, and Cory Walker goodness that just shouldn’t be missed. Seriously, Invincible is one of the best superhero books on shelves, and if you haven’t been reading it, this is the best way for you to get into it. Like the Walking Dead compendium that came out last year, this is a massive tome, though this is in full-color (hence the higher price). You’re getting nearly fifty issues of awesome here people. It’s worth the price of admission.
That’ll do for this week. Be sure to check back in later for the start of our massive NECA giveaway.