Welcome to Can’t Wait for Wednesday!, our weekly look at what’s coming out this week at your local comic shop. Back when we were The Great Curve, after we went through what we thought looked good, we’d ask our readers to let us know what they were getting this week and which comic they were most anticipating. While we still hope you’ll let us know what book you’re most looking forward to in our comments section, I also want to recognize and encourage a long-standing tradition over in the Talk@Newsarama area … the weekly LIST thread from my pal gOgIver. So after checking out the Diamond shipping lists, head over there and post your LIST!
This week’s comics boast some high-profile first issues, as DC Comics hits us with the new Wonder Woman series, and Marvel offers up Civil War:Frontline #1. From Wildstorm, there’s Manifest Eternity #1 by Scott Lobdell and Dustin Nguyen. A friend of mine gave me an early copy of it today, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. But after flipping through it, I’d have to say that if you want to see Nguyen draw spaceships, dragons and lots of action, this might be the book for you. Boom! offers up a new Keith Giffen/Kody Chamberlain mini-series, Tag, while IDW drops a variant cover edition of Transformers: Beast Wars #1.
There’s lots of action on the trade front as well. If you haven’t been buying the excellent DMZ by Vertigo, now’s your chance to catch up as they release the first collection. Tim Eldred’s Grease Monkey collection hits stores, and you can preview the first chapter at the Grease Monkey website. If you want something else fun and a bit off-the-wall, the second Cryptozoo Crew trade finds its way into stores.
Now let’s here from some of the Blog@ team on what they’re getting this week:
Shane Bailey’s Pick of the Week:
My pick of the week is DE TALES VOL 1 TP from Dark Horse. I love short stories and think comics are the perfect medium to tell them. I’m anxious to see what Fabio and Gabriel Ba can do when they really let loose and tell the stories they want to tell.
Kevin Melrose’s Pick of the Week:
No question about it: Wonder Woman #1, by Allan Heinberg, Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson. Every time I read an interview with Heinberg about this reboot I think, “He gets it.” While I loved George Perez’s vision for Princess Diana back in 1987, I’m really looking forward to Heinberg’s back-to-basics approach, which promises “non-stop action, romance and hopefully a few surprises.”
Tom Bondurant’s Pick of the Week
I second Kevin’s recommendation of Wonder Woman #1, but my pick this week is Detective Comics #820, the penultimate installment of “Face The Face.” Only in preparation for Grant Morrison and Paul Dini could a James Robinson Batman arc be called a “fill-in,” so as expected, this has been a good reintroduction to the new/old status quo. The chilling revelations of part 6 surely mean big things are on the way for the last two parts, and that all begins here.
JK Parkin’s Pick of the Week
I’m going with Walking Dead #28. Even though it’s a little late, if it’s as good as the previous issue, it will be well worth the wait. In every issue of Walking Dead I dread and anticipate what Robert Kirkman is going to do to Rick and his crew … the fact that you actually come to care for the characters makes the horror of what happens to them that much worse.