This week Marvel and DC both offer up new takes on old characters, as the first issues The Creeper and Agents of Atlas come out on Wednesday. They’ll be joined by the second issue of the new Atom series, which had an intriguing beginning last month, and the latest Civil War crossover, Fantastic Four #539, where we’ll learn where The Thing’s allegiances really are.
Also dropping this week are the first issue of Wormwood, Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner collection, the latest issue of the big indy hit Mouse Guard and the Absolute Kingdom Come collection.
Now on to the picks of the week …
Tom Bondurant’s Pick of the Week:
Not much on my plate this week, so I’m going with Spider-Man Visionaries: Kurt Busiek Vol. 1. It reprints the start of Busiek’s short-lived, well-received Untold Tales Of Spider-Man series, a retro experiment from the ’90s set against Spidey’s early adventures. Between it and the all-ages Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #18, also shipping this week, fans who want a simpler status quo have a couple of options.
JK Parkin’s Pick of the Week
As a kid, whenever I went to the doctor for a shot, my mom would let me buy comics at the drug store next to the doctor’s office. That’s where I bought What If? #9, “What if the Avengers fought evil in the 1950s?” If it wasn’t for the framing sequence that showed the real Avengers hanging with The Watcher, I think that issue would have left me very confused. What it did do was provide a glimpse at a quirky-but-fun group of characters that Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk have now updated and turned into what looks like a very cool comic. They and Marvel have done a fantastic job of building buzz, between their own websites and the contest/blog on the Marvel site. And this time around, I get to read the adventures of Marvel Boy, Venus and the rest without having a needle stuck in my ass … so that’s a plus right out of the gate.
What comic are you most looking forward to this week? Check out the Diamond shipping list and let us know!