Look, I know tht there are a lot of you really looking forward to Onslaught: Reborn #1 this week, but hold on to your pants. There are actually some good books coming out this week that you may want to know about!
Mike Carey’s Crossing Midnight #1 debuts this week. Loeb and Cooke’s Batman/The Spirit hits shelves this week and I’m rather sure it will be a better read than what Loeb is doing on Onslaught: Reborn #1, so you may want to check it out. Who’s getting Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #1?
Was I the only one to overlook the new Art of Brian Bolland hardcover from Image this week? Now I’m seriously wishing that I had a second job… Spawn has reached #162 and, truth be told, I’m surprised people still buy that book.
Marvel will be making many fans happy with the release of The Immortal Iron Fist #1 by fan faves Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction. Heck, I might just check it out. But let me tell you what will not be on my pick list this week: ONSLAUGHT: REBORN #1!! Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. is still going strong, but even though it will come back, I’m going to hate to see it go. It just won’t be the same. Sigh.
Gang, tell us what’s on the list!
Carla Hewitt’s Pick Of The Week
My pick for this week would have to go to Nextwave: Agents of HATE #10 for the absolute awesomeness that is “Forbush Vision”, proving that Stewart Immonen is entirely worth the money they pay for him on the strangest trip through the indy section by way of d-listers possible. Oh! And the Immortal Iron Fist #1 manages to be a little like Iron Fist, a little like Daredevil and a little like something else entirely different in the Marvel U! A great first issue and a good start for more of that street level jazz that Marvel does so well.
Graeme McMillan’s Pick Of The Week
It’s a tough one this week, with both Marvel and DC putting out first issues that I’ve been waiting for for some time. Marvel’s is The Immortal Iron Fist #1, with two of my favorite writers, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, sharing the writing duties on the return of one of my favorite Marvel characters. Sure, I would’ve preferred the book to have the title “Power Man and Iron Fist” and permanently have Luke Cage in there as well, but I’ll take what I can get when what’s being offered has this pedigree. DC’s entry, meanwhile, is Jeph Loeb and Darwyn Cooke’s Batman/The Spirit, a lead-in to next month’s new ongoing Spirit series by Cooke. Maybe it’s because of my constant re-reading of the Absolute New Frontier book that just came out, but I’m completely jonesing for more Cooke artwork right now, so this comes along at just the right time… My pick of the week, but only just.
John Parkin’s Pick Of The Week
I’m looking forward to Teen Titans #41, which wraps up the “Titans Around the World” storyline and brings back two of the “One Year Later” Titans to the team.
Kevin Melrose’s Pick Of The Week
The Dark Horse Book of Monsters hardcover wins out easily. The previous volumes of this series — Hauntings, Witchcraft and the Dead — were wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated and packaged, and I’m certain the latest (and last?) will be no different. Heck, I’d probably pay $15.95 just for Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s new installment in their strays series. But throw in contributions by the likes of Kurt Busiek, Sarah Dyer, Keith Giffen, Timothy Green II and Mike Mignola, and I’m really getting a lot of bang for my 16 bucks.
Tom Bondurant’s Pick Of The Week
This looks like a good week for me, with Nextwave #10, Captain America #24, Batman/Spirit, and even a new Green Lantern. However, my pick for this week is 52 #30, the Grant Morrison Batman issue that, as it happens, comes out the same week as the start of the John Ostrander/Tom Mandrake arc that lets Morrison go on hiatus from the regular Batman title. The only caveat I have about this issue is that, like last week’s Justice Society spotlight, it seems to interrupt the narrative flow of the larger story. I suppose there’s a chance the Bat-blip will make sense in context once the whole thing is finished. In any event, it should be a fun 22 pages, and I hope it sheds some light on the bigger picture Morrison has in mind once he returns to Batman in February.
So what are ya waiting for?! Geez! Go see what’s coming this week and tell us what you’re getting! I want to see FULL LISTS ef everything that you plan to get this week so I can rib you about it mercilessly! Bwahaha!