Age of The Sentry #4: I still can’t believe that the best Superman comics on the shelves at the moment are being published by Marvel Comics. Here’s a fourth helping of Silver Age Superman parody/celebration from Jeff Parker, Paul Tobin, Nick Dragotta, Gary Martin and friends. Wait, I shouldn’t say that. I have no way of knowing whether these guys are all friends or not. Maybe colorist Val Staples hates Jeff Parker’s guts.
Armageddon Now: World War III: Southern California mega church pastor Phil Hotsenpiller pens a 112-page, $24.99 graphic novel about the end of the world that promises to offer “a creative and innovative merger of biblical prophesy, super heroes and ‘ripped from the headlines’ news.” The art comes courtesy of Rob Liefield. Remember that guy? From the ‘90s? With the Cable and the Image Comics and all that? Him. Check out a sizable preview here.
Avengers: The Initiative #19: Secret Invasion may have ended, but the war rages on in the tie-ins. This finishes up the storyline detailing the new Skrull Kill Krew’s assault on the Skrulls who have infiltrated the Initiative program. It’s where all the Skrull-fighting missing from SI proper went. In other Avenging news, the Mighty Avengers deal with the aftermath of Secret Invasion (during which they temporarily lost a member to “death”), and the Marvel Adventure Avengers go to the seaside and run into Namor and, it’s probably safe to assume, hilarity ensues.
Batman: Private Casebook: From DC Direct comes this handsome black leather journal featuring several pages of Batman’s personal diary, and plenty of blank pages to add to it yourself. Comes with a matching pen and a silver lock so you can keep your thoughts—and Batman’s!—private. Oh wait no, nevermind. This is actually the latest collection of Paul Dini and company’s run on Detective Comics, including a story by Peter Milligan, and art by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs. Guest-stars include Zatanna, Catwoman, The Riddler, Mad Hatter, The Tweedles, the al Ghuls and The Ventriloquist II.
The Bluecoats Vol. 1: Robertsonville Prison: This is a humor book starring a pair of Union soldiers who get captured and tossed in Robertsonville prison camp and then repeatedly try to escape. According to publisher Cinebook, Robertsonville is based on the Andersonville prison in Georgia. So, to recap: Humorous. Andersonville. The same book. It must have worked pretty well, however, as this is a reprint of an older story by Belgium creators Raoul Cauvin and Wily Lambdil. Cauvin created the Bluecoats way back in 1969. Should be worth a look anyway. This album will set you back $11.95 for 48-pages. Preview here.
Dark Reign: New Nation #1: This $3.99 Brian Michael Bendis-written one-shot will introduce readers to the new post-Secret Invasion status quo in the Marvel Universe and get them up to speed on upcoming series like Agents of Atlas and—hey, wait a minute, didn’t this just come out last week?
DCU Holiday Special: This $5.99, 80-page giant anthology features a knock-out cover by Frank Quitely, and stories starring Nightwing, Robin, Dr. Light II and the JLA by the likes of Alan Burnett, Art Baltazar, Kevin Maguire, Ian Churchill, Tim Levins and former Superboy co-writer Dan DiDio. For more DC hero holiday cheer, this week’s Super Friends #10 features a Christmas-themed story (look for the cover with Batman wearing earmuffs on it).
Hellblazer #250: Wow. I knew this series has managed to stick around a good long time, but 250 issues? That’s pretty incredible, especially considering that Hellblazer was one of the initial Vertigo series. This special $3.99, 48-page issue boasts five holiday stories written by Brian Azzarello, Jamie Delano, Dave Gibbons, China Miéville and Peter Milligan and illustrated by Eddie Campbell, Rafael Grampá, David Lloyd and Giuseppe Camuncoli. That’s such an impressive creative team that this issue should be well worth a look for just about any comics fan, regardless of their feelings about the character or the series. Preview here.
Showcase Presents: The Brave and the Bold—The Batman Team-Ups Vol. 3: Back to work, boys! Here’s another 500-plus of Earth-B action as Bob Haney (the brave) and Jim Aparo (the bold) team-up to tell tales of Batman crossing paths with Etrigan The Demon, Mister Miracle, The Joker, Man-Bat, Kamandi and Richard Dragon, plus plenty of returning guest-stars from the previous volumes. Will Brave and the Bold #122, a 1975 issue guest-starring Swamp Thing, be included, or will Batman and Swamp Thing appearing in the same comic at the same time cause some sort of black hole? I can’t wait to find out!
Greatest American Hero #1: Believe it or not? Me, I don’t believe it. The 25-year-old TV show best known for its irritatingly catchy theme song (just typing this sentence is going to end up embedding it in my head for at least a week) gets turned into a three-issue comic book series by the the show’s star William Katt, a trio of writers and pencil artist Clint Hilinski. Preview here.
Wolverine Origins Vol. 5: Deadpool: When this was coming out in singles, it was my understanding that it was totally awesome, and that even readers who wouldn’t normally read an issue of Wolverine Origins unless they were trapped in the bottom of the well with only an issue of it and a Russian translation of Moby Dick would get a kick out of it. Is this true? Any Wolverine Origins readers in the reading audience who can confirm or deny this volume’s awesomeness?