Yes, tomorrow’s what Wednesdays would always be like in a world without comics: Depressing. I don’t even know if I should get out of bed. New comics won’t be out until Friday this week, due to last week’s holiday. So maybe I’ll have to get out of bed and face the new comic-less Wednesday; I might die if I stay in bed for 48 whole hours without water.
At least it’s only this week. It’s not like comics would be two-days late two weeks in a row, right? Right?! RIGHT?!
Anyway, let’s take a look some of the books that won’t be showing up at your local comic shop tomorrow, after the jump…
Aliens Omnibus Vol. 6: I love these little omnibi Dark Horse has been putting out of some of their more popular licensed comics lately. For slightly less than $25 you can get 376 full-color pages of Aliens-with-a-capital-A stories by the likes of Jay Stephens, Gene Colan, Phil Hester, Eduardo Risso, Mark Schultz, Chuck Dixon, Ian Edginton and Doug Wheatley.
Batman: Cacophony #2: According to retailer and blogger Mike Sterling, who celebrates Ultimate Hulk Vs. Wolverine Day and is thus likely to be in the know, this issue was officially two weeks late last week, which would make it three weeks late when it arrives this week. Certainly not late by Kevin Smith standards, but also not on time either.
Fantastic Four Cosmic Special #1: What’s up with his mysterious $4.99 special? Marvel’s not talking; the cover artist, cost and in-store date are the only info available in the solicit. Weird. At least you know who’s behind Fantastic Four #562 and Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #43; that’d be Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch and Paul Tobin and David Hahn, respectively.
Final Crisis Secret Files #1: There’s not much more info about this book, which was apparently introduced onto the schedule to keep the storyline in fans’ memories while the last two issues get finished up. Grant Morrison and Peter J. Tomasi are listed as writers, Frank Quitely is one of the artists involved, and it will run you $3.99 for 40 pages, some of which are likely ads.
Green Lantern #36: Alright DC, Red and Black I’ll give you—those are pretty cool colors that sound fairly bad-ass when part of a super-person’s name. Blue? Well, at least it’s a primary color. But orange? There ain’t nothing cool about the color orange. So I expect Geoff Johns and the great guest-artist team of Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy to have something of an uphill battle in this issue, picking up where one-shot Final Crisis: Blood Puke left off.
Hot Breath of War: This $13 graphic novel by Trevor Alixopulos “takes seemingly unrelated episodes of life during wartime and entwines them into one narrative,” according to publisher Sparkplug Comic Books, and “is perfect for fans of Joe Sacco or Jules Feiffer.” Preview here.
Incognito #1: Marvel’s Icon imprint adds a new title, this one promising to be “the most insane and evil super-villain comic you’ve ever read!” The real draw here, however, is the creative team: Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the team behind Icon’s Criminal and WildStorm’s late, great Sleeper. In fact, the premise sounds slightly reminiscent of Sleeper: An ex-supervillain is hiding out in Witness Protection, and starting to chafe under the restrictions of leading an average life.
Punisher War Journal #26: What is The Punisher’s place in the new Norman Osborn-run Marvel Universe? I don’t know yet, but it involves a relaunch of this title as Punisher #1 later this month, and Frank Castle pointing his gun at one of the least popular Marvels of them all on the cover. This issue by Rick Remender, Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin deals with setting up Frank’s role under the “Dark Reign.” Frank actually has a pretty full week; he’s also starring in the fourth issue of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Punisher: War Zone and in Essential Punisher Vol. 3.
Supermarket: IDW offers a new edition of Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson’s story of “convenience store clerkette and 16-year-old suburban wise-ass Pella Suzuki,” who finds her self heir to an empire and targeted by hitmen. All 104 pages, including pin-ups and extras, can be yours for $14.99.