Batman: Cacophony #3: Kevin Smith finishes a miniseries.
Daredevil #116: Brian Michael Bendis returns…
…as a cover model? Oh wait, that’s the Kingpin, as drawn by Marko Djurdjevic. Well, the Kingpin returning to the pages of Daredevil is probably pretty exicitng too, isn’t it?
Goon #32 Tenth Anniversary Issue: Wow, thanks for making me feel old, Eric Powell. Jerk. (Oh and, by the way, congratulations!) This special $3.99 issue features 32 story pages by Powell, plus pin-ups by Mike Mignola, Jeff Smith, Kevin Nowlan, Bernie Wrightson and more. Preview here.
Hulk: Broken Worlds #1: Paul Benjamin, Roy Thomas, Fred Van Lente, Peter David, Herb Trimpe, Clayton Henry and others tell four stories about the Hulk journeying to…Aw, who cares who cares what it’s about, look at that line-up! An oversized, $3.99 issue.
Killer of Demons #1: Writer Christopher Yost and artist Scott Wegener launch a new series about a guy who, uh, kills demons. Hopefully there’s more thought and imagination given to the comic itself. The first issue will run you $3.99 for 40 pages.
Little Nothings Vol. 2: The Prisoner Syndrome: The next volume of short, whimsical autobio strips from the acclaimed, bird-headed cartoonist responsible for Dungeon, A.L.I.E.E.E.N., Mr. O and many of the best comics being made today. This 128-page trade will run you $14.95, and if the first volume is a good indication, will be well worth it. Excerpts here.
The New Brighton Archeological Society: This 152-page, $17.99 original graphic novel by Mark Andrew Smith (Amazing Joy Buzzards) and Matthew Weldon features the adventures of four children setting out to finish the archeological quest their parents went missing on. You can read a four-page preview here, and Newsarama’s own Chris Arrant interviewed Smith about the project here.
North World Vol. 2: The next installment of Lars Brown’s fantasy series set—fantastically enough—in the mundane modern world. There’s something quite appealing about a book the publisher labels “Slice-of-Life” but which at the same time features a woman with a magical fireball and a bunch of giant rats on the cover. It’s $11.95 for a 192-page digest.
Sam’s Strip: The Comic About Comics: A nice-looking Fantagraphics collection of the complete short-lived Mort Walker and Jerry Dumas comic strip that launched in 1961. The strip didn’t just break down the fourth wall, but it hauled out all the rubble so it could never be rebuilt; the stars apparently “owned and operated the strip they inhabited.” It was also a comic about comics, something that obviously had a slightly more specific appeal than a lot of its competitors on the funnies pages. This 208-page, $22.99 softcover collection will include plenty of behind-the-scenes material from Walker and Dumas. You can read a little bit more about it, and download a healthy excerpt here.
Solomon Grundy #1: Writer/artist Scott Kolins begins his seven-issue exploration of the origin of the big, white swamp zombie with a nursery rhyme name. Twenty-two pages seems like an awful lot of space devoted to the words “born on a Monday,” but perhaps Kolins has something more expansive in mind. You can read a preview here.
Spider-Man/Human Torch: Bahia de los Muertos: Tom Beland and Juan Doe, the creative team behind the charming 2007 one-shot Fantastic Four: Isla de la Muerte, return for a new special sending the Fantastic Four back to Puerto Rico. And this time Spider-Hombre is along for the ride. It’s a $3.99er, but the solicit makes no mention of page count. I sure hate having to count the pages of Marvel books in the store before I buy ‘em to see if I’m getting ripped off or not.
Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk #3: Writer Damon Lindeloff, the new Kevin Smith, and artist Leinil Frances Yu return to finish the six-issue miniseries they started…let’s see here…three years ago?! Jesus. If the remainder of the series ships on schedule, the final issue will come out the same month on as the last issue of Ultimatum, the storyline which supposedly ends the shared setting that the book takes place in. The solicit for this issue starts off with, “IT’S BAAAAAACK! And it’s going ALL THE WAY!” What’s that? A Wolverine/Hulk fight that goes all the way? Wolverine slash fiction writers, tell us what this means!