Did it feel like a Clash of the Titans for anyone else this week, walking into their friendly neighborhood comic shop?
It sure did for this blogger/reviewer, as I weighed in on just what to buy this week. You’ll have to wait till Monday for my thoughts on the books themselves, but just looking at the list from Midtown Comics, and you’ll see that — with some exceptions, such as BOOM! Studios’ 28 Days Later #1 — you’ll see that Marvel and DC threw just about everything they’ve got at each other this week.
Take DC for example — while they’ve been building up with Blackest Night spin-offs, this week they pulled no punches, belting out not just a new issue of Green Lantern, but unveiling the latest issues of Batman and Robin, Flash: Rebirth, and Detective Comics. Considering the fact that these are amongst DC’s most time-intensive projects — all three with superstar teams that can take a bit to put out a product — in addition to a new Batman book by filmmaker Kevin Smith called The Widening Gyre, this was an ambitious week for DC to be sure.
Meanwhile, Marvel pulled out all the stops this week. While it wasn’t the 100+ title week of a few months back, this week treated us to three separate Avengers books — Dark, New, and Initiative, with Dark Avengers seeing a dramatic payoff for the Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia storyline. In addition, the scrappy but sublime Dark Wolverine hit stands this week, the top 25-selling X-Force, as well as the high-selling actioner known as Hulk, by Jeph Loeb. Of course, this week Marvel also peppered their sales with some lower-selling but critically-acclaimed books, such as the Incredible Hercules and Guardians of the Galaxy.
So all in all, my local comic book shop got a lot more of my money than is per usual. What stood out for you this week, Rama readers? Sound off!