This promises to be my most thorough rundown of what new books will be shipping this Wednesday ever, as I think I’ll be able to cover every single new release, on account of there being next to no new books at all.
As you’ve probably heard a long time ago, Diamond’s taking this week off for the holidays, so the only new books will be a couple of books that actually shipped to shops last week, but were embargoed until their street date of tomorrow, December 29.
For those of us addicted to new comic books each Wednesday, that’s kind of a bummer, but, on the bright side, it does offer a chance to spend your weekly comics allowance (and/or and Christmas money you may have gotten) on older books and graphic novels you’ve been meaning to check out when you have some extra cash to spare. I’m sure your local comics shop staffs will be even happier than usual to see you patronizing them this week.
Anyway, let’s take a quick look at the week in new comics…
Blackest Night #6: So here’s the official solicitation from dccomics.com in full: “The secrets of Nekron are revealed as darkness consumes the DC Universe. Everything else: TOP SECRET.” So, not a lot to go on, really. It’s still by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert and, when we last left our beleaguered DC superheroes, they were facing Nekron, his army of undead superheroes, the zombies of everyone who died in Coast City and the surprisingly be-Black Lantern-ed heroes who died by came back to life in the past (Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow I, etc). This is #6 of #8, too, so things really oughta be heating up about now. It’s $4 for about 30 pages.
Fall of the Hulks Alpha #1: Normally I wouldn’t even bother mentioning a new printing of a book simply because it has a variant cover, but hey, there’s not a whole heck of a lot out this week, so what the hell. Marvel has another version of the kick-off of their Hulks event by Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier, featuring a new nap-time cover by Ed McGuinness:
Aw, look at all those jade giants and crimsons colossi…they’re just plum tuckered out after all that smashing!
Origins of Siege #1: Well, you can’t beat the price! Marvel.com doesn’t have a lot of details on this free giveaway book, but who’s going to complain? It’s free. As the title suggests, this is a promotional book hyping up their next big—and presumably final for a while liine-wide crossover series, including a new Loki story and origins of the major players in the series.
And that’s about it in terms of new or new-ish material, although you may want to check out the website for Indy Comic Book Week and see what your local shop may have ordered from those offerings, intended to take advantage of Diamond’s week off to get new books into the hands of readers jonesing for their weekly fix.