Avengers: The Initiative #33: Big week for Siege-ry at Marvel! In Christos Gage and Jorge Molina’s Initiative, half the cast joins the Dark Avengers to attack Asgard while the other half attack Camp H.A.M.M.E.R., and Marjorie Liu, Daniel Way and Guiseppe Camuncoli continue their story of Daken in Asgard in their Dark Wolverine #83. Meanwhile, Siege mastermind Brian Michael Bendis and artist Stuart Immonen pit the New Avengers against The Hood and his gang (What, again?!) in New Avengers #62, Kieron Gillen and Billy Tan check in with Asgard’s hometown hero in Thor #607 and, finally, Jeff Parker and Miguel Angel Sepulveda send the T-Bolts into Asgard in Thunderbolts #141.
Batman: King Tut’s Tomb: Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir provided a perfectly decent script for the three-issue Batman Confidential story arc collected within (in which a skinnier, scarier version of the live-action TV show villain makes his comics debut), but it’s Jose Luís García-López’s gorgeous pencil art, inked by the great Kevin Nowlan, that makes this a Batman story worth sitting up and paying attention to. To help fill out the 130-page, $15 trade, DC’s also including two issues of The Brave and the Bold and an issue of Batman, all featuring García-López drawing the Dark Knight in the early ‘80s.
Blackest Night #7: Oh hey, Blackest Night is just about over now, isn’t it? Seems like it’s been going on forever now, and that it was always going to be going on, but here we are at the penultimate chapter. It’s a $4 book, but should be oversized. Two other Blackest Night tie-ins hit shops this week as well. James Robinson, Eddy Barrows and Nei Ruffino finish up their three issue Blackest Night: JSA series, and J.T. Krul and Will Conrad’s Green Arrow #30 is a $4, over-sized look at what Black Lantern Green Arrow was up to between the panels in the main Blackest Night series.
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam #13: You can’t tell from the cover, which is by Byron Vaughns, but this is Mike Norton’s debut issue as the new artist on the all-ages series. Norton seems to have re-calibrated his art a bit for the new book, and it looks pretty great. I’m definitely eager to see what he brings to the creative team hiccup plagued book.
Classic G.I. Joe Vol. 7: The latest of IDW’s big, fat trades repackaging Marvel’s original, Larry Hama-scripted G.I. Joe comics run is a $25, 230-page trade including #61-#70. My inner eight-year-old sincerely thanks IDW, and hopes they continue collecting these…it saves my outer thirty-three-year old a lot of time looking through back issue boxes.
Flash: Rebirth #6: So it looks like Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver’s six-part return of Barry Allen story just missed managing to wrap up before Blackest Night: The Flash, the three-part Flash series set after it, which just concluded last week. It still beat Justice League: Cry For Justice to the finish line though. Preview here.
Hitman Vol. 2: 10,000 Bullets: I remember the title story arc from this new $18, 175-page collection being my least favorite of the book’s run, although it’s still pretty decent. It’s right after this that things really start to get awesome though, what with “Zombie Night at the Gotham Aquarium” and the Green Lantern Kyle Rayner team-up. If you missed Garth Ennis and John McCrea’s Hitman the first time around, for God’s sake, don’t make the same mistake again! This issue also includes the Hitman Annual by Ennis, Carlos Ezquerra and Steve Pugh, a kinda sorta Western from the summer DC did pulps-inspired annuals. You can download a three-page preview here, if you’re so inclined.
Jet Scott Vol. 1: This $35, 215-page, 12-by-9-inch hardcover collects Jerry Robinson and Sheldon Stark’s 1953-1955 sci-fi comic strip about the eponymous hero, an agent of the Office of Scientifact. Is it awesome? I don’t know, but the fact that Jet Scott works for the Office of Sceintifact makes me think that yes, yes it is awesome. Take a look at a few examples of Robinson’s gorgeous art for it here.
King City #5: I loved Brandon Graham’s King City when Tokyopop released it as a manga-like digest. Image’s re-release of it as over-sized, large format black and white, serial comics, however, are even better—is there an emotion stronger than love? Because that’s how I feel about King City now.
Lost at Sea: Before Bryan Lee O’Malley hit it big with his signature work Scott Pilgrim, Oni published this charming original graphic novel about a withdrawn and socially awkward teenage girl on a road trip with some of her more boisterous and outgoing classmates. It’s rather subdued in tone and more straightforward than O’Malley’s other Oni graphic novels, but it’s also a rather affective work. This new printing is 170 pages, and will run you $12. Here’s a five-page preview.
Weird World of Jack Staff #1: This is a one-shot featuring Paul Grist’s British superhero with a Union Jack-decorated costume and a long wooden stick and his world which is, as the title indicates, a little on the weird side.
We Will Bury You: A comic book based on a quote by former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev? Man, they’ll adapt anything into a comic these days.
Wonder Woman #41: Last week, Power Girl fought Magog in his book, this week she’s fighting Wonder Woman. Is that what she does now? Flies from book to book, getting in fights with their protagonists? Preview here.