A-Team War Stories: B.A. #1: This prequel to this summer’s A-Team movie is a solo spotlight on B.A. Baracus, featuring a script by Chuck Dixon and Erik Burnham, art by Casey Maloney and a cover by Michael Gaydos. (I would have preferred a cover by Brandon Bird, but no one asked me). It’s a $4 book.
Blackest Night #8: This is it, the grand finale of DC’s long-running event comic series thing. And, despite Tom Brevoort’s November prediction, it looks like it’s going to be wrapping up before Siege does.
Cloak and Dagger #1: This $4 one-shot by Stuart Moore and Mark Brooks follows-up on what the duo’s up to after having quit the Dark X-Men and joined the mutant populace of Utopia. Preview here.
The Creeper by Steve Ditko: This $40, 255-page hardcover collection looks similar in format to all those nice Jack Kirby-related collections DC’s been pumping out over the last few years. This one collects six issues of Beware The Creeper, and stories from World’s Finest, Showcase and a 1st Issue Special.
A Home for Mr. Easter: Just in time for the holiday! Brooke A. Allen’s 210-page, $11 graphic novel tells the tale of Tesana, a teenager who finds a white rabbit that lays brightly colored eggs. This prompts “an epic quest” to get him safely back to his natural habitat…before other players with less altruistic motives can get their hands on the unusual bunny. Preview here.
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 8: This is it! The eighth and final volume of Naoki Urasawa’s adaptation/reimagining of Tezuka’s classic Astro Boy storyline “The Greatest Robot on Earth.” For unfiltered Tezuka, this week also sees the release of Black Jack Vol. 10 and Ode to Kirihito Part 1 and Part 2.
She-Hulk: Sensational #1: 2010 is Shulkie’s 30th anniversary, and Marvel’s celebrating with this $5, oversized one-shot featuring two new stories written by Peter David and Brian Reed, as well as a reprint of an older John Byrne story.
Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic Book 1: Wow, that is some title. This $35, 425-page trade paperback collects the first chunk of one of the most infamous storylines of the 1990s, and one of the most controversial Spider-Man stories of all time. Ron Lim, Mark Bagley, Sal Buscema, John Romita Jr., J. M. Dematteis and Tom DeFalco are among the creators whose work is featured within, but this is probably one of those books that’s more interesting because of what it contains rather than because of who put it there.
Terminator 2029 #1: Writer Zack Whedon and artist Andy MacDonald are the creative team for Dark Horse’s latest Terminator licensed comic, this one a three-part miniseries about human resistance fighter Kyle Reese before he went back in time. Preview here.
X-Men: Second Coming #1: This is the big one for the X-books, the climax of storylines that have been brewing since the “No More Mutants” bit in House of M. Cable returns to the present with Hope, who may or may not be the mutant messiah, Craig Kyle and Chris Yost write, David Finch pencils and Kirk Jarvinen inks.