Let’s see, this week Marvel’s got Iron Man 2: Public Identity #2, Iron Man Vol. 3: World’s Most Wanted Book 2, Iron Man: Armor Wars II and Iron Man: The Art of Iron Man 2 all scheduled for release, providing a nice last-minute dollop to the pile of Iron Man, Black Widow and even Whiplash product they’ve pumped out over the past year or so to get ready for this weekend’s big movie. I think it’s safe to say any movie fans who come into comic shops asking for Iron Man comics will be pretty well covered.
Alias #1: You know Jessica Jones, the former superhero-turned-swear-word-using private detective turned mom that Brian Michael Bendis simply can not stop writing, even though her solo series ended some four years ago? Well, you can check out her first appearance for just a buck thanks to Marvel’s “Marvel’s Greatest Comics” reprint program. Michael Gaydos draws, and David Mack provides the cover.
The Amazon: Dark Horse re-offers Steven T. Seagle and Tim Sale’s action story about a reporter visiting the Amazon jungle and the adventure he finds there in a 90-page, $15 hardcover. You can check out a preview here.
Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine #1: Jason Aaron teams up with Adam Kubert to create a new team-up ongoing featuring Marvel’s two most bankable stars. It’s a $4 comic.
The Avengers: I Am an Avenger: This 215–page, $24 trade paperback collects a whole mess of classic Avengers comics featuring recruitment drives and new line-up debuts…as well as an all-star list of contributors. Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Jim Shooter, Walt Simonson, Larry Hama and, of course, Stan Lee are among the guys behind Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in this collection.
Bacter-Area: I like the title of this $10, Drawn & Quarterly-published book from artist Keith Jones, and I like the description of Jones’ work as “People and Birds talk to each other and spend time doing it.” That’s, um, all I know about this book. I’ll certainly be interested in flipping through a copy of it.
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam: Well, this strikes me as a very poorly put together collection of DC’s Marvel Family kids comic. Rather than collecting Mike Kunkel’s complete, four-issue arc that kicked off the title, this $13, 145-page trade paperback concludes th fifth and sixth issues of the series. So you get a complete, cohesive Kunkel story, followed by two more issues scripted by Art Baltazar and Franco and featuring pencil art by Byron Vaughans and Stephen DeStephano. That’s three stories, by two creative teams and three different artists, all of whom have very different—like, radically different—styles from one another. Oh well. The Kunkel stuff is really neat, and I loved DeStephano’s artwork on #6 so much I kind of wished he was the regular artist at the time.
Brightest Day #1: DC kicks off their latest experiment in weekly comics, an every-other-weekly comic! This one features Green Lantern franchise writers Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi and different art teams following the resurrected characters from Blackest Night #8 as they readjust to the world of the living and try to figure out what’s up with the White Lantern Hal Jordan is getting intimate with on the cover. Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark and Joe Prado draw this first, 30-page issue.
Buck Rogers Vol. 1: Future Shock: Dynamite Entertainment’s reimagination of the classic sci-fi hero by Scott Beatty, Carlos Rafael and John Cassaday gets a 145-page, $20 trade paperback collection.
Celebrity Zombie Killers: I should note that this is about zombie killers who are themselves celebrities, not about the killers of celebrity zombies. Both premises seem to offer some promise. This 95-page, $13 trade is written by Rick Copp and illustrated by Sanford Green, and is being pitched as “The Hills meets 28 Days Later.” I do like that Sanford Green character’s art a whole lot…
Dong Zoai, Vitenam 1965: Legendary (and prolific!) artist Joe Kubert writes and draws this $25, 200-page, original hardcover graphic novel based on a true story. It’s about a special forces detachment on a recon mission of the titular village, a mission that goes badly wrong. Kubert, who has long been best known for his war stories, tackles this one after extensive research and interviews with the real men whose tale he’s telling. I can’t imagine this will be anything short of gorgeous.
Hellboy in Mexico (Or, A Drunken Blur): I suppose I could mention that this is written by Mike Mignola and drawn by Richard Corben, or that you can check out a five-page preview here, but I think it’s highly unlikely you’ll need to know anything else about this comic aside from the fact that this is the cover of it:
Yeah, you’re probably going to want one of these.
Howard Chaykin’s Black Kiss: All twelve issues of Howard Chaykin’s controversial late-eighties series is back, now in a remastered, 140-page, $25 hard cover from Dynamite.
iZombie #1: Sick of zombies yet? I don’t blame you. But if so, don’t merely think of this as yet another zombie comic, instead, think of it as yet another Mike Allred comic book. Allred draws this new Vertigo ongoing, collaborating with writer Chris Roberson. The heavily promoted series features Gwen Dylan, a gravedigger/zombie/detective (high concept!). The first issue is priced to sample at just $1.
Jonah Hex #1: If you liked what you saw last week in the trailer for the upcoming Jonah Hex movie, DC’s got plenty of product for you this Wednesday. The most new reader friendly, financially painless way to sample Hex is this special $1 reprint of the first issue of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s current volume of the series, featuring art by Luke Ross. (As the series progresses, artists change almost constantly, but they are almost all sensational artists). The latest issue of the series, Jonah Hex #55, is also due out this week, featuring art by Vincent Alcazar and a cover by Walter Simonson (!!!). Finally, there’s Jonah Hex: Welcome to Paradise, an $18, 170-page trade paperback that seemingly functions as a sort of greatest hits collection of Hex stories, collecting stories from All-Star Western, Weird Western Tales and Jonah Hex, by the likes of Tony Dezuniga, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and others.
The Many Loves of The Amazing Spider-Man #1: This oversized, $4 anthology one-shot features three stories featuring the lovely ladies of poor Peter Parker’s love life. Chris Yost, Michael Ryan, Fred Van Lente, Javier Rodriguez, Roger Stern and others tell tales of Mary Jane Watson, The Black Cat and Gwen Stacy and Carlie Cooper.
Shadowhawk #1: The superhero from the inaugural wave of Image Comics returns in a new series, this one a mature readers volume written by Dan Wickline and drawn by Tone Rodriguez. Steve Niles and Shadowhadk creator Jim Valentino provide a back-up for the first issue. You can check out a preview here.
Spectacular Spider-Girl #1: You know the old saying, if at first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighteenth time you don’t succeed, try, try again.
SUPER F$$$$$S: What the f$$$ is this? That’s a terrible name for a comic book! What’s that? The first dollar sign stands for a u, the second for a c, the third for a, the fourth for an e and the fifth for an r? Ohhhh, so this is just what James Kochalka’s SuperF*ckers is appearing on the Diamond shipping list as, huh? Awesome. If you missed it in single issues, don’t miss this 145–page, $15 trade paperback collection, which includes all four issues, but also a brand-new Jack Krak solo story. SuperF*ckers is one of the funniest superhero comics I’ve ever read, and by far the best Legion of Super-Heroes comic book ever conceived. Don’t miss out! You can check out a preview here, and see a music video of their theme song here.
Superman: War of the Supermen #1: Here’s a very welcome use of the weekly format—a four-issue event miniseries, published weekly to accentuate the pace and urgency of the event. James Robinson and Sterling Gates write, Jamal Igle and Jon Sibal draw, and the plotlines that have been simmering in the Super-books for a long, long while finally come to a boil.
Thor and The Warriors Four #2: This month featuring the greatest cover in Marvel Comics publishing history: