Doesn’t listen to Hal Jordan, Green Hornet. The Green Hornet franchise seem to be doing okay so far with only the one color. This week, for example, sees the launch of another new Green Hornet comic, Green Hornet: Parallel Lives #1. That one is the official prequel to the upcoming film, which is currently scheduled to open in January. Jai Nitz writes, Nigel Raynor draws, and it will cost you $4. Meanwhile, Hal can be seen palling around with otherly colored Lanterns in this week’s Green Lantern #55, in which Lobo fights Red Lantern Atrocitus (and hopefully Lobo’s dog fights Atrocitus’ cat). It’s by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy.
Action Comics #890: Now that the long-running New Krypton vs. Lois Lane’s dad storyline is wrapped up and Superman is no longer exiled from Earth, that means he’ll be returning to star in his own comics after a too-long absence, right? Well, he’ll be in Superman, anyway. With this issue, Lex Luthor becomes the star of Action Comics, and while that might sound a little too much like more of the same for fans weary of the Superman-free Action, it’s worth noting that Action does have a new writer, the newly exclusive Paul Cornell, and with Pete Woods handling the art, at least readers can rest assured that this is going to be a pretty good Action Comics arc, whether Superman is in it or not. This is a $4, oversized issue.
Batman Beyond #1: Batman #700 seems to have made it official…or official-ish, and the future in which an elderly Bruce Wayne guides young Terry McGinnis on his journey to become the Batman of the future is apparently canon…or canon-esque. This six-issue miniseries by writer Adam Beechen and artist Ryan Benjamin will be the first full-length return to the setting and characters from the 1999-2001 animated series since the Batman Beyond ongoing was canceled with its 24th issue in 2001.
Batwoman: Elegy: This 190-page, $25 hardcover collects Detective Comics #854-#860, the Greg Rucka written, J.H. Williams III-illustrated Barwoman arc. Everyone seemed to love this at the time, and while the story never seemed more than so-so to me, the art certainly elevated the entire endeavor—these were some seriously beautiful superhero comics.
Battle Smash Vs. The Saucer-Men From Venus: Okay, the Saucer-Men From Venus sound pretty self-explanatory, but who or what is Battle Smash? According to publisher Viper Comics, they’re “the world’s greatest team of Lucha-based, non-super-powered, implausibly muscled and ALWAYS masked heroes.” Okay, that’s a high concept that at least deserves a flip-through. Dale Mettam writes, Armando Zanker draws and Viper has more info.
BB Wolf & The 3 LPs: This 95-page, $13 hardcover by writer J.D. Arnold and artist Rich Koslowski used the story of the three little pigs as a skeleton on which to hang a classic story of racism, murder, revenge, and music. Check out a seven-page preview here, and find much more info here.
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #182: Tonight the part of Betty Cooper will be played by…
Deadpool Team-Up #892: I’m all Deadpool-ed out, but I appreciate the off-the-wall characters this title keeps digging up for the popular character to join forces with in this title. This time it’s Satana, The Son of Satan’s sister, and Dave Lapham and Shawn Crystal are the team-up behind the team-up.
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: This 110-page, $20 hardcover is a graphic novel adaptation of this past spring’s Tim Burton-directed, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland-inspired film. Alessandro Ferrari adapted the script, while Massimiliano Narciso and Marieke Ferrari handled the painted art. I wasn’t terribly enamored with the film itself—although the production design was pretty amazing—but the graphic novel has some gorgeous art, and Narciso has an expressive, playful line that’s a pleasure to look at and see move across the page. The book includes about 30 pages of sketches, a timeline of the Alice story and notes on the production of the book.
Invincible Iron Man Annual #1: The regular Invincible Iron Man writer Matt Fraction and artist Carmine di Giandomenico tell an oversized, $5 story featuring Tony Stark’s archenemy The Mandarin. I love that guy’s oranges.
Joker’s Asylum: Clayface #1: The fifth and final issue of the Joker-hosted series of one-shots starring Bat-villains ships this week, and it’s the one I was most excited about, given that it’s illustrated by Kelley Jones, one of my all-time favorite comics artists. The writer is Kevin Shinick and the villain is Clayface and, I’m almost ashamed to admit, I’ve completely lost track of the Clayfaces over the years. I thought the one in the asylum was the one with melty-hands who was in love with a mannequin, not the shape-shifting Clayface II but there have been so many absorptions of Clayfaces and reboots of DCU continuity in recent years that I’m lost in matters Clayface. I’m a terrible, terrible Batman fan, I know. Anyway! Kelley Jones! Drawing Clayface! The last time he did that, Steve Niles turned Clayface into a giant, living graveyard absorbing people and Batman had to pilot a gigantic robot punching machine to fight him!
Last Zombie #1: Promise?
Predators #4: Dark Horse wraps up it’s four-issue weekly miniseries serving as a prequel to the upcoming Predators film this week, just as Marvel wraps up it’s weekly five-issue Heralds mini and DC wraps up their aforementioned weekly Joker’s Asylum series. Any retailers in the reading audience? How did these books do for you guys? Does the weekly shipping schedule help or hurt sales on these books, do you think, or do they have no impact at all? I’m pretty curious about how successful the strategy is, because, as a reader, I’m really enamored of the format.
Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special #1: Hey, is Peter Porker one of the spider-powered super-characters the Kravens are hunting down in “Grim Hunt?” The title pretty much explains this one; contributing creators include Tom Defalco, Tom Peyer, Robert Campanella, Adam Dekraker, Jacob R. Chabot and others.
Velocity #1: Ron Marz and Kenneth Rocafort kick-off a four-issue, $4-per-issue miniseries starring the speedster character from Cyberforce. The main page has a preview here.
Wonder Woman #600: DC pulls a Marvel and, thanks to some voodoo mathematics, what would have been the 45th issue of the third volume of Wonder Woman is now the 600th issue. Any excuse for a party, I guess. George Perez, Phil Jimenez, Gail Simone, Geoff Johns and Joe Madureira are among the creators involved in this oversized, $5 special, which is also the official start of J. Michael Straczynski’s run on the book. DC’s Source blog has been running short essays from a variety of creators and at least one actress famous for playing Wondy on TV all this week.
Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper #1: Robert Bloch’s classic prose story gets a comics adaptation by writers Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale, with Kevin Colden handling the art. It’s a $4 book. You can check out five pages of it here…the art definitely looks pretty nice.
Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders: Geektacular #1: This 3 Geeks spin-off from Moonstone finds the Geeks at a cheerleader camp infested with zombies. Based on the title, I believe cheerleaders and zombies will find themselves in conflict at some point. Rich Koslowski, Stevn L. Frank, Jimy Kyle and David Namisato made this comic, and you can see some of it here.