Is the Twilight franchise about to lose some of its sparkle? Well, this week’s Archie & Friends #146 launches the two-part “Twilite” saga, in which two cute boys transfer to Archie and the gangs school. There’s Ivan, who looks a bit like the Edwin the Vampire character that all the gals are swooning over, and someone with pretty thick eyebrow named Jared.
In the past Archie comics developed a reputation for seeking to capitalize on a trend just after it’s started to lose its popularity, so this could be a bad sign for Twilight‘s staying power. Or not.
1 For $1: Aliens Vs. Predator: Dark Horse has a new round of bargain-priced reprints introduced to entice new readers to their line. This time the idea is classic #1 issues from throughout Dark Horse history. This week sees two such books—the first issue of the very first AVP series, and Sin City: The Hard Goodbye. The former is by Randy Stradley, Phil Norwood and Karl Story and the latter is, of course, by Frank Miller.
Bone: Tall Tales: This is probably the biggest release of the week. It’s a kinda-sorta continuation of Jeff Smith’s Bone saga, or at least some new stories set in his Bone-iverse. The work of Smith and Tom Sniegoski, this 130-page collection features new and previously-published material, including the story of Boneville’s founder, Big Johnson Bone. It’s available in both a $23 hardcover and an $11 trade paperback.
Dungeons & Dragons #0: Here’s another too-good-a-price-not-to-buy book, a special $1 issue featuring two stories by John Rogers, Alex Irvine, Adrea DiVito and Peter Bergting that will lead into publisher IDW’s November-launching D&D series.
Felix the Cat’s Greatest Comic Book Tails: Here’s a welcome bit of comics history, and a good example of why we’re living in the Golden Age of Reprints. This $35, 225-page hardcover collects a heaping helping of Otto Messmer’s Felix stories for Dell and Harvey, along with introductions from Don Oriolo (son of Joe) and Craig Yoe.
Gossip Girl: The Manga Vol. 1: For Your Eyes Only: HyeKyung Baek adapts Cecily von Ziegesar’s popular young adult prose series, which is also the inspiration behind a fairly popular TV series, into comics format. The first volume is a $13, 240-page trade paperback.
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1: Here’s where DC Comics tests just how popular the Green Lantern franchise is. So far Green Lantern has been able to boast some of the best sales of their superhero line, and the Green Lantern spin-off Green Lantern Corps has similarly done extremely well over the last few years. So now they’re trying a third ongoing series, this one a spin-off of a spin-off. Former GLC writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Fernando Pasarin launch a new GL title starring Guy Gardner, a title closely tying in to the ongoing Lantern plotlines. Here’s the kicker—it’s going to cost a buck more than the two other GL books, making it DC’s second 22-pages-for-$4 title, following Time Masters: Vanishing Point.
Morning Glories #1: Writer Nick Spencer and artist Joe Eisman kick-off their new series about a half-dozen brilliant misfits who transfer to Morning Glory Academy, a prestigious prep school with dark secrets. It’s a $4, 48-page issue.
Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #1: This is another Shadowland tie-in miniseries, a four-parter featuring Silver Sable, Paladin, Misty Knight and The Shroud. Antony Johnston writes, Wellinton Alves, Francesco Mattina and Nelson Pereira draw, and Marvel charges $4. This week also sees the release of Daredevil #509, the latest issue of the title that spawned the crossover event, by Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston and Roberto Pascual de la Torre.
Team-Ups of the Brave and the Bold Vol. 1: I can understand DC’s desire to differentiate the J. Michael Straczynski/Jesus Saiz run on DC’s low-selling team-up title from the collections from other creative teams, but good God, could they have come up with a worse title? This $25, 175-page hardcover features the first seven issues of their run (including one issue drawn by Cliff Chiang), featuring Batman (twice), The Joker (twice), Robby Reed and his H-Dial, Brother Power the Geek, The Flash Barry Allen, The Blackhawks, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, The Demon, Aquaman, The Atom, Dr. Fate, Zatanna, Wonder Woman and Batgirl Barbara Gordon. I read….let’s see…six of these issues, and sort of liked aspects of two of them. You can’t fault JMS for timidity, though—how many writers would use Brother Power at all, let alone in his third issue of a DC team-up book?
Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #1: The art team of Steve Dillon and Andy Lanning join Mark Millar for the start of his latest Ultimate Comics Avengers miniseries. This is the one featuring Blade and vampires, the one Millar was talking about when he publicly expressed concern about Marvel’s X-Men vs. Vampires storyline (Speaking of which, X-Men #2, the second part of the “Curse of the Mutants” storyline, is also out this week). UCA3 #1 is a $4 book.