Marvel Hercules might have the reason we celebrate Labor Day wrong, but he is right about one thing—new comic books won’t be in your local comic shop tomorrow, but will instead appear on Thursday.
So don’t walk in to your local comic shop expecting to buy new comics. You can still walk into your local comic shop to buy old comics though. I’m sure they would like that.
Let’s take a look at some of the books you’ll have to wait an extra 24 hours for this week.
1 For $1: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1: This week’s crop of $1 reprints includes the first issue of Dark Horse’s first Buffy comic, written by Joss Whedon and Andi Watson and drawn by Joe Bennett and Rick Ketcham (Look for the Art Adams cover!) Please note that this is the first issue from the 1998 series, rather than the first issue of more recent, more popular and higher quality “Season 8″ series. One American dollar can also score you 1 For $1: Magnus Robot Fighter, which contains twenty-some pages of Russ Manning robot-fighting, or Image Firsts: Liberty Meadows #1, which reprints the first issue of Frank Cho’s signature work.
Alison Dare, The Heart of The Maiden: J. Torres and J. Bone’s girl adventurer Alison Dare, previously seen in a comic book series from Oni Press, is back, this time in an $11, 100-page original trade from Tundra Books.
Batgirl #14: Supergirl and two-dozen straight-from-the silver screen Draculas (Draculai?) guest-star in this issue by Bryan Q. Miller, Lee Garbett and Trevor Scott. Preview here.
Batman #703: Oh, super-comics. In June this issue was solicited as being a story about several of the original Batman’s allies celebrating his legacy in the wake of The Return of Bruce Wayne (which was then scheduled to wrap up September 1) featuring a script by Peter Milligan and art by Tony Daniel. In fact, that’s what dccomics.com still says about the issue. But on our main page, we have a preview of the comic in question which includes the page with the credits, and that says the issue is written by Fabian Nicieza with art by Cliff Richards (The Source backs this up). The summary of the story remains unchanged, although Bruce Wayne hasn’t actually finished returning yet; not only did issue #6 not ship last week, but #5, which was originally scheduled for August 11, hasn’s shown up in shops yet either.
Billy The Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #1: The title of this Eric Powell and Kyle Hotz comic has a lot of charm to it, but a more prosaic one might also be more descriptive—Billy The Kid vs. Jack The Ripper. Preview here.
Cuba: My Revolution: This gorgeous-looking original graphic novel about a Cuban artist’s coming of age during the Cuban Revolution, and the various frustrations and conflicts she must face when her belief in the revolution’s promise crashes against its reality. It’s written by Inverna Lockpez, a Cuban artist writing her first graphic novel (inspired by events from her own life), drawn by artist Dean Haspiel and told in “a lush red-and-black palette created by colorist José Villarrubia.” That sure sounds good. It’s a $25, 145-page hardcover.
Daken: Dark Wolverine #1: Wolverine’s son gets a new #1 and a newer, uglier costume (Or is that his Dark Avengers get-up? I thought it had a Wolverine hat on it?) in this new series by the Marjorie Liu/Daniel Way writing team and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli. The first issue is an over-sized, $4 one. You can see a preview of it here.
Invaders Now #1: The latest of Alex Ross and Dynamite Entertainment’s Marvel projects reunites all of the original Invaders—all of whom are alive and well in the Marvel Universe at the moment—for a five-issue miniseries set in the present. Ross co-writes and provides the cover, Christos Gage co-writes and Caio Reiss pencils. It’s a $4 comic. Preview here.
Mighty Samson Archives Vol. 1: Dark Horse presents a $50, 215-page, hardcover collection of the first si issues of 1964′s Mighty Samson comics from Gold Key. In a post-apocalyptic future city of N’Yark, the remaining humans do battle with awesomely mutated monsters, with their own super-strong mutant champion Samson fighting for good. Otto Binder wrote all six issues, while Frank Thorne drew the first five. You can see a preview here. Also in the Expensive Reprint Material From Dark Horse category this week are Creepy Archives Vol. 7 and Conan: The Newspaper Strips #1.
Punisher Max: Hot Rods of Death #1: You know, this may just have the best title of any Punisher one-shot so far. Charlie Houston and Shawn Martinbrough pit Punny against a motorcycle gang in this 48-page, $5 one-shot.Preview here.
Scooby-Doo, Where are You? #1: After 159 issues, DC reboots their Scooby comic with a new title and new #1. Scott Gross, another in DC’s growing number of writer/artists, will handle the creative duties. Based on the covers, it looks like the new series will follow the traditional Scooby status quo and character designs, rather than those of the brand new Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated series.
Weird War Tales #1: This week’s one-issue resurrection of an old DC title looks like the most exciting of the lot. It will consist of three short stories by three different creative teams: Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein, Jan Strnad and Gabriel Hardman and Darwyn Cooke, who also provides the cover. It’s a $4 book.