This is your last chance to read Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee’s critically acclaimed, classical take on Marvel’s Thor character in a new single-issue format, as this week’s Thor: The Mighty Avenger #8 is the last issue of the series.
What is the best way to honor the cancellation of one of the best superhero comics of the past year or so? I plan on rolling the last issue up, setting it in the little wooden viking ship I’ve been fashioning since Marvel first announced the end of the series, and then setting it in my bathtub and lighting it afire.
I think it’s what Thor would have wanted.
That’s not the only reason to be sad this week, however, as it looks like a relatively weak week at the old comic shop. Here are a few books of note I noticed…
BPRD: Hell on Earth: Gods #1: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis keep it up. Preview here.
Daredevil Reborn #1: Andy Diggle and David Gianfelice kick off the next phase of Daredevil’s story post-Shadowland in this $4 one-shot, featuring a neat-o cover by Jock. You can check out a preview here. Meanwhile, T’Challa the Black Panther continues to keep ol’ Horn Head’s subtitle and numbering warm for him in Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #514, by David Liss and Francesco Francavilla.
Hack/Slash: Me Without You: This one-shot features the origin of Vlad, Cassie Hack’s slasher-slashing sidekick. Creator Tim Seeley writes, artist Daniel Leister draws, and the main page has a nine-page preview you can see by clicking here.
Infinite Vacation #1: Suddenly-everywhere writer Nick Spencer and artist Christian Ward team for a high-concept love story about a world where alternate realities exist and are easily accessible, allowing people to buy and trade for variations of themselves. Publisher Image Comics compares it to Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind and Inception. You can start judging that assessment for yourself with this preview.
Marvel Adventures Avengers Thor: It’s difficult to tell from the word-salad title and lack of volume number, but I think this is a digest collection of the Paul Tobin-written Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes title, which features a new version of the Avengers, including Thor, whom the volume is apparently named after because, um, movie…? I haven’t read a bad Tobin-written Marvel Adventures book before, so I have to imagine this is fun and engaging. Whatever it is, exactly.
New Avengers By Brian Michael Bendis Vol. 1: When I first saw this tlisting for a premium hardcover edition of these comics on the Diamond shipping lists, I thought for a second it said “New Adventures Of Brian Michael Bendis,” and got all excited thinking maybe he had plunged back into diary/autobio comics. But no, it’s just another collection of his Avengers stuff.
Spawn #200: That’s one issue for every yard of his cape.
Wonder Girl #1: This is one of the handful of one-shots DC is publishing as part of their figure-posing-in-front-of-their-symbol/icon-in-a-white-field cover month. It ties into Wonder Girl’s home title, Teen Titans, and is written by TT writer J.T. Krul, while artists Adriana Melo and Mariah Benes provide the art. I believe this is the first official appearance of the new character Solstice, whom DC seems to be making a kinda sorta big-ish deal about, but I could be wrong about that. The main page has a preview here.