Okay, I don’t know if it’s actually that heavy or not, but the new Thor By Walter Simonson Omnibus is a big one: It’s 7.8-inches by 11.2-inches, and just under 1200 pages long. For your $125 bucks, you get about 50 issues of Simonson’s Thor, widely regarded as the high point of the title and the character.
Captain America: Fighting Avenger #1: Marvel’s planned all-ages, Marvel Adventures-style series is now a over-sized, 48-page one-shot. Brian Clevinger is a pretty great comic book writer and Gurihiru is a really great comics art team, so why complain about portion size?
The Complete Wendel: Cartoonist Howard Cruse is best known for his 1995 graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, which was reprinted by Vertigo last year, but he also produced a comic strip about a young gay man and for The Advocate through much of the 1980s. As the title indicates, this $25, 290-page trade collects the entire run of the comic.
Flash #10: Writer Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul introduce Hot Pursuit and his Cosmic Motorcycle in an issue leading into the upcoming Flashpoint event/story. I guess this book’s running a bit late, given that the cover is of the title-character-posing-before-his-icon-on-a-white-field variety, which the whole DCU line sported back in…January, was it?
G.I. Joe: Cobra Commander Tribute 100-Page Spectacular: This gigantic, $8 special reprints the recent G.I. Joe: Cobra #12, along with reflections and reactions from various characters and reprints of of past Cobra Commander comics. (Exssselent, as the late, great head snake might have said). If you like the sounds of that spectacular Spectacular format, publisher IDW also has an Angel 100-Page Spectacular scheduled, reprinting some of their best Angel comics before the character joins former flame Buffy at Dark Horse Comics.
Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish: This one-shot pairs writer Mike Mignola with artist Kevin Nowlan for a story pitting the supernatural-busting hero against enemies from an entirely different genre. Take a look.
Justice League: Generation Lost #23: The Judd Winick-written bi-weekly featuring the former JLI Justice Leaguers vs. Evil Max Lord reaches its conclusion. I liked much of the series, and am eager to see what happens to this group of characters after this story—based on the latest solicits, it doesn’t look like they’ve earned an ongoing or a sequel or will be joining the cast JLoA or anything between now and July. Fernando Dagnino provides the art for this issue. (UPDATE: As is pointed out in the comments, and as you probably noticed if you picked up the issue this week, as I did, it is not the final issue of the series; there’s one more to go).
Punishermax #12: Dave Johnson just continues to kill on these covers.
I’m somehow still not sick of seeing him do something with Punisher’s skull logo, red, white and black every month.
Salt Water Taffy Vol. 4: Caldera’s Revenge: Matthew Loux’ series about two brothers in the mysterious, adventure-filled town of Chowder Bay begins its first multi-volume story arc here. It’s a 72-page, $6, black-and-white digest.
Spongebob Comics #2: The first issue of thies new series was really great.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #157: Marvel’s much-hyped icing of their out-of-continuity, teenagedSpider-Man might go down in this issue. It’s hard to say; it seems like Ultimate Spider-Man has been dying for months now.