These are the times that try a fan’s soul, or at least a fan’s wallet—starting tomorrow, DC and Marvel will both have big, linewide crossover/event/unified branding storylines going simultaneously. Marvel’s Fear Itself started a few weeks ago, and now DC’s Flashpoint, a Blackest Night-like event launches with Flashpoint #1.
Geoff Johns is writing, And Kubert is drawing, and the premise is that Flash foe the Reverse-Flash has messed with the time stream enough to create a radically altered DCU. IT’s a 40-page, $4 issue.
This week also sees the release of Flash #12, the conclusion of a story arc entitled “The Road To Flashpoint,” which presumably has something to do with Flashpoint. Johns writes that as well, with Francis Manapul on art.
What else is out this week? Let’s take a look together, shall we?
Batman Incorporated #6: This is the issue with Chief Man-of-Bats riding a buffalo on the cover. If for some reason you need to know more than that, the main page has a preview.
Batman: Arkham City #1: This is the first issue of a five-issue miniseries based on the Batman videogames, meant to bridge the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and the upcoming Batman: Arkham City. Paul Dini is writing, and Carlos D’Anda is handling the art.
Deadman Vol. 1: This $20, 180-page trade collects Strange Adentures #205-213, the original Deadman comics stories from the late ‘60s. Aside form introducing the character, these issues are probably best known for Neal Adams’ art. He illustrates much of this collection, but the other creators involved are no slouches either: Arnold Drake, Carmine Infantino, George Roussos and others.
Devil’s Concubine: Writer/artist Palle Schmidt’s original graphic novel is a crime/noir sort of deal involving two hitmen in a job gone bad in Europe. It’s an $18, 100-page trade paperback, and you should be able to spot it pretty easily—just look for the Peter Snejbjerg cover.
Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #1: The Gravity creative team of Sean McKeever and Mike Norton re-team for this six-issue miniseries, in which the original Avengers Initative graduating class, Firestar and, of course, Gravity get involved in the line-wide events of the Marvel universe.
Hellboy: Being Human: Is there an issue of a Hellboy-related comic every single week, or does it just seem like it? Here’s this week’s—Mike Mignola and Richard Corben team-up for a Hellboy and Roger team-up in this one shot.
Jew Gangster: Andy Kubert is drawing DC’s most heavily promoted comic of the week, but what’s his dad up to? Two graphic novels, this week. Jew Gangster details the story of a young Jewish man who falls in with the wrong crowd in Depression-era New York, and winds up embroiled in a mob war. And in Yossel, the comics master asks and answers the question of what might have happened if his family never emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1926. Both are $15,145-page, black-and-white trades.
Mega Man #1: The classic videogame hero returns to comics, this time in a new ongoing series from Archie Comics. If they do 1/100th of the job they did on their Sonic The Hedgehog comics with it, it should turn out pretty awesome.
Missing Linx: Dale Mettam and Courtney Huddleston have a pretty great high concept premise here: A “superhero team” consisting of Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the Skunk Ape and the Yeti. It’s a 70-page, $8 trade.
Moriarity #1: Daniel Corey and Anthony Diecidue launch a new ongoing series from Image Comics, in which Sherlock Holmes’ archenemy has outlived the great detective, and is no doubt going to get into some bad guy hijinx.