This week in comics! These comics are available! Probably!
American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #1: Joe The Barbarian artist Sean Murphy joins writer Scott Snyder for a five-issue spinoff miniseries. Set during World War II, Survival features vampire hunters Delicia Book and Cash McCogan.
Booster Gold #45: As one of the only regular DCU titles tying directly into Flashpoint, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapumund’s book is positioned to benefit quite nicely from the big crossover event. It’s also just one of plenty of Flashpoint comics coming out this week, as four more three-issue miniseries launch: Flashpoint: Citizen Cold, Flashpoint: Deathstroke and The Curse of the Ravager, Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman and Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown. That’s five books, for $15, and just this week, completists!
Captain America: American Nightmare: Excited for the upcoming Captain America movie, and looking to read about his comic adventures first? Great, Marvel’s got plenty of them to choose from. So many, in fact, that the main problem is probably figuring out where to start. Just this week, there’s the above hardcover collection, by Mark Waid, Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, Andy Kubert and others (250-pages/$25), Captain America By Dan Jurgens Vol. 1, collecting the beginning of the Jurgens-written run from the late nineties (260/$30), Captain America: The Fighting Avenger, which collects four all-ages stories from the likes of Brian Clevinger, Paul Tobin, Jeff Parker, Gurihiu, David Baldeon and others (120/$15) and Captain America: No Escape, which collects a five-issue portion of Ed Brubaker’s run on the monthly, penciled by Butch Guice (120/$16).
Congress of the Animals: New Jim Woodring! This 100-page, $20 hardcover is Woodring’s second graphic novel, and the first to star his Frank character. Check out a preview here.
DC Comics Presents: Impulse #1: Before Geoff Johns aged him, matured him and changed his superhero identity in Flash and Teen Titans, Bart Allen went by the name Impulse and had funnier more fun adventures than one finds in the DCU of today. This $8, 95-page almost-trade includes four issues from writer Todd DeZago’s run, including art by pre-Rebirth Ethan Van Sciver, Angel Unzueta and Walter Simonson and featuring guest-stars like Batman, The Joker, Kalibak and Impulse’s archenemy, Inertia.
Empowered Special #2: Ten Questions for the Maidman: This comic book format spin-off from Adam Warren’s Empowered series of original graphic novel is acollaboration between Warren and artist Emily Warren (no relation). The Adam Warren-drawn sections will be in the traditional Empowered black-and-white, while Emily Warren’s are painted in full color.
Fear Itself: Deadpool #1: Three Fear Itself issues this week, including the launch of the Bong Dazo/Ryan Stegman Deadpool miniseries and Fear Itself: Fearsome Four by Brandon Montclare and Ryan Bodenheim, featuring the crazy-ass team of Nighthawk, She-Hulk, Frankenstein, Howard The Duck and Man-Thing…? Wait, that’s a fivesome. Also this week is the second issue of Christopher Yost and Mike McKone’s Fear Itself: Spider-Man #2. That’s a grand total of three books for $9, making Fear Itself the more manageable of the concurrent Big Two crossovers…this week, at least.
15 Love #1: Teenage tennis action from…Marvel? Huh. This long-shelved miniseries by writer Andi Watson and artist Tommy Ohtsuka has been dusted off and is finally seeing print, for reasons as mysterious as wy it was commissioned and then shelved in the first place. Don’t get me wrong; I’m actually really looking forward to this, and it’s the only marvel book on my pull-list this week. But athat doesn’t mean it’s not a very weird thing. It’s a 55-page, $5 issue, with two more to follow.
Ghost Rider #0.1: Ha ha ha! Why launch a new title with a #1 issue or a #0 issue, when you could launch it with a #0.1? While Marvel’s “Point One” books are meant to be new-reader friendly, the numbering on Rob Williams and Matthew Clark’s new series seems to be the opposite.
Isle of 100,000 Graves: New Jason! This 60-page, $15 trade is unique among Jason’s other works in that he’s working, for the first time, with a co-writer, Fabien Vehlmann. Preview here.