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Arriving 1/4/2012

Brian Hibbs

First ship week of the year is subdued, but it has a few winners in it — I’m especially looking forward to the first issue of Brubaker & Phillips’ FATALE!

2000 AD #1763
2000 AD PROG 2012
ACTION COMICS #5
ANIMAL MAN #5
ARTIFACTS #13 (OF 13)
AVENGERS ACADEMY #24
AVENGERS ANNUAL #1
AVENGERS X-SANCTION #2 (OF 4)
BATWING #5
BETRAYAL O/T PLANET O/T APES #3 (OF 4)
BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #197
BLOOD RED DRAGON #3
BOYS #62
BRODYS GHOST ONE SHOT
COLD WAR #4
CYCLOPS #8
DEFENDERS #2
DETECTIVE COMICS #5
ELRIC THE BALANCE LOST #7
FATALE #1
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #6 (OF 12)
FERALS #1
FLASH GORDON ZEITGEIST #2
GODZILLA LEGENDS #3 (OF 5)
GOON #37
GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES #3
GREEN ARROW #5
HAWK AND DOVE #5
HELLRAISER #9
HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES #5
HULK #47
HUNTRESS #4 (OF 6)
IRREDEEMABLE #33
IZOMBIE #21
JURASSIC PARK DANGEROUS GAMES #5 (OF 5)
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #5
LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #13
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16
MEN OF WAR #5
MUDMAN #2
NOWHERE MAN #1 (OF 4)
OMAC #5
PEANUTS #1 (OF 4)
PENGUIN PAIN AND PREJUDICE #4 (OF 5)
PUNISHER #7
RACHEL RISING #4
RED LANTERNS #5
ROBOCOP ROAD TRIP #1
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #17
SHINKU #4
STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #4 (OF 6)
STATIC SHOCK #5
STORMWATCH #5
SUPER DINOSAUR #7
SUPERNATURAL #4 (OF 6)
SWAMP THING #5
SWEET TOOTH #29
TANK GIRL CARIOCA #3 (OF 3)
THE LONE RANGER #1
THOR DEVIANTS SAGA #3 (OF 5)
THUNDERBOLTS #168
UNCANNY X-FORCE #19.1
UNCANNY X-MEN #4
VALEN OUTCAST #2 MAIN CVRS
VILLAINS FOR HIRE #2 (OF 4)
WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #9
WITCHBLADE #151 CVR A CHRISTOPHER
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #1 (OF 5)
X-23 #20
X-CLUB #2 (OF 5)
X-MEN #23 XREGB

Books / Mags / Stuff
ALTER EGO #106
ANNOTATED SANDMAN HC VOL 01
AVENGERS ACADEMY TP VOL 02 REAL WORLD
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT HC VOL 01 GOLDEN DAWN DLX ED
BATMAN THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE TP
BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 02 GODS AND MONSTERS
CHARLIE ADLARD CURSE O/T WENDIGO TP
DC SUPERHERO FIG COLL MAG #96 PHANTOM STRANGER
DC SUPERHERO FIG COLL MAG #97 CHEETAH
EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 09
ENDERS GAME ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP
FEAR ITSELF PREM HC
HOGANS ALLEY #18
HULK WORLD WAR HULKS HC
INSURRECTION TP
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 02
JUDGE DREDD COMP CASE FILES TP (S&S ED) VOL 04
JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #318
KEEP OUR SECRETS BOARD BOOK
NARUTO TP VOL 54
SCREAMLAND DEATH O/T PARTY TP
STAND TP VOL 02 AMERICAN NIGHTMARES
WANDERING SON HC VOL 02
WITCHFINDER TP VOL 02 LOST AND GONE FOREVER
X-FORCE HC VOL 02
YOUNG MARVELMAN CLASSIC PREM HC VOL 02

 

What looks good to YOU?

 

-B

16 Responses to “ Arriving 1/4/2012 ”

  1. ACTION COMICS #5 – I’ve seen people whinging about ‘yet another Superman origin’. I freakin’ love Superman origin stories, so this is top of my list.

    ANIMAL MAN #5
    DEFENDERS #2 – I didn’t dig all of #1, but Fraction got me by the end. “Defenders – the book Fraction doesn’t have to shit on a genre to justify”.

    DETECTIVE COMICS #5 – This one’s on notice with me. After that first arc, I’m not certain even Daniels knows what he’s aiming for. But it’s just crazy enough to keep me coming back.

    FATALE #1 – So… Icon must not be that great. Hopefully this book will be!

    GREEN ARROW #5 – Giffen/Jurgens did a great job with #4. I really wish they were staying on.

    HAWK AND DOVE #5
    JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #5 – I’m liking the style of this book, but this storyline has gone on too long.

    OMAC #5
    SHINKU #4
    STATIC SHOCK #5 – The art is keeping me on this one. Not shocked the co-writer left, Xombie this ain’t.

    SUPER DINOSAUR #7
    SWAMP THING #5 – Snyder just needs to pick the pace up a bit. That goes for all his books, not just this one.

  2. OMAC #5:
    Issue #4 was just the change-of-pace/shot-in-the-arm/reveal-some-mythology the series needed, right when it needed it (ie, right when I was asking for it – perhaps I should be making comics. How hard could it be?). And we’ve got our first cross-over: with Frankenstein, this month! Which I also happen to buy anyway! Otherwise I would be pissed!

    I’m going to look at Star Trek Legion of Super Heroes just to see if it magically gets better (like if they got a completely different artist and a totally different story concept – hey, it could happen, right? … right?).

  3. Marvel gets an early leg up on DC for me this year/week:

    UNCANNY X-FORCE #19.1: Was one of the best series in 2011, hope this holds in 2012

    WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN: ALPHA & OMEGA: Really anxious to see Brian Wood begin the next phase of his career, now that DMZ has wrapped, NORTHLANDERS will shortly, and he’s out at DC. This is the start of all the new stuff, CONAN, THE MASSIVE, and more.

  4. 2000 AD #1763
    2000 AD PROG 2012
    This has been a real revelation for me. Having just started collecting right around the time the Dirty Frank : Low Life arc got going it’s been pretty consistently good (Ampney Crucis is kind of a low mark for me despite beautiful painted art) and exceedingly accessible. Now in singles I recommend it to pretty much anybody. I can understand Brian’s frustrations with shipping, though. Still it’s being published weekly so as readers, at least, we know the material is working towards us on a consistent basis.

    ACTION COMICS #5
    I think the problem with the Superman origin story is that too many people have done it poorly. As a character archetype Supes is wide open to interpretation but so many have focused on hitting very specific major beats of his story that those elements are played out. For example, at least in this series, instead of seeing Superman debut by saving Lois, or a Super plane, or whatever, we see him dangling some corporate scum bag off a balcony. That’s different enough to keep me interested. Don’t get me wrong, this series hasn’t been a never ending hit parade for me but it brings enough to the table.

    FATALE #1
    You had me at hello…you had me at Octopus Head Gangster

    FLASH GORDON ZEITGEIST #2
    Again, made enough tweaks to the story I was expecting to bring me back. Also, did not repeat the Bionic Man faux pas of holding back the Bionic Manness. Is he even Bionic yet? Somebody still reading, tell me, please. Flash Gordon, go be Flash Gordon!

    IRREDEEMABLE #33
    Picked up the first issues via Comixology sale – I want to point out that the fact that this new generation has an immediately and FOREVER available back catalog in the digital arena is a huge advantage going forward. If, say, individual creators owned their own back catalog instead of having mortgaged it to publishing houses it might make a significant change to the distribution model.

    MUDMAN #2
    It’s a great throwback in terms of design and style. Visual storytelling was solid and I have no expectation of drop off based on track record.

    UNCANNY X-MEN #4
    I love Kieron Gillen’s and Carlos Pacheco’s willingness to tell the story in the panels. Issue 3 Page 3 panel 2 gives you some visual meat on the bone, for example, Magik showing concern for a wounded and angry Storm is a nice example. If you’re going to go wide panel on a page to page basis I appreciate the choice to give me something to digest and absorb. It’s one of the advantages of comics that allow you to focus on multiple happenings in the same snapshot of time. Nice, I thought it should be noted.

    In the free digital arena I am reading American Barbarian by Tom Sciola at ambarb.com Apparently it will be the new Adhouse Book (Duncan the Wonder Dog). It’s been pretty great and I’m only three chapters in. The Kirby homage of adding three exclamation points to “Revenge” in a particular shot actually made me stand up and laugh out loud.

  5. @Justin
    and for anyone who hasn’t seen it. Everybody have the Public Domain pdf?

    http://brianwood.tumblr.com/post/6361499764/i-am-offering-a-free-download-of-the-entire

    It’s offered by Wood due to the printed copies running out at Khepri and should be seen. I will be buying his new stuff in droves and wonder if he too isn’t a candidate for creator owned and direct digital distribution? The Khepri front page alone has three leading candidates in Brandon Graham, Bruabker & Phillips, and Wood.

  6. Welcome to 2012!

    ACTION COMICS #5 – I’m with Ben Lipman on this; I can’t get enough origin stories for Supes. So even though this series, as a whole, is on notice for me, I’m here for this issue. Probably not much more, however.

    BETRAYAL O/T PLANET O/T APES #3 – the Lawgiver says that good comics should be bought, or we will have a DM that only sells Avengers books. This is a good book. And since this is at Boom, it has not yet spawned 14 spin-off series.

    DEFENDERS #2 – maybe. I will put my 70s Defenders love against anyone’s, but I am not sure that #1 was actually a good comic by any standard definition.

    FLASH GORDON ZEITGEIST #2 – Yeah, this is Flash Gordon being Flash Gordon, something the recent Canadian filmed TV show forgot to do. All this and Nazis too!

    @J_Smitty_: Yes Col Steve Austin is now bionic, and (in issue #5) had his first bionic fight against a similarly constructed bionic baddie. That’s TEN MILLION DOLLARS in action people! Still no sign of THE ICE TUNNEL WHERE BIGFOOT LIVES but I have hope that Kevin Smith will get to it by issue #329.

    And since its DYNAMITE the spin off Bionic Woman book is already on the way. Those Fembots http://bionic.wikia.com/wiki/Fembot totally freaked out 6 year old Corey(Ottawa). Here’s hoping they show up.

    HUNTRESS #4 (OF 6) – Nice fluid art, with a surprisingly restrained “good girl” aspect to it, given this is the Nude52. Enjoyed the line about Helena being “more of a cat person.” Nice bit of meta, Mr Levitz.

    OMAC #5 – FRANKENGAGE vs OMACTIVATE! Not sure why a cross-over is needed but here we have it.

    PUNISHER #7 – How did this Marvel book sneak in here…? Oh wait, its the ‘Gotham Central’ team of Rucka and Lark, together again. This looks like great street level fun.

    ROBOCOP ROAD TRIP #1 – It’s the first issue, I’ll give it a try. That recent Robo/Terminator series was insane fun, and even shredded core continuity from the respective properties! Madness!

    SWAMP THING #5 – Snyder has gotten this moving, and got the horror mix right too. Let’s chalk those first two issues up to growing pains, and possible Post-Moore Performance Anxiety Disorder (PMPAD). It happens to everyone. Especially Roy Harper.

    THE LONE RANGER #1 – these have been very nicely done, in particular the Lone Ranger and Tonto books which were absolutely gorgeous (albeit at an INSANE $4.99 price point before landing in my LCS dollar bin where I scooped them up like the cheap bastiche I am).

    VILLAINS FOR HIRE #2 – this book and its predecessor, always felt very 70s to me. And it’s $2.99, also, so ‘win’!. But since nobody is reading it, it is totally “ending at a pre-determined point”. Not sure what this means for DnA, since the cosmic taps have seemingly been tunrned to a trickle.

    WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #9 – Space pirates and heaving Barsooms make for good comix. On a more serious note, Paul Renaud really deserves an art book. Just spectacular cover work.

    @Chris Brown totally nails it on Legion/Trek! It’s grife!

    Nice to be back, and here’s hoping we all have a good 2012.

  7. So DC’s “Jim & Dan’s Twilight Of The Superheroes” conrinues on into the bew tear, then…

  8. @J_Smitty_
    I have both of the Public Domain books, but thanks, I wasn’t aware of that freebie! Everyone should check it out.

    Shameless plug, but for any fans of DMZ, here’s a project I’ve been working on with Brian Wood for the better part of 2011 and will continue into 2012: http://dmzthecomic.com

  9. “FATALE #1 – So… Icon must not be that great. Hopefully this book will be!”

    FYI, Brubaker has said, “We’ve still got a lot of stuff coming out through Icon at Marvel.”

    http://www.newsarama.com/comics/fatale-ed-brubaker-sean-phillips-111221.html

  10. 2000 AD PROG 2012 – My annual check-in on British comics, although PROG 1764 is supposed to introduce all-new story arcs, so I might dip my toes into that too.

    ACTION COMICS #5 – Curious if the idea that there would be one arc with the early Supes before jumping to the present day was editorially mandated, and if this 2 part origin is Grant Morrison’s way of stalling for time. I’m all for this younger, scrappier Siegel-Shusteresque Superman for modern times, not just because it’s a good book but because it’s a valid excuse to have 2 Superman titles.

    ANIMAL MAN #5 – The last issue fell a little flat for me, hopefully this is better.

    FATALE #1 – Weird amount of controversy about the latest Brubaker-Phillips joint going to Image rather than Icon. That said, I’m looking forward to this as much as Hibbs, especially after reading the 5 page preview Warren Ellis put up. Image seems like a smart business move for a writer who gets a lot of flak for, um, consistency? And Image has a lot of buzz lately for breaking the latest hot creators and exciting new books and Icon is known for not really publishing stuff.

    FERALS #1 – Werewolf book by David Lapham? Worth a look, even though I wish he’d get Vertigo or somebody to give him a deal to publish Stray Bullets in a way that would pay the bills.

    IRREDEEMABLE #33 – I’m in full Savage Critic immersion mode, so I turned on the latest Wait What then started writing this, and as I typed in Irredeemable, Jeff and Graeme started talking about it. Creepy. Or cool. Probably both.

    SWAMP THING #5 – Still really enjoy this book, despite the exposition. I think it’s OK Alec Holland still isn’t Swampy. They’re getting to it.

    SWEET TOOTH #29 – Here’s a book I kinda liked enough to pick up an issue once or twice a year, but the LCS had a dollar sale and I picked up a bunch, including the last flashback arc, and I dug it. If I’m not sure where Jeff Lemire’s going in ANIMAL MAN, it’s clear he has a plan here.

  11. Rachel Rising #4? Didn’t that come out weeks ago? I’ve got it. I read it. I really enjoyed it.

  12. Also doing my annual 2000 AD checkin with Prog 2012, and perhaps my sub for the Dredd Meg will kick in?

    Anyway, stopping by for three weeks of comics – from this list I’m looking forward to DEFENDERS, ACTION, SWAMP THING, RED LANTERNS, FATALE, and VILLAINS FOR HIRE. Good times!

  13. Good God, between the insane “Choose Your Own Adventure” style Judge Dredd story in 2000 AD prog 2012 and the finally-released DC ELSEWORLDS special, yesterday’s comics just about blew my fucking mind.

  14. I can’t believe I’m considering dropping a Grant Morrison-written Superman comic. I enjoyed the first few, but the last two issues (including yesterday’s) were just awful, IMO. And who was asking for a story about the Kents’ fertility situation?

  15. 2000 AD #1763
    2000 AD PROG 2012
    BOYS #62
    ELRIC THE BALANCE LOST #7
    FATALE #1
    FLASH GORDON ZEITGEIST #2
    WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #9
    WITCHBLADE #151 CVR A CHRISTOPHER

    JUDGE DREDD COMP CASE FILES TP (S&S ED) VOL 04

  16. 6.

    Paul Renaud’s Dejah Thoris covers are awesome, certainly. Wish there were posters!

    Highlights the pointlessness of crazy multiple covers for Australians, never going to be able to get the ones we want, so pointless getting the print comics.

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