Arriving 4/18/2012

Brian Hibbs

Some fine fine comics, after the jumpThe shipping on 2000AD frankly disgusts me, though.

On the other hand, I’m weirdly excited about the SHOWCASE: ALL-STAR SQUADRON volume…

 

2000 AD #1772
2000 AD #1773
2000 AD #1774
2000 AD #1775
3 STORY SECRET FILES O/T GIANT MAN ONE SHOT
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #684 ENDS
ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #228
AVENGERS #25 AVX
BATMAN #8
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #3
BATMAN ODYSSEY VOL 2 #7 (OF 7)
BETTY & VERONICA #259
BIRDS OF PREY #8
BLACKEST NIGHT SPECIAL EDITION #1
BLUE BEETLE #8
BOMB QUEEN VII QUEENS WORLD #3 (OF 4)
BPRD HELL ON EARTH LONG DEATH #3
CAPTAIN ATOM #8
CASTLE WAITING VOL II #16 (RES)
CATWOMAN #8
DANGER GIRL ARMY OF DARKNESS #5
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #11
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #8
DEFENDERS #5
DOMINIQUE LAVEAU VOODOO CHILD #2
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EBERRON ANNUAL 2012 #1
FABLES #116
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #8
HELLBLAZER #290
ICE AGE PLAYING FAVORITES ONE SHOT
INCREDIBLE HULK #7
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #515
IRREDEEMABLE #36
JOHN CARTER GODS OF MARS #2 (OF 5)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #8
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #185
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #8
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #2
MARVELS AVENGERS PRELUDE FURYS BIG WEEK #4 (OF 4)
MIXTAPE #1
NEW MUTANTS #41
NEXT MEN AFTERMATH #42
NIGHTWING #8
NO PLACE LIKE HOME #3
PEANUTS #4 (OF 4)
PLANET OF THE APES #13
PROPHET #24
PUNISHER #10 OMEGA
RACHEL RISING #7
RAGEMOOR #2
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #8
RED SONJA #65
RESET #1 (OF 4)
RESIDENT ALIEN #0
ROCKETEER ADVENTURES 2 #2 (OF 4)
SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER #2
SHADOW #1
SIMPSONS COMICS #189
SIXTH GUN #21
SONIC UNIVERSE #39
STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI FORCE STORM #3
STEED AND MRS PEEL #4 (OF 6)
STITCHED #4
SUPER DINOSAUR #10
SUPERGIRL #8
SURVIVALIST ONE SHOT
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MICRO SERIES #4 LEONARDO
THUNDER AGENTS VOL 2 #6 (OF 6)
THUNDERBOLTS #173
UNCANNY X-FORCE #24
VENOM #16
WALKING DEAD #96
WITCHBLADE #155
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #9 AVX
WONDER WOMAN #8
X-FACTOR #234
X-MEN #27
YOUNG JUSTICE #15

Books / Mags / Stuff
AVENGERS SERPENT CROWN PREM HC
BACK ISSUE #55
BATMAN VENOM TP NEW EDITION
CINDERELLA FABLES ARE FOREVER TP
EMMA GN TP
FEAR AGENT TP VOL 06
FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-FORCE DEEP PREM HC
HP LOVECRAFT THE DUNWICH HORROR TP
JINX SC (RES)
JUDGE ANDERSON PSI FILES TP VOL 02
JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #321
KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE TP VOL 36
KRAZY & IGNATZ TP 1922-1924 DRIM OF LOVE
NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 20
NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS HC VOL 02
SHOOTERS HC
SHOWCASE PRESENTS ALL STAR SQUADRON TP VOL 01
SIX GUNS TP
SIZZLE #53 (A)
ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 04 DOSM
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON PREM HC VOL 01
X-FACTOR TP VOL 13 HARD LABOR
X-MEN HIDDEN YEARS TP VOL 01

 

What looks good to YOU?

 

-B

17 Responses to “ Arriving 4/18/2012 ”

  1. Looks like it’s just Thunderbolts for me this week, but what on earth is
    3 STORY SECRET FILES O/T GIANT MAN ONE SHOT ?

  2. BATMAN #8 – One of the few DC books I’ve been keeping up with. Don’t like it to the same extent as everybody else, not a fan of this Court of Owls stuff at ALL, but it’s still pretty engaging.

    Avengers vs X-Men #2 – God, was that first issue boring or what? I’m gone blame the Bendis-speak and the fact that marketing pretty much spoiled all of it months before it hit shelves. This week’s installment has Jason Aaron scripting and hopefully Avengers getting their asses kicked by the X-men, so things are looking up for this event.

    Wolverine and the X-Men #9 – WATXM gets dragged into a crossover event! But again, Jason Aaron is talented enough to work the annual summer event plots into his own storylines, to keep up his strong character work and irreverent edge so it never gets too serious or self-important. I actually do want to see what Logan does in this issue as his two teams go to war. Plus, that Chris Bachalo guy, he’s pretty good, too, so I hear.

    Manhatten Projects #2 – Hickman is a master of the first issue, but I always find myself dropping his work as it goes on. I hope this isn’t the case again here.

    Uncanny X-Force #24 – FINALLY out of that Otherworld crud, we can get back to what this book was good at: darker, violent superhero comics backed by great characterization and awesome artwork. Phil Noto is doing this done-in-one issue here, and just going by the previews he’s a great fit(especially with the always amazing Dean White colors). I’m excited about this book again, and it’s a great feeling.

    The Punisher #10 – The Omega Effect crossover continues as we reach the middle chapter. First part was really fun, but I’ll be damned if I knew what the hell all that exposition meant at the end. And, since Mark Waid isn’t here to deliver any of his deft, light touch to the proceedings and the focus on the more one-dimensional Punisher, I expect this issue not to sing with energy the first part had while I hope for a strong conclusion. Just a guess! Prove me wrong, Rucka!

    Amazing Spider-Man #684 – This “Ends of the Earth” event hasn’t been firing on all cylinders liked I hoped. It’s taken awhile to get to the actual threat, some of the plot points feel more contrived then usual, and even the big fight scene last issue felt like it was all style with little substance. I’m really hoping this story gets into gear, and quick.

    Venom #16 – Venom, on the other hand, has really delivered on the promise the first few issues set up. Rick Remender continues to show his skill at taking 90s concepts like X-Force and Venom, and revitalizing them into quality comics. Flash Thompson is interesting for the first time in…well, maybe ever and Venom is being used in an intelligent new way that’s still has the same core to the character’s original appeal. There’s a big “Savage Six” story coming up, and this issue sparks the prologue, with some wonderful-looking Kev Walker artwork. I’ve got a good feeling about this one!

    Prophet #24 – Ok, so they changed the artist. But, going by the preview, it’s a good change! Still think this might read better in trade, though.

    Invincible Iron Man #515 – Speaking of trade-waiting, Fraction’s Iron Man will never be mistaken for a fast-paced book. He’s been telling essentially this one long narrative for years now, and with the way the narrative is structured I wouldn’t hold it against anyone to just wait until a few issues come out before reading it again. But, I’m a fan of this series even in monthly installments. Fraction’s got a pitch-perfect handle on Tony Stark, and Larrocoa draws the best Iron Man I’ve ever seen. These two guys have been on this book together since 2008, 50+ issues, longer then any other creative team in Iron Man history, and I think when it’s all said and done they’ll have one of these definitive takes on the character. And it’ll all be trade, so it’ll read better :p

    Defenders #5 – Another Fraction book I like nowadays. The first three issues were TERRIBLE, but last issue(#4) was one of the single best comics I’ve read all year. A triumph in single issue comic book construction and character analysis. So, I’m still collecting this book, and with the recent announcement of Jamie McKelvie replacing Dodson(who I was never a fan of) makes me feel a bit happier about keeping this book around on the ol’ pull list.

  3. Batman #8:
    I like the Owls stuff well enough, and this is one of the most engaging comics of the New 52. A solid buy.

    Batman Beyond #3:
    A decent, fun, straightforward superhero book and a good buy at 3.99 for what’s effectively two issues in one.

    DC Universe Presents #8:
    I still can’t quite get into this story, as much as a want to. But it’s short, so I figure I’ll get the whole thing. Maybe that’s one good thing about these little arcs.

    Justice League #8:
    I actually thought the first non-Lee issue was the best so far, but that’s a low bar. I’ll stick. But I think I’m looking forward to the 5-page Shazam backup more.

    Punisher #10:
    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who got a bit lost during Spidey’s ‘plan’ at the end of last ish. (So how’s it supposed to work, again?) This is a fun enough story, but I’m not really sure it holds up, logic-wise. This will be my first purchase of an issue of Punisher in probably 3 decades. Crossovers! Sometimes they succeed at their intended goal!

    Prophet #24:
    I’m getting this because of the raves on this board. Can’t even find the back issues. So it better be good… or else I’ll give all of you the internet flaming of a lifetime! My cutting jabs and hating hateful hatred will leave you all scarred for weeks if I’m not pleased! Be warned! But, then again, I might like it…

  4. THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK!

    I really liked SAGA, Wood’s CONAN, and SUPERBOY.

    I was very in the middle on SAUCER COUNTRY and surprisingly the very low middle on GLORY.

    SHADE #7
    This is one of the best technically executed books I’ve read in a long time. The opening sets the stage for the pacing choices. Robinson really enjoyed writing La Sangre and it shows. The exposition delivered via the Shade’s thoughts brings us up to speed and explains why and HOW the fight is filled with so much dialogue.

    Shade’s battle with a Hell beast and Montpelier’s timely 70′s esque Batman revelation about a crucial piece of the overall scheme made me grin from ear to ear.

    Javier Pulido has been in top form for his issues and he really pulls out some interesting tricks and ticks here via page layout and representational pencilling. By representational I mean he shorthands some stuff, skimps on a background here and there. He also relies on a shadow or an outline in lieu of a fully rendered image in some panels. It’s a GREAT choice and is used similarly by Marcos Martin and Paolo Rivera to great effect in DD.

    There is so much character here. Shade is changing and growing. He’s becoming something outside of his entertaining Starman one note. We get satisfying closure to La Sangre’s arc with a final five panel sequence that literally made me clear my throat.

    Finally, the full page Kirby channeling cliffhanger is mind bending. If it’s what I think then I’ll be highly entertained. If it’s not I’ll be interested in a different but no less valid way. If you’re looking to get in on Shade and you’re late to it you can probably come in here with nary a bump.

    COMING THIS WEEK!

    BATMAN #8
    Capullo keeps me into this. I really hope Snyder moves into some more rapid fire ground after this…ahem… long simmering Owls story.

    BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #3
    Breyfogle on both pencils and inks really sold me here and on previous issues. Page count is a plus as well at the price.

    BPRD HELL ON EARTH LONG DEATH #3
    The BPRD franchise is pretty much on auto-buy for me but the nice thing is that I came into it late and don’t necessarily buy every installment. I was never lost and the book, to me, never feels weighted down by its history. “Oh, Abe’s in a coma?”

    PROPHET #24
    Seeing Chris Brown’s comment above fills me with a kind of nervous angst. Here’s my take, Prophet is very cool. It is visually inventive but the stories have been largely well told sci-fi genre tropes. The twist ending of 23 was pretty freaking great and we have no idea where it goes from there. So, Chris, if you’re thrown a bit by the start of 24 I would think it might be due to such a radical change.

    RAGEMOOR #2
    Thanks JohnK!

    SHADOW #1
    ENNIS! – “Who are the main villains the Shadow goes up against? What kind of challenges are in store for The Shadow?

    There are two main villains: Major Taro Kondo of Japanese Army Intelligence, and his rather smelly associate Buffalo Wong, a Chinese bandit warlord.”

    Sold!

    WONDER WOMAN #8
    Apparently last issue had some people kind of upset? If I’m looking for a fight, it’s there. But if I’m not it’s a story filled with the kind of hazy third hand storytelling that myth is made from. That they showed the Amazonians “getting their kicks” was a bit questionable I’ll grant but mythology is filled with this kind of simple math because any level of detail upsets the apple cart.

  5. If I could walk into a comic shop this week I would buy these:

    BATMAN ODYSSEY VOL 2 #7
    (This series made Bob Haney look like Brian Wood.)
    DARK HORSE PRESENTS #11
    HELLBLAZER #290
    NEXT MEN AFTERMATH #42
    (This issue The Next Men discover that after Math it’s Home Economics! (Oh, dear.))
    PROPHET #24
    (It’s too good for Chris Brown, don’t let him have a copy! Hide them from him! Too late, Chris Brown!)
    RAGEMOOR #2
    ( J_Smitty likes it and that’s a Good Thing!)
    SHADOW #1
    (He’s BACK! And God help The Guilty!)
    SIXTH GUN #21
    STEED AND MRS PEEL #4
    (I love the ‘60s John Steed and feisty ladies Avengers so much it’s daft.)
    WONDER WOMAN #8
    (Brian Azzarello – he’s no stranger to “controversy”.)

    Yeah, those are sure enough some COMICS!!!

  6. @Simon

    3 STORY SECRET FILES O/T GIANT MAN ONE SHOT is Matt Kindt! It’s a reprint of a graphic novel he did for Dark Horse a few years ago. Kindt is *awesome*. I can’t say enough good things about his work. I think he’s going to start working at DC soon and he’s going to be like Jeff Lemire, someone everyone’s talking about and then is surprised to learn he did indie stuff before.

  7. And here I am chiming in late, after John K has brought the house down with wit and charm. My buys for the week include:

    BATMAN #8 – I have faith in you Mister Snyder. But….we have had most of the year seeing Bruce beaten down. And beat again. And beaten yet again. And then he went crazy. And then his heart stopped, only to get jumped by an old mastercraft car battery. It is time to build him up and let him be heroic. He is the gosh-darned Batman, after all. And it better not take another 8 issues at $3.99, even with special ornithology fact-files in the back pages.

    HELLBLAZER #290 – me and 8,000 other readers know this is a great book. Ephinany’s dad really had a bad go of things last issue, didn’t he? There’s a moral there, kids.

    JOHN CARTER GODS OF MARS #2 – a beautiful book. Should be interesting to see if readership holds for this and Dynamite’s swarm of books in the face of the movie’s perceived under-performance. (And that was a swarm of booKs, with a K; not that other word at all).

    JUSTICE LEAGUE #8 – I liked #7 just fine, as I bought it for the Ha art. Shazam was….interesting. I haven’t been reading GA, but him in the League hits my nostalgia button hard, so I’ll pop in to the JLA again this month.

    MANHATTAN PROJECTS #2 – still waiting on my #1.

    PROPHET #24 – this is the book for people who used to read Heavy Metal magazine with two hands.

    SHADOW #1 – Please let this be good. Please. Any bets for how long until we get the spin-off series with special Risque Lingerie of Justice covers? (Presumably titled: “Dynamite’s Shadow Presents – The Weed of Crime Bares: Margot Lane”)

    SUPERGIRL #8 – really not sure about George Perez as a fill in, as Asrar’s art has been absolutely lovely. Back in time, the “me” from 1985 just cringed.

    And from non-comic things:

    BACK ISSUE #55 – Articles on Star Wars and Indiana Jones at Dark Horse, Marvel’s Man from Atlantis, DC’s 1970s Tarzan Family, Marvel’s Warlord of Mars, and an interview with CAROL SERLING, wife of Rod. All I need is a slurpee.

    SHOWCASE PRESENTS ALL STAR SQUADRON TP VOL 01 – Assemble!

    And @J_Smitty! Still catching up to post reviews for the Week That Was. I will say that Glory ~#3 blew me away as probably no other book has since Sandman #4. Wow. I would give it a solid EXCELLENT.

    WINTER SOLDIER #4 was a low EXCELLENT as well, despite my hating the title character. SAUCER COUNTRY was VERY GOOD for me, while BUFFY #8 and GREEN LANTERN #8 were “EH” heading to “AWFUL” the more I think about it. More books, and the method behind my reasoning, await!

  8. Golly Mister!

    I left off “ROCKETEER ADVENTURES 2 #2″ The book so nice they counted it twice.

  9. @Jeremy – Phil Noto is a beautiful illustrator. He’s a friend of a friend and it’s nice to see him begin to get some attention. He does beautiful work. I have no idea how his sequential story chops are, but I guarantee you’re going to see some extremely pretty pictures.

    @Chris Brown – You may want to pick up the back issues of Prophet as well or else you may be a bit steamed at all of us. I’ve been loving Prophet so far because it’s insanely imaginative sci-fi, but I don’t know why other people have been loving it. Still, I hope you join our Prophet Love Club! ^_^

    @Corey (Ottawa) “this is the book for people who used to read Heavy Metal magazine with two hands.” BEST. REVIEW. EVER.

    We have a fun little club going on here, gents. I find I really look forward to what you’re buying and why. Good times!

  10. MANHATTAN PROJECTS #2 – Jeremy has a good point. Hickman always starts off strong, but his endings aren’t always as awesome. But this first issue just filled me with happiness….

    PROPHET #24 – Hell. Yes.

    PUNISHER #10 – I don’t want to buy this, but I want to understand my DD comics. My nuts, Marvel’s vice…one is in the other’s grasp.

    That is…surprisingly light. I’ve become used to these large hauls, but this week is more my speed! Yay!

  11. SHOWCASE PRESENTS ALL STAR SQUADRON TP VOL 01

    you know you’re old when a comic you remember buying the 1st issue new off the rack gets a reprint volume

  12. @chris hero – first, I’ve held off as long as I can. Are you a king of wrestling or not?

    Second, Agreed on Noto. You know about his tumblr, right?

  13. @J_Smitty

    Nope. I asked a long time ago if I could use his name on comic blogs and he said he didn’t mind. I don’t think he knows what a comics blog is, though. ^_^

  14. Ok, cool. At least now I don’t have to worry about catching a rolling elbow from nowhere if we have a disagreement.

    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B89F_PY4-JA

    ( to try to avoid the link filter

  15. @Chris Hero

    What? You’re sending Kindt? Well shit, man, that’s all you had to say! I’m a huge fan of Superspy, and will definitely check it out.

  16. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #684 – So everyone in the MU believes in climate change?

    BATMAN #8 – Corey (Ottawa) already said it all.

    BLACKEST NIGHT SPECIAL EDITION #1 – I will not be buying this, but I do like how the solicitations claim it contains key chapters of Blackest Night… that were originally only available with the purchase of toys! Sure sound key to me.

    INCREDIBLE HULK #7 – Jason Aaron going nuts. It’s fun to read!

    JUSTICE LEAGUE #8 – I was looking forward to this until Corey reminded me Shazam was in it. God that was bad – clumsily structured, poorly written, and a gut punch to anyone who came in with pre-exisiting love for the character.

    MANHATTAN PROJECTS #2 – Still waiting to get a feel for this one.

    PROPHET #24 – The book we all love, but don’t know what it’s about!

    RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #8 – It’s my 90′s nostalgia book.

    RESET #1 (OF 4) – Don’t Bagge it till you’ve tried it!

    SHADOW #1 – If this isn’t ten thousand times better than Jennifer Blood, I may be done with Ennis.

    SUPER DINOSAUR #10 – I don’t think I got #9! My store better have a copy, otherwise I’ll believe they are as bad as the Chris who hates LCS’s says!

    SUPERGIRL #8 – The arts the star here, yet her costume is horrendous. Wasn’t it originally going to have pants, rather than a weird vagina high-lighter? Did the people who read Heavy Metal comics with one hand threaten to boycott?

    VENOM #16 – I’m not sure when it happened, but without a creative team change, this book has entirely changed it’s concept from #1.

    WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #9 – Who will Wolvy side with? If it’s Cyclops, Schism might have been even more pointless than previously believed.

    WONDER WOMAN #8 – What will that crazy Azz do next? Listening to comics cry at losing their favourite nudge nudge wink wink joke was pretty funny.

  17. Meant to post what I was gonna buy, then forgot and went to the LCS and picked up:

    2000 AD #1775 – I wish! But my shop doesn’t carry this, so I’ll just imagine how mind-bending Brendan McCarthy’s Zaucer of Zilk strip is

    BATMAN #8 – Dropping this now that it’s $3.99. Oh wait, I bought it anyway, and read it, and it was a pretty exciting issue and the backup was more an extension of the main story and worth the extra buck. Next I’ll be buying Red Hood & the Outlaws

    CASTLE WAITING VOL II #16 (RES) – Wow it’s back!?

    DOMINIQUE LAVEAU VOODOO CHILD #2 – Much as I agree with McMillan & Lester about overwriting in the 1st issue, a New Orleans-set Vertigo voodoo vixen series is in my vheelhouse

    FABLES #116 – Perennial for me that I’m still buying and still liking

    HELLBLAZER #290 – Just when I thought Milligan was settling into a groove, all of a sudden there’s a shitload of plates spinning in the air. Very excited for the next issue (and I guess I was excited for this one, since I read it before anything else)

    MANHATTAN PROJECTS #2 – Dug the crazy in the 1st issue

    PUNISHER #10 OMEGA – Didn’t pick up this or the Avenging Spider-man. I may buy them both when I get the concluding chapter in Daredevil (aka Best Current Superhero Comic) or I may not

    RAGEMOOR #2 – I’m with J Smitty & John K(UK) on this, though I’m curious where the story will go as #1 could work fine as a done-in-one

    RESIDENT ALIEN #0 – $3.50 for the stories I could have read in Dark Horse Presents for $24! Thank you Dark Horse!

    SHADOW #1 – Ennis has been hit or miss for me lately, but with the late ’30′s pre-WWII setting, this could be in his vheelhouse

    SIXTH GUN #21 – One of this series’ strengths has been its exciting action scenes, and flipping through it I saw that it’s all action, no words! Should be fantastic

    STEED AND MRS PEEL #4 (OF 6) – Meant to pick this up, but was turned off by the blurry reproduction

    WALKING DEAD #96 – A lot gets explained, then Rick gets all speechy. Zero zombie quotient, but still very good

    WONDER WOMAN #8 – Last issue, Amazons were getting down with sailors to produce some love childs and controversy ensued. This didn’t bother me, aside from the fact that it seemed to make our heroine less unique and gave me a passing fancy to join the Merchant Marines. Does that make me a sexist pig or a hopeless nerd? I dunno, but this issue was very enjoyable

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