THE CAPTAIN'S COMMENTS

Here are some of this week's books worth special mention:

START ME UP

Two big summer stories launch this week with single issues.

The biggest is Original Sin #0 (Marvel, $3.99), which is numbered accurately -- it isn't the first issue of Original Sin the miniseries (that comes next month), but is instead a background guide explaining the principal characters and concepts in play in the crossover. While most of us know who Uatu the Watcher is, for example, not everyone does, so this is a good idea for newbies. And for us old hands, there's always the possibility we'll learn something new.  And for us even older hands, there's always the possibility we'll learn something we've forgotten! old photo old.gif

The other is Harbinger #22 (Valiant, $3.99), which isn't really Valiant's summer crossover (that would be "Armor Hunters," which is spinning up in X-O Manowar). But the three-part "Death of a Renegade" begins this week, which sets the dominos tumbling for the end of this series (with issue #25), and the miniseries to follow, Harbingers: Omega. So there are big changes afoot for Harbinger, which will likely affect books like Bloodshot and Unity as well.

As to the identity of the corpse-to-be, it's really difficult to pinpoint a likely red shirt -- all of the characters, in their own way, are necessary components of the title. This promises to be genuinely emotional if you're invested in the characters, as I am.

THE HORROR, THE HORROR

EC Archives Weird Fantasy Volume 1 (Dark Horse, $49.99): At last, the first six issues of the legendary Weird Fantasy get the high-quality Archives treatment. Woo-hoo! (I've already ordered my copy from Amazon.)

In the Dark (IDW, $49.99): The list of creators on this horror short-story anthology is impressive, and the good news/bad news of anthologies is that if you don't like one story, you'll probably like the next.

Someplace Strange (Dark Horse, $19.99): This hardback is a reprint of graphic novel that first appeared at Marvel's Epic imprint in 1988. I don't recall anything about it, but the creators (writer Ann Nocenti, artist John Bolton) are sufficient to give it a look.

BARBARIANS AT THE GATES

Conan the Avenger #1 (Dark Horse, $3.50): We've all snickered at the latest fad in comics, which is to cancel perfectly healthy titles and start 'em over at No. 1, often with the same creative team. I'll give DH credit here, though -- there's goood reason to start Conan over. First, the last series ended with the death of Belit and the end of Conan's pirate career, which is a big turning point in the Cimmerian's life. Secondly, this series has a new creative team in Fred Van Lente and Brian Ching. So this is an obvious point to start over, at a publisher that hasn't had a bad Conan series yet.

Frank Thorne Red Sonja Art Edition (Dynamite, $150): Presumably this is Dynamite's answer to IDW's successful, high-end "Artist's Edition" line; this book contains high-resolution, color scans of the original art from seven Silver Age books by the same artist (Marvel Feature #1-7, Nov 75-Nov 76, starring Red Sonja). However, the choice of Frank Thorne is a curious one, given that he isn't a big fan favorite and the original books only go for about three or four dollars each. But Thorne has eked out a living ever since his glory days on Red Sonja by doing "erotic"art and stage acts with a Sonja lookalike named Ghita (I think), so maybe there's a market there I just never knew about.

A Princess of Mars (IDW, $29.99): This is ERB's novel with illustrations by the legendary Michael Kaluta. Really, even if you already have a copy, you know you want it.

FABULOUS FIRSTS

24 #1 (IDW Publishing, $3.99): I'm no fan of the series 24, because I think it plays into and supports the idea that torture is A-OK for Americans if there's a ticking clock -- a rationalization that, obviously, I do not share. But you may disagree, or may just be a 24 fan. If so, here you go.

Elektra #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Despite Frank Miller famously saying that Elektra has been dead since he had Bullseye kill her back in 1980s Daredevil, Marvel keeps trotting the character out here and there. And, in truth, I haven't enjoyed most of those appearances, because her limited screen time and lack of any reason to exist made her presence in any story more distracting than additive. (And the less said about her presence in Thunderbolts, or the very existence of that book, the better.) So maybe with a dedicated writer and artist creating a status quo and supporting cast for Ms. Natchios will give her the raison d'etre so horribly absent at the moment. And while Marvel's press release (see the Marvel section) touts writer Haden Blackman, I was actually more intrigued by the art shown in the preview, which seems to fall somewhere between traditional art and watercolors!

Secret Origins #1 (DC, $4.99): In the Long Ago Time, the Li'l Capn bought various Secret Origins titles to find out the details of origins he didn't know. As a young man, the Captain bought Secret Origins titles for reference, because he already knew all the details. Now, the middle-aged Captain needs to buy Secret Origins titles just as he did as a boy, to find out the details of New 52 origins he doesn't know. It's the circle of life, comic-book style.

Vamplets: The Undead Pet Society #1 (Action Lab, $3.99): I confess to knowing nothing about My Little Pony, except that the My LIttle Pony comic-book franchise is currently being published by IDW. This is now IDW's My Little Pony, but something very similar, starring a "ghost pony" in a story that promises to be "terrifyingly sweet" and looks amazingly like My Little Pony. Normally that would trigger my snark response, except that 1) My Little Pony has a huge following and 2) the writer on this series is Gayle Middleton, who was apparently instrumental in creating the MLP franchise at Hasbro. So, if you like My Little Pony, you'll probably like this.

THIS WEEK'S COMICS

The Comics Guide is assembled from the Diamond Comic Distributors Inc. website, and is subject to change. Clicking on most images results in a larger image. All information is from Diamond and/or publisher solicitations and press releases, except for random comments by Captain Comics (in blue), and occasional comments by The Baron (in this here purplish color).

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

It's always feast or famine with Action Lab. The first three weeks of April had no Action Lab titles at all; but here we are in Week 4 with six!

BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA #2 (BI-MONTHLY)

Writer/Art/Cover: PAVEL BALABANOV

Variant: PAVEL BALABANOV

28 pages/ Mature Readers /FC $3.99

After clashing with the “Roswell” gang, Bo lies in a coma. Now it’s up to his posse to help him fight back from limbo to finish the job of taking out the next big boss, Serpent (a.k.a. Puppet Master). It’s plushy teddy vs. alien mutant gang warfare … can you dig it!?

Bo Plushy is like Ted meets Scarface in Vice City video game combat!

FRACTURE VOL.2 #4 (of 4)

Writer: SHAWN GABBORIN

Pencil/Inks: CHAD CICCONI

Colors: BILL BLANKENSHIP

Cover: CHAD CICCONI, BILL BLANKENSHIP

32 pages/ Rated PG/ FC $2.99

In this climactic last installment of the newest arc of FRACTURE, the city of Triton is held hostage by the Society of Thorns and its minions, while Virtue fights Jeff for control of their shared existence. An unexpected ally joins the battle with disastrous consequences, leading to a final shocking twist.

Variant cover by Dark Horse Comics (Athena Voltaire) creator Steve Bryant!

GHOST TOWN VOL 1 (TPB)

Writers: RYAN LINDSAY, DAVE DWONCH

Art: DANIEL LOGAN, JUSTIN GREENWOOD

Cover: JUSTIN GREENWOOD

116 pages/ Mature Readers/ FC $11.99

Collecting the hit series’ first arc.

The unthinkable has happened. In the wake of time displaced terrorist attacks on Baltimore and Las Vegas, Washington DC has been evacuated. With the government uprooted, the abandoned Capital has become a refuge for bandits, smugglers, hardened criminals and those who have chosen to stay behind in this pre-apocalyptic Ghost Town.

JACK HAMMER #3 (of 4)

Writer: BRANDON BARROWS

Art/Cover: IONIC

Variant: DES TAYLOR

32 pages/ All Ages/ FC $2.99

Synopsis: With the architect of Eddie Newman's death revealed, Jack goes on the offensive to confront the mastermind pulling the strings of Boston's underworld and rescue Newman's kidnapped widow. He knows the who and the how, but the questions remain: why? And does he stand a chance?

Variant cover by pop art Superstar Des Taylor (The Trouble with Katie Rogers)

SKYWARD VOL 2: STRANGE CREATURES

Writer/Art/Cover: JEREMY DALE

96 pages/ All Ages/ FC $8.99

Jeremy Dale and Action Lab proudly present the second volume of the runaway hit action-fantasy, Skyward! New, curious allies and strange, twisted enemies emerge as Quinn runs headfirst into a conflict that's bigger than he ever dreamed possible. Who will catch up to our young hero? Enter ... the savage Rabites! Or will it be Skerrigan who ends our hero's journey? Continuing the series that TMStash lauds as "... Breathtaking. You won't be able to put this down!" Thrill to the fantastic storybook adventure from Jeremy Dale (G.I. Joe, Marvel Kapow!), following the exciting tale of Quinn and his dog, Jack -- left orphaned by an invasion of his homeland. Collects Skyward #4-6, as well as the critically-acclaimed Halloween Comicfest 2013 short story, "Into the Grim."

VAMPLETS: THE UNDEAD PET SOCIETY #1

Writers: GAYLE MIDDLETON, DAVE DWONCH

Pencils: AMANDA CORONADO

Inks: DAVID DWONCH

Colors: BILL BLANKENSHIP

Cover: AMANDA CORONADO, BILL BLANKENSHIP

Variant: GAYLE MIDDLETON

FC / 32pgs. / $3.99 (regular cover); $4.99 (variant cover)

The Legend of the Ghost Pony begins here in this terrifyingly sweet installment from  Hasbro designer/illustrator of My Little Pony Gayle Middleton! Ghost Ponies have been the  harbingers of the weird for years. Whenever they appear, creatures near have disappeared,  never to return. Where do they come from? What is their terrible secret? And what is the Ghost  Pony’s connection to a vampyre baby named Lily Rose Shadowlyn? Find out in this all-new  adventure!

ARCHIE COMICS

BETTY & VERONICA #270

Writers: ANGELO DECESARE, GEORGE GLADIR

Art: BOB SMITH, JEFF SHULTZ

Cover: BOB SMITH, FERNANDO RUIZ

32-page, full color comic, $2.99 U.S.

Excited for a new Betty & Veronica story? How about FOUR new B&V tales? First, in "The Minds of Betty and Veronica," we get an inside look at what the two BFFs REALLY think of each other-and their thoughts may surprise you! Then in "The Wish," find out what happens when Betty FINALLY gets Archie all to herself! Next in "The Shopping Scene," can Veronica turn her shopping haul into profit? This time her spending spree may just help Daddykins' wallet! Finally, in "The Winning Float," it's girls vs. boys! Find out if the gals of Riverdale have what it takes to make the best float at the Homecoming game!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #259

Script: IAN FLYNN

Art: EVAN STANLEY, TERRY AUSTIN, JOHN WORKMAN, STEVE DOWNER

Cover: TRACY YARDLEY

Game Art Variant Cover art provided by SEGA

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/9

32-page, full color comic, $2.99 U.S.

The brand new world of Sonic the Hedgehog barrels ahead at breakneck speed with "The Chase" Part Two: Sonic fights for his life against a NEW terrifying super-badnik! Just to make matters worse, they’re battling on an out-of-control train! With Dr. Eggman waiting at the depot, Sonic’s in a fight against time – and killer robots! Featuring high-speed cover art from Sonic artist supreme TRACY YARDLEY! plus an exclusive SEGA game art variant!

DARK HORSE

BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD VOL 15 (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: MI-KYUNG YUN

B&W, 168 pages, $9.99

TPB, 5 7/8” x 8 1/4”

On sale Apr 23

No peace in heaven or on earth!

Mui and Soah’s attempts to live happily in the human world are complicated by Soah’s former fiancé and his sister—who quickly falls in love with the powerless Mui and vows to steal him from Soah! What’s worse, Mui’s curse makes him revert to his childlike form whenever Soah is near!

• Best-selling series in the United States and Korea!

• Two pages of sumptuous color artwork in this volume!

“In its best moments, Mi-Kyung Yun’s story reads like an honest-to-goodness fairy tale.” -- Manga Critic

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10 #2

Writer: CHRISTOS GAGE

Art/Variant: REBEKAH ISAACS

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: STEVE MORRIS

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

On sale Apr 23

Ongoing

Back together with the big ol’ gang!

The Scoobies are back -- including li’l Giles! Revelations about a new kind of vampire menace and the blank Vampyr book have only just begun. Everyone has a job to do, and for Buffy, it’s treading the road of past relationships! Lucky girl ...

• The team from Angel & Faith tackles Buffy!

• Executive produced by Joss Whedon!

CONAN THE AVENGER #1

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Art: BRIAN CHING

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: IAIN MCCAIG

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Writer Fred Van Lente takes the helm!

Nursing his broken heart, Conan drinks himself into a stupor in the troubled city of Shumballa -- until a brazen act of thievery launches the Cimmerian into a wild hunt and a supernatural adventure!

• A perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

• Cover by Star Wars and The Avengers concept artist Iain McCaig!

THE EC ARCHIVES: WEIRD FANTASY VOL 1 (HC)

Writers/Art: Various

On sale Apr 30

FC, 216 pages, $49.99

HC, 8 3/16” x 11”

EC AT DARK HORSE!

Weird Fantasy Volume 1 touches down at Dark Horse Comics! Fully remastered in magnificent digital color, this otherworldly volume includes twenty-four extraterrestrial tales from a stellar collection of writers and artists -- Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Harry Harrison, Gardner Fox, Jack Kamen, Harvey Kurtzman, and Wally Wood! Collects Weird Fantasy issues #13-17 and #6, in full color!

• Dark Horse reprints the famous science fiction comic series!

• Foreword by Walt Simonson!

* Check out the complete line of EC archives!

THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB #1

Writer/Art/Cover: EVAN DORKIN

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

One-shot

Eisner and Harvey winner Evan Dorkin!

After twenty years, three Eisner Awards, and a smattering of hate mail, the Eltingville Comic Book, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Role-Playing Club is finally breaking up. When Bill’s dream job in a comic shop turns into a nightmare for the club, more than bridges and membership cards are burned in a fiery, fan-tastic finale!

From the creator of Beasts of Burden and Milk & Cheese.GANTZ VOL 31 (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: HIROYA OKU

On sale Apr 23

B&W, 216 pages

$13.99

TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/16”

“Bold, shocking, and entertaining.” -- About.com

The Tokyo team use their Gantz orb to recruit fellow warriors for a desperate assault to free humans imprisoned on the alien mother ship. But the orb no longer has the power to heal or regenerate them, so if they die on this mission, they stay dead!

• Gantz has sold over fifteen million copies in Japan!

• Franchise includes anime series and live-action feature.

* The team on a suicide mission!

HALO: ESCALATION #5

Writer: CHRIS SCHLERF

Pencils: RICARDO SANCHEZ

Inks: ROB LEAN

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: ANTHONY PALUMBO

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

An essential addition to the Halo canon!

Missing for thirty years, a legendary UNSC warship is discovered deep behind enemy lines. As Infinity plans a rescue mission, however, Admiral Hood’s past with the ship’s captain threatens to jeopardize the mission. The investigation into the UNSC saboteur continues as the journalist infiltrates an Elite holy land in search of answers.

• An all-new ongoing series from Dark Horse!

• The franchise has sales eclipsing $3 billion over its lifetime!

• From Christopher Schlerf, lead writer of Halo 4!

MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION #10

Writer: MAC WALTERS

Art: TONY PARKER

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: BENJAMIN CARRE

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

“5 Stars!” -- Unleash the Fanboy

Before joining Shepard, master thief Kasumi Goto was known as the most skilled burglar in populated space. Witness her early adventures as she pilfers from the galaxy’s most elite -- and most dangerous!

• Written by Mac Walters, lead writer of Mass Effect 2 and 3!

• A canonical entry in the Mass Effect series!

• Ties directly into Mass Effect 2!

“Mass Effect's lead writer does it again in this next installment of the sci-fi franchise.” -- Culture Mass

THE MASSIVE #22

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Art: DANIJEL ZEZELJ

Colors: JORDIE BELLAIRE

Cover: J. P. LEON

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Access to clean water could save millions ....

Roaring across North Africa, a five-mile-long convoy of water trucks represents life for millions of people. Local soldiers sign on as security, and it’s a high-risk job to repel pirates, saboteurs, and well-armed warlords in 120-degree heat. So why is Mary here?

“If you liked Wood’s work on DMZ, or if you just want to read a comic book with some brains, you should take the money you would otherwise spend on a superhero title and give [The Massive] a shot instead.” -- Complex

MIND MGMT #21

Writer/Art/Cover: MATT KINDT

On sale Apr 23

FC, 24 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

New York Times bestseller!

MIND MGMT goes quiet this month in a special “silent” issue! But in a world of psychics and mind readers, silence screams louder than words!

• Comics visionary Matt Kindt (3 Story) reinvents the silent issue!

• Immortals! Siamese twin assassins! Fights! Thoughts!

• Comics’ most innovative series.

SOMEPLACE STRANGE (HC)

Writer: ANN NOCENTI

Art/Cover: JOHN BOLTON

On sale Apr 30

FC, 84 pages, $19.99

HC, 8 7/16" x 11 3/16"

A SURREALIST, NEW WAVE ALICE IN WONDERLAND!

Two brothers, masters of childhood fantastical imagination, vow to kill the bogeyman, freeing the world from half-seen monsters hiding under beds and in dark basements. Along with art-punk nihilist Joy, they journey to a world of magic where ordinary rules no longer apply -- and yet their fears, and the dangers they spawn, are as real as the waking world.

• New edition of the fantasy graphic novel!

• Written by Ann Nocenti (Green Arrow), with art by John Bolton (Harlequin Valentine).

STAR WARS: LEGACY #14

Writer: CORRINA BECHKO

Art: GABRIEL HARDMAN

Colors: JORDAN BOYD

Cover: AGUSTIN ALESSIO

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

Who IS Ania Solo?

A look into Ania Solo’s prison-camp past reveals a secret connection to the brutal bounty hunter who is desperate to bring her to justice -- dead, not alive!

But bounty hunters are only part of Ania’s problems!

• The answer to “Who is Ania Solo?” is at hand!

“Bechko and Hardman do a fantastic job.” -- Comic Booked

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC VOL 3 (TPB)

Writer: JOHN JACKSON MILLER

Pencils: RON CHAN, BRIAN CHING, BONG DAZO, ANDREA MUTTI, DEAN ZACHARY

Inks: PIERLUIGI BALDASSINI

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: DAN SCOTT

On sale Apr 30

FC, 416 pages

$24.99

TP, 6” x 9”

Free from the false charges against him, former Padawan Zayne Carrick discovers that one of his allies, Jarael, has been running from her past. Soon Zayne is caught in a web of sport dueling, slavery, an evil twin, an ancient society, and finally, the frontline of the Mandalorian Wars. Collects Knights of the Old Republic #38-50 and Knights of the Old Republic -- War #1-5 (part of volume 7 and volumes 8–10).

• Expands the story of the smash-hit video games!

• From the New York Times best-selling novelist John Jackson Miller!

“A tremendous effort from Dark Horse.” -- Geeks of Doom

TOMB RAIDER #3

Writer: GAIL SIMONE

Pictures: NICOLAS DANIEL SELMA

Inks: JUAN GEDEON

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: ARIEL OLIVETTI

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Gail Simone!

Lara Croft is on the hunt for the strange force that is terrorizing the survivors of the Endurance crew! As ancient mythological creatures appear to wreak havoc on Lara, so too do the ghosts of her past!

• The official continuation of Lara Croft’s story!

• The video game sold over 3.5 million copies in 2013!

THE WITCHER #2 (of 5)

Writer: PAUL TOBIN

Art/Cover: JOE QUERIO

Colors: CARLOS BADILLA

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

Eisner award winner Paul Tobin!

As our heroes explore the creepy corridors of the House of Glass, monster hunter Geralt faces an army of horrific creatures ready to sink their teeth into him!

• Based on the hit game by CD Projekt Red!

• The Witcher games were collectively granted over 250 awards and sold more then 5.5 million copies worldwide!

• There are currently two games and a third is slated for release in 2014!

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Mod note: Edited date in the title.

Sorry, Baron.

Just TMNT (ongoing) #33 this week.

ALL NEW INVADERS #4 The preview art was too awesome to pass up this book. Steve Pugh at Marvel. Love it.
BATMAN SUPERMAN #9 I just bought issue 8, which was my first issue. Greg Pak and Jae Lee drawing not only Superman and Batman, but also Huntress and Power Girl--I had to give that a shot. I will probably buy this whole arc.
DAREDEVIL #2 ANMN
DUFFMAN ADVENTURES #1 Love the Simpsons character one-shots.
ELEKTRA #1 ANMN
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #14
IRON PATRIOT #2 ANMN
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #0 (EVIL) Oh yeah, Justice League Canada.
LARFLEEZE #10 Wow, THREE DC comics this week on my list? Well, this one made it because of G'Nort...but it's G'Nort written by Keith Giffen!
UNCANNY AVENGERS #19 ANMN
ZERO #7 CVR A MULLER & TAYLOR (MR)

ALL STAR WESTERN #30
DAREDEVIL #2
ELTINGVILLE CLUB #1
FLASH #30
FUSE #3
GHOSTED #9
LAZARUS #8
LETTER 44 #6
ORIGINAL SIN #0
SAVIORS #4
ZERO #7

And I have a promo copy of Mimi Pond's OVER EASY already -- it's a warm and terrific slice-of-life graphic novel set in the late 70s, and a recommend it highly.

 

And from last week:


DARK HORSE PRESENTS #35
STRAY BULLETS THE KILLERS #2
UNWRITTEN VOL 2 APOCALYPSE #4
WONDER WOMAN #30

Conan the Avenger #1 - I don't think I ordered this, so it might be an off the shelf pull.

The Eltingville Club - Don't I even saw this one solicited. Again I might pick it up.

All-Star Western #30 - Very cool, a Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez backup.

The Flash #30 - Interested to see what the new creative team come up with. I've liked Venditti's work for small publishers, but haven't been blown away by his DC work (admittedly I have read very little of it).

Secret Origins #1 - Glad to see the return of one of my favorite series, and it really makes sense with the New52. Yet, I kind of predict failure here. I hope I am wrong...unless it sucks.

Robotech/Voltron #3 - I'm actually just letting these accumulate, and I will read the whole thing once it is done. I should have just waited for the trade

Dead Body Road #5

Ghosted #9

Lazarus #8 -  Apropos of nothing I met Michael Lark (again) last weekend at a convention. He has always been super nice.

Shotgun Wedding #4 - I'm still waiting of my LCS to get issue #1 for me, so I will just read this all at once.

Sovereign #2 - Last week I was going through my comics, and ran across the first issue. I remember absolutely nothing of what it is about. Doesn't bode well for its future with me.

Thief of Thieves #20

Zero #7 - Looks like this could be the best art in the series yet.

Avengers Undercover #3

Over Easy - I think

Elektra - I kind of liked that series that Bendis did with her back in the early 00s.

Original Sin - Another series, that even reading the press doesn't move the needle for me at all.

Day Men - Man, I wish this series could get on a regular schedule, it is a really solid read.

Grimm Fairy Tales: Helsing - Nothing to do with this series at all, but there is Van Helsing video game in which you play the original's son. It is fun as hell.

Steed and Mrs. Peel - I confused these with Marvel's Avengers way back in the day looking at the TV guide. I was so disappointed I didn't even make it through one episode, still haven't seen one.

Note for Sensei and anyone else picking up Batman Superman #9 - it is part 3 of the crossover with Worlds' Finest, and part 4, WF #21, already came out on March 26, in case you haven't picked it up yet.

  I always thought that Mrs. Peel and the Black Widow had a style in common.

Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) said:

Conan the Avenger #1 - I don't think I ordered this, so it might be an off the shelf pull.

The Eltingville Club - Don't I even saw this one solicited. Again I might pick it up.

All-Star Western #30 - Very cool, a Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez backup.

The Flash #30 - Interested to see what the new creative team come up with. I've liked Venditti's work for small publishers, but haven't been blown away by his DC work (admittedly I have read very little of it).

Secret Origins #1 - Glad to see the return of one of my favorite series, and it really makes sense with the New52. Yet, I kind of predict failure here. I hope I am wrong...unless it sucks.

Robotech/Voltron #3 - I'm actually just letting these accumulate, and I will read the whole thing once it is done. I should have just waited for the trade

Dead Body Road #5

Ghosted #9

Lazarus #8 -  Apropos of nothing I met Michael Lark (again) last weekend at a convention. He has always been super nice.

Shotgun Wedding #4 - I'm still waiting of my LCS to get issue #1 for me, so I will just read this all at once.

Sovereign #2 - Last week I was going through my comics, and ran across the first issue. I remember absolutely nothing of what it is about. Doesn't bode well for its future with me.

Thief of Thieves #20

Zero #7 - Looks like this could be the best art in the series yet.

Avengers Undercover #3

Over Easy - I think

Elektra - I kind of liked that series that Bendis did with her back in the early 00s.

Original Sin - Another series, that even reading the press doesn't move the needle for me at all.

Day Men - Man, I wish this series could get on a regular schedule, it is a really solid read.

Grimm Fairy Tales: Helsing - Nothing to do with this series at all, but there is Van Helsing video game in which you play the original's son. It is fun as hell.

Steed and Mrs. Peel - I confused these with Marvel's Avengers way back in the day looking at the TV guide. I was so disappointed I didn't even make it through one episode, still haven't seen one.

Mark S. Ogilvie said:

I always thought that Mrs. Peel and the Black Widow had a style in common.

As I understand it Stan had Romita revamp BWs costume for her Amazing Spider-Man #86 (JUL70) guest appearance to be similar to Mrs Peel, who at the time was very popular. They even avoided showing her new costume on the cover.

Ah, thank you. Who is writing and drawing WF right now?

John Dunbar (the mod of maple) said:

Note for Sensei and anyone else picking up Batman Superman #9 - it is part 3 of the crossover with Worlds' Finest, and part 4, WF #21, already came out on March 26, in case you haven't picked it up yet.

Paul Levitz is still writing the book, as he has been doing from the start.  The art team is R.B. Silva and Joe Weems.

I read the first WF trade and the art is mostly by George Perez and Kevin Maguire.  I picked up WF 20 because I don't tradewait Batman/Superman and it was a bit of a shock to me, expecting Perez or Maguire.  I am unfamiliar with Silva and Weems; I looked it up and they have been the art team since WF 16.  I haven't read the 2nd WF trade yet but going by the info at mycomicshop, the series used multiple artists on one issue in #5, 8, 9, and 11.  Perez's last issue #9 and Maguire's was #12.  Sadly, I don't think either one can do a monthly series anymore on their own.

Mark S. Ogilvie said:

I always thought that Mrs. Peel and the Black Widow had a style in common.

Richard Willis said:

As I understand it Stan had Romita revamp BWs costume for her Amazing Spider-Man #86 (JUL70) guest appearance to be similar to Mrs Peel, who at the time was very popular. They even avoided showing her new costume on the cover.

John Romita said in this interview that the inspiration for the Black Widow's redesign was Miss Fury. But the Diana Prince of Wonder Woman's depowered era was surely modelled after Mrs Peel.

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