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This was a much lighter week in terms of comic book news but there are a few great stories to share nonetheless. Marvel announced that they are adapting Jane Austen’s Emma with New York Times’ best-selling author Nancy Butler and Return of the Dapper Men’s artist Janet K Lee. This is super exciting for me, personally, because I absolutely loved the artwork in Dapper Men and I think Janet K Lee is going to do great things with Emma (and graphic novels in general in the future). In case you want to get a better sense of Lee’s art, you can check out her etsy store for her Alice in Wonderland artwork.
Here is some exciting news if you were a fan of the CBS’s Jericho or are a current fan of Syfy network’s original show, Warehouse 13. IDW Publishing will continue the Jericho comic series in monthly form starting in 2011. They will release Jericho #4 and Jericho Redux, a collection of the first 3 issues of the comic books based on the canceled television series, in February, with the comic series continuing on in monthly form in March & April. The coolest bit about this series is that it will be penned by the original creators/writers of the actual television series, guaranteeing that the books follow in the foot-steps of the cult favorite program. Along the same lines, Dynamite & NBC Universal announced plans to create a comic series based on the popular Syfy series, Warehouse 13. Dynamite previously did comic book series based on Army of Darkness and Battlestar Galactica, in addition to the popular Green Hornet series. Some other big news from Dynamite is the end of the critically acclaimed Lone Ranger series in January with issue #25. The series is based on the long-running radio program from the 1930s and will have a live-action adaptation (because what doesn’t nowadays?) that is currently in development from Walt Disney Pictures & Jerry Bruckheimer.
This week’s releases:
Obviously I am not going to list every single comic that is released this week but I’m going to give you the highlights and this handy link to Comixology that gives you the full list.
From Dark Horse we have the release of The Guild TP #1. It really does seem like every successful sci-fi/fantasy TV show/web series gets a comic book nowadays but this one completely deserves it. Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog) wrote the three issues that this trade paperback collects and they are a ton of fun. They serve as a prequel to the series by telling the origins of the Knights of Good, what Cyn was up to before joining the group, and the origin of Codex (Cyn’s avatar). If you enjoy the series at all, this is somewhat of an obvious must-buy but it’s also worthwhile if you are just interested in getting started with an awesome new comic series (that will then lead to an addiction to an awesome web series and so on..)
From DC –
We have the release of the first part of the “Dark Knight, White Knight” series in Batman & Robin #17. Following the return of Bruce Wayne from the dead, this issue deals with the introduction of not only the new regular creative team for the book (writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason) but also a strange new Batman villain, the White Knight. Perhaps the book I am most excited for this week is Batwoman #0, if for no other reason than J.H. Williams III (co-writer and artist) and Amy Reeder (artist). Also, I’m always a sucker for a great female superhero and it is the first issue of the upcoming series AND because both covers look so damn awesome.
From Marvel –
Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet #4 (of 4) comes out this week with the conclusion of the series that started with half of the sentient life in the galaxy disappearing. This book concludes with an epic battle (shock) of the Avengers against Thanos. Slightly more exciting (to me at least), is Captain America #612 by Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice. Not only is Brubaker a fabulous writer in general, but the art is amazing and there is a super awesome Tron variant cover (yup, I’m a sucker for that sort of stuff if it is done right). As you may or may not know, Bucky Barnes (the recent Captain America) is on trial as a result of documents being released that revealed his past life as a Soviet assassin. If you haven’t read anything by Brubaker yet, shame on you, but you should definitely go pick up these issues regardless. It’s being touted as “controversial” but I’m not sure I would go that far. It’s just a cool storyline that is at least worth checking out for one issue.
Another big pull this week from Marvel is Invincible Iron Man #32 (Matt Fraction & Salvador Larroca Martinez). I really enjoyed what Matt Fraction did with the X-Men and so far I’m enjoying his run on Iron Man. This week we see the continuation of the Stark Resilient storyline where Tony Stark is trying to start anew with a company that will aim to provide free, clean energy to the world. Of course nothing is ever easy in the Marvel universe and Stark was quickly attacked by Hammer Industries and hundreds of their attack drones. And that’s where we pick up this week. If you haven’t started reading this story arc yet but are interested, Marvel continues to do a great job with summarizing their story lines on the “previously” page which you can actually see in the previews posted online.
I could seriously go on forever with everything coming out from Marvel but I’ll end with New Mutants #19, the last issue of the Fall of the New Mutants story arc. The New Mutants was one of my favorite comic book series when I was younger and I was really happy to see it brought back by Marvel. This story arc followed Cannonball and his team back into Limbo (from where Magik and General Ulysses have both recently re-emerged) in order to save Pixie from Project Purgatory. You can find the preview pages/summary page here.
Other recommended pulls include –
Action Comics #895
Batman Beyond #6 (of 6)
Detective Comics #871
Green Arrow #6
Justice League: Generation Lost #14
Chew Vol. 3: Just Desserts TP (MR)
The Walking Dead #79 (MR)
Fantastic Four #585
Secret Avengers #7
Thor: The Mighty Avenger #6
Uncanny X-Force #2
Uncanny X-Men #530
X-Men: Legacy #242
DMZ #59 (MR)
Madame Xanadu #29 (MR) Series Finale!
Due to the incredibly long list of pulls this week, I’m going to keep my graphic novel recommendation short and sweet. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I highly recommend checking out Syndrome, another recent graphic novel from Archaia. I swear next week I’ll show some love to a different publisher but this book was a lot of fun to read and will definitely be an interesting series to follow. It tells the story of a Dr. Wolfe Chitel and his attempt to find the cure for evil via an experiment involving a notorious serial killer and a wannabe Hollywood actress. It is graphically violent and has sexually explicit images but if that doesn’t bother you I definitely recommend checking this book out. Anything that tries to delve into more psychological issues is typically fun for me personally and this book not only does that but also does it well (which is sometimes difficult to pull off without being too preachy/pretentious).