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The comic book news I was most excited about this week was the release of a Comixology app on Android.  There isn’t much more to say about that then..yay! I love my Android.

Moving on…This week brought us the announcement that Mark Bagley will return to Ultimate Comics Spiderman with issue #156.  This issue will kick-off not only the return of Bagley and reuniting of Bagley and Bendis but also the “Death of Spider-Man” story arc.  Bendis & Bagley previously worked together on Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1, which sold over a million copies and is, obviously, considered a huge success in Marvel’s book.  This re-pairing seems fairly obvious for the massive upcoming storyline, but Bendis also insists great things are on the way for the previous art team, David Lafuente and Sarah Pichelli.

This week we got another teaser hint about next year’s Age of X.  Marvel announced that “Age of X Universe” (to be written by Simon Spurrier with art from Khoi Pham) will explore what happens to the superheroes that are not mutants.  In case you are not a “Marvel gal or guy” or don’t follow the X-verse, “Age of X” is the next big X-event, this time led by Mike Carey and exploring what would have happened if the mutants of the world had never united to form the X-Men.  Now, as I have made perfectly clear, I love Mike Carey and pretty much everything he has done with Vertigo (Unwritten, Lucifer) and therefore I have faith in him.  I’m also traditionally a Marvel girl as I grew up loving the X-Men comics.  However, really? Do we need another “What-if” massive story arc involving the X-Men? Something about this seems far too familiar to Age of Apocalypse.  Granted, that specific crossover event involved Professor X dying before he could form the X-Men and Magneto therefore forming the team but still.  I’m nervous, I’ll just leave it at that.

Finally, the big news this week is Marvel’s announcement of “Fear Itself,” yet ANOTHER event series set for 2011.  This one will encompass all of Marvel and deal with the issue of “fear” that is pretty much everywhere nowadays (in real life that is).  It will be a 7-issue series with a prelude that focuses on Captain America & Namor written by Ed Brubaker.  They acknowledged that people requested a break from big events and pointed out that they took the last year off.  Brevoort (VP – Executive Editor) compared this new series to the previous Civil War series.  The first issue (and likely the last) will be over sized issues and there is going to be a tie-in miniseries similar to Front Line.  For the most part I enjoyed the Civil War series so I’ll give this one a shot.  Still, what do you guys think? Are you ready for another massive Marvel overarching series?

Last week was an insane pull week for me so this week is a little lighter

DC/Vertigo

The two DC books I am most excited about this week are Batman, Inc #2 and Wonder Woman #605.  First off we have Batman, Inc #2 by Grant Morrison.  I really enjoyed the first issue of this new series and can’t wait to see where Morrison takes things.  Of course the book is advertised as containing a fight that could mean the end of Batman, Inc, before it even starts (which we know won’t happen) but still.  I guess I’m just a sucker for Morrison when he’s on a ball.  As for Wonder Woman #605, I know it is tragic that this book is getting the shaft (yet again) but I think it’s important to continue to support it even if JMS is bailing on it.  In this issue, Wonder Woman continues her search into what happened to her current reality and meets one of the three deadliest gods known to man.  I’m looking forward to it and have complete faith in Phil Hester.  Another book I’m excited about this week is Batman Annual #28, which is the second part of the story that started in Detective Comics Annual #12.  This book picks up where the last one left off and involves the two Batmans trying to stop the Golden Portal from tearing Paris apart.

Other DC/Vertigo pulls-

DC Universe Legacies #8 (of 10) – Limited Series – Written by Len Wein; Art by Dan Jurgens & Jerry Ordway with Scott Kolins
Green Lantern Corps #55 – Written by Tony Bedard; Art and cover by Tyler Kirkham & Batt
Justice League of America #52 – Reappearance of Dark Supergirl – Written by James Robinson; Art by Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter & Norm Rapmund
Superman/Batman #79 – First of a two-part story – Written by Chris Roberson; Art by Jesus Merino; Cover by Fiona Staples

American Vampire #10 (Vertigo) – Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Mateus Santolouco

Marvel:

I am so incredibly excited about Invincible Iron Man #33.  Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca Martinez have been rocking this series and I am legitimately excited about Iron Man (when I was never really a huge Iron Man fan in the past..)  This book wraps up the Stark: Resilient storyline which, in case you are not a huge Iron Man fan, has focused on Stark trying to build up a new, “greener” energy company.  And Pepper even gets a suit of armor (although now she shut off the implant keeping her alive but still..)!

Then there is Ed Brubaker’s Secret Avengers #8 which continues with the Eyes of the Dragon storyline.  I’m really loving the art by Mike Deodato and Brubaker is always a fav so this series is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.  The other big-name Marvel book coming out this weekend, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #151, has the fall-out from the big events of the last issue.  This issue begins Parker’s schooling in terms of superhero training and, apparently, he already has a new girlfriend (since Gwen Stacey ran away).  Also, he’s living with the Human Torch and Iceman so you know
that will be fun.

Over in the X-verse, Uncanny X-Men #531 comes out with the continuation of the Quarantine storyline (also by Fraction).  Also, X-Men: Legacy #243 comes out with Mike Carey concluding the Fables of the Reconstruction.  Marvel has frankly gotten enough attention with this post so I’ll just leave those two pulls at that.  🙂

Other Marvel Pulls –
Deadpool #30 – First part of a two-part storyline involving Deadpool and..you guessed it, vampires – Written by Daniel Way Penciled by Carlo Barberi
Fantastic Four #586 – Part of the Countdown to Casualty – Written by Jonathan Hickman Interior Art by Stephen H. Epting
X-Men #6 – Curse of the Mutants Conclusion! Written by Victor Gischler Penciled by Paco Medina

Indy Publishers:

This week we get The Guild: Vork #1 (of 1) from Dark Horse comics.  Written by Felicia Day and Jeff Lewis, it’s a one-shot story featuring Vork, the leader of the Knights of Good.  I’m extremely excited about this because Day has proven with previous issues that she is a great comic book storyteller and this time she’s joined by Vork himself (Lewis).

The other big indy pull this week is Invincible #76 from Skybound.  This is going to be a hugely important issue, what with Invincible fighting Thragg one-on-one, but mostly I just want to emphasize that everyone needs to be reading this book.  Seriously.  Kirkman is brilliant (which we already knew from The Walking Dead anyway) and the story is fun and not at all what I expected it to be when I picked up the first graphic novel way back in the day.     If you aren’t reading this series already this is not the issue you should start with, but instead maybe go pick up the first graphic novel.

Finally, this week Image releases Chew #16.  Chew won this year’s Eisner & Harvey Awards for Best New Series, which just means I have yet another book I need to check out. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this series but, sadly, have yet to pick them up (mostly because at this point I’d like to just get the first TPB when it comes out).  What do you guys think who have read it?

Other Indy Pulls –
Artifacts #4 (of 13) Cover A – BroussardTop Cow – First chapter of this massive event concludes! Written By: Ron Marz; Art by Michael Broussard
Cyclops #1Archaia – From the team that brought you The Killer – I will be doing a review of this on Nerds in Babeland so keep an eye out! Written by Matz Art by Luc Jacamon

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