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Hey guys & gals! Sorry for being MIA last week. I had really horrendous Internet capabilities over the holidays.  I’ll try to make it up to you!

Let’s start this off with a little bit of news that makes me kind of sad.  I love Image Comics. They put out a lot of fabulous stuff. However, I’m not at all excited about the announcement of Captain Wonder 3D.  I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt because it looks like it is intended for kids and, therefore, that somewhat excuses the use of 3D.  Still, we already have essentially every superhero movie being released in 3D.  Can we not go down the 3D route in print quite yet? At least we’ll get to keep these 3D glasses 🙂

On an extremely different note, Echoes #1 from Top Cow sold out in one day! I’m always excited when a comic book sells out quickly (with the exception of that Justin Bieber one), but I’m even more excited that this happened with this book.  First of all, I’m super pumped about the book because it is a horror comic book and we don’t have nearly enough of those out there.  I also think it’s a great sign of things to come from Top Cow with a book that is relatively different from their traditional texts.  The story is much more easily accessible for a new comic book reader than something with the kind of history that The Darkness or Witchblade has (not that those texts aren’t awesome..they just have quite a back story at this point). I haven’t had the chance to pick up my pulls from last week yet (holidays are awesome but they keep me from my local comic book store!) but it will definitely be the first book I read once I pick them all up this week.

In the DC Comic Universe, it was announced on Monday that Peter Milligan (Hellblazer) will be writing the new ongoing series, Red Lanterns.  They have not announced an official release date beyond this year, but the series joins the other Green Lantern-based series popping up all over the DC Universe.

Finally, in the Marvel Universe, we get more tidbits about the big Marvel event of the year, Fear itself.  You can read the first part of the interview with writer Matt Fraction and artist Stuart Immonen about the upcoming event at Newsarama.  I’m definitely interested in seeing where Marvel takes this, even if I could use a break from massive crossover events.  I’m a big fan of Fraction’s work on Uncanny X-Men and Invincible Iron Man and Brubaker is writing the prologue so that’s always a good sign!

Time for this week’s pull list-

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In the Batverse, we have Batman Beyond #1 by Adam Beechen with art from Ryan Benjamin & John Stanisci.  The cover looks pretty awesome too (done by Dustin Nguyen).  This new ongoing follows Terry McGinnis & Bruce Wayne after their battle with “Hush”.   A new criminal is being tracked down by the Justice League in Neo-Gotham and he has taken Terry’s mom as a hostage.  Also coming out is Batman Confidential #52 (Written by Marc Guggenheim; Art and cover by Jerry Bingham).  This issue is the 3rd part in a 5-part series and gives us a flashback into Batman’s first experience with a super-powered team, The Zhuguan.

A major pull for DC Comics this week is Brightest Day #17 by Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi with art from Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark & Joe Prado.  This issue follows Hawkman & Hawkgirl to the Star Sapphires and Captain Boomerang tracking down Dove & Deadman.

Jonah Hex #63

The book I am personally most excited about, however, is Jonah Hex #63 written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Jordi Bernet.  I’m going to continue to pimp this book because I think it has a bad reputation as a result of that movie and it’s not the book’s fault the movie sucked.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of Westerns traditionally but Jonah Hex is such a interesting character that I barely notice that .  In this standalone issue we’re suppose to get a pivotal piece of information about Hex’s past, in addition to a bounty pick-up involving a bandit named Loco.  This will be my second read this week after Echoes.  Definitel.

Adventure Comics #522 – Written by Paul Levitz; Art by Geraldo Borges & Marlo Alquiza
House of Mystery #33 – Written by Matthew Sturges; Art by Werther Dell’edera and David Lloyd – Squee! A tale illustrated by David Lloyd from V for Vendetta!
Izombie #9 – Written by Chris Roberson; Art and cover by Michael Allred – I haven’t caught up to issue #9 BUT you can read my review of the first 3 issues at Geeky Pleasures.
JSA All Stars #14 – Written by Matthew Sturges; Art and cover by Freddie Williams II
Steel – Written by Steve Lyons; Art by Sean Chen
Superboy #3 – Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Pier Gallo
Sweet Tooth #17 – Written & Illustrated by Jeff Lemire
Marvel-

Probably the biggest pull this week from Marvel is Avengers: Prime #5, written by Brian Michael Bendis with pencils and cover by Alan Davis.  In this final issue of this limited series, Iron Man, Captain America & Thor team up for the first time in forever in order to bring down Hela, the goddess of death. I love Brian Michael Bendis.  That is all.

Another big pull from Marvel is Ultimate Comics Captain America #1 (of 4), from the creative team of Jason Aaron and Ron Garney. This mini-series starts with modern Ultimate Captain America meeting the Captain America from the Vietnam War (apparently his ‘ultimate’ nemesis).  I think this has the potential to be a really awesome/interesting story line and I enjoyed what I’ve read so far of Aaron’s Scalped series with Vertigo.

Because I grew up an “X-girl” I feel as though I should include at least one X-title in my pull list.  This week it’s X-Factor #213 (by Peter David, Emanuela Lupacchino, David Yardin) which shows us the fallout from the battle with Hela on the X-Factor team.  Someone will be leaving the team, someone will be joining.  Also, there will be some baby-drama between Rahne & Rictor over the identity of the baby’s father.  Gotta love some good ole fashion comic-book relationship drama!

Ant-Man & Wasp #3 (of 3) – Written & Illustrated by Timothy M. Seeley
Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #4 (of 9) – Written by Allan Heinberg; Cover and pencils by Jimmy Cheung
Generation Hope #3 – Written by Kieron Gillen; Penciled by Salv Espin
Thanos Imperative: Devastation (One Shot) – Penciled by Miguel Sepulveda

Independents-

The Walking Dead #80 also comes out this week from Image.  I can’t really say much about this upcoming issue because I’m still catching up via TPB, but I can’t imagine a lot needs to be said.  If you’re a fan of the series and caught up to this issue, what do you think? Are you loving the book still? A lot of books have a hard time lasting this long plot-wise so I’d definitely be interested in hearing what others thing about the current Walking Dead story lines

Other pulls-

Green Hornet #12 (Dynamite) – By: Phil Hester, Jonathan Lau
Irredeemable #21 (BOOM! Studios) – By: Mark Waid, Peter Krause, Diego Barreto, Federico Piatti
Spike #4 (of 8) (IDW)
Twenty-Seven #2 (Image)

My graphic novel recommendation/pull of the week is actually one I have not read yet, so I guess it isn’t much of a recommendation so much as a “this book sounds awesome.”  I’ve heard a lot of great things about Hack/Slash: My First Maniac and Vol. 1 is being released this week in trade paperback form.  It’s only going to be $10, so I would say most likely worth checking out based on the great things I’ve heard about it so far and the fact that it was a sell-out miniseries. Hack/Slash follows Cassie Hack, a 16-year-old who just killed her mother, an undead murderer.  I’m sorry, but that just sounds frakin’ badass.  Also? Allison Scagliotti from Warehouse 13 wrote the intro and I absolutely adore her.

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