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[Editor’s Note: In nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

The biggest comic book news of the last week actually happened before my previous write-up, but unfortunately I’d already sent it out so I wasn’t able to add it on until now.  Last week, Marvel announced the promotion of Axel Alonso as their new Editor-in-Chief.  He will be replacing Joe Quesada, who will remain as Chief Creative Officer for Marvel Entertainment.  Alonso has been with Marvel for 10 years, while previously working for DC’s Vertigo imprint.  While with Vertigo, Alonso edited Preacher, 100 Bullets, & Hellblazer. More recently he’s overeen the X-Men, including the Messiah CompleX crossover event, which just happens to be one of my favorite X-Men events in more recent history.  I’m looking forward to seeing what Alonso has to bring to the table.  Mostly I’m just hoping it means more quality X-Men events….but that might just be asking too much.  🙂  At this point I’m sure you’ve heard everything there is to hear about this promotion for Alonso but, just in case, you can go to CBR for a lovely interview with Mr. Alonso himself.

In convention news, Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) announced more guests for the convention in March of this year.  Paul Cornell (Action Comics, Batman and Robin), Jill Thompson (Sandman, Wonder Woman), Scott Snyder (American Vampire), and Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern) have all been announced as guests to this year’s convention.  On the other side of the country, Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, Batman Incorporated), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D), Jo Chen (artist for Buffy & Runaways) have been announced (along with roughly 20 other artists & writers) as guests for this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

Finally, on a fun little note, “Female Force: Betty White” comic sold out in less than a day.  I love Betty White’s little comeback she has going on right now and, honestly, out of all the celebrities that have comics out right now, I’m definitely down for her comic book selling out.  She’s just so damn funny.

Time for this week’s pull list-

DC/Vertigo-

Batgirl #17

There are a lot of good pulls this week in the DC Universe so I’m going to be limited in how many I can give my full attention.  In the Batverse, we start off with Batgirl #17, written by Bryan Q. Miller with art from Pere Perez.  This book has Batgirl & Damian Wayne working on their first officially sanctioned Batman Incorporation assignment.  I like the way they set up these two characters as opposites and am so far enjoying this series.  This book should at least be a fun, light(ish) read.  This week also brings us Batman and Robin #19, written by Peter J. Tomasi with art from Patrick Gleason & Mark Irwin.  This issue is the last of a three-part series involving Batman and Robin up against the “White Knight”. The preview pages look promising and I’m excited to see how this storyline wraps up, if for no other reason than the ‘hole in the head thing’ has creeped me out long enough.  Finally, in the Batman Universe, we have Birds of Prey #8 written by Gail Simone, with art from Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes.  This issue continues the “Death of Oracle” arc, in addition to continuing a storyline that crosses over from Batman Incorporated involving Hawk, Dove, & Mortis.  This is definitely one of my favorite series right now, and Simone does such a fabulous job with all of the characters.  The story is simple enough (Oracle needs to ‘die’ b/c too many people know about her) but Simone mixes humor with this dark theme beautifully and I can’t wait to see where this story goes. Plus, Mortis is definitely a character I’m interested in learning more about, and I love her uber-dramatic, goth look.  At least she doesn’t sparkle.

Outside of Gotham, etc, Justice League: Generation Lost #17, written by Judd Winick with art from Aaron Lopresti, comes out this week.  Now that Checkmate’s charter has been revoked and Captain Atom is up for murder, we get to see the team go up against Power Girl.  And, last but definitely not least, we have another Gail Simone book this week, Secret Six #29, with art from J. Calafiore.  This issue brings the conclusion of the Action Comics crossover event with the Secret Six up against Luthor and Vandal Savage.

Other pulls-

Booster Gold #40 – Written by Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis; Art and cover by Chris Batista & Rich Perrotta
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #6 – Written by Peter J. Tomasi; Art by Fernando Pasarin & Cam Smith
Red Robin #19 – Written by Fabian Nicieza; Art and cover by Marcus To & Ray McCarthy
Superman #707 – Written by J. Michael Straczynski; Art by Eddy Barrows & J.P. Mayer
The Unwritten #21 – Written by Mike Carey; Art by Peter Gross & Vince Locke

Marvel-

Thankfully (for my bank account at least) Marvel has a slightly shorter pull list (at least for me).  Amazing Spider-Man #651 comes out this week.  Written by Dan Slott with art from Humberto Ramos, this issue has the return of the Scorpion in a special 8 page story.  The primary story continues the Hobgoblin storyline and we find out which side Spider-man and Black Cat will be on.  Also coming out this week is Thor: The Mighty Avenger #8, written by Roger Langridge, with pencils by Chris Samnee. It’s a bittersweet note because I’m excited about another issue but…it’s the last.  This was a great series and I really wish it could have gotten more attention before it was canceled.  The problem with getting more people into comic books really needs to be addressed because there are plenty of quality books out there, just like this one, but unfortunately comic book readership in general is going down the crapper and if we don’t have enough readers than of course it will be difficult for newer ongoings like this one.  This book was an awesome all-ages book and was a great lead-in to the upcoming movie.  What more do we need? Apparently it needs to star Justin Bieber.

My last Marvel pull that I’m going to write about is Daredevil: Reborn #1 (of 4).  This limited series is written by Andy Diggle, with art from Davide Gianfelice and will explore the fall out of the Shadowland event on Daredevil himself (since we’ve been seeing the fallout on Hell’s Kitchen via Black Panther: The Man Without Fear).  I plan to check this first issue out mostly because I still think it’s cool that they had Black Panther take over the Daredevil book and I’m curious as to how this limited will play out in relation to that ongoing series.

Other pulls-

Deadpool #31 – “I Rule, You Suck,” Part 2 (of 2); Written by: Daniel Way
Incredible Hulks #620 – Written by: Gregory Pak; Pencils: Paul R. Pelletier; Inks: Danny K. Miki
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #514 – Written by: David Liss; Pencils & Ink by: Francesco Francavilla

Independents-

Spike #4 (of 8) – IDW
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales HC – Dark Horse

My graphic novel suggestion of the week is somewhat of a cheat.  I wrote a review for Lone Justice: Crash (from IDW) last week for Geeky Pleasures, and I still can’t stop raving enough about this book.  It came out last year so it isn’t new for this week, but I really recommend this book if you’re a fan of either pulp novels or superhero stories with a twist.  Basically it’s the story of a superhero that finds himself bankrupt after the Stock Market crash in the late 1920s.  It’s definitely illustrated and told in the fashion of old-school pulp novels, but it takes a different enough twist to grab your attention and make you want to read more.  I cannot wait for the next book (which comes out next month).

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