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It was not a particularly big week this in comic book news, but there were a lot of fun stories in the independent comic book world.  First off, BOOM! Kids is now KABOOM! and one of their first announcements is that Peanuts will be coming to KABOOM! Nothing more than that has been shared because their press release was just an image of the Peanuts gang with “KABOOM!” above them (and they were closed for the President’s Day holiday).  Peanuts was my first true comic love and I am still a sucker for all things Snoopy so I will can’t wait to hear more about this announcement.

We also got some preview images from both Dark Horse and Archaia for the books they’re giving out on Free Comic Book Day (May 7, 2011). As previously mentioned, Dark Horse is giving away a flipbook of Avatar: The Last Airbender with Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  They are also releasing a free comic for mature readers that is made up of two stories, one entitled Criminal Macabre and the other, Baltimore.  Archaia released covers for their flipbook which will feature a new Mouse Guard story on one side, with a new Dark Crystal story on the other.

On to this weeks pull list

DC/Vertigo Pulls

It’s a light week for DC (which is more than made up by the shear number of books coming out from Marvel).  The big pull for me this week is Detective Comics #874, written by Scott Snyder with art from Francesco Francavilla.  In this issue, Detective Gordon finds new evidence about the “Peter Pan Killer” and hopes to bring an end to a case that has haunted him for a long time.  The preview page from Francavilla looks amazing and I love Snyder’s work on Detective Comics so far.

Gotham City Sirens #20

Also out this week in DC (and also in the Batverse) is Gotham City Sirens #20, written by Peter Calloway with art from Lee Garbett.  The Joker has returned to the Batverse and this means that Harley Quinn is going to take a starring role in Gotham City Sirens this week.  As a massive Joker & Harley Quinn fangirl, I cannot wait for this issue.  Also, apparently Selina & Quinn didn’t realize that the objects of their affections were mortal enemies…really? I know I’m new to this series, so can someone fill me in on what I’m missing here?

Other Pulls

Action Comics #898 – Written by Paul Cornell; Art by Pete Woods
American Vampire #12 (Vertigo) – Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Danijel Zezelj
Justice League: Generation Lost – Written by Judd Winick; Art by Aaron Lopresti
Justice Society of America #48 – Written by Marc Guggenheim; Art and Cover by Scott Kolins

Marvel Pulls

The big Marvel pull for the week is Fantastic Four #588, written by Jonathan Hickman with pencils by Nick Dragotta.  This is the last issue of the Fantastic Four as we knew them, with the new series (now entitled Future Foundation) co-starring Spider-Man coming up in March.  I still refuse to believe the Human Torch is dead for good (because how often does anyone in the Marvel Universe stay dead for good?) but I do believe this new team will last a lot longer than I originally thought.  I’m looking forward to the new team and this issue is meant to be a nice little wrap-up of the Fantastic Four’s month of mourning after Johnny Storm’s death.

Another huge pull this week is Amazing Spider-Man #655, written by Dan Slott with art from Marcos Martin.  This issue picks up after the death (yup, another death in the Marvel Universe) of Marla Jameson, J. Jonah’s wife.  The preview pages for this book are utterly heartbreaking, and Martin’s artwork is simple and gorgeous.

It’s a big week in the X-Verse, as we get part one of Age of X in X-Men Legacy #245, written by Mike Carey with art from Clay Mann, and part two of Age of X in New Mutants #22, written by Mike Carey with pencils from Steve Kurth.  I love X-Men events when they’re done right, and I trust Mike Carey knows what he’s doing.  I loved Age of X Alpha in the sense that it had the right amount of information and urgency to get the ball rolling.  We got a little bit of back story, but also enough action so that I wasn’t bored.  Granted, I wish the focus of these alternate worlds didn’t always seem to revolve around Magneto in some way, shape or form, but on the other hand, I love what Carey has done with Cyclops and Wolverine.  Age of X Alpha provided a good little intro to this world, and these two books will show us more about the actual story arc for Age of X.

Finally, we have the conclusion of the trial of Captain America in Captain America #615, written by Ed Brubaker with art from Butch Guice.  I’ve never been a huge Captain America fan, but this story has been interesting.  I’m sure Cap will make it in time to save Falcon and Black Widow, but Marvel promises that nothing will ever be the same again.  And Marvel never lies about things like this, right?

Other Pulls

Astonishing X-Men #36 – By: Daniel Way, Jason Pearson
Avengers #10 – By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr
Iron Man 2.0 #1 – Written by Nick Spencer Penciled by Barry Kitson
Invincible Iron Man #501 – Written by Matt Fraction; Art & Cover by Salvador Larroca
Secret Avengers #10 – Written by Ed Brubaker; Pencils & Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.
Thor #620 – Written by Matt Fraction; Art by Pasqual Ferry
Uncanny X-Men #533 – Written by Matt Fraction & Kieron Gillen; Pencils & Cover by Greg Land

Independent Pulls

Echoes #3 (of 5) comes out this week and it remains one of my favorite indy books out there right now.  Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and drawn by Rahsan Ekedal, this psychological thriller has completely grabbed my attention.  It’s one of those books where I almost wish I had waited until it came out as TPB rather than collecting individual issues.  The waiting is killing me!  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the art is spectacular.

Other Indy Pulls

Feeding Ground #4 (of 6) (Archaia) – Writer: Swifty Lang; Art by: Michael Lapinski
Incorruptible #15 (BOOM! Studios) – Written by Mark Waid; Art by Marcio Takara

Metalocalypse/Dethklok #3 (of 3) (Dark Horse) – Writer: Brendon Small, Jon Schnepp, Jeremy Barlow; Cover Artist: Eric Powell
Spawn #203 (Image) – By: Will Carlton, Kudranski, Todd McFarlane
Spike #5 (of 8) (IDW) – By: Brian Lynch, Stephen Mooney, Nick Runge

The trade paperback that I’m reading this week for my weekly review is another old one and is probably only of interest to other X-Men fanatics.  A few weeks ago I purchased Uncanny X-Men: Sisterhood from my local comic book store and I’m super excited to sit down and read it.  It follows up Lovelorn (which I previously reviewed on Nerds in Babeland) and is written by the wonderful Mr. Matt Fraction.  Fraction is completely kicking ass right now with Iron Man, but he did a great job with the X-Men previously.  If you’re a fan of X-Men in general, I’d definitely recommend giving his run a chance.  Of course, if you haven’t read anything in a long time it’s probably best to start with The Messiah Complex (which started off the chain of events that lead to Lovelorn and now this book).  Regardless, I’m excited to read this book and look forward to that review on Geeky Pleasures later this week.

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