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Obviously the biggest comic book related news that happened this last week was the passing of Dwayne McDuffie.  There isn’t a lot more I can add to the wonderful memorial posts that went up over the last week, so I will just link to a beautiful post written by Jill Pantozzi about recognizing amazing comic book creators now, before they pass away.

In extremely different news, IDW announced this week the return of 30 Days of Night.  This time it will be entitled, 30 Days of Night: Night, Again, and be written by Joe R. Lansdale with art from Sam Kieth.  First of all? Hilarious title.  I’m also just excited about more quality horror comics coming out.  The book will be available in May and will follow a band of survivors from the original vampire infestation.  Definitely excited about this.

With that, I’ll go into my weekly pulls.

DC/Vertigo Pulls

Batman: Streets of Gotham #20

While I know the two biggest releases this week in the DC Universe are Green Lantern & Brightest Day, those aren’t the books that I’m most excited about so instead I’m going to send some love to three other DC releases this week.  First off is Batman: Streets of Gotham #20, written by Paul Dini; Art by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs.  First of all, I love Nguyen’s art so that in and of itself is a reason to pick up this book.  Also, you know, Paul Dini.  All of that aside, this is the second to last book of the “House of Hush” series, which has completely been kicking arse in the DC Universe.

As I’m fairly predictable at this point, you know that another one of my big pulls for the week is Jonah Hex #65, written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti with art and cover by Jordi Bernet.  The preview pages for this issue look amazing, with Bernet doing some truly awesome art work for the winter storm that  Hex encounters this week.  In addition to tackling Mother Nature, Hex will be dealing with some more mysterious strangers (as can be expected in a Western).  If you’ve been reading my posts, you’ve heard my whole little speech so I’ll spare you this time.  Just go pick up an issue of Jonah Hex.  Please?

Finally, we come to Secret Six #31, written by Gail Simone with art by J. Calafiore.  Again, the preview pages for this issue look amazing and I’m really excited about this new story line, “The Darkest House.”  A member of Secret Six is using the “Get Out of Hell Free” card that was introduced in the first story arc and, as can be expected, it doesn’t go as smoothly as it should.

Other Pulls

Batman Beyond #3 – Written by Adam Beechen; Art by Ryan Benjamin & John Stanisci
Batman Confidential #54 – Written by Marc Guggenheim; Art and cover by Jerry Bingham
Brightest Day #21 – written by Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi; Art by Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark & Joe Prado
Green Lantern #63 – Written by Geoff Johns; Art and Cover by Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy
House of Mystery #35 – Written by Matthew Sturges; Art by Luca Rossi & Jose Marzan, Jr. and Darwyn Cooke
Sweet Tooth #19 – Written by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Nate Powell and Emi Lenox; Art and cover by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Nate Powell and Emi Lenox

Marvel Pulls

The Marvel pull that I am most excited about this week is far from your traditional Marvel book.  I cannot wait to get my hands on Emma #1 (of 5), written by Nancy Butler with art from Janet Lee.  I know it’s considered a “girlie” book and we’re all fairly familiar with the story (cough Clueless cough), but Janet Lee is one of my favorite artists and I cannot wait to see what she does with this story.  I also love that Marvel is adapting this book.  It will help this adaptation get a bit more attention and, once again, provide a great source of reading material for middle school kids who might not want to read the actual Jane Austen book, but could enjoy this story in comic book form.

Since Marvel had an epic week last week, I’m keeping my Marvel pull list relatively short.  The other book I’m most excited about from Marvel this week is X-Factor #216, Written By Peter David with art from Emanuela Lupacchino.  This issue will be yet another story where Spider-Man makes his way into other Marvel Universes, so it should be fun.  X-Factor finds themselves being hired by J. Jonah Jameson to investigate a murder in NYC.  Both Spider-Man & Black Cat make a guest appearance (in addition to J. Jonah Jameson obviously).

Other Pulls

5 Ronin #1 (of 5) – Written by Peter Milligan Penciled by Tomm Coker, Dalibor TalajiC, Laurence Campbell, Goran Parlov & Leandro Fernandez
Avengers Academy #10 – Written by Christos Gage; Pencils by Sean Chen
Deadpool #32.1 – Written by Daniel Way; Penciled by Bong Dazo
Heroes for Hire #4 – Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning; Penciled by Brad Walker
Secret Warriors #25 – Written by Jonathan Hickman; Penciled by Alessandro Vitti

Independent Pulls

The big indy pull of the week for me is from Archaia.  I’ve actually had the opportunity to read their original graphic novel, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, written by Andrew Roslan, with art from Kate Kasenow and Dave Valeza, and I can safely say that Archaia has done it again.   It’s a very different kind of book from Return of the Dapper Men or Killer, but the quality of art and story easily puts it on the same level.  The story is about two strangers, Henry Barrons & Jillian Webb, who both happen to be best friends with Amelia Johnson.  Amelia is dying from cancer and her dying wish is to have them travel across country together to deliver her farewell tapes to her loved ones.  While the subject matter lends towards an extremely sad story, the book actually has a wonderfully uplifting message (yes, I know how cheesy/cliched that sounds) and I was far from depressed by the end.   Finally, the art is black-and-white and gorgeous in it’s simplicity.  The artists work so well together that you can’t even tell the book had two different illustrators.  Yes, the book is a hardcover, which means it will cost a bit more than your average book, but if you have a light pull week, or are just looking for something a bit more substantial, I’d definitely recommend picking this book up.

Other Pulls

Angel: Illyria #4 (of 4) (IDW) – By: Scott Tipton, Marish Huehner, Elena Casagrande, Jenny Frison
Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth #1 (of 3) (Dark Horse) – Written by Malachai Nicolle; Pencils by Ethan Nicolle
The Boys #52 (Dynamite) – By: Garth Ennis, Russ Braun, Darick Robertson
Chew #17 (Image) – By: John Layman, Rob Guillory
The Darkness #90 (Top Cow) – Written by Phil Hester; Art by Sheldon Mitchel

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