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Another relatively light week in terms of comic book news, even with Emerald City Comic Con.  Robert Kirkman announced a new series to be released by Image Comics’ imprint, Skybound, starting in August 2011 entitled The Infinite. From the press release posted on Comic Book Resources: “The Infinite [is] a science fiction adventure that tells the story of Bowen, a freedom fighter who’s seen civilization fall to The Infinite. Now, he has come back in time to enlist the aid of his 19-year-old self in order to prevent the war he lost and hopefully spare his younger self the horrors of what he’s lived through.” I know that Mike Carey is doing a new series involving playing with notions of time at Marvel but these two writers are different enough that both of these new series should be really interesting.  Also, Carey’s is a limited series and The Infinite is a new ongoing monthly.  Kirkman, of course, brought us both The Walking Dead & Invincible.

In news announced at ECCC, longtime artist for B.P.R.D., Guy Davis, will be leaving the series to work on his own original graphic novels, The Marquis.  He is being replaced by Tyler Crook, who has another series, Petrograd, coming out with Oni Press later this year.  If you would like more news about DC or Marvel that came from ECCC, you can check out the articles linked here from Comic Book Resources.  I’m super jealous of everyone that got to go to ECCC.  I’ve heard nothing but great things about the convention this year, and I would really love to go to a convention that is not as insanely packed and intense as SDCC sometime soon.  Anyone else have a chance to go to ECCC this year? Thoughts?

ON TO THIS WEEKS PULLS

DC/Vertigo Pulls

The biggest DC pull for me this week is Batman, Inc #3, written by Grant Morrison with art by Yanick Paquette & Michael Lacombe.  The first issue of this series was amazing, the second a little less so, but still pretty awesome.  The cover for this issue looks fabulous, so, yes, I’m looking forward to this pull.  Morrison has already proven to me that he can write Batman, so I’m just along for the ride.  This issue has Batman & Catwoman heading down to South America in order to deal with the Batman Incorporated representative down there, Gaucho.  What are your thoughts on this series so far?

Batman and Robin #21, written by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray, is the other big DC pull of the week.  This new team on the book did an awesome job last month and I’m looking forward to seeing where this arc goes.  “Angels” are falling from the sky (more or less) and Batman & Robin are trying to deal with it.  Nothing huge and groundbreakingly different, but the art and story are solid and have grabbed my interest so I’d definitely recommend picking this one up.

Finally, we have Wonder Woman #608, written by J. Michael Straczynski & Phil Hester with art and cover by Don Kramer & Jay Leisten.  Hester is doing an awesome job with Wonder Woman so far so this book is definitely a top pull.  Diana is being haunted by her past as an Amazon safe house is destroyed.  Also, I love the cover for this issue.  Amazing art work on this book in general/

Other pulls

Batgirl #19 – Written by Bryan Q. Miller; Art by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs
Birds of Prey #10, Written by Gail Simone; Art by Inaki Miranda – Finale of the Death of Oracle story arc!
Booster Gold #42 – Written by Keith Giffen & J.M. Dematteis; Art and cover by Chris Batista & Rich Perrotta
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #2 (of 6) (Vertigo) – Written by Chris Roberson; Art by Shawn McManus
iZombie #11 (Vertigo) – Written by Chris Roberson; Art and cover by Michael Allred
Justice League: Generation Lost #21 – Written by Judd Winick; Art by Aaron Lopresti
The Outsiders #37 – Written by Dan Didio; Art by Keith Giffen & Mick Gray
Superboy #5 – Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Pier Gallo

Marvel Pulls

Here’s a shocker.  My number one pull of the week is a Mike Carey book.  Gasp!  Sigil #1 (of 4), written by Mike Carey and penciled by Leonard Kirk, comes out this week from Marvel.  I actually don’t know a lot about it but, you know, Mike Carey fangirl over here.  Sounds like the basic premise is a time war in which a 16-year-old girl from South Carolina determines the outcome.  In and of itself, nothing horribly original, but I love the way Carey deals with fluid issues like literature, storytelling, and time so I have faith this will turn out great.  Plus, at least this series is only 4 issues so it isn’t too big of a monetary commitment (which is a big deal if you’re on a tight comic book budget like I am).

Another big pull from Marvel is Venom #1, written by Rick Remender and penciled by Tony Moore.  As most Spider-Man fans should know, Venom has a new host and it’s Flash Thompson, one of Spider-Man’s biggest fans.  This new series follows Venom in his career as a “good guy” working for the US military.  But, I mean, this is Venom we’re talking about, so I’m sure it isn’t going to be all rainbows and puppies.

Finally, last but not least, we have Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #155, Written by Brian Michael Bendis with pencils from Chris Samnee.  This issue is the prologue/beginning to the “Death of Spider-Man” event going down in the Ultimate world.  I’m going to try to not be snarky about another death in the Marvel Universe.  Instead I’ll just put my faith in Bendis (he rarely lets me down) and hope for the best.

Other pulls

Incredible Hulks #624 – Written by Greg Pak; Pencils & Cover by Dale Eaglesham
New Avengers #10 – Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Penciled by Mike Deodato & Howard Chaykin
X-23 #7 – Written by Marjorie Liu
X-Men: Legacy #246 – Written by Mike Carey; Penciled by Clay Mann

Independent Pulls

The big indy pull of the week is The Walking Dead #82, by Robert Kirkman, Adlard, & Cliff Rathburn.  Again, I’m still not caught up so I can’t tell you specifics as to what is going on, but I feel it would be remiss of me not to mention that this book is coming out this week.  Also released this week was the first season of The Walking Dead TV series on DVD, so there is that as well, you know, if you don’t feel like picking up the books (although you should)

Other pulls

27 #4 (of 4) (Image) – By: Charles Soule, Renzo Podesta, W Scott Forbes
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Gods #3 (of 3) (Dark Horse)- Written by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi, Art by Guy Davis
Elephantmen #30 (Image) – By: Richard Starkings, Moritat, J. Scott Campbell

My graphic novel pull of the week is Gotham Central Book 1: In the Line of Duty which is FINALLY being released in trade paperback form.  I bought this book forever ago in hardcover form and it is truly as amazing and awesome as everyone says it is.  Brubaker & Rucka create a work of brilliance in this series about the detectives that make up Gotham City’s finest.  I love cop stories anyway (Homicide was a truly amazing TV show), but the best part about this book is that it takes place in Gotham, and deals with all the typical super-villains, but Batman is truly a background character.  We get a sense of what it’s like to live and work in Gotham from a perspective that isn’t a superhero.  I cannot give this book enough praise, honestly, and if you have a little extra money to spend this week, I really recommend picking up this TPB

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