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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]

In the wake of everything going on in Japan, I don’t feel like there is any comic book news that is that ground-breaking (and, to be honest, it’s been hard to focus on much of anything but what is going on in Japan). Nevertheless, here are a few tidbits.

First of all, I really hate to report this but it is worth mentioning (I guess).  Bluewater Productions announced that there will be a Charlie Sheen comic book biography coming out relatively soon.  They claim it will tackle substantial issues such as “substance abuse and mental health issues“.  I hope that they actually do that and not just feed further into Sheen’s ego/insanity.

In some awesome indy comic news, Li’l Depressed Boy from Image sold out their first printing and is scheduled to have a second printing out in stores by March 23.  Sadly, I am super behind in my comic-reading in general (as I will mention multiple times below), so I still haven’t had a chance to pick this issue up yet.  I’ve heard nothing but amazing things, though. Did you pick up this first issue yet? Thoughts?

Finally, Image Comics is rushing a second printing of two new comic series, The Intrepids & Carbon Grey.  The Intrepids follows a group of orphans who have “set out to correct the threat of mad scientists under the tutelage of Dante, a genius inventor.”  If you’re interested in reading more about this series, you can find a neat little review on Nerds in Babeland.  Carbon Grey, on the other hand, is an alternate history epic/steampunk comic that tells the story of three sisters that use “expert firepower” to protect the city of Mitteleuropa.  I’m a huge fan of steampunk, so I’m looking forward to picking up this book after the second printing.

On to this weeks pulls

DC/Vertigo Pulls

This is a big week of pulls for Marvel but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some awesome DC books coming out.  First off is Batman #708, written by Tony Daniel, with art from Andy Clarke.   This week’s preview summary on Comixology has Batman delving into the Falcone family’s connections with Gotham City.  Additionally, Catgirl (aka Kitrina Falcone) wants to take over the family business, but it is not going to be easy.  Overall, it sounds like a good, solid issue.  Admittedly, I’m a bit behind on my Batman reading so I can’t say more than that, but what are your thoughts on Daniel’s run so far?

The biggest DC pull this week may be Brightest Day #22, written by Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi, with art by Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark & Joe Prado.  Last week ended with another one of the returned twelve seemingly a goner.  There are only a couple of issues left so the pace has really picked up on this series and I’m definitely excited to see how it all concludes.

Finally, The Unwritten #23, written by Mike Carey, Art by Peter Gross & Vince Locke, comes out this week from Vertigo.  Tom isn’t having any luck looking for the source of his father’s power, and now he’s stuck in a trap.  As I’ve said every time a new issue of The Unwritten comes out, I’m definitely behind on this series also and my plan is to keep up with it via trade paperback.  As a result, I can’t really comment on the current story arc.  Nevertheless, this book is clearly doing something right as it has almost 800 pulls on Comixology and it isn’t even a superhero book.  Yay for Mike Carey!

Additional Pulls

Adventure Comics #524 – Written by Paul Levitz; Art by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning
Northlanders #38 (Vertigo) – Written by Brian Wood; Art by Simon Gane
Power Girl #22 – Written by Judd Winick; Art and cover by Sami Basri
Red Robin #21 – Written by Fabian Nicieza; Art and cover by Marcus To & Ray McCarthy
Superman #709 – Written by J. Michael Straczynski & Chris Roberson; Art by Eddy Barrows & J.P. Mayer

Marvel Pulls

There are a lot of big pulls from Marvel this week, but the biggest seems to be Amazing Spider-Man #656, written by Dan Slott with art & cover by Marcos Martin.  This week’s issue has the premiere of the new Spider-Armor.  He also has a new nemesis (Massacre), and Spider-Man will need his new armor to fight him.  The new armor looks nice and shiny, and it’s always fun to see Spider-Man battle a new nemesis.  Plus, Dan Slott and Marcos Martin have been kicking butt with their Spider-Man run, so this is definitely an issue I’m excited to pick up this week.

However, the pull that I am most excited about is Fear Itself: Book of the Skull #1, written by Ed Brubaker with pencils by Scot Eaton.  If you’ve been reading this column you should know that I’m a huge fan of anything Brubaker.  On top of that, this is the first issue for the “Fear Itself” event, which has been building up a lot of publicity lately.  The preview pages look amazing (art wise at least) and the story blurbs have definitely grabbed my attention.  I’m excited to learn more about Red Skull’s WWII history, and I’m even more excited to learn more about his daughter, Sin.  Plus, you know, Ed Brubaker.

Finally, last but not least, we have another point one issue from Marvel.  This time it’s Uncanny X-Force #5.1 written by Rick Remender with pencils from Rafael Albuquerque.  I have no idea why we have a “start from this issue” issue for a series that is only on issue #5, but that’s cool.  I’m on board with this whole “point one” thing Marvel is doing because anything that makes it easier for newbies to get into comics is okay with me.  This issue involves the X-Force defending the X-Men’s new home from Lady Deathstrike.  I have no doubt that any fight that involves Wolverine, Lady Deathstrike, & Psylocke should be pretty badass, therefore making this issue another must pull for me this week.

Additional Pulls

Avengers Academy #11 – Written by Christos Gage; Pencils by Tom Raney
Generation Hope #5 – Written by Kieron Gillen; Penciled by Jamie McKelvie
Hulk #30.1 – Written by Jeff Parker; Art by Gabriel Hardman
Invincible Iron Man #502 – Written by Matt Fraction; Art & Cover by Salvador Larroca
Ruse #1 (of 4) – Written by Mark Waid; Art by Mirco Pierfederici
Thunderbolts #155 – Written by Jeff Parker; Penciled by Kev Walker
X-Factor #217 – Written by Peter David; Pencils by Emanuela Lupacchino

Independent Pulls

My big indy pull of the week is from Dark Horse.   The Guild: Tink (One-Shot), written by Felicia Day with art from Kristian Donaldson, Jeremy Bastian, Tim Seeley, and Adam Warren, comes out this week.  We know very little about Tinkerballa’s personal life so far from the series, so this issue is meant to give us some insight…or at least some fun stories that may-or-may-not be true about Tink.  I’ve loved the one-shot comics about the Guild characters so far and Day has done a great job with the stories.  Pretty much anything that I can consume involving The Guild while I wait for Season 5 is okay by me.

Additional Pulls

Artifacts #6 (of 13) (Top Cow) – By: (W) Ron Marz (A) Whilce Portacio
Doctor Who Vol. 2 #2 (IDW) – By: Tony Lee, Richard Piers Rayner, Tommy Lee Edwards
Hack/Slash Ongoing #2 (Image) – By: Tim Seeley, Dan Leister

Spike #6 (of 8) (IDW) – By: Brian Lynch, Stephen Mooney, Nick Runge

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