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Hey guys and gals! Lots of news came out at C2E2 this last weekend but sadly I was not able to attend.  In addition, I’ve been sick most of this weekend/week so this post is getting done in a very short amount of time.  As a result, I’m going to direct you to Comic Book Resources and/or Newsarama for full C2E2 coverage.  There are tons of other blogs out there that have done excellent wrap-ups, but these two will most likely have everything you could possibly want to know about C2E2.

Jumping right into the pull-list DC/Vertigo Pulls

The big DC pull of the week is Batman, Inc #4, written by Grant Morrison with art from Yanick Paquette.  This week has Batman back in Gotham City with a team-up with Batwoman.  Which is kind of hilarious because, well, that series was postponed again so that storyline will probably not fully play out until we see Batwoman #1.  Whenever that will be.

Another huge pull this week from DC is Green Lantern #64, written by Geoff Johns with art from Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy.  This week’s issue starts the “War of the Green Lanterns” event.  The vast majority of the Corps have lost their powers due to some “malevolent force” called Krona and now it’s up to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Sinestro to save the day.  The preview pages have caught my interest and given that I’m a newer Green Lantern reader, I’m hoping that I will be able to understand everything going on in this story arc.

Finally, from Vertigo, Fables #103, written by Bill Willingham with art from Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha, comes out this week.  This issue is part 2 of the “Super Team” storyline where we finally (for good or bad) have a superhero story arc in the Fables universe.  What are your thoughts on the Fables/superhero arc? Glad it finally happened? Or could have done without?

Other DC/Vertigo Pulls

Batman: Streets of Gotham #21 – Written by Paul Dini; Art by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs
Batman: The Dark Knight #2 – Written by David Finch; Art by David Finch & Scott Williams
Green Lantern Corps #58 – Written by Tony Bedard ; Art and cover by Tyler Kirkham & Batt
Hellblazer #277 – Written by Peter Milligan; Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Stefano Landini
Justice League of America #55 – Written by James Robinson; Art by Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund
Justice League: Generation Lost #22 – Written by Judd Winick; Fernando Dagnino
Supergirl #62 – Written by Nick Spencer; Art by Bernard Chang

Marvel Pulls

The biggest Marvel pull of the week is arguably FF #1, written by Jonathan Hickman with pencils from Steve Epting.  This issue is obviously the first in the new version of the Fantastic Four (now called Future Foundation).  The new FF includes Spider-Man (in case you missed that memo).  From the preview pages, it looks as though the Human Torch left a video message behind asking that the Fantastic Four continue on after his death.  Furthermore, he tells them to replace him with Spider-Man.  So, you know, at least Reed Richards doesn’t have to feel guilty about it.  I’ve never been a huge Fantastic Four fan, personally, but I am definitely interested in seeing how they incorporate Spider-Man as a new permanent team member.

We have another point one issue this week from Marvel.  This time it’s Captain America #615.1, written by Ed Brubaker with art from Mitch Breitweiser.  With the trial of Bucky Barnes there was a need for a new Captain America and, starting this issue, it looks like we have someone taking up the shield.  The preview pages tell us it’s a guy named David Rickford, and he doesn’t seem to care what Steve Rogers thinks about him taking over as Captain America.  The preview pages are great and this will be an excellent place to start up if you want to pick up some Captain America knowledge before the movie comes out.

Finally, we have Uncanny X-Men #524, written by Matt Fraction & Kieron Gillen with pencils & cover by Greg Land.  This issue wraps up the “Quarantine” story arc that has been taking place for the last 5 issues.  The first line on the first preview page for this issue is utterly fabulous.  Emma Frost is running for her life from Sebastian Shaw (because that bugger just won’t stay gone) and she points out that some mundane things in life stay consistently true regardless of a situation, namely that heels are terribly impractical.  Finally. Someone points out how ridiculous it is that half of the X-women fight in heels.  I mean, it’s badass and kind of sexy, but not horribly practical.  That little tidbit aside, this arc has been solid and I’m looking forward to seeing it wrapped up.  Emma Frost is trying to get rid of Sebastian Shaw (aka her past) once and for all and that means plenty of badass Emma, which is always awesome.  At the same time, Cyclops, Angel and the other X-Men are dealing with the plague, their quarantine, and Lobe and his designer drug that gives all that take it mutant powers.

Other Marvel Pulls

Deadpool #34 – Written by Daniel Way; Penciled by Carlo Barberi
Hulk #31 – Written by Jeff Parker; Pencils & Cover by Gabriel Hardman
Namor: First Mutant #8 – Written by Stuart Moore; Penciled by Ariel Olivetti
New Mutants #23 – Written by Mike Carey; Penciled by Steve Kurth
Osborn #4 (of 5) – Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick; Art by Emma Rios
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #156 – Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils & Cover by Mark Bagley
Uncanny X-Force #6 – Written by Rick Remender; Art & Cover by Esad Ribic
X-Men #9 – Written by Victor Gischler; Penciled by Chris Bachalo

Independent Pulls

The big indy pull of the week is Invincible #78, by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, and Fco Plasencia, from Image’s imprint Skybound.  The Viltrumite War is over and now everyone gets to deal with the fallout.  Couples are reunited, people heal, and the Viltrumites go off.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not entirely caught up on Invincible, but I love what I’ve read and this is definitely a must-read series for fans of non-mainstream comics.

Other Independent Pulls

Angel Aftermath #43 (IDW) – By: Tischman, Huehner, Elena Casagrande, Jenny Frison, Runge
Echoes #4 (of 5) (Top Cow) – By: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Rahsan Ekedal
Green Hornet #14 (Dynamite) – Written by PHIL HESTER; Art by JONATHAN LAU
Spawn #205 (Image) – By: Will Carlton, Kudranski, McFarlane
Witchblade #143 (Top Cow) – Written by Ron Marz; Art by Stjepan Sejic

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