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Editor’s Note: In a 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 abreast 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]

Obviously I missed out on lots of news last week due to my illness but at least I know there will be plenty more announced this upcoming weekend at WonderCon!  In the meantime, BOOM! Studios announced a new ongoing series based on the Planet of the Apes franchise.  The first issues will ship out in April and will take place before the original 1968 film.  BOOM! promises that it will follow the continuity of the first five films.  It sounds to me like the perfect way to bring new readers in and keep the old fans of the franchise.

This week we got an preview look from Marvel of the American Panther.  The American Panther will be the Black Panther’s newest identity and will be the result of big events that will occur in Black Panther: The Man Without Fear during the “Fear Itself” event.  We didn’t get much more beyond an image but the image is pretty awesome looking.  Black Panther now looks like a weird combination of Captain America and the traditional Black Panther costume.  I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where Marvel is going with this, now that Black Panther has already taken over Daredevil’s territory.

Finally we have the announcement from Image comics of a new creator-owned miniseries from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra entitled “The Red Wing”.  Hickman, of course, is most recently associated with the hit FF (the newest incarnation of the Fantastic Four).    The official press release describes the series thus: “Set in a future where the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to master their craft and perfect their skills, the heroes of THE RED WING also have to learn how to navigate through time.”  Sounds like we have yet another time travel-based miniseries coming up but I’m okay with that.  I loved what Hickman did with FF and I’m excited to check out another new miniseries.

Time for the weekly pulls!

DC/Vertigo Pulls

My first big DC pull of the week is Detective Comics #875, written by Scott Snyder with art from Jock.  This issue is part one of a new three-part mini-arc entitled “Hungry City”.  The event starts with the corpse of a killer whale being found on the floor of a Gotham City bank and leads to Batman interacting with the new faces of organized crime in Gotham City.  While I’m not a fan of dead killer whales, that is definitely an interesting way to start a new story and I’m excited to see where the new faces of organized crime lead us.

Of course I have to mention Gotham City Sirens #21, written by Peter Calloway with art from Jeremy Haun.  I am still extremely behind in my comic book reading, but Harley Quinn back in Arkham Asylum? That’s just awesome.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of anything involving Arkham Asylum.  Add onto that the fact that I love these three ladies and this series, I’m hoping this book lives up to my hopes and expectations.

Finally, Wonder Woman #609, written by Written by J. Michael Straczynski & Phil Hester; Art and cover by Don Kramer & Jay Leisten, comes out this week.  This issue has Diana interacting with Dr. Psycho in a near-death vision.  The preview pages look interesting and Dr. Psycho definitely seems to live up to his name.  I’m excited to see more of the interplay between Diana’s ‘reality’ and the near-death vision.  I’m even more excited to see where this all leaves her.  Thoughts?

Other Pulls

Action Comics #899 – Written by Paul Cornell; Art by Pete Woods
American Vampire #13 – Written by Scott Snyder; Art and cover by Rafael Albuquerque
Green Arrow #10 – Written by J.T. Krul; Art by Diogenes Neves & Vicente Cifuentes
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8 – Written by Peter J. Tomasi; Art by Fernando Pasarin & Cam Smith
Jack of Fables #50 – Written by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges; Art by Tony Akins & Andrew Pepoy and Russ Braun & Jose Marzan Jr.
Justice Society of America #49 – Written by Marc Guggenheim; Art and cover by Scott Kolins

Marvel Pulls

My big Marvel pull of the week is Captain America #616, written and illustrated by a whole huge host of people.  This week’s book is the 70th anniversary of Captain America’s debut.  Marvel is celebrating with a double sized issue and multiple stories in one.  Of course we will see some of the fall-out from last month’s trial verdict but we will also get some flashback-like stories from Steve Roger’s time in WWII and a Secret Avengers’ story involving a modern day Hitler.  Seems to me that Marvel is prepping the ground like crazy for the Captain America movie, but I’m okay with that.  I’ve never been a huge Captain America fan in the past but the trial was interesting and well-done and this book definitely seems as though it will be worth the little extra money.  Let me put it this way: I’m buying into the hype.

Another big Marvel pull of the week for me is Amazing Spider-Man #657, written by Dan Slott with art from Marcos Martin, Ty Templeton, Nuno Plati, & Stefano Caselli.  This is the Spider-Man tie-in issue for the death of the Human Torch in Fantastic Four.  Spider-Man visits the Baxter Building to pay his condolences and reminisce with the family.  The preview pages are sweet and beautifully done.  It’s a little weird seeing this now that we’ve already had the release of FF #1 where Spider-Man joins the Fantastic Four but, you know, it happens.

Finally, we have Thor #621, written by Matt Fraction with pencils & cover by Pasqual Ferry.  I will confess that I’ve not been reading this series (mostly because I’ve never been a huge Thor fangirl) but I generally like what Matt Fraction does and this is the finale of this particular storyline.  Thor and his brethren have been transformed into the Asgardian Blood Legion and it is up to them to protect Earth from the World-Eaters.  This issue promises a lot of action, bloodshed, and tears and, honestly, the description and preview pages really make me want to go pick up this whole series and check it out.  Recommendations? Have you been reading this series?

Other Pulls

Age of X: Universe #1 (of 2) – Written by Simon Spurrier; Penciled by Khoi Pham
Avengers #11 – Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Pencils & Cover by John Romita Jr.
Black Panther: Man Without Fear #516 – Written by David Liss; Penciled by Francesco Francavilla
Kick-Ass 2 #2 – Written by Mark Millar; Cover by John Romita Jr.
Scarlet #5 – Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art and cover by Alex Maleev
Secret Avengers #11 – Written by Ed Brubaker; Pencils by Roberto De La Torre
Wolverine #7 – Written by Jason Aaron; Penciled by Daniel Acuna

Independent Pulls

The big indy pull of the week is Image’s The Walking Dead #83, by Robert Kirkman, Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn.  The “No Way Out” story-arc continues and I’m still behind but the preview pages are gorgeous and I have no doubt this book is still kicking butt.  Thoughts? Are you still loving everything about this series? Or are you sticking around just out of habit?

Other Pulls

Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker #1 (Image) – By: Joe Casey, Mike Huddleston
Doctor Who Vol. 2 #3 (IDW) – By: Tony Lee, Richard Piers Rayner, Tommy Lee Edwards
Godzilla: Monster World #1 (IDW) – By: Eric Powell, Tracy Marsh, Phil Hester, Alex Ross
Savage Dragon #170 (Image) – By: Erik Larsen

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