We’ll start off this week with two of our absolute favorite books, both from the Marvel camp: Journey into Mystery #633 and Punishermax #21! The former, thanks to an outstanding issue, found itself very highly ranked in the Top Twenty last month, while the latter works ever closer to its sure-to-be-gnarly series conclusion in issue #22. Plus, look out for Scarlet Spider #1 to which we can only say, "Send in the clones!" And we can’t overlook a freshly numbered Wolverine #300! Not a one shot, just a renumbering and a brand new story arc from writer Jason Aaron. Plus, Secret Avengers #21, Captain America #7 (third issue in three weeks), X-Men Legacy #260.1 and the long lost Brilliant #2!
Over at DC look for more New 52 including some of the best: Green Lantern #5, Batman and Robin #5, Batwoman #5 and Superboy #5! Plus a couple mini-series like Ray #2 (of 4)(the first issue was excellent) and Shade #4 (of 12). And I’d be remiss not to mention the mighty Scalped #55.
Image is having a big week, too, with a couble shot of Robert Kirkman’s Invincible — Invincible #87 and Invincible Vol. 15 TP — plus Severed #6 (of 7) and Whispers #1, an all-new series from Joshua Luna of Luna Bros. fame.
The full list follows…
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Welcome to March! Can’t wait to get our annual Cosmic Madness Tournament going here in the next few days! Here’s to warmer temperatures! And pints of Guinness! And… oh, all right. You’ve got me. It’s not really March yet, but it IS time to check out our picks for that month! As always, we start with Marvel.
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0 (OF 12)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis & Jason Aaron
Art by Frank Cho
The return of the Scarlet Witch! What does this mean for the mutant messiah hope? Three of the hottest names in comics kick off the biggest event in Marvel history! And did we mention Frank Cho on art?!
The "biggest event in Marvel history," eh? Well, all marketing skepticism aside, I do have to say they have a mighty impressive line-up of talent on this sucker. Aside from those names above, look for Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, John Romita Jr. and more. I guess the story goes a little like this: the Avengers and X-Men have learned that the Phoenix Force is on a crash course for Earth… and it needs a new host to unleash its immeasurable power. And I guess that leads to Avengers vs. X-Men? I don’t know. But I do know I really dig that big promo image. And props to Marvel for supporting it in multiple media, including a Google+ hangout! If you’re into that sorta thing.
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The first tie-in book for the Avengers Vs X-Men Event has been announced, one that Executive Editor Tom Brevoort has claimed will be the “least essential read of [the event], but it will probably be the most bestselling.” Why is that? Well the book is titled AvX: Versus and will be a 12-issue mini-series with rotating creative teams, and with every single issue consisting of a fight between a specific X-Man and Avenger character. That’s right, every issue will have a member of each side squaring off from different writers and artists. This will either be a brilliant mini or lame, there will really be no in-between for it. I’m hoping for it to be awesome. The first issue features a fight between Magneto and Iron Man by Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert, as well as, a fight between Namor and the Thing from Katherine and Stuart Immonen. Here’s hoping they fit in a Ms Marvel VS Rogue drawn by Frank Cho in there somewhere.
Figuring reprints in, since August Justice League #1 has sold 360,000 copies, and Batman #1 and Action Comics #1 have sold over 250,000 copies each. Not bad DC. Although I enjoy all three of the above books they still are not my favorite DC books. Let’s hope DC continues to impress in 2012!
Jamal Igle, who is currently illustrating DC’s The Ray mini-series, announced that with the last issue of The Ray his DC Exclusive is up and he already has work lined up at other publishers. Hmmm. I wonder where he will land?
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