Many, many titles worth mentioning this week so we’ll get right into it! Starting with DC Comics! It’s Batman/JLA week, which must mean we’re getting Batman #8 , which kicks off the Night of the Owls story arc, and Justice League #8, which will feature Green Arrow! Also from DC, look for Batman Beyond Unlimited #3, Nightwing #8 and Wonder Woman #8, plus from the Vertigo camp we’ve got Fables #116, the second issue of Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child and the Cinderella Fables are Forever TP!
From Marvel Comics we get a triple shot of Avengers vs. X-Men books with Avengers vs. X-Men #2, Avengers #25 and Wolverine and the X-Men #9! Plus, we got a great start to the "Omega Effect" in last week’s Avenging Spider-Man and we can’t wait to read the second part in Punisher #10! Then there’s Amazing Spider-Man #684, Defenders #5, Invincible Iron Man #515 and Thunderbolts #173.
And of course any week in which we get an issue of Walking Dead is a good week! And this week we’re getting Walking Dead #96. So it must be a good week. Also from Image look for the second issue of Jonathan Hickman’s Manhattan Projects.
And from other publishers look for the Shadow #1, a new series for the classic character from Dynamite and writer Garth Ennis! Then there’s Rachel Rising #7, Rocketeer Adventures 2 #2 (of 4), Stitched #4 (also from Mr. Ennis) and more!
The full list follows…
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We kicked off the Looking Forward cycle for April last week with a look at the Marvel Comics releases slated for June! Not all, of course; just the ones we’re excited about! So that must mean it’s time to turn our heads over toward DC Comics! The New 52 is still rocking of course, and we’ll discuss a couple of those, but first…
Without a doubt the biggest DC Comics release of June will be the series of comics called BEFORE WATCHMEN, several different mini-series, all showcasing adventures of the various characters in Watchmen, taking place before that seminal story by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #1 (OF 6)
Written by Darwyn Cooke, Len Wein
Art by Darwyn Cooke, John Higgins
"Little did we know that poor boy would lead to the end of us all."
The talent of the creators on these books can’t be denied. Darwyn Cooke is the man behind numerous projects at DC along with the excellent Parker books. Brian Azzarello, who you’ll see after jump, is likewise a man of many talents, not the least of which is 100 Bullets, one of our favorite series EVER. And of course J. Michael Straczynski (also after the jump) has himself written numerous beloved comics including Thor, Midnight Nation and Supreme Power!
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We now know that the upcoming Spider-Men series will find the Peter Parker of the regular Marvel Universe meeting the new Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales. Brian Michael Bendis has hinted that Peter might interact with some of the other Ultimate characters, and I am personally hoping he meets the other version of MJ and Aunt May. Incidentally, Joe Quesada once said that the regular Marvel U and the Ultimate Universe would never crossover because when that happens it meant Marvel was out of ideas. Insert your own joke here.
According to Bleeding Cool, current Scarlet Spider artist Ryan Stegman will be taking over the Fantastic Four sometime after July, while artist Khoi Pham will then step into the Scarlet Spider slot. I understand putting Stegman on a more high profile book, but I hate it when Marvel moves artists off of books I am enjoying right after the first arc.
Ultimate Captain America will return as a series starting this summer and Marvel is teasing that it will find the Ultimate Steve Rogers making a decision no other superhero has made before. I wonder what this means, and whether or not he will return to the Ultimates.
Roger Langridge’s final issues of his Muppet Show comic that was originally being published by Boom! will finally be released by Disney and Marvel comics in July. Maybe they can entice him to return and do more!
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