BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH #1 (DC) – There’s no question, this is the one everyone’s been waiting for. Rorschach was the breakout star of the original Watchmen, and the character who’s been speculated about most in the years since. Now, the crack team of Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo are getting to put their stamp on the character. I, for one, can’t wait.
CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 (MARVEL) – The first issue of this series was one of the biggest surprises for me in a long time. I’ve never been a huge fan of the character of Captain Marvel, but Kelly Sue DeConnick has managed to give her new life, focusing on her second life as a pilot and daredevil. The words “female Hal Jordan” definitely came to me as I read that issue, and newcomer Dexter Soy’s art adds a unique look to this title.
CATWOMAN #12 (DC) – A controversial start to this title overshadowed what’s become an incredibly strong run for Batman’s favorite feline femme fatale. Judd Winick has given Selina a new supporting cast, and a creepy collection of villains. Unfortunately, Winick leaves after this issue, so give his run a try while you still can!
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #12 (DC) – This done-in-one issue by Fabian Nicieza pulls the curtain back on the new Kid Flash, giving him his first solo adventure. Out of all the members of the Teen Titans so far, Kid Flash has been the most mysterious, his past being completely changed due to the reboot. Nicieza has done great work with DC’s teen characters before, so this issue looks promising.
HARBINGER #3 (VALIANT) – The Valiant relaunch has been very strong so far, but none stronger than Joshua Dysart’s telepath suspense thriller. There’s elements of Chronicle and Karate Kid in this twisty adventure, which I came into cold, knowing nothing about the previous Harbinger series, but I was sucked in just the same. If you pick up one Valiant book, make it this one.
MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES #1 (DARK HORSE COMICS) Oeming is just as talented a writer as he is an artist. This mini is his take on the post-modern superhero team. It promises to be dark and exciting
RED DIARY RE(A)D DIARY FLIPBOOK HC (IMAGE COMCIS) Steven Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen give us an interesting take on the graphic novel. It’s a flip book, both halves with the same title, but two different stories; all by the same creative team. I’m looking forward to seeing how this experiment plays out.
PATHFINDER #1 (DYNAMITE) – I’m not an RPG kinda guy, but I love fantasy comics with D&D sensibility. This brand new comic written by Jim Zubkavich of Skullkickers fame, who we know can handle swords and sorcery with deft skill. This features art from Andrew Huerta, a guy who I’ve known from the Brian Michael Bendis messageboard for quite a few years now, and it looks beautiful. The best part is that the issue is 40 pages long, containing 22 pages of story, a poster and 10 pages of character profiles so people like me who have never played the game before know who’s who. For Pathfinder gamers, the bonus material also includes character stats and a playable tactical battle map.
REVIVAL #2 (IMAGE) – The first issue of this new series written by Hack/Slash’s Tim Seeley, with lovely art from Mike Norton, was that perfect mix of interesting and creepy. It reminds me of an Image Comics version of Rachel Rising and Seeley always gets a blank check as far as I’m concerned. There isn’t much that he’s written that I haven’t loved and this book is no different. A truly interesting take on “zombies.”
SAGA #6 (IMAGE) – Face it. When an issue comes out, I’m putting it in my top five, so you may as well learn to accept that. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are creating a brilliant universe before our very eyes and I’m madly in love with this book. This one has something called a Rocketship Forest. See what I mean? Awesome!
THE WALKING DEAD #101 (IMAGE) – Fans of the series were left breathless (at least I certainly was) with the last few pages of last month’s world-shattering 100th issue. I have the utmost faith in Kirkman and Adlard following up that issue with some of the darkest stuff imaginable and I love that I have no idea where this series is going to go next.
WONDER WOMAN #12 (DC) – The initial storyline seems to be coming to a frothy, bubbling head. Zola is about to give birth…but to what? And Wonder Woman must decide how to play the whole challenge for Zeus’ throne and take on Apollo at the same time. Forget about the Wonder Woman you’re reading about in the Justice League. THIS is the real Wonder Woman of the DCU, as Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang have been near perfect with this title.
BEFORE WATCHMEN RORSCHACH #1 (DC) – While I’ve loved the entire Before Watchmen series of books so far, this one was just behind Minutemen as the one I was most eager to see. Rorschach was the only character I really liked in the original book itself (whereas with the rest it was their histories and backstories that intrigued me more). This one I’m hoping will blow me away.
CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 (MARVEL) – Brian Reed’s 50+ issue run on Ms. Marvel (including oneshots) was one of my favourite Marvel runs of recent years, so I will admit I was a teensy bit worried I wouldn’t enjoy this book as much. But dammit, I loved every page. Kelly Sue Deconnick really captures Carol’s character well and I can’t wait to follow her take both here and in the upcoming Avengers Assemble series too.
EXTERMINATION #3 (BOOM! STUDIOS) – This book nearly slipped under my radar, but it’s been a fun as hell book. Basically taking a Batman type character and his evil scientist nemesis and throwing them together as partners in a world where aliens invade and almost wipe out humanity, Si Spurrier’s dialogue has been witty as hell with a lot of suspense. The reveal as to what became of another of the worlds heroes in the aftermath of the invasion was gruesome, and scarily enough, incredibly sensible given the circumstances. Not something anyone wants to admit. Definitely not a book for someone with a weak stomach.
REVIVAL #2 (IMAGE) – This strange zombie comic is… strange. I’ll admit, I kinda figured out where the first issue was going but dammit, it was still a shocking ending and pulled off beautifully. I can’t wait to see where things go next.
WONDER WOMAN #12 (DC) – I’ve always been a fan of Greek Myths (of all the mythical gods, actually), so this Wonder Woman run is seriously enjoyable for me. This first year has been strange, but thoroughly enjoyable and I’m hoping Azzarello sticks on the book for a nice long run
And there you have it. Multiple picks for BEFORE WATCHMEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL, REVIVAL, and WONDER WOMAN for what looks to be a pretty solid week. But what are YOU looking forward to this week?