Saturday, June 19, 2010

Comics on the Rack, Quick Picks for Comics Due 06-23-10

Quick Picks for Comics Due 06-23-10
By John Judy
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #635 by Lotsa People.  Now that they've killed that Spider-Woman nobody ever heard of it's the Kravens versus the Spiders!  It's on!
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #4 by Scott Snyder, Stephen King and Rafael Albuquerque.  Fangs will fly as Skinner and Pearl each bring it to their adversaries! No sparkling vampires here!  Guaranteed and recommended!
ARCHIE: THE BEST OF DAN DeCARLO, VOL.1  HC by DeCarlo.  Great all-ages material from the ARCHIE veteran and creator of Josie and the Pussycats.  Recommended.
ARTICHOKE TALES HC written and drawn by Megan Kelso. A multi-generational fantasy epic about people with artichoke leaves for hair.  Pretty and goes great with melted butter.  From Fantagraphics.
AVENGERS #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr.  Why is Wonder Man being such a jerk to the Avengers?  Is the whole "hippie haircut/being made of Kirby dots thing" finally getting to him?
BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM: MADNESS HC written and drawn by Sam Keith.  In which we spend 24 hours in Gotham City's notorious nut-hatch with our tour guide Mr. Keith.  Recommended.
BATMAN: RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #3 of 6 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette.  This issue: Bat-Pirate!  Highly recommended!
BEASTS OF BURDEN: ANIMAL RITES HC by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.  A funny-animal adventure with some blood and cussing.  Funny because it's Dorkin.  Beautiful because it's Thompson.  You want this.  For teens and up.
BOOK OF MR. NATURAL HC written and drawn by Robert Crumb.  Featuring the best of Crumb's iconic underground hero.  Another winner from Fantagraphics.
DETECTIVE COMICS #866 by Dennis O'Neil and Dustin Ngyuen.  Legendary Bat-scribe O'Neil  takes us on a journey through Dick Grayson's career as Robin and the new Dark Knight!  Gotta look!
FANTASTIC FOUR #580 by Jonathan Hickman and Neil Edwards.  Arcade!  Impossible Man!  Swedish nannies!  It's kitchen sink time at the Baxter Building! Nuff said!
GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS #7 of 9 by Ennis and Russ Braun.  Another BATTLEFIELDS character returns. This time it's Lt. Anna Kharkova from the earlier "Night Witches."  The Soviet pilot is looking to get back in action against the Nazis, since the alternative is staying on the ground to face Stalin's secret police.  Highly recommended.
GREEN ARROW #1 by J.T. Krul and Diogenes Neves.  Ollie Queen is back in every way, ready to rid the Star City forest of all manner of ne'er do well, no-goodnik and brigand!
HULK #23 by Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness and Lotsa Other Artists.  Because it takes a team of artists to draw the super-duper secret origin of the Red Hulk!  No milk-sops!
INCORRUPTIBLE #7 by Mark Waid and Jean Diaz.  Walking the straight and narrow has never been harder for Max Damage, especially since he keeps slipping on all the blood….  Recommended.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #4 by Keith Giffen, Judd Winick and Aaron Lopresti.  So far the misfits of the DCU are getting their watches wound by their former benefactor-turned-evil Maxwell Lord.  But the new Blue Beetle's in the picture and things could change.  Very decent super-stuff.
KEVIN SMITH'S GREEN HORNET #5 by Smith and Jonathan Lau.  The all-new Green Hornet is on the job!  Unfortunately he's got a ton of stuff to learn and everyone wants to kill him.  Tough gig.
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #2 by Paul Levitz and Yildiray Cinar.  Missing children and Green Lanterns!  The drama don't stop in the 31st century ruckus house we call the LSH! 
NAMORA ONE-SHOT by Jeff Parker and Sara Pichelli.  Spoiler: Don't let the cover fool you!  Namora is NOT dying in the BP oil slick!  She's just resting!
PREVIEWS by Diamond and Marvel Comics. Your back to school comics shopping begins here!
SEA BEAR AND GRIZZLY SHARK #1 by Ryan Ottley and Jason Howard.  Image Comics was founded to publish stuff like this.
SUPERMAN #700 by Everyone.  Tons of tales by Super-scribes of recent yore, tying up loose ends and running out fresh line.  See where new Supes author J. Michael Straczynski is looking to take Earth's greatest hero!  Highly recommended.
THUNDERBOLTS #145 by Jeff Parker and Kev Walker.  Luke Cage's new Thunderbolts must defeat the girl known as "Troll!"  And the internets will be better for it!
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 #4 by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu.  Time for Ultimate Ghost Rider to get his!  And… is that Zombie-Spidey I see?
WOLVERINE: WEAPON X #14 by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney.  Claws!  Deathlok's got claws! Big, light saber-lookin' ones too!  Recommended.
X-FACTOR #206 by Peter David and Valentine DeLandro.  The whole team's back together to put a big smack on the haters!  Embiggened fight!
X-MEN LEGACY#237 by Mike Carey, Adi Granov and Greg Land.  Big time-traveling X-crossover event continues!  Nightcrawler still dead!
ZATANNA #2 by Paul Dini and Stephane Roux.  The most powerful magician ever to wear fishnets must duke it out in her dreams with an evil imp!  It's hard out there for an imp!  Gotta look!

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