Comic Book Geek Weekly Update

by alphamonkey on December 13, 2006 · 6 comments

in Comics!

It’s Wednesday so it must be time to take a gander at the new stack of comic book titles hitting the shelves today.  So get your comic book geek on, and let’s take a look, shall we?

This week’s fun includes American Splendor, Blade, DCU Infinite Christmas Special, Green Arrow, Sandman Mystery Theater: Sleep of Reason, The Spirit, Stormwatch: PHD, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine, and more graphic novels than you could shake a stick at including Conan: Book of Toth, Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Vol. 2, and Wolverine: Origins & Endings.  Okay, you probably could shake a stick at all of ‘em, but why bother?

So true believers, sit back and relax as we take a look at the comics hitting your local newsstands, bookstores, and comic shops this week, ‘Buddha style.  (Those deliciously bad puns were thrown in for free)

52 #32 – The weekly year long story of a DC Universe without Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman continues here with the origin of the Blue Beetle. [$2.50]

DCU Infinite Christmas Special – 80 page single shot of the DCU’s favorite heroes including Superman, Captain Marvel, the Flash, Batwoman(?), and Shadowpact (??), enjoying the holidays.  Batwoman?  Really?  What, were Fire and Ice and Shining Knight not available? [$4.99]

Green Arrow #69 – Hey Brave and Bold fans, here’s something just for you as Batman comes to Star City. [$2.99]

Justice #9 (of 12) – The latest mini-series from Alex Ross (yeah that Alex Ross) continues here with Captain Marvel, Black Adam, and more.  SHAZAM! [$3.50]

The Spirit #1 – Will Eisner’s most recognized creation gets his new ongoing series. [$2.99]

Blade #4 – The Day Walker goes after one of the world’s most vicious vampires – Santa Claus.  Makes you wonder about the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, don’t it? [$2.99]

Ghost Rider #6 – The untold story of how Johnny Blaze ended up in Hell is finally told.  Sounds very Christmasy. [$2.99]

Ultimate X-Men #77 – The issue is titled “Cable.” Hmm, I wonder what it’s about. [$2.99]

Wolverine #49 – On Christmas Eve a suicide cult dressed as elves takes control of a Manhattan department store (I swear to God I’m not making this up).  Too bad for them a certain X-Man is doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. [$3.99]

X-23: Target X #1 – Ever wonder what Wolverine would be like as a chick?  Yeah, me neither.  The weapon known as X-23 tries to piece her life together as the series begins where the mini-series left off.  And it won’t end until she comes face-to-face with the guy responsible for her life – Wolverine. [$2.99]

American Splendor #4 (of 4) – The mini-series teaming up Harvey Pekar with today’s best artists concludes as Harvey visits Chicago, battles another renegade bathroom fixture, and offers his thoughts on the World Cup (that’s yacht racing right?). [$2.99]

The Escapists #6 (of 6) – Speaking of concluding mini-series, The Escapist deals with the betrayal of Luna Moth and a revelation that will shatter his world (I’m betting it’s not about Santa Claus). [$2.99]

Sandman Mystery Series Theatre: Sleep of Reason #1 (of 5) – As some mini-series end, another begins.  The story follows the final days of Wesley Dodds in 1997 and the rise of a new Sandman today.  (Continuity Alert – what about Sand from JSA?). [$2.99]

Stormwatch: PHD #2 – The new team goes after the crime boss known as The Walking Ghost. [$2.99]

Wildstorm Fine Arts Spotlight on Jim Lee – Pretty pictures.  40-page look at some of Jim Lee’s covers and pin-ups. [$3.50]

Conan: Book of Toth – Kurt Busiek and Len Wein tell the origin of the barbarian’s greatest adversary – Toth-amon. [$17.95]

Crying Freeman Vol. 4 – Long out of print (presented here in English translation of the original Japanese format for the first time ever) involves cult leader Najii Kumaga’s attempt to takeover Japan by kidnapping the world’s deadliest killer and replacing him with a double. [$14.95]

Heroes Reborn: Avengers – Trade paperback collection of the formation of The Avengers in the Heroes Reborn universe, collected from Avengers #1-12. [$29.99]

New Teen Titans: Terra Incognito – Trade paperback of New Teen Titans issues #28-34 as the Titans deal with their newest member Tara Markov, who has the power to make plants grow, or something. [$19.99]

Punisher Max: From First to Last – Hardcover collection of three Punisher tales – Punisher: The Tyger, Punisher: The Cell, and Punisher: The End – focusing on adventures early days to his last stand. [$19.99]

Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Vol. 2 – Trade paperback version of this collection of Superman stories includes Supes’ taking on Lex Luthor, Braniac Mr. Mxyztplk and more.  I’m crossing my fingers for a Toyman story. [$19.99]

Supreme Power Vol. 2 – Trade paperback collection of Supreme Power issues #13-18 and Supreme Power: Hyperion issues #1-5 as the new Squadron Supreme face a super-powered serial killer and deal with the most powerful man on the planet who has just discovered his life is a lie manipulated by the government (hey, I don’t remember giving the rights to my life story!). [$29.99]

Universe X Vol. 1 – A new trade paperback collection of the huge mini-series from Alex Ross and Jim Kreuger involves the world on the brink of war in this dark future version of the Marvel Universe known as Earth X. [$29.99]

Wolverine: Origins & Endings – After the events of “House of M” Wolverine must deal with the return of his memory and find his place in the world in this collection of Wolverine issues #36-40. [$13.99]

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  • Thundarr (Alan Rapp)


    Hey, I like Garfield as much as the next guy, but that’s not a graphic novel.  It’s not a comic book either, it’s a comic strip and there is a difference.  And it was released months ago, so why are we talking about it again?

  • elkciN

    *shrug* Seemed like a good idea at the time. Plus, I really, really like Garfield. That cat is so funny.

  • .alphamonkey.

    *shrug* Seemed like a good idea at the time

    If I recall, that’s the exactly same excuse you used for your Planned Parenthood dating service.

  • elkciN

    Yeah, apparently handing two random people a six-pack and a coat-hanger didn’t qualify me as a medical professional. How was I supposed to know? I was just a kid with a dream.

    I don’t need a PhD to show people how to love.

  • .alphamonkey.

    There’s a considerable legal difference between showing people how to love and showing people how to love.

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