The Incredible Transbuddha Comic Preview

by alphamonkey on March 21, 2007 · 0 comments

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It’s Wednesday so it must be time to take a gander at the new stack of comic books fresh off the presses from DC, Marvel, Vertigo, Wildstorm, Dark Horse, and Image Comics.

This week’s fun includes After the Cape, Amazing Spider-Man, Brave and the Bold, Conan, The Flash: Fastest Man Alive, Hellblazer, Red Menace, and X-Factor.  All that plus more graphic novels than you could shake a stick at including Empowered, Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Vol. 2, Savage Dragon Vol. 11: Resurection, Showcase Presents: Hawkman Vol. 1, and Spider-Man: Birth of Venom.  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.  (The snide asides were thrown in for free)

The Brave and the Bold #2 – Green Lantern and Supergirl team-up and head off to the planetwide casino Ventura which has become a backdrop for the Rann-Thanagar War. [$2.99]

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #10 – Good news and bad news for Bart Allen.  The good news is he aces his L.A. Police Academy exam.  The bad news?  There’s a new villain in town named Zoom. [$2.99]

Justice Society #4 – “The New Age” storyline continues as an unseen enemy has targeted the families of the heroes, and a new mystery member joins the group which surprises everyone. [$2.99]

The Spirit #4 – On the trail of the master criminal known as the Octopus at the Mexico border, the Spirit finds himself chained to CIA agent Silk Satin (I guess there’s worse things than to be chained to a beautiful woman). [$2.99]

Supergirl #15 – The relationship between Kara and Powerboy heats up, and we learn more about the origins Supergirl’s boy toy. [$2.99]

Amazing Spider-Man #539 – “Back in Black” Part 1 finds Peter throwing on the black and white costume after the events of “Civil War.” [$2.99]

Exiles #92 – Psylocke takes on the brainwashed Exiles who are slaves of the Hand.  At stake?  Only the fate of an alternate planet Earth, with it’s own Sue Storm and Wolverine who have their own agenda!  (Did you follow all that?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  Guess we’ll have to buy the comic). [$2.99]

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #16 – Peter has his hands full with MJ, Liz, Gwen Stacy and a new hot babe (literally) when Firestar shows up in town. [$2.99]

Wonder Man #4 – Wonder Man continues to try and rehabilitate Lady Killer, but when he puts his faith in her to the test what will the final outcome be? [$2.99]

X-Factor #17 – When a band of former mutants are trained as a terrorist cell, X-MAD (the X-Mutant Attack Division), and told M-Day was a government plan to destroy mutants, and decides to counter-attack and then take refuge in Mutant Town, well you could say things might get a little crazy for X-Factor. [$2.99]

Army@Love #1 – A subversive new series from Rick Veitch and Gary Erkstine takes a look at a New Jersey National Guard regiment deployed indefinately in Iraq.  Vertigo’s hyping this one as “equal parts blistering battle action, sensuous soap opera and pitch-black satire in the vein of Preacher and Transmetropolitan.” Check out the free download. [$2.99]

Deadman #8 – Deadman returns to an alternate dimension where Sarah has been attacked and lost the baby, but thousands of miles away a stranger finds herself miraculously pregnant. [$2.99]

DMZ #17 – The five-part storyline of “Public Works” concludes here with tensions rising and Matty Routh alone to save the day, but when he exposes himself to an undercover journalist things could get real tricky. [$2.99]

Hellblazer #230 – Andy Diggle takes the writing helm as Constantine finds himself handcuffed to a post on the River Thames (not exactly where you want to be when the tide begins to rise) in the first part of “In at the Deep End.” Check out the free download. [$2.99]

Red Menace #5 (of 6) – While imprisoned at Alcatraz the Eagle finds an unlikely ally as the Grey Falcon plans to break his hero out of The Rock (you think he’ll get Sean Connery to help?). [$2.99]

After the Cape #1 – Ethan Falls was once super-hero until his alcoholism ended his career.  Now unable to support his family will the once-great hero turn to a life of crime? [$2.99]

Conan #38 – The prelude to “Rogues in the House” continues as the Cimmerian finds himself betrayed by Jiara, and Nestor learns the cost of loyalty.  Check out the free preview. [$2.99]

Criminal Macabre: Two Red Eyes #4 – Nosferatu has Sabrina.  With the perfect bait can Cal McDonald, just out of the hospital and far from 100%, possibly beat the world’s oldest vampire at his own game?  Check out the free preview. [$2.99]

Godland #17 – In “Book Seventeen: The Infinity Protocols” the US military makes its move against Adam Archer, the secret of Infinity Tower is revealed, and the Triad decides to take advantage of the sitution and readies itself to move against the planet Earth. [$2.99]

Noble Causes #28 – When the plan to cure Kitty Blackthorne results in someone’s death the feud between the Nobles and Blackthornes heats up. [$3.50]

Deadman: Deadman Walking Vol. 1 – The first five issues of the new series are collected in this trade paperback as Brandon Cayce dies in an airplane wreck, caused by his brother, only to return as the new Deadman. [$9.99]

Empowered – From Adam Warren comes a hero with a skintight costume that magnifies her insecurities and unreliable powers prone to failure giving her the reputation as the lamest hero in the business.  Still, even the lowest heroes have tough issues to deal with including a thugalicious boyfriend, a hard-drinking ninja girlfriend, and advice from a caged alien demonlord watching DVD’s from her coffee table. [$14.95]

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Vol. 2: Mystery Date – This new trade paperback collects Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man issues #11-16 as Spidey takes on Mysetio, the Sandman, and Flash Thompson! [$13.99]

Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Vol. 2 – The final stories of sci-fi Grand Master Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor are at last collected here in this trade paperback of ten tales ten years in the making.

New Avengers Vol. 4: The Collective – In this trade paperback collecting New Avengers issues #16-20 a new major threat has emerged that no one can stop including Alpha Flight.  Are the New Avengers up to the challenge? [$14.99]

Reiko the Zombie Shop Vol. 6 – Reiko takes on a cabal of superzobies led by a mysterious young necromancer who has the power to rob her of her gift in this violent and comical trade paperback. [$12.95]

Savage Dragon Vol. 11: Resurrection – The Dragon is dead, or is he?  As the heroes cope with his death a new fin-headed hero appears whenever Chicago cop William Jonson disappears in this trade paperback collecting Savage Dragon issues #53-58 of Erik Larsen’s hero. [$14.99]

Shadowpact: The Pentacle Plot – Trade paperback collecting the first five issues of the new team of Nightmaster, Ragman, Nightshade, Blue Devil, Enchantresss, and Detective Chip facing off against villains from the DCU. [$$14.99]

Showcase Presents: Hawkman Vol. 1 – This trade paperback collects 500 pages of classic 1960’s Hawkman stories (talk about bang for your buck!) which includes appearances by Hawkgirl, Shadow Thief, Adam Strange, and Aquaman. [$16.99]

Spider-Man: Birth of Venom – Here’s the story of Spider-Man’s black costume to the origin of Venom beginning in Secret Wars issue #8 through the pages of Amazing Spider-Man issues #252-259, #298-300, #315-317, Fantastic Four issue #274, Web of Spider-Man issue #1, and Amazing Spider-Man Anuual #10, all collected in together in this trade paperback. [$29.99]

Star Wars: 30the Anniversay Collection Volume 1 – The Freedon Nadd Uprising – In a celebration of Star Wars 30th Anniversay Dark Horse Comics is putting out these limited edition hardcovers.  The first volume takes place 1000 years before the Battle of Yavin as the spirit of Freedon Nadd abducts Jedi Master Acra and evil King Ommin spreads out the hand of the Sith once again. [$16.95]

Wolverine: Weapon X (Premiere) – Before Marvel decided to hand out secrets to Logan’s past like pieces of candy his years before joining the X-Men as Weapon X were only glimpsed.  This Premiere hardcover collects Marvel Comics Presents issues #72-84. [$19.99]

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