Welcome to the weekly previews for May 25th, 2011 here at Bloody-Disgusting.com! The truth is everyone would read all the books if they had the time and money, but in reality most of us don’t. Here you will find a little taste of some major comics being released each week, my take on them, and, as always, feels free to discuss below. Whether you have been into comics since you were a little one, or are new to the game, I’m here to help you decide which books are for you. I’ve picked out some comics I feel will stand out in the coming week and listed them under their respective publisher, with over a dozen previews of some of your favorite books such as “GODZILLA”, “HELLRAISER”, “BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS”, “THE INCREDIBLE HULKS”, and MORE! Read on for the skinny…
Amazing Spider-Man #662
WRITTEN BY: Christos Gage and Dan Slott
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: ReIlly Brown PRICE: $3.99
“SPIDEY MEETS THE AVENGERS ACADEMY CONTINUES! With dark and desperate emotional weapons at his disposal, Psycho-Man has twisted the kids of Avengers Academy into bloodthirsty villains! Now Spider-Man must do battle with the Academy students in a super-powered showdown that tests Spidey’s abilites and the promises he made in the wake of Marla Jameson’s death! All of it leading to the surprise return of a classic Spider-Man character next month! (Here’s your hint, arachnophiles: THE GOJDW). Plus an Infested prelude by Dan Slott and Emma Rios. “
In the midst of all the fear that seems to be taking over the Marvel universe, I find it hard to comprehend why one of Marvel’s greatest hero’s is spending his time at the Avengers Academy. This arc functions as a filler story until some real issues come up in Spidey’s life, and while the story is quite fun, it seems pointless. Hopefully we’ll be able to see our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man kicking some “worthy” ass soon.
Captain America #618
WRITTEN BY: Ed Brubaker
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Butch Guice PRICE: $3.99
“CO-FEATURING STEVE ROGERS, SUPER-SOLDIER! Steve Rogers races against time to uncover the international conspiracy that trapped his ex-partner in a web of intrigue and lies. Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes fights for his life in a Russian Gulag. With everybody gunning for Bucky and Steve fighting the clock, is there any hope for either of these two super-soldiers?”
Brubaker’s run on Cap has been great recently, with elegant story telling, and an in depth look at Bucky Barnes as he takes on his new role as Captain America. The series offers a break from all the havoc going on in Fear Itself, while still managing to hold a clever storyline. With the 3D movie due out in July, it looks as though it should be a great summer for Captain America fans.
WRITTEN BY: Daniel Way
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Bong Dazo PRICE: $2.99
“The end begins here! Deadpool has now fixated on achieving the one thing that’s always been beyond his reach-death. Not an easy thing for an un-killable man to achieve, but that’s not gonna stop him from trying. But first, he must figure out the all-important question: How? What in the world can kill Deadpool? It has to be big. It has to be powerful beyond description. It has to be…green?”
It’s everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth! Deadpool is consistently one of the only books out there that can make me laugh. With his bigmouth, snide remarks, and constant references to himself as a comic book hero, Deadpool separates himself from other characters in the Marvel canon. Deadpool works in modernist literature tradition breaking down the barrier between writer and character as he is thrown into ridiculous situations time and time again. Deadpool comics aren’t for the feint of heart, nor those who want to stick with traditional superheroes.
WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Hickman
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Steve Epting PRICE: $2.99
“The War of Four Cities: Part ONE. It’s finally come as prophesied — The War of Four Cities! After months of pent-up aggression, the combatants cry havoc and set loose the dogs of war! In order to prevent the war from spreading outwards to all areas of the globe, the FF spring into action to stem the tide of death and destruction. What chance does anyone have when all hope lies in Doom?!”
With so many Mr. Fantastics running around, and various dimensions collapsing on each other, FF is something out a Stephen Hawking book and can be quite a confusing read. That said, if you can untangle the plotline then it’s one of Marvel’s best new series. This issue marks the beginning of the War of Four Cities arc, the first of the series. The FF are facing some of their darkest times after the loss of Human Torch, and they only seem to be getting darker as they have to put their fate in the hands of Dr. Doom.
Uncanny X-Men #537
WRITTEN BY: Kieron Gillen
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Terry Dodson
“Breaking Point Part 3 (of 4) What can one alien do with a single knife on an island packed full of some of the most powerful mutants on Earth? Anything he wants — as long as none of them are awake. Revenge runs red and debts are bloodily settled as BREAKING POINT approaches its climax.”
Although the X-men will always be one of the most respected superhero squads out there, the X-titles have not been the greatest over the past years, as they struggle to live up to their past. The Breaking Point arc however, has been one of the most refreshing in years for Uncanny X-men. Hopefully the tension will continue to rise in this issue as the X-men (as always) fight for their lives.
WRITTEN BY: Rick Remender
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Tony Moore
“Flash has lost control of the symbiote! Jack-O’-Lantern and his enigmatic boss are poised to flood the black market with weaponized Antarctic Vibranium! With his military handler’s finger on the self-destruct button, can Flash overcome his temper to regain control over Venom and save the world from descending into chaos before he’s blown to pieces?”
When Marvel announced their plans to revamp Venom, nearly everyone was skeptical as to how the black symbiote could be re-imagined. Remender and Moore have done a wonderful job bringing this beloved space goo back into the Marvel world. Reading through the pages and slowly seeing the symbiote take over Flash Thompson’s mind brings nostalgia for the past venom. Whether or not the black entity will completely take over Thompson’s body keeps the story running strong. Well written, and beautifully drawn, this is a promising start to a new series in the franchise.
WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Daniel Acuna
COVER: Jae Lee
“Logan needs answers about the mysterious villains who sent him to hell, and he knows exactly where to go to get them: Mystique. But Mystique has troubles of her own, namely the unstoppable new assassin, Lord Deathstrike.”
It’s about time Wolverine had his own ongoing series. The storyline is strong and offers a great combination of action, love, and comedic moments. I strongly believe that anything Jae Lee pencils is worth buying; unfortunately he’s only the cover artist for this series. If you can put up with some sloppiness on the inside, the cover and storyline make for an overall good book, bub!
Other Marvel Comics Titles On Sale May 25th, 2011…
The Incredible Hulks Issue #629
WRITTEN BY: Greg Pak
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Tom Grummett
COVERS BY: Frank Cho
“Spy versus spy meets gamma-powered mayhem as Red She-Hulk (Hulk’s estranged wife Betty Banner), partners with a mysterious villain to steal an ancient artifact of unimaginable power. Now it’s up to Banner… Bruce Banner, to save the world — and possibly his marriage. But will Secret Agent Banner be able to keep his domestic affairs from turning into an international Hulk-off? It’s a story that will leave you shaken, stirred and smashed!”
DC Comics Presents: Green Lantern: Willworld
WRITTEN BY: J.M. Dematteis
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Seth Fisher
“Don’t miss a new printing of this story of Hal Jordan’s early days as a Green Lantern! An inexperienced Hal Jordan must undergo a surreal right of passage in order to master his power ring. Waking up on a strange, hallucinatory world with no recollection his journey there, Green Lantern attempts to decipher the insanity around him while instilling justice in a mad existence. Dealing with a senseless reality, Hal is forced to learn how to focus his will, thus accessing the true, unbridled power of his ring. Featuring strikingly beautiful artwork, this book reveals how Hal Jordan transformed himself from a novice hero to a legend.”
This is a reprinting of a landmark story of Green Lantern’s early days, where Hal Jordan learns what it truly means to bear the ring. Much of the book deals with the fine line between reality and surreality, and as the lines continue to blur throughout the story, Jordan discovers the true potential of his will. This story has gone somewhat under the radar, but it is honestly one of the most visually stunning books in the GL world. At such a low price it would be hard not to pick this book up.
Detective Comics #877
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRTIONS BY: JOCK
“Batman plunges deeper into the mystery surrounding the brutal murder of a young woman whose body was found in the belly of a killer whale. But his detective skills lead him into a deadly trap set in motion by some of the Gotham Underworld’s newest and most fearsome players. Don’t miss the finale of Hungry City!”
By this point it’s fairly certain that any Batman comic with Snyder’s name is going to be awesome, dark, and original. His run on Detective Comics thus far has been a nearly perfect for many Batman fans. Now that Gates of Gotham under way, Snyder is quickly spreading his way through DC as one of the most talented new writers. There’s little doubt that this week will be filled with extensive panels of Gotham’s cityscape, and continue the brilliance we’ve seen so far in the Detective Comics.
Gotham City Sirens #23
WRITTEN BY: Peter Calloway
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Andres Guinaldo and Lorenzo Ruggiero
“Breakout at Arkham! With Harley Quinn in danger, can Catwoman and Poison Ivy put aside their tumultuous history and work together to save Harley? Guest-starring The Joker, Clayface and Jeremiah Arkham!”
When Gotham City Sirens first launched, it was by no means one of the better comics in the bat-world. However, the concept quickly came into fruition and now the women of Gotham are looking better than ever. The series follows Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy as they struggle to deal with the events following Battle for the Cowl and Heart of Hush, in which Catwoman’s heart was cut out by Hush. Gotham City Sirens is a unique look at Gotham through the eyes of some of its sinister, sexy, sweethearts, and it keeps getting better every week.
Green Lantern #66
WRITTEN BY: Geoff Johns
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
“The blockbuster “War of the Green Lanterns” takes it toll! Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner fight on against their fellow Lanterns – and the carnage escalates to savage heights. And how will the other New Guardians capitalize on it?”
After Brightest Day, it was going to be hard for anyone to follow up such a successful and radiant event. While War of the Lanterns started a little dull, the last issue made up for any doubt, and once again brought excitement to the Hal Jordan’s life. I now honestly believe Green Lantern to be one of the richest stories out there, spanning across galaxies, worlds, and emotions. If you haven’t been reading the GL books I urge you to seek out as much as you can.
The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde #2 (of 4)
WRITTEN BY: Cole Haddon
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: M.S. Corley
“It’s been five years since Mr. Edward Hyde went on his rampage through London, and a new madman-Jack the Ripper-is terrorizing the city’s Whitechapel district. Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard, convinced the Ripper is using the same serum that gave birth to Hyde, has reluctantly partnered with Hyde’s alter ego, the imprisoned Dr. Henry Jekyll, for help in his hunt. Written by Cole Haddon and illustrated by M. S. Corley, part 2 of Hyde sees Jekyll temporarily released from his dungeon, albeit shackled and under heavy guard. Will it make a difference?”
Charlaine Harris’ Grave Sight Vol. 1 (of 3)
WRITTEN BY: Charlaine Harris, Bill Harms
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Denis Medri
“Acclaimed and NYT Bestselling author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, has joined the Dynamite Entertainment family with the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight. Charlaine’s Sookie Stackhouse novels became the basis for one of today’s most successful television shows, the hit HBO series True Blood! Dynamite is extremely proud to present Charlaine Harris’ first comic adaptation!”
The writer of the Sookie Stackhouse books (otherwise known as True Blood) takes her turn at comic writing as she adapts her Harper Connelly series into mini-series for Dynamite. For anyone who hasn’t read her books, they revolve around supernatural characters that find themselves in the midst of a thickening mystery. You won’t find any vampires in The Harper Connelly series. It focuses on a girl, Harper, who has the ability to “sense” the dead around her and see how they died (6th sense anyone?). The series should make for an interesting comic book, so long as she doesn’t stray too much from her original story.
Hack/Slash/Eva: Monster’s Ball #1
WRITTEN BY Brandon Jerwa
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Cezar Razek
“Eva: a time-lost warrior who believes that God wants her to rid our world of the foul things that lurk in the shadows. Cassie Hack: a 21st century anti-heroine who has devoted her life to the elimination of ‘slashers’ who kill without mercy or reason. These lethal ladies and their monstrous majordomos Michael and Vlad may seem like two sides of the same coin, but they’re as different as night and day. When a mysterious figure brings them together, the whole world’s going to be reminded that Hell hath no fury like two women on a mission in a city full of monsters!”
Hack/Slash has always provided unrelenting pleasure for fans of hot women and slasher films. Here, Hack teams up with an ancient warrior who also plans to cleanse the world of its evils. While the two women may be fighting for different reasons, one thing is sure, there’s going to be a lot of ass-kicking.
I had previously noted that both 68 #2 and Hack/Slash #4 would be released earlier this month, as it turns out they are actually only being released this week, on May 25th! I apologize for any confusion. If you were wandering around your local comic shops searching for these two issues, wondering if you had missed the boat, you didn’t.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Both titles were pushed back by the publisher.
68 #2 (of 4)
WRITTEN BY: Mark Kidwell
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Nat Jones and Jay Fotos
“An anti-war activits actress on a propaganda tour, a deep cover CIA agent with a secret agenda and a young, Chinese-American grunt facing a screeching, drooling undead thing made up of dozens of Viet-Cong dead. These stories and more intertwine as the Vietnam-Zombie epic continues.”
More zombies, are you kidding? Although the concept of zombies and war seems like it’s been done countless times, I promise it’s never been done like this. Simple and obvious as it may be, the first issue was proof that the zombie genre is not dead yet. The four-issue mini-series expresses the horrors of war using zombies as a metaphor for the death and suffering experienced during wartime. Even if you’re not crazy about zombies, 68 is a great read for any comic book fan.
Written By: Tim Seeley
Art by: Dan Leister
“The first story arc comes to brutal, bloody end! Some will live, some will die, and some will be short a few pieces! Two slashers! A whole bunch of victims! And a new status quo for HACK/SLASH!”
Hack/Slash follows a hot girl and her disfigured friend who hunt down killers known as ‘slashers’ (from slasher flicks). This book is a horror fan’s wet dream and rarely does it disappoint. Even if you are not into comics and you just love horror films, chances are you will also love this book as it reverts many tropes seen in the slasher genre.
The Walking Dead #85
WRITTEN BY: Robert Kirkman
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
“Where do we go from here?”
The Walking Dead, what else needs to be said? Any self-respecting comic fan should be ashamed of themselves for not having read at least one of these books. I personally prefer to wait for them to be released in novel form, but if you can’t wait to see how Rick Grimes will survive the zombie apocalypse then pick it up. Hopefully no dinosaurs will show up in this book anytime soon.
It should also be noted that Image is currently re-releasing The Walking Dead from the beginning in weekly issues. Walking Dead Weekly #21 hits the shelves on Wednesday.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Issue #85 Of “THE WALKING DEAD” Also Contains Issue #0 Of “WITCH DOCTOR”
Skullkickers Issue #7
WRITTEN BY: Jim Zub
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Edwin Huang and Misty Coats
COVERS BY: Chris Stevens
“Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood,’ part one. After the events collected in Skullkickers, Vol. 1, the second SK adventure begins here! In this issue: a den of thieves, a city of danger, nobility, stupidity, dinner parties and bloodthirsty faerie folk.”
Other Image Comics Titles On-Sale May 25th, 2011…
The Tattered Man (One-Shot)
WRITTEN BY: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
ILLUSTRATIONS AND COVERS BY: Norberto Fernandez
“Who is the Tattered Man? A spirit of vengeance spawned from the concentration camps of Germany Lies dormant till it is resurrected in modern day new york and finds although times have changed, its work is far from done. Horror and heroics mix, and the results are deadly.”
Daomu Issue #4
WRITTEN BY: Kennedy Xu
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Ken Chou
“A CORAL installation is under attack by an unrelenting force, as Sean stumbles around the ancient tomb. Can his friends rescue him before the tomb’s guardians hunt him down?”
American Vampire #15
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Rafael Albuquerque
“”Ghost War” continues as Henry and his lost unit fight for their lives against a vicious new strain of vampire. Meanwhile, Skinner makes some unexpected moves and Pearl sets out on a perilous journey. The secret vampire war of The Pacific rages on!”
The simple fact that Scott Snyder and Stephen King created this series tells you something about it. Although you may be sick of vampires by now, this blood-sucking tale is not quite what you’d expect. It entertains the question, “what if, after years of fictional vampire tales, the stories turn out to be true?” What’s most intriguing about the series is that it doesn’t try to save vampire lore from falling into the hands of Twilight, but rather it seeks to create a new kind of vampire with their own traditions and myths.
Strange Adventures (One-Shot)
WRITTEN BY: Brian Azzarello, Scott Snyder, and others
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Eduardo Risso, Jeff Lemire, and others
“Don’t miss this eighty page collection of science fiction short stories from some of Vertigo’s all-time greats, as well as the hot new talents of tomorrow! From the far reaches of space to the not so distant future, we bring you eight science-fiction stories as only Vertigo can do them. Plus: the Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso reunite to bring you the first chapter of their upcoming new series SPACEMAN!”
This one-shot collects sci-fi stories from some of the best writers over at DC and Vertigo. With big names like Snyder, Lemire, and Azzarello it would be hard for anyone to pass this one up. The coolest thing about science fiction is that it is constantly moving ahead of our own time, as we try to imagine what will happen in our future. Whether thousands of years from now, or a prediction for tomorrow, these stories allow us to enter a bizarre world where anything is possible. Since the rapture didn’t happen this week, there’s still a lot to look forward to in Strange Adventures.
Other Titles On Sale This Week…
Hellraiser Issue #2
WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Christopher Monfette
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Leonado Manco
COVERS BY: Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
“Kirsty Cotton is back! To fight the forces of the Cenobites she has become a Harrower and has gathered a team that, like her, is damaged and insane enough to take on what Hell has got! As Pinhead’s plan becomes clearer, what will Kirsty’s role in it be?”
Godzilla Issue #3
WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell, Tracy Marsh
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Phil Hester
COVERS BY: Eric Powell, Jeff Zornow
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
“Godzilla, Rodan, and Anguirus continue their devastation, and the worldwide media begins to chime in. As people around the globe suffer, celebrities band together to save the monsters from human counterattack, and the president is criticized for being “soft on monsters.” Meanwhile… a mysterious giant egg washes ashore in France. And what’s with those creepy little twin girls?”
TrueBlood: Tainted Love Issue #4
WRITTEN BY: Marc Andreyko and Michael McMillian
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Joe Corroney
COVERS BY: J. Scott Campbell, Nei Ruffino, and Jenny Frison
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
“The second True Blood story-arc ramps up to vampire speed! Eric and Sookie make a surprise visit to the Tru Blood bottling plant on their quest to discover the truth behind the contaminated bottles! Back in Bon Temps, Jessica’s rampage takes her to Bon Temps High with a thirst for revenge. Did we mention it’s Prom Night?! Don’t miss out the startling 4th chapter of True Blood Volume 2!”
Planet Of The Apes Issue #2
WRITTEN BY: Daryl Gregory
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Carlos Magno
COVERS BY: Karl Richardson and Carlos Magno
“An assassination tears through the fabric of both Ape and Human societies. In the chaotic aftermath, Ape forces begin arming themselves. Prepare yourself for the explosive results as Ape and Human forces clash!”
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Mariotte, Peter David, Scott Tipton, Elena Casagrande, Patrick Shand, Daniel Roth, Brian Lynch, and Chris Ryall
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: David Messina, Gaetano Carlucci, Stephen Mooney, Elena Casagrabde, and Franco Urru
COVERS BY: David Messina, ScarletGothica, Jenny Frison, and Nick Runge
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
“IDW’s final farewell to the Angelverse is full of the creators who have been telling stories about the vampire with a soul from the very beginning. Each tale will be a farewell from the writers and artists who have known him best.”