COMICS TO FEAST ON: January 18th 2011

I hope you’ve all got an untamable appetite for comics because there is quite the feast laid out for you this week. Now that you’ve all devoured your holiday trades and graphic novels like the little monsters you are, it’s time to get back into the swing of weekly issues. This week in January unloads Snyder’s fifth ish of BATMAN, the second issue of MEMORIAL, plus and all new HELLBLAZER arc. Read on for the skinny…

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With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve got to limit our lists for the week somehow. We present you with our ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, we’re here to help you decide which books to pick up. If I’ve missed something you’re stoked about, list it in the comments.

Venom #12

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WRITTEN BY: Rick Remender
ILLUSTRATED BY: Lan Medina
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “Pushed to his limits, Venom goes head to head with Jack O’Lantern! 
The Arch-foes fight through Vegas brings them face-to-Face – with Toxin?! 
Meanwhile, the Red Hulk closes in on public enemy number one – Venom!”

The Feast: Venom is quickly becoming a favorite of all the BD staff members, but really who doesn’t like black space goo and Rick Remender? Venom is about to go head to head against some of the giants at Marvel and this week kicks it off against Jack O’Lantern. He doesn’t stand a chance in hell.

DC Universe Presents: Deadman #5

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WRITTEN BY: Paul Jenkins
ILLUSTRATED BY: Bernard Chang
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “It’s the mind-blowing, metaphysical conclusion of Deadman’s soul-searching quest to find meaning in his mission and salvation for the spirits of those he has possessed! Deadman thinks he finally has the upper hand on his boss, Rama, but he’ll soon learn that when it comes to dealing with a god, there’s no such thing. All that plus mobsters, terrorists and a bazooka!”

The Feast: Well folks, this is it, say goodbye to Jenkins and Chang for a while because after this issue Deadman will no longer be “presented” by DC. It’s been an extremely fun mini-series, really bringing Deadman back to his roots and it would only be right to see this one out to the bitter end. A bit dramatic of me, you say? Okay, well maybe it’s a bit extreme, but Deadman deserves his own title, thankfully we’ve still got him kicking in Justice League Dark.

Resurrection Man Vol. 1

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WRITTEN BY: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
ILLUSTRATED BY: various
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $29.99

The Low Down: “Issues #1-14 of the cult favorite series is collected at last! Mitch Shelley can be killed, but every time he comes back, he has a different power — a new ability that sometimes is a blessing, sometimes a deadly curse.His deaths and rebirths leave him disoriented, but with the help of a new friend, Mitch discovers bits of his past, although the origin of his powers remains a mystery. Meanwhile, Resurrection Man’s creators have set the ruthless female assassins called the Body Doubles on his trail. Also pursuing Mitch is a sociopath named Hooker, a test survivor like Mitch with one big difference: Hooker’s body is not repairing itself.”

The Feast: Abnett and Lanning brought Resurrection Man to life in the late 90s, and though the series was short lived, it caused quite the stir among horror fans. This is the first time the original series has been collected, so if you can’t get enough of the rebirthed Res Man, check this out.

Hack/Slash #12

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WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley
ILLUSTRATED BY: Daniel Leister
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $3.50

The Low Down: “Part One Cassie, Samhain & Cat Curio journey to a secret island in search of a cure for slashers! But you know how it is with secret tropical islands; beautiful scenery, skimpy outfits, dripping sweat, giant radioactive creatures…”

The Feast: With all the buzz surrounding the Hack/Slash film this week, the comic is more than likely about to blow up. Horror fans already know how great this book is for its meta-fictional sarcastic storytelling, but it’s time to share it with friends now. Whether you’re happy with the director choice or not, be happy for the Cassie and the gang, and hopefully Nispel won’t blow it

Diablo #2

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WRITTEN BY: Aaron Williams
ILLUSTRATED BY: Joseph Lacroix
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “The Dreadlands are being corrupted by madness, causing its victims to open their flesh and lash out at friend and foe alike. Jacob, a young fugitive from the city of Staalbreak, may be Sanctuary’s only hope to stop this plague before it consumes or destroys mankind. His destiny is bound to a mysterious sword and the woman who watches over it, but his own troubled soul may keep him from embracing its true power in time”

The Feast: The real questions is where the hell is Diablo III? Wasn’t it supposed to come out last year? Well to quench your Diablo thirst, DC has put out this little book, which, surprisingly, is one of the better game to comic adaptations out there. It will not likely tie into the upcoming game, but the art is great and the story is full of wonders.

Memorial #2

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WRITTEN BY: Chris Roberson
ILLUSTRATED BY: Rich Ellis
PUBLISHER: IDW
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “A year ago, Em found herself at a hospital with no memory, her mind a complete blank. After spending a year rebuilding her life, she is thrust into the middle of a supernatural conflict between immortal beings representing fundamental aspects of the universe itself when she is given the key to a magical shop, the kind that appears in an alley one instant and disappears the next. With nothing but a talking cat to guide her, she finds herself targeted by living statues, an evil ventriloquist’s doll, and the mysterious Court of Shadows.”

The Feast: Roberson is building a vast fictional cosmos with Memorial filled with action, adventure, talking cats (a reference to Schrodinger always gets me), and multiple realities. This book just screams refreshing and, in all honesty, is completely different from most major books out there, covering pretty much every genre you could imagine. I seriously can’t think of a demographic who wouldn’t enjoy this title. Kids, old cranky gampa, or even creepy uncle Jim, doesn’t matter, they’ll all dig it.

Uncanny X-Force #20

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WRITTEN BY: Rick Remender
ILLUSTRATED BY: Robbi Rodriguez
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “THE TRIAL OF FANTOMEX PART 1 The X-Force team journey to Otherworld! Guest starring Captain Britain and the Captain Britain Corps!”

The Feast: Remender has solidified his name as the best of the best, and we can’t get enough of this guy. We’re really just waiting for the day that Marvel gives him free reign on an event so that it doesn’t suck. If you’re looking to get into X-Men books, there is no better place than this, and with the new Age of Apocalypse arc on the way, you’ll want to be reading Uncanny X-Force.

Hellblazer #287

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WRITTEN BY: Peter Milligan
ILLUSTRATED BY: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini
PUBLISHER: Vertigo
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “John Constantine is going to Hell and back — this time, it’s a favor to his niece Gemma, who happens to be in deep and dirty with London gangster (and Constantine’s father-in-law) Terry Greaves. A farting demon, a suspicious angel, a Hellish aquarium, and an old adversary all await Constantine in “Another Season in Hell.””

The Feast: Constantine is no stranger to hell, demons, ghosts, or goblins, but once again, due to his oh-so-soft heart, he’s going back into that fiery abyss. This new storyline promises to put John through…well, hell. There’s a reason that Hellblazer is the longest running comic from Vertigo, and if you’re looking for a new weekly series, look no further fellas!

Batman #5

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WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRATED BY: Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $2.99

The Low Down: “Deep beneath Gotham City lies the Court of Owls’ deadliest trap – and Batman has fallen right into it! Can he escape, or will he perish in a maze of nightmare? Enter the labyrinth, Batman – if you dare!”

The Feast: Snyder continues to develop the Court of Owls mythology that lies deep in the foundations of Gotham. Ahh, screw it! This is Snyder writing Batman, this is better than bathing in a fountain of chocolate with the guy/girl of your dreams!

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