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COMICS TO FEAST ON: December 21st 2011

This is it, the holiday week us upon us, judgment is near, the end is extremely nigh! This is your chance to get those last minute gifts you really should have bought a month ago. Or, if you’re all done your shopping, just treat yourself to some comics this week. This week brings on the first ish Chris Roberson’s brand new book MEMORIAL, plus the newest issues of VENOM, BATMAN, and more. 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. Rather than cramming so many previews down your throat that you barely breathe, 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.

Uncanny X-Force #19

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

The Low Down: “A member lost! New members gained! An Avenger discovers the secret of X-Force! Fantomex and Ultimaton must allow the world’s most powerful weapon to leave their care.”

The Feast: The last issue of Uncanny X-Force proved that Rick Remender is not in fact a human being, but some automaton created solely for the purpose of crafting incredible comics. If you’re missing out on this title, you’re missing out big time. The pervious issue ended that Dark Angel arc, and we can’t wait to see what Remender’s got planned for the coming year.

The Immortal: Demon in the Blood #1

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WRITTEN BY: Ian Edginton
ILLUSTRATED BY: Vicenc Villagrasa
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.50

The Low Down: “Wrongly branded a traitor by his fellow samurai, Amane is attacked and left for dead. When he is found by a mysterious tattoo artist, his life is saved-and changed forever! Connected to an immortal oni through a mystical tattoo, he creates a new life for himself as Enma, an apprentice tattooist. But Enma’s new life comes at a price he has yet to realize…”

The Feast: Whenever a new horror title is released, it usually gets our blood pumping here at BD. But for some reason The Immortal: Demon in the Blood has us more pumped up that usual. Probably because it involved classic tattoo art, samurai, and dark magic. The Immortal is based on an award winning Japanese novel, Ura-Enma by Fumi Nakamura. Looks like a winner.

Batman #4

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

The Low Down: “Shocking discoveries lead Batman deeper into the mystery of the Court of Owls and its secret and bloody ties to both Gotham City and the Wayne family. But an even deadlier threat awaits Batman: a trap set hundreds of years ago, far beneath his city. The war for Gotham’s soul begins here!”

The Feast: It seems like every week we are saying Snyder continues his amazing run on X title. Whatever this man writes is an astonishing piece of comic work, and it’s not to be missed. It’s only on issue four, so it’s not too late to jump on this one yet!

Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes (One Shot)

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WRITTEN BY: Grant Morrison
ILLUSTRATED BY: Chris Burnham
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $6.99

The Low Down: “In this sensational, giant-sized one-shot spinning out of BATMAN INCORPORATED, Batman realizes to his horror that he’s been outwitted as the true identity of Leviathan continues to elude him. Is his deadly adversary an old foe with a grudge to settle, a new face of evil… or something completely different? Only one thing is certain: You won’t soon forget the shocking ending!”

The Feast: Batman Inc. sort of got lost in the fray of the reboot all those months ago, but finally we are going to see Morrison bring the series to somewhat of a close. Hopefully this over-sized issue will show how Batman Inc. fits into the new universe.

Memorial #1

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

The Low Down: “New York Times best-selling author and Eisner-nominated creator of iZombie, Chris Roberson, delivers a magical ongoing new series. Memorial is the story of Em, a young woman who arrives at a hospital in Portland, Oregon with no memory of her past. A year later, she has rebuilt her life, only to find her existence thrown into turmoil after she inherits a magical shop. The kind that appears in an alley one instance and disappears the next. Em is drawn into a supernatural conflict between beings that not only represent, but are, fundamental elements of the universe itself. All of existence is at stake, so there’s only a little pressure on Em, the magical shop, and a talking cat. With art by the fantastical Rich Ellis, and covers by the legendary Michael WM Kaluta.”

The Feast: Anyone who knows Roberson’s Izombie knows how quirky and engaging his work is. This one sounds like a cross between Sabrina the Teenage Witch and The Unwritten, and if it’s any bit as imaginative as his other works, it will be nothing short of magical.

DC Universe Presents #4

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

The Low Down: “Step right up, step right up! Watch as Deadman plays “20 Questions” with the enigmatic Son of the Morning on a roller coaster ride like no other! Plus: Ever wonder why good things happen to bad people? Why banks put Braille writing on drive-through ATMs? And just what exactly is the nature of your relationship with God? Then you must read DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #4!”

The Feast: Jenkin’s stint with Deadman is, unfortunately, almost over, before he hands over the DC Universe Presents duties off to Didio. The series has been a fun ride so far, and although we wish Deadman were sticking around, this will have to do for now.

Justice League #4

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WRITTEN BY: Geoff Johns
ILLUSTRATED BY: Jim Lee
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “The superstar team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee continue the origin of the Justice League as The World’s Greatest Heroes face the might of Apokolips — and find aid in an unlikely hero, as Cyborg is created!”

The Feast: Johns has started the series off quite slowly, making sure to get the character relationships just right, and now that most of the heroes are together, hopefully we will start to see signs of the Justice League we know and love. This issue introduces none other than the recently-deemed-badass, Aquaman and it will be entertaining just to see what Hal Jordan has to say about him, if nothing else.

Monocyte #2 (of 4)

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WRITTEN BY: Kasra Ghanbari and Menton3
ILLUSTRATED BY: Menton3
PUBLISHER: IDW
PRICE: $3.99

The Low Down: “Monocyte begins his death march towards the Olignostic city, fending off relentless attacks on his journey to destroy their immortality machinery. Meanwhile, a powerless Olignostic seizes on Monocyte’s appearance to acquire power. This issue features an incentive cover by the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz, and side stories by Eisner Award-winner George Pratt and Chris Newman.”

The Feast: Anything with Menton3’s name on it is worth picking up for the artwork alone. Without any of the usual horror creatures (zombies and vamps) this book is genuinely frightening and displays the hopeless fate of mankind’s bleak future. This is going to kick horror fans right in the balls.

Venom #11

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

The Low Down: “Venom comes face to fist with Jack-O-Lantern! But are these archenemies about to become partners? On the run from his own country, Flash Thompson may have no choice but to ally himself with his newest enemy.”

The Feast: Venom is another Remender title that has been nothing short of brilliant. The last issue finally brought in a familiar face from the Marvel U, Captain America, and it looks like Cap will do anything in his power to stop Flash and the Symbiote. Something tells me that we’re going to see a lot more familiar faces coming into this title in the coming months, and this week brings in Red Hulk.

Dark Horse Presents #7

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WRITTEN BY: Various
ILLUSTRATED BY: Various
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $7.99

The Low Down: “Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is the centerpiece for the 7th all-star issue of Dark Horse Presents! In addition, this issue packs the beginnings of two new stories-200 People to Kill and Skultar, a brand-new Age of Reptiles story by Ricardo Delgado, a new Skeleton Key story by Andi Watson, and continuing stories by Howard Chaykin and Neal Adams!”

The Feast: The Dark Horse Presents anthology has been an absolute pleasure to read every single month. It offers a diverse range of one-off stories from big name creators, providing a further glimpse into their creative minds. This month brings Mignola and Hellboy into the mix for a new original story. If you’ve got the extra cash this week, pick it up.