The 5th Week One

wednesdayOne of those slow weeks, but with some very nice surprises. It's not going to be an expensive week, so that's good and most of the books below are there mainly because they look like good reads. On the topic of indies, there's a few #1s coming out this week, but I don't know enough about them to suggest they are going to be hot. They will have small print runs, yes, but so does a lot of crap. So if you feel I didn't include a good comic, please let us all know in the comments section …

Batman Annual #1Batman Annual #1

A bunch of short stories by King, Dini, Snyder and more with art by the likes Finch, Shalvey or Neal Adams. But the highlight of this book will clearly be the re-introduction of Silver Age god Ace the bat-hound, and if that doesn't make you interested, then you don't have a heart.

Superman Annual #1Superman Annual #1

I always liked whenever Swamp Thing interacted with the rest of the DCU. This got bad during the Vertigo years, which had me going back to the past for my fix of Swamp Thing & Batman / Superman / whoever team-ups. That (and Tomasi's work on the regular series) makes this book a must get for me.

cover-newts-cv1New Talent Showcase #1

Good thing about a slow week is that we all have more time to take a closer look at whatever's coming out. This book features art by Siya Oum, Lupacchino, Liew and many others, with brand new writers. Could be fun, will be ordered in tiny numbers.

1575204_xlSeven to Eternity #3

This book's hot, with #1 getting a 3rd printing and #2 getting a 2nd one this week. It's on everybody's radar by now, but it will be fun to see how sales evolve and whether #2 and 3 were under-ordered.

Savage #1 Lewis Larosa 1:50 VariantSavage #1 Lewis Larosa 1:50 Variant

If Keith's article on Larosa didn't make you interested in his work, there's not much I can tell you, but this (or Britannia #1, getting a 3rd printing today) seems like a good title to test Valiant if you haven't already.

1597438_xlGhost Rider #1 Danilo Beyruth 1:Store Variant

New Ghost Rider series, new hard to find variant. Prices on this are all over the place right now (Midtown asking for an insane $425, lots of ebay BINs around $30). The real question is whether this will be any good …

A couple of cool covers

1575135_xlThis is an all-around nice cover that will be added to the list of Katana books to own in the near future, but what really takes it to the next level is the reflection in the snow. Once again, amazing work, Mr. Bermejo! 1575242_xlThe good thing about comics these days is that you can find this cover next to Bermejo's. The days of uniformity seem to be over, cheesecake is not mandatory, comics come in more than one flavor. Surely that must be a sign of health?

Runner-ups for best book of the week

1575965_xlThis probably has aged poorly, I haven't read it in a while, but I am willing to give it a try. I was a huge Byrne fan growing up and this was one of his last works that I enjoyed. My memories of the issues collected here include a Liefeld parody, the all pin-up issue, Rocket Raccoon and Razorback (bring him back Marvel) and the awesome #50 with guest art by Frank Miller, Walt Simonson, Dave Gibbons, … You know what? I think this might hold up just fine. 1575976_xlSecond (and last) volume of the “best recent Marvel series”, so if you (like myself) didn't get the singles, you are going to have a great book to read today. Did we know it was going to be published on a light 5th week? Were we waiting on purpose? You would really like to know, wouldn't you???

Best (Mickey Mouse) book of the week

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This came out in France earlier this year and it's an absolutely beautiful and awesome book (and the first in a new series of Disney books by European creators). If you have any interest in fun or comics, you should get a copy of this. You will not be disappointed. Well, I guess you might be if you're a soulless robot sent from the future to destroy humanity.

Most pretentious description of the week century

No Angel #1

No Angel is a cosmological and conspiratorial modern Western in the style of Preacher meets Justified by way of Jodorowsky.

In any case, it's co-created by Adrianne Palicki who probably has loads of fans who have never been to a comic shop and will want to buy this. Might have some short-term interest …

That's it for this week. What would you buy? There can be only one!

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