I'm running a day late on this week's edition of "Best Bets," but I hope you'll excuse the delay. When someone offers advance tickets to "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," any self-respecting geek worth his long boxes knows that decisions have to be made and schedules should be shuffled for Optimus Prime -- and let's be honest here, Megan Fox.
So, without further excuses on my side, let's get right to the best of this week's comics with Hollywood ties, shall we?
"FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORS" #1 (DC/Dynamite) -- Not only is it the sequel to 2007's "Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash" miniseries, which was based on the script to a movie that would have tied together the "Freddy Vs. Jason" movie and the "Evil Dead" trilogy (and that alone should be enough to excite, well... anyone), but "Nightmare Warriors" is co-written by James Kuhoric and comics/movie veteran Jeff Katz -- who provided the script treatment for the original "Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash" story. Basically, "Nightmare Warriors" is likely to be every bit as good as you hope it will be.
"PREDATOR" #1 (Dark Horse) -- We previewed John Arcudi and Javier Saltares' "Predator" earlier this month, and I'm still excited about it. Along with sporting a ridiculously cool cover by Raymond Swanland, “Predator” #1 kicks off a four-part story that pits two feuding clans of Predators against each other in a Third World warzone here on Earth.
I've always been a fan of Dark Horse's "Aliens" and "Predator" comics, and this issue looks to be more than up to the task of re-igniting the latter franchise.
"MILO VENTIMIGLIA PRESENTS: BERSERKER" #1 (Top Cow) -- Last summer we first told you about this series from the production company of "Heroes" star Milo Ventimiglia, and it's finally hitting shelves this week. Written by "Friday Night Lights" scribe Rick Loverd, and featuring a cover by the talented Dale Keown (one of the best cover guys in the biz), "Berserker" tells the story of seemingly unconnected people who discover they're descendants of an ancient Norse race prone to flying into uncontrollable fits of blood-lust. And who doesn't like comics about uncontrollable fits of blood-lust, right?
Honorable Mention: "William Shatner Presents: Tek War" #1 (Bluewater) -- We gave you a sneak peek at this series based on Shatner's long-running and award-winning series of science-fiction novels (which were also adapted into a television series, movie, game and various other formats), and the first issue was definitely a pleasant surprise. Even if you're new to the "Tek War" world, the first issue of this series could be the one to get you hooked.
That's it for my picks this week. What about yours? Let me know what you're planning to pick up at the comic shop this week by leaving a comment!