Best Bets: New ‘Doctor Who’ Series & Green Lantern’s ‘Blackest Night’ Make It A Cosmic Week

It’s a big week for great science-fiction titles, but they aren’t the only comics of note hitting shelves this week. Here are some of the highlights from the world of comic book and movie/television crossovers.

“DOCTOR WHO” #1 (IDW Publishing) — Writer Tony Lee brings the BBC’s favorite Time Lord into a new monthly series that promises to feature a wealth of in-canon adventures, but also offer up a great jumping-on point for readers new to the worlds of “Doctor Who” and its hit spin-off series, “Torchwood.”

I previewed the first issue of “Doctor Who” last week, and spoke to Lee about his plans for the series — so if you like what you see (and especially if you’re a “Doctor Who” geek like I am), make sure to add this one to your pull list this week. It’s sci-fi gold.

“DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP” #1 (Boom Studios) — Back in April, we brought you the news that Phillip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” — the inspiration for the 1982 film “Blade Runner” — was being adapted into a 24-issue comic book series. Well, the first issue is finally arriving on shelves. Sci-fi fans are already well aware of Dick’s status as one of the greatest minds in the genre, but now comic book readers get their introduction to the author’s genius, too.

“DESCENDENT” #1 (Image) — Here’s one that might not be on your radar, but should be. I’ve been a fan of “Descendent” co-writer Marcus Perry’s work ever since I caught his writing/directing debut in the short film “Razor Sharp.” He pairs with “The Sire” author Michael Dolce for this story of a government agent forced to come to terms with the origin — and potential — of the abilities she’s tried to keep secret. Both creators are relatively new to the comics world, but have the sort of potential that could make this one a sleeper hit.

Honorable Mention: “Blackest Night” #1 (DC) — With the recent news that Ryan Reynolds will play Green Lantern in the upcoming live-action film, it seems wise to pick up the first issue of the miniseries promising to rock the DC ring-bearer’s universe.

What’s on your pull list this week? Looking forward to any of the comics I’ve mentioned here? Let me know in the comment section!