Kevin Smith Brings Batman To 'The Widening Gyre' In This Week's Best Bets!

Batman: Widening GyreIt's another hefty week for comics, with some great options from the world of crossover comics properties. From Dark Knights to Green Goliaths and everywhere between, here's a breakdown of what's on my list this week:

"BATMAN: THE WIDENING GYRE" #1 (DC): Back in May, Kevin Smith told Splash Page that this could be the last Batman story he ever writes—which should be reason enough to pick it up. Having previously authored "Batman: Cacophony" (which featured my favorite new villain, Onomatopoeia, created by Smith during his "Green Arrow" run), Smith promises to introduce a brand new character in "Widening Gyre," which he's writing alongside his frequent collaborator in both comics and film, artist/actor Walt Flanagan.

With the combined comics cred of Smith and Flanagan and a new character in the wings, this one's a can't-miss pickup for readers this week.

28 Days Later"28 DAYS LATER" #1 (Boom): The result of comics' last foray into the world of "28 Days Later" was the well-received "28 Days Later: The Aftermath," which bridged the gap between the original film and its sequel, "28 Weeks Later." Now, Boom looks to spin off into a new, ongoing series featuring Selena, one of the survivors of the Rage Virus from the first film. The series promises to chronicle Selena's journey back to Great Britain after the events of the film, and like its source material, isn't likely to shy away from bloody action.

Hulk"INCREDIBLE HULK" #601 (Marvel): The Jade Giant returns to his own ongoing series with this new issue, and while I tend to shy away from issues likely to require extensive knowledge of recent continuity, the return of "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" writer Greg Pak makes this an attractive time to jump into the Hulk universe. Pak is one of the best there at is at telling a great Hulk story, so there's never been a better time to jump on the big. green bandwagon.

Honorable Mention: "Doctor Who: Cold-Blooded War" (IDW): I'm an unabashed "Doctor Who" fanboy, so any week a new "Who" story is on shelves, I feel an overwhelming urge to mention it here. It certainly helps that IDW has been doing a bang-up job with this line of books based on the long-running British science-fiction series. For example, this one-shot story is scripted by "Doctor Who" television series story editor Gary Russell, so you know there's some "Who" savvy behind this tale.

What are you planning to pick up this week? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!