As the Old DCU continues to wind down, and the New Marvel continues to be… Not a thing that is happening, the big news this week is a great collection of graphic novels.
First up, and I’m not sure if this is a typo, but it seems like a new edition of THE LIFE & TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK, VOL 1 is being released by BOOM! If this is true, the long out of print volume, which continues reportedly the best comic book biography of all time (seriously) will finally be available again, and no longer cost hundreds of bucks on eBay. That would be awesome.
Other collections released this week include ECHOES VOL 1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov, which is a cool twisty horror mystery; MARINEMAN A MATTER OF LIFE & DEPTH, which brings earnestness and a great amount of nautical knowledge to a sea-based hero who trumps Aquaman for coolness; and a trade paperback of Sarah Glidden’s excellent HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS. I’ll give you one guess what its about.
Over at DC, it’s Scott Snyder’s week, as the writer has three titles we’re slavering to get our hands on. AMERICAN VAMPIRE #18 concludes its well researched, horrific, take on World War II; BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM #5 brings a mystery involving the whole bat team, a new villain, and the dark history of Gotham to a close; and FLASHPOINT: PROJECT SUPERMAN #3 may only have been plotted by Snyder, but we’re eagerly awaiting it anyway… Particularly as the previous issue was one of our favorite Superman stories, ever.
Two other DC titles of note: FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #3 promises to be a love letter to Flash fans, and the Flashpoint mini I recommend to readers more than any other (including, you know, FLASHPOINT); and BATMAN INCORPORATED #8 follows up on the best teaser in recent memory, as Batman and Oracle invade Internet 3.0.
On the Marvel side of the fence, some of our favorite series deliver new issues, including the conclusion of the Iron Age mini-event with IRON AGE OMEGA #1. Tony Stark has been traveling through time to stop the Dark Phoenix from destroying the world, and it’s been a delightful romp through Marvel’s past. We’re hoping the final issue continues to bring the kitsch with the big world-saving.
Also of note, CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #621 continues the gorgeously illustrated history of Bucky Barnes, by Chris Samnee (and also some writers named Brubaker and Andreyko, I think), while MYSTERY MEN #4 by David Liss and Patrick Zircher shows us what happened ten years before that. And we’ve already reviewed ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #1, which finds the team facing brand new threats with a brand new creative team. Spoiler: we liked it a lot.
There’s also a hodeg-podge of non-Big Two titles to check out, including the finale of the only series that dares try to kill the Bard with a thousand backs, KILL SHAKESPEARE #12. CHEW #20 continues the title’s pleasant descent into abstract weirdness and food fetishism, while GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES #2 deals with snacking of another kind – specifically, a zombie attack on American and Taliban troops in Afghanistan.
Lastly, if you’re interested in celebrity names before your comics, you might want to check out ANNE RICE: SERVANT OF THE BONES #1, which we’re assuming is not about the author fetching slippers for some skeletons. There’s also KEVIN SMITH’S BIONIC MAN #1, which adapts the New Jersey native’s screenplay reboot of the franchise, and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1, featuring TMNT creator Kevin Eastman's return to the series. And don't forget the martial arts mayhem of the original graphic novel INFINITE KUNG-FU, new from Top Shelf.
That’s it for this week… Let us know what you’re picking up in the comments!