…And you thought last week was huge. This week, not only are we still in the midst of New 52 madness, but there’s several OTHER hotly anticipated first issues hitting stands. There’s BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #1, of course (which we already reviewed – and liked!). And there’s also Image title PIGS #1, which is riding a huge wave of buzz due to its catchy “Cuban sleeper cell goes to destroy America” presence (and we already read that too – and loved it!)
There’s one more number one though that may take eyes squarely away from New 52 land, and that’s ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1, the official debut of Miles Morales from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli. Pretty much every Marvel employee has been tweeting about it today, probably as part of a viral awareness campaign, sure – but also to make sure this character, which I’ve heard scuttlebutt is actually GOOD, gets the eyeballs he deserves.
So that all out of the way, let’s get back to the important stuff. You know, the DC Comics stuff. Once again, we have a ton of new titles coming out, so it’s hard to choose. But for my money, BATWOMAN #1 is the title to beat. The book has been promised for years at this point, so if it doesn’t redefine the comic medium as we know it… Well, it might, actually, as J.H. Williams’ art is stunningly good.
On the side of “those books we’ve already read,” GREEN LANTERN #1 is probably the best issue of the title in years; SUICIDE SQUAD #1 is actually quite a bit of fun; and SUPERBOY #1 is a slice of cool superhero scifi.
We’re also looking forward to FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #1 from first week winner Jeff Lemire, as well as DEMON KNIGHTS #1 and RESURRECTION MAN #1 because they just promise to be weird. We like weird.
Hey, let’s talk about indie arms of major publishers, how about that? From Vertigo (of DC Comics), you’ve got SCALPED #52 and UNWRITTEN #29, both of which are two of the best series ever published. Meanwhile, from Icon (of Marvel Comics), you have CRIMINAL: LAST OF INNOCENT #4, which is the conclusion to easily the most fantastic arc in the title’s history. I’m just throwing around the superlatives today, huh? But I’m not lying, neither.
Okay, what about Marvel Comics? If you like events, you’ve got a penultimate issue in FEAR ITSELF #6, and the middle of the Spider-Island epic in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #669. If you want more Fear Itself, though, you can check out the excellent ALPHA FLIGHT #4, the even more excellent JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #627, and something called FEAR ITSELF: MONKEY KING #1, which I have no idea what it is, but… Monkeys.
If events aren’t your thing, though, DAREDEVIL #3 will – fingers crossed – continue to be a superb romp, while MYSTERY MEN #5 wraps up its run (and potentially secures its place on our “favorite minis of 2011” list), and a new Roger Langridge title debuts in JOHN CARTER: A PRINCESS OF MARS #1. Note: John Carter is NOT the Princess of the title, sadly.
And that’s it! There’s plenty of great titles out there, but we’ve run out of space… So tell us what YOU’RE looking forward to in the comments below.