Avengers X-Sanction, The Ray, and Buffy: New Comics For 12/14/11

The cover to The Ray #1

Guess what, comic book readers? Summer starts THIS WEEK, as Marvel begins the kick-off to its next big event – Avengers vs. X-Men – with the release of AVENGERS: X-SANCTION #1. Can you feel the heat hit you? Ready to chill out with some cool rays or whatever you kids are saying?


Anyway, while Summer Events are already beginning, this week also sees the release of the MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2011, which highlights a ton of new comic book writers and artists – always a good idea to encourage new talent when possible, right? There’s also the always excellent AVENGERS ACADEMY #23 which brings female Wolverine clone X-23 into the mix; and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #632, which finds Teen Loki paying for screwing with everyone during Fear Itself.

Over at DC, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Jamal Igle reintroduce THE RAY #1 for a new generation, while THE SHADE #3 continues to be one of the more exciting titles from the publisher. Also coming out? GREEN LANTERN #4, which picks up on last issues cliffhanger where, you know, the title character died; and BATWOMAN #4, which if you’re not reading, is a pretty, pretty comic.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9, #4

Dark Horse also has some excellent entries this week, like BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 9 #4, which wraps up the first arc – and is excellent (we’ve read it). There’s also the Guillermo del Toro plotted THE STRAIN #1, a new look at a modern vampire story… But also actually rather good and cinematic (we’ve read that, too).

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that IDW releases LOCKE & KEY: CLOCKWORKS #3, which hopefully continues the breakneck plot reveals of issues one and two. We’re more sure of another number three issue, BOOM!’s ROGER LANGRIDGE’S SNARKED #3, which keeps up the high humor this issue – with an emphasis on brilliant physical comedy. Great stuff.

Meanwhile, Image has another huge week, led off by WITCHBLADE #150, Ron Marz’s landmark last issue on the title. Don’t worry, though, he’s leaving with a double sized hit of mystical goodness. While you’re picking that up, also be sure to snag 27: SECOND SET #4, which wraps up this second mini in style; PIGS #4 and SEVERED #5, which are two of the most twisted books being published today (that’s a good thing); and WALKING DEAD #92, which focuses on a day when the zombies say, “Eh, we’re not that hungry anymore.” Just kidding.

Finally, on the trade front, DC releases the massive DC COMICS: THE NEW 52 hardcover, which collects all the New 52 #1 issues in one oversized volume. For those of you looking for something a bit more carry-able, there’s several excellent collections coming your way, including ROCKETEER ADVENTURES VOL. 1, which collects the superb tribute series; and THE RED WING, Jonathan Hickman’s time travel Top Gun mini.

Lastly, Archaia has a huge week, releasing a lost Jim Henson story with A TALE OF SAND, a new Marjane Satrapi book with THE SIGH, and the brilliant story collection JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER (read reviews for both here).

Just in time for a little light beach reading, right? Summer, you guys. It’s Summer. See you next week!

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