Avengers vs. X-Men, Batman, and Manhattan Projects: New Comics for April 18th

We’re well into the first act of Avengers vs. X-Men this week, with the release of AVENGERS VS X-MEN #2, of course, which finds the two teams finally (well, finally, after one issue of build-up) coming to blows. You’ve also got AVENGERS #25, which presents their side of things, and WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #9, which shows Wolverine having a long, dark night of the soul.

Don’t worry, though, there’s plenty more offerings from the House of Ideas, including AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #684 continuing the excellent “Ends of the Earth” storyline pitting Spidey against the Sinister Six; PUNISHER #10, continuing the also excellent Omega Effect crossover; and VENOM #16, which isn’t actually part of a crossover, but does find Flash Thompson reacting to joining the Secret Avengers. So yeah, lots of crossovers to read.

Over at DC, we’ve got two picks for you: BATMAN #8, which kicks off the Night of the Owls crossover, and, despite what you may think, is not an event at the local zoo; and BIRDS OF PREY #8, because that title hasn’t had a bad issue yet.

Dark Horse has a few good titles out this week: 3 STORY: SECRET FILES OF THE GIANT MAN, featuring exactly what it promises (which we chatted about with author Matt Kindt); and RESET #1, about a failed stand-up comedian who gets a second chance do to a Total Recall-esque machine (and hey, we talked to writer/artist Peter Bagge about this one, too).

Over at Image, MANHATTAN PROJECTS #2 continues the team-up of the world’s greatest scientists, and if anything, we liked it far better than the first (which was still pretty good); and THE WALKING DEAD #96, continuing the “Larger World” storyline. Our hunch on that one is that Rick doesn’t trust some people, and then he sort of does, but also doesn’t. Fingers crossed.

Lastly, we’d be remiss not to mention another issue of the superb action/horror series THE SIXTH GUN #21 from Oni press; and the latest volume of NAOKI URASAWA’S 20TH CENTURY BOYS, VOL 20, one of the best Manga series – probably ever.

And that’s it! We’ll see you next week for more comics!

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