Walking Dead, The Crow, and Avenging Spider-Man: New Comics For July 11th

This week, it’s all about San Diego Comic-Con, and The Walking Dead, as Image Comics’ landmark WALKING DEAD #100 hits smack dab in the middle of the Con, and should dominate most of the proceedings. In fact, in all the hype, we’ll probably forget to find out whether the issue is any good. Chances are, given writer Robert Kirkman’s penchant for putting his characters through the wringer, it’ll deliver. This is – quite simply – the most anticipated comic of the week, if not the year.

Image isn’t resting on its laurels, though, and instead continues its huge week with some other must buy titles: CHEW: SECRET AGENT POYO #1 focuses on a cyborg undercover chicken, so no way that’s bad; REVIVAL #1 launches the next big sort of but not exactly zombie book by writer Tim Seeley; DANCER #3, continues what we called one of the best spy-ops books on the stands; and BULLETPROOF COFFIN: DISINTERRED #6 wraps up the craziest book in comics.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! The publisher also has a collection of Blair Butler’s surprising and emotional Mixed Martial Arts comic HEART, and Ales Kot’s subversive school shooting graphic novel WILD CHILDREN. We won’t spoil anything about the latter book, but just know that when the characters tell the reader to look closer, they’re not just being cute about it… WILD CHILDREN wears its love of Grant Morrison comics on its sleeve, and is all the better for it. For one of the more surprising reads this week, definitely pick it up.

Lest you think it’s all Image, IDW also makes out big this week, with the highly anticipated reboot of THE CROW #1; RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: THE SCORE, an all new graphic from Darwyn Cooke; and LOCKE & KEY, VOL. 05: CLOCKWORKS, the only book we’re planning on buying at SDCC to get the nifty exclusive.

Over at DC Comics, you’ve got BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #2, also written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke, which is like having two Christmases at the same time; SHADE #10, continuing James Robinson’s best work in years; and SWAMP THING #11, which comes out a week late, but picks up on last month’s creepy cliffhanger, so we’ll forgive ‘em.

Our most anticipated offering from Marvel is AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #9, featuring the first appearance of the brand new Captain Marvel. Writing by Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by the Dodsons? That’s good comics, folks. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got the craziest title in a long while in SPACE: PUNISHER #1, which is exactly what you think it is.

Other titles we’re looking forward to? Brian Wood has a double hit at Dark Horse with CONAN THE BARBARIAN #6, and THE MASSIVE #2, both solid titles. Valiant releases BLOODSHOT #1; Boom has ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE: SCREAM QUEENS #1, the first spin off from the excellent all ages title; ATOMIC ROBO: REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES #4 is just great all around; and TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #8 is the funniest comic book you may not be reading, so shame on you.

We’ll see you next week, after we’ve slept forever.