Batman, Avengers vs. X-Men, And Manhattan Projects: New Comics For September 12th

It’s week two of Zero Month, which means we officially don’t understand numbers anymore. But we do understand DC will probably dominate the market again, particularly with a strong slew of bat-books. That’s led by BATMAN #0, which will flash back to the time period around Batman: Year One, but also includes BATGIRL #0 and BATMAN AND ROBIN #0.

Not to be overshadowed, DC also releases THE SHADE #12, one of our favorite series of the past year. Here, finally, after decades, we’re getting the origin of The Shade from the only man who should ever tell that story: James Robinson. Art is by Gene Ha, so you know it’s gonna be a good one.

Over at Marvel, the biggest release is easily AVENGERS VS X-MEN #11, where the two teams finally hash everything out and decide to have a swimsuit modeling session next issue. Kidding, they probably keep beating the heck out of each other. There’s also INCREDIBLE HULK #13, which finally reveals Bruce Banner’s evil master plan; X-TREME X-MEN #3, continuing the dimension hopping adventures of Dazzler and Professor X’s severed, flying head; and UNCANNY X-FORCE #31, bringing the Final Execution story back to the present.

Dark Horse has a trio of great titles this week, running the gamut from the supernatural (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #13), to the semi-historical (CONAN THE BARBARIAN #8), to Juggalos (BUCKO). If only someone could write a supernatural Juggalo story set in ancient times, we’d be set.

Image releases two great titles, as well: MANHATTAN PROJECTS #6 starts off the book’s second arc of science gone bad; while CHEW #28 continues the book’s regularly insanity. IDW has ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #2 from the incredible team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. And Valiant releases HARBINGER #4 and X-O MANOWAR #5, both rock solid titles from a publisher that’s continuing to make some big waves.

And that’s it! See you next week... At the comic shop! Or not, either way.