Feb 28th 2012 By: Douglas Wolk
author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.
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* NEW AVENGERS #22
Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato bring us more New vs. Dark Avengers fighty-fight action, and if you suspect we just got one of these two weeks ago, we did. You can look at that in a few possible ways. One is that New Avengers
is scrambling to catch up before it has to fall into lockstep with a bunch of other titles when Avengers vs. X-Men
launches a month from now. Another is that, now that both Marvel and DC are getting much better at shipping everything on schedule--well, everything except some of Bendis's titles, Icon material, and Justice League
, which just happens to be by the two DC creators who are probably exempt from the "no, seriously, it needs to ship on time" rule--mainstream comics have developed a small outbreak of their old fifth-week problem. Back in the early '80s, if there were five release dates in a given month, almost nothing would come out the fifth week. In the late '90s and early 2000s, there were often special events (clusters of linked one-shots, etc.) scheduled for those weeks, and the four monthly Superman series were augmented by a fifth, quarterly series, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
, just to make sure there was a new Superman comic every week. That kind of practice seems to have been forgotten with the loosy-goosey release dates of recent years. Considering this week's relatively slim pickings, it might be time to resume it.
* AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #680
Speaking of extra issues, Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos squeeze in this month's third issue of Amazing
(counting the .1 from a couple weeks back)--this one involves Spider-Man in space, which is a really weird thing in theory, but technically he's been doing it since #1.
^ BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #1
So that's where the wonderful Dustin Nguyen has been keeping himself: he's drawing the Justice League Beyond material in here! And the Batman story's drawn by Norm Breyfogle, who's also been keeping a low profile in superhero comics other than his reunion with Alan Grant for that Batman Retroactive
one-shot a little while ago.
* EMPOWERED DELUXE EDITION VOL. 1
People I respect keep telling me how much fun Adam Warren's superhero parody series is; this package is one way of catching up for people with sixty bucks burning a hole in their pocket, a collection of the first three volumes and some other material as a 700-page hardcover.