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Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. Although this installment is a little late — curse you, technical problems! — we’re still left with plenty of time to prepare for this weekend’s Motor City Comic Con, Dallas Comic Con and the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention.
What’s more, our contributors have cast their eyes over Wednesday’s releases, singling out such favorites as Battlestar Galactica #1, Betelgeuse, Vol. 1, and The New Warriors Omnibus.
Comics legend Stan Lee headlines the 24th annual Motor City Comic Con, held Friday through Sunday at the Suburban Collection Showplace, outside of Detroit (Novi, Michigan, to be exact).
Other comics guests include Kalman Andrasofszky, Simon Bisley, Talent Caldwell, Brian Clevinger, Katie Cook, Jenny Frison, Ale Garza, Greg Horn, Tyler Kirkham, Mike McKone, Yannick Paquette, Dan Parent, George Perez, Chris Sprouse and Duane Swierczynski.
If Detroit seems a little far to travel, there’s Dallas Comic Con, which kicks off Friday at the Irving Convention Center. Comics guests John Romita Jr., Jim Steranko, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dave Johnson, Mark Brooks, Terry Moore, Phil Noto and Andrew Robinson.
Of course, if genre movies and TV series are more your thing, Dallas has plenty to offer in that regard, too: William Shatner, Nathan Fillion, Brandon Routh, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, Adam Baldwin, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden and Brent Spiner, for starters.
Heading back North and then East, there’s also the 12th annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, held Saturday at the Enterprise Center in Philadelphia. Among the highlights of the event will be a panel celebrating the 20th anniversary of Milestone Media and the presentation of the Glyph Awards.
ROBOT 6 contributors name their top choices from among the comic books, and comics-related books, scheduled to arrive in stores this week. We welcome readers to highlight their picks in the comments below.
Dynamite relaunches Battlestar Galactica this week under writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and artist Cesar Razek. Razek drew 2009’s Galactica 1980 revamp, which I think included President Carter downing the Galactica with a nuclear strike, but as far as I know DnA are new to the rag-tag fugitive fleet. This is classic Galactica, where Starbuck’s a man’s man and Apollo is still kind of a dud, but between that and the creative team, it should be worth a look. – Tom Bondurant
This collects work from 1974/1975 (issues 61 to 64) and features a range of artists, including Joaquin Blazquez, Richard Corben, Ken Kelly, Paul Neary, Alex Toth, Wally Wood and Bernie Wrightson. While I am not a huge fan of horror, this classic Warren publication is something I have always respected, thanks to Dark Horse’s archival efforts. The major attraction/interest for me in this collection, however, is artist Alex Toth’s collaboration with Bill DuBay on “Daddy and the Pie.” – Tim O’Shea
There’s always been several comparisons to be made between the Harry Potter novels and the Scott Pilgrim books, not least in that it was with the third book that both series really took off commercially and artistically. It was just before the release of Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness that the online approbation of O’Malley’s series began to reach fever pitch. It was the tipping point where the series started to gain fans from unexpected quarters, with superhero comic devotees taking to creator’s forums to endorse it and announce their conversion to this genre-defying indie. It became a genuine crossover hit in a way that a comic book occasionally can, becoming maybe not a household name, but certainly a by-word in some of the hipper households. A zeitgeist-defining book of its generation, read by every eternal adolescent who loves the holy trinity of comics, music and computer games. My memory of 2005 is already pretty foggy, but I seem to recall going straight to Amazon to order the first three books after seeing this 13-page preview at CBR.
The color editions are fantastic excuses to re-immerse yourself in the warm bath that is Scott’s universe, and come in a pleasingly deluxe hardcover with more than enough bonus material to justify buying them for a second time. And if you’ve got the money, there’s always the ultra-limited Evil Edition. – Mark Kardwell
Cinebook continues to roll out great European comics for English readers with the first volume in Franco-Belgian artist Léo’s Betelgeuse series. Betelgeuse is itself a sequel to Léo’s Aldebaran, but though it features characters from the first series, it begins a new story. Léo is adept at drawing beautiful planets, cool technology and weird creatures, so I’m eager to introduce myself to Betelgeuse and then check out Aldebaran as well. – Michael May
This underdog comic was the exception to the rule of the flash-first, story-second era of early ’90s Marvel. The first two years and change of the original New Warriors was a tightly plotted roller coaster ride that defied the New Kids on the Block expectations of this hodgepodge of superhero also-rans. It was also the book Bagley cut his teeth on before becoming the definitive Spider-Man artist. The stories captured in this hefty omnibus progress the characters through youthful naivete to disillusionment, but never lose a sense of humor and fun. – Corey Blake