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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Flashpoint #1

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Graeme McMillan

If I had $15 this week, I’d immediately go for Flashpoint #1 (DC Comics, $3.99) – I am very, very unsure about the number of tie-ins DC are pushing out for the new crossover event, but with Geoff Johns in charge, I’m suspecting that the main book will be worth a look at least. I’d also grab the relaunched GI Joe #1 (IDW, $3.99), if only to follow up on the “Cobra Civil War” storyline that I admit has completely caught my attention unexpectedly. Curiosity would also get me to pick up both Moriarty #1 (Image, $2.99) and Total Recall #1 (Dynamite, $1.99), two new launches that will hopefully take familiar ideas and characters in directions I wouldn’t expect…

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30 Days of Night returns in May

Kevin noted last September that IDW is launching a new 30 Days of Night series, and here it is: The first issue of 30 Days of Night: Night Again is listed in the March Previews for a May release.

Horror writer Joe Lansdale and artist Sam Kieth (The Maxx) are taking over the series, which was created by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith and was the bases for two feature films and countless spinoffs. In the original, published in 2002, vampires came to Alaska to take advantage of the 30-day-long night of the Arctic winter, using it for a prolonged feeding frenzy. In 30 Days of Night: Night Again, a group of survivors comes to an Alaskan research facility, where scientists are puzzling over a strange object found in the ice. It’s probably safe to say that bloody carnage results.

The press release is deliberately vague, but IDW editor-in-chief Chris Ryall shows off some of Davide Furno’s variant covers at his blog that hint at the nature of the story.

Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Kieth to enter 30 Days of Night

The X-Files/30 Days of Night #1 (by Sam Kieth)

IDW Publishing will launch a new 30 Days of Night series next spring by author Joe R. Lansdale and artist Sam Kieth.

The comic, announced this morning in a very brief statement on the publisher’s Formspring account, will be at least the 13th title spun out of the popular 2002 miniseries by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.

In the original, which was the basis for the 2007 film, vampires flock to Barrow, Alaska, where the sun sets for about 30 days, allowing them to feed on the residents. Although several of the sequels, such as Dark Days and Return to Barrow, center on the city or the survivors of the attacks, others are expansions of the “30 Days universe.” A six-issue X-Files/30 Days of Night crossover, by Niles, Adam Jones and Tom Mandrake, debuted from WildStorm in July.

Lansdale is an award-winning author known for his “Hap and Leonard” series of mystery novels, the novella Bubba Ho-Tep and comics like Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such, Conan and the Songs of the Dead, and Pigeons from Hell. He also wrote episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, as well as the screenplay to the animated DC Showcase: Jonah Hex.

Kieth is best known for his comic turned animated series The Maxx, Zero Girl, Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious and Arkham Asylum: Madness. He provided a variant cover for The X-Files/30 Days of Night #1.

C2E2 | A roundup of day three news

X-Vampires by Paco Medina

X-Vampires by Paco Medina

The first-ever C2E2 — Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo — is all but over, and no doubt Brigid and Michael will have more to say about the whole experience here soon. For now, here’s a roundup of news and info coming out of various panels from today, to go with our roundups from Friday and Saturday.

  • The X-Men vs. vampires storyline, whose teaser last week set off Ultimate Avengers writer Mark Millar, will run in a relaunched adjective-less X-Men title by novelist Victor Gischler and artist Paco Medina. Gischler, who fans know from his work on Punisher and Deadpool for Marvel, is no stranger to vampires, having written the novel Vampire a Go Go. “It’s going to be a nice fresh look at vampires,” Gischler told Marvel.com about his first story arc in the new title. “I think people are going to be pretty impressed.” The series begins in July.
  • September brings another new X-title, as X-23 gets her own solo series written by Marjorie Liu, who wrote the recent X-23 one-shot. “X-23 is a loner at heart, but she’s been forced into a team setting for quite some time now,” Liu told Comic Book Resources. “A pack, if you will. And those conflicting instincts to be alone – and with others – will continue to tug at her. So yes, there will be a rotating supporting cast – a couple of former X-Men who, against their better judgment, will try to mentor Laura. Or at least, be there for her when she needs mentoring. That won’t be without conflict, though – physical and emotional.”
  • Wolverine: Weapon X will be replaced by a new Wolverine title by Jason Aaron and Renato Guedes, with covers by Jae Lee. In it, Wolverine goes to Hell. “His soul goes to Hell, and we’re going to see what happens when he’s not around to be in control of his own body,” said editor Jenine Schaefer. The first issue ships in September. Meanwhile, the former Wolverine title, now called Dark Wolverine, will get another title change, as it becomes Daken: Dark Wolverine in September. Liu, Daniel Way and Giuseppe Camuncoli will remain as the creative team.
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