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More vampires, Asgardians and ‘Forevers’ in this week’s comics

Welcome once again to Can’t Wait for Wednesday, our weekly look at what you can expect to find in your local comic shop tomorrow. To see what Kevin, Chris and I have to say about this week’s comics, read on …

JK Parkin’s pick of the week: American Vampire #1

American Vampire #1

American Vampire #1

Typically when we make our picks of the week we’re pretty much hypothesizing about how good a comic will be, based on previews, previous issues, the creators involved, interviews and whatever else has appeared on the ‘net about a comic before it is actually available.

In the case of American Vampire, though, Vertigo sent me a copy of the first issue, so I don’t have to guess — I know that I really, really like this comic. Scott Snyder and Stephen King each pen related tales set decades apart, both sharing a common character and drawn by Rafael Albuquerque — actually, let’s stop right there. This book has gotten some decent media coverage due to the fact that best-selling author Stephen King is involved, but the real shining star in this first issue is Albuquerque. His artwork is pretty incredible, and I particularly like how he gives each of the tales and the time periods in which they take place their own distinct visual flair.

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This week finds sparkling vampires, avenging spirits and haunted mansions

Another Tuesday afternoon, another installment of “Can’t Wait for Wednesday,” our weekly look at what you can expect to find on shelves on New Comics Day. JK Parkin is under the weather, so Chris Mautner and I are left to our own devices.

To see what we think looks good, read on. And, as always let us know your picks in the comments below.

The Complete Milt Gross Comic Book Stories, Vol. 1

The Complete Milt Gross Comic Book Stories, Vol. 1

Chris Mautner’s pick of the week: The Complete Milt Gross Comic Book Stories, Vol. 1 hardcover

I didn’t even know that Milt Gross, best known for such deliciously absurd comic strips as Count Screwloose and Nize Baby, had worked in comic books before reading the ad copy for this book, part of Craig Yoe’s new imprint for IDW Publishing. Gross was a one-of-a-kind cartoonist, frenzied and inspired, with an off-kilter, anything-goes sense of humor that in many ways was a precursor to MAD. He’s one of those artists that always seems to get sidelined, however, so it’s really nice to see someone put together such a loving collection. Now if only they’d collect his newspaper strips … (IDW Publishing)

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A week of firsts, as First Wave, Girl Comics and Green Hornet arrive in stores

Welcome once again to Can’t Wait for Wednesday, our weekly look at what you can expect to find in your local comic shop tomorrow. To see what Kevin, Chris and I have to say about this week’s comics, read on …

First Wave #1

First Wave #1

Kevin Melrose’s pick of the week: First Wave #1 (of 6)

I have little to no interest in Doc Savage, or a Spirit by anyone other than Will Eisner (or Darwyn Cooke). Yet I’m still intrigued by DC’s “shocking new pulp universe” in which there’s no supermen — or, more specifically, Superman — largely, if not entirely, because it’s written by Brian Azzarello. In addition to being a fan of 100 Bullets, I hold an unwavering belief that Batman: Broken City, by Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, is superior in every way to the “Hush” storyline that preceded (and overshadowed) it. I’ll fight anyone who says different. So I’m thrilled to read Azzarello again write Batman — excuse me, “The Bat-Man” — especially as a “brash, cocky, inexperienced and daring” vigilante. Also: the under-used, and under-appreciated, Blackhawks! (DC Comics)

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Blackest Night, Jack Staff, Alan Moore and more hit comic shops this week

Welcome once again to Can’t Wait for Wednesday, our weekly look at what you can expect to find in your local comic shop tomorrow. To see what Kevin, Chris and I have to say about this week’s comics, read on …

The Weird World of Jack Staff #1

The Weird World of Jack Staff #1

Kevin Melrose’s pick of the week: The Weird World of Jack Staff #1

Britain’s Greatest Hero returns in a much-anticipated monthly series that creator Paul Grist promises will prominently feature Jack Staff’s wonderfully offbeat supporting cast, among them Tom Tom the Robot Man, the investigators of Q branch, and Becky Burdock, Vampire Reporter. The new series also will see the return of Charlie Raven, the greatest escapologist of the Victorian Age — “No door is locked to him! No chains can bind him! No trap can hold him!” — and Lynda Jones, Calendar Girl! Good, or at least weird, times ahead for John Smith & Co. (Image Comics)

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This week Hercules falls, Voodoo ends and Shiga lets you choose your own adventure

Captain America #603

Captain America #603

Welcome once again to Can’t Wait for Wednesday, our weekly look at what you can expect to find in your local comic shop tomorrow. To see what Kevin, Chris and I have to say about this week’s comics, read on …

Kevin Melrose’s pick of the week: Captain America #603

Given all the controversy surrounding the previous issue, is it safe to presume there will be a run on Part 2 of “Two Americas” as political pundits and members of right-leaning message boards search for hidden messages and perceived slights? Perhaps instead of those they’ll simply find the kind of engaging, complex and slow-burning story for which Ed Brubaker & Co. — in this case, artist Luke Ross — have become known in the past five years on Captain America. (Marvel)

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DMZ, Mesmo, Choker, Human Target and more fight the snow to get to shops this week

Welcome once again to Can’t Wait for Wednesday, our weekly look at what you can expect to find in your local comic shop tomorrow.

Although a snowstorm caused some problems at Diamond Comics Distributors‘ headquarters this week, I hear through the grapevine that they aren’t expecting any delays in getting comics shipped out to shops. Good news indeed.

To see what Kevin, Chris and I have to say about this week’s comics, read on …

Hicksville

Hicksville

Chris Mautner’s Pick of the Week: Hicksville Definitive Edition

One of the most important comics to come out of the art comix scene of the 1990s, Hicksville was the finest love song ever written to the medium at that time. A mystery set in a quaint New Zealand town where everyone just happens to be an ardent comics junkie and no one wants to talk about its most famous resident, superhero artist Dick Burger. It’s such a significant and beloved work that it’s hard to believe it’s languished out of print for so long. Thank goodness Drawn and Quarterly has seen fit to reissue it and get it out in front of people’s noses again. If you haven’t read this yet, you’re missing out on a real treat. (Drawn and Quarterly)

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Siege, Demo, Buffy, Ultimo and more hit comic stores this week

Welcome once again to Can’t Wait for Wednesday, our weekly look at what you can expect to find in your local comic shop tomorrow. To see what Kevin, Chris and I have to say about this week’s comics, read on …

Crogan's March

Crogan's March

JK Parkin’s pick of the week: Crogan’s March

This is the follow-up to the Eisner-nominated Crogan’s Vengeance, the first in Chris Schweizer‘s century-spanning series of graphic novels that detail the lives and adventures of various members of the Crogan family tree. Vengeance focused on the family’s pirate, while this one stars a member of the French Foreign Legion.

Schweizer’s art style has a great narrative quality that’s both cartoonishly fun and stylistically detailed, and the story was a hell of a lot of fun. I have no doubt this one will live up to the same level of quality he set in that first one. Check out a preview of the first 26 pages here. (Oni)

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A smooth, original, unbeatable, irresistible week of comics

Afrodisiac cover

Afrodisiac cover

Welcome once again to Can’t Wait for Wednesday, our weekly look at what you can expect to find in your local comic shop tomorrow. To see what Kevin, Chris and I have to say about this week’s comics, read on …

Kevin Melrose’s pick of the week: Afrodisiac hardcover

Street Angel creators Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca roll out their high-energy, mind-boggling mash-up of blaxploitation films and 1970s Marvel comics like Masters of Kung Fu and Son of Satan. Alan Diesler is Afrodisiac, “a mysterious man from a far-away land — the original, unbeatable, irresistible, smooth dark-chocolate brother,” who, when not surrounded by foxy ladies, faces the likes of Dracula, Hercules, giant monsters and, perhaps worst of all, Richard Nixon.

Afrodisiac has previously appeared in an issue of Street Angel and in several anthologies, including Project: Superior, Meathaus: SOS and Popgun, Vol. 2. This 96-page hardcover collects all of those appearances and features new stories. You can read a preview and watch the trailer here. (Adhouse Books)

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This week, barbarians are at the gate — and at your local comic shop

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This week is all about the comeback, as we have several big returns making their way to your local comic shop this week. After a brief hiatus due to things like Captain America: Reborn, the regular Captain America monthly title is once again in shops — with Steve, Bucky, 1950s Cap AND the new Nomad. DC, meanwhile, has the return of two titles we haven’t seen in awhile, Starman and Phantom Stranger. And their Vertigo imprint sees the return of one of its favorite sons, Grant Morrison, who teams up with artist Sean Murphy to tell the tale of Joe the Barbarian.

In addition to Joe, there are several other first issues hitting this week, including another Supernatural miniseries from Wildstorm, Avengers vs. Agents of Atlas from Marvel, a new Solomon Kane mini from dark Horse and Merc from Zenescope. They’re joined by the last issue of Dark Horse’s Rapture miniseries, as well as new issues of RASL, Dark Avengers, Thunderbolts, Green Lantern Corps. and Incorruptible, among many others.

Trade waiters, meanwhile, can look for new collections of R.E.B.E.L.S., Justice League, Jack Staff and Captain America, just to name a few.

To see what Chris, Kevin and I are looking forward to, read on …

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This week Blackest Night, Siege and lots of indy comics rule the racks

cwfw-logoIf you think the Diamond skip week means that you’ll be missing out on new comics, think again.

As you may have already heard, the week isn’t completely dead … even if the one new mainstream comic you can buy features a bunch of guys who are. Blackest Night #6 shipped early, meaning your retailer should have a copy waiting for you. Marvel, meanwhile, is releasing a free comic book, Origins of Siege, along with a calendar and some Avengers ID cards. And Dark Horse doesn’t have any new books out, but they are updating their MySpace Dark Horse Presents site a little early, with new stories by folks like Jill Thompson and Mark Crilley.

And, of course, there’s Indy Comic Book Week. Indy comic creators saw the potential void left on retailer’s racks this week, so they kicked off a movement to get their books onto shelves. Tim spoke to four of the planners behind the event about their endeavor, and we’ve been running previews from various creators for the past couple weeks. You can see even more of them at the Indy Comic Book Week blog.

So, for this very special edition of Can’t Wait for Wednesday, Chris, Kevin and I thought we’d get into the spirit and pick out some of the indy releases that we thought looked kinda interesting. These, of course, are only a handful of books that’ll be available, and they may not all be available at your local shop. So follow the links we’ve provided to see if you can buy them locally … and if not, see if you can buy them online. You might also check out Indy Planet, Midtown Comics and Things from Another World, as many Indy Comic Book Week books can be found on those sites as well.

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Save some room under your tree this week for a whole lotta comics

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If you’ve waited until now to start buying gifts for that special comic book lover in your life, then you are in luck … there should be something for every fan on your list in comic shops this week.

If you need a few last-minute gifts, there’s the new Joe Sacco’s latest graphic novel, Footnotes in Gaza; Image has another volume of Fantastic Worlds of Frank Frazetta; Marvel has a collection of some of Brian Michael Bendis’ stories from the past decade; Fantagraphics has the Definitive Prince Valiant Companion for the comic strip fan; and Red 5 puts out another Atomic Robo collection. And that’s just a handful of spined goodness ready for your wrapping paper.

And what better stocking stuffer could you find than a comic book? Grab a copy of Blackest Night JSA #1, Image United #2, Fantastic Four #574, Beasts of Burden #4 or Bart Simpson Comics #51, among others, and make someone’s Christmas morning complete.

To see what Chris, Kevin and I plan to stuff into our own stockings when Santa’s not looking, read on …

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It’s a week packed with collections, art books, red rings and blood colossi

cwfw-logoWelcome to another edition of Can’t Wait for Wednesday, our stroll through the new comic book releases for the week. Tomorrow brings quite a few high-end items to shops, as well as a fairly decent number of new and noteworthy comics.

If you’re still doing your Christmas shopping and have a fellow fan on your list, you probably can’t go wrong by choosing one of several collections arriving this week. You can choose from one of three Robert Crumb books, Craig Yoe’s Art of Steve Ditko, a massive collection of Gahan Wilson’s Playboy cartoons, a Charles Vess art book, a Batman archive, the definitive Rocketeer and a collection of Matt Fraction’s previous Thor stories — just in time for the announcement that he’s writing the title. That collection includes Reign of Blood, which will always have a soft spot in my heart just because I really dig seeing our own Carla Hoffman explain the story of the Blood Colossus to various folks at conventions. We should really tape her performance and post it here for the whole world to see.

On the comic front, Image kicks off a new series called Forgetless, BOOM! shows us Mark Waid isn’t as evil as we once thought with Incorruptible, DC continues the Blackest Night story with a couple of tie-in books, and X-Factor gets renumbered just in time to celebrate its 200th issue. And that’s only a brief glimpse of the bounty waiting for you tomorrow.

To see what Kevin, Chris and I have to say about this week’s stash, please read on … and let us know in the comments what you’ll be getting.

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Manga, Muppets and Daytrippers fill a quiet week for comics

cwfw-logoThis week sees only a few major releases from Marvel and DC Comics — a New Avengers Annual from the former and a handful of Blackest Night tie-ins from the latter — but manga publishers step into the void with several titles, ranging from new volumes of Yotsuba&! and Detroit Metal City to omnibus editions of One Piece and Hot Gimmick.

Of course, it’s not all manga: B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs and Citizen Rex come to a close, Daytrippers, Nation X and The Muppet Show Comic Book debut, and War Machine says farewell … for now.

And that’s just for starters. JK Parkin is on vacation this week, but to see what Chris Mautner and I have to say about this week’s releases, keep reading. As always, let us know in the comments section what you plan to get.

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This week a Siege kicks off, the Blackest Night continues and the Comics Journal says goodbye

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It’s the week after a major holiday in the United States, which means that comics won’t be hitting U.S. shops until Thursday, Dec. 3.

But it should be worth the wait, as it’s a pretty big week on the event front for Marvel and DC. Although the regular Blackest Night book doesn’t come out this week, two new tie-ins kick off starring Flash and Wonder Woman. Marvel, meanwhile, kicks off a couple of events — first there’s Siege Cabal, which leads into their big tie-up to the Dark Reign storyline, plus “Fall of the Hulks” kicks off with a prologue of its own.

Those are just the tips of the iceberg this week, as Jonah Hex hits a milestone (as much as I love this book, I’m surprised — pleasantly, of course, but still surprised — to see it make it to issue 50 in this day and age), the JSA gets a second title and The Comics Journal says goodbye, at least to its current format. To see what Chris, Kevin and I have to say about this week’s releases, read on, and let us know in the comments section what you plan to get.

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I’m thankful for pumpkin pie, parades and new issues of Powers

cwfw-logoTypically you wouldn’t expect the day before a major U.S. holiday to have so many big releases, but hey — it’s just one more thing to be thankful for when you’re lapsing into a turkey coma and need something else to do besides arguing with your uncle or watching football.

This week sees the debut of Image United, the big mega-event crossover that brings together all the current and former Image partners under one comic cover (actually, multiple comic covers … you’ll have your choice of seven different ones). We’ve also got the return of Powers, the long-running superhero/cop mash-up, with a new #1. DC’s big event continues to roll on, as both Blackest Night #5 and Green Lantern #48 hit shops, among several other tie-in titles. And you’ll also find new issues of Beasts of Burden, Chew, The Goon, Detective Comics, Uncanny X-Men, New Avengers, Die Hard Year One and Fantastic Four on shelves.

On the trade front, look for collections of Chew, Justice League International, Shade the Changing Man, Incognito, Astonishing X-Men, The Winter Men and The Boys spin-off series, Herogasm.

And that’s only the first course of the magnificent bounty that awaits. Keep reading to see what Chris, Kevin and I have to say about this week’s releases …

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