Every week, Comics! The Blog goes through the list of new releases and tell you which comics to plug into your mind hole. Your mileage may vary.
Comics’ premiere-slash-only Canadian superhero team returns from their untimely demise to do Canadian things! They’ll vanquish villains by asking them politely to leave. Of course, if the villains are Canadian too, they’ll comply. Then Puck will take everybody out for a flame-broiled, made-to-order burger at Harvey’s before they adjourn to Tim Hortons for a dessert of Timbits and Iced Capps!
Man, I love Canada.
Now, in the off-chance that this isn’t actually what happens, that the doom-y advance solicitation of asking, “DO YOU FEAR…YOUR COUNTRY TURNING ON YOU?” turns out to be something a little more serious and Fear Itself-related than I imagine Canadian superheroics being, having never actually read an Alpha Flight comic, then remember: we’ve still got the writing team of C!TB favourites Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, of The Incredible Hercules and Herc fame to assure us that this will be as awesome as Harvey’s and Tim Hortons combined. Americans, look it up.
ARCHIE & FRIENDS #154 (Archie Comics)
I do not generally read Archie comics, or at least not as fervently as Brandon does, theoretically under the auspices of buying them “for his little sister,” who I have not actually met and thus cannot – as a scientist – assume exists. Eventually he will throw things my way talking about how awesome they are, from Kevin Keller to Archie: The Married Life to those two issues where President Obama and Sarah Palin hang out, to an issue where the gang are straight up riffs on The Jersey Shore, can you just picture that awesomeness?
Well, prepare to be blown away once more! In the latest issue of Archie & Friends, these are characters present:
- Justin Beaver
- Meowly Cyrus
- The Jonas Barkers
- Lady Arf Arf
I swear to god, if you don’t buy this, we’re not friends anymore.
BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM #1 (DC Comics)
Batman: The Streets of Gotham is dead! Long live Batman: Gates of Gotham! Only a few weeks after the former title shuffled off after the completion of “House of Hush,” Paul Dini‘s sequel to “Heart of Hush,” a new miniseries takes its place, and there are a few things that sound like they’ll make this special:
- It’s written by Scott Snyder, he of the stupendously awesome, deliciously dark “The Black Mirror” arc in Detective Comics.
- The series itself, dealing with the history and “soul” of Gotham, sounds like it’s taking a lot of inspiration from Snyder‘s run on Detective, including the fact that it’s a straight-up detective story, which is just lovely.
- The series will be a launching point for a few high profile Bat-family stories this year.
- It costars Blackbat, aka Cassandra Cain!
Basically, you need to read this.
DOCTOR WHO: A FAIRYTALE LIFE (IDW Publishing)
I am not a Whovian, or at least I wasn’t a month and a half ago. But then I watched all of Matt Smith‘s first season in under a week and have been loving every second of the new season since it premiered. But did you know those the only Eleventh Doctor & Amy Pond stories out there, with the exception of some video games that I may or may not have bought one of? It’s true! Or at least it was until I remembered that Matt Sturges, who has written awesome comics like Jack of Fables, Blue Beetle, Justice Society of America, Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! and House of Mystery is now writing some Doctor Who comics where my favourite floppy-haired madman and redheaded Scottish lass muck about on a planet that’s all about fairy tales! In other news, I am a hopeless addict, please send Dino-Sours.
Now, a lot of licensed brand tie-in comics tend to be, well, not very good. But IDW is doing some great work over there, and as it turns out, throwing Sturges, a lifelong fan of Doctor Who who is also a really great writer, is basically a stroke of genius. If you like your Eleventh Doctor, I wholeheartedly suggest you read this and never stop reading it except to watch more Doctor Who.
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #158 (Marvel Comics)
I am going to miss Ultimate Peter Parker. There, I said it. I initially started reading Ultimate Spider-Man around the time of the Ultimate Clone Saga, not really knowing anything about Brian Michael Bendis other than that Seth Cohen really liked him and that The O.C. was boss. Like, boss Hogg. I also loved Spider-Man. So I picked up an issue, and then another. I started looking for back issues and picking up all I could. Ever since then, every new issue has jumped straight to the top of my to-read pile for one simple reason: Ultimate Spider-Man is quite probably the single greatest run of any series in modern comics. It’s just been incredible quality all the way through, and as The Death of Spider-Man wraps up, I can’t help but be sad about the impending departure of its title character.
Now, of course I know that (a) death in comics is almost never permanent and that (b) Bendis is going to continue writing the series past that. It will undoubtedly remain completely awesome and I will love it to death. But still: I’m sad. I’ll miss Pete.
The fact that the comic and this arc can make me feel so sad about a fictional character’s pretend death is a testament to how good it is. I can’t wait to read this issue, even if it means the pollen in here gets crazy. I want to devour the writing and Mark Bagley‘s art. I just love this comic so very much.
These are just five of the many, many books being released this week! And seriously, the stuff I left out? Comics by Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Dan Slott, Rick Remender and EVEN MORE by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente. Seriously. It’s like it’s Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente Week, which I am now declaring it to be.
There are so. Many. Great. Comics this week!
You can find the full list of comics being released here. If you have any other recommendations, let us know in the comments below.