Newsarama's NEWSWORTHY NEW RELEASES For 1/4/12

<i>By <a href=>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>The first New Comic Book Day of 2012 gets things started rather swimmingly, with plenty of high-profile new releases including a new series based on a classic comic strip (and based on the picture here, you can probably guess which), a new collection from one of the most beloved series of the '90s, and a new book from a prolific creative team. <p>Is your resolution to shop for your comics armed with knowledge of some of the biggest single issues and collections out each week? Well, that's sort of surprising, but you happen to be in luck click "start here" in the upper-left corner and begin the countdown. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>


Here's something unexpected: Marvel's releasing a 99 cent reissue of 1986's <b>Strikeforce: Morituri #1</b>. <p>The series, originally from writer Peter B. Gillis and <I>Astro City</i> artist Brent Anderson (later issues were illustrated by the likes of While Portacio and Mark Bagley), was set outside of Marvel continuity and starring a group of superpowered humans tasked with defending Earth from alien conquerors, with the caveat that their powers would kill them in a year. <p>It's intended to whet appetites for the <b>Strikeforce: Morituri</b> trade paperback out later this month, collecting issues #1-#13.


As The New 52 enters its fifth month, DC is letting folks who may be a bit behind a chance to catch up with this one-shot, reprinting <b>Animal Man #1</b>, <b>Justice League Dark #1</b>, <b>I, Vampire #1</b> and <b>Swamp Thing #1</b> for $7.99. <p>That's a full $4 off the combined original cover price of those comics, plus represents some of the much buzzed-about titles of the relaunch surely, someone has raved to you about <b>Animal Man</b> by now, no?


Ardden Entertainment launched their revival of the '70s Atlas characters back in 2010, and they're starting 2012 by putting them together (unifying, if you will), in a miniseries starring Phoenix, Grim Ghost, Wulf and more. <p>Tom Peyer he of <i>Hourman</i> fame is writing <b>Atlas Unified</b>, joined by artist Jimbo Salgado.


When BOOM! Studios lost the Disney and Muppet licenses, it was hard not to wonder how their kids' comics line "kaboom!" would recover. <p>In terms of beloved children's franchises, a publisher can rebound a whole lot worse than with <b>Peanuts</b>. The series the first of four issues is out this week combines new material with classic Sunday comics. And though the idea of <b>Peanuts</b> created without Charles Schulz may be anathema to some, BOOM! previously published the graphic novel <i>Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown</i> to a positive reception.


<a href=>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>Ron Marz's lengthy run on <b>Witchblade</b> has come to an end, with <i>Hack/Slash</i> creator Tim Seeley and artist Diego Bernard taking over. <p>What can readers expect from the new team? Let's look at the solicitation for issue #153 for five words that will surely serve to tantalize: "a coven of biker witches."


<a href=>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>In the faraway time of 2010, Wonder Man made it clear to the Avengers that he didn't think their continued existence was a good idea. <p>He was (kind of) polite about it at first, but much less so in this past September's <I>New Avengers Annual</i>, where he formed a squad of "Revengers" to storm Avengers Mansion. That story concludes here, in an annual written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Gabrielle Dell'otto.


<a href=>Click here for an interview with writer Marc Guggenheim!</a> <p>First announced in 2008 and originally intended to lead to a feature film starring Hugh Jackman the Marc Guggenheim-written <b>Nowhere Man</b> finally lands in stores this week. <p>It's one of four #1s from Dynamite this week, along with <b>The Lone Ranger</b>, <b>Vampirella/Dracula</b> and <b>Robocop: Road Trip</b>, which hopefully has at least one sequence of him singing along to "Movin' Right Along" while driving.


<a href=>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>For the second time in its relatively short history, <b>Uncanny X-Force</b> is getting a Point One issue. And this time around, it's returning to the increasingly bleak Age of Apocalypse timeline the setting of much of the action in the recently wrapped "Dark Angel Saga." <P>The issue, written by regular series writer Rick Remender and illustrated by Billy Tan, leads directly into the new ongoing series <i>Age of Apocalypse</i>, launching in March from writer David Lapham and artist Roberto De La Torre.


During the '90s, Neil Gaiman's <b>The Sandman</b> got lots of attention for showing that comic books could be literature. <p>Taking that notion to a natural extension, DC is releasing <b>The Annotated Sandman</b>, four hardcover volumes with introductions and notes by Leslie S. Klinger, who has given a similar treatment to the Sherlock Holmes series and <i>Dracula</i>. <p>The first volume, out this week, collects issues #1-20 of the 75-issue series.


<a href=>Click here for an interview with writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips!</a> <p>Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have collaborated several times in the past <i>Criminal</i>, <i>Incognito</i>, <i>Sleeper</i> and whenever it's happened, it's always been met with an overwhelmingly positive critical response. <p>It's happening again with <b>Fatale</b>, but this time there are a couple of new wrinkles: It's more of a horror story than their previous output, and it's at Image Comics, rather than Marvel's Icon, the home of their recent series like <i>Criminal: The Last of the Innocent</i>. One thing that will likely remain the same: widespread acclaim.

Newsarama's NEWSWORTHY NEW RELEASES For 1/4/12

Date: 03 January 2012 Time: 08:02 PM ET