Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 1/18/12

<i>By <a href=>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>It's awards season. It's election season. But if there's one thing worth looking forward to all year long, it's New Comic Book Day. <p>Another big week in the world of comics brings plenty of new series, plus '90s concepts returning, old favorites continuing and a high-profile writer's creator-owned series wrapping up. <p>For those seeking knowledge of this week's notable new releases, click "start here" in the upper-left corner to proceed. <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>


There has been a good deal of early '90s nostalgia in the comics industry lately see the return of Extreme Studios and the proliferation of creators like Howard Mackie and Scott Lobdell in The New 52 but what of the late '90s? <p><b>Danger Girl</b> started in 1998 as part of Wildstorm's "Cliffhanger" imprint, with J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell presenting their take on female spies. The latest miniseries, the four-part <b>Danger Girl: Revolver</b>, starts this week, with Chris Madden of <i>Jack Avarice is the Courier</i> on art. Keep an eye on Madden former <b>Danger Girl</b> artist Nick Bradshaw is now on <i>Wolverine and the X-Men</i> at Marvel.


The latest incarnation of <b>T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents</b> has a history of working legendary artists into its rotation, with Howard Chaykin, George Perez and Mike Grell all stopping by in the past. <p>This week's issue #3 features guest art from Walter Simonson, who was <a href=>just announced last week</a> as illustrating a six-issue arc on Marvel's <i>Avengers</i>. <p>Said <a href=><b>T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents</b> writer Nick Spencer to Newsarama</a>: "The guest artists that are coming up wow. These are top 10 of all time guys. These are guys that I have been a fan of my entire life."


Grant Morrison writing <i>The Avengers</i>? Well, sort of. <p><b>Steed and Mrs. Peel</b> is a Morrison-written, Ian Gibson-illustrated adaptation of the '60s TV series <i>The Avengers</i>, first published in the early '90s. BOOM! Studios is now reprinting the series, with the first installment out this week.


Dynamite has had luck with the John Carter franchise on series like <i>Warlord of Mars</i>, and now they're trying their hand at another Edgar Rice Burroughs property: Tarzan. <p><b>Lord of the Jungle</b> debuts with the introductory price of $1. Here's what writer <a href=>Arvid Nelson told Newsarama</a> about how his story would differ from past adaptations: <p>"I was surprised at how far all the adaptations I've seen stray from the original. Really, the only similarity is the basic concept of a man raised by apes in the jungle. Which is a shame, because the original story is so much fun."


Just a few years ago, Brian Reed was a regular presence in Marvel's publishing line, on series including <i>Ms. Marvel</i>, <i>Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man </i> and multiple collaborations with Brian Michael Bendis. <p>He's now working in the video game industry, but his two worlds collide once again this week in the form of <b>Halo: Fall of Reach - Invasion #1</b>, a series he's writing that's billed as "the final chapter of the <b>Halo: Fall of Reach</b> comic series." Felix Ruiz is on art.


Extreme Studios is back. But a lot different. (Read our interviews <a href=>here</a> and <a href=>here</a>.) <p>It starts this week with <b>Prophet #21</b>, picking up on the previous series' old numbering, but set far in the future. <p>"It's... sort of, but the guy at the beginning isn't the same guy," writer Brandon Graham said of how his series relates to the original <b>Prophet</b>.


Greg Pak has been pretty much exclusively associated with Marvel during his career, from <i>Incredible Hercules</i> to <i>Incredible Hulk</i> to the recent <i>Alpha Flight</i> run. <p>His latest project is <b>Dead Man's Run</b> from Aspen Comics, in association with Gale Ann Hurd's production company Valhalla. The series, illustrated by <i>Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?</i> artist Tony Parker, has one of those clearly defined high concepts: jailbreak from Hell. (Literally.)


Mark Millar's creator-owned output is increasing in a big way in 2012 last week, he announced <i>Jupiter's Children</i> with Frank Quitely at <a href=>CBR</a>, among other "Millarworld" projects. <p>Before all that starts, <b>Superior</b> at Marvel's Icon line is coming to an end with issue #7. The book, illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, will contain a preview of Millar and Yu's next project: <i>Supercrooks</i>.


Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's <b>Batman</b> has been one of the most acclaimed entries in DC's "New 52" lineup, and last week brought news that the series <a href=>is expanding to 40 pages</a> with a new back-up feature focused on the "Court of Owls." <p>Also noteworthy: As of this month, <b>Batman</b>, like <i>Justice League</i> before it, will be available as a "combo pack" for a dollar more, bagged with a code for a digital copy of the comic.


Surely, you've heard by now about how good <b>Daredevil</b> has been, with its refreshing take on the lead character, lighthearted yet engaging tone and work from some of the best artists in comcis. Haven't tried it yet? Why not give it a shot with this issue, sporting guest art from Kano. <p>It's the second and final part of the "Devil and the Details" crossover with <i>Amazing Spider-Man</i>, though, so first make sure you've read last week's ASM #677 (also written by Mark Waid).

Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 1/18/12

Date: 17 January 2012 Time: 08:40 PM ET