Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 3/21/12

<i>By <a href=>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>While we're still recovering from a full weekend of coverage at WonderCon (check out all of our stories from Anaheim <a href=>here</a>), the hands of time keep moving, towards this Wednesday, March 21, and another New Comic Book Day. <p>And, yep, it's a big one. Sure, we say that pretty much every week, but it's usually quite true, and this time around, we've got new stuff from Mark Millar, the reimagined debut of a classic Golden Age superhero, the start of a new multi-part Spider-Man story and plenty more. <p>If you want to know what's new and newsworthy in comic book stores this week, click "start here" in the upper-left countdown and educated yourself on some of the best of what's coming out on March 21, 2012. <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>


Launching a new zombie series at Image Comics the publisher that gave the world <i>The Walking Dead</i> can't be an easy prospect, but the folks behind <b>Rebel Blood</b> are giving it a go this week, with the first issue of a four-part miniseries. <p><b>Rebel Blood</b> is said by the publisher to have a "<i>Twilight Zone</i> twist," and is from the creative team of Alex Link and Riley Rossomo, the artist behind <i>Proof</i>, <i>Green Wake</i> and more.


Mike Costa has won over IDW fans with his take on the G.I. Joe universe, and he's expanding his purview this week with the five-issue series <b>Smoke and Mirrors</b>. <p>First announced last fall at New York Comic Con, <b>Smoke and Mirrors</b> is a creator-owned comic book not only about magic, but one that embraces it in its very format: Real-life illusionist Jon Armstrong has contributed to the book, and the comic is said to incorporate "engaging, mind-bending illusions and mentalism principles" into the actual storytelling. Say it with us: "Illusions, Michael."


Vertigo's big month continues with another #1, <b>Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child</b>, the first issue of an ongoing series set in, you guessed it, New Orleans. <p>The series, combining the real-world element of the region post-Katrina with fantasy, is from writer Selwyn Seyfu Hinds (former editor-in-chief at <i>The Source</i>) and artist Denys Cowan, of Milestone Media and <i>Steel</i> fame.


Tim Seeley's <i>Hack/Slash</i> series gets a spinoff this week in the form of <b>Hoax Hunters</b>, about a reality TV series that may sound similar at first to <i>MythBusters</i>, but has a very different end point. <p>"<b>Hoax Hunters</b> is about a reality show where the three hosts travel around the globe and dispel various hoaxes--Bigfoot, UFOs, scientific anomalies, etc.," writer Michael Moreci <a href=>told Newsarama</a>. "Only the hoaxes aren't hoaxes at all."


The final issue of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness's <b>Avengers: X-Sanction</b> isn't just the revelation of the recently returned Cable's ultimate fate whether or not he's truly sticking around for good isn't really confirmed at this point it's also the true start to the <i>Avengers vs. X-Men</i> build. <p>Following this issue, <i>Avengers vs. X-Men #0</i> is out on March 28, with <i>Avengers vs. X-Men #1</i> out a week later, April 4 (and issues following every two weeks after that).


IDW has gotten plenty of acclaim for their <b>Rocketeer</b> comics, and as they're readying a new series by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee (<a href=>more information on that here</a>), the <b>Rockteer Adventures</b> anthology is back for a second round starting this week. <p>Among the contributors to the first issue: Peter David, Marc Guggenheim, Stan Sakai, Bill Sienkiewicz and Arthur Adams.


A new horror series illustrated by one of the masters of the genre, Richard Corben. What else do you need to know, really? <p>OK, we'll tell you some more. It's written by his frequent collaborator Jan Strnad. It's a four-issue series from Dark Horse, about a "living castle," and described as "gothic nightmare." And again: Richard Corben doing what he does best.


The latest Millarworld project and Mark Millar/Leinil Francis Yu collaboration is <b>Supercrooks</b>, debuting this week. <p>What's the hook? Supervillains leaving the crowded American market and heading to Spain, a country devoid of superpowered heroes. And it looks like there's <a href=>already be a movie on the way</a>. (Don't be shocked.)


Doctor Octopus has been dying for a long time like, it's been pretty bad since at least <b>Amazing Spider-Man #600</b>. <p>Now, 82 issues later, he's making his final stand along with the rest of his Sinister Six in the multi-part Spidey story "Ends of the Earth," the latest long-form tale from Dan Slott, the writer behind "Spider-Island" and "New Ways to Die."


This is the first <b>Justice League</b> issue since the relaunch without Jim Lee art, yes, but that doesn't mean you should skip it. <p>For one, the main feature art is from <i>Top 10</i>'s Gene Ha. Also, it's the first issue set in the current timeline of The New 52, so it looks to be a good jumping-on point for new readers. <p>But what's truly intriguing is that this issue contains the first "The Curse of Shazam!" back-up from the former <i>Action Comics</i> team of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, introducing a revamped Billy Batson apparently no longer known as "Captain Marvel" to the new DC Universe.

Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 3/21/12

Date: 19 March 2012 Time: 08:12 PM ET